Dust storms, rabbit drives, hobo camps, and riding on freight trains were all a part of life for many throughout the Midwest during the Great Depression. Polio and many other diseases had not yet been conquered and the huge dust storms that killed livestock and ruined crops also caused life-threatening respiratory ailments, such as asthma and pneumonia. In the spring of 1935, 13-year-old Brady Foster´s family is forced to leave their ´´dusted out´´ wheat farm in southwest Kansas when his mother´s asthma takes a turn for the worst. Deciding her only hope lies in California´s cleaner air, Brady and his little autistic sister are sent to live with their grandfather, a county sheriff in the north central part of the state, until their parents can return. In his new school, Brady is bullied and ostracized, but he finds a friend in Eddie Peel, the son of the town drunk, a boy with a pet crow. This book was selected for the Kansas State Reading Circle Catalog and Winner of the J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Henry McNulty. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bimo/001555/bk_bimo_001555_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this fast-paced sequel to The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf, Ashala and her friends face a new danger from the least expected source - one of their own. After a daring raid on Detention Center 3 to rescue their trapped peers, Ashala Wolf and her Tribe of fellow Illegals - children with powerful and inexplicable abilities - are once again entrenched in their safe haven, the Firstwood. Existing in alliance with the ancient trees and the giant intelligent lizards known as saurs, the young people of the Tribe do their best to survive and hide. But the new peace is fractured when Ashala´s friend Ember Crow goes missing, leaving only a cryptic message behind. Ember claims to be harboring terrible secrets about her past that could be a threat to the Tribe and all Illegals. Ashala and her boyfriend, Connor, spring into action, but with Ashala´s Sleepwalking ability functioning erratically and unknown enemies lying in wait, leaving the Firstwood is a dangerous proposition. Can Ashala and Connor protect the Tribe and bring Ember home, or must they abandon one to save the other? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cara Gee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/008035/bk_brll_008035_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The first story in the new paranormal series by Elizabeth Hunter, author of the Elemental Mysteries. Welcome to Cambio Springs. In this small desert town, secrets bubble up from the desert floor, and history is written on the canyon walls. Seven friends will gather at the crossroads, because in Cambio Springs everything - and everyone - changes. Jena Crowe escaped the Springs 10 years ago. Now she´s heading home with two boys to start a new life. With her husband´s ghost keeping her company on the road, Jena will learn that moving back and moving backward aren´t necessarily the same thing, and sometimes the places you try to escape are exactly where you need to fall. Three nights to say good-bye. Three days to come to grips with the future. For Jena and her two sons, it´s going to be a long ride home. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Liisa Ivary. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/027181/bk_adbl_027181_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1961, when the New York Yankees and the St. Louis Cardinals arrived in St. Petersburg, Florida, for spring training, neither team had any idea that a feisty physician was about to turn its world upside down. To Major League Baseball, Dr. Ralph Wimbish was just a black homeowner able to house the team´s African American ball players, who were segregated from their white teammates—except on the diamond—during spring training. The laws in Florida, like the rest of the South, were dictated by Jim Crow. Major League Baseball had no plans to upend it. Dr. Wimbish had other ideas. Drawing on personal interviews, newspaper accounts, archival documents, and memoirs, Adam Henig has written a story that New York Post sports columnist Mike Vacarro and Tampa Bay Times’ Jon Wilson called ´´a must read!´´ A book for baseball enthusiasts that goes beyond the game, Baseball Under Siege (formerly titled Under One Roof) is an unforgettable tale of a little-known civil rights activist who risked it all to achieve racial justice in his city, in his state, and in America’s favorite pastime. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Randal Schaffer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/060011/bk_acx0_060011_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
If Jena knew anything from growing up in a town full of shapeshifters, it was this: Everything changed. From Elizabeth Hunter, author of the best-selling Elemental Mysteries, comes the first novel in the new Cambio Springs Mysteries, Shifting Dreams. Somedays Jena Crowe just can´t get a break. Work at her diner never ends, her two boys are bundles of energy, and she´s pretty sure her oldest is about to shift into something furry or feathery. Added to that, changes seem to be coming to the tiny town of Cambio Springs, big changes that not everyone in the isolated town of shapeshifters is thrilled about. Caleb Gilbert was looking for change, and the quiet desert town seemed just the ticket for a more peaceful life. He never counted on violence finding him, nor could he have predicted just how crazy his new life would become. When murder rocks their small community, Caleb and Jena will have to work together. And when the new Chief of Police isn’t put off by any of her usual defenses, Jena may be faced with the most frightening change of all: lowering the defenses around her carefully guarded heart. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Liisa Ivary. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/020705/bk_adbl_020705_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Evelyn is a Creole woman who comes of age in New Orleans at the height of World War II. Her family inhabits the upper echelon of black society, and when she falls for no-name Renard, she is forced to choose between her life of privilege and the man she loves. In 1982, Evelyn´s daughter Jackie is a frazzled single mother grappling with her absent husband´s drug addiction. Just as she comes to terms with his abandoning the family, he returns, ready to resume their old life. Jackie must decide if the promise of her husband is worth the near certainty that he will leave again. Jackie´s son T. C. loves the creative process of growing marijuana more than the weed itself. He finds something hypnotic about training the seedlings, testing the levels, trimming the leaves, and drying the buds. He was a square before Hurricane Katrina, but the New Orleans he knew didn´t survive the storm, and in its wake he was changed too. Now, fresh out of a four-month stint for possession with the intent to distribute, he decides to start over - until an old friend convinces him to stake his new beginning on one last deal. For Evelyn, Jim Crow is an ongoing reality, and in its wake, new threats spring up to haunt her descendants. A Kind of Freedom is an urgent novel that explores the legacy of racial disparity in the South through a poignant and redemptive family history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Kenerly, Bahni Turpin, Adenrele Ojo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/010199/bk_blak_010199_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The star of Bravo´s breakout scripted comedy Odd Mom Out shares her razor-sharp wit and backhanded wisdom in a deeply observed and outrageously funny collection of musings, lists, essays, and outrages. From her unique lingo (things don´t simply frighten her, they M. Night Shyamalan her out) to her gimlet-eyed view of narrow-mindedness to her morbid but curiously life-affirming parenting style, Jill Kargman is nothing if not original. In this hilarious new book, the sharp-elbowed mother of three turns her unconventional lens on life and death and everything in between, including: The politically correct peer pressure she felt from the new moms in her hood, the women who provided the grist for the mill of her hit television show The evolution of her aesthetic from Miami Vice vibrant (a very brief flirtation) to Wednesday Addams meets rocker chic Her deep-seated New Yorker´s discomfort with moving vehicles that aren´t taxis and subways (aka ´´suburban panic disorder´´) The family obsession with reading obituaries for their medical revelations and real estate news value The reasons why, in a land of tan-orexic baby-oil beach bakers, she chooses to honor the valor of her ghostly pallor From a hellish visit to the Happiest Place on Earth to her unusual wedding night with Russell Crowe to her adrenaline-pumping gay pride parade experience, Sprinkle Glitter on My Grave is as wonderfully indecent and entertaining as a spring break road trip with your best friend. Assuming your best friend is the kind of gal who still wears a motorcycle jacket to pick up the kids at school. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jill Kargman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004671/bk_rand_004671_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Life is not what it used to be. The goodwill of a stranger is a godsend that must be questioned as a necessary risk. Trust and safety, once taken for granted, are now the barest necessity for survival.... Lisa and Krupp had accomplished their mission to stop the horde, but at what cost? Little Rock´s booty was still the objective as multiple truck and tractors headed down the road toward their dangerous goal. The survival of all is at stake as they come up against gangs and stubborn homeowners in their quest for resources.... Trying not to let hate and loathing cloud his senses, a rogue hunts down an psychopathic villain through the lifeless streets of downtown Hot Springs. Where did he hide and protect his special things? Was there even a need to know? Curiosity stays his hand as he hunts.... Executive power arrives and lays claim to what the people had salvaged together amidst the carnage. Free at last, are they willing to once again bow down to the hypocrisies of the past? This is the fourth book and conclusion of the Zombie Rush series. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anna Crowe. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/109710/bk_acx0_109710_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
These are the firsthand accounts of sisters Helen and Barbara Shores about growing up with their father, Arthur Shores, a prominent Civil Rights attorney, during the 60s in the Jim Crow south Birmingham district - a frequent target of the Ku Klux Klan. Between 1948 and 1963, some 50 unsolved Klan bombings happened in Smithfield where the Shores family lived, earning their neighborhood the nickname ´´Dynamite Hill.” Due to his work, Shores’ daughter, Barbara, barely survived a kidnapping attempt. Twice, in 1963, Klan members bombed their home, sending Theodora to the hospital with a brain concussion and killing Tasso, the family’s cocker spaniel. The family narrowly escaped a third bombing attempt on their home in the spring of 1965. The Gentle Giant of Dynamite Hill is an incredible story of a family’s unfair suffering, but also of the Shores’ overcoming. This family’s sacrificial commitment, courage, determination, and triumph inspire us today through this story and the selfless service, work, and lives of Helen Shores Lee and Barbara Sylvia Shores. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Valeri Ross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/zond/001342/bk_zond_001342_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.