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“The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.”

-Kurt Vonnegut

“Memorial Day”

By Vince Flynn

(Fiction, Unabridged CD Format) Flynn’s Mitch Rapp series continues with this gripping look at what could transpire if a terrorist group were to sneak a nuclear weapon in the United States. Rapp, a relentless CIA agent, unearths the bomb plot during a daring commando raid on an al-Queda stronghold in Afghanistan. The bomb is detected on board a freighter coming into Charleston harbor and is disarmed.

More? You bet! And Rapp turns it up several notches while following a terrorist with a second bomb. This is available in unabridged audio CD format.

“Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker”

By Jennifer Chiaverini

(Historical Fiction) In March of 1861, Mary Todd Lincoln chose Elizabeth “Lizzie” Keckley, a former slave, and now a professional seamstress to be responsible for creating the First Lady’s wardrobe.

The two developed an extraordinary friendship; Mrs. Keckley supported Mrs. Lincoln when the Lincoln’s son died and was there for her when the President was assassinated. Keckley saved scraps from the dozens of gowns she made for Mrs. Lincoln, eventually piecing together a tribute known as the Mary Todd Lincoln Quilt. Another interesting bit is that Keckley wrote a book about her friendship with Mrs. Lincoln, which caused a scandal. The book was secreted away in archives. Chiaverini tells a great story.

“Billy Ray Cyrus:

Hillbilly Heart”

By Billy Ray Cyrus

(Memoir) Hard to count the miles you’ve danced to “Achy Breaky Heart!” Now, Billy Ray tells his story, and what a story he has – singer/songwriter, TV star, father of Miley Cyrus, aka Hannah Montana.

Billy Ray was born in a small Kentucky town, and his childhood was one where he excelled in music and sports. His family thought he would follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and be a preacher.

Instead, life has been one of ups and downs, but always came back to the music he’s made famous. Don’t miss this.

“Ten Years Later”

By Hoda Kotb and Jane Lorenzini

(Nonfiction) Hoda Kotb, author and Today co-anchor, tells the amazing stories of six people by identifying a game-changing event in her subjects’ lives and then revisiting those lives ten years later.

One of these people is Amy Barnes, who made the decision to leave an abusive relationship, lost an astounding 340 pounds, and now encourages women like her to cultivate their mental and physical strength.

Patrick Wieland, a network news producer, who found he could not resist the lure of illegal drugs, demonstrates the power of a second chance.

This book is a first-hand testament of the enduring power of the human spirit. It will inspire you to believe in the future, no matter how dark the present.