Braille Book Review

July-August 1997
Books for Adults--Fiction

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.

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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."

Jane Eyre BR 10514
by Charlotte Brontë
4 volumes (Reissue)
First published in 1847, this English novel is about a plain and intelligent woman who becomes the governess for an estate, is caught up in the mysteries of the manor, and falls in love with the master of the house. 1993.

The Runaway Jury BR 10516
by John Grisham
4 volumes
Using jury consultants with elaborate and illegal research techniques, the tobacco companies have managed to win each lawsuit brought against them. Now, in Mississippi, a man has purposely placed himself on the jury of the latest tobacco trial. Strong language. Bestseller 1996.

The Island Harp BR 10520
by Jeanne Williams
3 volumes
On a Scottish island in 1844, Mairi's home is torched, and the handsome Iain MacDonald enters her life. An ancient harp, for which Mairi's grandfather sacrificed his life, becomes her symbol of strength as she leads her family to rebuild. Prequel to Daughter of the Storm (BR 10521). Explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 1991.

Daughter of the Storm BR 10521
by Jeanne Williams
3 volumes
Scottish Mairi Mór loses her baby after a skirmish with constables trying to evict Mairi's crofter clan. She agrees to take in orphaned Christy who, like Mairi, becomes a skilled harper, learns Gram's herbal cures, and dotes on Mairi's older son, David. Sad events send David away to the university to learn to defend his oppressed clan. As Christy awaits his return she gives her own kind of help. Sequel to The Island Harp (BR 10520). Some violence. 1994.

The Magic and the Healing BR 10524
by Nick O'Donohoe
3 volumes
B.J. Vaughan's dreams of becoming a veterinarian are shattered when she discovers she has Huntington's chorea. However, before she leaves school, B.J. travels to Crossroads, a world where imaginary creatures live and where a unicorn needs her help. Prequel to Under the Healing Sign (BR 10525). For senior high and older readers. 1994.

Under the Healing Sign BR 10525
by Nick O'Donohoe
3 volumes
In this sequel to The Magic and the Healing (BR 10524), B.J. Vaughn, a young veterinarian, practices her work in Crossroads, an alternate world inhabited by imaginary creatures. When evil Morgan obtains the secret map to Crossroads, B.J. must battle Morgan's army to save the land. For senior high and older readers. 1995.

The Fireman's Wife and Other Stories BR 10527
by Richard Bausch
2 volumes
Ten stories about relationships among husbands, wives, siblings, and parents. Includes tales of marriage, divorce, and death. In the title story, three firemen have been friends since childhood, and their wives forge a friendship against the backdrop of the hazards facing the men. In "Consolation" a widowed new mother tries to understand her in-laws' reticence toward her baby. 1990.

The Dragon, the Earl, and the Troll BR 10530
by Gordon R. Dickson
4 volumes
In this sequel to The Dragon at War (BR 9385), Jim Eckert, the Dragon Knight, learns that hostile trolls have infiltrated and besieged the castle during the Christmas feast. Aided by his wife, his wolf, and a master magician, Jim battles the Dark Powers to keep chance and history in balance. 1994.

Regeneration BR 10543
by Pat Barker
2 volumes
Based on the true story of two men who met during World War I--Dr. William Rivers, a psychiatrist, and Siegfried Sassoon, an officer and poet. In July 1917, Sassoon writes a letter protesting the war. Because of his position, he is sent to the Craiglockhart War Hospital instead of being court-martialed. There the relationship between him and Dr. Rivers helps him deal with his struggle between responsibility and conscience. 1991.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes BR 10562
by Arthur Conan Doyle
4 volumes
Collection of twelve stories that originally appeared in Strand magazine. In the first story, "A Scandal in Bohemia," Holmes finds himself defeated by "the woman"--Irene Adler. In "The Beryl Coronet," a bank officer is greatly distressed when stones go missing from the coronet given to him for safekeeping. Includes a chronology of Doyle's work and an introduction by editor Richard Lancelyn Green. 1993.

Old New York: Four Novellas BR 10570
by Edith Wharton
2 volumes
Originally published in 1924, these four stories offer a glimpse of New York life in the 1840s, 1850s, 1860s, and 1870s and cover topics dealing with infidelity, illegitimacy, the class system, and the treatment of women. "False Dawn," set in the 1840s, shows a father's contempt for a son who does not follow his instructions to the letter. "New Year's Day," set in the 1870s, reveals the motivation behind a woman's infidelity. 1924.

Spinsters BR 10571
by Pagan Kennedy
1 volume
In the 1960s, Fran and her older sister, Doris, are unmarried and in their thirties when their ailing, widowed father dies. Growing old with Doris sounds fine to staid Fran, and the sisters accept an invitation to move in with a spinster aunt. But Doris soon becomes restless and takes reluctant Fran on a long road trip. 1995.

Moon Dancer BR 10594
by Margaret I. Rostkowski
1 volume
Mira, fifteen, is on a camping trip with her sister Jenny, her cousin Emily, and Emily's friend Max. They are in the Utah canyons searching for historic drawings recorded in a long-ago journal by the subject of Emily's college paper, Katie Weston. By trip's end, Mira is seeing the place through the eyes of Katie and women before her and realizes that Max is attracted to her rather than beautiful Jenny. For junior and senior high readers. 1995.

Rhineland Inheritance: Rendezvous with Destiny, Book 1 BR 10595
by T. Davis Bunn
2 volumes
With just seven weeks of duty left, Captain Jake Burnes is given a new assignment. He and Frenchman Captain Pierre Servais are to monitor the border between Germany and France for suspected smuggling of Nazi goods. Jake puts many people's lives in danger as he seeks the truth. When he ends up in trouble himself, Jake finds a new faith in God. Prequel to Gibraltar Passage (BR 10596). 1993.

Gibraltar Passage: Rendezvous with Destiny, Book 2 BR 10596
by T. Davis Bunn
1 volume
In this sequel to Rhineland Inheritance (BR 10595), Major Pierre Servais and Lieutenant Colonel Jake Burnes learn that Pierre's twin brother, Patrique, may still be alive. Together they make the treacherous passage through Gibraltar. With help from Jasmyn, who Pierre believes once betrayed him, they begin the dangerous search for Patrique. As they persevere, Jake is able to share his faith with Pierre. 1994.

Sahara Crosswind: Rendezvous with Destiny, Book 3 BR 10597
by T. Davis Bunn
1 volume
Having outmaneuvered Sultan Musad al Rasuli, Colonel Jake Burnes and Major Pierre Servais successfully rescued Pierre's brother Patrique in Gibraltar Passage (BR 10596). But Patrique's life is still in danger. He has uncovered Nazi collaboration in the upper levels of the French government, and it is up to Jake and Pierre to see that Patrique makes a safe return to Paris--after they cross the Sahara desert. 1994.

Berlin Encounter: Rendezvous with Destiny, Book 4 BR 10598
by T. Davis Bunn
1 volume
The army isn't finished with Colonel Jake Burnes. Having seen French Resistance hero Patrique Servais return safely to Paris in Sahara Crosswind (BR 10597), Jake and his wife, Sally, are now in Germany. Jake is responsible for rescuing two rocket scientists from Stalin's regime. As he executes his plan, Sally learns his life is in mortal danger. But Jake's faith in God remains unshakable. 1995.

The Old Man and the Sea BR 10599
by Ernest Hemingway
1 volume (Reissue)
An old Cuban fisherman hooks a giant marlin after eighty-five days without a catch. He then fights a losing battle with sharks that seek to deprive him of his triumph. Pulitzer Prize winner. Bestseller 1952.

Oxford Exit BR 10605
by Veronica Stallwood
2 volumes
Novelist Kate Ivory is asked to help identify who is stealing books from the Oxford Bodleian Library and deleting their records from the computer database. Posing as a cataloger, Kate investigates the handful of people with the necessary computer access. She also looks for a link to the recent murder of a library trainee. Meanwhile, a friend of Kate's is getting odd essays from a student in the creative writing class she teaches. Some violence. 1994.

The Body Is Water BR 10607
by Julie Schumacher
2 volumes
Jane Haus quits another in a line of teaching jobs and arrives pregnant at her father's house in Sea Haven, New Jersey. As she waits for the birth of her child, Jane tries to figure out her own confusing childhood with a mother who has since died of cancer; a father who used to sit by her bed and tell her lies about the universe; and a brilliant sister, Beatrice, who has now arrived to help. Some strong language. 1995.

Silent Night BR 10612
by Mary Higgins Clark
1 volume
The Dornan family is in New York City on Christmas Eve because Tom Dornan has just had surgery for leukemia. When his wife drops her wallet, Cally Hunter, desperate for Christmas money, picks it up. Young Brian Dornan follows her, because inside the wallet is a recuperative St. Christopher medal for his dad. But Cally's brother, an escaped convict, is waiting in her apartment, and he has plans for the money and for Brian. Some strong language. 1995.

Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers BR 10613
by Lois-Ann Yamanaka
2 volumes
During the 1970s, Lovey Nariyoshi lives with her poor Japanese American family in Hilo, Hawaii, and wants very much to be white (haole). As her teacher berates her and her classmates for not being able to speak standard English, Lovey has humorous fantasies of having Farrah Fawcett hair, store-bought clothes, an American name, and a haole husband with hairy legs. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1996.

Kerrigan BR 10619
by James A. Ritchie
2 volumes
Cowboy Clay Kerrigan, now known as Brent Griffin, has been on the run for a year since Roland Thornton challenged Kerrigan to a gunfight and died. Thornton's father vowed to kill Kerrigan, and Kerrigan has since had to kill another Thornton son. When Kerrigan accepts a job on a Wyoming ranch and falls in love with the rancher's daughter, he knows she'll be in danger unless he can somehow end the feud. Violence. 1993.

The Shadow Brothers BR 10625
by A.E. Cannon
1 volume
Marcus admires his Navaho foster brother, Henry. Henry's widowed father sent him to live with Marcus's Mormon family in Utah when both boys were seven. Now sixteen and in high school, Henry stars in academics and sports. Although Henry is popular, Marcus knows that secretly Henry feels his brown face is a symbol of how complete the white man's victory was. And his growing discontent is causing tension between them. For junior and senior high readers. 1990.

Child of God BR 10633
by Cormac McCarthy
1 volume
Falsely accused of rape, Lester Ballard is driven out of his home and then allowed to roam free in the hills of Tennessee. He preys on the people in the area, collecting their bodies in a cave. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 1973.

Blood Meridian; or, The Evening Redness in the West BR 10635
by Cormac McCarthy
3 volumes
The child is pale and thin with only ragged clothes to wear, his father lies in drink, and his mother is dead. For the Kid, there is no reason to stay in Tennessee. And so at fourteen he runs away. The Kid relates his journey west and the skirmishes with Indians that took place along the Texas-Mexico border in the 1850s. Violence and strong language. 1985.

The Eye in the Door BR 10645
by Pat Barker
2 volumes
London, 1918. As Britain faces defeat by Germany, pacifists and homosexuals are scapegoated as potential traitors. It is unfortunate for Lieutenant Billy Prior, a bisexual who has a split personality, that when he is released from Craiglockhart War Hospital, he is assigned to British Intelligence. Once again he needs the help of Dr. Rivers. Sequel to Regeneration (BR 10543). Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1993.

The High Graders BR 10646
by Louis L'Amour
2 volumes
Gunslinger Mike Shevlin is hired by pretty Laine Tennison to keep the miners from stealing gold ore from her claim and to challenge the cattlemen who swear to close the dig because the range waters are being poisoned. Some strong language and some violence. 1965.

The High Graders BR 10647
by Louis L'Amour
2 volumes
Gunslinger Mike Shevlin is hired by pretty Laine Tennison to keep the miners from stealing gold ore from her claim and to challenge the cattlemen who swear to close the dig because the range waters are being poisoned. Grade 1 braille. Some strong language and some violence. 1965.

The Green Mile: Part 1, The Two Dead Girls BR 10648
by Stephen King
1 volume
In this first installment of a serial novel, death-row supervisor Paul Edgecombe thinks back to 1932 when John Coffey was brought in for the rape and murder of nine-year-old twin girls. Prequel to The Mouse on the Mile (BR 10649). Strong language and violence. Bestseller 1996.

The Green Mile: Part 2, The Mouse on the Mile BR 10649
by Stephen King
1 volume
In the second installment of a serial novel, elderly Paul Edgecombe continues his tale of death row in 1932. A mouse that has befriended a condemned man angers a hard-nosed guard, and a new inmate stirs up trouble from day one. Strong language and violence. Sequel to The Two Dead Girls (BR 10648). Bestseller 1996.

The Green Mile: Part 3, Coffey's Hands BR 10650
by Stephen King
1 volume
In the third installment of a serial novel, inmate John Coffey heals death row supervisor Paul Edgecombe's vicious urinary infection just by touching him. This and Coffey's gentle nature make Edgecombe question his guilt. Sequel to The Mouse on the Mile (BR 10649). Strong language and violence. Bestseller 1996.

The Green Mile: Part 4, The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix BR 10651
by Stephen King
1 volume
In the fourth installment of a serial novel, inmate John Coffey again proves his miraculous healing powers to death-row supervisor Paul Edgecombe, this time by coming to the rescue of Mr. Jingles, the mouse. Meanwhile, Edgecombe plots to get rid of a cruel guard. Sequel to Coffey's Hands (BR 10650). Strong language and violence. Bestseller 1996.

The Green Mile: Part 5, Night Journey BR 10652
by Stephen King
1 volume
In the fifth installment of a serial novel, death-row supervisor Paul Edgecombe sneaks inmate John Coffey out of prison to test his healing powers on the warden's ill wife. Sequel to The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix (BR 10651). Strong language and violence. Bestseller 1996.

Runs with Horses BR 10655
by Brian Burks
1 volume
Based on events beginning in 1886, when Geronimo, Chief Naiche, and a band of Chiricahua Apaches break out of the Arizona Fort Apache reservation and hide in the Sierra Madre mountains. There they train the young men to become warriors. In this fictionalized account, Runs with Horses is being trained by his father to become the best warrior of the group. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 1995.

Under the Feet of Jesus BR 10658
by Helena Maria Viramontes
1 volume
Thirteen-year-old Estrella and her mother, sisters, and brothers are migrant workers traveling from farm to farm with Perfecto, the mother's almost-husband. It is while they are picking peaches that Estrella meets Alejo and gives herself to him. But she will soon have to fight for Alejo's life when he is sickened by sprayed pesticides. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1995.

April and the Dragon Lady BR 10659
by Lensey Namioka
1 volume
When April Chen is a junior in a Seattle high school, she begins dating Steve even though she knows her grandmother won't approve of a white boyfriend. Grandma's Chinese ways are tiresome, especially when she dotes on April's brother and widowed father and expects April to serve them all. When April's father decides to remarry and April begins to make plans for college, Grandma plots to stop them. For junior and senior high readers. 1994.

"M" Is for Malice BR 10667
by Sue Grafton
3 volumes
In this sequel to "L" Is for Lawless (BR 10162), private detective Kinsey Millhone is hired to locate a missing person. Years ago, as a young drug and alcohol abuser, Guy Malek left home in disgrace. Now his father has died, and Guy's brothers are outraged to learn Guy is still in the will. Some strong language and some violence. Bestseller 1996.

Ghost of Chance BR 10674
by William S. Burroughs
1 volume
A cautionary fantasy tale about humankind, religion, and the environment. In the 1700s, Captain Mission founds a settlement on the coast of Madagascar. His strict laws to protect nature classify the killing of lemurs as a capital crime. But the destruction of a mysterious stone temple discovered by Mission wrecks the future of the gentle beasts and leaves a horrible legacy. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 1991.

The Yellow Admiral BR 10685
by Patrick O'Brian
2 volumes
This sequel to The Commodore (BR 10224) finds Jack Aubrey ashore in England. Beset by lawsuits, debts, and political disputes, he also faces forced retirement from the navy. Friend Stephen Maturin, surgeon, secures them both posts with the Chilean navy, just as Napoleon escapes from Elba--and Aubrey is urgently recalled to active service. Bestseller 1996.

The Green Mile: Part 6, Coffey on the Mile BR 10686
by Stephen King
1 volume
The final installment of a serial novel. At 104, former death-row supervisor Paul Edgecombe finishes telling the story of huge inmate John Coffey, little mouse Mr. Jingles, and the other characters introduced in the first five parts. Sequel to Night Journey (BR 10652). Violence and strong language. Bestseller 1996.


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