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BARD Only Books of Interest
Posted on November 25, 2019 at 12:06 PM by Michael Lang
BARD Only Spotlight
First Book in a Series
Aurora Teagarden Mysteries B
by Charlaine Harris
Annotation: Lawrenceton, Georgia, has its share of crime buffs, including librarian Aurora "Roe" Teagarden, a member of the Real Murders Club, which meets monthly to analyze famous cases. It's a harmless pastime--until the night a member is killed in a manner eerily resembling the crime the club was about to discuss. Commercial audiobook. 1990.
The Legend of Perley Gates,
by William W. Johnstone
Annotation: Perley travels west to the untamed frontier to bring news of his father's death to his grandfather. Along the way, he faces dead ends, outlaws, near-fatal encounters, killers, and more. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
Rebellion, MacGregors Series Prequel
by Nora Roberts
Annotation: Since 1735, when an Englishman raped her mother, Serena MacGregor has hated the English. When her brother Coll arrives home with his English friend Brigham Langston, earl of Ashburn, Serena hates him on sight. Yet there is a mutual attraction neither can deny. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1988.
Dark Prince: Author’s Cut Special Edition, Dark Series Book 1
by Christine Feehan
Annotation: Prince Mikhail Dubrinsky is the leader of the Carpathians, an immortal race who need a life mate to keep them from becoming vampires. Raven Whitney is a psychic who has helped the police track down a serial killer. When their minds meet, they form an undeniable connection. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2011.
Murder, plain and simple,
Amish Quilt Shop Mystery
by Isabella Alan
Annotation: On the reopening day of her aunt's Amish quilt shop, outsider Angie gets a taste of success as the locals and Englisch tourists browse the store's wares while the quilters stitch away. But the next morning Angie finds the body of ornery Amish woodworker Joseph in her storeroom. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2013.
by Jodi Thomas
Annotation: In a remote Texas town, several couples find romance. One longtime pair is local widower Staten Kirkland, who has had a casual relationship with Quinn O'Grady for years. Quinn has deeper feelings for Staten, but a secret from her past could change everything. Commercial audiobook. 2015.
One Day in December
by Josie Silver
Annotation: Laurie shares an electric look with a man at a bus stop, only to have her bus drive away. She looks for the man everywhere and discovers he's dating one of her best friends. Through the next ten years, both wonder if their timing will ever be right. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
When Katie met Cassidy
by Camille Perri
Annotation: Lawyer Katie Daniels has just been dumped by her fiancé when she meets Cassidy Price across a negotiation table. She doesn't know what to make of the self-assured woman in a man's suit, but agrees to join her for a drink, which turns into something more. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
Send Down the Rain
by Charles Martin
Annotation: Devastated by the loss of her beloved family restaurant followed by the death of her husband, Allie has lost hope. Joseph, Allie's childhood sweetheart, offers to help her rebuild her restaurant, but an old secret threatens to destroy the pair's second chance. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
What to Say Next
by Julie Baxbaum
Annotation: When an unlikely friendship sparks between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, Kit asks David for his help figuring out the how and why of her father's tragic car accident. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2017.
by Jake Tapper
Annotation: Unlikely congressman Charlie Marder is struggling to navigate the dangerous waters of 1950s Washington, DC, alongside his young zoologist wife, Margaret. A mysterious fatal car accident thrusts Charlie and Margaret into an underworld of backroom deals, secret societies, and a plot that could change the course of history. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
Before She Knew Him
by Peter Swanson
Annotation: Hen and her husband settle into a new house outside Boston, Massachusetts. Hen--an illustrator--has found the right meds to control her bipolar disorder. But that calm begins to erode as she spots a trophy in their new neighbors' house that went missing from a murder scene. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.
Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes
by Karin Slaughter
Annotation: Nineteen-year-old college freshman Julia Carroll should be carefree. But instead she is determined to find out why fellow student Beatrice Oliver and a homeless woman called Mona-No-Name are missing after being snatched off the street. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.
Closer than you Know
by Brad Parks
Annotation: Arriving to pick up her baby from childcare, Melanie Barrick is told that he's been removed by Social Services, but nobody will say why. Her nightmare grows when she learns her house has been raided by sheriff's deputies. They say they've found enough cocaine to send Melanie to prison for years. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
by Kristin Cashore
Annotation: Looking for direction after the loss of her guardian aunt, Jane accepts an unexpected invitation to an island mansion gala, where she considers five choices that will determine the course of her life. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2017.
by David Gordon
Annotation: The CIA, FBI, and nearly every level of organized crime collide with a singularly evil domestic terrorist and a Dostoevsky-reading, Harvard-expelled strip club bouncer who has a highly classified military history and whose best friend from Catholic school happens to be head mafioso Gio Caprisi. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
by James Anderson
Annotation: Winter has come to Highway 117, a remote road through the Utah desert trafficked only by oddballs, fugitives, and those looking to escape the world. So when local truck driver Ben Jones finds an abandoned, mute Hispanic child at a lonely gas station, he knows something has gone terribly awry. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
Night and Silence
by Seanan McGuire (October Daye, book 9)
Annotation: When October Daye's human daughter Gillian is kidnapped, October will do anything to get her back. Few from the world of Faerie even know of Gillian's existence, but Toby has plenty of resourceful enemies looking for a way to hurt her--even using her estranged but beloved daughter. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
Let Sleeping Dragons Lie
by Garth Nix
Annotation: Unlikely knights Odo and Eleanor embark on a bold quest to rescue a monarch, vanquish deadly beasts, confound a prophecy, and (if they're lucky) avoid stepping on the tail of a very powerful dragon. Sequel to Have Sword, Will Travel (DB 89409). Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2018.
by C.L. Polk
Annotation: Magic doomed Miles Singer to either the life of a slave or commitment to a witch asylum. He went to war to escape his fate, faked his own death, and reinvented himself as a doctor at a veterans hospital. But Miles cannot hide what he truly is. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
by Alyson Noel
Annotation: Grimsly, Ollie, Ming, and Penelope--a ragtag team of friends, most with otherworldly abilities--set out to solve the mystery behind the sudden onset of ordinary events plaguing their very unusual town, Quiver Hollows. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2017.
Kingdom of Exiles
by Maxym M. Martineau
Annotation: Forced to sell her magical beasts when she is flat broke, Charmer Leena is now an exile with a price on her head. She makes a bargain for her life with Noc, an assassin suffering under a powerful curse that kills everyone he loves. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.
Gods of Jade and Shadow
by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Annotation: In 1920s Mexico, Casiopea Tun is cleaning her wealthy grandfather's house when she finds a curious wooden box. She opens it, accidentally freeing the spirit of the Mayan god of death, who requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.
Ralph Compton: Death of a Hangman
by Joseph A. West
Annotation: Charlie Pike is fulfilling Judge Henry Dryden's dying wish by escorting him to Texas. But an outlaw out for revenge is on their trail, determined that they will never reach their destination. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2010.
The Evil Men Do
by David Robbins
Annotation: Fifteen-year-old bounty hunter Tyree Johnson comes to the little town of Sweetwater seeking to apprehend a killer who escaped from Cheyenne. Marshal Fred Hitch teams up with Tyree to transport the killer back, but the journey will be difficult. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.
Girl by Lyndsay Ely
Annotation: In a post-Second Civil War lawless West, sharpshooter Serendipity "Pity" Jones stars in, and lives at, the Theater Vespertine, but there is a dark cost to her freedom that Pity may not be willing to pay. Commercial audiobook. Contains some violence, some descriptions of sex, and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2018.
by Stephen Lodge
Annotation: After kidnappers target his family, veteran rancher Charley Sunday forms a posse to hunt them down, following them all the way to Mexico. Sequel to Charley Sunday's Texas Outfit (DB 93867). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.
Last Cowboys of San Geronimo
by Ian Stansel
Annotation: Silas Van Loy flees on horseback to avoid capture for his brother's murder, chased by law enforcement and his brother's widow. As he runs, he reflects on the long-standing sibling rivalry that ultimately led to his brother's death. Commercial audiobook. 2017.
Waves of Mercy
by Lynn Austin
Annotation: 1897. One of the original settlers of Holland, Michigan, Geesje de Jonge is asked to write a memoir of her immigration experience for the town's fiftieth anniversary. Visiting the town with her mother, Chicago socialite Anna Nicholson is in search of her birth mother. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.
Love on the Line
by Deeanne Gist
Annotation: Texas, 1904. Georgie Gail works as a switchboard operator, trying to have her community take her seriously. While out birdwatching, she sees handsome new colleague Luke Palmer working where he shouldn't be. Suspicious of him, she investigates and discovers he isn't what he claims. Commercial audiobook. 2011.
by Rachel Hauck
Annotation: To get her career out of a rut, actress Chloe Daschle auditions for the lead in a romantic new movie set during the Revolutionary War. Screenwriter Jesse Gates based the script on his own family history of two lovers torn apart by war. Strong language and some violence. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
Head in the Clouds
by Karen Witemeyer
Annotation: Texas, 1883. Adelaide Proctor, stranded after a romantic disappointment, takes a job as governess for the daughter of sheep rancher Gideon Westcott. As she draws the young girl out of the shell she retreated to after her mother's death, Adelaide finds herself falling for Gideon. Violence. Commercial audiobook. 2010.
Book of God: The Bible as a Novel
by Walter Wangerin
Annotation: Dramatizes the events of the Christian Bible, aiming to make the men and women and stories in that ancient book come alive for modern-day readers. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 1996.
Last Sin Eater
by Francine Rivers
Annotation: Tennessee, mid-1850s. After the death of her beloved grandmother, Cadi Forbes goes seeking her community's sin eater. She hopes he can absolve her guilt over her grandmother's death and other family tragedies. Commercial audiobook. 1998.
by Beverly Lewis
Annotation: On the eve of her parents' twentieth wedding anniversary, Sylvia Miller stumbles across the key to her father's old brass tinderbox. Curiosity drives her to open it, but the secrets it contains shake her family's foundations and threaten their place in the Amish community they call home. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.
by Jonathan Maberry
Annotation: Rain Thomas is a former drug addict who gave her baby up for adoption. One day, she borrows a pair of reading glasses with a crack in them. Through that crack she glimpses a boy who looks just like her baby's father, a soldier who died in Iraq. Explicti descriptions of sex and strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
by Jennifer McMahon
Annotation: Searching for a simpler life, Helen and Nate decided to build their dream home in rural Vermont. When they discover the property has a dark and violent past, Helen become obsessed with the story of the women who died there and incorporates special materials into the building. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.
You May Now Kill the Bride
by R.L. Stine
Annotation: An ancient family curse follows the Fear family through generations. In two Fear family weddings decades apart, the curse takes a toll in unexpected ways, and allows a dark history to repeat itself. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2018.
by Zoje Stage
Annotation: Suzette is a stay-at-home mother desperate to bond with her mute daughter, Hanna. The seven-year-old is all smiles and love with her father, Alex, but seems to hate Suzette. It could be a phase, but Suzette begins to fear that Hanna is trying to get rid of her. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
Cabin at the End of the World
by Paul Tremblay
Annotation: One afternoon while seven-year-old Wen is playing outside her family's vacation cabin, four strangers appear. They carry unidentifiable weapons and tell Wen that although her two dads won't want to let them in, they need her help to save the world. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
by Stuart Turton
Annotation: Evelyn Hardcastle will die every day until Aiden Bishop can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different witness, and some of his hosts are more helpful than others. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
Color of Fear
by Marcia Muller
Annotation: When a knock on the door in the middle of the night wakes PI Sharon McCone, she's wholly unprepared for the horrifying news--her Shoshone artist father has been the victim of a vicious, racially motivated attack. Now he lies in a coma, hovering between life and death. Violence. Commercial audiobook. 2017.
by John McMahon
Annotation: Mason Falls, Georgia, Detective P. T. Marsh was a rising star--until his wife and young son died in an accident and he started drinking. P. T. punches a dancer's abusive boyfriend, only to learn the next morning the man is dead--and is a suspect in a black teen's brutal murder. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.
Scent of Evil
by Archer Mayor
Annotation: When the body of a fast-living young stockbroker is found in a shallow grave, suspicion first falls on a cuckolded policeman. Lt. Joe Gunther investigates the increasingly bizarre details of the crime, but finds that he's too far behind events to prevent a second murder. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 1991.
Let Me Lie
by Clare Mackintosh
Annotation: Last year, Tom and Caroline Johnson chose to end their lives, one seemingly unable to live without the other. Their unbelieving daughter Anna--now a new mother--is determined to find out what really happened to her parents. But as she digs up the past, someone is trying to stop her. Contains some violence and strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
by J. A. Jance
Annotation: Joanna Brady--up for reelection as sheriff and pregnant with her third child--learns that her mother and stepfather were in an accident. Something about it seems suspicious, so when Joanna gets a call from journalist-turned-investigator Ali Reynolds, she accepts her offer to help. Commercial audiobook. 2016.
Prisoner in the Castle
by Susan Elia MacNeal
Annotation: World War II is raging, and former spy Maggie Hope is isolated on a remote Scottish island, in a prison known as Killoch Castle, because she knows too much. Then one of her fellow inmates drops dead in the middle of his after-dinner drink--and he's only the first. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
Leaving Van Gogh
by Carol Wallace
Annotation: France, 1890. Art dealer Theo van Gogh approaches Dr. Paul-Ferdinand Gachet to take over the care of his artist brother, Vincent, who has spent the past two years in a sanitarium. Theo hopes Gachet's care will help Vincent. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2011.
What the Night Sings
by Vesper Stamper
Annotation: Liberated from Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp in 1945, Gerta tries to make a new life for herself, aided by Lev, a fellow survivor, and Michah, who helps Jews reach Palestine. Contains some violence and some strong language. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2018.
by Taylor M. Polites
Annotation: In the days after the Civil War, Augusta Branson loses her older husband to a blood fever. She expects to receive an inheritance. But the inheritance disappears and she must find out what happened before the deadly fever also claims her son. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2012.
Orphan Monster Spy
by Matt Killeen
Annotation: After her mother is shot at a checkpoint, fifteen-year-old Sarah agrees to be a spy and infiltrate an elite boarding school attended by the daughters of top Nazi brass. She soon finds herself in a battle for survival. Commercial audiobook. Contains some strong language, some descriptions of sex, and violence. For senior high and older readers. 2018.
View of the Empire at Sunset
by Caryl Phillips
Annotation: London, 1930s. With her marriage fracturing, Jean Rhys plans on returning home to the Caribbean island of Dominica with her husband. As she experiences life on the island after years in England, she reflects on her youth there. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
Biography and Autobiography
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: One Hundred Tales of Extraordinary Women
by Elena Favilli
Annotation: Collection of reimagined fairy tales that tell the true stories of one hundred heroic and diverse women from Ada Lovelace to Zaha Hadid. Commercial audiobook. For grades K-3 and older readers. 2016.
Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times
by Kenneth Whyte
Annotation: A reexamination of the life and career of President Herbert Hoover. Discusses his difficult childhood, his business career, his work during World War I, his presidency, his defeat by Roosevelt, and his return to grace as Truman's emissary to aid World War II refugees. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.
Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Time
by Joel Richard Paul
Annotation: Biography of the fourth chief justice of the United States Supreme Court. Discusses his life as the eldest of fifteen children born to an impoverished Virginia farmer, his service as a foot soldier in the Revolutionary War, his rise through political appointments, and finally his career as a jurist. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
The Operator: Firing the Shots that Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior
by Robert O’Neill
Annotation: The author, SEAL Team Operator, recalls his four hundred-mission career (including attempted rescues of Afghan ambush survivor Marcus Luttrell and Somali pirate hostage Captain Richard Phillips), which culminated in the shooting of terrorist Osama bin Laden. Commercial audiobook. 2017.
To Siri with Love: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines
by Judith Newman
Annotation: New York Times op-ed columnist describes the ways Apple's electronic personal assistant, Siri, helps Gus, her thirteen-year-old son who has autism. This collection of vignettes illustrates how electronic gadgets can give voice to those like Gus, who connects with inanimate objects on an empathetic level. Commercial audiobook. 2017.
Madame Fourcade’s Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France’s Largest Spy Network against Hitler
by Lynne Olson
Annotation: The author of Last Hope Island (DB 88310) provides an account of the work of Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, who--under the code name Hedgehog--led the largest World War II-era spy network in occupied France. Discusses the many difficulties her spies faced and the crucial intelligence they supplied. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.
On Desperate Ground: The Marines at the Reservoir, the Korean War’s Greatest Battle
by Hampton Sides
Annotation: An account of the 1950 battle at the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. Describes the heroic efforts of the US Marines despite the desperate circumstances they faced. Draws from archival research and interviews with American and Korean survivors. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
Einstein’s War: How Relativity Triumphed amid the Vicious Nationalism of World War I
by Matthew Stanley
Annotation: An account of the correspondence and collaboration between British astronomer Arthur Eddington and the then-obscure German professor Albert Einstein. Discusses the gradual process of scientific discovery and the value of overcoming bigotry and nationalism for the sake of progress. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.
Regency Years: During Which Janes Austen Writes, Napoleon Fights, Byron Makes Love, and Britain Becomes Modern
by Robert Morrison
Annotation: An account of the Regency years, between 1811 and 1820, which began when King George III's son ruled in his place as prince regent. Discusses movements and trends in the arts, sciences, military, and more. Explores how this period of history shaped the modern world. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.
Then Everything Changed: Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics; JFK, RFK, Carter, Ford, Reagan
by Jeff Greenfield
Annotation: Former political strategist presents potential alternative outcomes for major turning points in political history involving John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2011.
Rendezvous with Destiny: How Franklin D Roosevelt and Five Extraordinary Men took America into the War and into the World
by Michael Fullilove
Annotation: Account of FDR's use of five special emissaries sent to Europe during World War II to gather intelligence. Examines how their missions plot the arc of America's transformation from a reluctant middle power into a global leader. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2013.
Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation
by Patrick J. Buchanan
Annotation: Discusses the relationship between America's first president and the Native tribes whose lands he needed to secure his country's fate. Spans decades of interactions between Native leaders and Washington, from his early days as a surveyor of Indian lands, through his military career and his presidency. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
Texas Blood: Seven Generations among the Outlaws, Ranchers, Indians, Missionaries, Soldiers, and Smuggleof the Borderlands
by Roger D Hodge
Annotation: The author depicts seven generations of his family's history as ranchers in the Texas borderlands. He travels across the state to trace their movements and describe the evolving ranching industry. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.
Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein
by Jamie Bernstein
Annotation: Memoir of the oldest daughter of composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), famous for works including West Side Story. She shares stories of the man, including his glittering circle of friends, and how his personal and musical lives were intertwined. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
Something Wonderful: Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution
by Todd S. Purmdum
Annotation: Examines the lives and partnership of two of the most popular composers in Broadway history. While they were not close personally, their collaborations changed musical theater. Proceeds chronologically from their first hit, Oklahoma! in 1943, through to their last work together, The Sound of Music. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
Lou Reed: A Life
by Anthony DeCurtis
Annotation: Biography of the singer and songwriter (1942-2013) best known as leader of the Velvet Underground. Through interviews with Reed before his death and access to his friends, family, and musical collaborators, paints a portrait of a musician who reinvented himself over and over. Contains some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2017.
Why You Like it: The Science and Culture of Musical Taste
by Nolan Gasser
Annotation: A composer and musicologist who is the chief architect of Pandora's Music Genome Project breaks down the idea of musical taste. He examines the science, psychology, and sociology of why humans love music so much, as well as what our favorite songs say about us. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.
Liars, Leakers, and Liberals: The Case against the Anti-Trump Conspiracy
by Jeanine Pirro
Annotation: A TV host and former prosecutor, judge, and elected official discusses her views on the Trump administration and those that oppose it. 2018.
Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution
by Bernie Sanders
Annotation: Independent congressman, presidential candidate, and activist Bernie Sanders continues his fight against imbalances in the United States. He details his vision, which calls for an economic, environmental, health care, and social justice revolution. He provides an inspiring and practical guide to achieving that vision. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2017.
DIY Rules for a WTF World: How to Speak Up, Get Creative, and Change the World
by Krista Suh
Annotation: The creator of the Pussyhat Project, an integral part of the 2017 Women's March, discusses overcoming her fears and learning to live by her own rules to create change in the world around her. Also describes the tools, tips, experiences, "rules," and more that she uses to get creative. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
Inside the Five-Sided Box: Lessons from a Lifetime of Leadership in the Pentagon
by Ashton B. Carter
Annotation: The twenty-fifth Secretary of Defense recounts his time working at the Pentagon and attempts to demystify it and lay bare the inner workings of the Department of Defense. Draws from Carter's thirty-six years of experience at the Department of Defense and provides insight into important decisions of the last four decades. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.
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