In the Stacks

Posted: Sunday, March 03, 2002

This week, the Juneau Public Library has new books on tape for you!

"Under Milk Wood," by Dylan Thomas, read by Mary Walsh and Kenneth Welsh.

By turns comical and moving, Dylan Thomas's ode to a spring day in an imagined Welsh seaside village was written not long before his death. This version was performed before a live audience. (unabridged)

"Agnes of God," by John Pielmeier, read by Barbara Bain, Harriet Harris, and Emily Bergl. When Agnes, a young nun, is accused of infanticide, a lapsed Roman Catholic psychiatrist and the Mother Superior work together to uncover the truth. (unabridged)

"The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara: Ilse Witch," by Terry Brooks, read by Sam Fontana. An ill-matched crew mans the airship Jerle Shannara; they are following a map that might lead to a legendary, powerful magic. Following close on their heels is the Ilse Witch, who will do anything to take possession of the magic. (abridged)

"Tides of War," by Steven Pressfield, read by Derek Jacobi. Told by his captain of marines in a death-row confession, this is the story of Alcibiades, the brilliant and charismatic leader of the Athenians in the Peloponnesian War. This is the sequel to "Gates of Fire." (abridged)

"Down 42nd Street," written and read by Marc Eliot. New York's 42nd Street has gone through many transformations, from elegant to glitzy to bawdy. Here are the inside stories of the changes, some unintentional, some, like the latest, deliberately engineered, and the personalities behind them. (abridged)

"The Honored Society," written and read by Michael Gambino, the grandson of the original Godfather. This is a fictionalized version of Gambino's life in organized crime, from his early schooling in violence to his introduction into the Honored Society as a teen and subsequent rise to the top echelons. (abridged)

"Cutout," by Francine Mathews, read by Trini Alvarado. A CIA analyst loses her husband when his plane is shot down by terrorists. Two years later, he surfaces in Germany, a maverick agent siding with the kidnappers of the U.S. vice president. His wife's mission is to entice him back and keep herself and the vice-president alive. (abridged)

"The Jazz Bird," by Craig Holden, read by Boyd Gaines. On the day of their divorce, millionaire bootlegger and lawyer George Remus shoots and kills his wife, then turns himself in and confesses. True, his wife did spend his fortune while he was away in prison, then start an affair and file for a divorce, but is this a simple matter of jealousy and revenge? Holden dives deeply into the event, based on a real-life murder in the 1920s. (abridged)

Next week: Kids' books!

If you'd like to place a hold on any of these titles, call the Juneau Public Library at 586-5249. If you have internet access, your library card, and a PIN, you may place your own holds by going to our website ( and looking at our catalog. The "In the Stacks" column is now archived! Go to the Juneau Public Libraries' website and look for "In the Stacks."

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