Choose your favourite CD Book title – Recent Picks for March

Welcome to a new selection of Books on CD chosen for you to listen, relax and enjoy. You will find some works of fiction and mystery, as well as travel and health books to keep you company and help you to begin your day with positive thoughts. And if you enjoy science fiction join us to celebrate the flair and great skill of the sci-fi literary genius Terry Pratchett, who passed away recently. We have chosen his novel ‘The long earth’.

Syndetics book coverThe long earth [sound recording] / Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter.
“1916: the Western Front. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong, and the wind in the leaves in the trees. Where has the mud, blood and blasted landscape of No Man’s Land gone? 2015: Madison, Wisconsin. Cop Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive – some said mad, others dangerous – scientist when she finds a curious gadget: a box containing some wiring, a three-way switch and a…potato. It is the prototype of an invention that will change the way Mankind views his world for ever. And that’s an understatement if ever there was one…” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWorthy Brown’s daughter [sound recording] / Phillip Margolin.
“Matthew Penny, a young lawyer, arrives on the frontier with nothing but shattered dreams. Unable to face the memories that await back home, he joins the handful of lawyers practicing in Portland, Oregon–which in 1860 is just a riverfront town in a state less than a year old. Worthy Brown, a slave from Georgia, journeys west with his master, Caleb Barbour, who promises to reward Worthy and his daughter, Roxanne, with their freedom if they help him establish a homestead in Oregon. When Barbour reneges on his pledge, Worthy’s hope for a fresh start with his child is destroyed. The fates of these desperate men intertwine in a breathtaking narrative about the extent of evil and the high price of true justice.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe goldfinch : [a novel] / by Donna Tartt.
“In the wake of his nefarious father’s abandonment, Theo, a smart, 13-year-old Manhattanite, is extremely close to his vivacious mother until an act of terrorism catapults him into a dizzying world bereft of gravity, certainty, or love. Theo, stricken with grief and post-traumatic stress syndrome, seeks sanctuary with a troubled Park Avenue family and, in Greenwich Village, with a kind and gifted restorer of antique furniture. Fate then delivers Theo to utterly alien Las Vegas, where he meets young outlaw Boris. Drenched in sensory detail, infused with Theo’s churning thoughts and feelings, sparked by nimble dialogue, and propelled by escalating cosmic angst and thriller action, Tartt’s trenchant, defiant, engrossing, and rocketing novel conducts a grand inquiry into the mystery and sorrow of survival, beauty and obsession, and the promise of art.” (Booklist)

Syndetics book coverGlitter and glue [sound recording] / Kelly Corrigan.
“From the New York Times bestselling author of The Middle Place comes a new memoir that examines the bond–sometimes nourishing, sometimes exasperating, occasionally divine–between mothers and daughters. When Kelly Corrigan was in high school, her mother neatly summarized the family dynamic as “Your father’s the glitter but I’m the glue.” This meant nothing to Kelly, who left childhood sure that her mom would be nothing more than background chatter for the rest of Kelly’s life, which she was carefully orienting toward adventure. After college she took off for Australia to see things and do things and Become Interesting. But it didn’t turn out the way she pictured it. This is a book about the difference between travel and life experience, stepping out and stepping up, fathers and mothers. But mostly it’s about who you admire and why, and how that changes over time.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe art whisperer / Charlotte and Aaron Elkins.
“When art conservator Alix London spots a forgery, she knows trouble will follow. So she’s understandably apprehensive when her connoisseur’s eye spots something off about a multimillion-dollar Jackson Pollock painting at Palm Springs’s Brethwaite Museum, her current employer. Alix is already under fire, the object of a vicious online smear campaign. Now the Brethwaite s despicable senior curator angrily refuses to decommission the celebrated Pollock piece. But it’s only when a hooded intruder attacks Alix in her hotel room that the real trouble begins. And when FBI Special Agent Ted Ellesworth with whom Alix had inadvertently, but thoroughly, botched a budding relationship just a year prior turns up to investigate the Pollock, Alix knows she s about to have her hands full.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe invention of wings [sound recording] / Sue Monk Kidd.
“From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe book of life [sound recording] / Deborah Harkness.
“The highly anticipated finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with A Discovery of Witches. After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchant­ing series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they re­unite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches – with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its miss­ing pages takes on even more urgency. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowl­edge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago. The Book of Life brings this superbly written series to a deeply satisfying close.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSelf healing [sound recording] : creating your health / Louise L. Hay.
“Discusses the cause of illness, why we create disease and how to change false beliefs into positive, loving ones.” (Syndetics summary)