March 2011 Books on CD

The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman

A young wounded civil war solider is saved by a passionate neighbor, a woman meets a fiercely human historical character, a poet falls in love with a blind man, and a mysterious traveler comes to town in the year when summer never arrives. At the center of everyone’s life is a mysterious garden where only red plants can grow, and where the truth can be found by those who dare to look.

Fatal Error by Judith Jance

When Brenda Riley, a colleague from Ali’s old news broadcasting days in California, shows up in town with an alcohol problem and an unlikely story about a missing fiancé, Ali reluctantly agrees to help. The man posing as Brenda’s fiancé is revealed to be Richard Lowensdale, a cyber-sociopath who has left a trail of broken hearts in his virtual wake. When he is viciously murdered, the police soon focus their investigation on Brenda.

Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

Prolific author Stephen King presents a collection of four new novellas. In the story 1922, a man plunges into the depths of madness when his wife attempts to sell off the family home. A mystery writer, who was beaten and raped while driving home from her book club, plots her revenge in Big Driver. Diagnosed with a deadly cancer, a man makes a deal with the devil in Fair Extension. And in A Good Marriage, a woman discovers her husband’s darker side while he is away on a business trip.

The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer

A young archivist working in the National Archives and his childhood crush happen upon a priceless artifact, a 200-year-old dictionary that once belonged to George Washington, hidden inside a desk chair. Eager to discover why the President is hiding this important national treasure, the two soon find themselves entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder that will reveal the most well-kept secret of the U.S. Presidency.

Tick Tock by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

NYC’s number one detective, Michael Bennett, has a huge problem– someone is recreating the crimes of infamous killers from New York’s history. Bennett enlists the help of a former colleague, FBI Agent Emily Parker.

Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland

It’s 1893, and at the Chicago World’s Fair, Louis Comfort Tiffany makes his debut with a luminous exhibition of innovative stained-glass windows, which he hopes will honor his family business and earn him a place on the international artistic stage. But behind the scenes in his New York studio is the head of his women’s division –freethinking Clara Driscoll. Publicly unrecognized by Tifanny, Clara conceives of and designs nearly all of the iconic leaded-glass lamps for which he is long remembered.

Strategic Moves by Stuart Woods

While enjoying dinner at Elaine’s, attorney Stone Barrington is shocked when his boss arrives unannounced and hands him a check worth one million dollars. The money is from Stone’s new client, who is connected to Stone’s undercover dealing with the British MI6. But just as he accepts the case, he learns that his client might be behind an elaborate Ponzi scheme, the magnitude of which could destroy even Stone’s decorated career.

Nonfiction

Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

Believing the world could improve dramatically through kindness, Karen Armstrong urges listeners to develop a greater aptitude for compassion. Here, Armstrong offers a twelve-step guide that will show listeners how to merge their hearts with their minds.

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Traces the rewards and pitfalls of a Chinese mother’s exercise in extreme parenting, describing the exacting standards applied to grades, music lessons, and avoidance of Western cultural practices.

Colonel Roosevelt

Edmund Morris presents the third installment in his Theodore Roosevelt biography. Here, Morris chronicles Roosevelt’s life after his presidency, revealing that Colonel Roosevelt was as present as ever in world politics and if he was reelected as president, he possibly could have averted World War I.

Life

Keith Richards, one of the Rolling Stones’ founding members, opens up about his childhood, rise to superstardom, and personal life. From his turbulent relationships, including his well-publicized estrangement from and reconciliation with Stones’ front man Mick Jagger, to his drug shenanigans that made even more of a legend amongst his fans, Richards tells all in this poignant biography.

29 Gifts

An insightful story and memoir of the author’s life changes as she embraces and reflects on the naturally reciprocal process of giving and receiving. By day 29, not only had her health and happiness improved, but she had created a worldwide giving movement.

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