Recorded Books Inc., the makers of the very popular books on tape, now publish large print editions of current works. The following are newly arrived in large print at the Astoria Public Library.
"Bubbles in Trouble," "Bubbles Unbound" and "Bubbles Ablaze," are all by Sarah Strohmeyer. Bubbles Yablonsky is a hairdresser by trade, and an investigative reporter when a good mystery comes along. Whether it's a dead body or a disappearance, Bubbles is on the job.
"Lucky" is a memoir by Alice Sebold. While in her freshman year of college, Sebold was violently raped. In her memoir, she recounts the rape and the legal aftermath.
"The Quality of Life Report" is Meghan Daum's first novel. Lucinda Trout convinces her producer to give her a year-long assignment in Prairie City, a small Midwestern town. She is to send in weekly reports of the idyllic life to her New York audience. But her personal life is far from idyllic.
"Shrink Rap" is a Sunny Randall mystery by Robert B. Parker. A popular romance writer is being stalked by her ex-husband and needs protection. Sunny wears a disguise to make contact with him and find out why her client is so terrified of this man.
"How to Be Alone" is a collection of Jonathan Franzen's essays. By turns thought provoking and witty, these essays offer new insights.
"Pattern Recognition" is a new novel by William Gibson. Cayce Pollard is tracking the creator of Internet videos that hold the secret to a cult. The story is set in present time, but is written with a futuristic flair.
"Brunelleschi's Dome," by Ross King, recounts the remarkable work of a clockmaker and goldsmith who answered a challenge issued in August 1418. Santa Maria del Fiore was to be Florence's most wonderful cathedral. But its dome could not be constructed in the traditional way,
"Plain Language," set in the Great Depression of the 1930s, describes the new marriage of Virginia Mendenhall and Alfred Bowen. They have only met twice and have fallen in love through letters. Now, in this novel by Barbara Wright, they have to deal with the drought of the Dust Bowl.
"Mr. Darcy's Daughters," by Elizabeth Aston, continues the story begun in "Pride and Pre-judice." Twenty years after Elizabeth and Darcy went to Constantinople, their five daughters are in London for a few months. Many of Austen's characters enter the story as Letitia, Alethea, Georgina and Belle and Camilla savor London in 1818.
"The Power of Full Engagement," by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz, proposes that those who want to succeed in life and business must manage energy instead of time. Having studied America's top athletes for years, they apply the principles of athletic training to develop the mind, the body, the spirit and the emotions for maximum performance.
- Jane Tucker, librarian, Astoria Public Library