New Audio books available at the Taylor Community Library.
“The Things We Cannot Say” by Kelly Rimmer
In 1942, Europe remains in the relentless grip of war. Just beyond the tents of the Russian refugee camp she calls home, a young woman speaks her wedding vows. It’s a decision that will alter her life and it’s a lie that will remain buried until the next century. Since she was nine years old, Alina Dziak knew she would marry her best friend, Tomasz. Now fifteen and engaged, Alina is unconcerned by reports of Nazi soldiers at the Polish border, believing her neighbors that they pose no real threat. She dreams of the day Tomasz returns from college and they can be married. Little by little, injustice by brutal injustice, the Nazi occupation takes hold, and Alina’s tiny rural village, its families, are divided by fear and hate. Then, as the fabric of their lives is slowly picked apart, Tomasz disappears. Where Alina used to measure time between visits from her beloved, now she measures the spaces between hope and despair, waiting for word from Tomasz and avoiding the attentions of the soldiers who patrol her parents’ farm. For now, even deafening silence is preferable to grief.
“The Abolitionist’s Daughter” by Diane C McPhail
On a Mississippi morning in 1859, Emily Matthews begs her father to save a slave, Nathan, about to be auctioned away from his family. Judge Matthews is an abolitionist who runs an illegal school for his slaves, hoping to eventually set them free. A woman named Ginny, has become Emily’s companion and often her conscience and understands the hazards an educated slave must face. Even Ginny could not predict the tangled, tragic string of events set in motion as Nathan’s family arrives at the Matthews farm. A young doctor, Charles Slate, tends to injured Nathan and begins to court Emily, finally persuading her to become his wife. However their union is disrupted by a fatal clash and a lie that will tear two families apart. As Civil War erupts, Emily, Ginny and Emily’s mother-in-law, Adeline, each face devastating losses. Emily, sheltered all her life, is especially unprepared for the hardships to come. Struggling to survive in this shifting new world, Emily will discover untapped inner strength, an unlikely love and the courage to confront deep, painful truths.
“Tomorrow’s Bread” by Anna Jean Mayhew
In 1961 Charlotte, North Carolina, the predominantly black neighborhood of Brooklyn is a bustling city within a city. Self-contained and vibrant, it has its own restaurants, schools, theaters, churches and night clubs. There are shotgun shacks and poverty, along with well-maintained houses, like the one Loraylee Hawkins shares with her young son, Hawk, her Uncle Ray and her grandmother, Bibi. Loraylee’s love for Archibald Griffin, Hawk’s white father and manager of the cafeteria where she works, must be kept secret in the segregated South. Now she has heard rumors that the city plans to bulldoze her neighborhood, claiming it’s dilapidated and dangerous. The government promises to provide new housing and relocate businesses. Locals, like Pastor Ebenezer Polk, who’s facing the demolition of his church, know the value of Brooklyn does not lie in bricks and mortar. Generations have lived, loved and died here, supporting and strengthening each other. Yet street by street, longtime residents are being forced out. Now Loraylee is searching for a way to keep her family together and will form new alliances and find an unexpected path that may yet lead her home.
“A Noise Downstairs” by Linwood Barclay
College professor Paul Davis is a normal guy with a normal life. Driving along a deserted road late one night, he surprises a murderer disposing of a couple of bodies. That’s when Paul’s “normal” existence is turned upside down. After nearly losing his own life in that encounter, he finds himself battling PTSD, depression and severe problems at work. His wife, Charlotte, desperate to cheer him up, brings home a vintage typewriter, complete with ink ribbons and heavy round keys, to encourage him to get started on that novel he’s always intended to write. However, the typewriter itself is a problem. Paul swears it’s possessed and types by itself at night. Only Paul can hear the noise coming from downstairs, Charlotte doesn’t hear a thing and she worries he’s losing his mind. Paul just knows the typewriter is somehow connected to the murderer he discovered nearly a year ago. The killer made his victims type apologies to him before ending their lives. Has another sick twist of fate entwined his life with the killer and could this be the same machine? Increasingly tormented but determined to discover the truth and confront his nightmare, Paul begins investigating the deaths himself. But that may not be the best thing to do. Maybe Paul should just take the typewriter back to where his wife found it. Maybe he should stop asking questions and simply walk away while he still can.
“A Weekend in New York” by Benjamin Markovits
Paul Essinger is a mid-ranking tennis professional on the ATP tour. His girlfriend Dana is an ex-model and photographer, and the mother of their two-year-old son. Together they form a tableau of the contented upper-middle-class New York family. Now summer storms are blowing through Manhattan, and Paul’s parents have come to stay in the build-up to the US Open. Over the course of the weekend, several generations of domestic tension are brought to boiling point. Just how well will Paul and Dana standup under pressure or will they bend until they break?
“Wine & Punishment” by Sarah Fox
Booklover Sadie Coleman knows that in life the right setting can make a world of difference. The small town of Shady Creek, Vermont, seems like the perfect place to start over after losing her Boston job to a merger and her relationship to her ex’s gambling addiction. She’s bought and redecorated the old grist mill pub, transforming it into The Inkwell, a cozy spot where anyone can enjoy a pint or a literary-themed cocktail, or join one of several book clubs. Little by little, Sadie is adjusting to the rhythms of her new home. Fall in Shady Creek is bookmarked by the much anticipated Autumn Festival, complete with a pumpkin catapult competition and pie bake-off. Unfortunately, the season also brings an unwelcome visitor, Sadie’s ex, who’s angling for a second chance. Before Sadie can tell him to leave, he’s found dead near the Inkwell. When the local antique shop catches fire on the same night, it’s clear the town is harboring at least one unsavory character. Now Sadie must uncover the truth, before a killer declares last call.
“Open Carry” by Marc Cameron
U.S. Marshal Arliss Cutter is a born tracker. Raised in the Florida swamplands, he honed his skills in the military, fought in the Middle East, and worked three field positions for Marshal Services. When it comes to tracking someone down or taking someone out Cutter’s the best. His newest assignment is taking him out of his comfort zone to southeast Alaska. Cold, dark, uninhabited forests often shrouded in fog, and it’s the kind of case that makes his blood run cold, the murder of a Tlingit Indian girl. The murder is just the beginning. Now, three people have disappeared on Prince of Wales Island. Cutter’s job is to find the bodies, examine the crew’s footage for clues, and track down the men who killed them. It won’t be easy, because the whole town is hiding secrets, every trail is a dead end and the hunter becomes the hunted.
“Corned Beef and Causalities” by Lynn Cahoon
Jill Gardner’s store, Coffee, Books, and More, is raking in the green as her little coastal town holds a big festival for St. Patrick’s Day. The locals aren’t exactly feeling the luck of the Irish, thanks to the rowdy behavior of some of the tourists who are pouring in. Then a woman who just visited Jill’s shop is found dead near the shore. The fireworks display on the beach may have already happened, but the real fireworks have just begun.
“Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service” by Gary Sinise
As a kid in suburban Chicago, Gary Sinise was more interested in sports and rock ‘n’ roll than reading or schoolwork. When he impulsively auditioned for a school production of West Side Story, he found his purpose or so it seemed. Within a few years Gary and a handful of friends created what became one of the most exciting and important new theater companies in America. From its humble beginnings in a suburban Chicago church basement and eventual move into the city, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company launched a series of groundbreaking productions, igniting Gary’s career. Soon Gary realizes that America’s defenders had not received all the honor, respect, and gratitude their sacrifices deserve. In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, this became Gary’s mission. While starring in hits Gary has worked tirelessly on behalf of those who serve this country, entertaining more than a half million troops around the world playing bass guitar with his Lt. Dan Band, raising funds on behalf of veterans, and eventually founding the Gary Sinise Foundation with a mission to serve and honor America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.
“An Anonymous Girl” by Greer Headricki
Looking to earn some easy cash, Jessica Farris agrees to be a test subject in a psychological study about ethics and morality. As the study moves from the exam room to the real world, the line between what is real and what is one of Dr. Shields’s experiments blurs. Dr. Shields seems to know what Jess is thinking and what she’s hiding. Jessica’s behavior will not only be monitored, but manipulated. Caught in a web of attraction, deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.