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Nebraska Non-Genre Fiction Catalog
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DBC 00757 Ordinary Genius
Thomas Fox Averill
Contemporary Fiction | Midwestern Fiction | Short Story Anthology
Short stories about ordinary folks in Kansas who find mystery, magic, and transcendence in mundane life. Written by O. Henry award-winning author, who is Writer-in-Residence and Professor of English at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas. Contains strong language. 2005. Narrated by Janet Remmenga. (6 hours, 50 minutes)
DB 01024 The Brother
Nebraska Story | Christian Fiction
A devotional novel about Jerry Johnson, a thirty-six-year-old ranch hand from Broken Bow, Nebraska, who moves to a small county seat in Kentucky where he lives for three years and then dies. Six individuals tell in their own words how Jerry's short time with them changed their lives. Narrated by Jack Barron and Wendy Hirsch.
DB 01026 The Floor of the Sky
Pamela Carter Joern
Nebraska Story | Contemporary Fiction | Family Story
An aging widow struggles to keep the family ranch in the heart of the Nebraska Sandhills. Her unwed granddaughter travels from Minneapolis to spend the summer with her in order to wait out the last months of her unplanned pregnancy. The grandmother revisits her own youth when she and her lover David were teenage runaways, and the tragic consequences. Other family secrets emerge, which test the strength of family bonds. Alex Award. Contains strong language. Narrated by Shannon White.
DB 01061 Are We Not Men?
Short Stories | Midwestern Fiction
Thirteen short stories combine compassion with humor to describe mostly blue collar Midwestern men who find meaning while struggling against their own self-destruction. An inmate becomes an expert on infant care when his girlfriend tells him she is expecting. Even after he learns she was lying, he cannot abandon his relationship with his imaginary unborn child. A struggling farmer with one arm is saved from despair by living amidst sunshine, breezes, birds, and deer. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Narrated by Brent Spencer.
DB 01077 The Mover of Bones: The Tall Grass Trilogy, Book 1
Nebraska Story | Literary Fiction | Crime Fiction
A thirty-five-year-old janitor descends to the cellar of a Catholic church in Omaha while intoxicated and digs up a murdered girl's bones. Wrapping the bones inside a tarp, he flees across country with the bundle beside him and encounters a series of individuals living on the margins, including a hobo, an elderly woman, and an individual who has lost his legs. Each encounter adds meaning to the girl's death, as details about the murder and the girl's identity emerge. Contains strong language. Narrated by Margaret Polk (British Accent).
DB 01093 River
Nebraska Story | Travel Fiction
A small stream in northeast Nebraska is where a rancher named John scattered the ashes of his grown son. Still in grief, the rancher chose that stream to launch a homemade kayak, christened Gloria, on a solitare 1500-mile journey of healing from the Loup River to the mouth of the Mississippi. Narrated by Carolin Roehr. (10 hours, 50 minutes)
DB 01114 Sweet Eyes
Nebraska Story | Travel Fiction
The small community of Divinity, Iowa, is thrown into conflict over Honey Parrish's affair with Jasper Johnson, the town's only black man. The ensuing chaos opens up other old wounds, including Honey's loss of a a dead lover, a psychotic brother, and even an unsolved murder. The town sheriff forces Honey to confront whether her dead lover, her ex-husband, or her brother could be the killer. Contains some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Narrated by Carolin Roehr. (18 hours, 54 minutes)
DBC 01945 The Usual Mistakes
Nebraska Story | Midwestern Fiction
Twelve short stories feature Midwestern characters driven by regret. A thirty-one-year-old widow forges medical credentials to work in a dermatology clinic that performs laser surgery. A young female patient seeks her help in removing neo-Nazi tattoos covering her body. In another story, a young man drags his girlfriend to Myrtle Beach, where his mother has arranged a family intervention that would hopefully stop her husband's drinking. Rather than a life-changing event, the intervention, the mother's third attempt, more closely resembles a Super Bowl party. Some strong language. Narrated by Margaret Polk (British Accent). (8 hours, 40 minutes)
DBC 00763 The Meaning of Names
Karen Gettert Shoemaker
Nebraska Story | Historical Fiction - 20th Century | WWI-Era Fiction
Gerda Vogel and her family faithfully attend to the daily chores of the 1918 rural life around Stuart, Nebraska. Traveling by train to attend an aunt’s funeral, Gerda experiences anti-German immigrant sentiments beginning to sweep the Midwest in the midst of World War I. The prejudice encroaches closer to home when the local café replaces sauerkraut with “liberty cabbage” and German books are removed from libraries. Meanwhile, longtime local doctor Ed Gannoway begins his relationship with new parish priest Father Jungels on a sour note. As the war rages on and illness sweeps the countryside, the people of Stuart must learn to set aside their differences and come together in the name of survival. One Book One Nebraska selection, 2016. Narrated by Alice Timm. (11 hours, 38 minutes)
DB 01031 Coal Camp Days: A Boy's Remembrance
Ricardo L. Garcia
Historical Fiction - 20th Century | Coming of Age Story
A fictionalized account of growing up in the coalfields of northern New Mexico during the last years of World War II. Told primarily from an Hispanic perspective, the author includes folklore and stories of Afro-Americans, Italian, Slavic, and Greek immigrants who worked together in support of the war effort. Poor living conditions did not interfere with picking chokecherries, tracking deer, collecting scrap iron, and experiencing the joy of life. Narrated by Dennis Lorance. (11 hours, 15 minutes)
DB 01105 The Plain Sense of Things
Pamela Carter Joern
Nebraska Story | Family Saga | Historical Fiction - 20th Century
Set in the Nebraska panhandle, this novel follows three generations of the Preston family, 1930 through 1979, as they exhibit quiet integrity in the face of hardship, hard work, and poverty. Following his estranged daughter's death, a stoic grandfather brings his grandson home. Family members struggle and endure, as does the nation, through the Great Depression,WorldWar II, the killing of Charles Starkweather, and the resignation of Richard Nixon, and find the strength to renew their hope with every sunrise. Contains strong language. Narrated by Tami Works.
DBC 01931 The Briton and the Dane: The Briton and the Dane Trilogy, Book 1
Mary Ann Bernal
Historical Fiction - Medieval England
In ninth century England, before the age of chivalry, King Alfred the Great successfully defeated the Danish Viking King Guthrum and kept Wessex free from Viking rule. Lord Richard oversees the training of Alfred's army; and Richard's children swear fealty to their King and support for his efforts to build a nation from a land ravaged by war and conquest. Narrated by Margaret Polk (British Accent).
DBC 01936 Barrelhouse Boys
Nebraska Story | Historical Fiction - 19th Century
In the gas-light era of 1894, Bud Gardner, a young ball player from Alder Grove, seeks refuge from drought and poverty by trying his luck in Nebraska's glittering capital city. Establishing a precarious existence within his uncle's saloon, Bud encounters shady characters in the Haymarket District. But even worse, he uncovers dark connections that lead from a deadly Nebraska train wreck to Chicago's railroad strikes and Omaha's slaughterhouse riots. Contains strong language. Narrated by Dick Shasteen.
DBC 01939 Wanted: Housekeeper
Nebraska Story | Historical Fiction - 20th Century
Tom Schultz was opposed to Hazel, the mail-order housekeeper his father arranged, when she first arrived at their Nebraska farm in the 1930s. But he fell in love with her, and they marry. When she gives birth to a child their first year together, they employ Hazel's best friend, Irene, as housekeeper. Hazel aspires to live a comfortable life, similar to the banker's wife, shopping, playing gin rummy, chain smoking, and horseback riding. Depression reaches Nebraska, and the bank forecloses on the farm. Tom finds work with the railroad in Sidney, though money is tight. Narrated by Grace Kluck. (7 hours, 5 minutes)
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