Welcome to 603 Bowling Avenue, a lush, empty Colonial Revival house tucked away in a leafy Nashville neighborhood. Who´s that in the ratty attic bedroom, holed up like a squirrel, writing real estate ads as fast as she can? Delia Ballenger, former Nashvillian. She´s back in town to sell the house that her tender-hearted big sister inexplicably left her after dying in a car crash. Delia needs to get back to Chicago as fast as possible. But uninvited people keep showing up at the front door: Her mother, Grace Ballenger. Brilliant federal judge and the number-one reason Delia lives in another state. A patrician and poorly socialized neighbor, Angus Donald. Shelly Carpenter, the watchful housekeeper who raised Delia. Brother-in-law Bennett Schwartz, a wretched surgeon, along with his girls Cassie and Amelia-the nieces she´s never known. And, most vexing, a charming real estate agent, Henry Peek. Delia finds herself up to her eyeballs in a flood of mysteries, secrets, and the sort of love that sneaks up on you. For everyone who has muttered ´´You can´t go home again,´´ here´s what happens when you go anyway. You´ll laugh. You may cry, if you´re the weepy type. And you´ll cheer for Delia even as you wonder how she can eat a Pop-Tart as an entree. Like The Descendants, Bowling Avenue is a story of learning how to let go, and hold on. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ann Shayne. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/009438/bk_acx0_009438_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Bowling for the Mob is the story of a man considered by many to be the greatest bowler that ever lived, yet his life became a struggle to conquer his inner demons. By age 12, Bob Purzycki was one of the best bowlers in the country. He was set to compete at the World´s Fair in 1964 in Queens. Two days before, a neighborhood kid hit Bob in the face with a mallet and crushed the side of his head causing permanent loss of vision in his left eye. Despite everyone telling him to give up, Bob trained to bowl with one eye. By his 18th birthday, his game had improved to a 220 average - a score that was unheard of in 1970. He joined the Professional Bowlers Association at 19 and won Bowler of the Year in 1973 and 1974. Then Bob got involved with the underworld as the mob began making bets on his tournaments, which started a downhill spiral. After getting involved with the mafia, a viscous battle with drug abuse and doing jail time, he redeemed himself and went on to play in the Super Bowl High Roller in Vegas. He won the grand prize beating the best bowlers in the world and became champion at 47. An amazing story of one man´s mistakes and accomplishments, Purzycki says it best ´´I was either going to kill somebody, kill myself or end up in an insane asylum.´´ 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/real/000248/bk_real_000248_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Nolan Cash was born in Kingsland, Arkansas, on October 8, 1939, seven years after his cousin, Johnny. The bi-racial product of a rape by a black man of a 16-year-old Christian girl in America´s conservative Bible Belt, he experienced extreme prejudice growing up during the racially divided ´50s. His opportunity for country music stardom beckoned when he witnessed an event that inspired him to write the song that would change his life - the church massacre at Bowling Green. What happened next might have come straight from the pages of a Hollywood political thriller. Nolan was charged with treason and hidden in the prison system with a new identity, his secret about that event in Bowling Green buried with him. Only the 50-year disclosure on official secrets - CIA documents recently released - enabled the facts to finally emerge. Here, then, is the story of Nolan Cash, collateral damage in America´s struggle to move away from racist division. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrew Brel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/105014/bk_acx0_105014_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Learn how to better play badminton, bowling, handball, and rugby. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Melissa Zadia Audio. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/121399/bk_acx0_121399_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In Raymond Chandler´s favourite novel, Mr Bowling buys the newspapers only to find out what the latest is on the murders he´s just committed.... Mr Bowling is getting away with murder. On each occasion he buys a newspaper to see whether anyone suspects him. But there is a war on, and the clues he leaves are going unnoticed. Which is a shame, because Mr Bowling is not a conventional serial killer: he wants to get caught so that his torment can end. How many more newspapers must he buy before the police finally catch up with him? Donald Henderson was an actor and playwright who had also written novels as D. H. Landels, but with little success. While working for the BBC in London during the Second World War, his fortunes finally changed with Mr Bowling Buys a Newspaper, a darkly satirical portrayal of a murderer that was to be promoted enthusiastically by Raymond Chandler as his favourite detective novel. But even the author of The Big Sleep could not save it from oblivion: it has remained out of print for more than 60 years. This Detective Club classic is introduced by award-winning novelist Martin Edwards, author of The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books, who reveals new information about Henderson´s often troubled life and writing career. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tim Frances. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/003267/bk_hcuk_003267_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A Macat audio analysis of Robert Putnam´s Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. Social capital - the relationships between people that allow communities to function well - has long been recognized as the grease that oils the wheels of society. It facilitates trust, creates bonds among neighbors, and even helps boost employment. In his 2000 book, Bowling Alone, American sociologist Robert Putnam argues that Americans have become disconnected from one another and from the institutions of their common life and investigates the consequences of this change. Looking at a range of indicators, from membership in formal organizations to the number of invitations being extended to informal dinner parties, Putnam demonstrates that Americans are interacting less and creating less ´´social capital´´. Putnam did not invent the notion of social capital, but he was the first to take a broader view, looking at the social capital generated by people´s engagement with the civic lives of their towns or cities. It would be difficult to overstate the impact of Bowling Alone, one of the most frequently cited social science publications of the last half century. You can find out more about how Putnam´s ideas have been challenged and applied - and how his work has impacted thinkers in other academic disciplines - by exploring further in the Macat Library. Macat. Learn better. Think smarter. Aim higher. 1. Language: English. Narrator: uncredited. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/051593/bk_acx0_051593_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the illegality of bowling in colonial America to violent video games and synthetic drugs, Vice Capades by best-selling author Mark Stein examines the nation´s relationship with the actions, attitudes, and antics that have defined morality. This comprehensive yet humorous history reveals that our views of vice are not formed merely by morals but by power. By viewing a variety of vices across the span of American history, Vice Capades brings into focus the nation´s inconsistent moral compass and helps us understand shifts in laws to combat vice by revealing who and what wields power (often invisibly) in the United States. While laws against such things as nude dancing have become less restrictive, restrictive laws have been enacted against sexual harassment. While marijuana is no longer illegal in numerous jurisdictions, restrictive laws have been enacted against cigarettes. Stein examines how this nation´s inconsistent moral compass has consistently pointed to every era´s powers-that-be and enables us to view shifts in the power structure taking place before the public became aware of particular laws against vice and who determines what is or is not deemed vice. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Drummond. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/008169/bk_tant_008169_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Once we bowled in leagues, usually after work - but no longer. This seemingly small phenomenon symbolizes a significant social change that Robert Putnam has identified in this brilliant volume, which The Economist hailed as ´´a prodigious achievement´´. Drawing on vast new data that reveal Americans´ changing behavior, Putnam shows how we have become increasingly disconnected from one another and how social structures - whether they be PTA, church, or political parties - have disintegrated. Until the publication of this groundbreaking work, no one had so deftly diagnosed the harm that these broken bonds have wreaked on our physical and civic health, nor had anyone exalted their fundamental power in creating a society that is happy, healthy, and safe. Like defining works from the past, such as The Lonely Crowd and The Affluent Society, and like the works of C. Wright Mills and Betty Friedan, Putnam´s Bowling Alone has identified a central crisis at the heart of our society and suggests what we can do. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Arthur Morey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/007716/bk_sans_007716_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This week on Car Talk, pothole season is in full swing. After her Toyota was almost swallowed by one crater, Sara´s wondering what happens to the departed asphalt. Elsewhere, Steve drove over a bowling ball outside a topless bar, which sounds like a great joke set-up, but the punch line could be very expensive. Also, Shanthi is ready to buy a car, but has no place to park it. Does she need to move, or should she forget about the car and keep mooching rides from her friends? And, how can Johanna make sure her summer of teepee living doesn´t start with her car getting washed away by spring flooding? All this and more, this week on Car Talk. [Broadcast Date: March 15, 2014] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Magliozzi, Ray Magliozzi. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/cart/140315/rt_cart_140315_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.