Braille Book Review---May-June 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."

The Life of Graham Greene, Volume 2: 1939-1955 BR 10240
by Norman Sherry
6 volumes
A detailed, documented account of the British writer's most creative years. Greene juggles relationships with his wife and mistresses, struggles with his religious beliefs, seeks out areas of political conflict, and works as a spy. Sherry points out how Greene's experiences are reflected in his novels and plays. Follows Graham Greene, Volume 1: 1904-1939 (BR 8344). Some violence. 1995.

Grains: Seventy-six Healthy Recipes for Barley, Corn, Rye, Wheat, and Other Grains BR 10395
by Joanne Lamb Hayes and Bonnie Tandy Leblang
1 volume
The authors explore using barley, corn, kamut, millet, oats, rye, spelt, teff, triticale, and wheat as well as nongrains amaranth, buckwheat, and quinoa and provide nutritional information, basic grain recipes, dishes for every meal, and mail-order sources for grains. Recipes include couscous salad, pilaf, and flat bread. 1995.

Chocolate and the Art of Low-Fat Desserts BR 10421
by Alice Medrich
3 volumes
After years of creating rich chocolate desserts, Medrich was asked to teach a class on dishes having less than 30 percent of calories from fat. She has compiled recipes of her successes, which include lemon mousse cake, chocolate biscotti, flan with brandied prunes, and fallen chocolate souffle torte. Includes a chapter on healthy dessert basics such as sauces, sponge cakes, and pastries. 1994.

The Place He Made BR 10466
by Edie Clark
2 volumes
As her marriage was ending, writer Edie Clark became attracted to the carpenter working with her husband. A quiet, gentle man who lived with his father, Paul Bolton had a reputation in the community as being odd. Edie describes their unusual courtship and the happy early days of their marriage. Then Paul is diagnosed with cancer, and the couple spends the next few years fighting the disease. Some strong language. 1995.

Giving Away Simone: A Memoir BR 10469
by Jan L. Waldron
2 volumes
When the author was seventeen, she gave up her biracial baby, Simone, for adoption. Eleven years later Waldron met Simone (now named Rebecca), and the mother and daughter began to forge a relationship. Waldron describes the factors in her own life that led to the adoption (she was essentially abandoned by her mother who was an adoptee herself) and the hurdles that she and Rebecca have had to overcome. 1995.

Spotted Dick, S'il Vous Plait: An English Restaurant in France BR 10470
by Tom Higgins
2 volumes
Tom Higgins, a translator, and his doctor wife, Sue, dream of owning an English restaurant in Lyon, an area noted for its fine French cuisine. Higgins describes the trials and tribulations of dealing with the French, who considered English fare a bad joke. The restaurant, which opened in 1986, proved a great success. Includes several recipes. 1995.

Living Fences: A Gardener's Guide to Hedges, Vines, and Espaliers BR 10477
by Ogden Tanner
2 volumes
Living fences can screen and camouflage and act as property-line boundaries or partitions. Discusses selected species for deciduous and evergreen hedges, annual and perennial vines, and fruit-bearing and ornamental espaliers. Provides tips on choosing, planting, training, and caring for living fences. 1995.

Knitting with Dog Hair: A Woof-to-Warp Guide to Making Hats, Sweaters, Mittens, and Much More BR 10480
by Kendall Crolius and Anne Black Montgomery
2 volumes
To the authors and experienced spinners, dog hair is "merely another nifty fiber to experiment with" when making yarn. They describe the yarn potential of different breeds and tell how to gather and card hair and spin it on a simple device. Includes knitting instructions for various garments and a directory of spinners who work with dog hair. 1994.

Far-Flung Hubbell BR 10481
by Sue Hubbell
2 volumes
Like a favorite guest at dinner, journalist Hubbell tells thirteen stories of her travels around America, flavoring them with humor and history. In focusing on the specific--whether it is a great pie, a magician convention, or the demise of dime stores--she reflects an America that is familiar and down-to-earth and has an interesting background. Many of the pieces were published in The New Yorker. 1995.

The American Bar Association Guide to Wills and Estates: Everything You Need to Know about Wills, Trusts, Estates, and Taxes BR 10482
by The American Bar Association
2 volumes
Explains that a person's estate consists of real estate, tangible personal property such as cars and furniture, and intangible property such as pensions, bank accounts, and insurance. Guidelines for estate planning include information on wills, trusts, and living wills and cover common estate-planning situations. 1995.

Portuguese Cooking: The Authentic and Robust Cuisine of Portugal; Journal and Cookbook BR 10485
by Carol Robertson
1 volume
The author and her husband fell under the spell of the quiet, beautiful Portuguese country and its friendly people almost at once. As they traveled throughout Portugal, they kept a diary of the places they visited and the meals they ate, along with many recipes. This collection offers a glimpse into the country and its people, and includes recipes for many of the meals the Robertsons enjoyed. 1993.

Moms Don't Get Sick BR 10488
by Pat and Ben Brack
1 volume
When Pat Brack is diagnosed with breast cancer, her youngest son, Ben, is ten years old. Mother and son alternately talk about their reactions to Pat's illness and treatment, and Ben's initial anger when the cancer recurs three years later. 1990.

Murder on the Highway: The Viola Liuzzo Story BR 10496
by Beatrice Siegel
1 volume
The author tells of Viola Liuzzo, a white mother of five from Detroit who felt compelled to join the 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. After marching with blacks to obtain their right to vote, Liuzzo gave a fellow marcher a ride home. Ku Klux Klan members shot and killed Liuzzo as she was driving, making her the first white woman killed in the movement. For senior high and older readers. 1993.

Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival BR 10504
by Velma Wallis
1 volume
Based on an Athabaskan Indian legend the author heard from her mother. Ch'idzigyaak, seventy-five, and Sa', eighty, are members of a migratory tribe. The winter has been harsh, and food has been scarce. So the tribe leader decides to abandon the two old women when it is time to move on--after all, they will soon die anyway. But the pair take courage and decide they will die trying to survive. 1993.

A Third Serving of Chicken Soup for the Soul: 101 More Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit BR 10515
by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen
3 volumes
The authors provide even more stories to "inspire and motivate you to love more unconditionally, live more passionately, and pursue your heartfelt dreams with more conviction." Topics include love, parenting, attitude, and wisdom. Sequel to A Second Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul (BR 10090). Bestseller 1996.

Old Dogs and New Tricks BR 10517
edited by Kenneth Jernigan
1 volume
Stating that "it is never too late to learn new techniques and new ways of thought," Jernigan presents examples of himself and other members of the National Federation of the Blind doing just that. A woman learns to knit, a couple adopts a daughter, and a new deacon serves communion. 1996.

Biography of the Blind: Including the Lives of All Who Have Distinguished Themselves as Poets, Philosophers, Artists, &c. &c. BR 10518
by James Wilson
3 volumes
Collected and edited by Kenneth Stuckey from the four original editions of 1821 through 1838. "Offers insights into the lives of blind people before the great emancipators of the blind," says Stuckey. Subjects include Homer, Milton, Handel, and many others. 1995.

Nature's Numbers: The Unreal Reality of Mathematical Imagination BR 10535
by Ian Stewart
2 volumes
Describes the beauty of mathematics and explains it as a formal system of thought for working with patterns. Using clear and accessible language and everyday experiences, Stewart writes for the lay person without oversimplifying. Regarding deduction of scientific theories he says, "Mathematics is to nature as Sherlock Holmes is to evidence." 1995.

Historic Speeches of African Americans BR 10539
edited by Warren J. Halliburton
2 volumes
Excerpts from noted speeches focus on slavery, emancipation and reconstruction, renewed racial strategies, the civil rights revolution, and assessment after the revolution. Speakers include Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, James Baldwin, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Shirley Chisholm, Angela Davis, and Jesse Jackson. For junior and senior high and older readers. 1993.

My Own Two Feet: A Memoir BR 10557
by Beverly Cleary
2 volumes
This sequel to A Girl from Yamhill (BR 9166) covers the children's author's life from the time she began college until shortly after her first book, Henry Huggins (BR 7178), was published. Although money was tight, Cleary went away to college in California where she met her future husband, Clarence, then to Washington where she learned to be a children's librarian. For junior and senior high and older readers. 1995.

My Dog Skip BR 10573
by Willie Morris
1 volume
The author tells how he grew up in a small southern town in the 1940s with a dog that could run football patterns and, it was believed, drive a car. The author demonstrates his evocative storytelling skills in this tribute to his dog, Skip. 1995

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