American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham.
Read by Robert Sams. Reading time 21 hours 18 minutes.
Describes the expansion of the power of the American president begun in 1829 by Andrew Jackson. Highlights Jackson's belief in the will of the common man and discusses the development of the Democratic Party under his leadership. Pulitzer Prize. Bestseller. 2008. Download American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, DB68010.
Defending Baltimore against Enemy Attack: A Boyhood Year during World War II by Charles Osgood.
Read by Charles Osgood. Reading time 2 hours 29 minutes.
Emmy Award-winning broadcaster recounts being a nine-year-old boy in Baltimore's Liberty Heights neighborhood in 1942. Describes living with the threat of war, attending Catholic school, and being obsessed with baseball, radio programs, and patriotism. Commercial audiobook. 2004. Download Defending Baltimore against Enemy Attack: A Boyhood Year during World War II, DB69411.
Don't Mind If I Do by George Hamilton.
Read by Robert Sams. Reading time 11 hours 27 minutes.
Actor Hamilton--known for his roles in movies like Zorro, the Gay Blade, his appearances on television's Dancing with the Stars, and his ever-present suntan--describes creating his persona with help from his flamboyant mother and half brother. Discusses his decades-long Hollywood career and his relationships with rich and famous people. 2008. Download Don't Mind If I Do, DB68472.
Franklin and Lucy: President Roosevelt, Mrs. Rutherfurd, and the Other Remarkable Women in His Lifeby Joseph E. Persico.
Read by Ted Stoddard. Reading time 17 hours 13 minutes.
Examines the relationships between President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the important women in his life: his mother Sara, his wife Eleanor, Mrs. Winthrop Rutherfurd (nee Lucy Mercer), his secretary Missy LeHand, and his distant cousin Daisy Suckley. 2008. Download Franklin and Lucy: President Roosevelt, Mrs. Rutherfurd, and the Other Remarkable Women in His Life, DB66938.
The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls.
Read by Martha Harmon Pardee. Reading time 9 hours 29 minutes.
Reporter for MSNBC.com looks back on her unsettled life. Describes growing up in a dysfunctional family, which was always on the move. She recalls her father's dream of building a "glass castle," and relates how she and her siblings escaped to make lives of their own. Strong language. 2005. Download The Glass Castle: A Memoir, DB61540.
Growing Up Again: Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes by Mary Tyler Moore.
Read by Kerry Dukin. Reading time 6 hours 29 minutes.
The former sitcom actress recounts her experiences with juvenile diabetes, which was diagnosed during a miscarriage. Now the chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Moore acknowledges that her past lack of attention to glucose control resulted in vision and foot problems. Includes facts about diabetes and resources. 2009. Download Growing Up Again: Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes, DB68927
Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters by Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger.
Read by Patrick Downer. Reading time 10 hours 30 minutes.
US Airways pilot Sullenberger recounts his successful January 2009 emergency landing in New York City's Hudson River after a bird strike disabled his airplane. "Sully" describes his Texas childhood, his military service, and the training that enabled him to save the lives of all of the passengers. Bestseller. 2009.Download Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters, DB69797.
I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This! And Other Things That Strike Me as Funny by Bob Newhart.
Read by Jim Zeiger. Reading time 6 hours 58 minutes.
Comedian intersperses his autobiography with anecdotes from his stand-up comedy routines. Newhart discusses growing up in Chicago, being drafted into the army in 1952, his first real job as an accountant, his marriage of forty-three years, and life on the road. Includes dirty little secrets about comedians. 2006.Download I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This! And Other Things That Strike Me as Funny, DB63575.
Jimmy Stewart: Bomber Pilot by Starr Smith.
Read by Lewis Grenville. Reading time 8 hours 36 minutes.
Former Eighth Air Force intelligence officer chronicles Academy Award-winning actor Jimmy Stewart's World War II service as squadron commander of a combat bombardment group. Recounts Stewart's volunteering for service before the United States entered the war and later leading his men across Nazi Germany. Foreword by Walter Cronkite. 2005. Download Jimmy Stewart: Bomber Pilot, DB60563.
Joni: An Unforgettable Story by Joni Eareckson Tada.
Read by Elisabeth Rodgers. Reading time 6 hours 40 minutes.
Tada, paralyzed from the neck down by a diving accident in 1967, shares her struggle--what she calls an "incredible adventure"--to adjust to her disability. Describes overcoming, through faith in God, her physical and emotional challenges and even becoming a skillful artist by using her mouth to guide her pen. 1976.Download Joni: An Unforgettable Story, DB66076.
Killer Tomatoes: Fifteen Tough Film Dames by Ray Hagen.
Read by Ray Hagen. Reading time 13 hours 49 minutes.
Hollywood leading ladies of the 1930s-1950s identified by the authors as "hot tamales (who) weren't dependent on men to get where they wanted to go." Profiles Lucille Ball, Joan Blondell, Ida Lupino, Jane Russell, Ann Sheridan, Barbara Stanwyck, and others. Foreword by Jane Russell. Narrated by author. 2004. Download Killer Tomatoes: Fifteen Tough Film Dames, DB59428.
Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation by Cokie Roberts.
Read by Kerry Dukin. Reading time 17 hours 34 minutes.
News analyst Roberts portrays influential American women who lived between the 1797 inauguration of John Adams and that of his son John Quincy in 1825. Highlights accomplishments of first ladies, reformers, educators, writers, and explorers, including Abigail Adams and Sacagawea. Companion to Founding Mothers. Bestseller. 2008. Download Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation, DB66603.
A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation by Catherine Allgor.
Read by Martha Harmon Pardee. Reading time 17 hours 51 minutes.
Biography of Dolley Madison (1768-1849), the fourth American first lady, who became known as "America's queen." Highlights Madison's use of social skills to influence politics and advance her husband's career. Discusses her effect on the unstable young democracy in the era surrounding the War of 1812. 2006.Download A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation, DB67413.
Pieces of My Heart: A Life by Robert J. Wagner.
Read by Joe Peck. Reading time 10 hours 35 minutes.
Autobiography of actor Robert Wagner--born in 1930 and known for his starring roles in movies and television series It Takes a Thief and Hart to Hart. Reminisces about his career, children, and well-publicized relationships, including two marriages with Natalie Wood. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2008. Download Pieces of My Heart: A Life, DB67757.
Priceless Memories by Bob Barker.
Read by Jack Fox. Reading time 6 hours 30 minutes.
Barker reminisces about his fifty years on television--as host of shows The Price Is Right, Truth or Consequences, and the Miss USA pageant. He also describes his childhood, long marriage to his childhood sweetheart, love of animals, and work as an activist for animal rights. 2009. Download Priceless Memories, DB68912.
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard.
Read by Paul Michael. Reading time 12 hours 17 minutes.
Former writer with National Geographic recounts the adventurous travels of Theodore Roosevelt and his son Kermit through South America in 1913-1914. Relates the expedition's threats from cannibals, flesh-eating bacteria, wildlife, and rapids. 2005. Download The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey, DB60664.
Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography by David Michaelis.
Read by John Polk. Reading time 27 hours 47 minutes.
Biography of Charles Schulz, the creator of the comic strip Peanuts, which he drew from 1950 until his death in 2000. Describes his childhood, the realization of his long-held desire to be a cartoonist, his family life, his two marriages, and the autobiographical aspects of his characters. 2007. Download Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography, DB67443.
Send Yourself Roses: Thoughts on My Life, Love, and Leading Roles by Kathleen Turner.
Read by Mare Trevathan. Reading time 8 hours 49 minutes.
Prolific stage and screen actress Turner discusses her career, which included roles in the movies Body Heat, Romancing the Stone, and Peggy Sue Got Married. Recounts aspects of her personal life, such as her battle with rheumatoid arthritis, her twenty-one-year marriage, and motherhood. Strong language. 2007.Download Send Yourself Roses: Thoughts on My Life, Love, and Leading Roles, DB66452.
Seven Wheelchairs: A Life beyond Polio by Gary Presley.
Read by Gary Tipton. Reading time 8 hours 32 minutes.
Memoir of essayist paralyzed by polio in 1959. Describes his stay in an iron lung and return--in a wheelchair--to his family's Missouri farm, where he recuperated physically but struggled emotionally. Chronicles the feelings he experienced while building an independent life and coming to terms with disability. Some strong language. 2008. Download Seven Wheelchairs: A Life beyond Polio, DB68600.
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
Read by Robert Sams. Reading time 37 hours 57 minutes.
Pulitzer Prize-winner illustrates the political acumen of Abraham Lincoln. Highlights the careers of Lincoln's three prime competitors in the Republican party--William Seward, Salmon Chase, and Edward Bates, men more qualified and educated, whom he beat for the 1860 nomination for chief executive. Discusses their subsequent appointments to the cabinet. Bestseller. 2005.
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Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations...One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson.
Read by Peter Ganim. Reading time 16 hours 52 minutes.
Award-winning journalist Relin describes the mission of American humanitarian Greg Mortenson, who established the Central Asia Institute and built schools throughout Taliban-ruled lands. Discusses his childhood in Tanzania and a failed 1993 attempt to climb K2, which resulted in a promise to the Pakistani villagers who saved his life. 2006. Download Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations...One School at a Time, DB64285.
Travels in a Blue Chair: Alaska to Zambia, Ushuaia to Uluru; a Series of Short Stories by Walt Balenovich.
Read by Guy Williams. Reading time 13 hours 55 minutes.
Balenovich, who had polio in childhood, recounts adventures in his blue-colored wheelchair--a device he believes does not confine him, but gives him the freedom to travel and meet new friends. Describes exploring Australia's Great Barrier Reef, celebrating Chinese New Year in Thailand, and breaking a knee in Zambia. 2007. Download Travels in a Blue Chair: Alaska to Zambia, Ushuaia to Uluru; a Series of Short Stories, DB67926.
W.C. Handy: The Life and Times of the Man Who Made the Blues by David Robertson.
Read by Jake Williams. Reading time 11 hours 31 minutes.
Biography of William Christopher Handy (1873-1958) traces his Alabama childhood during Reconstruction, his musical training, and his early career performing in ragtime and vaudeville venues. Highlights Handy's ability to write scores and publish commercially, his relocation to Memphis and then Harlem, and the accident that blinded him. 2009. Download W.C. Handy: The Life and Times of the Man Who Made the Blues, DB69060.
Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-the-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford by Thomas M. DeFrank.
Read by Gregory Gorton. Reading time 9 hours.
Former White House reporter DeFrank presents "an anecdotal memoir" of U.S. president Gerald Ford's life in politics, which Ford asked to remain unpublished until after his death. Using interviews from 1991 to 2006, DeFrank highlights Ford's character and his candid assessments of contemporaries, including Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter. 2007. Download Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-the-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford, DB66303.
Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee by Allen Barra.
Read by Jack Fox. Reading time 19 hours 12 minutes.
Biography of New York Yankees catcher Lawrence "Yogi" Berra (born 1925 in St. Louis). Chronicles Berra's career, which began after he dropped out of school in eighth grade. Describes his 1946 signing by the Yankees and subsequent success, including five consecutive World Series and stints as manager and coach. 2009. Download Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee, DB69268.