Spotlight On: Playaways (Adult)

Playaways (Adult): Playaways are portable devices, smaller than a phone, that play an audio version of a book. There are two ways to listen to them. You can either plug headphones in to them and listen or you can plug it in to your car using an auxiliary cord. Each Playaway contains one book. You can speed up or slow down the narrator, and pause whenever you want. Each Playaway takes one AAA battery. The adult Playaways are located on the spinners next to the computers in the Adult area.

The Japanese Lover / Isabel Allende

When they first met as children in California in the early days of World War II, Alma Belasco and Ichimei Fukuda were inseparable. Alma’s Polish family had sent her to live with her wealthy aunt and uncle to ride out the war, while Ichimei’s father, the Belascos’ groundskeeper, was a respected friend of Alma’s uncle. Pearl Harbor and the interment of Japanese Americans separated Alma and Ichimei for years. (PLAYAWAY ALLENDE)

Seeing Red / Sandra Brown

Kerra Bailey is a television journalist on the rise, and she’s hot on the trail of a story guaranteed to skyrocket her career to even greater heights: an interview with the legendary Major Trapper. Twenty-five years ago, the Major emerged a hero from the bombing of the Pegasus Hotel in downtown Dallas when he was photographed leading a handful of survivors out of the collapsing building. The iconic picture transformed him into a beloved national icon–until he suddenly dropped out of the public eye, shunning all members of the media. However, Kerra is willing to use any means necessary to get to the Major–even if she has to wrangle an introduction from his estranged son, former ATF agent John Trapper. (PLAYAWAY BROWN)

The Valcourt Heiress / Catherine Coulter

Returning home from the king’s service, Baron Wareham finds his castle nearly destroyed by the elusive Black Demon and teams up with the illegitimate but educated daughter of a priest to restore his home, an effort complicated by mysteries about the woman’s identity and the Black Demon’s agenda. (PLAYAWAY COULTER)

Manhattan Beach / Jennifer Egan

Anna and her father Eddie arrive at the home of Dexter Styles on Manhattan Beach searching for a job during the Depression. After Eddie goes missing five years later, Anna supports her mother and sister by working at the Brooklyn Naval Yard. One night, Anna approaches Styles for information about her father. They become involved, but he is still marked by his past relationship with Eddie. (PLAYAWAY EGAN)

Falling: A Love Story / Jane Green

When Emma Montague left the strict confines of upper-crust British life for New York, she felt sure it would make her happy. Away from her parents and expectations, she felt liberated, throwing herself into Manhattan life replete with a high-paying job, a gorgeous apartment, and a string of successful boyfriends. But the cutthroat world of finance and relentless pursuit of more began to take its toll. This wasn’t the life she wanted either. (PLAYAWAY GREEN)

The Rooster Bar / John Grisham

Three students who have borrowed heavily to attend a third-rate law school realize they have been caught in a scam when they discover that the school’s owner also owns a bank specializing in student loans, and plot to expose the scam.(PLAYAWAY GRISHAM)


Orphan X / Gregg Hurwitz

Evan Smoak, the Nowhere Man a protector of the truly desperate and deserving, finds himself a target of someone with similar training and knowledge of his Orphan X identity. (PLAYAWAY HURWITZ)


Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II / Liza Mundy

Recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of code-breaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them. (PLAYAWAY 940.54 MUN)

Small Great Things / Jodi Picoult

Ruth Jefferson, a widow with a teenage son, is a labor and delivery nurse and the only African American in her department. When the infant son of two white supremacists, Turk and Brittany Bauer, who have specifically asked that Ruth not handle their child, dies suddenly, Ruth is blamed for the child’s death by both the hospital and the child’s parents. In quick succession, Ruth loses her license, is dragged from her home by the police in the middle of the night, and is charged with murder. (PLAYAWAY PICOULT)

The Lying Game / Ruth Ware

Isa and her friends are boarding school misfits who are notorious for playing “the lying game.” The more believable your lies, the more points you earn. A suicide at the school results in the girls being expelled under a cloud of suspicion. Fifteen years later, Isa hasn’t seen her three closest girlfriends in a decade, but one text will bring them together again to deal with their deadly childhood secrets. (PLAYAWAY WARE)

“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” ~Mason Cooley

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