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Download an Audiobook for Mother's Day!

In honor of mothers all over the world, we share with you several staff picks for books you might want to download from the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) web site for Mother's Day. Not registered for BARD?  Register Here. Just remember that you must first register with TBBC before you apply for BARD.

Andersen, Christopher. (2011). William and Kate: A Royal Love Story. Read by Patrick Downer. Reading time 11 hours 29 minutes. Author of Barack and Michelle (DB/RC 69408) examines the relationship of William, the future king of England, and Catherine Middleton. Relates their families' backgrounds, covering William's bond with his mother Princess Diana. Describes Kate and William's meeting while students at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. DB73572.

Angelou, Maya. (2000). Phenomenal Woman.  Read by Gail Nelson. Reading time 14 minutes.  The author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (RC 24959) and the poem read at President Clinton's inauguration, On the Pulse of the Morning (RC 36169, BR 9188), presents four poems that celebrate women. The collection includes "Phenomenal Woman," "Still I Rise," "Weekend Glory," and "Our Grandmothers." Bestseller.  DB40783

Bombeck, Erma. (1994). A Marriage Made in Heaven; or, Too Tired for an Affair. Read by Pam Ward. Reading time 4 hours 57 minutes.  Erma and Bill Bombeck were married in 1949. At the time, Erma wondered what she was getting into. She also figured she could mold Bill into the husband she wanted him to be. As she describes her life with Bill, she tells about their children and the now empty nest, as well as her years as a writer. She admits that there have been many stormy days, but in the end she and Bill have always supported each other.  DB37631

Bond, Marybeth. (2009). Fifty Best Girlfriends Getaways in North America. Read by Kristin Allison. Reading time 10 hours 8 minutes.  Dozens of destinations geared toward women who are looking to celebrate milestones, renew friendships, and bond with sisters and daughters. Trips include big-city getaways, outdoor adventures, spa retreats, home and garden tours, and shopping expeditions. Includes accounts of female travelers and information on restaurants, accommodations, and safety.  DB69571

Chua, Amy. (2011). Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Read by Mary Kane. Reading time 5 hours 38 minutes. Yale law professor--a daughter of Chinese immigrants--describes the traditional Chinese parenting style she has used to raise her and her Jewish husband's two daughters. Not allowed to hang out with friends, the girls must get perfect grades and excel at violin or piano. Relates the successes and conflicts. Bestseller.  DB72377

Collins, Gail. (2003). America's Women: Four Hundred Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines Read by Faith Potts. Reading time 21 hours 30 minutes.  New York Times editor presents a cultural history of women in America from colonial times through the twentieth century as they sought new horizons beyond the home. Charts the progress of both ordinary and celebrated personalities who struggled for freedom and gender identity in changing social and political climates. DB58187

Couric, Katie. (2011). The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives. Read by Jill Ferris. Reading time 8 hours 21 minutes. News anchor shares advice and anecdotes she has collected from nearly one hundred notable personalities, including Maya Angelou, Beyonce, Michael Bloomberg, Drew Brees, Bill Clinton, and Suze Orman. Contributors and Couric herself discuss courage, hard work, tenacity, and other components of success. Some strong language. DB73696

David, Wendy S. (2010). Sites Unseen: Traveling the World without Sight. Read by Kerry Dukin. Reading time 7 hours 14 minutes.Based on her own experiences in Europe and North America, well-traveled blind psychologist provides tips and tools for taking trips without sighted assistance. Discusses where to go, how to get there, what to bring, what to do, and what questions to ask. DB73854.

DeGeneres, Ellen. (2011). Seriously . . . I'm Kidding. Read by Mare Trevathan. Reading time 3 hours 46 minutes. Comedienne and talk-show host shares her views on the amount of talking required in her profession; the benefits of meditating, stretching, and making pros and cons lists; her uncomfortable stint as an American Idol judge; and other topics. Bestseller.  DB73788

Delgado, Jane L. (2010). The Latina Guide to Health: Consejos and Caring Answers. Read by Colleen Delany. Reading time 6 hours 49 minutes. Discusses topics of concern to Latinas, who constitute one in six women in the United States. Advocates caring for body, mind, and spirit. Suggests ways to overcome barriers to good health, including eating a nutritious diet and nurturing positive relationships. Provides information on specific medical conditions and resources. DB70898

Didion, Joan. (2011). Blue Nights. Read by J. Michael McCullough. Reading time 4 hours 7 minutes.Didion, who wrote about her husband John Gregory Dunne's death in The Year of Magical Thinking (DB/RC 61740), here focuses on her adopted daughter Quintana Roo, who died at age thirty-nine in 2005. Didion reflects on Quintana's childhood, her own role as a mother, adoption issues, and aging. Bestseller.  DB74045

Fey, Tina. (2011). Bossypants. Read by Theresa Conkin. Reading time 7 hours 1 minute.  Creator and star of the sitcom 30 Rock uses humor to describe her home life and career. Discusses her training in improv; celebrating her chubby phase; working on Saturday Night Live as a writer, actor, and Sarah Palin impersonator; and dealing with breast-feeding fanatics. Strong language. Bestseller.  DB72819

Holmstedt, Karen. (2007). Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq. Read by Annie Wauters. Reading time 10 hours 30 minutes.  Accounts of women serving in Iraq, a campaign with the largest number of female combat soldiers in U.S. history. Profiles twelve women--including turret gunner Chrissy DeCaprio, medic Rachelle Spors, and Vernice Armour, the first African American female combat pilot--who describe their wartime experiences. Some violence and some strong language. DB65424

Mundy, Liza. (2008). Michelle: A Biography. Read by Martha Harmon Pardee. Reading time 7 hours 27 minutes. Washington Post staff writer describes Michelle Obama's life from childhood through her political journey of becoming America's first African American first lady. Discusses her being the child of a Chicago city worker; her Ivy League education and successful career; marriage to Barack, who calls her "the boss"; and motherhood. DB67711

Persico, Joseph E. (2008). Franklin and Lucy: President Roosevelt, Mrs. Rutherfurd, and the Other Remarkable Women in His Life.  Read by Ted Stoddard. Reading time 17 hours 13 minutes.  Examines the relationships between President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the important women in his life: his mother Sara, his wife Eleanor, Mrs. Winthrop Rutherfurd (nee Lucy Mercer), his secretary Missy LeHand, and his distant cousin Daisy Suckley. DB66938

Roberts, Cokie. (2008). Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation. Read by Kerry Dukin. Reading time 17 hours 34 minutes. News analyst Roberts portrays influential American women who lived between the 1797 inauguration of John Adams and that of his son John Quincy in 1825. Highlights accomplishments of first ladies, reformers, educators, writers, and explorers, including Abigail Adams and Sacagawea. Companion to Founding Mothers (RC 58361, BR 15555). Bestseller.  DB66603

Rowell, Victoria. (2007). The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir. Read by Erin Jones. Reading time 12 hours 13 minutes.  Biracial ballerina-turned-actress, who was born a ward of the state of Maine, recounts being raised by several extraordinary foster mothers. Describes her various mentors, both black and white, including farm and city folk, professional dancers, and a suburban teacher and their extended families. Some strong language.  DB65784

Russell, Karen. (2011). Swamplandia!  Read by Jill Fox. Reading time 13 hours 48 minutes. A family-owned alligator-wrestling park in Florida struggles after thirteen-year-old Ava Bigtree's mother--the attraction's star performer--dies. Then Ava's father disappears, her brother takes a job at a competitor, and her sister runs away with a ghost. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. DB72823

Schiff, Stacy. (2010). Cleopatra: a Life. Read by Annie Wauters. Reading time 13 hours 12 minutes. Pulitzer Prize-winning author portrays Cleopatra VII (69-30 B.C.E.), the last Egyptian pharaoh of the Greek Ptolemy dynasty, a woman of great wealth, education, and political acumen. Describes Cleopatra's relationships with Julius Caesar and Mark antony. Highlights the city of alexandria's luxury, Egypt's culture, and its conquest by Rome. Bestseller.  DB72130

Skloot, Rebecca. (2010). The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Read by Kerry Dukin. Reading time 13 hours 54 minutes. Science journalist chronicles the life of African American Henrietta Lacks, who in 1951 had cervical tissue removed and grown in culture--without her permission--producing the first continuously replicating human-cell samples for research. Discusses subsequent medical breakthroughs, including the polio vaccine and AIDS treatment. Explores bioethical concerns involving tissue ownership. Bestseller. DB70661

Toibin, Colm. (2007). Mothers and Sons: Stories. Read by Terry Donnelly. Reading time 9 hours 46 minutes.  Nine short stories probe the relationships between mothers and their adult sons. In "The Name of the Game," a son hovers between dependence and autonomy as his widowed mother struggles financially. In "Song," Noel distantly observes a singer, the mother he has not seen in nineteen years. 2007. DB66814

Wilkerson, Isabel. (2010). The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration. Read by Erin Jones. Reading time 19 hours 57 minutes. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist chronicles the migration of African Americans from the South during 1915-1970. Recounts experiences of sharecropper's wife Ida Mae Gladney in 1937, citrus picker George Starling in 1945, and physician Pershing Foster in 1953. Asserts that institutionalized racism spurred millions to uproot themselves. Some violence. Bestseller.  DB71929

Yellin, Emily. (2004). Our Mothers' War: American Women at Home and at the Front during World War II. Read by Susan McInerney. Reading time 18 hours 24 minutes.  Journalist's chronicle of World War II's "other American soldiers," women from various backgrounds who filled nontraditional roles during wartime. Depicts women factory workers, frontline nurses, spies, and pilots. Also discusses the experiences of African American and Japanese American women.  DB58820

Zaslow, Jeffrey. (2012). The Magic Room: A Story about the Love We Wish for Our Daughters. Read by Jeffrey Zaslow. Reading time 10 hours 35 minutes. Author of The Girls from Ames (DB/RC 69155) profiles a small-town Michigan bridal shop, its multi-generational female owners, and many of the brides who have purchased gowns there. Explores the relationships of daughters and their families--particularly their mothers--and the transformation of marriage in America. Commercial audiobook.  DB73985





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