Featured Audiobooks for February
Mrs. Lincoln's dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini (BOOKS ON CD) -- New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini has a gift for transporting listeners into the past for riveting explorations of how seemingly ordinary women overcome extraordinary circumstances. In this departure from her beloved Elm Creek Quilts series, Chiaverini weaves a historical fiction tale profiling the life of Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley, a former slave who would become a dressmaker for Mary Todd Lincoln. A character largely forgotten to history, Keckley blossoms under Chiaverini's masterful writing.
The heavy : a mother, a daughter, a diet-- a memoir by Dara-Lynn Weiss (BOOKS ON CD / B WEISS) -- In this much-anticipated, controversial memoir, Dara-Lynn Weiss chronicles the struggle and journey to get Bea, her seven year old daughter, healthy. In describing their process, complete with frustrations, self-recriminations, dark humor, and some surprising strategies, Weiss reveals the hypocrisy inherent in the debates over many cultural hot-button issues.
Robert B. Parker's Ironhorse by Robert Knott (BOOKS ON CD) -- Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, newly appointed as Territorial Marshals, find themselves traveling by train through Indian Territories. Their first marshaling duty starts as a simple prisoner escort mission, but becomes complicated when the Texas Governor and his family board the train--along with $500,000. The men have to watch for and contend with Bloody Bob Brandice, who was left with two .44 slugs in his chest during his last meeting with Virgil.
The good house by Ann Leary (BOOKS ON CD) -- The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key to her drinking problem. As if battling her demons wasn't enough to keep her busy, Hildy soon finds herself embroiled in the underbelly of her New England town, a craggy little place that harbors secrets.
Flu by Wayne Simmons (BOOKS ON CD/MP3) -- A deadly strain of flu mutates, causing the deaths of millions throughout Ireland and beyond. But the infected don’t stay dead for long, rising up to become flesh-eating monsters. Geri McConnell is a survivor. Through the graffiti-stained streets of Belfast she runs, determined to stay one step ahead of the ever-increasing hordes of living dead. In neighboring Finaghy, God-fearing Karen looks to the stoic and level-headed Pat Flynn for a paternal figure. But with a checkered past as an IRA gunrunner, Pat is battling demons of his own. Meanwhile what remains of the military congregate in a run-down base thirty miles south of Belfast. And the virus is airborne. Anyone can become infected.
Proof of heaven : a neurosurgeon's journey into the afterlife by Eben Alexander (BOOKS ON CD/133.9013 A) -- A Harvard-trained neurosurgeon's minute-by-minute account of his own near-death experience, and what he discovered in the heavenly realm beyond life.
The malice of fortune by Michael Ennis (BOOKS ON CD) -- Against a teeming canvas of Borgia politics, Niccoló Machiavelli and Leonardo da Vinci come together to unmask an enigmatic serial killer, as we learn the secret history behind one of the most controversial works in the western canon.