Braille Book Review--Jan.-Feb. 1997

Books for Adults--Nonfiction

Books listed in this issue of Braille Book Review were recently sent to cooperating libraries. The complete collection contains books by many authors on fiction and nonfiction subjects, including biographies, classics, gothics, mysteries, romances, and others. Contact your cooperating library to learn more about the wide range of books available in the collection.

To order books, contact your cooperating library.

Note: For the information of the reader, a notice may appear immediately following the book description to indicate occurrences of strong language, explicit descriptions of sex, or violence. The word "some" before any of these terms indicates an occasional or infrequent occurrence, as in "some strong language."

Methods of Logic, Fourth Edition BR 9822
by W.V. Quine
4 volumes
A professor of philosophy states that it is his intention to "convey a precise understanding of the formal concepts of modern logic and to develop convenient techniques of formal reasoning." Quine's approach is to resort to novel techniques on occasion. But he uses scientific methods to arrive at his conclusions, which are, in this case, logical truths. He stresses the importance of implication in the development of one's powers of deduction. 1982.

Uncommon Ground: Archaeology and Early African America, 1650-1800 BR 10141
by Leland Ferguson
2 volumes
The author discusses the development of African American archaeology as a new field for unearthing the obscured culture of black slaves. Ferguson focuses on South Carolina with its early black majority and its excavated low country sites to show the complex social structure of the American plantation. He also discusses perceived academic racism as a barrier to the field. 1992.

Julius Caesar BR 10164
by William Shakespeare
3 volumes
Caesar's dearest friend, Marcus Brutus, is convinced that it is his patriotic duty to participate in the assassination of his megalomaniacal ruler. A historical drama, which can be interpreted on many levels, by the seventeenth-century English playwright. 1623.

Antony and Cleopatra BR 10166
by William Shakespeare
5 volumes
Early seventeenth-century historical tragedy about the love between a Roman soldier-prince and an Egyptian queen. Mark Antony provokes Cleopatra with his marriage to Octavia, the sister of his rival, Octavius Caesar. When the marriage and the political alliance break down, Antony returns to Egypt. In the ensuing battle, Antony suffers the loss of his military power, the respect of friends and followers, love, and even an honorable death. 1990.

Solve Your Child's Math Problems: Quick and Easy Lessons for Parents BR 10179
by Patricia D. Nordstrom
4 volumes
Math homework manual for parents of children in grades five through eight. Nordstrom introduces the skills emphasized in the 1990s, refreshes parents' memories by making connections with the math they learned, and teaches skills that may have been forgotten. Each chapter includes sample problems and how-to guides. Also includes a glossary and a collection of charts, tables, and shortcut strategies. 1994.

Measure for Measure: A Musical History of Science BR 10193
by Thomas Levenson
3 volumes
Account of how scientific thinking has been closely connected to music since the time of the ancient Greek Pythagoras, who discovered a relationship between mathematics, numbers, and sound. Levenson explores the parallel development of certain scientific and musical instruments. 1994.

Being Digital BR 10195
by Nicholas Negroponte
2 volumes
Negroponte explains the digital revolution by combining his knowledge of information technology, a style of writing that has made his column in Wired one of the magazine's most popular features, and his ability to envision possibilities for a future considerably changed by computers. 1995.

Susan B. Anthony Slept Here: A Guide to American Women's Landmarks BR 10286
by Lynn Sherr and Jurate Kazickas
9 volumes
Lists two thousand sites that reveal the broad range of contributions made by American women. Arranged by state and city, the citations include a brief history of each woman, place, or achievement. Molly Pitcher fought with bravery in New Jersey. Julia Morgan designed the Hearst Castle. The "Hawaiian riding dress" freed women from riding only sidesaddle. 1976.

What to Expect When You're Expecting BR 10288
by Arlene and others Eisenberg
7 volumes
In this expanded edition the authors detail the physical and emotional symptoms and medical tests and procedures pregnant women (including those with chronic conditions) are likely to experience before, during, and after pregnancy. The importance of avoiding harmful ingested or environmental substances is stressed and a Best-Odds Diet emphasizes the nutrients necessary for fetal health. Bestseller 1991.

The Aeneid BR 10294
by Virgil
5 volumes
Roman epic based on the legend of Aeneas, the Trojan prince whose descendants were supposed to have founded Rome. Traces the ancestry of Julius Caesar to the gods, and makes the greatness of Rome the subject of divine intervention and prophecy. 1992.

Employee Benefits: Plain and Simple; the Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Your Benefits Plan BR 10296
by James M. Jenks and Brian L.P. Zevnik
3 volumes
The authors' suggestions for managing your employee benefits are to gain a foundation of knowledge on the subject, become familiar with every detail of your current employer's plans, sort through the options, and seize the opportunities that make sense to you. They discuss family benefits, retirement pensions, health benefits, legal rights, and more. 1993.

Seven Plays BR 10301
by Sam Shepard
3 volumes
Contains Shepard's 1979 Pulitzer Prize winner Buried Child; his first full-length play, La Turista; the rock drama The Tooth of Crime; True West; Curse of the Starving Class; and two plays Shepard wrote with Joseph Chaikin, Tongues and Savage/Love. The American playwright focuses on familiar aspects of modern everyday life, sometimes redefining theatrical elements or adding musical accompaniment. Strong language. 1981.

Never Throw Out a Banana Again: And 364 Other Ways to Save Money at Home without Knocking Yourself Out BR 10313
by Darcie Sanders and Martha M. Bullen
2 volumes
Simple, sensible ways to trim dollars off your family budget by saving pennies. Suggestions cover the kitchen, family room, nursery, closets, backyard, garage, stores, and bank. Some hints: don't take the kids grocery shopping, keep a sponge in the fruit and vegetable drawer to absorb moisture, and use the library. 1995.

Ken Hom's Chinese Kitchen: With a Consumer's Guide to Essential Ingredients BR 10317
by Ken Hom
3 volumes
Recipes for soups, fish and shellfish, poultry, meats, eggs, vegetables, and rice and noodles, with a guide to ingredients used in Chinese and other Asian cooking. The listing for each ingredient includes a description and shopping and storage hints. 1994.

Say Yes to Tomorrow BR 10323
by Dale Evans Rogers and Floyd W. Thatcher
1 volume
The author says that sometimes in today's world it is hard to say "yes" to God when so many bad things are happening. Rogers uses personal anecdotes and biblical tales to show how to look past the bad and to recognize the good that God gives every day in his gifts of joy, laughter, prayer, friendship, risk and difficulty, faith, hope, and love. 1993.

The Last Three Minutes: Conjectures about the Ultimate Fate of the Universe BR 10325
by Paul Davies
2 volumes
A physicist takes a light-hearted, yet grim, look at doomsday. As Davies speculates about the ultimate destiny of the universe, he conjures up various scenarios concerning nuclear consumption, the big-bang theory, cosmic catastrophe, and, of course, the fate of human beings. 1994.

Equal Partners: A Physician's Call for a New Spirit of Medicine BR 10336
by Jody Heymann
2 volumes
A week after she graduated from Harvard Medical School, the author bled into her brain and had a seizure. She describes the following year and a half during which she was both a doctor and a patient. Her experience led to her belief that doctors are ignorant of too many aspects of illness and patients' lives to work alone. They need their patients as equal partners. 1995.

Bulfinch's Mythology: The Age of Fable BR 10347
by Thomas Bulfinch
4 volumes
A reprinting of the 1855 classic with a foreword by professor Norma Lorre Goodrich. Harvard-educated Bulfinch, a successful businessman, set out to counter common ignorance of mythology by presenting the stories as a "source of amusement." He details Greek and Roman legends from Prometheus to Aeneas and touches on the stories of Thor, the Druids, and others. 1995.

Making Hay BR 10372
edited by Kenneth Jernigan
1 volume
In the title essay in this Kernel Book collection, National Federation of the Blind spokesperson Kenneth Jernigan tells of wanting to make hay during the summer as a young man. When he was turned down, Jernigan made and sold tables at a much higher rate of pay, proving there are many ways to "make hay." Other essays show that when blind people are given the right opportunities, blindness is reduced to the level of a physical nuisance. 1993.

The Chicken Soup Book: Old and New Recipes from around the World BR 10414
by Janet Hazen
1 volume
A bowl of steaming hot chicken soup has been used as a cure for the common cold as well as an antidote for depression, bad report cards, political unrest, and upset stomachs. Hazen provides guidelines for selecting, storing, and cooking chicken and for preparing both heavy and light stocks. Her recipes, which highlight the use of unique spices and herbs, include instructions for making "Jewish penicillin." 1994.

Who Are the Blind Who Lead the Blind BR 10426
by National Federation of the Blind
1 volume
The National Federation of the Blind is a "civil rights movement" that has grown since it was established in 1940. Biographical sketches of some of its current leaders are provided to illustrate their "qualifications to understand and solve the problems of blindness." 1995.

Never Alone: A Personal Way to God BR 10431
by Joseph F. Girzone
1 volume
Retired Catholic priest and author of the Joshua series, Girzone stresses understanding what Jesus believed and emulating how he lived. He portrays Jesus as a happy person, free from the grip of material things, unhealthy attachments to people, obsessive hang-ups, or neurotic needs. To cultivate a relationship with Jesus, Girzone prescribes a "detached kind of prayer" rather than a demand for immediate response. 1994.

China Today: How Population Control, Human Rights, Government Repression, Hong Kong, and Democratic Reform Affect Life in China and Will Shape World Events into the New Century BR 10433
by Donald and Constance Shanor
3 volumes
The journalism professor and his wife, who lived in China in the 1984-1985 academic year and visited in 1987 and 1993, offer a general report of historical and 1980s events. They rely on academic and official sources and express optimism about China. 1995.

Democracy on Trial BR 10435
by Jean Bethke Elshtain
2 volumes
Essays first presented as part of the 1993 Massey Lectures by the University of Chicago ethics professor. A scholarly analysis of the 1990s threats to the U.S. democratic system and suggestions for preserving it. Elshtain calls for an end to divisiveness and win-lose politics. She advocates thoughtful disagreement and cooperative engagement. 1995.

The World under My Fingers: Personal Reflections on Braille BR 10436
edited by Barbara Pierce
1 volume
Aimed at convincing parents of children with low vision to expose them to braille. Firsthand accounts of people who have either depended on braille all of their lives or who were denied braille instruction and "have paid the price of that neglect for years." A contributor explains that reading print is like listening to a distant radio station with static, while reading braille is like sitting in a symphony hall. 1995.

Stick a Geranium in Your Hat and Be Happy! BR 10464
by Barbara Johnson
1 volume
Collection of five short essays regarding a person's relationship with God. Within each essay are sayings upon which the article hinges. Johnson's adages include "Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face" and "If there is no control, there is no responsibility." 1993.

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