Having to commute back and forth to school can be a bore. Beat that boring car ride by checking out some of the new audiobooks at the Evelyn S. Field Library at Raritan Valley Community College with a valid RVCC ID. Bones in Her Pocket: A Temperance Brennan Short Story / by Kathy Reichs (2 CDs) Click here to take reserve this item at the library. When a fly-covered canvas bag floats to the surface of North Carolina's Mountain Island Lake, forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan is called to the scene. Animal remains? Or could this be related to bone fragments from a human male found nearby? To Tempe's surprise, the decomposed body indicates the person was a female young adult. The profile fits the description of a missing graduate student named Edith Blankenship. Was Blankenship murdered? If so, why?
The Butler: A Witness to History / by Wil Haygood (2 CDs) Click here to take reserve this item at the library. When acclaimed Washington Post writer Wil Haygood had an early hunch that Obama would win the 2008 election, he thought he'd highlight the singular moment by exploring the life of someone who had come of age when segregation was so widespread, so embedded in the culture, as to make the very thought of a black president inconceivable. He struck gold when he tracked down Eugene Allen, a butler who had served no fewer than eight presidents, from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan.
The Hundred-Foot Journey: A Novel / by Richard C. Morais (7 CDs) Click here to take reserve this item at the library. Born above his grandfather's modest restaurant in Mumbai, Hassan first experienced life through intoxicating whiffs of spicy fish curry, trips to the local markets, and gourmet outings with his mother. But when tragedy pushes the family out of India, they console themselves by eating their way around the world, eventually settling in a small village in the French Alps. The boisterous Haji family opens an inexpensive Indian cafe opposite an esteemed French restaurant--that of the famous chef Madame Mallory--and infuse the sleepy town with the spices of India, transforming the lives of its eccentric villagers and infuriating their celebrated neighbor. Only after Madame Mallory wages culinary war with the immigrant family does she finally agree to mentor young Hassan, leading him to Paris, the launch of his own restaurant, and a slew of new adventures.
Tatiana: An Arkady Renko Novel / by Martin Cruz Smith (7 CDs) Click here to take reserve this item at the library. One of the iconic investigators of contemporary fiction, Arkady Renko--cynical, analytical, and quietly subversive--has survived the cultural journey from the Soviet Union to the New Russia, only to find the nation as obsessed with secrecy and brutality as was the old Communist dictatorship. In Tatiana, Martin Cruz Smith's most ambitious novel since Gorky Park, the melancholy hero finds himself on the trail of a mystery as complex and dangerous as modern Russia herself. The fearless investigative reporter Tatiana Petrovna falls to her death from a sixth-floor window in Moscow the same week that a mob billionaire, Grisha Grigorenko, is shot and buried with the trappings due a lord. No one makes the connection, but Arkady is transfixed by the tapes he discovers of Tatiana's voice, even as she describes horrific crimes hidden by official versions.
Transhuman / by Ben Bova (7 CDs) Click here to take reserve this item at the library. Luke Abramson, a brilliant cellular biologist who is battling lung cancer, has one joy in life, his ten-year-old granddaughter, Angela. When he learns that Angela has an inoperable brain tumor and is given less than six months to live, Abramson wants to try a new enzyme, Mortality Factor 4 (MORF4), that he believes will kill Angela's tumor. However, the hospital bureaucracy won't let him do it because MORF4 has not yet been approved by the FDA. Knowing that Angela will die before he can get approval of the treatment, Abramson abducts Angela from the hospital with plans to take her to a private research laboratory in Oregon. Luke realizes he's too old and decrepit to flee across the country with his sick granddaughter, chased by the FBI. So he injects himself with a genetic factor that will stimulate his body's production of telomerase, an enzyme that has successfully reversed aging in animal tests. As the chase weaves across the country from one research facility to another, Luke begins to grow physically younger, stronger. He looks and feels the way he did thirty or forty years ago. Yet his lung cancer is not abating; if anything the tumors are growing faster. And Angela is dying.
41: A Portrait of My Father / George W. Bush Click here to take reserve this item at the library. Never before has a president told the story of his father, another president, through his own eyes and in his own words. A unique and intimate biography, it covers the entire scope of the elder President Bush's life and career. It shines new light on both the accomplished statesman and the warm, decent man known best by his family. In addition, George W. Bush discusses his father's influence on him throughout his own life, from his childhood to his own two-term presidency.
The Burning Room / Michael Connelly Click here to take reserve this item at the library. Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case. Beginning with the bullet that's been lodged for years in the victim's spine, they must pull new leads from years-old information, which soon reveal that this shooting may have been anything but random.
The Drop: A Novel / Dennis Lehane. Click here to take reserve this item at the library. "Three days after Christmas, a lonely bartender looking for a reason to live rescues an abused puppy from a trash can and meets a damaged woman looking for something to believe in. As their relationship grows, they cross paths with the Chechen mafia; a man grown dangerous with age and thwarted hopes; two hapless stick-up artists; a very curious cop; and the original owner of the puppy, who wants his dog back" -- from HarperCollins web site.
Edge of Eternity / Ken Follett Click here to take reserve this item at the library. The conclusion to Ken Follett's historical series that follows the fortunes of five intertwined families, American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh, through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most chaotic eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1990s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution, and rock and roll.
The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution / Walter Isaacson The computer and the Internet are among the most important inventions of our era, but few people know who created them. Most innovations of the digital age were made collaboratively. There were a lot of fascinating people involved, some ingenious and a few even geniuses. This is the story of these pioneers, hackers, and entrepreneurs, how their minds worked and what made them so creative. It's also a narrative of how their ability to work as teams made them even more creative.
Margaret Fuller: A New American Life / Megan Marshall Click here to take reserve this item at the library . Explores the life and career of the 19th-century American journalist, intellectual, and advocate of personal liberation.
Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned" / Lena Dunham Click here to take reserve this item at the library . Lena Dunham tells stories about wonderful nights with terrible boys and terrible days with wonderful friends, about ambition and the two existential crises that she had before the age of twenty. About fashion and its many discontents. About publicly sharing her body, and having to prove one's self in a meeting full of fifty-year-old men, and the health fears (tinnitus, lamp dust, infertility) that keep her up at night.
The Peripheral / William Gibson Click here to take reserve this item at the library. Where Flynne and her brother, Burton, live, jobs outside the drug business are rare. Fortunately, Burton has his veteran's benefits, for neural damage he suffered from implants during his time in the USMC's elite Haptic Recon force. Then one night Burton has to go out, but there's a job he's supposed to do-a job Flynne didn't know he had. Beta-testing part of a new game, he tells her. The job seems to be simple: work a perimeter around the image of a tower building. Little buglike things turn up. He's supposed to get in their way, edge them back. That's all there is to it. He's offering Flynne a good price to take over for him. What she sees, though, isn't what Burton told her to expect. It might be a game, but it might also be murder.
Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at The Dawn of Hollywood / by William J. Mann Click here to take reserve this item at the library. By 1920, the movies had suddenly become America's new favorite pastime and one of the nation's largest industries. Never before had a medium possessed such power to influence; yet Hollywood's glittering ascendancy was threatened by a string of headline-grabbing tragedies--including the murder of William Desmond Taylor, the popular president of the Motion Picture Directors Association, a legendary crime that has remained unsolved until now. In a fiendishly involving narrative, bestselling Hollywood chronicler William J. Mann draws on a rich host of sources, including recently released FBI files, to uncover the story of the enigmatic Taylor and the diverse group of people who surrounded him--including three beautiful, ambitious actresses; a grasping stage mother; a devoted valet; and a gang of two-bit thugs, any of whom might have fired the fatal bullet. And overseeing this entire landscape of intrigue was Adolph Zukor, the brilliant and ruthless founder of Paramount Pictures, locked in a struggle for control of the industry and desperate to conceal the truth about the crime. Along the way, Mann brings to life Los Angeles in the Roaring Twenties: a sparkling yet schizophrenic town filled with party girls, drug dealers, religious zealots, newly minted legends, and starlets already past their prime--a dangerous place where the powerful could still run afoul of the desperate.
What I Know For Sure / Oprah Winfrey Click here to take reserve this item at the library. The inspirational wisdom Oprah Winfrey shares in her monthly O., The Oprah Magazine column updated, curated, and collected for the first time. Organized by theme, the essays offer a rare and powerful glimpse into the mind of one of the world's most extraordinary women.
Wild: From Lost to Found on The Pacific Crest Trail / Cheryl Strayed Click here to take reserve this item at the library. A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir: the story of a 1,100 mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again.
Yes Please [CD book] / Amy Poehler Click here to take reserve this item at the library. The actress best known for her work on "Parks and Recreation" and "Saturday Night Live" reveals personal stories and offers her humorous take on such topics as love, friendship, parenthood, and her relationship with Tina Fey.
List compiled by Kathy Tenzer, Technical Services Associate at The Evelyn S. Field Library at Raritan Valley Community College.
Edited and pictures added by Ben Auletta