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Finding My Voice, by author and NPR host Diane Rehm, is the Everyone's Reading selection for 2009. Fans of her award-winning radio show are sure to enjoy her memoir, but others will also find it inspiring as she recounts numerous and often painful obstacles she's overcome in her personal and professional life.
Belong to Me
by Marisa de los Santos
Everyone has secrets. Some we keep to protect ourselves, others to protect those we love. As their individual stories unfold, the three women become entangled in a web of trust, betrayal, love and loss that challenges them in ways they never imagined. Read by Julia Gibson.
Locavore (noun): One who tries to eat only locally grown foods. Being a locavore is good for you, good for the earth, good for local farmers and good for the Michigan economy! Learn more about how and why to be a locavore; check out "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle," by best-selling author Barbara Kingsolver, with Stephen L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver.
The Book of the Deadby Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (CD and Playaway)
FBI Agent Pendergast is in a high security prison for a murder he did not commit while his psychotic brother is about to perpetrate a horrific crime. When the Tomb of Senef is unsealed in preparation for its gala reopening at a celebrity-studded New York gala, the killings and whispers of an ancient curse begin again. Read by Scott Brick.
Christine Fallsby Benjamin Black (CD)
Dublin pathologist Garret Quirke follows the corpse of a mysterious woman into the heart of a conspiracy among the city's high Catholic society, among them members of his own family. Read by Timothy Dalton.
Can't Wait to Get to Heavenby Fannie Flagg (CD and Cassette)
Flagg mixes humor, wisdom and pathos in creating a charming, life-affirming tale and a full cast of memorable characters. Read by Cassandra Campbell.
A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906by Simon Winchester (CD and Cassette)
Dense with facts but light and breezy in style, Winchester recounts the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the longstanding dangers of the San Andreas Fault and the long-term consequences of the earthquake it caused. Read by the author.
1776 by David McCullough(CD and Cassette)
In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence when the whole American cause was riding on their success. Read by the author.
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell(CD)
Utilizing diversified case studies, Gladwell reveals that what we think as decisions made in the blink of an eye are much more complicated than assumed. Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology, he shows how decision-making is based on the few particular details that we focus. Read by the author.
Amateur Marriage(CD and Cassette)
by Anne Tyler: In the heat of World War II, young Michael and Pauline hastily get married. Pauline, impulsive and impractical, tumbles hit-or-miss through life, while Michael, cautious and judgmental, proceeds deliberately. In time their foolish quarrels take their toll. Read by Blair Brown.
The Birth of Venus(CD)
by Sarah Dunat: In the late Renaissance Florence, young Alessandra, an unusually educated woman, must choose her own path: a marriage of convenience to her brother's homosexual lover, or a dangerous love affair with the house painter. Read by Kathe Mazur.
Bleachers(CD and Cassette)
by John Grisham: Neely Crenshaw whose NFL prospects ended abruptly returns home for the first time in years to join a nightly vigil for his former coach Rake. Neely struggles to reconcile his conflicted feelings towards Rake, and to rekindle love in his ex-girlfriend. Fiction.
Blessings(CD and Cassette)
by Anna Quindlen: A baby left at Blessings, a vast estate owned by an ancient matriarch named Lydia Blessing is discovered by Skip Cuddy, the handyman who happens to be an ex-con. He cares secretly for the baby for four months, in the process forming a bond with Mrs. Blessing. Fiction.
by Ann Patchett: Somewhere in South America at the home of the country's vice-president, a lavish party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. A band of terrorists breaks in during the performance of Roxanne, opera's most revered soprano. What begins as a life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different. Fiction.