Talking Books Blog
This Thursday and Friday, September 27 and 28, Volunteers For the Blind (VFB) is having a book and bake sale at its 1101 Caroline Street offices from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Everyone is cordially invited to browse our entire audio cassette book collection, enjoy home-baked items, meet VFB’s staff and learn more about our organization.
VFB is a local, non-profit, tax-exempt, 501 (c) 3 organization. It provides volunteer shopping assistants and readers primarily for Fredericksburg residents who are blind. VFB also offers training, especially for high school and college students, to work appropriately with volunteers. In addition, VFB has an unpaid internship program either for people who are blind and want to gain work experience before entering the competitive employment market or for those who wish to return to it after losing their sight.
One of my customers recently called to tell me that she really enjoyed Hinds’ Feet on High Places. This is an inspirational novel that has been described as Christian fiction at its best. It got its name because the girl in the novel wants to be like the deer in her mountains that have special feet that allow them to leap and play high up. She, too, wants to be free of fear and strives to be a courageous person who can overcome her limitations with the help of her God. She wants to rework herself into a better and more spiritual person.
A customer recently called me to tell me that he loved The President’s House, by Margaret Truman, so when I gave a talk in Northern Virginia a few days later, I passed on the recommendation to the group. The next customer who read it just called to tell me that he is really enjoying this book, too. Several of the book reviews said that it is a fun and interesting look at the White House written by a woman who has a deep love for this national icon because she was lucky enough to grow up there.
A patron called me this week to say that he loved Crashers, by Dana Haynes, so much that he didn’t even want to stop the audio book to go to sleep at night! That is an excellent endorsement! He wanted more books by this author, and we found out that this was the debut novel of Dana Haynes.
It is about an airliner that crashes outside of Portland, Oregon, and a team of experts assembled to investigate the cause of the crash. Some of the members of the team are: Kiki Duvall, a “sonar witch”--a recorder specialist who can hear things that other people cannot; John Roby, a former cop and bomb expert; Walter Mulroney who can build any plane given the right number of bolts; engineer Peter Kim, pilot and former F.B.I. agent Isaiah Grey; pathologist Tommy Tomzak; and the leader, Susan Tanaka who is an intergovernmental liason. They soon discover that this plane crash was no accident--it was a trial run.
Many of you may not know that the National Library Service has been keeping the full libraries of Guitar by Ear and Piano by Ear lessons available for its clients to check out. The most recent order of 117 titles will mean they have well over 900 “by ear” titles ready for loan to their patrons.
Every once in a while a patron will call me to tell me how much they enjoyed a book. Now I have a blog to share these sentiments with you. The Jefferson Key (DB 73400) by Steve Berry is a book that received a glowing endorsement from a patron.
Steve Berry has written a series of books using the character of Cotton Malone, a former Justice Department operative, who gets caught up in historical mysteries. In the newest book of the series, four presidents have been assassinated. Were the assassinations unrelated or were the presidents all murdered for the same reason? After saving the current president from an assassination plot, Cotton Malone realizes that he has angered a secret society. The hunt for that society leads him on a fast-paced chase that is highly thrilling.
Berry always does incredible research for his novels and even lets the reader know what is fiction and nonfiction at the end of the book. If you are looking for a good conspiracy theory, this might be it!
The Catch: a Joe Gunther Novel (DB 73170) was highly recommended by a patron who loves mysteries. He said that he really didn't want to stop listening to it until it was done. Just as a sighted reader cannot put the book down, he couldn't turn his audio book off. The Joe Gunther series is built around Joe Gunther, the head of the Vermont Bureau of Investigation. When one of the Vermont state troopers is shot and killed during a routine traffic stop near the Canadian border, the investigative team lead by Joe Gunther is taken to Maine where a drug kingpin has also been murdered. These two murders are interconnected.
One of my patrons called me to discuss One Thousand White Women: the Journal of May Dodd by Jim Fergus. (RC 47157) This is a fictionalized account of a true incident in which an Indian delegation traveled to Washington, D.C. to negotiate a treaty.
One of the Indians was a Cheyenne leader named Little Wolf. As part of the negotiations, Little Wolf requested that his tribe be supplied with 1,000 white women, in an effort to assist in the assimilation of the Cheyenne peoples with the white man. Predictably, the request was met with derision and horror.