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This newsletter is published by the New Mexico Regional Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD) and is distributed free to the patrons and other interested parties. The newsletter can be requested in large print or Braille versions, and an audio version can be accessed on NEWSLINE. For information, call LBPD at 1-800-456-5515 or 505-476-9770, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



New Mexico State Library

News of the Library for the Blind

and Print Disabled

Winter 2020


This newsletter is published by the New Mexico Regional Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD) and is distributed free to patrons and other interested parties. In addition to large print, the newsletter can be requested in braille, heard in audio on New Mexico Newsline for the Blind, or viewed at the State Library’s web site at For information, call LBPD at 1-800-456-5515 or 505-476-9770, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Our Own Name Change

Our library has officially had a slight name change to match the changes recently made by the national program. We are now known officially as the New Mexico Library for the Blind and Print Disabled.


This is a relatively minor change, but we believe it is important that we reflect the wide variety of patrons we serve. Our library is here to help all New Mexicans who are unable to read standard printed books. While this is often because of a loss of vision, and our program will always have a focus on the blind, print disabilities also include physical weakness and reading disabilities such as dyslexia.


Staffing Changes

We’ve hired on a new Circulation staffer, Erin Durbin-Sherer, to help us get books out quickly and efficiently. Erin is a San Diegan by birth, an anthropologist by education, and a diver by avocation. She spends her free time making artwork in multiple media, associate editing for an online scuba and freediving magazine, and hand-writing letters to loved ones near and far. But she was a bibliophile before she was anything else. She’ll read just about anything, but her favorite genres are speculative fiction, social theory, and regency romance.

2019 By The Numbers

134,260 Books Checked-Out in 2019, including 21,377 Different Titles


Top 10 Individual Books








Accidental heroes

Steel, Danielle.




Long road to Mercy

Baldacci, David.




Fifty Fifty

Patterson, James.




The Brothers O'Brien.

Johnstone, William W.




Inspector Ian Rutledge.

Todd, Charles.




Twisted prey

Sandford, John.




Cave of bones

Hillerman, Anne.




The cutting edge

Deaver, Jeffery.





Obama, Michelle.





Woods, Stuart.



Top 20 Authors








L'Amour, Louis.



Roberts, Nora.



Johnstone, William W.



Grisham, John.



Patterson, James.



Kingsbury, Karen.



Steel, Danielle.



Kelton, Elmer.



Jance, Judith A.



Connelly, Michael.



Cussler, Clive.



Macomber, Debbie.



Grey, Zane.



Michaels, Fern.



Brand, Max.



Box, C. J.



Woods, Stuart.



Clark, Mary Higgins.



Baldacci, David.



Richards, Dusty.




Top Locally Produced Titles








Sotherton Abbey

Ross, Inez.




Hidden History of Southeast New Mexico

Birchell, Donna Blake




Wildest of the Wild West

Bryan, Howard




The Pursuit of Murieta

Clagett, Thomas D.




Tijerina and the Courthouse Raid

Nabokov, Peter.



Re-Releasing Old Favorites


DNM00050 – New Mexico: A Bicentennial History

By Marc Simmons; read by Charles Boatright


Some travelers think even today that a passport is needed to travel to New Mexico. Though New Mexico is rich in culture, tradition, beauty and history, for many visitors there is a certain foreign feeling to the plazas and brooding mesas. A history of the state by Marc Simmons.


DNM00175 – Frank Springer & New Mexico: From the Colfax County War to the Emergence of Modern Santa Fe

By David L. Caffey; read by Charles Boatright


Frank Springer rode into Cimarron, New Mexico, and found himself in the middle of the Colfax County War. He was a foe of the speculators known as "the Santa Fe Ring" helped establish Highlands University and the Museum of New Mexico, and as president of the Maxwell Land Grant company developed many natural resources.


DNM00199 – Taking On Giants: Fabian Chavez Jr. and New Mexico Politics by David Roybal; read by Charles Boatright

Biography of a man who gave thirty years of his life to numerous state posts in New Mexico, in order to contribute to civil rights, education, business, government, and politics. He was instrumental in the creation of the University of New Mexico Medical School, pushed to reform the state's corrupt liquor laws, and promoted tourism.


DNM00202 – River of Traps: A New Mexico Mountain Life

By William deBuys; read by Bruce Herr


A portrait of three men and the mountain village in northern New Mexico that shaped their lives. A rich and deep human story, this book offers a portrait into the life of a complicated "simple" man.

DNM00254 – To Hell on a Fast Horse: Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, and the Epic Chase to Justice in the Old West

By Mark L Gardner; read by Charles Boatright.


Western historian Gardner delivers a dual biography documenting Sheriff Pat Garrett's hunt for the iconic outlaw Billy the Kid. The author provides background on where the Kid came from and how he became a notorious outlaw, at least as far as is reliably known. He also tells of Pat Garrett, the sheriff who tracked Billy down, arrested him, and later, after a brazen and bloody escape on April 28, 1881, gunned down the Kid in Ft. Sumner, New Mexico on July 14, 1881.


Recent Recording Studio Productions


DNM00395 – Last Guy Waltzing: A Tale of Reinvention

By R. Eric Gustafson; read by John Pen La Farge


Gustafson relates his own accomplishments in the auction house, museum, and art gallery worlds, as well as his immersion among celebrities and the very rich. His fast moving narrative is set in locales around the world, often amid human sharks feasting on their prey.


DNM00446 – Chasing the Cure in New Mexico: Tuberculosis and the Quest for Health by Nancy Owen Lewis; read by John Pen La Farge


This book tells the story of the thousands of health seekers who journeyed to New Mexico from 1870 to 1940 seeking a cure for tuberculosis. By 1920 such health seekers represented an estimated 10 percent of New Mexico’s population. The influx of "lungers" as they were called, many of whom remained in New Mexico, would play a critical role in New Mexico’s struggle for statehood and in its growth.




DNM00463 – The Pot Thief Who Studied Georgia O’Keeffe

By J. Michael Orenduff; read by William Scheer


A dealer in traditional Native American pottery, Hubie Schuze scours New Mexico in search of ancient treasures. In all his travels across the state, there is one place that Hubie hasn't been able to access: Trinity Site at the White Sands Missile Range, Deep within the range are ruins once occupied by the Tompiro people, whose distinctive pottery is incredibly rare and valuable. When an old associate claims to have a buyer interested in spending big money on a Tompiro pot, Hubie resolves to finally find a way into the heavily guarded military installation.


DNM00510 – Stolen Oranges By Max Yeh; read by David Hendrix


In locations ranging from the archives of Imperial China to a rare book shop in Mexico City, a Chinese American historian discovers six anonymous documents in Spanish and Chinese, and constructs them into a years-long correspondence between the Chinese Emperor Wanli and Cervantes, the author of Don Quixote. Utilizing his vast historical knowledge and linguistic abilities, the historian draws connections across the disparate geography of the 17th century. Max Yeh remaps literary conventions, sending ripples through the idea of historical fiction in the vein of Jorge Luis Borges and Italo Calvino.


DNM00552 – House at Otowi Bridge

By Peggy Church; read by Katheryn Walker


This is the story of Edith Warner, who lived for more than twenty years as a neighbor to the Indians of San Ildefonso Pueblo, near Los Alamos, New Mexico. She was a remarkable woman, a friend to everyone who knew her, from her Indian companion Tilano, who was an elder of San Ildefonso, to Niels Bohr, Robert Oppenheimer, and the other atomic scientists who worked at Los Alamos during WWII.

Dive Into An Adventure

If you’re looking for some fun and excitement this year, try out these novels of adventure and action. Let us know which author or series you’re interested in, and we’ll find the book numbers for you. (Many of these titles are older, and may only be available on our new custom multi-book cartridges)


Dan Brown – Most famous for The Da Vinci Code (DB055735), which inspired a movie by the same name, Brown has several books following Robert Landon and his compatriots as they investigate mysteries (start with Angels & Demons DB051799).


Tom Clancy – Author of the Jack Ryan series, which has been made into a number of classic movies as well as a new TV series (start with The Hunt for the Red October DB021513). He has also written, or had ghostwritten, many modern spy and special operations thrillers.


Bernard Cornwell – The most famous of his books follow Richard Sharpe as he takes part in various famous conflicts of the early 1800s. (Start with Sharpe’s Tiger DB054860). He has also written a series around the Saxon conquest of Britain (Start with DB059910) and various other historical military campaigns.


Michael Crichton – Adventure and suspense centered on emerging science and technology (usually). Start with his most famous novel Jurassic Park (DB032018), or try his newest novel, a historical thriller, Dragon Teeth (DB088345)


Clive Cussler - Modern thrillers about treasure hunting and deep-sea exploration. He has several series, including deep-sea expert Dirk Pitt (start with Pacific Vortex! DB051151), the NUMA Files (start with Serpent DB048719), and stories from the crew of the Oregon (start with Golden Buddha DB057099).

Robert Ludlum – Author of political and espionage thrillers, Ludlum has a number of standalone novels in addition to the Jason Bourne series (Start with The Bourne Identity DB015085) which are the basis for a film series of the same name.


Patrick O’Brian – Historical fiction surrounding Jack Aubrey of the Royal Navy and his battles in the Napoleonic War. Most famous for its first book (Master and Commander DB033485), the 20 ½ book Aubrey-Maturin series continues through the entire war.


Wilbur A. Smith – Novels of colonial Africa from a Zambian-born author. His Courtneys of Africa series (start with Assegai DB069178) follows the ambitious Courtney family from the 1660s through WWII. He also has a number of shorter series and standalone novels, set throughout the African continent.


Classic Adventure Novels

DB057020 – 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

DB049486 – The Call of the Wild by Jack London

DB024290 – Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra

DB058105 – Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

DB048978 – The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

DB025304 – Ivanhoe by Scott Walter

DB025158 – Kidnapped by Robert Lewis Stevenson

DB018120 – King Solomon’s Mines by Henry Rider Haggard

DB047779 – Moby Dick by Herman Melville

DB058817 – The Princess Bride by William Goldman

DB050056 – Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs

DB064277 – The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas

DB044219 – True Grit by Charles Portis

What Are Your Reader Advisors Reading?


Berdina – “AF 632, or AD 2540, a small group leave for a holiday from their structured “utopian” World State to the Savage Reservation in New Mexico where they and others are ruined. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (DB047108) was unnerving for me but it is such a great read. I also decided to read Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough by Lori Hottlieb (DB071255) & her hilarious journey to discover why it is so difficult for her & other women to find true love.”


Sam – “I’ve been reading some military SciFi. Kameron Hurley’s The Light Brigade (DB094525) started off as a gritty take on war with Mars, but it quickly turned into a story of time travel and trying to fix what hasn’t broken yet. I also read the full Old Man’s War series (DB064670) by John Scalzi, which was a much more fun and action packed read.”


Tim – “I’m reading The Winter King (DB046305), first novel of the Warlord Chronicles trilogy by Bernard Cornwell. The book is based on characters and plot elements from Arthurian myth, but considerably changed and re-worked. Full of Honor, slaughter, and the burgeoning Christianity of early Anglo-Saxon England.”