Braille Book Review

July-August 1998
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."

Hollywood Wives BR 11051
by Jackie Collins
5 volumes
Can Buddy Hudson hide his lurid past and go on to be the next Marlon Brando? Will voluptuous Gina Germaine satisfy her ravenous sexual appetite and land her first serious movie role? Does Elaine Conti ever win back husband Ross? The answers capture the essence of life lived on the fastest track of all. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1983.

The Rise of Silas Lapham BR 11064
by William Dean Howells
4 volumes
First published in 1885. A wealthy, self-made businessman attempts to win acceptance for his family in high society of nineteenth-century Boston. 1996.

Diary of a Madman and Other Stories BR 11088
by Nikolai Gogol
2 volumes
These stories, by the father of Russian realism, are set both in his native Ukraine and in St. Petersburg, the city that was to have an obsessive effect on him. Critics have acclaimed the early nineteenth-century writer for his uncanny understanding of the development of mental illness. 1972.

The Venus Deal BR 11089
by Ken Kuhlken
3 volumes
In this prequel to The Loud Adios (BR 9977), it's 1942 and private eye Tom Hickey is part owner of a supper club. When crowd-pleasing seventeen-year-old singer Cynthia Moon doesn't return from her vacation, Hickey, using clues from her startling diary, sets out to bring her back. Some strong language and some violence. 1993.

The Wayward Bus BR 11090
by John Steinbeck
2 volumes
A group of travelers interrelate when they are stranded overnight at a roadside gas station and lunchroom in California. Some strong language. 1947.

Noctuary BR 11091
by Thomas Ligotti
2 volumes
A discussion of the genre of weird fiction, followed by twenty-seven short weird tales, presented in three sections. "The Medusa" probes the power of classical myth in modern life, "Conversations in a Dead Language" explores the tradition of trick or treating at Halloween, and "Autumnal" examines death. 1994.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories BR 11092
by Robert Louis Stevenson
2 volumes
In the title story, a short psychological novel of the war between good and evil within the human personality, a kindly physician commits diabolical crimes when his suppressed personality is released. "The Body-Snatcher" and "A Lodging for the Night" pursue moral issues, "Markheim" and "Thrawn Janet" are stories about the supernatural, and "The Misadventures of John Nicholson" is a Gothic tale. 1885.

3001: The Final Odyssey BR 11095
by Arthur C. Clarke
2 volumes
After being killed and abandoned in space, twenty-first-century astronaut Frank Poole is revived a thousand years in the future. He finds that humanity has spread throughout the solar system and lives in a state of near utopia. But all is not well in the third millenium. The mysterious black monoliths are still present and may now pose a threat. Sequel to 2061: Odyssey Three (BR 7226). 1997.

The Aspern Papers and Other Stories BR 11097
by Henry James
3 volumes
First published in 1888, "The Aspern Papers" is set in a crumbling Venetian palazzo, where a determined scholar tries to charm its inhabitants--the Misses Bordereau--out of a collection of letters by the American poet Aspern. Three short stories first published in the 1890s complete the collection. 1983.

Washington Square BR 11098
by Henry James
2 volumes
Classic American novel written in 1881. Shy, plain Catherine is courted by a dashing Morris Townsend. When he learns that Catherine's wealthy, sardonic father will disinherit her if she marries him, Townsend deserts the heartbroken young woman. 1982.

PartnerShip BR 11172
by Anne McCaffrey and Margaret Ball
3 volumes
As a brand-new member of the elite Central Worlds' Courier Service, shellperson Nancia, half human and half spaceship, undertakes her first mission, carrying a group of young aristocrats across the galaxy. She faces a dilemma when her passengers hatch a conspiracy to acquire power and wealth. Sequel to The Ship Who Sang (BR 11171). Strong language. 1992.

The Ship Who Searched BR 11173
by Anne McCaffrey and Mercedes Lackey
2 volumes
A mysterious disease leaves seven-year-old Tia completely paralyzed. With no possibility of a normal life, she becomes a shellperson, the human brain of an interstellar spaceship. On her odyssey across the galaxy, she learns about extinct civilizations, seeks a cure for the disease that afflicted her, and eventually falls in love. Sequel to PartnerShip (BR 11172). 1992.

The Ship Who Won BR 11174
by Anne McCaffrey and Jody Lynn Nye
3 volumes
Searching the galaxy for alien life, Carialle, whose brain controls spaceship SSS-900, and Keff, her human partner, discover a strange planet ruled by a race of magical wizards. The arrogant wizards are hard enough to deal with, but Carialle and Keff discover even more mysterious things about the new world. Sequel to The City Who Fought (BR 9865). 1994.

Great Expectations BR 11178
by Charles Dickens
5 volumes
Pip, a poor orphan boy, is befriended by an unknown benefactor and goes to London to live the life of a gentleman. The sequence of events and his meetings with strange and colorful characters change him from a shallow youth to a mature man. Includes an introduction by G.K. Chesterton. 1860.

The Night Trilogy: Night, Dawn, The Accident BR 11185
by Elie Wiesel
2 volumes
"Night" is the story of a Jewish boy who is deported with his family and community from Hungary to the horrors of the infamous Auschwitz. In "Dawn," Elisha, the sole survivor of his family, becomes a Jewish terrorist in Palestine and is ordered to execute an Englishman. In "The Accident," a concentration camp survivor tries to rebuild his life in New York City. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 1972.

The Dolphins of Pern BR 11186
by Anne McCaffrey
3 volumes
As the struggle against the deadly Thread spores continues in the Dragonriders of Pern series, humans rediscover the planet's long-forgotten dolphins. Rebuilding the connection between land and sea rekindles the old dream of an ideal Pern. Sequel to The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall (BR 11188). 1994.

Dragonseye BR 11187
by Anne McCaffrey
3 volumes
It's been over two hundred years since the deadly silver strands called Thread fell from the skies of Pern. Now a new generation of Dragonriders unite in their efforts to prepare for the next cycle of Threadfall. But one of the Lord Holders refuses to cooperate and jeopardizes the safety of all. Sequel to The Dolphins of Pern (BR 11186). 1997.

The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall BR 11188
by Anne McCaffrey
2 volumes
Five stories about the early adventures of humans on the dragon planet, Pern. Includes stories on the discovery of Pern by humans, the human liaison with the indigenous flying dragons, the first battle with the deadly Threadfall, and the final isolation of the planet from the rest of humanity. Sequel to All the Weyrs of Pern (BR 8699). 1993.

The Price of Land in Shelby BR 11192
by Laurie Alberts
3 volumes
The Chartrain family of Shelby, Vermont, live on crazy hope. Over a thirty-year span, each of the five siblings born to Lowell and Anne Chartrain grow, change, and survive into adulthood, although often at great emotional cost. Strong language, violence, and explicit descriptions of sex. 1996.

White Nights, Red Morning: The Russians, Volume 6 BR 11194
by Judith Pella
4 volumes
As 1905 draws to an end in St. Petersburg, Anna Fedorcenko faces more tragedy. Still overwhelmed by her husband's death, Anna must deal with paralyzing strikes and the desire of her youngest son to avenge his father's death by becoming a revolutionary. Sequel to The Dawning of Deliverance (BR 10264). 1996.

The Blithedale Romance BR 11196
by Nathaniel Hawthorne
5 volumes
Hawthorne's novel is based on his experiences living on Brook Farm, the experimental transcendentalist community in Massachusetts. The novel tells of Zenobia's love for Hollingsworth, an egotistic reformer who does not return her affection. First published in 1852. 1996.

Podkayne of Mars BR 11197
by Robert A. Heinlein
2 volumes
Indomitable young Podkayne (Poddy) Fries jumps at the chance to accompany her uncle Tom on a mission to Earth. The only drawback is that she'll have her loathsome little brother along for the trip. But even greater dangers face the niece of a diplomat from Mars who has powerful enemies. For junior and senior high and older readers. 1963.

Erewhon BR 11198
by Samuel Butler
2 volumes
An English traveler discovers the remote land of Erewhon inhabited by irrational people with exasperating ideas. A satirical novel aimed at lampooning nineteenth-century English society, customs, and manners. First published in 1872. 1970.

Across the River and into the Trees BR 11204
by Ernest Hemingway
2 volumes
In Hemingway's final novel, which is set in Venice near the end of the second World War, an aging and battle-scarred American colonel finds a renewed enthusiasm for life when he falls in love with a young Italian countess. Some strong language. 1950.

Mary Wolf BR 11206
by Cynthia D. Grant
2 volumes
When Mary Wolf's father loses his upscale position, he takes his family on the road in an RV for an extended vacation. Mary, sixteen, soon realizes they are actually homeless and broke, her pregnant mother shoplifts, and her angry father can't hold down even the most menial job. Some strong language and some violence. For senior high and older readers. 1995.

Milton in America BR 11207
by Peter Ackroyd
2 volumes
"What if the outspoken seventeenth-century English poet John Milton had fled England in 1660 to avoid arrest and emigrated to Puritan America?" supposes Ackroyd. In his scenario, the aging and blind agitator establishes a settlement named New Milton, where he rules with an iron hand and wages war on a neighboring colony of Roman Catholics. 1996.

The Sorrows of Young Werther and Novella BR 11208
by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
2 volumes
The eighteenth-century German romantic story of a young man who, while playing with the pistols of a friend, becomes distracted by his own unhappiness and passion for a married lady and idly decides to press the muzzle to his forehead. Originally published in 1774. Also includes the short story, "Novella." 1971.

The Bar Sinister BR 11209
by Sheila Simonson
2 volumes
Emily Foster is a widow who wants a companion for her four-year-old son, Matt. Captain Richard Falk needs someone to care for his two children, both under three, while he is away from home. It seems the perfect solution for Emily. However, Richard's life is in danger, and that affects not only his children, but also Emily and her son. 1986.

A Time for Silence BR 11210
by Philippa Carr
3 volumes
Britishers Lucinda and Annabelinda, who have been friends since childhood, are delighted when they both have the chance to attend an exclusive finishing school in Belgium. But an indiscretion on the part of Annabelinda and the beginning of World War I send both girls fleeing back to England and an uncertain future. 1991.

Second Skin BR 11211
by Eric Lustbader
5 volumes
In this sequel to Floating City (BR 9818), Mafia boss Mick Leonforte schemes to take over the Japanese underworld from an old friend of Nicholas Linnear. Linnear's own livelihood and personal safety are also threatened as he moves to thwart the mob. Strong language, violence, and descriptions of sex. 1995.

The Europeans BR 11214
by Henry James
2 volumes
A fortune-hunting European countess and her charming brother come to visit their straight-laced cousins near Boston. Their rich and imaginative, but immoral, way of living is contrasted with the dull, but upright, American way. 1878.

The Year of the Frog BR 11216
by Martin M. Simecka
3 volumes
Milan is a young Czechoslovakian intellectual who is prevented from attending college by communist authorities because of his father's dissident activities. Forced to work, he takes a series of menial jobs and turns to his two great passions: long-distance running and his soon-to-be wife, Tania. 1992 winner of the Pegasus Prize for Literature. 1993.

Murder at the National Gallery BR 11218
by Margaret Truman
3 volumes
Luther Mason, curator at the National Gallery for more than twenty years, is finally getting the Caravaggio exhibit he has dreamed of. But Luther also has other visions--he plans to keep one of the original paintings and substitute a forgery. Some violence. Bestseller 1996.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame BR 11219
by Victor Hugo
5 volumes
This historical romance, set in 1482, concerns Quasimodo, the hunchback bell-ringer of the Paris cathedral of Notre Dame, and his love for the gypsy girl, Esmerelda. 1831.

A Stone for Danny Fisher BR 11220
by Harold Robbins
4 volumes
Chronicles the life of Danny Fisher from his eighth birthday through his Bar Mitzvah, his marriage, his loss of a child, and his attempts to survive the cutthroat underworld of New York City in the 1930s and 1940s while holding on to his dream of a happy, peaceful home and family. Some strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 1951.

In Our Time BR 11224
by Ernest Hemingway
1 volume
Collection of Hemingway's earliest stories including parts one and two of "Big Two-Hearted River" and "The Doctor and the Doctor's Wife." Some strong language. 1925.

Drums of Change: The Story of Running Fawn BR 11231
by Janette Oke
2 volumes
In 1874, Martin Forbes, a young missionary, arrives in Alberta, Canada, to establish a school and bring Christianity to the Blackfoot Indians. Two star pupils, Running Fawn and Silver Fox--the chief's son--are then sent to school in Calgary, where Silver Fox is able to accept Christianity, but Running Fox returns home to her family and beliefs--at least for a while. 1996.

Range of Motion BR 11234
by Elizabeth Berg
2 volumes
After her beloved husband is hit by a piece of ice that falls from a rooftop, Lainey must learn to cope with the uncertainty of his comatose state. Helping her is her neighbor, who is going through a crisis of her own, and the spirit of the woman who lived in Lainey's house in the 1940s. 1995.

Red Sky at Night BR 11235
by James W. Hall
3 volumes
As private detective Thorn is investigating the mysterious slaughter of eleven captive dolphins, he is assaulted and left paralyzed from the waist down. Though beset with pain and anguish, Thorn must match wits with a doctor who is driven by a diabolical obsession. Strong language, violence, and descriptions of sex. 1997.

The Rebounder BR 11240
by Thomas J. Dygard
1 volume
Hamilton High's basketball coach, Doug Fulton, fantasizes each year that a superb player will transfer to his school. This year he thinks his dream has come true when he spots tall, athletic Chris Patton. But Chris denies being a basketball player until Coach Fulton learns the disturbing truth from Chris's former school. For junior and senior high readers. 1994.

Once upon a Rose BR 11255
by Judith O'Brien
3 volumes
Young country-music writer and singer Deanie Bailey has come to England to record a music video at Hampton Court Palace. When taping is over for the day, she decides to investigate the maze. Shortly after entering, Deanie is transported back to 1540 and is rescued by Kit Neville, Duke of Hamilton, who also seems to be from another time. 1996.

That Summer BR 11256
by Sarah Dessen
2 volumes
The summer she is fifteen, Haven must endure the weddings of both her father and her sister, her mother's new lifestyle, her growth spurt to almost six feet, and her best friend's turning into a boy-crazy stranger. Missing her old life, Haven is relieved to meet a boy her sister dated during happier times. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 1996.

Silas Marner BR 11257
by George Eliot
1 volume
A simplified retelling by Clare West of Eliot's 1861 novel. When an embittered weaver is robbed of his gold, he finds by chance a yellow-haired child who delights him and becomes his treasure. Also intertwined is the story of the local squire and his two sons. 1994.

Now or Never BR 11258
by Elizabeth Adler
3 volumes
A serial killer carefully stalks and murders young women. When Boston police detective Harry Jordan finally gets a partial description, he desperately turns to a national television figure for help. Mallory Malone's show has been the downfall for many criminals, but oddly, Malone refuses to profile Jordan's case. Strong language, violence, and explicit descriptions of sex. 1997.

The Persian Pickle Club BR 11261
by Sandra Dallas
2 volumes
As the crops wither without rain, members of the Persian Pickle Club keep up their spirits by swapping gossip and fabric scraps while quilting. The bonds among the "stitch and itch" ladies are tested when a newcomer investigates a murder in the small Kansas town of the 1930s. 1995.

A Lost Lady BR 11262
by Willa Cather
1 volume
A portrayal of the moral disintegration of a lovable woman as seen through the eyes of a boy. Some strong language. 1923.

Past Forgiving BR 11266
by Gloria D. Miklowitz
1 volume
Fifteen-year-old Alexandra can't believe popular senior Cliff is her boyfriend. When they both get summer jobs at the Y, Alexandra is surprised by Cliff's temper and jealousy, but she refuses to believe her friends' warnings about him. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 1995.

Catch Your Breath BR 11268
by Jessica Auerbach
3 volumes
Recently separated from her policeman husband, Rosie Sloan panics when their two-year-old son, Jason, begins having trouble breathing. Because her first child died of SIDS and her father was a doctor, Rosie is very careful to follow Jason's doctor's advice to the letter. So why has someone reported her as an unfit mother? Some strong language. 1996.

Masquerade BR 11270
by B.J. Hoff
2 volumes
Danni St. John has returned to her hometown of Red Oak, Alabama, to work as the editor of the newspaper being published by the Colony, a cult that has established a compound just outside of town. She soon finds herself involved in a series of terrifying events, which she investigates with the aid of Sheriff Logan McGarey, with whom she is falling in love. 1996.

The Garden of Eden BR 11272
by Ernest Hemingway
2 volumes
Salvaged from three manuscript versions, this early novel is set in the 1920s in France and Spain. Young and successful writer David Bourne is honeymooning with his wife, Catherine. She has her hair cropped as short as a boy's and tells David of her yearning to play sex-role games. David temporarily acquiesces, but trouble begins to brew. Some strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1986. 1961.

The Dancing Floor BR 11274
by Barbara Michaels
3 volumes
Heather Tradescant has come to England to visit some of its famous gardens. One of her greatest hopes is to see the ones at Troytan House. When she is denied permission, Heather attempts to get a glimpse of the fabled landscape by crawling through a wall of thick brush. What awaits her is not what she expects. 1997.

Sacrifice BR 11300
by Mitchell Smith
3 volumes
After seven years in a Kansas prison, Tyler Pierce has just pulled off the bank heist of his career when he learns that his park-ranger daughter has been killed in Florida. Tyler uses his windfall from the robbery to fund his search for her murderer, a serial killer whose victims are women in uniform. Strong language, violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1997.

The Oxford Book of Hebrew Short Stories BR 11303
by Glenda Abramson
4 volumes
These thirty-two stories, each by a different writer, offer an introduction to the development of Hebrew-language fiction in the late nineteenth century and its evolution in Israel. Arranged in rough chronological order, they explore a broad range of social, political, cultural, and family issues. Each selection is preceded by a brief biography of its author. 1996.

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