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Page Last Updated September 13, 2012

We are always working to add new titles to our Pennsylvania Collection. These titles are locally produced and made available on Digital Talking Book cartridges. All the titles in this collection feature some connection to Pennsylvania, be it the setting, the author or other connection. Call 1-800-242-0586 to ask a Reader Advisor about your requests, or order your selection through the On-Line Catalog.

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These are just some of our latest additions:

The Hatchet and the Plow: The Life and Times of Chief Cornplanter
by William W. Betts, Jr
Narrated by Joe Farinacci
DBL 427Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
One of the most prominent Native Americans during the American Revolution was Seneca war-chief Cornplanter, the son of a Dutch trader and an Indian woman. Although he supported the British, Cornplanter was a tireless diplomat in the early years of American independence. In gratitude, the state of Pennsylvania awarded him and his heirs a tract of land in Warren County. Cornplanter died there in 1836. Some violence. 2010
Listening Time: 14 Hours and 24 minutes
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When Skateboards Will Be Free: a memoir of a political childhood
by Said Sayrafiezadeh
Narrated by Melissa Dodge
DBL 423Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
The author's Iranian-born father and American Jewish mother share a common belief that the workers' revolution is coming. Separated since their son Said was nine months old, they each pursue a dream of the perfect socialist society. The revolution never arrives, but the hostage crisis in Iran develops. Said is forced to examine his upbringing and identity as an American, an Iranian, a Jew, and a socialist. 2009
Listening Time: 7 hours and 21 minutes
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Legends and Lore of Western Pennsylvania
by Thomas White
Narrated by Thelma Snyder
DBL 421Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
A mixture of some of the more prominent Western Pennsylvania legends like Mike Fink, King of the Keelboaters, and Joe Magarac, the original man of steel, as well as lesser known ones like The Green Man and Blue Mist Road. Readers can also delve into the mystery of the lost B-25 bomber of the Monongahela, ghostly sightings, and unique places throughout the region. 2009
Listening Time: 3 hours and 15 minutes
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The Man in the Buick
by Kathleen George
Narrated by Melissa Dodge
DBL 412Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
A collection of ten stories dealing with broken relationships written by Pittsburgh author Kathleen George. In the title story, a woman thinks she sees her deceased father driving his old Buick, and, in “Small Errands”, a baby is almost abducted at the post office. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 1999
Listening Time: 6 hours and 26 minutes
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The Little Piano Girl
by Ann Ingalls
Narrated by Joyce Broadus
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A biography of Twentieth-century jazz musician Mary Lou Williams, a prodigy who began playing the piano when she was just four years old. She wrote and arranged music for jazz greats Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie. This is the story of her childhood in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh, where she played the piano for anyone who would listen.
For grades K - 3 2010
Listening Time: 15 minutes
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The Horseshoe Curve: Sabotage and Subversion in the Railroad City
by Dennis P. McIlnay
Narrated by Susan Reinfeld
DBL 398Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this titleClick the headphones to hear a sample from this title
During World War II, Adolf Hitler conceived a plot to cripple the American war machine by destroying the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania. In July 1942, the FBI searched the homes of 225 Altoona residents, suspecting them to be Nazi sympathizers. The author describes these little-known events using information from 300 sources, including diaries, military records, court briefs, and FBI files. Some violence and some strong language. 2010
Listening Time: 14 hours and 48 minutes
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Disquiet Heart
by Randall Silvis
Narrated by Melissa Dodge
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In this novel, Edgar Allan Poe accepts an invitation from philanthropist Dr. Alfred Brunrichter to visit Pittsburgh. While there, Poe’s traveling companion Augie Dubbins begins to investigate reports of several young females in their late teens who have disappeared over the past six months. 2002
Listening Time: 11 hours and 38 minutes
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Frame Work
by Anne Faigen
Narrated by Melissa Dodge
DBL 388Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this titleClick the headphones to hear a sample from this title
When college teacher Sarah Brandau is invited to a literary conference in Prague, she persuades her grandmother Edith to accompany her. On their first night in Prague, they browse in an antique shop where Edith chooses a reproduction of a city scene. On examining the purchase more closely, they make a startling discovery which plunges them into a complex world of international theft, Nazi war crimes, and a lethal secret that puts the women in more danger than they ever could have imagined. Some violence and some strong language. 2008
Listening Time: 5 hours and 28 minutes
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Where the Water Is Cold
By James E. Ryhal
Narrated by Diane Barati
DBL 387
A collection of stories about life in small town Western Pennsylvania told to the author by his father, James W. Ryhal. The stories include the adventures of James W, his four best friends, and his beloved Airedale terrier, Bum. Some violence and strong language. 2006
Listening Time: 4 hours and 33 minutes
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The Burnt District
by Gary Link
Narrated by Anne Robb
NOTE: Originally recorded as a cassette book.
DBL 344Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
In 1845 a monstrous fire destroys a third of the city of Pittsburgh. When the body of a young girl is found in a building destroyed by the fire, it was initially thought to be another fire casualty. However, when City Constable John Parker begins to investigate, he uncovers a series of murders dating back seventeen years. Some violence. 2003
Listening Time: 8 Hours and 12 minutes
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For more information about these books and other titles in our collection, call our Library at 800-242-0586, e-mail the Library lbph@carnegielibrary.org or visit us at 4724 Baum Boulevard in Pittsburgh.



 

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Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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