Featured New Audiobooks for May

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Tapestry of fortunes by Elizabeth Berg (BOOKS ON CD) -- Cecilia Ross is a motivational speaker who encourages others to change their lives for the better. Why can't she take her own advice? Still reeling from the death of her best friend, and freshly aware of the need to live more fully now, Cece realizes that she has to make a move. She downsizes her life, sells her suburban home, and moves into a beautiful old house in Saint Paul, complete with a garden, chef's kitchen, and three housemates. All four women embark on a journey together in an attempt to connect with parts of themselves long denied.


12.21 by Dustin Thomason (BOOKS ON CD) -- Stanton, the foremost expert on some of the rarest infections in the world, is grappling with a patient whose every symptom confounds and terrifies him. And Chel, the brightest young star in the field of Maya studies, has possession of an illegal artifact that has miraculously survived the centuries intact: a priceless codex from a lost city of her ancestors. This extraordinary record, written in secret by a royal scribe, seems to hold the answer to her life's work and to one of history's great riddles: why the Maya kingdoms vanished overnight. Suddenly it seems that our own civilization might suffer this same fate.


The Stockholm octavo by Karen Engelmann (BOOKS ON CD/MP3) -- Life is close to perfect for Emil Larsson, a self-satisfied bureaucrat in the Office of Customs and Excise in 1791 Stockholm. He is a true man of the Town--a drinker, card player, and contented bachelor--until one evening when Mrs. Sofia Sparrow, a fortune-teller and proprietor of an exclusive gaming parlor, shares with him a vision she has had: a golden path that will lead him to love and connection. She lays an Octavo for him, a spread of eight cards that augur the eight individuals who can help him realize this vision--if he can find them.


Back of the house : the secret life of a restaurant by Scott Haas (BOOKS ON CD/647.957 H) -- Food writer and clinical psychologist Scott Haas explores the inner life of a chef, what it takes to make food people crave, and how to achieve greatness in a world that demands more than passion and a sharp set of knives.



A step of faith by Richard Paul Evans (BOOKS ON CD) -- As Alan Christoffersen continues on his cross-country journey; with only the pack on his back, he is walking from Seattle to Key West, the end of the map. Along the way, Alan begins to heal, meeting people who teach him lessons about love, sacrifice, and forgiveness. But in St. Louis, Alan faces another life-changing crisis, and now the journey is in jeopardy.



The secretary : a journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the heart of American power by Kim Ghattas (BOOKS ON CD/327.73 G) -- The first inside account to be published about Hillary Clinton's time as secretary of state, anchored by Ghattas's own perspective and her quest to understand America's place in the world.



Capital punishment : a thriller by Robert Wilson (BOOKS ON CD) -- Alyshia D'Cruz, daughter of Indian tycoon Frank D'Cruz, has grown up in London and Mumbai wanting for nothing. But after a boozy evening out, she gets in the wrong cab going home. Charles Boxer, ex-army, ex-police, now specializes in kidnap and recovery. When D'Cruz hires Boxer to find Alyshia, Boxer knows Frank's crooked business empire has made him plenty of enemies. MI6 officers in India follow Boxer's leads and soon it seems more lives than Alyshia's are at stake.


A man without breath by Philip Kerr (BOOKS ON CD) -- Bernie Gunther is working for the German War Crimes Bureau based in Berlin during the winter of 1943. Reports have been circulating of a mass grave hidden in a wood near Smolensk. Rumor has it that the grave is full of Polish officers murdered by the Russians--a war crime that is perfect propaganda for Germany. But it needs a detective of subtle skill to investigate this horrific discovery. Cue Bernie Gunther.


Her : a memoir by Christa Parravani (BOOKS ON CD/B PARRAVANI) -- In this haunting memoir of identity and love, photographer Parravani deconstructs the intense bonds between identical twins, as she struggles with the trauma of her charismatic sister's self-destruction, and an unexpectedly rising tide of similar self-destruction in herself.