Wolfner :: Recommended Readings :: Adult Bibliographies :: Adult Winter Reading Program 2014
Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library presents
“Broaden your Horizon! Read Locally Produced Books”
Adult Winter Reading Program 2014
Our program will begin January 27th and run through March 3rd! Registration for “Broaden your Horizon” begins on January 20th, 2014 and continues throughout the program.
The books on the AWRP lists this year are those in SHELF, a download site for locally produced books maintained by the Keystone Library System. These books are produced by volunteers, not the professionals who do the NLS books you are accustomed to, so the quality may be variable. However, they will give you access to books that you would not get to read otherwise.
Wolfner volunteers record books with a Missouri connection, such as novels with a Missouri setting, books by Missouri authors, and books about Missouri. You will be able to read about Maudie (Mae) Wiseman, the first female wrestling star, who grew up in Fulton, Missouri or read the poems of Walter Bargen, the first poet laureate of Missouri, in his own voice.
From the other libraries that participate in SHELF, you can read similar books from their regions of the country. Those libraries are:
- Perkins Talking Book and Braille Library
- Utah Library for the Blind
- Idaho Talking Book Library
- Colorado Talking Book Library
- Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
- Braille institute of America
- Kansas Talking Books
There are currently over 2500 books on SHELF that can be downloaded or requested through our online catalog for your reading enjoyment.
We will have ten genres with ten books attached to each genre, so each cartridge has ten books on it. The requirements are that in order to qualify for prizes the patron has to read at least twelve books. Then those patrons’ names will go into a drawing. The top two readers will get the grand prizes and the rest of the names are put into a drawing for other prizes.
Please note that the Adult Winter Reading Program is funded by Library Users of Missouri.
To download one of these books you will need to:
1. log in to the Wolfner online catalog WolfPAC <http://wolfpac.sos.mo.gov/klasweb> using your individual information, for example (patron ID: SMITHX01, Password: phone number, 1522544)
2. in the Search for box put the book number, for example (SCO08070) and under the search box click keyword, then click ‘submit search’
3. once you select the book it will take you to the summary page. You will then click on the download link at the bottom of the page.
To order by phone or if you have any questions please call your Reader Advisor at 1-800-392-2614.
Bandy: The True Talk of a Courageous Cape Cod Canada Goose by Marcia Croce Martin
The author befriends some Canada geese on Cape Cod, and becomes especially fond of "Bandy." When "Bandy" is injured, their friendship grows especially strong. As Marcia Martin defends "Bandy," the resilient goose teaches her much about life. A heartwarming and inspiring story.
The Beast in the Garden: A Modern Parable of Man and Nature by David Baron
In 1991, not far from Boulder, Colorado, a young jogger was killed and partially eaten by a mountain lion. Although people were horrified, biologist Michael Sanders and naturalist Jim Halfpenny were not surprised. Since 1988 they had been studying the mountain lions that were beginning to invade backyards in the Boulder area and had concluded that, contrary to accepted wisdom, the big cats were indeed stalking humans in search of a good meal. In this book, written like a thriller, the author follows the advance of mountain lions around Boulder as if they were serial killers. He is not in favor of killing unwanted lions, but he warns that as people continue to displace wild animals from their habitats, they have to change the way they interact with them and be more realistic about romantic notions of wilderness.
Best Friends the True Story of the World’s Most Beloved Animal Sanctuary by Samantha Glen
Best Friends is a sanctuary located in Angel Canyon, Utah, where a few dedicated people have provided a home for thousands of furry and feathered friends. In 1982, a group of young men and women pooled their resources and bought 3,000 acres; nineteen years later they opened the sanctuary for abandoned, injured animals. Horses, goats, rabbits, cats, dogs and many other creatures have found refuge here.
Dog Days by Art Bernard
Art Bernard has written a unique chronicle, easy to read and hard to forget. His warmly remembered tales of the hunting dogs that shared his life also reveal his own character as a true Westerner, one who has helped to make the West a distinctive part of our country. For high school and adult
Dogs that Know when their Owners are Coming Home and other Unexplained Powers of animals by Rupert Sheldrake
The author believes that the "telepathy" between pets and humans, or between flocks of birds or schools of fish that move as a single organism, can be explained. He is less persuaded by anecdotes that suggest animal clairvoyance--warning of something in the near future--but refuses to disallow the possibility. The book describes the author's experiments for studying this previously ignored phenomenon. The author castigates traditional scientists for their refusal to countenance anything that doesn't fit in with their existing paradigms and prejudices and challenges them to come up with more "acceptable" explanations.
Don Coyote the Good Times and the Bad Times of a Much Maligned American Original by Daniel Baer
A heart-warming true story of a rancher (the book's author) who befriends not just one coyote (the Don) but all the coyotes that live on his land.
A Hawk in the Sun: Adventures Studying Hawks by Leon R. Powers
This book brilliantly shows the passion of a true scientist. The research was of the nesting and other habits of the ferruginous hawk--an extremely shy and difficult to study bird that is the largest hawk in North America. The reader will be emotionally involved from the fight between a pair of hawks and a coyote through the author's description of Penelope, the stay-at-home mom, to the poignant death of a hawk chick.
If Only they Could Speak: Stories about Pets and their People by Nicholas Dodman
The joys and rewards as well as the frustrations and failures of pet ownership are explored by the author who examines the complexities of the human-animal dynamic from both the pet and owners point of view.
Wolf Wars: The Remarkable Inside Story of the Restoration of Wolves to Yellowstone by Hank Fischer
The intriguing story of how the gray wolf of Yellowstone Park was hated into extinction, and how a decade long political struggle has brought the wolf back to the park.
Wolfer: A Memoir by Carter Niemeyer
His plan was to stay in Iowa, maybe get a job counting ducks, or do a little farming. But events conspired to fling Carter Niemeyer westward and straight into the jaws of wolves. From his early years wrangling ornery federal trappers, eagles and grizzlies, to winning a skinning contest that paved the way for wolf reintroduction in the Northern Rockies, Carter Neimeyer reveals the wild and bumpy ride that turned a trapper - a killer - into a champion of wolves. 2012
If you like animal stories, you might also be interested in these books recorded in the Wolfner studio. They are children’s books, but quite interesting, and if you read all these books, they can count as one of your twelve total books. All of these books together are approximately 8 hours reading time, the length of one medium adult book.
The Blue House Dog by Deborah Blumenthal
MDB11209 (10 minutes)
A boy whose beloved dog has died, and a dog whose owner also died, find each other and slowly begin to trust one another. For grades 2-4.
Hoofbeats: Margaret and Flynn, 1875 by Kathleen Duey
MDB10064 (3 hours, 30 minutes)
In the Colorado Territory in 1875, orphan Margret and her older sister Libby are staying with the kind-hearted Mrs. Fredrickson when Margret finds an injured horse which she nurses back to health and wants to keep, while Libby is too mistrustful of people to think that they might possibly have found a home.
Itsy Bitsy & Teeny Weeny by Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen
MDB 11044 (15 minutes)
A lamb, rejected by its mother, and an injured fawn are cared for by the caretakers of Hazel Ridge Farm; but as they recovered and grew older, it was time for the deer to go back into the wild. For grades 3-6.
My Chincoteague Pony by Susan Jeffers
MDB10052 (10 minutes)
Julie, having worked year-round to save money to buy her first Chincoteague pony, realizes she doesn't have enough, but when Pony Penning Day arrives strangers help her make her purchase. For grades K-3.
Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle by Brian Dennis
MDB11086 (20 minutes)
Chronicles the friendship between Marine Major Brian Dennis and Nubs, a pack leader of wild dogs in Iraq who bonded with Dennis, but when Dennis was relocated seventy miles away and could not bring the dog with him, Nubs traveled across the freezing desert to find his human friend. For kindergarten through grade 3.
Painter and Ugly by Robert J. Blake
MDB11259 (10 minutes)
Painter and Ugly, two sled dogs who are inseparable best friends, are put on different teams for the Junior Iditarod, but they manage to find their way back to one another for the big race. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2011.
Pierre the Penguin: A True Story by Jean Marzollo
MDB11205 (10 minutes)
Pierre the penguin lost his feathers and was too cold to swim in the water until aquatic biologist Pam came up with an idea to get Pierre to swim again. Preschool - grade 2. 2010.
Storm Chaser by Chris Platt
MDB11055 (4 hours, 45 minutes)
When a fire forces her family to turn their home into a guest ranch, aspiring horse trainer Jessica finds herself working once again with her favorite horse, Storm Chaser, to tame the wild filly for snobbish, spoiled Ariel, Storm Chaser's future owner. For grades 4-7.
Titanicat by Marty Crisp
MDB10054 (10 minutes)
A boy who has signed on as cabin boy aboard the Titanic helps ready the ship for its maiden voyage, but when it is time to set sail and he cannot find the ship's cat on board, he leaves the vessel to search for her. For grades K-3.
Twist of Fate: The Miracle Colt and His Friends by Chris Stuckenschneider
MDB11085 (10 minutes)
Simple text and colorful illustrations tell the story of a colt named Twister, who was born on the Longmeadow Rescue Ranch to a mother who survived a truck accident seven months before. For Kindergarten - grade 3.
Baseball's First Lady: Helene Hathaway Robison Britton and the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball's First Lady: Helene Hathaway Robison Britton and the St. Louis Cardinals by Joan M. Thomas
Cardinals’ owner M. Stanley Robison willed his club and ballpark to niece Helene Britton when he died in 1911, making her the first woman owner of a major league baseball club. Helene, a young wife and mother of two, confidently accepted her inheritance. Operating among baseball magnates of the day, she attended owner's meetings as an equal and took an active role in running her club at a time when society dictated that a lady should not attend a baseball game without a male escort. This biography details her influence on the evolution of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Chasing Normality: With a Little Help from Family and Friends by Richard Weiler
In this memoir, Dick Weiler tells about being left permanently and almost totally paralyzed by polio at the age of 15. Against all odds, and the expectation of his physician, he finished high school, college and law school. He was able to live independently and was self-supporting, working in the office of the Missouri Attorney General.
Don’t Let the Fire Go Out by Jean Carnahan
Jean Carnahan shares how the slogan "Don't Let the Fire Go Out!" helped her confront life's challenges after her husband, son, and longtime friend were killed in a plane crash in 2004.
The Indomitable Mary Easton Sibley: Pioneer of Women's Education in Missouri by Kristie C. Wolferman
Louisiana and the Eastons became one of the first American families to settle in St. Louis. At fifteen, she married George Champlin Sibley, the factor of Fort Osage in Western Missouri, where the young bride lived among the Indians on the edge of the frontier and took up teaching. She then went on to found Lindenwood in St. Charles, the first college for women west of the Mississippi, and she also taught classes for African American and immigrant children.
Jane Froman: Missouri’s First Lady of Song by Ilene Stone
Jane Froman grew up in Missouri, and earned an associate degree from Columbia College. She became a vocalist for Cincinnati radio station WLW, and in 1934 was voted the top 'girl singer' of the day in a poll of listeners. She traveled with the USO during World War II, and had her own television show from 1952-1955. The author used an unpublished autobiography and other archival sources housed in the Western Historical Manuscript Collection at the University of Missouri in writing this biography.
Knuckler: My Life with Baseball’s Most Confounding Pitch by Tim Wakefield
Among the best knuckleballers of all time -- and one of the best pitchers of his generation -- the Red Sox's Tim Wakefield has pitched more games than any other player in the franchise, yet he remains an enigma. Told in his own words, this is the story of his unconventionally brilliant career and the fickle pitch he made his own.
The Last of the Mountain Men by Harold Peterson
Readers will be fascinated by the story of Sylvan Hart also known as "Buckskin Bill". He wasn't a hermit in the true sense of the word, but he lived at Five Mile Bar on the Salmon River in Idaho for over 40 years. This is an account of a man who lived off the land, fended for himself but also loved to travel and talk about his anything but ordinary life.
Marilyn Monroe: The Biography by Donald Spoto
SBI00979 (Braille Institute)
Forget everything you've ever heard or read about her...Acclaimed biographer Donald Spoto was granted exclusive access to previously sealed documents and has penetrated a conspiracy of silence to reveal Marilyn Monroe as she really was. Here at last is the definitive account of her life and death. The truth. Finally.
Starr Tracks: Belle and Pearl Starr by Philip Steele
Belle Starr, known as the "Bandit Queen" of the old West, was a proud and hot-tempered woman who wore six-guns over her velvet skirts and associated with the Younger brothers. Her daughter Pearl operated bordellos in Arkansas. The author looks behind the myths to reconstruct the true story of these two colorful characters, guided by recently discovered papers and family histories.
Wrestling with Life: The Wisdom and Wit of a Woman Wrestler by Geraldean McMillin
Story of Maudie (Mae) Wiseman, and her quest in the mid-1900s to find happiness through life at the circus and wrestling. Written by her granddaughter.
An Angel for Dry Creek and A Gentleman for Dry Creek by Janet Tronstad
SBI02632 (Braille Institute)
An Angel for Dry Creek: A police sketch artist flees Seattle after witnessing a murder and finds refuge in Montana at the home of a man and his twin sons. She settles into her small-town life and develops a bond with the boys. A Gentleman for Dry Creek: An abusive marriage left Sylvia Bannister deeply wary of men. So when Garth Elkton offers his ranch for the troubled teens she worked with, she finds it hard to trust him but wants to believe in love again.
The Best of Times: Dickens Inn by Anita Stansfield
Volume 1 of the Dickens Inn series blends romance and mystery and is set at a charming bed-and-breakfast inn in Montana. The story revolves around a beautiful and deeply spiritual innkeeper with secret sorrows in her past, a delightful and wise granny, and a handsome guest whose past is both troubled and troubling.
Finders Keepers by Catherine Palmer
Determined to provide a secure home for her adopted son, Nokolai, Elizabeth Hayes sets her sights on a lovely Victorian house in Ambleside, Missouri, for her thriving antiques business. Zachary Chalmers, who is shocked to inherit the Chalmers mansion from his aunt, plans to clear the site for his architectural firm. Even as they clash over the fate of Chalmers House, Elizabeth and Zachary discover dreams of a shared future. Finders Keepers series, book 1.
Honor's Disguise by Kristen Heitzmann
Abbie Farrel is just beginning to settle back into living again after the financial crises that have rocked her ranch since her husband's death. With the rugged Cole Jasper back as her foreman, Abbie dares to hope that his laughter and steady hand will bring serenity to the ranch, and perhaps even to her heart. 1999.
A Kiss of Adventure by Catherine Palmer
Tillie, who lives in Kenya, is betrothed to a businesslike man, Arthur. She is bored with her monotonous life. Suddenly she is into an adventure, almost gets kidnapped, and is thrust into a strange partnership with the handsome Graeme. Mystery, romance and suspense deep in the jungles of Africa. Treasures of the Heart series, book 1.
Miracle of the Christmas Star by Susan Dean Elzey
Sariah's baby, Hannah, is born dead, but a new star shines on the baby and she revives. However, Hannah does not grow up like other children in ancient Palestine. She is unable to walk or talk. When word of the Savior's miracles reaches her village, Sariah clings to the faith that her daughter may be healed.
A Patchwork Family by Charlotte Hubbard
Living on the Kansas plains, Mercy Malloy's family endures Indian attacks, a runaway daughter, and an abandoned baby. Through it all, Mercy's faith holds her family together, creating a patchwork of strength and beauty. Angels of Mercy series, book 1
Searching for Spice by Megan DiMaria
Linda Revere longs to have a passionate relationship with her husband, a no-nonsense science teacher at a community college. Life, however, makes it hard, so she prays for help.
Snow Melts in Spring by Deborah Vogts
Harboring affection for a gruff rancher, Mattie Evans faces a painful dilemma when the rancher's estranged son, Gil, plans to sell the ranch and move to California, a situation that is further complicated by difficult family secrets.
The Winds of Sonoma by Susan Johnson
Angelica Amante at twenty-four must make a career-ending moral decision when the high profile, New York law firm she works for demands that she use her brilliant legal talent to protect the wealthy by exploiting the poorest of the poor. One decision will change her life forever. This is the first book in the Regalo Grande series by Christian fiction writer, Nikki Arana, who lives in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. 2010
Across Our Wide Missouri, Volume 1 by Bob Priddy
"On this date in Missouri history" something interesting happened. For more than twenty years, Bob Priddy has been telling us what that something was in a radio series. Now he has published these true stories of Missouri men and women; stories of outlaws and lawyers, sports figures and politicians, cities and small towns, colleges and prisons and more!
America’s Song the Story of “Yankee Doodle” by Stuart Murray
Originally used by Dutch colonist to mock New England Puritans, this folk air later became the new nation’s anthem in its struggle for liberty.
Called to Courage: Four Women in Missouri History by Margo Ford McMillan
Profiles the lives and achievements of four women who played important roles in the history of Missouri, including Native American Ignon Quaconisen, pioneer Olive Boone, African-American Martha Jane Chisley, and businesswoman Nell Donnelly.
The Cape Cod Years of John Fitzgerald Kennedy by Leo Damore
Hyannis Port became the Kennedy family's summer home in 1926, and was President Kennedy's point of departure on his fateful flight to Texas in 1963. The author covers all of the years between.
The Greatest Presidential Stories Never Told 100 Tales from History to Astonish, Bewilder & Stupefy by Rick Beyer
Lincoln's duel, Jimmy Carter's UFO sighting, and the president who went skinny-dipping in the Potomac every day are just a few entries in this fascinating compendium of little-known, true stories about United States presidents
Live! at the Ozark Opry by Dan William Peek
In the Ozarks, music frames everything. The Ozark Opry was a focal point of that cultural tradition for over fifty years. This is a behind-the-scenes story that also spotlights some of the most fascinating characters of the times.
Our National Parks: Celebrating America’s Natural Splendor by Kate Van Wyhe
History and descriptions of national parks in the United States. Discusses the roles of George Catlin, Henry David Thoreau, George Perkins Marsh, Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and others in the development of the concept of conservation of natural beauty by setting aside national park lands. Parks featured include Yosemite, Yellowstone, Sequoia, Rocky Mountain, Mount Rainier, Mesa Verde, Hawaii Volcanoes, Zion, Acadia, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Grand Teton, Shenandoah, Olympic, Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias, Glacier Bay, Gates of the Arctic, Katmai, Kenai Fjords, Big Bend, Everglades, Petrified Forest, Canyonlands, Redwood, Channel Islands, Haleakala, Joshua Tree, and Death Valley.
Outlaw Tales of Missouri: True Stories of the Show Me State's Most Infamous Crooks, Culprits, and Cutthroats by Sean McLachlan
Missouri never had to settle for average everyday gunmen - not when it had such outlaws as Jesse James and Cole Younger to call its own. Outlaw Tales introduces twelve of the most dramatic events and the most daring and despicable desperados in the history of the show Me State.
More than Petticoats: Remarkable Colorado Women by Gayle C. Shirley
Author Shirley profiles the lives of fifteen of the state's most important historical figures -women from across Colorado, from many different backgrounds and from various walks of life. With enduring strength and compassion, these remarkable women broke through social, cultural, or political barriers to make contributions to society that still have an impact today. Each of these women demonstrated an independence of spirit that is as inspiring now as it was then.
Too Tough to Die Down and Dangerous with the U.S. Marshals by Robert Sabbag
Once known for its gunslingers who tamed the West, the United States Marshals is America's oldest -- and perhaps least known -- law enforcement agency, and arguably the most effective. This riveting account of marshals past and present takes readers on celebrated manhunts, dramatic shoot-outs, and into the top secret Witness Protection Program.
Billie Standish Was Here by Nancy Crocker
The river jeopardizes the levee and most of the town leaves; but Miss Lydia, an elderly neighbor, and Billie form a friendship that withstands tragedy and time. Some violence. Gateway Award nominee, 2009 - 2010
Bitsy's Bait & BBQ by Pamela Morsi
After her divorce, Katy moves with her son and her sister to Warbler Lake, Missouri, where the two women buy a bait and barbeque shop and surprise themselves when they get the business running, but Katy's ex-husband poses a problem to their new life when he questions their custody arrangements.
The Bridge by Stan Crader
Tommy Thompson is 12 in the summer of 1967, living in a small town in rural America. All he wants in life is a Honda motorbike. Tommy begins a summer-long quest for the Honda and his love, Wendy. Over the summer Tommy helps his best friend, Booger, cope with family tragedy. He is terrorized by Clyde Goodpasture, the biggest bully in the sixth grade, and the town of Colby is shaken by news that its shoe factory will close.
A Good American by Alex George
In 1904, Frederick and Jette flee Germany for America to escape her disapproving mother. By chance, they find themselves in the small town of Beatrice, Missouri, not speaking a word of English. Poignant, funny, and heartbreaking, A Good American is a novel about being an outsider-in your country, in your hometown, and sometimes even in your own family. Some strong language, some violence, some descriptions of sex For adult readers, 2012.
Harmonic Balance by Walter Bargen
Walter Bargen, first Poet Laureate of Missouri, reads this collection of his poems that are sometimes funny, sometimes sad, but always rich with meaning.
I'll Push, You Steer; the Definitive Guide to Stumbling through Life with Blinders On by Ronda Del Boccio
Bonnie Tesh, a cancer survivor, and Ronda Del Boccio, legally blind, have written a book that contains stories about their struggles (they call them speed bumps) and how they manage to deal with them by maintaining a sense of humor and a positive attitude.
A Little Help from My Friends...and Other Hilarious Tales of Graying Graciously by Jean Carnahan
The former First Lady of Missouri, and U. S. Senator, with the help of two imaginary friends, shares her insights about aging gracefully in humorous anecdotes and observations about life. As she says, "Because Laughing at Life Never Gets Old".
The Moonflower Vine by Jetta Carlson
Chronicles the lives of Matthew and Callie Soames, their four daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren. It tells of a Midwestern family growing old and of their children who left, but found their way back. Despite their troubles, they share a silent recognition that they like each other better than they like anyone else.
My Folks Depression Days by various authors
"Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without” was the rallying cry of the Great Depression. In this moving collection of true stories of people who lived through it, it's apparent that they survived by pulling together, not just as families, but as communities. Through cash and food shortages, drought, dust storms and hard times, they stayed afloat in desperate times by helping one another.
Down Home Missouri: When Girls Were Scary and Basketball Was King by Joel M. Vance
Joel Vance describes what it was like to have his life turned upside down after he moved from Chicago to rural Missouri when he was thirteen years old.
The Canaan Legacy by Michael Kahn
The senior partner in one of Chicago's prestigious law firms is DOA, and Rachael Gold, a smart and savvy young lawyer is retained to investigate his death. Rachel Gold series, book 1.
Click: A Novel by Dan Whipple
Sharp-tongued, hard-drinking freelance photographer "Mick" McClary finds himself caught up in a rare murder investigation in tiny Pushroot, Wyoming. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex.
Deep Cover: A Novel by Traci Hunter Abramson
This romantic suspense novel brings together Kelsey Weber, and undercover CIA agent, and Noah Cabbott, an FBI agent. Their mission is to thwart a terrorist attack, but with a mole leaking information to the enemy, Salman Nassar, their task becomes more dangerous and deadly.
Dove in the Window by Earlene Fowler
SBI02138 (Braille Institute)
Benni Harper, curator of a folk art museum and amateur sleuth, gathers with family and friends at the family's annual barbeque and cattle roundup. One of the guests, a photography student, is found dead and Benni's relatives are the prime murder suspects.
East of Peculiar by Suzanne Ledbetter
Kissing her high-pressure advertising executive job in Chicago goodbye, Hannah Garvey says hello to Valhalla Springs, a retirement community in the Missouri Ozarks. Thinking she's found a place to rest and recoup, Hannah instead finds herself in the deep-end of a murder with an unlikely victim, and way over her head with the handsome local sheriff! Strong language. Hannah Garvey Mystery, book 1.
Infected be the Air by Janice Law
Country life turns out to be anything but peaceful for Alice Bertram, whose ex-husband's body has been found with two other dead in a remote cabin. Police call it a murder-suicide, with Max the shooter, but Alice knows that can't be true. Her ex was gregarious and gun shy, an academic, not an outdoorsman. And, the manuscript of his book about a powerful political family has disappeared.
Roots of Murder by Janis Harrison
When Isaac Miller, a quiet Amish farmer, is found dead, his brother asks Bretta Solomon, River City, MO florist, to intervene in the investigation. She enters the world of the devout, isolated Amish, their not-always-so-understanding neighbors, and a thorny patch of deals between flower growers and purveyors. Bretta Solomon series, book 1.
Scared Blind by Danny Sisco
Randy Franklin, a 35-year-old blind newspaper columnist, tries to find logic for everything. After working and saving, he has finally purchased his dream home. He is unaware that there are residents already residing in his humble abode. But who, or what, is in this house? Doors slam. Furniture moves. Pictures fall off walls. Should he be scared? Unexplained events, and unusual interviews, unlocked the town's mysterious history.
Shop Till you Drop by Elaine Viets
Helen Hawthorne, on the run from her ex-husband and the St. Louis courts, takes a job in a high-end boutique in Fort Lauderdale that is willing to pay her cash, but her attempt to keep her name off the books is put at risk when her boss—a drug dealing embezzler--is found murdered, and Helen is nabbed as the prime suspect in the killing. Dead-end Job Mysteries series, book 1.
Vanished by Lynn Gardner
This romantic suspense novel features Maggie McKenzie, a young journalist out to solve the disappearance of Laurel Lawson, a girl who vanished years ago. On her cross-country quest, Maggie meets psychologist Flynn Ford, who wants to help. As the two get closer to the truth, witnesses begin turning up dead.
The Christmas Stone by Liz
This Christmas story of healing, redemption, and love brings together Clair and Daniel, fellow passengers on a plane that crashes into the waters of Lake Michigan.
Colorado Moonfire by Charlotte Hubbard
Fleeing to the United States, Irish-born beauty Lyla O'Riley takes a job as a housekeeper at the Golden Rose saloon in Cripple Creek, Colorado, but her vow to fall for no man is soon broken by the embrace of Marshal Barry Thompson, who was enjoying his best friend's wedding celebration at the Golden Rose when he fell for a honey-haired minx with periwinkle eyes. Sexually explicit. Strong language. Violence
Count Down to Love by Julie N. Ford
This romance begins with Kelly Grace Pickens being abandoned at the altar by her fiancé. Her country music singing career is struggling and she holds the bills to an A-list wedding. So she reluctantly agrees to appear on the reality TV show, Countdown to Love.
Difficult Decision by Janet Dailey
Until the day of her job interview, when his totally emotionless eyes fastened on her, Deborah hadn't believed anyone could be as cold and hard as Zane Wilding. He was the most demanding boss she’d ever had, and was also ruthless in his personal life. His good looks didn't make up for the inhuman iciness with which he treated even his wife. But by the time Deborah learned the real facts behind Zane's behavior, it was already too late to stop her headlong plunge into love. Americana series.
Miss Gail by Helen Miller
Abigail Meredith, on her way to Bannock, Idaho, in 1862 had no idea what awaited her. Since the discovery of gold, Bannock had sprung up overnight and was bound to be a lot different from the sedate Eastern home in which Abigail had spent her sixteen years. But penniless orphans couldn't be choosers and Gail would have to learn to fend for herself .... and fast. Toiling long hours in the kitchen of a boarding house, Gail found she had not time for self-pity. When, a few months later, she became the town's only schoolteacher, she was ready to open her heart to the needs of others. The selflessness of young doctor Michael Gray was a shining example to Gail. Between them a friendship sprang up, a friendship as solid and valuable as the gold in the hills.
The Ladies’ Man: A Novel by Elinor Lipman
After jilting Adele Dobbin at the altar, Harvey Nash has the audacity to show up and apologize thirty years later. He is just in from the coast where he has reinvented himself as Nash Harvey, composer of jingles. He brings disruption, comedy, and change to the well-ordered lives of Adele and her two sisters. Strong language and some descriptions of sex.
My Lady’s Prisoner by Ann Elizabeth Cree
A dangerous abduction...Since her husband's murder three years ago, Lady Julia Carrington had done her upmost to uncover the culprit. But then Nicholas Chandler, Viscount Thayne, appeared--sinfully handsome and in possession of her husband's ring! With no alternative in sight, the Lady decides to abduct the Viscount and keep him captive till he reveals where and how he got the ring. Idaho author Ann Cree writes intriguing historical romance. Mild descriptions of sex. 2013
The Secret of Spring Hollow by Jan Weeks
After her parents' tragic deaths, Caitlin Morrisey opens a bed and breakfast in an effort to save the family ranch and support her brother and sister. As someone perpetrates sinister events in a quest for a fortune in lost Spanish treasure, Caitlin finds herself becoming attracted to neighbor Connor Devlin.
Truly Madly by Heather Webber
Some people have a special knack for matchmaking -- like Lucy's father, owner of Boston's Valentine, Inc. And some people, like Lucy, his eternally single daughter, do not. But after a scandal forces her to temporarily take over the family business, she stumbles onto a murder, and maybe into the arms of a sexy private eye, too.
Which brings Me to You: A Novel of Confessions by Steve Almond
John and Jane meet at a boring wedding and soon find themselves in a lusty romp in a deserted coatroom. But they get to know each other later, over a series of letters with soul-bearing stories of messy histories, bruised hearts, and aching desires. A burning question underlies their correspondence, and this witty and revealing novel: what will happen if they see each other again? Contains descriptions of sex and some strong language.
Born to Play: My Life in the Game by Dustin Pedroia
The inspirational story of the Red Sox second baseman-a small man (5' 7" tall) who defied the naysayers to become the American League's Rookie of the Year in 2007 and its Most Valuable Player in 2008.
Bradleyville Basketball: The Hicks from the Sticks by James Leon Combs
The true story of country life and high school basketball surrounding the remarkable 1960's championship team from the tiny Ozark Mountain town of Bradleyville, Missouri. From the team's humble beginnings playing on a muddy outdoor court, to winning three state championships and a 64-game winning streak, a state record still unbroken today.
The Cleveland Indian: The Legend of King Saturday by Luke Salisbury
Hard-drinking and hard-hitting, King Saturday was among the most colorful players on the 1897 line-up of the never dull Cleveland Spiders baseball team. Drawing from the real-life story of the Native American outfielder who gave the Cleveland ball club its name, this is a beautifully written novel of great charm and huge heart.
Francona: The Red Sox Years by Terry Francona
The manager who led the Sox in 2004 to their first World Series Championship in eighty-six years, and to another three years later, joins forces with Dan Shaughnessy, one of Boston's most celebrated sports columnists, in this candid memoir about his eight tumultuous years at Fenway. 2013.
Kiss it Good-Bye: The Mystery, The Mormon, and The Moral of the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates by John Moody
Subtitled "The Mystery, the Mormon, and the Moral of the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates," this book takes a nostalgic look at the team that beat the Yankees in the World Series. It concentrates on Vernon Law, the Pirate star pitcher, an Idaho farm boy, widely known as The Deacon, a friendly nickname derived from his Mormon upbringing.
Murder at Fenway Park by Troy Soos
1912 was going to be his year and Boston's magnificent new ball park was sure to be his palace-- until Mickey Rawlings discovers it's someone else's grave. Filled with glorious detail about old time baseball, this entertaining mystery follows a fresh-faced young talenty's deadly introduction to the big leagues.
Never Give Up: My Stroke, My Recovery, and My Return to the NFL by Tedy Bruschi
Tedy Bruschi, tough captain of the New England Patriots, has inspired football players and fans alike for years. In 2005, he suffered a stroke; just eight months later, he returned to the game. It was a victory larger than any of his three Super Bowl championships. Here he tells his powerful story, and sends an inspiring message to stroke survivors.
No Finish Line: My Life as I see it by Marla Runyan
The first legally blind athlete to compete in the Olympic Games tells her story. Diagnosed with Stargardt's disease when she was nine, Marla Runyan proved to be a gifted athlete. In 2000, she placed eighth in the Olympics 1500 meters foot race. With humility and humor, she describes how it felt to grow up and compete at the world-class level "disabled."
Rodeo Idaho! by Louise Shadduck
There's no doubt about it. Idaho is a rodeo state and Idahoans deserves a book on rodeo. The author presents a lovingly researched and richly detailed look at rodeo's past and present in Idaho. For high school and adult readers.
They Came to Hunt: Recollections of a Whitetail Guide by Jack M. Skille
Jack M. Skille guided whitetail deer hunters through Idaho's backcountry for over 14 years. This book is full of stories and tips from this avid hunter and outdoorsman. He has also included a great venison recipe section chock full of camp tested dishes.
The American Revolutionary War by Lawrence T. Russell
In the 1600s, settlers discovered that life in North America was very difficult, and they turned to England for support. Colonies were developed. By the mid-1700s, life was more comfortable and the colonists sought independence. The author provides an overview of the American Revolutionary War, from events leading up to it through its conclusion.
Beyond the Call of Duty: The Story of an American Hero in Vietnam by Bernard Fisher
Bernard Fisher's decision to risk himself in an attempt to rescue a fellow airman in the face of withering enemy fire during one battle of the Vietnam War, made him just one of sixteen members in Air Force history to earn the Congressional Medal of Honor. Now, the full story of his remarkable childhood, family life, and military career is finally told.
Five Stars: Missouri's Most Famous Generals by James F. Muench
Profiles five U. S. military generals from Missouri: Alexander Doniphan, who served in the Mexican-American War; Sterling Price, who served in the Civil War; Ulysses S. Grant, who also served in the Civil War, and Omar Bradley, who served in WWII.
Forlorn Hope: The Nez Perce Victory at White Bird Canyon by John D. McDermott
Here is the story of the spark that started a war. On June 17, 1877, 109 soldiers and civilian volunteers rode into a deep canyon in the Idaho Territory. Their mission was to attack a small band of Nez Perce camped on the banks of White Bird Creek. In the battle that followed, the numerically inferior Nez Perce fighters inflicted one of the worst defeats ever suffered by the American military during the Indian Wars. This account of the White Bird Battle, from both the Indian and white point of view, is considered by many experts to be one of the best books written on an event from the Western Indian wars.
I remember--: A Memoir of Nazi Invasion, Forced Exile & Concentration Camp by Lorissa Wilfong Holt
In 1950, sixteen-year-old Lorissa Nossowa and her mother, refugees of the Nazi concentration camps, found themselves in the beautiful, peaceful valley of Emmett, Idaho. For the next 60 years, Lorissa did everything she could to put the horrors of World War II behind her, even going so far as to not read others memoirs or see any movies related to the war. Now in her 70's, Lorissa bravely confronts those memories and tells her story in the hope that it will help future generations understand and avoid repeating the terrors of that tragic time of human history.
M. Jeff Thompson, Missouri Swamp Fox of the Confederacy by Doris Land Mueller
Doris Land Mueller offers an adventurous account of the life of Conferderate Army commander Merriwether Jeff Thompson. Thompson's military exploits in the Missouri Bootheel region earned him the nickname of "Swamp Fox" from Union General Ulysses S. Grant, while his writing earned him the nickname "Poet Laureate of the Marshes".
MASH by Hillary Jordan
Here is where it all began--the novel that made M*A*S*H a legend and gave life to Hawkeye Pierce, Trapper John, Hot Lips Houlihan, Frank Burns, Radar O'Reilly, and the rest of the gang of the 4077th MASH. The doctors who worked in the Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals (MASH) during the Korean War were well trained but, like many soldiers sent to fight a war, too young for the job. Meet the true-life heroes and lunatics who fought in the Korean War, and experience the martini-laced mornings, marathon hijinks, sexual escapades, and the hard work and skill of the MASH in the face of enormous pressure and dangerous odds.
Shattered Lives, Shattered Dreams: The Disrupted Lives of Families in America's Internment Camps by Russell W. Estlack
This book sheds light on the internment of thousands of German-Americans during World War II. With the help of South American governments, the United States kidnapped and detained German, Italian, and Japanese nationals from Latin America. They became bargaining chips in a prisoner exchange program between the U.S. and the Axis powers.
Twilight: A Novel by Brendan DuBois
After a horrific terrorist attack brings the national government nearly to its knees, a virtual civil war breaks out in the United States. The UN responds by deploying peacekeepers, among them Samuel Simpson, an idealistic young Canadian who has no idea just how dangerous his mission truly is. This smart, fast-paced thriller is by a three-time nominee for the Edgar Award.
World War II from a Waist Gunner's View of Stalag 17 by Luther Irwin Kelley
On the afternoon of April 24th, 1944, Sergeant Luther I. Kelley's squadron of the 384th Bomb Group came under heavy fire from German fighter planes near the German-Swiss border. After crash landing in a German Infantry parade field, the crew on board was captured by German soldiers and taken to the German prison camp, Stalag 17. Sergeant Kelley recounts the twelve months he spent at Stalag 17, ending with a march to Braunau, Austria, in the spring of 1945.
The Big Bay by Kenny Duncan
Walt Brandon, born in the mid 1800´s, sets out on a life of his own at an early age. He ends up in the American West at a time when lawlessness ruled west of the big rivers. A young man with a chip on his shoulder, he grows hard and cold and gets too fast with a gun for his own good. Until he meets a woman who captures his heart and molds him into a real man.
The Call of The Canyon by Zane Grey
Tells the story of Glenn Killbourne and his fiancee, Carley Burch, who become caught up in the lure of the mountains and canyons of Arizona. In this vivid, fascinating land their love meets a strange test. When Glenn returned to New York from France in 1918, he was a shadow of his former sterling self and a stranger to Carley. He went west to recover, and there he found renewal. Carley's life is in the whirl of society Manhattan, and when Glenn writes informing her of his intention to remain in the land he's come to love, Carley journeys west to bring him home. A Movie "The Call of The Canyon" with Richard Dix, Noah Beery, and Lois Wilson.1921
Long Shadows by Wilford Meeks Halladay
This historical western is based on the life of the author's grandfather, a lawman, who was Butch Cassidy's friend. He was one of the rare lawmen to enter Cassidy's outlaw hideout, Robbers Roost.
Payback at Morning Peak: A Novel of the American West by Gene Hackman
Life, not death, drove Jubal Young . . . but memories of his ma and pa, and his beautiful, bright sister are all he has left. Memories of the peaceful days before Jubal stumbled home with his .22, his blood running cold with fear, terror, and anger. When it was over, the homestead was half burned to the ground. Someone had to bury the bodies. Someone had to set things right. Contains strong language, violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2011
Return of the Outlaw by Draig M. Curtis
In this western, Jeff Havens, a Civil War soldier, returns to his home to find his childhood love engaged to another man, his grandfather's ranch stolen, and some of his friends dead. He finds himself branded as an outlaw for the crimes of others, and vows to stop the guilty - or die trying.
Secret Six-Guns by Jon Sharpe
Skye Fargo was summoned to investigate the disappearance of his old buddy, Doc Emerson, after the town search uncovered no leads, and no corpse. What Skye discovered along the treacherous trail was a mysterious black-clad six-shooter who seemed to vanish into the morning mists. Contains explicit descriptions of sex
Shadows of Yesteryear by Jory Sherman
A collection of Spur Award-winning author Jory Sherman's best Western short stories. Includes: “Destiny’s Gun,” “Shadows at Sunset,” “The Filly,” “The Return of Talking Boy,” “Comes the Hunter,” “Tanner’s Diamond,” “Winter of the Red Snow,” “Ute Mountain,” “Death is an Empty Place,” “Broadhead,” and “The Snows of August.”
Spirit's Gold by Stuart Dillon
Planning to settle down to a peaceful life of ranching in Albuquerque, Chase Wade instead finds himself accepting the offer of lady wrangler Kally VanDerVeer to search the desert for her missing father's fortune in gold.
The Storm Testament by Lee Nelson
The first book in the popular Utah Frontier Series follows the stirring saga of Dan Storm as he flees to the Rocky Mountains and becomes an apprentice mountain man.
Three Valleys Ranch by Kenny Duncan
After the Civil War, Wade Tavner was a young man with little left. His boyhood home was completely destroyed, his way of life gone, and he was forced to fight and steal, finding himself on a path of destruction. All he owned could be carried on the back of his horse. So he loaded his belongings and headed out to find what life had in store for him in the open country of the west.