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Animals and Wildlife


New Saltwater Aquarium Handbook CBA 7908

by George Blasiola. Narrated by George Oliver.

3 cassettes.

Tells aquarium hobbyists everything they need to know about maintaining a saltwater aquarium, keeping its environment healthful and attractive, and housing and breeding a wide variety of fish. 2006.


The Parrot Who Owns Me CBA 7328

by Joanna Burger. Narrated by Debbie Tully.

3 cassettes.

Tiko knows that he's a parrot, but he doesn't seem to know that his owner isn't. 2001.


Cheating Monkeys and Citizen Bees: The Nature of Cooperation in Animals and Humans CBA 7471

by Lee Dugatkin. Narrated by Steve Hunziker.

3 cassettes.

Evolutionary biologist asserts that research in animal behavior can provide baseline information about parallel behavior in (admittedly more complex) humanity. He states that cooperation arises through four pathways: "family dynamics, reciprocal transactions, selfish teamwork, and group altruism." 1999.


Sharing a Robin’s Life CBA 7475

by Linda Johns. Narrated by Laurie Bialik.

2 cassettes.

Nova Scotia artist and naturalist Linda Johns, whose intimate friends include pigeons, ducks, roosters, and starlings, has a special affection for County, a spirited robin that shared her home for several years and inspired her life and her paintings. 1993.

Portrait of a Burger as a Young Calf CBA 7460

by Peter Lovenheim. Narrated by Floyd Hutton.

5 cassettes.

Determined to understand the process of live animals becoming food, the author bought twin calves and followed their life from conception to consumption. 2002.

Build Me an Ark: A Life with Animals CBA 7464

by Brenda Peterson. Narrated by Linda Meier.

4 cassettes.

Author and naturalist explores her connection with animals, from grizzlies, wolves, huskies to belugas and seals, and reveals her belief that humans cannot exist without other creatures. 2001.


Animal Talk CBA 7696

by Penelope Smith. Narrated by Lynn Rodgers.

3 cassettes.

An “animal communicator” talks about pet and human communication through telepathy. 1999.


Who Ever Heard of a Horse in the House? CBA 7493

by Jacqueline Tresl. Narrated by Laurie Bialik.

2 cassettes.

The author adopted a five-month-old filly with pneumonia and malnutrition and brought her into the house to nurse her through the cold Ohio winter. Now she is a full-grown American Quarter Horse mare, nearly fourteen years old, fully housetrained, and likes spaghetti. 2000.



Biography



Baghdad Diaries: A Woman’s Chronicle of War and Exile CBA 7623

by Nuha al-Radi. Narrated by Sneha Mathan.

3 cassettes.

A western-educated Iraqi artist depicts her life in Baghdad during the 1991 Gulf War and her virtual exile in the years thereafter. Al-Radi records the everyday struggles of her relatives and friends to keep going in the face of bombing raids, the subsequent UN embargo, and other fallouts of the war. 2003.

Roone CBA 7710

by Roone Arledge. Narrated by Lowell Deo.

6 cassettes.

An intimate account of Arledge’s rise to fame and power as the head of ABC Sports and then ABC News. 2003.

Opal: A Life of Enchantment, Mystery, and Madness CBA 7575

by K. K. Beck. Narrated by Alis Parris.

4 cassettes.

The life of Opal Whitley (1897-1992), a writer simultaneously hailed as a genius and reviled as a charlatan during her long lifetime. The author of a mystical diary purportedly penned during her childhood in an Oregon logging town, Opal was accorded instant celebrity status in the 1920s. 2003.


Nothing's Sacred CBA 7880

by Lewis Black, edited by Hank Gallo. Narrated by Steve Hunziker.

2 cassettes.

Lewis Black, noted comedian and commentator for "The Daily Show", puts his characteristic volcanic rage in print as he examines the events of his life that shaped his antiauthoritarian point of view and developed his comedic perspective. Strong language. 2005.


Defying Gravity: A Celebration of Late-Blooming Women CBA 7666

by Prill Boyle. Narrated by Mary Schlosser.

3 cassettes.

Prill Boyle gathered the encouraging stories of twelve daring and determined women who accomplished incredible things at an age when most people are beginning to wind down. 2004.


The Three Roosevelts: Patrician Leaders Who Transformed America CBA 7382

by James Macgregor Burns and Susan Dunn. Narrated by Robert Phillips.

11 cassettes. 29.75 hours. Available for download.

A political biography of the intertwining lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt. 2001.

Way of a Fighter: Memoirs CBA 7243

by Claire Lee Chennault. Narrated by Floyd Hutton.

7 cassettes.

Autobiography of the fighter pilot famous for commanding the Flying Tigers, who fought for China against the Japanese in World War II. 1949.

Missing Pieces: The Story of a Woman’s Search for Her Birth Mother CBA 7351

by Sherry Cochran. Narrated by Mary Schlosser.

3 cassettes.

Autobiography of a child born in Ellensburg, Washington, who survived neglect, abandonment, physical and sexual abuse, a failed adoption, the foster care system, and hereditary progressive hearing loss and her quest for reunification with her birth family. 2001.


King of the Mild Frontier: An Ill-Advised Autobiography CBA 7647

by Chris Crutcher. Narrated by Peter Szalai.

2 cassettes.

The popular Spokane author tells of growing up in Cascade, Idaho, as a “dateless, broken-toothed, scabbed-over, God-fearing dweeb”. For high school and older readers. 2003.


Goneboy: A Walkabout CBA 7317

by Gregory Gibson. Narrated by Steven Crozier.

4 cassettes.

This sad tale of murder on a college campus in Massachusetts recounts a father's search for meaning in the death of his son. 1999.


Atomic Farmgirl: The Betrayal of Chief Qualchan, the Appaloosa, and Me CBA 7413

by Teri Hein. Narrated by Chris Galloway.

3 cassettes.

An Eastern Washington girl's coming of age on the family wheat farm in the shadow of the Hanford Atomic Plant in the 1950s. 2000.

Once a Hobo: The Autobiography of Monte Holm CBA 7653

by Monte Holm and Dennis Clay. Narrated by Steve Hunziker.

5 cassettes.

The true story of how in 1930, during the Depression, a 13-year-old boy was forced from his home and became a hobo, riding the rails and traveling from state to state seeking work. 1999.

Dante CBA 7362

by R.W.B. Lewis. Narrated by Ed Kennedy.

3 cassettes.

Explores the connection between the medieval Italian poet’s experiences and his writing, from his youthful infatuation with Beatrice and his love poems, to exile from his beloved Florence and his political treatises. 2001.


Why You Crying?: My Long, Hard Look at Life, Love, and Laughter CBA 7913

by George Lopez and Armen Keteyian. Narrated by Steve Hunziker.

2 cassettes.

Comedian and prime-time television star George Lopez's autobiography tells of his rise to success from a difficult childhood. Discusses his battles with alcohol, depression, and prejudice against Chicanos as well as his marriage, golf game, and current career. Available in Spanish as RC 60959. Strong Language. 2004.


Snafu CBA 7816

by Vic Mills. Narrated by Chuck Royalty.

4 cassettes.

Takes readers on a tour in Vietnam through the eyes of a young military police officer. 2000.


The Way of the Explorer CBA 7608

by Edgar Mitchell and Dwight Williams. Narrated by Dave Elvin.

4 cassettes.

Originally scheduled for the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission, Mitchell journeyed to the Moon in 1971. Within a few years, he had left NASA and founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences, aimed at the systematic study of the nature of consciousness. 1996.

Montana Homestead Days CBA 7878

by Leonard Fiske. Narrated by Steve Hunziker.

2 cassettes.

Author chronicles his life in Montana during the first half of the 20th century. Major topics include life on a rural farm during the depression, the variety of professions undertaken by the author, and the host of friends and acquaintances he encountered along the way. 2005.

How It Was In Hawk Creek Canyon CBA 7468

by Mollie Elizabeth Nicholson. Narrated by June Barnes.

2 cassettes.

The author describes her life on a family farm in a canyon of Lincoln County in eastern Washington in the 1920s. The child of a Welsh mother and a North Carolinian father, she characterizes her childhood home as a crosswalk of inherited backgrounds. 2002.


What Color Is a Butterfly?: A Biography of a Blind Girl CBA 7479

by Grace Odell. Narrated by Eileen Gruhn.

3 cassettes.

A child without sight grows up to be a talented musician, complete homemaker, career woman, and mother of three. 2002.


Songs of the Gorilla Nation: My Journey Through Autism CBA 7724

by Dawn Prince-Hughes. Narrated by Ann Lewis.

3 cassettes.

Memoir tracing the author's personal growth from undiagnosed autism through the moment when she entered the Woodland Park Zoo and immediately became fascinated with the gorillas. By observing the gorillas, and later, working with them, she was able to emerge from her solitude and connect to living beings in a way she had never previously experienced. 2004.


No Finish Line: My Life as I See It CBA 7347

by Marla Runyan. Narrated by Kate Fleming.

3 cassettes.

Discovering that attitude can be more disabling than vision loss, the author describes how she overcame difficulties at school by playing the violin and becoming the first legally blind athlete to compete in the Olympic Games. 2001.

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood CBA 7836

by Marjane Satrapi. Narrated by Kate Fleming.

1 cassette.

Graphic novel. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran's last emperors tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. Some violence. 2006 Seattle Reads selection. "Toolbox" (Reading Guide) available as CBA 7837.

Morey’s Bench CBA 7596

by Morest Skaret. Narrated by Chuck Royalty.

1 cassette.

The anecdotes in this book cover the author’s life from growing up on the Alberta prairie to becoming the driving force behind a Seattle Alzheimer’s support network that has since served scores of families and set the standard nationwide. 2003.


Lenya: A Life CBA 7684

by Donald Spoto. Narrated by Robert Phillips.

5 cassettes.

This biography of Lotte Lenya examines the personality and career of a feisty, energetic actress and singer. Ruthless, withdrawn, and suspicious, Lenya, as depicted here, was also deeply compassionate and a devoted friend. 1989.


Isaac Stern: My First 79 Years CBA 7134

by Isaac Stern and Chaim Potok. Narrated by Colm Delaney.

4 cassettes.

Autobiography of world-renowned violinist and music education activist. Born on the Russian-Polish border in 1920, Stern grew up in San Francisco and by age 6 already displayed a precocious musical gift. 1999.


Long Journey to the Rose Garden CBA 7057

by John Tursi and Thelma Palmer. Narrated by George Oliver.

3 cassettes.

Autobiography of John Tursi, or Giovanni Torccio, an immigrant kid from Brooklyn who served with the Civilian Conservation Corps in the Pacific Northwest, in Europe during World War II, and as a volunteer who eventually was invited to the White House Rose Garden. 1989.

Swimming with Maya: A Mother’s Story CBA 7683

by Eleanor Vincent. Narrated by Mary Schlosser.

4 cassettes.

At a park while celebrating her acceptance to UCLA with a full scholarship, 19-year-old Maya takes a dare to ride an unfamiliar horse bareback. When the animal suddenly rears, she is thrown and ends up in a coma. In this memoir, her mother tells the story of her decision to donate Maya's organs and her transformation through grief and loss. 2004.

O Come Ye Back to Ireland: Our First Year in County Clare CBA 7660

by Niall Williams and Christine Breen. Narrated by Kate Fleming.

3 cassettes.

This New York City couple gave up the urban lifestyle in 1985 to return to the land of their ancestors. Pursuit of their dream took them to the tiny village of Kilmihil on Ireland's bleakly beautiful west coast, where they settled into the harsh reality of life in a farm cottage. 1987.

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