Missouri Authors for Adults

Updated February 2006

Wolfner Library has the following titles available by Missouri authors for adults.

To order any of these titles, contact the library by email, mail or phone. You may also request these titles online through our OPAC. Happy Reading!

Angelou, Maya

All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes.
RC 25432.
The American poet, actress, civil rights activist, and television producer and director recalls her pilgrimage to Ghana in the early 1960s. Angelou went there so that her son could study at the University of Ghana, to put him and herself in touch with long imagined ancestral roots. She is saddened and disillusioned by the subtle rejection of native Ghanaians. Maya Angelou Autobiography, Book 5. Series Code ANM. Some strong language.

And Still I Rise.
RC 12970.

A book of verse by a black writer who celebrates life, love, womanhood, and remembrance.

The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou.
RC 42918.
In this collection of more than 150 poems, Angelou celebrates the lives of black people, though many of her poems are universal in their appeal. She uses speech patterns of southern blacks and of the street-wise hip, the currents of blues and jazz, and the rhythm of rap. The collection includes Still I Rise and On the Pulse of Morning.

Even the Stars Look Lonesome.
RC 44898, BR 11239.
Twenty essays on topics such as aging, fame, family, marriages, sexuality, and Africa. In "A House Can Hurt, a Home Can Heal," Angelou discusses how her marriage breakup was related to her house, and the contentment she felt in her new home. Some descriptions of sex.

Gather Together in My Name.
RC 56481.
This memoir begins at the end of World War 2. Angelou goes from job to job and man to man. She tries to go back home to Arkansas but discovers she is no longer a part of that world. Explicit descriptions of sex.

The Heart of a Woman.
RC 17325.
The author continues her autobiography into the early 1960s, a period that saw Angelou heavily involved in civil rights. She tells of her recollections of such black activists as Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and James Baldwin and also recounts the details of her affair with South African freedom fighter Make. Maya Angelou Autobiography, Book 4. Series Code ANM. Strong language.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
RC 57200, BR 15665.
An autobiography of the childhood and adolescence of a black girl in rural Arkansas, Saint Louis, and San Francisco. She is a strong and sensitive young woman who endures and overcomes many horrors in her life. Maya Angelou Autobiography, Book 1. Series Code ANM. Some descriptions of sex and some violence.

I Shall Not Be Moved.
BR 8559.
A collection of poetry on the joys and pathos, pains and triumphs of African American life by the noted author, poet, civil rights activist, and producer and director of the stage and screen.

Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘Fore I Die.
BR 3408.
Collection of warm, joyful, raging, and proud poems that reflect the sense of life, love, and loneliness.

Maya Angelou: Poems.
RC 28181.
Comprises four volumes of poetry: Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie, Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well, And Still I Rise, and Shaker, Why Don't You Sing.

On the Pulse of Morning.
RC 36169, BR 9188.
The inaugural poem created and read by noted African American poet Maya Angelou for President William Jefferson Clinton on January 20, 1993. She speaks of a rock, a river, and a tree as symbols of a land once inhabited by now extinct species. The messages that these symbols deliver through the ages is that each dawn brings new hope, especially the morning whose pulse can be felt on "this fine day."

Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women.
RC 40783, BR 10183.
Four poems that celebrate women. The collection includes Phenomenal Woman, Still I Rise,Weekend Glory, and Our Grandmothers.

Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas.
RC 56941.
Engaging and touching autobiography of a fascinating personality. Angelou covers the years of her twenties when she developed her first meaningful relationship with whites, a brief marriage to a Greek sailor, and her theatrical career. Maya Angelou Autobiography, Book 3. Series Code ANM. Some strong language.

A Song Flung Up to Heaven.
RC 54044.
In this sixth volume of her memoirs, Angelou documents her life in the 1960s when she returned to America from Ghana to participate in the civil rights movement. Discusses the impact of the assassinations of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. on her, personally and professionally. Maya Angelou Autobiography, Book 6. Series Code ANM.

Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now.
RC 37303, BR 9378.
A collection of short essays in which Angelou discusses the value of charity, her faith in God, and the deaths of loved ones. She shares her thoughts on discovering an authentic personal style, the insidious effects of racism, and pregnancy as an experience shared by a woman and her mate. Angelou also includes reminiscences of her childhood in Stamps, Arkansas; of being a single mother; and of dancing with Alvin Ailey.

Barnes, Jim

The American Book of the Dead.
RC 34882.
Poetry that mingles images of the past and present by an American of Choctaw-Welsh-English descent. Four sections, titled "This Crazy Land," "Death by Water," "Ishmael," and "Night Falls, Ritual and Fast," bring together reflections and autobiographical poems about things he wants you to notice, people he wants you to know, feelings he wants you to share, and places he wants you to care about. Some strong language.

La Plata Cantata: Poems.
RC 35958.
The twelve poems in the title piece express a respect for traditions. Another four poems conjure up images of a brother killed in war. And six poems paint icons, some from real objects and others from moments in the mind. Several poems create experiences in very small places, such as Winnemucca, Nevada, and Horsefly, British Columbia. This poet sees poems in subjects others might easily miss.

A Season of Loss: Poems.
RC 35134.
Poems by an American of Choctaw-Welsh-English heritage take a closer look at long gone people and places. In part one, entitled "Bone Yard," one feels the January wind, hears the moan of a distant diesel, and regrets leaving Santa Fe. Part two, or "Dog Days," begins with a reflection on sultry August days but gives way to songs of praise. Each season of loss is replaced with new love and respect for life. Some strong language.

Barthel, Joan

A Death in California.
RC 18101.
Hope Masters, a 31-year-old Beverly Hills socialite, twice divorced, and mother of three children, is imprisoned for the murder of her fiance in a remote ranch house. Fortunately, a policeman who believed Hope's story of innocence follows the trail of the real killer to win justice and freedom for her.

Death in Canaan.
RC 15177.
True story of Peter Reilly, a young man who returned to his home in Canaan, Connecticut, one night in 1973 and discovered his alcoholic mother brutally murdered. Though Peter is convicted on manslaughter, he is eventually awarded a new trial and freed with the help of concerned citizens. The crime remains unsolved.

Berra, Yogi

Ten Rings: My Championship Seasons.
RC 58208, BR 15426.
Autobiography by baseball Hall of Fame catcher highlighting his ten championship seasons with the New York Yankees between 1947 and 1962. Recalls the "golden years" of baseball, his famous contemporaries, and rival teams and relates how the game has changed since the 1950s.

What Time Is It? You Mean Now?
RC 55645, BR 14563.
Retired baseball champion provides advice by using anecdotes relating to baseball. Suggests cultivating a positive attitude, exercising, setting goals, and taking advantage of opportunities.

When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!
RC 52360, BR 13542.
Champion baseball catcher, coach, and manager suggests making informed decisions by obtaining advice and going with what feels right. Uses baseball anecdotes as metaphors for life.

Bumas, Shaskan

Price of Tea in China.
BR 10377.
Eight stories that explore the struggles people have in defining their relationships, either to others or to their current circumstances.

Burnett, Robyn and Ken Luebbering

German Settlement in Missouri.
WOD 564.
German immigrants and their descendants played a crucial role in the settlement and development of Missouri's architectural, political, religious, economic and social landscape. Relying heavily on unpublished memoirs, letters, diaries, and official records, the authors provide important new narratives and firsthand commentary from the immigrants themselves. A Missouri Heritage Reader. Series Code MOHR.

Carey, Ken

Flat Rock Journal: A Day in the Ozark Mountains.
BR 9991.
Since buying his piece of Ozark wilderness twenty years ago, writer and environmentalist Carey has learned to open his mind and heart to the renewing energies of spring. He describes the annual day long trek he takes through the land. Interspersed are recollections of the almost magical happenings that led him and his family to this place and the difficult but rewarding life they have lived since.

Carkeet, David

Double Negative.
RC 16399.
Comic mystery set in a nursery school in Indiana that doubles as a laboratory for the study of the language of young children and staffed by a collection of loony scholars. When two murders are committed in one night, the detection is led by a faculty member and a beefy, but bright, police lieutentant. Some strong language.

The Greatest Slump of All Time.
RC 21402.
Satire about a baseball team whose nine starters appear to be depressed and having problems other than baseball. For example, Apples Bagwell, the pitching sensation, is having sexual identity problems. Buford Ellenbogen, the burly slugger, is terrified because his wife is pregnant with twins. Team leader Eddie Johnson has a hopeless marriage, and catcher Narvel Adams has claustrophobia behind the plate. Strong language and some descriptions of sex.

I Been There Before.
BR 6610.
The return of Halley's Comet in 1985 also heralds the resurrection of Mark Twain, who travels about America depositing fragments of a new manuscript with his characteristic humor and observations. With the appearance of the new writings, a Twain scholar sets out to track down the resurrected author. Some strong language.

Chopin, Kate

The Awakening and Selected Short Stories.
RC 33806, BR 8894.
A novel about a liberated young woman who rebels against the constraints of marriage and engages in extramarital love. The results are disastrous, in the book and on the career of the author. In an introduction to the novel and the twelve short stories in this collection, the editor reflects on Chopin's continuing impact on feminist literature.

A Vocation and a Voice: Stories.
RC 33561.
This small collection of stories was canceled by a publisher in 1900, following the public's hostile reaction to Chopin's The Awakening. One of her recurrent themes is women, independent, naive, victimized, aggressive, and full of dreams. Themes of music, love, and nature also appear in many stories. But her characters, like her idol, Guy de Maupassant, seem to have an obsession with madness. Some strong language.

Commoner, Barry

The Politics of Energy.
BR 4634.
The author assesses the current energy situation in the United States, energy policies, and argues for a shift toward the use of solar power.

The Poverty of Power.
RC 9948.
An eminent biologist and environmental scientist analyzes the close relationship between ecology, energy, and economics. Asserts that society must rethink the way it lives to conserve energy.

Science and Survival.
RC 14611.
Essay on the scientist's responsibility to mankind: the decisions each scientist must make and the consequences of his decisions in performing new research. Examples from environmental research underline the point.

Connell, Evan S.

At the Crossroads: Stories by Evan S. Connell, Jr.
BR 87.
Stories ranging in tone from frivolity to tragedy. All are concerned with the variations of human folly.

The Collected Stories of Evan S. Connell.
RC 42624.
Short stories composed over a period of fifty years, many of which are critical of political reactionaries and the American middle class. The lead story, "Arcturus," depicts the conflicts and veiled emotions between a husband and his wife's former suitor at a dinner party. Strong language.

The Connoisseur.
RC 8701.
When a wealthy insurance man picks up a Mexican sculpture for a song and finds it is an authentic pre-Columbian work of art, he becomes obsessed with collecting and proves to be an easy victim for exploiters.

Deus Lo Volt!: Chronicle of the Crusades.
RC 53418.
French nobleman Jean de Joinville recounts the two century history of the Crusades and his participation as an aide to King Louis IX. He highlights the activities of figures such as Richard the Lionhearted and Saladin, depicts the sack of Constantinople, and describes his own imprisonment in Egypt. Violence.

Double Honeymoon.
RC 9977.
Relates the love affair between Karl Muhlbach, widowed father of two and Lambeth Brent, a beautiful and unpredictable young woman. Because of Lambeth's erratic behavior, Muhlbach is bewildered by the enticing and ultimately, self destructive woman. Some strong language.

Long Desire.
RC 14863.
Narratives of extraordinary travelers whose wanderlust has taken them beyond the safe and familiar to the unknown. Includes seekers of Atlantis, the Northwest Passage, and the seven cities of Cibola; the victims of the Children's Crusade; the legendary Prester John; and the alchemist Paracelsus.

Mr. Bridge.
RC 31585, BR 8386.
This companion piece to the author's Mrs. Bridge is comprised of fragmented experiences from the life of a middle aged surburban couple living between the world wars. Brief episodes are juxtaposed to reveal stereotyped values and the emotional and spiritual aridity of the prosperous Bridges.

Mrs. Bridge.
RC 31582, BR 8385.
A series of vignettes depicts Mrs. Bridge as wife, mother, and finally widow in middle class Kansas City. The characters and episodes reveal middle America and its middle class life and values in the 1930s and early 1940s. Through the insularity of Mrs. Bridge's life, the author points out the potential for isolation in any life.

Saint Augustine’s Pigeon.
RC 18012.
Sixteen short stories that tell of wanderers, dissect marriage, and examine the human condition in crisis.

Son of the Morning Star.
RC 21227.
A reconstruction of what might have happened, and why, at Little Bighorn on June 25, 1876. Tells of Custer and his command, about the Native Americans who defeated him, and about such topics as desertion rates in the frontier cavalry.

Copeland, Lori.

Promise Me Forever.
RC 45737.
This sequel relates Amelia's rescue by Captain Morgan Kane. He dumps Amelia in Galveston, but she is kidnapped and sold as a prostitute and once again needs to be rescued. McDougal Sisters, Book 3. Series Code MCD. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex.

Promise Me Tomorrow.
RC 45453.
This account follows Anne-Marie, who was rescued by Creed Walker, a Crow warrior who is hiding a cache of gold. They agree to help one another, but they may kill each other first. McDougal Sisters, Book 2. Series Code MCD. Some strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex.

Promise Me Today.
RC 39455.
During the Civil War, the three McDougal sisters travel about dressed as nuns and scam men out of their money. Finally arrested, the sisters are being transported to jail when Comanches attack the stagecoach. Three unlikely men come to their rescue, each riding off with a sister in tow. Abby is stuck with shoe salesman Hershall Digman. But, like Abby, Hershall is not who he seems. McDougal Sisters, Book 1. Series Code MCD. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex.

With This Ring: A Quartet of Charming Stories about Four Very Special Weddings.
RC 50158.
Four short Christian romance stories set in the nineteenth century. In Something Old and Something New, recent immigrants to America face difficulties with their love interests. In Something Borrowed, Emma arrives at her inherited ranch to find an interloper. In Something Blue, Norwegian Astrid reaches Louisiana and learns that her husband is dead.

Costas, Bob

Fair Ball: A Fan’s Case for Baseball.
RC 50094.
The Emmy Award winning broadcaster outlines what he believes is wrong with baseball and offers some cures. Includes suggestions for a new contract in 2001 between owners and players, which includes revenue sharing, salary basements and ceilings, modification of rules, and realignments of schedules.

Dailey, Janet

Aspen Gold.
RC 33902, BR 8646.
Kit Masters returns to her home on Silverwood Ranch in Aspen, Colorado, after ten years. She spent those years in Hollywood as a soap opera actress, but in Aspen she will be starring in her first movie. There are sad memories in her hometown, but there is also Tom Bannon, her old love who jilted her but is now available again. Descriptions of sex.

Big Sky Country.
WOD 548.
Riordan was stubbornly set against his brother's impending marriage to Kerry. But Jill, Kerry's roommate, is equally committed to seeing the marriage happen. Jill is a beautiful woman who knows she can use her wiles to sway a man, but could Riordan turn the tables on her? The Americana series, Montana. Series Code AMER. Descriptions of sex.

Bluegrass King.
WOD 388.
Dani Williams has been drifting with her father all her life, raising and racing horses. Her father has raised a champion racehorse, Rogue, and she is obsessed with the idea that wealthy Barrett King wants Rogue. But is Rogue really what Barrett is after? The Americana series, Kentucky. Series Code AMER.

Bride of the Delta Queen.
RC 14305.
A romantic Harlequin novel of beautiful redhead Selena, who is vacationing alone in New Orleans. Although she successfully resists the insistent advances of the men she meets, she finds danger when she accepts an invitation from a woman to cruise aboard the riverboat, The Delta Queen. The Americana series, Louisiana. Series Code AMER.

Calder Born, Calder Bred.
RC 19250, BR 13467.
Ty was born a Calder but bred a stranger to his legacy, the vast ranchlands that stretch to meet the Montana sky. He learns the ways of ranch life from young Jessy, who knows the land like her own heart and would give anything for the love of Ty Calder. But Ty worships glamorous Tara, the greedy daughter of a powerful Texas millionaire. Calder Saga, Book 4. Series Code CAL. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex.

Calder Pride.
RC 49785, BR 13022.
Following her fiancé's death, Cat Calder returns home to Montana vowing never to love again. Then a one night stand with Logan Echohawk leaves her pregnant. When Logan becomes sheriff, Cat has some decisions to make. Calder Saga, Book 5. Series Code CAL. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language.

A Capital Holiday.
RC 53530.
Beautiful Jocelyn Wakefield, the president's daughter, disguises herself for an early morning walk without security. She runs into reporter Grady Tucker, his dog, and elderly Obediah Melchior, who looks suspiciously like Santa Claus. Grady fakes an injury in order to become better acquainted.

Darling Jenny.
RC 29822.
Secretary Jenny Glenn, visiting her widowed sister in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is picked up at the airport by dashing Logan Taylor, her sister's boss. Sparks fly when she and Logan must seek refuge from a snowstorm in a remote log cabin. The Americana series, Wyoming. Series Code AMER.

Fiesta San Antonio.
RC 33106.
Colter Langston is a wealthy man, but he has not been happy for a long time. Consequently his motherless daughter, Missy, suffers from a lack of love. Natalie Crane is out of work and having a hard time coping with the responsibilities of raising her orphaned nephew. Neither Colter nor Natalie wants a relationship with the other, but marriage could be a solution to their problems.

For Bitter or Worse.
RC 32832.
Cord Harris is losing all hope that he will ever walk again after recuperating from injuries for almost a year. And he certainly has no interest in running the ranch. Stacy loves her husband as much as ever, but Cord keeps trying to push her away no matter what she says or does. Cord's work with a physiotherapist restores some of his interest in living, but now Stacy feels more left out than ever. Some strong language.

For the Love of God.
WOD 617.
Abbie knows only that the stranger who offers roadside aid is not a Good Samaritan and devastatingly handsome. But soon she will learn much more about Seth Talbot, and that knowledge is disturbing. For how can she, without twinges of guilt, feel such an ungodly passion for her home town's minister?

The Glory Game.
RC 21536, BR 6182.
Heiress Luz Thomas recovers from her divorce when she meets Raul Buchanan, a dashing Argentinian polo star. But her daughter has also fallen for Raul, and her son, who is secretly freebasing cocaine, is enraged by his mother's affair. Some strong language and explicit descriptions of sex.

The Great Alone.
RC 24533.
An historical saga that begins in the seventeenth century with Luka, a Russian fur trader, who settles in the Aleutian Islands and takes a gentle Aleut woman as his concubine. The story follows the stalwart family and their descendents as they move through the harsh landscape and play their parts in Alaskan history. Some strong language and explict descriptions of sex.

Green Calder Grass.
RC 54999, BR 14312.
Ty Calder has recovered from a kidnapping attempt and is expecting twins with his second wife, Jessy. But Ty's former wife, Tara, becomes increasingly jealous and tries to reclaim her ex. Calder Saga, Book 6. Series Code CAL. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language.

Green Mountain Man.
RC 28839.
Jonas returns to Randolph, Vermont, after ten years, supposedly for some much needed rest and relaxation. But the real reason, he finally admits to himself, is to see Bridget. Can he rekindle the love they had ten years ago? The Americana series, Vermont. Series Code AMER. Some descriptions of sex.

RC 25992.
Upon the death of her beloved father, Texas oil millionaire Dean Lawson, Abbie meets her illegitimate half-sister, Rachel, who bears a striking resemblance to her. With her inheritance, Rachel moves to Texas, and the sisters soon become fierce rivals in horse racing, in business, and in high society. After years of intense competition, a tender reconciliation is prompted by a tragic accident. Some strong language and explicit descriptions of sex.

The Homeplace.
RC 34277.
On a knoll above the Boyer River in Iowa, Catherine Carlsen surveys the land around her, reliving wonderful memories of the Homeplace. But she must not let herself cry over what is no longer hers. Her grandfather has died, and the farm is being sold to an easterner. Besides, she is going to marry Clay Carlsen, her childhood friend. Then she meets the new owner, Rob Douglas, and her plans begin to change. The Americana series, Iowa. Series Code AMER.

The Hostage Bride.
RC 22189.
The ruthless entrepreneur Bickford Rutledge, head of a Kansas City firm, has always desired the beautiful Tamara. When he discovers that she has secretly "borrowed" company funds to help her invalid mother, he blackmails her into marriage.

RC 46451.
Bodyguard Delaney Wescott is called to New York to protect movie star Lucas Wayne from his former lover, Rina Cole. Lucas is somewhat hesitant to deal with a female protector, but soon realizes Delaney is good at her job. Delaney, however, has much more to deal with, including her former lover and a murder. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex.

The Lancaster Men.
WOD 560.
After years of being on her own, Shari returns to the protective bonds of the Lancaster estate when her mother has a stroke. While Shari copes with her love for freedom and the conflicting confines of home, unexpected feelings for Whitman, her stepbrother, surface.

Leftover Love.
WOD 505.
Layne's search for the mother who had given her up at birth take her to a sprawling Nebraska ranch, where the West, and Creed Dawson, weave their spell around her.

RC 43513.
It has been five years since Diane Parmelee saw Lije Stuart, yet the attraction to each other is still very evident. Lije, now a Harvard graduate, is forced to return to his Cherokee Nation home without Diane, as the country heads toward civil war. Some violence and some descriptions of sex.

RC 32013, BR 8433.
Shortly after hearing that her life is in danger, Remy Jardin is knocked unconscious, only to awaken with amnesia. Who is this faintly familiar Cole Buchanan who has come to take her home to New Orleans? The more she remembers, the more danger she is in. Some descriptions of sex.

The Matchmakers.
WOD 575.
Kathleen Darrow has come to answer an advertisement as a companion to two adolescent girls. The girls' father, Jordan Long, thinks Kathleen is too young for the job. He is a young man, himself, and people may talk. But the girls win out and Kathleen is caught between the reluctant father and the daughters who have picked her out as their new mother. The Americana series, Delaware. Series Code AMER.

Night Way.
RC 17420.
Launa Marshall, a beautiful young nurse, becomes involved in the passionate clash between Chad Faulkner and his half brother, Hawk, both the sons of a rich Arizona landowner. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex.

RC 42793.
Eden Rossiter is struggling to hold on to Spur Ranch, just north of Friendly, Nevada. Her neighbor wants the ranch as retribution for the death of his brother, a death for which he blames Rossiter. She finds an ally in a newcomer who develops an interest in more than just saving her ranch. Strong language and some descriptions of sex.

The Pride of Hannah Wade.
RC 21241, BR 6049.
Hannah Wade, the refined wife of a United States Cavalry officer, is captured, raped, and enslaved by a brutish Apache warrior in a raid on the New Mexico frontier in the 1870s. After her rescue a year later, Hannah is shunned by her husband and rejected by her white woman friends, who find her unclean. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex.

The Proud and the Free.
RC 40764.
In 1830, Eliza Hall arrives in the Georgia Cherokee Nation to tutor the children of Will Gordon. She is surprised to find Cherokees own grand plantations and slaves, but there are signs that this may soon end. Gordon's daughter, Temple, is adamant that her family will never leave the land, but after five years of harassment, Temple's husband is among the "traitors" that sign a new treaty agreeing to move. Violence and some explicit descriptions of sex.

Ride the Thunder.
RC 16589, BR 4767.
A glamorous New York socialite on a hunting party out West meets a rugged stranger whose fiery touch sparks her passion. Their romantic idyll is shattered by a terrible secret that claims one life and threatens to destroy another. Some strong language.

RC 29050.
Flame Morgan is unaware of the complicated past and the bitter rivalries between her family and the Stuarts when she meets and falls in love with powerful real estate magnate Chance Stuart. But learning of the intrigues may not be enough to save her as she becomes entrapped in a battle of family loyalties, love, and revenge. Some descriptions of sex.

The Rogue.
RC 24379.
A romance set in the West. Diana, the boss's spoiled daughter, charms all of the ranch hands except handsome Holt Mallorey whom she detests. When Diana, Holt, and his son venture out on a wild horse hunt to reclaim their lost mares, they become entangled in a love triangle. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex.

Scrooge Wore Spurs.
RC 55219, BR 14534.
Indebted Arizona rancher Eben MacCallister expects to lose the family ranch in the new year. To make matters worse, his former fiance Maddie Williams has returned to open a dude ranch on adjoining land and his estranged sister has passed away leaving him with four orphans at Christmas time.

The Second Time.
WOD 616.
Dawn Lord had made the wrong choice between love and money. She blames herself for eleven years of a loveless marriage, now dissolved. But what of the man she had denied so long ago? Slater MacBride seeks to prove that a certain kind of passion can easily stand the test of time.

Shifting Calder Wind.
RC 57507, BR 15298.
Texas. When Chase Calder regains consciousness, he has amnesia but is sure someone tried to kill him. Chase and his rescuer, Laredo Smith, decide to let everyone except his daughter-in-law, Jessy, think he is dead while they search for the shooter. Calder Saga, Volume 7. Series Code CAL. Some strong language.

Show Me.
WOD 549.
Jake is coming back to Missouri after having spent all but a few weeks of his and Tanya's married life in other countries. He wants to get to know their son, John, and overcome the fear and hatred behind their marriage so John can have a real home. Tanya is terrified of his presence--partly because she finds him so attractive but mainly because of her secret. If he finds out the truth, his growing feelings for her will be shattered. The Americana series, Missouri. Series Code AMER.

Silver Wings, Santiago Blue.
RC 20930, BR 5936.
Novel about the wartime experiences and romantic entanglements of four WASPs, Women Airforce Service Pilots, assigned to stateside duty during World War 2. Cappy is an army brat, Eden is a pampered debutante, Mary Lynn is the forlorn wife of a combat pilot, and Marty is an egotistical daredevil. All share a common sense of duty. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex.

Six White Horses.
WOD 553.
Patty knew it was foolish to cherish any feelings for Lije Masters now that he was happily married to someone else. She certainly does not need constant reminders from arrogant Morgan Kincaid. When one of Patty's rodeo horses is hurt, Morgan offers her and her grandfather a place to stay until the horse is healed and Patty can resume her act. Slowly Patty begins to suspect that her reactions to Morgan are not inspired by anger alone. The Americana series, Oklahoma. Series Code AMER.

Sonora Sundown.
WOD 551.
Brandy met the movie star Jim Corbett in the Arizona desert but did not know who he was until they were rescued the next day. Angry because he did not tell her, Brandy refuses to see Jim again. Jim is persistent and Brandy realizes she has fallen totally in love. But can a relationship between a famous movie star and a shop girl ever be more than a passing fancy? The Americana series, Arizona. Series Code AMER.

Stands a Calder Man.
RC 18693, BR 13465.
Webb Calder is used to fighting man and nature to get what he wants. When homesteaders flock to Montana to seize their share of the American dream and, incidentally, to cramp the Calders' style, Webb finds among them the only woman he has ever wanted. Calder Saga, Book 3. Series Code CAL. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language.

Summer Mahogany.
WOD 552.
Nine years after their marriage was annulled, Rhyder comes back to Maine. Seeing him brings back painful memories to Gina of her foolishness at sixteen and the hasty wedding designed to save her reputation. Her feelings for Rhyder are as passionate as ever, but now the passion is hatred. The Americana series, Maine. Series Code AMER.

Tangled Vines.
RC 35867.
Kelly Douglas grew up in Napa Valley, but a troubled childhood forced her to move away and change her name. She found success in television and has just become hostess of a new prime time magazine show. Her first assignment is a story on the Napa Valley wine industry, and especially the Rutledge Estates. But a trip back to California stirs up more than unpleasant memories. Strong language and some descriptions of sex.

This Calder Range.
RC 59051, BR 13464.
Romance of a determined young rancher and the beautiful but practical bride who rides beside him to the Montana range. Old grudges and debts follow the settlers into the new land as they breathe life into a dream of freedom and a promise of riches. Calder Saga, Book 1. Series Code CAL. Some explicit descriptions of sex.

This Calder Sky.
RC 59990, BR 13466.
The great Calder Empire stretches across the Montana plains as far as the eye can see. Everyone knows a Calder's word is law, and that one day Chase Calder will take the rein of power and carry the name to new glories. But for handsome, arrogant Chase there is also beautiful, headstrong Maggie O'Rourke, who is determined to be free of the harsh codes. Calder Saga, Book 2. Series Code CAL. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language.

Tidewater Lover.
RC 28838.
When Lacey Andrews gets a chance to house sit for her cousins at their Virginia Beach home, she does not expect to share the place with someone else, especially the attractive, insolent man with whom she has had some very upsetting work related conversations. The Americana series, Virginia. Series Code AMER. Some descriptions of sex.

To Tell the Truth.
WOD 550.
On a skiing holiday in Squaw Valley, Andrea and Tell Stafford meet and fall deeply in love. Before Andrea has a chance to explain about her marriage, Tell finds out. Furious at being deceived he berates Andrea and leaves the resort. When Andrea returns to her husband's home she learns that one of his oldest friends and her two grown children are coming to visit. The Americana series, Oregon. Series Code AMER.

Touch the Wind.
RC 17162.
Sheila, a wealthy college student from Texas, elopes to Mexico with her arrogant, gold digger boyfriend. When their car breaks down and a group of bandits kill her husband, the rugged and ruthless leader, Rafaga, takes her as his prisoner and mistress.

Valley of the Vapours.
WOD 510.
After a quarrel with her father, Tisha goes to stay with her aunt in Hot Springs, Arkansas. On the way, she almost literally runs into a handsome, older man. The Americana series, Arkansas. Series Code AMER.

With a Little Luck.
RC 50796.
At 26, Eve "plain Jane" Rowland wonders if she will ever find love in the small town of Cable, Wisconsin. Then she and Luck McClure have several "accidental" meetings that change their lives forever. The Americana series, Wisconsin. Series Code AMER. Some descriptions of sex.

Dyer, Robert L.

Jesse James and the Civil War in Missouri.
WOD 410.
This book discusses the underlying causes of the Civil War as they relate to Missouri and reveals how the war helped create both the legend and the reality of Jesse James and his gang. A Missouri Heritage Reader. Series Code MOHR.

Eliot, T.S.

The Cocktail Party.
RC 22859, BR 180.
The author has taken the ordinary West End drawing room comedy convention, understatement, upper class accent, and all, and used it as a vehicle for utterly serious ideas.

Collected Poems, 1909-1962.
RC 19566.
Contains the complete text of Collected Poems 1909-1935, the full text of Four Quartets, and several other poems. The poet himself "has selected all of his poetry through 1962 that he wishes to preserve."

The Letters of T.S. Eliot.
RC 28721.
These letters, edited by Eliot's second wife, come on the centenary of the poet's birth. They open with a bit of juvenilia and follow Eliot as he studies in Paris and Oxford. His literary opinions are much in evidence in letters to and about Ezra Pound, Bertrand Russell, Wyndham Lewis, Virginia Woolf, and Hugh Walpole, among others.

Murder in the Cathedral.
RC 55554, BR 14494.
A verse play about the 1170 murder of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, at the royal behest of Henry II. Concerns issues of faith, politics, and the common good.

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.
RC 53190, BR 318.
Amusing verses about various kinds of cats the author has known. Basis for the musical Cats.

On Poetry and Poets.
RC 34111.
A collection of essays, including studies of individual writers and poets, that illuminates the author's own creative processes. Discussion centers on such literary giants as Goethe, Samuel Johnson, Byron, Kipling, and Yeats.

The Waste Land and Other Poems.
BR 5751.
These key poems of Eliot, giant twentieth century poet, capture the pessimistic and disillusioned mood of the decades before the second World War. Strong language.

Elkin, Stanley

The Age of Federalism.
RC 38150.
A comprehensive analysis of the twelve year period leading up to Jefferson's presidency. Surveys the major problems faced by the founding fathers concerning diplomatic, political, economic, military, and cultural issues. And the authors consider the human side of these same individuals who, while creating a new country, were also learning to cope with each other and problems in Europe.

George Mills.
RC 20404.
Inventive, comic tale of George Mills, who is descended from a long line of men of the same name "representing a thousand years of blue collar blood." Various Georges from the first to the present George try to make good, to move up in the world in order to lead rather than serve. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction.

The MacGuffin.
RC 33794.
Bobbo Druff, commissioner of city streets, is losing it. Convinced that everyone is out to get him, he conjures up a conspiracy that serve as his MacGuffin, a device invented by Alfred Hitchcock to drive a plot. Druff's MacGuffin makes him do strange things. For almost two days he narrates events that increase his paranoia, muttering, scheming, wisecracking, and fretting about growing old.

Mrs. Ted Bliss.
RC 43626.
Mrs. Ted Bliss is an elderly Jewish widow who lives in a Miami condo. Until now her entire life has been centered on her husband and children. Gradually, she comes to terms with the death of her husband and son and with her own identity, as Dorothy Bliss. When Hurricane Andrew bears down on Miami, she braces for the storm.

Pieces of Soap: Essays.
RC 36725.
The author improvises on himself and whatever else he picks up on his antenna in most of these essays. Elkin confesses in the title piece to hoarding little soaps from hotels he has stayed in over the years. "An American in California" and "At the Academy Awards" show his thoughts when he feels out of his element. In a more serious vein, he includes some of the introductions that he wrote for earlier collections. Some strong language.

The Rabbi of Lud.
RC 27476.
Jerry Goldkorn is the rabbi of Lud, an uninspired town in New Jersey where the chief business is cemeteries. Jerry is underemployed, and there is not enough of a congregation to keep him busy. What happens to Jerry because of all this time on his hands as he tries to make the best of a bad situation is told in a novel devoted to the satiric observation of society and the study of character. Strong language.

Searches and Seizures.
RC 7823.
Unconventional responses to such sacred concepts as death, fun, sex, money, and sanity. Explicit descriptions of sex.

Van Gogh’s Room at Arles: Three Novellas.
RC 36794.
In the title story, a professor, intimidated by the other academics sharing a fellowship abroad, feels some of the despair of the painter whose room he now occupies. In Her Sense of Timing, a disabled professor bemoans his wife's desertion while he copes with a houseful of graduate students. And Town Crier Exclusive is a tabloid article about a commoner who seduces a British prince. Strong language.

Fields, Wayne

The Past Leads a Life of Its Own.
BR 9371.
Collection of short stories in which the author, through the eyes of young Lonnie, recalls bits and pieces of his own childhood. Lonnie, who lives on a farm with his parents, grandfather, and uncle, grows up quickly in post-World War 2 America. He learns to cope with poverty and death, and discovers the meaning of work, pride, strength, and respect. As he grows up, he comes to realize that there is a world beyond his family. Some strong language.

Gass, William H.

Cartesian Sonata and Other Novellas.
RC 49877.
Four interrelated stories that explore the nature of the mind, body, and spirit. In Bed and Breakfast, a shifty accountant checks into a second rate midwestern motel, where he becomes obsessed with the collection of kitsch, artifacts reflecting cleverness and purpose, each with a history of past lives. Some strong language.

Finding a Form: Essays.
RC 43580.
Nineteen essays in which the noted American novelist and critic ponders a variety of literary topics such as the checkered history of the Pulitzer Prize; the perils of using the present tense in fiction; the "music" of prose; and the relationship of life to work in the cases of Ezra Pound, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Friedrich Nietzsche.

Habitations of the Word: Essays.
RC 24660.
The author's informed and original views on literature, language, and philosophy. Includes twelve essays on Emerson and Ford Madox Ford, and such imaginative subjects as the word "and," and "The Soul Inside the Sentence." Some strong language.

Reading Rilke: Reflections on the Problems of Translations.
BR 13217.
An interpretive study of the life and works of the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke. Combines an impressionistic biography of the temperamental artist, a critical examination of his poetry, various renderings by other translators, and Gass's own translation of the Duino Elegies.

Tests of Time.
BR 15283.
The award winning writer of both fiction and nonfiction presents fourteen essays exploring literature, culture, and politics and their reciprocating influences. Discusses famous authors' encounters with censorship in various guises and explores the universal appeal of a good narrative. National Book Critics Circle Award.

The Tunnel.
RC 42472.
William Frederick Kohler, a midwestern professor in his fifties, has finished his life's work, a study called Guilt and Innocence in Hitler's Germany. All Kohler has left to write is the preface. But as he attempts to do so, he finds himself writing the story of his own life, spent mostly either in a chair or digging a tunnel out of his basement. Strong language and some descriptions of sex.

Giglio, James N.

The Presidency of John F. Kennedy.
RC 35619.
With limited access to documents held in the Kennedy Library, a professor of history has created an account of Kennedy’s presidency mainly from published and secondary sources. Giglio surveys the controversial term of a "thousand days," during which Kennedy left his imprint. The author credits Kennedy's success to the charm that controlled the media, and to the political skills that gave the appearance of decisiveness. The Presidency Of, Book 35. Series Code POF.

Goldman, Roger

Justice William J. Brennan, Jr.: Freedom First.
RC 42355.
William Brennan had served on the United States Supreme Court for more than thirty years when he retired in 1990. During his tenure, he established himself as a champion of civil rights and liberties. Divided into three sections, this look at Brennan's work by a Saint Louis University law professor contains comments on the man himself, discussion of his decisions, and the text of twelve of his most influential cases.

Thurgood Marshall: Justice for All.
RC 37253.
A collection of essays, some previously published, on the life, career, and jurisprudence of former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, along with a selection of his judicial opinions. Marshall, nominated in 1967 by President Johnson after a monumental career as a civil rights attorney, was the first African American justice to sit on the court.

Harris, Ellen

Dying to Get Married: The Courtship and Murder of Julie Miller Bulloch.
RC 34588.
Depression and other psychological problems probably caused Julie Miller to overlook any quirks in her new boyfriend's seemingly perfect facade. But ten weeks after their marriage, when her corpse was found strapped to a chair in her burning garage, her husband's proclamations of innocence rang false to those investigating the case. Violence and explicit descriptions of sex.

Guarding the Secrets: Palestinian Terrorism and a Father's Murder of His Too-American Daughter.
RC 42402.
True story of Palestinian Zein Isa, who moves his family to Saint Louis but forbids his daughters to act American. When daughter Tina defies him by dating a young black man and working part-time, Isa and his wife stab her to death. The FBI, investigating Isa's terrorist activities, gets the murder on tape. Strong language and violence.

Heat Moon, William Least

Blue Highways: A Journey into America.
RC 18700.
With humor and compassion, the author, who is part Native American, recounts his travels of some 12,000 miles along the backroads of America in his live-in van. Seeking out such obscure places as Dimebox, Texas; Nameless, Tennessee; and Lookingglass, Oregon, and in search of himself, he found an America that restored his beliefs. Some strong language.

Prairyerth: (A Deep Map).
RC 34224.

Chase County, Kansas, in the Flint Hills, contains America's last surviving stand of tall, blue-stem prairie grass. Heat Moon has chosen this county, population about 3,000, to depict life in the heart of the nation. He delves into history, describes the landscape and climate minutely, and portrays the colorful inhabitants.

River Horse: The Logbook of a Boat across America.
RC 49478.
In April 1995 William Least Heat Moon embarked on a 5,288 mile journey across America aboard his 22 foot boat, Nikawa, accompanied by copilots, whom he names Pilotis. Heat Moon describes his adventures along waterways from New York City to Astoria, Oregon. Some strong language.

Himes, Chester

All Shot Up.
RC 46168.
In the course of probing a series of street killings, detectives Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones encounter a female-impersonating dancer, a gypsy fortune teller, and other interesting types as they hone in on the culprits. Johnson and Jones. Series Code JOJO. Strong language and violence.

The Big Gold Dream.
RC 46006.
Pursuing two apparently unrelated murders, detectives Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones are led into a squalid Harlem ghetto, where they confront the killer in an explosive showdown. Johnson and Jones. Series Code JOJO. Strong language and violence.

Blind Man with a Pistol.
RC 45204.
Detective Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones track the killer of a white, homosexual filmmaker amid the street violence and racial upheavals of the Harlem ghetto in the late 1960s. Johnson and Jones. Series Code JOJO. Strong language, violence, and descriptions of sex.

A Case of Rape.
RC 45349.
An American socialite dies under suspicious circumstances in a Paris hotel room. The four African American men who were also in the room are tried for rape and murder. The trial for this apparently clear cut crime becomes a racially driven travesty of justice. Some strong language.

The Collected Stories of Chester Himes.
RC 35396.
In these sixty short stories, Himes, a prolific writer best known for his detective novels, explores the gamut of African American experiences during the madcap 1930s and the war torn 1940s. Strong language and violence.

Cotton Comes to Harlem.
RC 52599.
Con artist Deke O’Hara swindles $87,000 from residents of Harlem in a back to Africa scheme. When O’Hara is robbed by two white men, detectives Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones handle the case. Johnson and Jones. Series Code JOJO. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex.

The Heat’s On.
RC 45227.
Tough cops Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones are cited for use of excessive force in making a heroin arrest. Soon after, Jones is shot and his death is announced as a ruse to maneuver the pair of detectives into position for a major drug bust. Johnson and Jones. Series Code JOJO. Strong language and violence.

My Life of Absurdity: The Later Years.
RC 33415.
Himes moved to Paris in the early 1950s. He records both his pleasure as a member of Parisian Café Society, and his loneliness and pain as an expatriate and African American writer in this milieu. Some strong language and explicit descriptions of sex.

The Quality of Hurt.
RC 6427.
The successful novelist tells of the anguish he felt as a black American. He recalls his early years in Missouri, a seven year jail term for armed robbery, his salvation as a writer, and his wanderings in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Europe. Explicit descriptions of sex.

A Rage in Harlem.
RC 45215.
After Jackson is swindled by a con artist promising quick riches, he steals cash from his job, then gambles it away. Out of options, the hapless Jackson joins forces with police, hoping to recover his money and avenge himself. Johnson and Jones. Series Code JOJO. Strong language and violence.

The Real Cool Killers.
RC 45726.
There is no dearth of suspects with strong motives when Galen the Greek is found murdered. Galen’s ostentatious wealth and his penchant for young black girls make for a tough and complicated case for police to crack. Johnson and Jones. Series Code JOJO. Strong language and violence.

Run Man Run.
RC 45273.
A drunken white detective accidentally kills a black night porter in a New York city restaurant. Attempting to cover his tracks, he shoots a second porter and wounds a third, whom the cop pursues to a bloody and tragic end. Strong language, violence and descriptions of sex.

Yesterday Will Make You Cry.
RC 48370.
Himes, who spent seven years in prison, relates the story of a poor white man, Jimmy Monroe, and his journey through the criminal justice system. Some strong language and some violence.

Hughes, Langston

The Best Short Stories by Negro Writers.
RC 25467.
Such writers as Richard Wright and Owen Dodson, as well as some newcomers, are among the authors of these 46 stories. Biographical notes appear at the end.

The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes.
RC 41265.
"What happens to a dream deferred? / Does it dry up / like a raisin in the sun?" asks Langston Hughes in " Harlem [2]," one of 860 poems presented here. Others include "Aesthete in Harlem," " Beaumont to Detroit: 1943," "Blues on a Box," "Easy Boogie," "Prayer Meeting," and "Sunset- Coney Island." Hughes often uses jazz rhythms to share the pain and joy of life in black America from the 1920s to the mid-1960s. The collection is edited by Arnold Rampersad.

I Wonder As I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey.
RC 40144.
The African American poet recalls the 1930s in an autobiographical work. During this period he traveled extensively at home and abroad, meeting people from all walks of life. He writes here about amusing moments, difficult situations, racial injustice, and his intense interest in the world as he saw it.

The Langston Hughes Reader.
RC 20463.
Collection of short stories, poems, articles, speeches, plays, song lyrics, novel excerpts, and autobiographical highlights by the famous American black author.

Mule Bone: A Comedy of Negro Life.
RC 33663.
A play about song and dance partners Jim and Dave, who get into a jealous fight over Daisy, one striking the other with a mule bone. They go to trial where the whole town is split over the issue of whether a mule bone is a weapon. Includes an account of the squabble between the joint authors that prevented production and publication of the play in 1930.

The Return of Simple.
RC 40407, BR 10110.
Stories featuring the fictional character Jesse B. Semple, or Simple, drawn from Hughes's previous collections of newspaper columns and from his weekly column in the Chicago Defender. Perched on his Harlem barstool, Simple muses with Boyd, his longtime companion, on topics including the women in his life, wages and prices, racism, politics, birth control, Africa, and black pride.

Selected Poems of Langston Hughes.
RC 8805.
Black American poet Langston Hughes has compiled this collection of poems taken from his previous works. His poetry captures the rhythms of African American music and reflects acute race consciousness.

Short Stories of Langston Hughes.
RC 43646.
Forty-seven short stories by the noted African American author originally written between 1919 and 1963. The tales, arranged in chronological order, include those previously uncollected, such as his first stories written while in high school and other early works published in African American journals. Some strong language.

Humphrey, Loren

Quinine and Quarantine.
WOD 470.
Presenting a fascinating overview of medicine in Missouri from the early days of epidemics to current technological advances, this book approaches the history of medicine as an integral part of the state's development. A Missouri Heritage Reader. Series Code MOHR.

Jayne, Mitch

Old Fish Hawk.
WOC 374.
He is the last of a vanishing breed, an Osage Indian, and ready to return to the land of his ancestors. Living on the fringes of the white man's world, he is weary of life, weary of drinking and he longs for the old ways. He is a man weighed down by the burden of his uselessness. With the help of Corby , a young white boy, he becomes a teacher and regains the respect and dignity it takes to complete his journey home.

Stories from Home.
WOC 373.
These tapes feature the wit and wisdom of Mitch Jayne as he narrates some of his humorous and timeless stories including "Mother Nature," "The Ozark Language," "Yard Sales," "The Floater's Guide," and many more.

Kahn, Michael

Death Benefits.
RC 39596.
Stoddard Anderson was the managing partner for the Saint Louis office of Abbott and Windsor. Several days ago he committed suicide. Rachel Gold has been retained by the law firm to prove that Anderson was insane when he killed himself. Rachel and her best friend Benny travel to Saint Louis looking for proof of insanity. They become involved with a missing Aztec artifact and just a little romance. Some strong language.

Limbaugh, David

Absolute Power.
RC 52167.
A polemical account of the Justice Department under President Bill Clinton. In support of his charges of bias and corruption against Attorney General Janet Reno, Limbaugh introduces evidence from the Waco disaster, the White House travel agency scandal, the Elian Gonzalez case, and the tobacco company prosecutions.

Persecution: How Liberals Are Waging War against Christianity.
RC 57012.
The author “chronicles discrimination against Christians in American society.” Asserts that the United States Constitution’s “separation of church and state” is misinterpreted and that liberals practice religious bigotry while preaching “secular humanism.”

Limbaugh, Rush H.

See, I Told You So.
RC 37301, BR 9352.
Aware that he is referred to as a "hate-monger, bigot, misogynist, and homophobe," outspoken, ultra-conservative radio talk show host Limbaugh continues to present and defend his opinions. "Feminism was established so that unattractive women could have easier access to the mainstream of society" and "The Earth's ecosystem is not fragile, and humans are not capable of destroying it" are examples of these views. Some strong language.

The Way Things Ought to Be.
RC 35604, BR 9107.
Limbaugh provides a look at his personal life and what has influenced him, and he discusses where he stands on political and social issues. His topics include the state of the union, abortion, AIDS, condoms, Rodney King, the earth, homelessness, religion, and Gorbasms.

Linzee, David

RC 12464.
Sarah Saber and Chris Rockwell, a smoothworking team with a celebrated detective agency, are managing their relationship as lovers and professional investigators with equal ease. A client's abuse puts them at odds and a murder involves them in double jeopardy. Some explicit descriptions of sex.

Lutz, John

Better Mousetraps: The Best Mystery Stories of John Lutz.
RC 28097.
Thirty-five stories, many of which first appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. Among the highlights are "The Wounded Tiger," which follows two hunters engaged in a bizarre "killing game" on the streets of New Orleans and "The Hand of Fate," in which a man lies paralyzed at the bottom of the stairs while his wife and her lover plan his demise.

Dancer's Debt.
RC 27672.
Saint Louis private eye Alo Nudger's latest case begins when a well built blonde hires him to watch over her troubled boyfriend, Dancer, who has gambling debts, likes the bottle, and has nightmares about his time in Vietnam. He also has blackouts and believes he is responsible for the murder of several women whose mutilated corpses have been dragged out of the Mississippi. Alo Nudger Mystery. Series Code NUDG. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex.

The Ex.
BR 11587.
David Jones lives in Manhattan with his wife and young son. Then Deirdre, whom he divorced five years ago, unexpectedly turns up and wants to be friends. John does not realize that Deirdre has escaped from a mental institution and has come for revenge. Strong language, violence, and some descriptions of sex.

Final Seconds.
RC 48486.
Police bomb squad sergeant Will Harper, retired after losing part of his hand, visits his former partner who works security for a famous writer. When an explosion kills the friend and his employer, Harper joins forces with ex-FBI profiler Harold Addleman to catch the person targeting celebrities, including an English princess. Strong language and violence.

RC 28564.
Greedy relatives are hiring a special kind of hit man who speeds up the inevitable for certain wealthy residents of Sunhaven Retirement Home and then takes a cut from the settled estate. Disabled ex-cop Fred Carver, with some help from a teenage runaway working as a receptionist at the home, finds plenty of suspects. A Fred Carver Mystery. Series Code CARV. Some strong language.

The Night Caller.
RC 57662.
Retired New York Police Department lieutenant "Coop" Cooper, cancer in remission, suspects a serial killing when his and his ex-wife's daughter is murdered. Investigating similar deaths, Coop finds hope for justice, and perhaps love, when he meets Cara, whose sister also died. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language.

Night Watcher.
RC 57606.
Someone is murdering wealthy Manhattan residents by burning them alive in their apartments. New York Police Department homicide detective Ben Stack and his partner, Rica Lopez, who is in love with Ben, race to find the arsonist killer while the "Torcher" watches from the shadows. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence.

RC 23199.
Private investigator Nudger pieces together a series of leads in his search for the brutal murderer of a young woman who is part of a nightmarish Saint Louis underworld. The group uses the telephone company's private lines to arrange erotic encounters. Lately, however, the trysts have turned out to be fatal for the women involved. An Alo Nudger Mystery. Series Code NUDG.

RC 46933.
Saint Louis private detective Nudger is asked by fellow investigator Lacy Tumulty to take over a difficult case. While Nudger is exploring the accidental death of a young woman at her father's request, the father is also found dead. An Alo Nudger Mystery. Series Code NUDG. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex.

Ride the Lightning.
RC 26188.
Saint Louis private detective Alo Nudger is hired by comely, young Candy Ann Adams to investigate the liquor store hold up and murder for which Candy's boyfriend, Curtis Colt, is about to be electrocuted. Candy is convinced that Curtis is innocent despite four eyewitnesses who identify him as the robber and killer. Nudger agrees that the man on Death Row is not the real murderer, but his attempts to prove it are thwarted. An Alo Nudger Mystery.Series Code NUDG. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex.

RC 27724.
A mystery thriller set in Florida about a madman who is randomly napalm-torching innocent people. Ex-cop turned private eye Fred Carver is bent on revenge when his eight-year-old son becomes one of the killer's victims. Carver hunts down a suspect, a schizophrenic, son of a fastfood tycoon, and becomes emotionally involved with the entire family. A Fred Carver Mystery. Series Code CARV. Some strong language.

BR 9625.
When 70-year-old Jerome Evans keels over from a heart attack after a clean bill of health, his no-nonsense wife Hattie receives a note claiming Jerome was murdered. She turns to private investigator Fred Carver, who immediately stumbles upon the corpse of Jerome's elderly girlfriend. Carver's continued nosing around the Florida retirement community upsets someone enough to thoroughly work over the disabled private investigator. A Fred Carver Mystery. Series Code CARV. Strong language and violence.

Thicker Than Blood.
WOC 503.
When a shy country girl comes to Alo Nudger to help investigate a securities fraud, the last things he expects to uncover are drug dealers, a dysfunctional family, and a dangerous tattooed muscleman. An Alo Nudger Mystery.Series Code NUDG. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex.

RC 45732.
Moments after Donna Winship pays Fred Carver $1,000 to shadow her, she steps in front of a speeding truck and dies. Then her apparently grief stricken husband commits suicide. Or so it seems until Carver unravels an intricate scam. A Fred Carver Mystery. Series Code CARV. Violence and some strong language.

McCall, Edith S.

Pioneer Traders.
BR 117.
A collection of fictionalized stories based on actual events in American history.

Sometimes We Dance Alone: Your Next Years Can Be Your Best Years.
RC 38967.
Believing that life is a gift of endless possibilities, 80-something writer McCall urges others not to drop out of the dance of life just because they live alone in their later years. Using her own life as an example, McCall describes the adventures she has had since her divorce in the 1960s and the help she received from God. Included is a list of recreational resources.

McMillen, Margot

Paris, Tightwad and Peculiar.
WOD 485.
Missouri places are named for people or wildlife; some describe a location; still others show the influence of immigrants. Anyone interested in Missouri history and folklore will enjoy reading about all of them. A Missouri Heritage Reader. Series Code MOHR.

McNally, T.M.

Almost Home.
RC 47319.
Arizona, 1978. After his father's suicide, Patrick McConnell, fifteen, moves out west with his family, hoping to start over. His mother and sister cope by using drugs and alcohol. Patrick and his classmate Elizabeth Pinski, who is struggling to accept her parents' divorce, try to leave their unhappy families behind. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex.

Low Flying Aircraft: Stories.
RC 36423.
Orion McClenahan and Helen Jowalski have known each other since childhood. In 1976, a freak accident linked the two families. Fourteen stories revolve around that tragedy. In “ Peru,” Orion has become addicted to alcohol and drugs. In "Ballistics," Cass spends an afternoon involved with guns, drugs and alcohol, and a man whose wife has just left him. Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. Some strong language.

Miller, Richard Lawrence

Truman: The Rise to Power.
RC 23817.
Truman's pre-presidential years, with emphasis on what Miller sees as Truman's early, questionable business ventures and connection with the corrupt Pendergast machine in Kansas City. Miller portrays Truman as a practical politician who, to assure his power base, constantly struggled with his "life plan" and his own vision of the public good. Some strong language.

Moore, Marianne C.

The Complete Poems of Marianne Moore.
RC 17141.
Includes more than sixty years of the poet's work and all of the poems she wished to preserve in a final volume.

Tell Me, Tell Me: Granite, Steel, and Other Topics.
BR 403.
Poems and prose pieces by the twentieth century American poetess, in which she comments on such subjects as the Brooklyn Bridge, animals, Bach, and baseball.

Morgan, Marlo

Mutant Message Down Under.
RC 39560.
A middle aged Kansas practitioner of alternative medicine, Morgan accepts a five year assignment in Australia. Her work with young urban-dwelling Aborigines earns her an invitation to visit a bush tribe. Much to Morgan's surprise, she is expected to embark upon a four month walkabout with the tribe. Dismayed by the destruction of the earth, the tribe plans to die out but wants Morgan to tell other "mutants" about the tribe's peaceful methods.

Morgan, Speer

Belle Starr.
RC 14330, BR 3947.
Novel of the Old West covers the life of the bandit queen who lives hard and loves often. Crusty, smart Belle moves through the Oklahoma Territory with a motley group of semi-outlaws, robs a bank, terrorizes the area, and runs from Pinkerton agents. Blue Duck, an American Indian dentist, is the one person who really cares about Belle. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex.

For Our Beloved Country: American War Diaries from the Revolution to the Persian Gulf.
RC 38167.
First hand accounts from wars that Americans have fought. A farm boy joins the Continental Army and the fight for independence. During the Civil War, a young man enlists with the bugle corps. A nurse sails to Cuba to tend to yellow fever victims in the midst of the Spanish-American War. Other episodes are from World Wars 1 and 2, Vietnam, and the Gulf War.

Neihardt, John G.

Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux.
RC 22552.
The autobiography of a Native American warrior and hunter who, because of his visions and psychic experiences, became the tribe's medicine man.

Nemerov, Howard

A Howard Nemerov Reader.
RC 39005.
This reader is both an anthology and a book of instruction, as it contains not only more than two decades of poetry, but also a few short stories, several essays, and Federigo; or, The Power of Love, a full length novel. Strong language.

Inside the Onion.
RC 21035.
Miscellany of verse including such disparate subjects as a postal clerk's rudeness, a friend's death, graffiti, and divorce. Nemerov paints an elaborate word-picture of a Chinese silk screen and loses himself in the mathematics of a sliced onion.

Trying Conclusions: New and Selected Poems, 1961-1991.
RC 36418.
Twenty-four poems from the final years of Nemerov's life, including some written while he was poet laureate of the United States. Also poems chosen by Nemerov from seven books previously published over a 25 year period. The poet pokes fun at the irony of revered museum idols that are proved to be fakes, at loyalty oaths, at academia, and at himself. Some strong language.

North, Carol

Welcome, Silence: My Triumph over Schizophrenia.
RC 27185.
North describes how, from childhood on, she was dogged by a sinister Greek chorus of voices and uncontrollable hallucinations. Her solution was to try to live in two worlds: the "real" one and a bizarre mental one. Despite her illness, she was accepted into medical school. Eventually, she won the battle for sanity and survival and became a psychiatrist. Some strong language.

Phillips, Carl

From the Devotions: Poems.
BR 12199.
Series of 27 poems divided into three sections: The Living, Gods Various, and The Veil Between. Explores the theme of desire and the search for transcendence.

Priddy, Bob

Across Our Wide Missouri.
WOD 1.
"On this date in Missouri history..." something exciting happened you may be sure! Author Bob Priddy has compiled six months of interesting, exciting, entertaining, little known facts about Missouri history on a daily basis for our education and pleasure. These true stories of Missouri men and women run the gamut of human experience from the tragic to the comical. There are stories of outlaws and lawyers, sports figures and politicians, cities and small towns, colleges and prisons and more.

Randisi, Robert J.

The Ghost with Blue Eyes.
RC 50226.
Kansas , 1883. Lancaster, a gunfighter, is confronted by a man who mistakenly believes himself to be Lancaster's target. In the showdown, a girl is accidentally killed. The guilt ridden Lancaster gives up on life and loses himself in the bottle, until another child in distress presents him with an opportunity for personal redemption.

Reed, Terry K.

Compromised: Clinton, Bush and the CIA.
RC 39222.
A military intelligence operative and a civilian worker for the FBI and CIA until, he claims, he was framed for balking at taking part in the Iran-Contra affair, tells how government officials may have compromised their integrity. Aided by an investigative reporter, Reed asserts that Presidents Reagan, Bush, and Clinton participated in an illegal cover-up. Some strong language.

Rosenbaum, Ray

RC 40820.
When World War 2 ends, Ross Colyer is unable to acquire a regular commission in the service, thanks to an unfriendly United States senator. So he starts an air freight company and contracts with the Jewish Relief Fund to assist in the establishment of Jews in Palestine. But he soon learns the Jewish Relief Fund is involved in illegal practices. Wings of War, Book 3. Series Code WNG. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex.

RC 39672.
Ross Colyer first crosses swords with Broderick Templeton III, son of a United States senator, in 1941 when both are young pilots in Hawaii. They avoid each other when they meet again in England but are sent together to Africa to train for a secret mission to destroy Romanian oil refineries in Ploesti. Then the mission goes awry and they end up in enemy territory. Wings of War, Book 1. Series Code WNG. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex.

RC 39688.
Ross Colyer and members of his crew who survived the Ploesti raid return to the United States. Retrained to fly Mustang fighters, Colyer is sent to China, where he carries fuel and spare parts to American bases. He and his crew battle Japanese fighters and political tangles at the end of the administrative pipeline, where supplies are scarce. Wings of War, Book 2. Series Code WNG. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex.

Savan, Glenn

White Palace.
RC 27269.
Max, a 27-year-old advertising man, has been mourning his dead wife for two years. When he meets Nora, a 40-year-old waitress, his first thoughts are that they have nothing in common. Opposites attract, however, and a rambunctious love affair is underway until Nora observes during a celebration dinner that Max is ashamed of her. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex.

Schultz, Alfred W.

Janey: A Little Plane in a Big War.
WOC 425.
Janey was Schultz's World War 2 artillery spotter plane, an L-4B Piper Cub. Both Janey and Schultz participated in the fighting from North Africa through Sicily, Italy, and southern France to Germany. Janey was the only L-4B Piper Cub to survive the entire European War intact. The plane was used to take General Patton on dangerous flights to observe ground fighting.

Schwartz, Howard

Rooms of the Soul.
RC 23320.
These are the tales or parables of the Hasidim of Buczacz, Poland, set in the nineteenth century. Hayim Elya puzzles over the mystical meaning of his dreams and visions, while Tselya, his wife, is a sopher (scribe), born in Eretz Yisrael. Reb Naftali plays the violin and hears music in the rooms of his soul, and Reb Zvi explains Hayim Elya's dreams and provides the moral to each tale.

Sherman, Jory

The Medicine Horn.
RC 47770.
Lemuel Hawke is only fifteen when he marries Roberta, but his dream is to be self-sufficient on the land. By 1807, he is farming outside Lexington, Kentucky, when Roberta moves to town leaving Lemuel with a son and a distrust of women. The Buckskinners, Book 1. Series Code BUC. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Golden Spur Winner.

The Rio Grande.
RC 43279.
Matthew Caine, an agent of the United States government and a friend to the Shoshone and Arapaho, has spent his life along the Rio Grande. This big, powerful man is known as "El Gigante" by the Spanish, who fear he is a spy planning to help take away their land. As war rages between the nations, Caine, who has come to love a Shoshone woman, will find his life endangered along the banks of his beloved river. The Rivers West series. Series Code RIVW. Strong language and some violence.

Song of the Cheyenne.
RC 27390.
The adventures of Sun Runner, a brave warrior, and of his people, the Cheyennes, during the latter part of the nineteenth century. Sun Runner never loses his magic or his powerful medicine as he hunts buffalo and fights the Snake People and the whites.

Trapper's Moon.
RC 49599.
Lemuel Hawke and his 15-year-old son, Morgan, set out on horseback for the Rocky Mountains fur trapping grounds. Along the trail the buckskin-clad adventurers encounter romance, natural dangers, and human predators. The Buckskinners, Book 2. Series Code BUC. Violence and some strong language.

Shinn, Sharon

RC 46536.
At the next Gloria, the song festival in praise of the god Jovah, Gabriel is to become the archangel, and his wife, the angelica. That means he has only six months before the ceremony to find and wed the mortal woman Rachel, who is foreordained to be his wife. It has never occurred to Gabriel that she might refuse to marry him.

Teasdale, Sara

Collected Poems of Sara Teasdale.
RC 21818.
The American poet known for the evocative intensity of her lyrics was born in 1884 and died in 1933 by her own hand. From Missouri, she made New York her home. Her unaffected poems, almost bare of imagery and sparing in metaphor, establish a mood of love and beauty.

Thum, Marcella

Abbey Court.
RC 10242.
After her mother's death, Meg leaves Boston for Abbey Court, Ireland, to search for the truth to her past. Exploring her new surroundings, she finds some answers, some romance, and much suspense.

Exploring Black America: A History and Guide.
RC 14889.
A guidebook to museums, monuments, and historic sites commemorating experiences and achievements of black Americans. Includes slavery, the Underground Railroad, art, music, scientists and schools, historic churches, and civil rights.

Trillin, Calvin

Alice, Let’s Eat: Further Adventures of a Happy Eater.
BR 4032.
A humorous book by a flamboyant wit who punctures culinary pretension. A conspicuous consumer and master eater, Trillin revels in his disdain for health food, fast food, canned casserole foods, and frozen foods. His wife Alice, who limits food to three meals a day is, widely and humorously, quoted.

American Fried: Adventures of a Happy Eater.
RC 8573.
In his search for good American regional food, a gourmet critic and experienced cook visits and compares diners, roadhouses, and various downhome restaurants.

American Stories.
RC 34557.
Twelve nonfiction stories expanded from earlier versions in the New Yorker chronicle offbeat aspects of American culture. Profiles include those of eccentric magicians Penn and Teller and a pair of midwestern, church going murderers. Subjects range through the serious problems of a logging town in Oregon, the fate of an American student who falls ill in China, and the ice cream war between Ben and Jerry's and Haagen-Dazs.

Deadline Poet: Or, My Life As a Doggerelist.
RC 38688.
The syndicated columnist and writer for the New Yorker explains how he became poet for the Nation, inspired by the "wondrously euphonious name, Sununu." He continues in prose and poetry to address aspects of the United States government: the first ladies, career opportunities, invasions of other countries, world leaders, political conventions and national elections, and, finally, the man in the White House.

Enough’s Enough: And Other Rules of Life.
RC 33839.
A syndicated columnist and bonafide curmudgeon takes a swipe at life's little irritations in a collection of essays that appeared originally as columns in the New Yorker under "Uncivil Liberties." Trillin writes about everyday topics such as people, politics, and current events, but he does it with a decidedly American sense of humor.

Family Man.
RC 48710.
The longtime writer and humorist from the New Yorker reminisces about family life with his wife and two daughters. Trillin remembers the little things that mean a lot, like school plays, and recalls events that made his children the center of his life.

RC 17247.
Humorous novel. Fred Becker is a floater, a writer on a large newsmagazine who is moved from department to department, filling in where needed. From a questionable source, he learns that the first lady is pregnant. The scoop turns out to be phony, with Fred an unwitting pawn in an attempt to sabotage the career of a thoroughly despised editor.

If You Can’t Say Something Nice.
RC 27753.
Humorous essays on such subjects as flimsy envelopes, Fidel Castro, the Gipper, Yuppies, and the Iran arms scandal.

RC 20848.
Sixteen feature articles originally published in the New Yorker deal with sudden or violent death, usually murder. Among the cases included are those of a prominent Miami criminal lawyer found shot to death in his Cadillac; a young advocate of American Indian rights killed in Gallup, New Mexico, and a Savannah scion kidnapped and found in a shallow grave.

Messages from My Father.
RC 42375.
The author and humorist fondly recounts his relationship with his father, Abe, a Kansas City grocer and restaurateur who emigrated from Russia. Trillin recalls his father's stubborn ways, strong moral instruction, and comic sensibility, as well as his penchant for collecting Yiddish curses and yellow neckties.

Remembering Denny.
RC 36484.
Memoir of a young man whose life mirrored changes in American society since the 1950s. The author portrays his Yale classmate, Denny Hansen, as a bright high school student who left college a varsity hero, a Rhodes Scholar, and the subject of a Life magazine article. Trillin interweaves the outcome of the expectations of his generation as he investigates what caused Denny's dazzling smile to fade.

Tepper Isn’t Going Out.
BR 14499.
Murray Tepper relishes occupying a good parking spot in his New York City neighborhood, but suddenly his routine of feeding the meter and reading the newspaper in his car creates a citywide furor. He becomes the enemy of the mayor and a font of wisdom to passersby.

Third Helpings.
RC 19559.
Writing with a delightful mock seriousness, Trillin describes his travels to many out-of-the-way gourmet paradises. Among them are Buffalo, in an attempt to trace the history of the Buffalo chicken wing, and Natchitoches, Louisiana, to see if the Pritikin diet can wean the locals from their fabled meat pies. The author, in search of good food, offers a comic version of the quest for the Holy Grail.

Too Soon to Tell.
RC 42207.
Collection of columns published between 1990-1995 by the syndicated writer. With his characteristic, good natured cynicism, Trillin discusses subjects ranging from politics to restaurants to the younger generation. He brings a new perspective to telephone area codes, the fear of being a rube, and the Chinese claim to the invention of golf.

Travels with Alice.
RC 30581.
A staff writer for The New Yorker escorts the reader on a leisurely, humorous excursion through the markets of Europe, the Caribbean, and the United States. He and his wife and two daughters comparison shop the purveyors of fast food on the Champs-Elysees and award the "prix du hamburger" to "What a Burger."

Uncivil Liberties.
RC 18836.
Collection of fifty of the author's humorous and satirical columns first appearing in the Nation magazine between 1978 and 1981. Pokes fun at diverse subjects ranging from First Family antics to contemporary mores and considers important questions of the day, such as why employees of health food stores always look so unhealthy.

With All Disrespect: More Uncivil Liberties.
RC 23179.
Irreverent reflections on politics, bicycle accidents, investment opportunities such as the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes, foreign relations, and other crucial matters. Trillin claims he is "firmly committed to the proposition that whoever is in power is exceedingly silly." Some strong language.

Truman, Harry S.

Dear Bess: The Letters from Harry to Bess Truman, 1910-1959.
RC 20037.
Correspondences from the thirty-third president of the United States. The main emphasis is on the warmth of letters written to his wife. Also evokes midwestern farm life before World War 1 and reflects the views and experiences of an American family man who happened to become president.

Letters Home.
RC 20591.
Previously unpublished letters written to his wife, daughter, and cousins while Truman was traveling. The letters, sent from World War 1 battlefields, his senate office in Washington, or points along the campaign trail, have a neighborly quality. Some strong language.

Memoirs of Harry S. Truman, Volume One: Year of Decisions.
RC 30020.
Truman wrote of his time in the White House shortly after leaving office. In this first volume, he covers the year 1945, in which the country saw the death of Roosevelt, the conferences at Yalta and Potsdam, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the establishment of the United Nations.

Memoirs of Harry S. Truman, Volume Two: Years of Trial and Hope.
RC 30021.
Truman covers the years 1946-1952, including such topics as the Berlin airlift and the Chinese revolution; and such personalities as Marshall, MacArthur, Chiang Kai-Shek, and Dewey.

Twain, Mark

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
RC 43591, BR 10687.
Twain's 1885 tale about a boy who runs away from home and floats down the Mississippi on a raft with an escaping slave. Strong language.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
RC 53084, BR 11823.
A mischievous boy growing up in a Mississippi River town in the nineteenth century impresses his friends and horrifies adults by associating with the son of the town drunk, running away from home, attending his own funeral, witnessing a murder, and finding lost treasure.

The American Claimant.
RC 50367.
Viscount Berkeley leaves England to investigate claims on the family title and to satisfy his fascination with democracy and all things American. In the United States, he takes advantage of an opportunity to hide his identity and meets the claimant, Colonel Mulberry Sellers. Based on the author's unsuccessful 1887 play.

The Autobiography of Mark Twain.
RC 22132.
From the materials left by Twain as his autobiography, the editor has coordinated this chronological picture of the bittersweet life of the American satirist, essayist, and novelist.

The Bible According to Mark Twain: Writings on Heaven, Eden, and the Flood by America's Master Satirist.
RC 42188.
Collected works written by Twain between 1871 and 1910 that express his views on human nature, God, and religion. Replete with the wit, insight, and humor that characterize Twain's opus, these writings range from a portrayal of God as an absentminded scientist to advice on how to dress and tip properly in Heaven. Includes appendixes and editors' prefaces.

California Sketches.
RC 47144.
Forty-six essays by Mark Twain and Bret Harte, written early in their careers for a San Francisco literary publication, the Californian. Includes "The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," by Twain; recalls a visit to the public library in "Among the Books," by Harte. Also describes life in California after the Gold Rush and during the Civil War.

The Complete Humorous Sketches and Tales of Mark Twain.
RC 48359.
Compiles 136 comic pieces written between 1862 and 1904, making up a complete collection of Twain's humorous works. Includes thirty selections from his five books about travel. Arranged chronologically by year of first publication, with an introduction by the editor, Charles Neider.

The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain.
RC 44119.
Sixty stories filled with folklore and wit span Twain's entire writing career and are arranged chronologically by publishing date from 1865 through 1916. Some entries are fictional yarns extracted from nonfiction works. Includes introduction by editor Charles Neider.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.
RC 52560, BR 13640.
Classic satire about a nineteenth century New England factory worker who is knocked unconscious and transported back to the year 528. Hank Morgan awakens in King Arthur's court in Britain, where he attempts to improve living conditions by introducing modern inventions and democratic ideas.

The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today.
RC 10067.
A biting satire and a revealing portrait of post-Civil War America in which Twain and his neighbor attack the greed, lust, and naivete of their time.

Innocents Abroad.
RC 36186.
A satirically humorous account of a voyage through the Mediterranean and travel in the bordering countries, and a classic study of the differences between Americans and Europeans.

Letters from the Earth.
RC 52691, BR 13826.
Letters, sketches, and satirical pieces written throughout Twain's career and published posthumously after approval from his daughter, Clara, was granted in 1962. Includes a letter from Satan describing the new creation called Earth, a children's story titled "A Cat-Tale," and a description of a nightmare in "The Great Dark." Some strong language.

Life on the Mississippi.
RC 51079, BR 13216.
Memoir of Twain's career as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River in his youth before the Civil War. Twenty-one years later he returns for a trip from Saint Louis to New Orleans, reminiscing about the changes and the cities he encounters. Includes a history of the river.

The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg.
RC 11586, BR 11193.
A mysterious stranger leaves a sack of gold to an unknown citizen of Hadleyburg on the condition that the townsman can prove he is the kind person who once befriended a man in need. The temptation has a remarkable effect upon the townspeople, who take great pride in their virtue.

Mark Twain Speaking.
RC 12309.
Comprehensive collection of the humorist's lectures, speeches, and interviews chronologically arranged from 1864 to 1909.

Mark Twain’s Aquarium: The Samuel Clemens Angelfish Correspondence, 1905-1910.
RC 33970.
When Samuel Clemens grew old without any grandchildren of his own, he recruited a dozen schoolgirls as surrogates. These children amused him with letters, with chaperoned visits to his homes, and with the Aquarian Club, whose members Twain referred to as "angelfish." A selection of their correspondence documents the joy and companionship that the girls provided the ailing writer.

The Million Pound Note.
WOC 287.
This tale involves a penniless young American stranded in London. He is handed an envelope containing a bank note worth one million pounds. Adapted by the Blue Ridge Radio Players.

A Murder, a Mystery, and a Marriage.
RC 53185, BR 13908.
A previously unpublished story by Mark Twain, written in 1876. Set in a small town in Missouri, the tale involves an arranged marriage, a mysterious stranger, and a convenient murder, and has a twist at the end. The foreword and afterword by Roy Blount, Jr. explain the book's literary significance.

The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories.
RC 34411, BR 8858.
This collection of nine stories contains several humorous pieces, such as "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," which is about a trickster. Others, such as "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg" and "Luck," are more satirical. The title story, which appears at the end of the collection, is pessimistic fiction reflecting the author's bitterness in his final years.

Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc.
RC 58488, BR 15498.
A fictional biography told as if written by Saint Joan's page and secretary. He relates Joan's brief life and stormy career with understanding and admiration that grew after her death.

The Prince and the Pauper.
RC 15199, BR 9695.
The future Edward VI of England and a young pauper agree to trade places for a few days. The pauper becomes king, and he finds it quite insufferable. Meanwhile, the prince is roaming the street in tatters. People and circumstances almost make the role reversal permanent.

Pudd’nhead Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twins.
RC 41298, BR 10430.
Two novels by an American humorist. In Pudd'nhead Wilson, Twain provides a complex, ironic and morally disturbing account of human nature under slavery as a brilliant and inventive nineteenth century lawyer attempts to prove his case by using the new science of fingerprinting. Those Extraordinary Twins is about Siamese twins who share many amusing problems.

Roughing It.
RC 12437.
A humorous account of a trip across the plains to California and then to Hawaii in the early 1860s. Full of exaggeration, fun, and high spirits.

The Selected Letters of Mark Twain.
RC 19955.
An overview of Twain's life and work introduces these letters written between 1853 and 1909. They reveal Twain's reactions to his own work, to political events, and to a wide range of the famous and the ordinary people he met.

A Tramp Abroad.
RC 49345.
Mark Twain constructs a tour through Germany, Switzerland, France, and Italy. Integrates humor, autobiography, and history to entertain.

Tom Sawyer, Detective.
RC 10793.
On a trip by riverboat to Arkansas, Tom and Huck become involved in a mystery involving thievery, murder, mistaken identity, and a disappearing corpse.

 Van Duyn, Mona

Firefall: Poems.
RC 37002.
These poems were published at about the time that Mona Van Duyn was named poet laureate of the United States. Some of the short poems, which Van Duyn calls "minimalist sonnets," show her love for the familiar, like neighbors and dogs. Some of the longer works reveal her awakening to the magic of words and her quietly nurtured love affair with writing poetry.

If It Be Not I: Collected Poems, 1959-1982.
RC 37854.
Van Duyn surveys her midwestern world from the perspective of a bird, climbs a mountain to see the scene below, compares the failure of a literary man's relationship with his family to his success with words, analyzes her fear of flying, and composes a letter to her father.

Near Changes: Poems.
RC 35335.
The poet writes about simple things and a changing world. Most of her poems reveal great devotion to her husband and to the friends and neighbors who have taken the place of a family. This volume won the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. In 1992, Van Duyn was the first woman to be named poet laureate of the United States.

Watson, Richard

RC 37947.
Jean Francois Gravelet is a French tightrope walker about to accept one of the greatest challenges of his life high above the whirlpool rapids of the Niagara River. And Anna Edson Taylor is a midwestern widowed schoolteacher about to challenge the Falls in a barrel. Although the daredevil pair have little in common, Taylor joins Gravelet's act, riding the high wire in a wheelbarrow. Their story unfolds in parallel accounts, revealing love and courage.

Weis, Margaret.

The Cataclysm.
RC 37233.
An epic poem and ten stories relate the adventures of different personalities in the fantasy world of Krynn during the time of the Cataclysm. The protagonists of these stories include a skillful trader, an orphaned boy, an oppressed ghost, a dwarf leader, a miracle working priest, and the daughter of a Solamnic knight in search of an evil villain. Dragonlance Tales 2, Book 2. Series Code DLY.

Doom of the Darksword.
RC 38683.
Bishop Vanya is in a precarious position. Many await his downfall, and it will come if his terrible mistake with Joram is discovered. Joram was born without magic, denied the throne, and supposedly killed. But Joram lives, and his return to the kingdom will bring about a terrible war that puts the kingdom's future in his hands. Darksword Trilogy, Book 2. Series Code DST. Some violence.

Dragon Wing.
RC 39361.
Ages ago the Sartan, powerful wizards, split the world into four parts and imprisoned the Patryn in the Labyrinth, from which escape would take centuries. Should they succeed, great magical powers would be theirs. In Arianus, the Realm of Sky, Haplo tries to stir up trouble, and King Stephen wants the prince killed. Death Gate Cycle, Book 1. Series Code DGC. Violence.

Dragons of a Fallen Sun.
RC 54880.
A new war begins for the heart and soul of the world. It will be guided by Mina, a mystic young woman who arrives out of a violent magical storm. Dragonlance Chronicles, The War of Souls, Book 1. Series Code WOS.

Dragons of a Lost Star.
RC 54881.
Many have fallen prey to Mina and her army of knights as, guided by an unknown god, she sweeps across the land. However, one lone dragon vows to find the answer to the mystery of the One God before darkness engulfs them all. Dragonlance Chronicles, The War of Souls, Book 2. Series Code WOS.

Dragons of a Vanished Moon.
RC 54882.
The flames of war devour Ansalon, while Mina and her army of dead souls march on toward conquest. A small band of heroes, from which two unlikely protagonists emerge, leads a fight against Mina. Dragonlance Chronicles, The War of Souls, Book 3. Series Code WOS.

Dragons of Autumn Twilight.
RC 29171.
Dragons have returned to Krynn, and war and destruction threaten to engulf the land. But the promise of hope appears in the form of a beautiful barbarian woman with a blue crystal staff in her hand. Knight, barbarian, warrior, dwarf, and half-elf join forces to search for the legendary Dragonlance. Dragonlance Chronicles, Book 1. Series Code DLC.

Dragons of Spring Dawning.
RC 29173.
After the bitter winds of winter, hope dawns with the coming of spring. The people of Krynn, now armed with the dragonlances, begin a final battle against the dragons and Takhisis, the queen of darkness, who threaten to overwhelm them. Dragonlance Chronicles, Book 3. Series Code DLC.

Dragons of Summer Flame.
RC 41425.
Despite her previous defeat at the hands of the Solamnic knights, the Dark Queen has again grown powerful and now commands new minions dedicated to serving her. She again lays plans for the conquest of Krynn, until a young woman appears in Palanthas with knowledge of a magical race of beings known as the Irda. Dragonlance Chronicles, Book 4. Series Code DLC.

Dragons of Winter Night.
RC 29172.
The land of Krynn is engulfed in war and destruction, but a band of heroes hopes to return peace by finding two artifacts, the Dragon Orb and the legendary Dragonlance, objects which may help or destroy them. Dragonlance Chronicles, Book 2. Series Code DLC.

Elven Star.
RC 39362.
Haplo, on his mission of revenge, now moves to Pryan, the Realm of Fire. In this land of vast jungles, Haplo discovers that the resident humans, dwarves, and elves are already warring with each other, and thus he has little to do. But an elf, a human, and a dwarf will unite in an effort to save Pryan. Death Gate Cycle, Book 2. Series Code DGC. Some violence.

Fire Sea.
RC 39363.
Haplo and his enemy and traveling companion, Alfred, are now in Abarrach, the Realm of Stone. Here the humans, dwarves, and elves have almost died off because of the extremely cold, dark climate of the caves in which they live. Haplo's lord may have found a way for Haplo to leave Abarrach, but Haplo may have to risk more than his life. Death Gate Cycle, Book 3. Series Code DGC. Violence.

Forging the Darksword.
RC 27287.
An emperor's son condemned to die because he lacks magical powers, a reclusive scholar who is a devotee of forbidden knowledge, an evil bishop, and a turncoat warlock move through this fantasy set in a kingdom where the powers of the mind have been developed to a high art. The Darksword Trilogy, Book 1. Series Code DST. Some violence.

The Hand of Chaos.
RC 39365.
Haplo and Bane, the human child, have been ordered to return to Arianus. They will not have Alfred's help as he has been cast into the Labyrinth. Because the dragon-snakes have escaped through the Death Gate, there are powerful new alliances at work throughout the universe. Should Haplo risk his life to follow his master's orders? Death Gate Cycle, Book 5. Series Code DGC. Violence.

Into the Labyrinth.
RC 39366.
Xar, lord of the Nexus and now lord of Abarrach, wants to control the Seventh Gate, which will give him the power to unite or destroy the worlds of air, fire, stone, and water. Only Haplo seems to know the location of the Seventh Gate, and yet he does not realize it. Xar must kill Haplo and then restore him to life to learn the secret. Death Gate Cycle, Book 6. Series Code DGC. Violence.

Kender, Gully Dwarves, and Gnomes.
RC 36746.
Nine short stories and a novella chronicle the adventures of the brothers Sturm, Tanin, and Palin, as well as the outlandish dwarf Dougan Redhammer. Sailing off in search of the legendary Graygem, the adventurers run the gauntlet of dragons, wizards, magic spells, and odd folk. Dragonlance Tales, Book 2. Series Code DLT.

Legacy of the Darksword.
RC 46310.
Conclusion to the Darksword legend. The Hch'nyv, mysterious aliens, are at war with Earth, intent on annihilating humanity. In Oxford, Saryon and his mute secretary, Reuven, learn from Mosiah of the Duuk-tsarith that Joram has made a new Darksword, which might save humanity if they can persuade Joram to part with it. Darksword Trilogy, Book 4. Series Code DST.

Love and War.
RC 36771.
Ten stories featuring the heroes and villains of Krynn as they pursue their objects of love or war, or sometimes both. Passion and selfishness, the tender aspects of love, love and sacrifice, and war as the eradicator of love and life are depicted in this collection. Dragonlance Tales, Book 3. Series Code DLT. Some violence.

Reign of Istar.
RC 37231.
Seven stories and a novella depict life in the legendary land of Krynn prior to the Cataclysm and during the time of the Kingpriest. The stories include "Six Songs for the Temple of Istar," which sets forth a prophecy of the Cataclysm; "Colors of Belief," in which a young knight searches for truth; and "Kender Stew," about an innocent knight recruit. Dragonlance Tales 2, Book 1. Series Code DLY. Some violence.

Serpent Mage.
RC 39364.
Haplo and Alfred arrive in Chelestra, the Realm of the Sea. Here Alfred finds his own people, and Haplo's magical powers are rejuvenated. Though this is the one realm where humans, elves, and dwarves live in harmony, danger lurks in the form of powerful dragon-snakes. Death Gate Cycle, Book 4. Series Code DGC. Some violence.

Seventh Gate.
RC 39367.
With Haplo captured, it is up to Marit, his former lover, and Hugh the Hand to rescue him before Xar turns him into an undead. But first Marit and Hugh must go into the Labyrinth and liberate Alfred. Although they are aided by good dragons and some Sartans, they may still have to enter the Seventh Gate to save Hugh. Death Gate Cycle, Book 7. Series Code DGC. Violence.

Test of the Twins.
RC 39694.
Raistlin and Crysania have used their magical powers to reach the Portal that leads to the Abyss, where they will challenge the Queen of Darkness. Now they must again call upon their faculties to open the Portal. But just then, Raistlin's twin, Caramon, employs his ability to change time, leaving him and Tasslehoff to face the queen. Dragonlance Legends, Book 3. Series Code DLL. Some violence.

Time of the Twins.
RC 39671.
The darkness was over in Krynn with the ending of the War of the Lance, but Raistlin Majere wants to see the darkness return. There are only two people who can prevent Raistlin from reaching his goal: Caramon, his twin brother, and Crysania of the House of Tarinius, who is a cleric of good. But many obstacles stand in their way. Dragonlance Legends, Book 1. Series Code DLL. Some violence.

Triumph of the Darksword.
RC 39237.
The Watchers stand at the border to see that no one crosses it. But suddenly through the border's mist come Joram and his wife. Joram approaches the Watcher holding the sword, pulls it from its sheath, and in an act of mercy drives it into the stone heart. Now Joram has the power to destroy or save the world. Darksword Trilogy, Book 3. Series Code DST. Some violence.

The War of the Lance.
RC 37243.
The Heroes of the Lance continue their efforts to thwart the agents of evil who have risen to power in the war torn fantasy world of Krynn. Ten stories, preceded by an epic poem, chronicle the adventures of the magician Raistlin, Mara the Queen of Thieves, Kender Tasslehoff Burrfoot, and others. Dragonlance Tales 2, Book 3. Series Code DLY.

War of the Twins.
RC 39686.
One hundred years have passed since the Cataclysm struck Istar. The sky poured fire, the mountain toppled onto the city, and the sea rushed in, destroying the Temple. Raistlin, with renewed powers, had escaped, along with his twin, Caramon, and the cleric Crysania. Now Raistlin plans to challenge the Queen of Darkness. Dragonlance Legends, Book 2. Series Code DLL. Some violence.

White, Charlotte

Impossible Love.
RC 23958.
Lynn Marshall's father, a notorious gangster, has been dead for years. But when Lynn falls in love with a United States senator who wants to marry her, she convinces herself that she must give him up rather than threaten his political career with her past. Some descriptions of sex.

Williams, Tennessee

American Blues: Five Short Plays.
RC 14218.
A collection of five, one act, blues mood plays written by Tennessee Williams during the 1940s. Includes Moony's Kid Don't Cry, The Unsatisfactory Supper, Ten Blocks on the Camino Real, The Case of the Crushed Petunias, and The Dark Room. The last three plays appear for the first time in this collection.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
RC 17016, BR 11565.
Big Daddy, a rich Mississippi cotton planter dying of cancer, is surrounded by his family on his sixty-fifth birthday: Big Mama, his loud garrulous wife; Cooper, his greedy older son: Brick his younger son who is a withdrawn alcoholic; and his two sons' wives, Maggie and Mae. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. Pulitzer Prize.

Collected Stories.
RC 42200.
Forty-nine short stories by the Southern playwright, some published for the first time. Offbeat and tragic characters are placed in disturbing and emotional settings. Introduction by Gore Vidal provides insights about events in Williams's life that are reflected in the stories. Many of the works were later made into plays. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex.

The Glass Menagerie.
RC 45893, BR 11524.
Drama written in 1945 about a southern family with pretensions to gentility. Centers around the crippled daughter, Laura, who lives in a dream world so full of illusions that she becomes like the pieces in her own glass collection, too fragile to move from the shelf.

BR 3192.
The playwright describes his youth, his years of depression and dependence on alcohol, his ups and downs in the theatre, his relationships with famous people all over the world, and his life as a homosexual. Some strong language.

The Night of the Iguana.
BR 11837.
The setting of this play is a dilapidated tourist hotel on the coast of Mexico, where chance brings together an assortment of people to work out their destinies in one stormy night. Their bondage, of various kinds, is symbolized by a captured iguana .

The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone.
RC 37632, BR 11585.
American Mrs. Stone, former actress, wealthy, middle aged, and widowed, is biding her time in Rome when the Contessa, a female pimp, introduces her to Paolo, a handsome young gigolo. At first, Mrs. Stone laments her fading beauty and the end of her stage career. Then she muses on the demise of her way of life and of her husband, and enjoys her current affair. Finally, Mrs. Stone must deal with her attempt to replace real life with fantasy.

The Rose Tattoo.
RC 46398, BR 11632.
This play relates with a touch of humor the story of a Sicilian widow finding love in a Gulf Coast community. Winner of the 1951 Tony Award for Best Play.

Something Cloudy, Something Clear.
RC 46436.
Autobiographical play set in 1940 dealing with Tennessee Williams's first love, a young Canadian draft dodger who was dying of a brain tumor. Descriptions of sex and some strong language.

A Streetcar Named Desire.
RC 46212, BR 11535.
A recently widowed, faded Southern belle visits her bohemian sister and lusty brother-in-law in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Seeking the lost gentility of her early life, she instead faces a complete mental breakdown due to the insensitivity of those around her.

Suddenly Last Summer.
RC 46852.
Catharine Holly of New Orleans witnessed her cousin Sebastian's brutal death and constantly recounts the details of the event. Sebastian's mother, Mrs. Violet Venable, has already had Catharine locked up in a mental institution, but now she plans to take further steps to end Catharine's babbling, a lobotomy.

Summer and Smoke.
RC 46399, BR 11639.
A play by the twentieth century American dramatist telling of the unfulfilled love of a puritanical southern woman who is a mister’s daughter.

Sweet Bird of Youth.
BR 11636.
Classic play concerning a gigolo who returns to his hometown with an aging actress in tow. Some strong language and some violence.

Tennessee Williams: Four Plays.
RC 12477.
The forces of love, hate, and passion are a few of the powerful emotions depicted in these dramas of the modern stage. Included are Summer and Smoke, Orpheus Descending, Suddenly Last Summer, and Period of Adjustment. Some strong language.

Three by Tennessee.
RC 50178.
Three classic plays bythe Pulitzer Prize winning dramatist. In Sweet Bird of Youth, a gigolo returns to his hometown. The Night of the Iguana is set in a dilapidated Mexican tourist hotel. In The Rose Tattoo, a Sicilian widow finds love. Some violence and some strong language.

Twenty-Seven Wagons Full of Cotton, and Other One-Act Plays.
RC 15738.
Thirteen one act plays that compress the basic meaning of life, its pathos or its tragedy, its bravery or the quality of its love, into one small scene or a few moments of dialogue. Among these are The Last of My Solid Gold Watches, about a traveling salesman, and This Property Is Condemned about delinquent children.

Wolferman, Kristie C.

The Osage in Missouri.
WOD 486.
Traces the history of the Osage Nation from its origins to its forced departure from Missouri. Demonstrates the ways in which the Osage culture changed with each new encounter of the Osage with Europeans. A Missouri Heritage Reader. Series Code MOHR.

Wright, Harold Bell

The Least of These My Brothers.
RC 30322.
Young Dick Falkner, a newcomer in Boyd City, lives among the poor until he lands a job and begins work at Udell's print shop. He joins a church but offends the congregation by promoting ministry among the "lower classes." Then a poor man is found dead on the church steps, and a mystery ensues.

The Shepherd of the Hills.
RC 29860.
A sentimental and religious tale of the Ozark country. The main characters are two mountaineers, old Matt and young Matt, a girl named Sammy, and Jim Lane who is young Matt's rival for Sammy's hand.

The Winning of Barbara Worth.
RC 23315.
A western romance in which the marriage of the adopted daughter of the leading citizen of a Colorado River town is threatened by the mystery of her birth.