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Audiobooks May 2014
"Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well."
~ Jack London (1876-1916), American writer
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Mercy Snow: A Novel - by Tiffany Baker
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 04/14/2014
Share Mercy Snow%3a A Novel ISBN-13: 9781478981749
ISBN-10: 1478981741
Fiction. When tragedy (in the form of a fatal bus crash) rocks tiny Titan Falls, New Hampshire, a dying mill town on the Androscoggin River, suspicion falls on the Snow siblings -- Zeke, Mercy, and Hannah -- descendants of the town's black sheep, who have recently returned to their ancestral home in a rusted-out RV. As the McAllisters, who own the paper mill that dominates the town's economy, pursue Zeke (whose car was found at the scene), Mercy attempts to prove her brother's innocence. Meanwhile, the official investigation into the incident unearths dark secrets that could rewrite significant chunks of Titan Falls' history.
Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir - by Frances Mayes
Publisher: Random House
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 04/01/2014
Share Under Magnolia%3a A Southern Memoir ISBN-13: 9780804148580
ISBN-10: 0804148589
Memoir. In this follow-up to her popular memoir Under the Tuscan Sun, Frances Mayes describes her childhood in Georgia. Having left home at age 22, Mayes nevertheless feels compelled to return to her Southern roots after a globe-trotting adulthood. In lush, lyrical language, Mayes reflects on her childhood and adolescence, her dysfunctional family, and the environment that shaped her sensibilities and fueled the unique trajectory of her life.
On the Come Up: A Novel, Based on a True Story - by Hannah Weyer
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 04/01/2014
Share On the Come Up%3a A Novel, Based on a True Story ISBN-13: 9781480592056
ISBN-10: 1480592056
Fiction. Without role models to guide her, 13-year-old AnnMarie Walker, an eighth-grader from Queens, must chart her own course in life. So far, it's been a rocky one: pregnant by her increasingly unreliable and abusive boyfriend, Darius, AnnMarie struggles to survive. When she unexpectedly lands a role in an independent film, AnnMarie's horizons expand, causing her to reassess her current situation and ponder her future. Inspired by the life of teenager Anna Simpson, whom author Hannah Weyer met while filming a documentary, On the Come Up presents a gritty tale of city life narrated in raw, authentic language by a resilient young woman.
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry - by Gabrielle Zevin
Publisher: Workman
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 04/01/2014
Share The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry ISBN-13: 9781622313532
ISBN-10: 1622313534
Fiction. Despondent over the death of his wife and dismayed at the dismal state of the publishing industry, curmudgeonly independent bookseller A.J. Fikry has decided his life is over. Then, his rare edition of Tamerlane is stolen, a toddler is abandoned in his bookshop, and Amelia Loman, the new sales rep for Knightley Press, keeps showing up at his door. Soon, it starts to look as through Fikry's own story may have another chapter or two. Fans of Anne Tyler's work will appreciate this humorous yet bittersweet story of second chances.
It's in the Cards
Moonwalking With Einstein : The Art and Science of Remembering Everything - by Joshua Foer
Publisher: Books on Tape
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 03/08/2011
Share Moonwalking With Einstein %3a  The Art and Science of Remembering Everything ISBN-13: 9780307881601
ISBN-10: 0307881601
Nonfiction. After attending the U.S. Memory Championships (yes, this a thing), journalist Joshua Foer decided to see if he had what it takes to become a "mental athlete" with the ability to memorize, say, a list of 1,000 numbers or the precise order of a shuffled deck of cards. Explaining that the key to phenomenal feats of memory lies in translating words and numbers (the brain's weaknesses) into images and spatial constructs (the brain's strengths), Foer instructs listeners in the construction of elaborate "memory palaces" and demonstrates that, with enough effort, anyone can achieve total recall.
Pocket Kings - by Ted Heller
Publisher: HighBridge
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 03/27/2012
Share Pocket Kings ISBN-13: 9781611747782
ISBN-10: 1611747783
Fiction. In the throes of a midlife crisis, failed novelist Frank Dixon discovers the seductive and surprisingly lucrative world of online poker. Once insolvent, Frank soon becomes flush from playing Texas Hold'Em online under the handle Chip Zero. But neither online popularity nor wealth beyond his wildest dreams are enough to solve his real-world problems. This fast-paced, satirical story -- laced with Frank's lacerating diatribes against the publishing industry, Internet culture, and American society -- will make listeners "laugh and rage at more or less the same time" (Publishers Weekly).
The Cardturner: A Novel About a King, a Queen, and a Joker - by Louis Sachar
Publisher: Books on Tape
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 05/11/2010
Share The Cardturner%3a A Novel About a King, a Queen, and a Joker ISBN-13: 9780307712158
ISBN-10: 030771215X
YA Fiction. High school student Alton Richards' great-uncle Lester Trapp is blind, elderly, diabetic, and very cantankerous. He's also extremely wealthy, which is why Alton's parents convince him to cozy up to the old man. But Lester, a world-class bridge player, doesn't want a companion -- he needs a cardturner to help him play. Although Alton doesn't know the first thing about bridge, he gradually bonds with his great-uncle while learning to appreciate the intricacies of the game.
I Am the Messenger - by Markus Zusak
Publisher: Books on Tape
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/17/2006
Share I Am the Messenger ISBN-13: 9780739336922
ISBN-10: 0739336924
YA Fiction. Not long after he foils a bank robbery, 19-year-old (and underage) Australian cab driver Ed Kennedy receives a series of playing cards in the mail -- each marked with a coded message. As Ed, accompanied by his faithful (and pungent) dog, the Doorman, follows the clues, he embarks on an odyssey that will lead him to discover the meaning of his life and help him connect with others.
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