Every year Perkins Library, through its Clive W. Lacey Recording Studio, produces a wide array of audio books with local or Massachusetts interest, or with broader appeal to our patrons. Below, in no particular order, are the 10 most popular titles from 2014. Library patrons may download these titles by logging into the library website or receive a copy by mail by requesting them through the library.
A Secret Gift: How One Man's Kindness – And a Trove of Letters – Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression
Book Number: DBM 1278
A few days before Christmas in 1933, a man who called himself B. Virdot offered cash gifts to dozens of struggling families in Canton, Ohio. More than 70 years later, the benefactor's grandson, a distinguished investigative reporter, traces the lasting impact of those gifts and untangles the story of his grandfather's life.
Echoes in Retrospect : An Oral History of Remembered Days at Perkins School for the Blind by Students and Staff Who Were There From 1950-1970
Marjorie Lagemann Snodgrass
Book Number: DBM 1247
Marjorie Snodgrass taught at Perkins from 1950-1954. She interviewed former Perkins students and staff and compiled this reflection of their experiences at Perkins.
Book Number: DBM 1002
Educated at the best schools, Jacqueline Bouvier married Boston's John Fitzgerald Kennedy and became the youngest First Lady in United States history. She remodeled the White House and established herself as the epitome of American elegance and good taste in the 1960s. After her husband's tragic death, Jacqueline married Aristotle Onassis, one of the wealthiest men in the world, and rebuilt her life. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex.
New fiction from New England: a Distinctive Collection of Short Fiction by Nationally Known Writers, Published in Yankee Magazine
Book Number: DBM 687
Nationally known writers including Elinor Lipman and Peter Meinke have contributed to this distinctive collection of short fiction. Tales of fantasy, adventure, symbolism and realism reflect the beauty and harshness of life in New England. All of the stories have appeared in "Yankee" magazine.
No Finish Line: My Life As I See It
Book Number: DBM 665
The first athlete who is legally blind to compete in the Olympic Games tells her story. Diagnosed with Stargardt's disease when she was 9 years old, Marla Runyan proved to be a gifted athlete. In 2000, she ran in the Olympics, placing eighth in the 1,500 meters race. Soon afterward, she shattered the American indoor record for the 5,000 meters race.
The Art Forger: A Novel
Book Number: DBM 182
In this provocative caper that leads readers through twisty back alleys of art history, art theft and Faustian bargains, a stolen Degas from 1990's infamous Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist arrives in the studio of a young Boston artist with a talent for forgery. Contains strong language and some descriptions of sex.
Book Number: DBM 1322
A tranquil family summer on the Maine coast turns stormy in this elegantly crafted debut novel about a woman in her mid-30s who is between careers, between husbands, and as it turns out, between lives. Some descriptions of sex and strong language.
Carol Dickman's Seated Yoga & Bed Top Yoga
Book Number: DBM 148
The Seated Yoga workout offers a beginner's program of simple stretches, breathing exercises, yoga postures and a relaxation regimen – all done sitting down. Relax, renew, reduce stress, increase flexibility and feel better. The award-winning Bed Top Yoga guides listeners through a series of simple stretches, breathing exercises and yoga postures ending with a brief relaxation. Use this beginner’s program on the bed or on the floor. Ideal for anyone who wants a gentle form of exercise but needs a little encouragement, and for those with no yoga experience. The instructions are clear and the pace is good. Highly descriptive language is well suited for seniors, people with visual and physical impairments, and anyone wanting gentle exercise.
Radio My Way: Featuring Celebrity Profiles From Jazz, Opera, the American Songbook and More
Ron Della Chiesa
Book Number: DBM 146
A legendary figure in Boston public radio recalls 50 years of broadcasting, from his earliest days at Boston University's student station to his experiences with such greats as Tony Bennett, Placido Domingo and Stan Getz.
While the Music Lasts: My Life in Politics
William M. Bulger
Book Number: DBM 603
The autobiography of William M. Bulger, the colorful and articulate Bostonian who has been at the center of Massachusetts politics for decades. With humor and passion, he recounts his career, from a young boy in Boston's "Southie" to powerful president of the Massachusetts Senate. He shares many anecdotes, as well as his interpretation of history-making events.
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