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audiobooks: Nonfiction September 2009
BCD B Buckley
Losing Mum and Pup: a memoir
BCD B Bruni
Born Round: the secret history of a full-time eater by Frank Bruni. Read by the author. 8 discs. 9 hours.
"Memoir about a lifelong battle with weight problems. … Through adolescence, puberty and into college, Bruni oscillated from gluttonous binges to adult bulimia, including laxative abuse. Vocationally, journalism called, first through the college paper, then a progression of internships and staff positions in Detroit and New York, including his stints as a Bush campaign reporter in 2000 and as the Times Rome correspondent. In tandem, Bruni's powerlessness over his appetite developed from cafeteria meals to Chinese delivery binges to sleep eating. While Bruni includes such entertaining bits as the campaign trail seen through Weight Watcher lens and ample meals from his years as the Times restaurant critic, in the end, his is a powerful, honest book about desire, shame, identity and self-image."
BCD 006.7 Mezrich
The Accidental Billionaires: the founding of Facebook: a tale of sex, money, genius and betrayal by Ben Mezrich. Read by Mike Chamberlain.
6 discs. 7+ hours.
BCD 320.5209 Levin
Liberty and Tyranny: a conservative manifesto
BCD 364.137 Keefe
The Snakehead: a epic tale of the Chinatown underworld and the American dream
11 discs. 13 hours.
"Account of Cheng Chui Ping, known as Sister Ping, who built a multimillion-dollar empire as a "snakehead," smuggling Chinese immigrants into America. Sister Ping herself entered the U.S. legally in 1981 from China's Fuzhou province, but was soon known among Fujianese immigrants in Manhattan's Chinatown as the go-to for advice, loans and connections to bring their families to America. Her empire grew so large that she contracted out muscle work to the local gang, the Fuk Ching. Keefe points to the Golden Venture-a ship full of Fujianese illegals that ran fatally aground in 1993-as the beginning of the end for Sister Ping. She was sentenced in 2000 to 35 years in prison for conspiracy, money laundering and trafficking. .. Keefe's account maintains the swift pace of a thriller. With the immigration debate still boiling, this exploration of how far people will go to achieve the American dream is a must-read."
BCD 468.3 Portuguese
Behind the Wheel Portuguese
BCD 468.3 Spanish
Behind the Wheel Spanish: level 1. 8 discs.
BCD 468.3 Spanish
Behind the Wheel Spanish: level 3. 8 discs.
BCD 492.7 Arabic
Behind the Wheel Arabic: level 1 by Mark Frobose. 8 discs.
BCD 613 Hyman
The Ultra Collection: includes the bestselling titles Ultra-metabloism and Ultra-prevention by Mary Hyman and Mark Liponis. Read by the authors. 8 discs. 9 hours.
BCD 658.409 Bstandzinrgyamtsho
The Leader’s Way: the art of making the right decisions in our lives, our organizations, and the wider world
"Drawing on the wise teachings of Buddhism, he says, we can become better, more informed leaders as individuals, achieve more progressive leadership in our organizations, and help address some of the worlds most pressing problems. Moreover, we can improve the quality of life for all by promoting responsible, ethical, and profitable business practices."
BCD 940.5472 Norman
Tears in the Darkness: the story of the Bataan Death March and its aftermath
"This grimly absorbing history revisits the worst ordeal Americans experienced during WWII. Michael Norman, a former New York Times reporter, and Elizabeth Norman (Women at War) pen a gripping narrative of the 1942 battle for the Bataan peninsula in the Philippines, the surrender of 76,000 Americans and Filipinos to the Japanese and the infamous death march that introduced the captives to the starvation, dehydration and murderous Japanese brutality that would become routine for the next three years. Focusing intermittently on American POW Ben Steele, whose sketches adorn the book, the narrative follows the prisoners through the hell of Japanese prison and labor camps.
BCD 979.4053 Ollestad
Crazy for the Storm: a memoir of survival
"In a spare, brisk prose, Ollestad tells the tragic story of the pivotal event of his life, an airplane crash into the side of a mountain that cost three lives, including his father's, in 1979. Only 11 years old at the time, he alone survived, using the athletic skills he learned in competitive downhill skiing, amid the twisted wreckage, the bodies and the bone-chilling cold of the blizzard atop the 8,600-foot mountain. Although the narrative core of the memoir remains the horrifying plane crackup into the San Gabriel Mountains, its warm, complex soul is conveyed by the loving relationship between the former FBI agent father and his son, affectionately called the "Boy Wonder," during the golden childhood years spent in wild, freewheeling Malibu and Mexico in the late 1970s. Ollestad's unyielding concentration on the themes of courage, love and endurance seep into every character portrait, every scene, making this book an inspiring, fascinating read."