Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Tennessee Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Features Books By and About People We Lost in 2016

January is traditionally a time of forming resolutions to improve life in the coming year and a time of reflection on events of the last year. In 2016, we lost many celebrities in the world of sports, politics, Hollywood, music, law, and literature. Here are a few of the celebrities we lost: Nancy Reagan, Patty Duke, Morley Safer, Muhammad Ali, John Glenn, Arnold Palmer, David Bowie, Antonin Scalia, Harper Lee, Pat Summitt, Leonard Cohen and Fidel Castro.

The Tennessee Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped (TLBPH) has audio books related to many of these figures:

  • My Turn: The Memoirs of Nancy Reagan by Nancy Reagan with William Novak.

  • Call Me Anna: The Autobiography of Patty Duke by Patty Duke with Kenneth Turan.

  • TLBPH doesn’t have a biography of Morley Safer, but we do have Flashback: On Returning to Vietnam, by Safer which recalls his time in the war-torn country in the 1960s and a one-week visit he made to the renewed country in 1989.

  • The Greatest: My Own Story, by Muhammad Ali with Richard Durham is also available in braille. The audio format is also available in Spanish.

  • John Glenn: A Memoir, by John Glenn with Nick Taylor.

  • TLBPH has several memoirs/autobiographies by Arnold Palmer available, including: Go For Broke: My Philosophy of Winning Golf with William Barry Furlong, which is also available in braille; A Golfer’s Life with James Dodson; and A Life Well Played: My Stories. The last title is a commercial recording narrated by Rich Lerner, but the introduction is narrated by Palmer himself.

  • David Bowie: Out of the Cool and The Man Who Sold the World, were both written by Peter Goddard.

  • Scalia: A Court of One, by Bruce Allen Murphy.

  • Mockingbird: A Portrait of Life with Harper Lee by Charles J. Shields.

  • Sum It Up: 1,098 Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective, by Pat Summitt with Sally Jenkins.

  • A Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll, Redemption and the Life of Leonard Cohen by Liel Leibovitz.

  • Fidel Castro: My Life, A Spoken Autobiography by Fidel Castro with Ignacio Ramonet.

TLBPH is a division of the Tennessee State Library & Archives and the Office of Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett. For more information on eligibility to borrow books from TLBPH, and what is available, see:

The Tennessee State Library and Archives is a division of the Tennessee Department of State and Tre Hargett, Secretary of State

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