Tuesday, July 10, 2007

New Audio Books for July

Whether your interest is readings from American poets, scintillating biography, or a good murder mystery, there's something for you in our latest batch of downloadable audio books. Here's a sampling of what's now available through our library catalog:

O Jerusalem, by Laurie King (1999). It's 1918. Nineteen-year-old Mary and her fiftysomething mentor are forced to flee England to escape a deadly adversary. Sherlock Holmes' well-connected brother Mycroft sends them to Palestine to do some international sleuthing. Here, a series of murders threatens the fragile peace.

Cooked: From the Streets to the Stove, From Cocaine to Foie Gras, by Jeff Henderson (2007). Barely old enough to drink legally, Henderson was clearing $35,000 per week as one of the most successful cocaine dealers in San Diego. But when he was 23, he was indicted on federal drug trafficking charges and sentenced to almost 20 years. Hardheaded, Henderson held firmly to his gritty street morals--until the day he was assigned to wash dishes in the prison kitchen. He immediately took an interest in food preparation and eventually determined that when he was released, he would become a chef, no matter what.

Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life, by Irwin Kula with Linda Loewenthal (2006). Renowned Rabbi Irwin Kula explores and celebrates seven of our deepest desires. He opens the spiritual toolbox of Jewish wisdom--it has much to teach about the ambiguities and uncertainties we all encounter--and takes us on an excursion into our age-old questions, merging ancient wisdom and stories with contemporary examples and insights. Whether it's a woman struggling with a breach in her marriage, a child wondering about the tooth fairy, or Moses yearning for answers in the story of the burning bush, Yearnings offers a broader perspective to enrich our search for meaning.

Spoken Arts Poetry Collection, Volume II: 100 Modern American Poets Reading their Poems (2007). The most important anthology of American poetry ever recorded, this essential document is now available in three volumes from Recorded Books, digitally remastered with introductions and brief poet biographies. This volume includes works from the following poets: Yvor Winters, Oscar Williams, Langston Hughes, Theodore Spencer, Ogden Nash, Countee Cullen, Merrill Moore, John Holmes, Richard Eberhart, Robert Penn Warren, Stanley Kunitz, Kenneth Rexroth, W.H. Auden, Theodore Roethke, Paul Engle, Winfield Townley Scott, Elizabeth Bishop, J.V. Cunningham, Kenneth Patchen, Brother Antoninus, Hy Sobiloff, Karl Shapiro, John Frederick Nims, Delmore Schwartz, Muriel Rukyser, Barbara Howes, Randell Jarrell, John Berryman, Owen Dodson, Kean Garrigue, Ruth Stone, Hollis Summers, John Ciardi, Peter Viereck, John Malcolm Brinnin, and Robert Lowell. (The library also has Volume One of this series.)

All Together Dead, by Charlaine Harris (2007). Betrayed by her vampire beau, Sookie discovers a potential new lover in the devilishly handsome shapeshifter Quinn. But affairs of the heart must take a back seat to the summit. Perhaps the most important item on the docket is the dwindling power base of the vampire queen of Louisiana, who is in a difficult position following extensive hurricane damage. As behind-the-scenes deals are struck, Sookie must decide which side she's on--and the wrong decision could spell catastrophe.

Einstein: His Life and Universe, by Walter Isaacson (2007). The first full biography of Albert Einstein since all of his papers have become available. Biographer Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk--a struggling father in a difficult marriage who couldn't get a teaching job or a doctorate--became the locksmith of the mysteries of the atom and the universe.

Carmichael's collection of over 1,500 downloadable audio books are available to all UM students, staff, and faculty. Instructions on how to access the audio books are available on our website.

Happy listening!

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