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In the Stacks

Posted: Sunday, August 19, 2001

The Juneau Public Library system carries a large number of books on tape, both fiction and non-fiction. You can look for them by author or title, just like a book. Here's a taste of the new tapes hitting the shelves this week.

Fiction

"Two O'clock, Eastern Wartime," by John Dunning, read by George Guidall. This World War II mystery revolves around the power that radio held over the American public during that era. Two of radio station WHAR's brightest stars who are helping to revitalize the station have an agenda all their own. What could the radio station have to do with a man's disappearance? Unabridged.

"Scarlet Feather," by Maeve Binchy, read by Barbara Caruso. A year in the life of a new catering company, the Scarlet Feather, run by Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather, two friends from cooking school. Unabridged.

"Beach Music," by Pat Conroy, read by Peter MacNicol. While trying to recover from his wife's suicide, John McCall is drawn out of his attempts to find peace by his sister-in-law, who wants him to come home, and two friends, who need his help to find a missing person. Abridged.

"The Cassandra Compact," by Robert Ludlum, read by George Guidall. Two intelligence officers, one American, one Russian, who have worked together to halt the development of bioweapons, come across plans for a biochemical war that will change the face of the world. For one, the information means death. Will the second be able to stop the war before it starts? Unabridged.

Non-fiction

"The Coalwood Way," by Homer Hickam, read by Frank Muller. It's 1959 and the Rocket Boys are now in high school. They are still designing and launching new rockets, but have become aware that their West Virginia town is dying, and that the rockets may be their ticket out. Unabridged.

"River Horse," by William Least Heat-Moon, read by Jay O. Sanders. Intrigued by the idea of crossing America by boat, Heat-Moon spent twenty years planning his route with the fewest portages possible. Parts of his route followed in the river wake of such explorers as Lewis and Clark, andHenry Hudson. Abridged.

"Hunting with Hemingway," by Hilary Hemingway, read by the author. Hilary Hemingway is the niece of Ernest Hemingway. Here she tries to sort out fiction from truth as she explores her father's life through his tales of adventure in the company of his famous older brother. Abridged.

"The Ice Master," by Jennifer Niven, read by the author. A few weeks ago Iprofiled a children's book titled "The Lamp, the Ice, and the Boat called Fish," which told the story of the doomed voyage of the Karluk expedition into the Arctic. This is the adult version, woven from diaries, news reports, and interviews, of the 25-person crew that was reduced to 11 in a year of hard living at the top of the world. Abridged.

Next week is new fiction!

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 can place your own holds by going to our Web site (www.juneau.lib.ak.us/library) and looking at our catalog.



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