Talking Books Plus

What College Students Read During the Summer

By Andy | July 26, 2017

During the summer, many colleges assign books to read for their incoming freshman and other interested students. Here are a few identified by Dana Golstein in her New York Times article on 7/1/17.

DB82201 Between the World and Me by TA-Nehisi Coates – “essayistic exploration of violence done to the black male body in America”  (available as digital cartridge or downloadable)

DB81184 Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine – ” a book of poetry which recounts the slights and verbal aggression that make up the daily experiences of racism” (available as digital cartridge or downloadable)

DB83433 Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt – “[story] about a transgender teenager” (available as digital cartridge or downloadable)

DB85796 Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis – “explores issues of social breakdown among working-class [families]” (available as digital cartridge or downloadable)

DB77770 The Circle by Dave Eggers – ” a novel about a young woman drawn into the nefarious practices of the global tech company for which she works” (available as digital cartridge or downloadable)

DB85212 The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead  (my selection) – ” a third generation slave, flees the plantation where she lives” (available as digital cartridge or downloadable)



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Jane Austen, British Author Still Beloved by Americans

By Andy | July 19, 2017

On the 200th anniversary of her death (1817), we celebrate her life by reading about her writing on the BBC website. If you want to read some of her novels or a biography, we have them in our collection and available for you by calling us at 401- 574-9310 or emailing us at

DB23490 Emma by Jane Austen

DB50549 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

DB37462 Presumption (Jane Austen’s sequel to Pride and Prejudice)

DB22282 Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

DB20403 Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

DB51057 Persuasion by Jane Austen

DB80828 Sandition (Jane Austen’s unfinished  work completed)

DB46312 Jane Austen: A Life by Claire Tomalin (a biography available as a digital cartridge or by downloading)


For a quick review of her life, listen to her online biography or read a brief overview of her life.





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Celebrate Henry David Thoreau’s 200th Birthday Today

By Andy | July 12, 2017

Henry David Thoreau was born on 7/12/1817 in Concord, Massachusetts. Today is his 200th birthday. Listen to the National Public Radio broadcast of his life and comments from his biographers. Then you can enjoy some of his books and writings by calling RI Talking Books Plus at 401-574-9310 or email us at . Some of his works include:

DB50835 Walden, or Life in the Woods: and On the Duty of Civil Disobedience – available via BARD download or request a digital cartridge recording from us.

DB47885 A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers by Henry David Thoreau -available via BARD download or request a digital cartridge recording from us

DB14189 The Maine Woods by Henry David Thoreau – available via BARD download or request a digital cartridge recording from us.

DBM00593 Walking by Henry David Thoreau – available via BARD download or request a digital cartridge recording from us.

DB50242 Wild Fruits: Thoreau’s Rediscovered Last Manuscript – available via BARD download or request a digital cartridge recording from us.

DB26259 Henry Thoreau: A life of the Mind by Robert Richardson –  available via BARD download or request a digital cartridge recording from us.

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New Books Added to the Collection

By Andy | July 5, 2017

We have more than 75,000 digital books in our collection and more added each month. Here are a few of the new titles available to you by calling us at 401-574-9310 or emailing us at .
Fiction Titles
DB86686 Moonglow by Michael Chabon
DB85280 The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins by Antonia Hodgson
DB85519 And Then Comes Marriage by Celeste Bradley

Nonfiction Titles
DB86697 The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate by Peter Wohlleben

DB86913 A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the Twentieth Century by William F. Buckley, Jr.

DB85293 My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir by Colleen Carrol Campbell



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Books of Biography & Memoir

By Andy | June 28, 2017

The Route One Reads initiative is a partnership between 16 affiliate “Centers for the Book” to promote books that illuminate important aspects of their state or commonwealths for readers. In Rhode Island, we have our own affiliate the Rhode Island Center for the Book to select books. Rhode Island’s 2017 book is listed first along with five other states. Call us at 401-574-9310 to request any of these books or email us at the following address:

DB58899 American Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Ann Hutchinson by Eve LaPlante  (Rhode Island)

DB85513 Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon by Larry Tye (Massachusetts)

DB86228 Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen (New Jersey)

DB56643 Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston by Valerie Boyd (Florida)

DB58364 Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (New York)

DB87110 Around the Way Girl: A Memoir by Taraji Henson (District of Columbia)


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The Ocean State – Rhode Island

By Andy | June 21, 2017

We are fortunate to have many great activities to do in the Ocean State. One of them is SAVE the BAY Exploration Center & Aquarium in Newport. It is designed for children and adults who like to come up close to ocean dwelling sea life. Their summer hours are daily from 10:00am to 4:00pm. While you calling your friends and planning your trip to the center here are some great books to read.

DB34184  Moby Dick by Herman Melville

DB72868 The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea by Philip Hoare

DB51796 The Eternal Darkness: A Personal History of Deep-Sea Exploration by Robert Ballard

DB17779 The Edge of the Sea by Rachel Carson

DB76162 The Ocean of Life: the Fate of Man and the Sea by Callum Roberts

DB16367 The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin


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2017 RI Farm Scavenger Hunt

By Andy | June 14, 2017

Summer begins on June 20th, and Rhode Island farmers have been busy planting and tending their crops. Enjoy all that RI local farms offer and have fun by participating in the 2017 RI Farm Scavenger Hunt by registering with the RI Fruitgrowers. In between visits, request and read some of the new digital books we have received at RI Talking Books Library.

DB85219  Tough as They Come by Travis Mills – Nonfiction

DB84686 Kick Kennedy: The Charmed Life and Tragic Death of the Favorite Kennedy Daughter by Barbara Leaming – Nonfiction

DB83262 Women Artists: The Linda Nochlin Reader by Linda Nochlin – Nonfiction

DB85547 Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy by Mike Love and James S. Hirsch – Nonfiction

DB85467 The Nix by Nathan Hill – Fiction

DB85812 Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks – Fiction

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SVF Foundation Annual Visitors Day June 10, 2017

By Andy | June 7, 2017

Enjoy Free Admission on June 10, 2017 and learn more about the Smithsonian and SVF Biodiversity Preservation Project by visiting their Swiss Village site in Newport, RI. For more information, call (401)848-7229 or email You may also go to their website for more information.  In addition, we have some digital books in our collection about farm life and farm animals available for reading.

DB85585 Agriculture: A Very Short Introduction by Paul Brassley

DB81775 A Buzz in the Meadow: The Natural History of a French Farm by Dave Goulson

DB28576 Wind in the Ashtree by Jeanine McMullen

DB56078 Barnyard in Your Backyard by Gail Damerow

DB53926 All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

DB75545 The Story of Charlotte’s Web by Michael Sims


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Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry

By Andy | May 31, 2017

Be prepared for any emergency that may come your way. The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) have developed this registry as a service to Rhode Islanders with chronic conditions, disabilities, and other special healthcare needs. It is a system for the identification of Rhode Islanders who may require assistance during statewide emergencies such as a hurricane or a winter blizzard. There is an easy enrollment process by completing an online form or submitting a mail-in form. To complete the digital form select Online and click the “Enroll Now” button. To receive a printed form mailed to you, call 401-222-5960/RI Relay 711. Don’t wait, do it now, and be prepared.

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Coastal Wine Trail

By Andy | May 24, 2017

Did you know Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut share a Coastal Wine Trail of 14 vineyards and wineries along their coastlines? With the weather improving and the grapes growing, it may be time to visit your favorite seashore winery or vineyard. Review the list on the Coastal Wine Trail by selecting vineyards.

In between visits to your favorite vineyard, order a digital book about wine or food from our collection.

DB66269 The Emperor of Wine the Rise of Robert M. Parker Jr. and the Reign of American Taste by Elin McCoy

DB 42360 Fear of Wine: An Introductory Guide to the Grape by Leslie Brenner

DB53820 Great Wine Made Simple: Straight Talk from amMaster Sommelior by Andrea Immer

DB57846 Oz Clarke’s New Encyclopedia of Wine by Oz Clarke

DB23874 Mastering Wine by Tom Maresca

DB25597 The Frugal Gourmet Cooks with Wine by Jeff Smith




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