Braille Book Review

July-August 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."

Henry V BR 9388
by William Shakespeare
5 volumes
Historical drama. The newly ascended king of England first deals with three suspected traitors. Then, on a pretext, Henry invades France to claim the throne. After his victory in the battle of Agincourt, there is a huge celebration, and Henry turns his attention to his courtship of Catherine of France, as two knaves and a braggart provide comic relief. 1982.

Contemporary's GED: Newly Revised BR 10053
edited by Patricia Mulcrone
17 volumes
Preparation for the high school equivalency examination, which is available in print, in braille, and in audio recording. Exam subjects include writing skills, social studies, science, literature and the arts, and mathematics. Pre-tests are provided to determine problem areas, and exercises and lessons are included for each subject. Post-tests chart progress in each area. 1994.

What to Eat When You're Expecting BR 10401
by Arlene Eisenberg and others
4 volumes
The authors expand their nutrition chapter from What to Expect When You're Expecting (BR 10288). They provide detailed instructions on formulating proper eating habits before, during, and after pregnancy. They include tips on setting up the kitchen, "best-odds" recipes, a quiz to evaluate your current diet, and nutritional information on food additives and junk food. 1986.

The Periodic Kingdom: A Journey into the Land of the Chemical Elements BR 10490
by P.W. Atkins
2 volumes
University of Oxford chemistry lecturer views the periodic table as a kingdom whose entities are "finely balanced living personalities with quirks of character." He gives a tour of the landscape, which includes deserts of metals and two lakes of mercury and bromine, and discusses the governing rules and laws and other aspects of the kingdom. 1995.

Power Interviews: Job-Winning Tactics from Fortune 500 Recruiters BR 10503
by Neil Yeager and Lee Hough
2 volumes
Gives tips on fine-tuning a personal presentation, researching the interviewer, and identifying and controlling personal stressors. Also explains major business trends of the 1990s, describes seven key evaluation factors interviewers use, and gives answers to fifty of the most commonly asked questions. Includes practice activities. 1990.

The Frugal Gourmet Celebrates Christmas BR 10534
by Jeff Smith
2 volumes
More than just a cookbook, this collection offers a celebration of Christmas--and for good measure Smith adds stories and recipes for Chanukah and dishes for some European Christmas Eve feasts. As he tells the Christmas story, Smith describes foods appropriate for members of the manger scene: green olive soup for the shepherd boy, lamb meatballs for the three wise men, and honey cake for the angels. Holiday recipes follow. 1991.

Epitaph for a Peach: Four Seasons on My Family Farm BR 10551
by David Mas Masumoto
2 volumes
A third-generation Japanese American peach and grape farmer in California has an orchard of Sun Crest peaches that he considers to be "the last remaining truly juicy peaches." Fragile and light in color, the peaches are not selling well. Masumoto details the year in which he gives his favorite crop another chance using organic farming methods. 1995.

Say It Loud! The Story of Rap Music BR 10564
by K. Maurice Jones
1 volume
History of the popular American music form. Jones traces rap music's roots to the West African griot tradition, the charismatic sermons of African American preachers, and the "jive talking" of jazz musicians, comedians, and poets. Includes profiles of rap artists such as Run-D.M.C., Queen Latifah, and Ice-T. For junior and senior high readers. 1994.

Foster Care BR 10582
by Nancy Millichap Davies
1 volume
Description of the foster care system includes history, governing laws, controversies, and alternatives. Also covers reasons children are placed in foster care, what it is like for them, and the roles of the case workers and the foster parents. For junior and senior high and older readers. 1994.

Her Father: A Memoir BR 10602
by Bill Henderson
2 volumes
Henderson, editor of the Pushcart Prize series and owner of Pushcart Press, tells of promising his dying mother he would marry and have a baby. That promise was not easy to keep--the future mother of his child was over forty with only one ovary, and his relationship with her was shaky at best. He describes how his playboy drinking ways were replaced by a family lifestyle with the birth of his daughter, Holly. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 1995.

Writing and Life BR 10609
by Michael Lydon
1 volume
A founding editor of Rolling Stone magazine explores the art of writing and realism. He uses excerpts from great literature to illustrate how "writing captures life and, like a net thrown 'round a wild beast, writhes and snaps with the unsubdued energy of all it traps." Includes chapters titled "Writing and Thought" and "Writing and the Self." Also has a bibliography. 1990.

Parallel Journeys BR 10614
by Eleanor H. Ayer
2 volumes
Presents the lives of two young adults in Europe during World War II. Helen, a young Jewish woman, flees to escape the worsening treatment of Jews but is caught in the net. Alfons, an enthusiastic German teenager, is swept up in the Hitler Youth movement. This book includes excerpts from both of their autobiographies and tells of their joint work to educate future generations about the dangers of hatred. For junior and senior high readers. 1995.

The Primary Colors: Three Essays BR 10641
by Alexander Theroux
2 volumes
Celebrations of the three primary colors: red, yellow, and blue. Each essay combines anecdotes, observations, literary references, and everyday associations. "Blue is a mysterious color, hue of illness and nobility, the rarest color in nature." Yellow has a thousand meanings from cowardice to third prize to Easter, and is enigmatic. Red is Christmas, cheap whiskey, a child's ball, chorizo. 1994.

Rights and Respect: What You Need to Know about Gender Bias and Sexual Harassment BR 10656
by Kathlyn Gay
1 volume
Real-life anecdotes and court cases are used to define the differences between gender bias, "sexual hasslement," and illegal sexual harassment. Gay identifies specific procedures--as well as programs and legislation--for preventing gender discrimination and harassing behavior. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. For junior and senior high and older readers. 1995.

Remote BR 10661
by David Shields
2 volumes
Part cultural critique, part self-portrait, this book is divided into fifty-two short pieces. Though diverse in subject matter, the work is unified by one overarching theme: documenting the role of "remoteness" in Shields's own life. Shields's "evidence" includes personal vignettes as well as observations of modern American popular culture and its accompanying obsession with fame and celebrity. Some strong language. 1996.

We Are Witnesses: Five Diaries of Teenagers Who Died in the Holocaust BR 10662
by Jacob Boas
2 volumes
A collection of diary excerpts from five Jewish teenagers--David Rubinowicz, Yitzhak Rudashevski, Moshe Flinker, Éva Heyman, and Anne Frank--who lived in Nazi-occupied Lithuania, Hungary, Belgium, and Holland between 1940 and 1944. Boas, a Holocaust survivor, provides biographical information and compares individual experiences. For junior and senior high and older readers. 1995.

Privileged Hands: A Scientific Life BR 10669
by Geerat Vermeij
3 volumes
An esteemed evolutionary biologist and paleontologist, who has been blind since the age of four, describes his childhood and his career. Born in the Netherlands, Vermeij faced learning both a new language and contracted braille when he began third grade in the United States. But he brought with him a love of seashells, which became his life's work. 1997.

Beginnings and Blueprints BR 10711
edited by Kenneth Jernigan
1 volume
Nine accounts that give insight into how blind persons handle everyday situations. Jernigan explains how he reads blueprints, Marc Maurer tells of building a new porch roof with his two sighted children, and David Walker explains how he fishes alone. 1996.

James Herriot's Favorite Dog Stories BR 10712
by James Herriot
1 volume
Herriot has collected ten of his favorite stories from his previous books about his years as a veterinarian in Yorkshire. Includes stories about Tricki Woo, Jock, and Roy as well as the dogs' owners. Bestseller 1995.

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