Californiana Collection Produced by the Braille and Talking Book Library, Sacramento CA Revised 2021 About the Californiana Collection The Californiana Collection is a supplemental collection of audio books for patrons of the Braille and Talking Book Library. This collection seeks to reproduce material of local interest: books by California authors and/or books about California history, geography, politics, culture, people, information, humor, folklore. In short, the Californiana collection includes fiction or nonfiction that has anything to do with California. It may also include materials on events or people that have been marginalized or historically underrepresented. In rare instances, exceptions to the California-centric requirement may be granted for materials about blindness and related disabilities, Braille, and assistive technology. All books are also available for download from BARD. You may order any of the books in this catalog by contacting the library by phone, email, letter, or fax. Books from the Californiana Collection are recorded by volunteers in BTBL’s recording studio. BTBL is grateful for all the hard work and dedication of our studio volunteers. Without them, this Californiana Collection would not exist. Patrons, volunteers, and other interested stakeholders are encouraged to send requests for books to add to the Californiana Collection, as long as they follow the parameters mentioned above. Email: [email protected] Phone: (800) 952-5666 (toll free in CA) or (916) 654-0640 and, if unable to reach a BTBL librarian directly, leave a message in the Reference voice mailbox. Important: Please do not overwhelm BTBL librarians with frequent, multiple, or repetitive requests; we prefer a few title requests at a time from a single party no more than once per week. 2 Table of Contents FICTION BOOKS 3 Family 3 Fantasy 3 General Fiction 4 Historical Fiction 4 Mystery 4 Romance 5 Science Fiction 5 Short Stories 5 Westerns 6 NONFICTION BOOKS 7 Biographies and Autobiographies 7 Business 9 History 9 Music 11 Religion 12 True Crime 12 BOOKS FOR CHILDREN 13 Children’s Fiction 13 3 Fiction Books Family Bloodvine: a Novel by Aris Janigian DBC16730 10 hours, 44 minutes Narrated by: Walter Phelps One man resolves to learn the secrets kept by his family, Armenians farming in the great central valley of California in the 1950s. Contains descriptions of violence. Download from BARD: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.nls/dbc.16730 The Lemon Orchard by Luanne Rice DBC16722 9 hours, 10 minutes Narrated by: Caro Marks Two people both suffering from loss of children find each other when Julia, whose daughter has died, travels to California to stay in the Pacific coast beach home of her family while they are away. The home has a lemon orchard, tended by Roberto. The two get closer and begin to search for Roberto’s daughter who disappeared during a bordercrossing attempt. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Download from BARD: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.nls/dbc.16722 To a God Unknown by John Steinbeck DBC16466 9 hours, 11 minutes Narrated by: Walter Phelps While fulfilling his dead father’s dream of creating a prosperous farm in California, Joseph Wayne comes to believe that a magnificent tree on the farm embodies his father’s spirit. His brothers and their families share in Joseph’s prosperity, and the farm flourishes--until one brother, frightened by Joseph’s pagan belief, kills the tree, allowing disease and famine to descend on the farm. Introduction and notes by Robert DeMott. Descriptions of sex. 1933. Download from BARD: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.nls/dbc.16466 Fantasy Frisco Pigeon Mambo by C. D. Payne DBC16151 5 hours, 44 minutes Narrated by: Phil Torres Lab experiment pigeons who think themselves human - or at least not pigeons - are kidnapped from their Berkeley laboratory and released into San Francisco. Hooked on their lab-induced addictions these swashbuckling outlaw refugees descend on bars, stick up liquor stores, spy on socialites, dodge murder raps and pull a miracle out of their hats while attempting to return home. Some strong language and some violence. Download from BARD: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.nls/dbc.16151 BARD: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.nls/dbc.16155 General Fiction The Anatomy of Dreams: a Novel by Chloe Benjamin DBC16470 10 hours, 49 minutes Narrated by: Caro Marks Classmate lovers Silvie and Gabe embark on an experiment that changes their liv

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