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More books on CD for your listening pleasure

Because audio books so popular with our patrons, we are delighted to tell you of many more fiction and nonfiction books on CD added to our library shelves recently:

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Doomsday Key” by James Rollins is the latest in the Sigma Force action thriller series. “Undone” by Karen Slaughter is a mystery set with the backdrop of Atlanta’s busiest trauma center. “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson is about the disappearance 40 years ago of a rich young Swedish woman and a crusading journalist at the wrong end of a libel case. “Rain Gods” by James Lee Burke tells of the brutal murder of illegal aliens and an Iran veteran running from the scene. “The Devil’s Punchbowl” by Greg Iles explores the hidden corruption behind casino gambling on steamboats in Mississippi.

Supernatural and vampires

“The Physick Book of Deliverance” by Katherine Howe is a supernatural puzzler that moves between contemporary times and the days of the Salem witch trials. “From Dead to Worse,””“All Together Dead,””“Definitely Dead” and”“Dead as a Doornail” by Charlaine Harris all are books in the Sookie Stackhouse southern vampire mystery series.

Inspiration and self-help

“Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenseon and David Oliver Relin is about a man fulfilling a promise to build a school in Pakistan. “Excuses Begone!” by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer offers tips on how to change lifelong, self-defeating thinking habits. “The End of Overeating” by Dr. David A. Kessler offers solutions to the insatiable American appetite and an indictment of the food industry.

Other novels

“The Help” by Kathryn Stockett is a story about two African-American maids and a Junior League socialite in Mississippi in 1962. “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein is about a race car driver as told from the point of view of his dog. “The Castaways” by Elin Hilderbrand is the story of tragedy and friendship involving four couples on Nantucket. “Best Friends Forever” by Jennifer Weiner is about two women coming together in a crisis 15 years after pledging to be best friends together.

Other nonfiction

“The Accidental Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich is the story of the founding of Facebook, and bills itself as “a tale of sex, money, genius and betrayal.” “Liberty and Tyranny” is a conservative manifesto by talk radio’s Mark R. Levin.

Local author

Pagosa author and cooking instructor Quintessence (“Tess”) Challis has just published a revised and expanded second edition of her book “Radiant Health, Inner Wealth.” In includes more than 240 vegetarian recipes, which she promises are not only healthy but also scrumptious. It also contains menu suggestions from a wide variety of cultures such as Thai, Indian, Japanese, Greek, Italian, Mexican and Mid-Eastern as well as super-light meals and meals for kids.

In addition to the multitude of recipes — all using natural, organic and cholesterol-free ingredients for maximum nutritional value – this book provides Qs and As about vegetarian diets, check lists suggesting food to reduce or eliminate, and 20–“superfoods” to emphasize. The author also offers a variety of meditation and relaxation exercises, a two-week cleansing health plan, an analysis of organic foods and allergies, and recommendations for healthy staples and useful tools to keep in your kitchen.

Books for teens

“I Have Lived A Thousand Years” by Livia Bitton-Jackson is the true story of a young Jewish girl taken to Auschwitz, liberated in 1945 and brought to the U.S.A.

“Foolishly Forgotten Americans” by Michael Farquhar explores the lives of pirates, skinflints, patriots and other colorful characters stuck in the footnotes of history.

“The Art & Technique of Graffiti” by Scape Martinez offers streetwise advise to help you create maximum-impact, legally sanctioned graffiti. “Firestorm” and “Whirlwind” by David Klass are the first two books of the Caretaker Trilogy.

“Fahrenheit 451” by Tim Hamilton is an authorized adaptation of this famous classic.

Books for preteens

“Leepike Ridge” by N.D. Wilson is an adventure featuring an 11-year-old.

“13 Buildings Children Should Know” explores important buildings and their architects. “If America Were A Village” by David L. Smith is a book about the people of the U.S.A., imagining America as a village of 100 people. “My Water Comes from the San Juan Mountains” introduces children to the nation’s watershed, the Continental Divide, and includes contributions by elementary students in Durango. “Complete Horse Care Manual” by Colin Vogel offers advice and color photographs to help youngsters take their of their horses.

Books for youngsters

“Aaaarrgghh! Spider!” by Lydia Monks,”“Little Red Riding Hood” retold and illustrated by Andrea Wisnewski, “Fancy Nancy Tea Parties” by Jane O’Connor and “Captain Duck” by Jez Alborough are books for parents and other caregivers to read to young children. “The Berenstain Bears Out West” and “The Berenstain Bears’ Class Trip” by Jan and Mike Berenstain both are beginning reader chapter books.

Christian themes

“Game Plan for Life: Your Personal Playbook for Success,” written by three-time Super Bowl champion and three-time NASCAR champion Joe Gibbs, shows how practical and relevant to everyday life the Bible is. “Take One” by Karen Kingsbury is from the Above the Line series featuring members of the Baxter family, this one about making a Hollywood film with a message that could change the world.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Chris Burrows, Barbara Corboy, Julie Crilley, Susan Dussell, Donna Elliott, Scottie Gibson, Martin and Kathleen Golden, Ron Graydon, Allen Guimond, Sally High, Robert Hogrefe, Carole Howard, Bamma Laizure, May Latson, L.D. Rovig, Gail Shepherd, Gayle Taylor, Vlasa Throusil, Mark Wood, and the family of Bruce Muirhead.

Quotable quote

“The book is here to stay. What we’re doing is symbolic of the peaceful coexistence of the book and the computer.” — Vartan Gregorian, president of the New York Public Library

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