Talking Books Plus

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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From Seed to Your Table in the Summertime

By Andy | May 17, 2017

From your local farm or your own garden, summertime brings fresh food to the your kitchen and table.

We have some books to help you make it the happen.

DB72669 The town that food saved: how one community found vitality in local food by Ben Hewitt

DB84286 The story of seeds: from Mendel’s garden to your plate, and how there’s more of less to eat around the world by Nancy Castaldo

DB66852 Kitchen Literacy: how we lost knowledge of where food comes from and why we need to get it back by Ann Vileisis

DBC03710 A Master Class: sensational recipes from the Chefs of the New England Culinary Institute and Ellen Michaud by Ellen Michaud

DB025597 The frugal gourmet cooks with wine by Jeff Smith

DB64312 Farmer John’s Cookbook the real dirt on vegetables by John Peterson


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Memorial Day – May 29th

By Andy | May 10, 2017

Our national holiday to remember and honor those who served and died while defending the United States. Some titles to reflect on include the following:

DB70623 The Good Soldiers FD216:1 by David Finkel
The book chronicles the experiences of Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Kauzlarich and his men in Iraq as they face firefights, dangerous patrols, death, and injury.

DB71795 Heart of a Patriot: How I Found the Courage to Survive Vietnam, Walter Reed, and Karl Rove by Max Cleland

DB83006 Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice by Adam Makos, Recounts the story of U. S. Navy aviator duo Lieutenant Tom Hudner and Ensign Jesse Brown, the first black carrier pilot during the Korean War.

DB40283 Band of Brothers: E Company 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest by Stephen Ambrose, Drawing on journals, letters, and interviews with veterans of Easy Company, the author tells the story of the combat rifle unit that parachuted into France early on D-Day.

DB52895 The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys who flew the B24s over Germany during WW ll by Stephen Ambrose, He tells the story of B-24 bomber missions over Nazi-occupied Europe and the men who flew those missions.

DB66325 The Bedford Boys: One American Town’s Ultimate D-Day Sacrifice by Alex Kershaw, The journalist interviews survivors and townspeople of Bedford, Virginia, who lost twenty-two soldiers originally from the local National Guard, who were the first troops at Omaha Beach on D-Day June 6, 1944.


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2017 Bestsellers for Reading

By Andy | May 3, 2017

These titles have recently come into the collection for you to read.

Fiction Bestsellers

DB86736  The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

DB86854  Never Never  by James Patterson

DB86654 Below the Belt by Stuart Woods

Nonfiction Bestsellers

DB86770 Our Revolution by Bernie Sanders

DB86659 Ray and Joan by Lisa Napoli

DB86771 Thank You for Being Late by Thomas L. Friedman

To order any of these titles call us at 401-574-9310 or email us your request to

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