Braille Book Review

November-December 1998
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."

Fulbright: A Biography BR 11200
by Randall Bennett Woods
9 volumes
A portrait of the internationalist senator from Arkansas and staunch opponent of the Vietnam War. Traces his Arkansas roots, Oxford education, and distinguished academic and political careers. Follows his thirty years of service in the U.S. Senate, where he made a lasting imprint on cold war foreign policy. 1995.

Intimate Worlds: Life inside the Family BR 11236
by Maggie Scarf
5 volumes
Analyzes the family structure using the Beaver Family Systems model. The system classifies groups in levels from severely disturbed to optimally adjusted. Scarf interviewed four families to illustrate her theories. She also discusses bonding and relationship boundaries. 1995.

The Portable Emerson BR 11293
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
6 volumes
Selections from the works of essayist and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882). Includes his first published work, Nature, which contains the essence of his transcendentalist philosophy; his address to the Phi Beta Kappa society at Harvard, "The American Scholar"; and his controversial address to the graduating class of the Cambridge Divinity School in 1838. Also includes other essays and twenty-two poems. 1981.

The Modern Book of Stretching: Strength and Flexibility at Any Age BR 11297
by Anne Kent Rush
1 volume
A preventive healthcare expert presents a series of stretches that range from slow, easy movements to quicker, more demanding ones. Includes both solo and partner stretches and recommends movements to assist in various sports. 1997.

Mexico: Biography of Power, a History of Modern Mexico, 1810-1996 BR 11299
by Enrique Krauze
10 volumes
Krauze depicts the personalities and lives of Mexico's rulers and leaders to present the history of the country. Among the men he chronicles are Archduke Maximilian, Emiliano Zapata, Francisco Villa, Lazaro Cardenas, Miguel Aleman, and Gustavo Diaz Ordaz. 1997.

The Words We Live By: The Creeds, Mottoes, and Pledges That Have Shaped America BR 11310
by Brian Burrell
4 volumes
In this anthology of major texts that have influenced life in the United States, the author compiles works ranging from the Golden Rule to the Mafia initiation oath. What began as a family hobby evolved into this collection of essays revolving around popular sayings. 1997.

Cold War: The American Crusade against World Communism, 1945-1991 BR 11311
by James A. Warren
2 volumes
Chronicles the cold war--America's global struggle against communism from 1945 to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Portrays the military, diplomatic, economic, and scientific dimensions of the rivalry between the superpowers. Explains the issues and events of the era. For junior and senior high readers. 1996.

The Seeing Glass: A Memoir BR 11312
by Jacquelin Gorman
2 volumes
When the author temporarily loses sight--one eye at a time--she retreats to her bedroom and memories of her late autistic brother, Robin. In alternating chapters she tells of her experience with blindness and the story of Robin. 1997.

Friendships in the Dark: A Blind Woman's Story of the People and Pets Who Light Up Her World BR 11314
by Phyllis Campbell
2 volumes
Totally blind since birth, the author tells of growing up on a small Virginia farm and going away to a residential school with her older sister, who is also blind, and becoming a church organist. She describes in loving detail the animals and other friends she meets along the way. 1996.

Our Fascinating Earth BR 11315
by Philip and Nancy R. Seff
3 volumes
A collection of almost 180 articles presenting unusual scientific facts and information on natural wonders. Each of the nine chapters covers a variety of topics such as wolves, scorpions, the Kohinoor diamond, the pyramids, dinosaurs, rivers, carnivorous plants, hurricanes, even garlic. For junior and senior high and older readers. 1996.

An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field BR 11321
by Terry Tempest Williams
1 volume
A collection of eighteen essays by a naturalist who draws attention to the earth and reminds readers that they are part of the environment. The author urges people to become more intimate with nature. 1994.

John Quincy Adams: A Public Life, a Private Life BR 11349
by Paul C. Nagel
5 volumes
Based on Adams's diary and correspondence, this biography depicts his family life as well as his political career. Covers his negotiation of the Monroe Doctrine, his successful defense of the Amistad antislavery case before the Supreme Court, and his term as the sixth U.S. president. 1997.

Beauty Lab: How Science Is Changing the Way We Look BR 11362
by Mildred Leinweber Dawson
1 volume
The author describes how the human body works and how to take care of it. Discusses how good health combined with the results of medical and cosmetic research can help maintain the natural beauty of teeth, hair, and skin. For junior and senior high readers. 1996.

Listening with My Heart BR 11364
by Heather Whitestone
2 volumes
The author tells of growing up deaf after a childhood illness and dreaming first of being a dancer and then of being a beauty pageant winner. Crowned Miss America in 1995, Whitestone became the first victor with a disability. She tells of her belief that she is following God's plan and describes the five guiding principles that helped her find success. 1997.

Working in Music BR 11369
by Barbara Lee
1 volume
Profiles of twelve people in musical careers: a jazz drummer, a classical pianist, a violin maker, a composer, an arts administrator, a music teacher, a recording engineer, a folk musician, a music retailer, a child-life specialist, a disc jockey, and a vocalist. For junior and senior high and older readers. 1996.

I Won't Let You Go: Selected Poems BR 11370
by Rabindranath Tagore
3 volumes
English translations of selections by a Bengali poet who in 1913 was the first Indian to receive the Nobel Prize for literature. Expresses elements of his culture and philosophy and includes an introduction, notes, and a glossary to assist Western readers. 1991.

The World Out There: Becoming Part of the Lesbian and Gay Community BR 11372
by Michael Thomas Ford
2 volumes
The author presents a young adult's guide to understanding and becoming a part of the gay and lesbian community. Discusses dating, sex, music, information sources, and educational opportunities. Offers portraits of gay subcultures in major American cities. For senior high and older readers. 1996.

Spineless Wonders: Strange Tales from the Invertebrate World BR 11379
by Richard Conniff
2 volumes
Explores the bizarre world of invertebrates--spineless creatures that make up more than ninety-nine percent of all animals. Offers factual and humorous observations on flies, fire ants, leeches, worms, moths, squid, and more. Describes the devoted people who study these creatures. 1996.

Lost in the System BR 11382
by Charlotte Lopez
2 volumes
Lopez, who became Miss Teen USA in 1992, tells of spending her entire childhood in foster care after being taken as a toddler from a mother she describes as mentally unbalanced. Although her sister is adopted by their foster parents, Lopez is seventeen before she is adopted by another couple. Some strong language. 1996.

Wearing the Morning Star: Native American Song-Poems BR 11423
edited by Brian Swann
2 volumes
A sample of Native North American song-poems, including an Inuit's song about the first airplane he ever saw, Navajo chantways, hunting songs, and lullabies. The introduction and notes provide background information and sources. 1996.

Full of Beans BR 11435
by Brooke Dojny
1 volume
Dojny describes various types of beans, debunks the old concept that beans have to be soaked overnight, and offers seventy-five recipes for appetizers, soups, salads, and main dishes--both with and without meat. 1996.

Take Charge of Your Diabetes BR 11447
by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
1 volume
A guide for people with adult-onset diabetes to help prevent complications. Describes potential problems and how to avoid them. Stresses the need to work with a healthcare team to control the blood glucose level. 1997.

Alive Together: New and Selected Poems BR 11458
by Lisel Mueller
2 volumes
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Includes works published over almost four decades as well as newer works. The poems celebrate the human capacity for love and joy, and the experience of family, music, and language. 1996.

A Night to Remember BR 11461
by Walter Lord
2 volumes
A detailed portrayal of what happened aboard the Titanic when it struck an iceberg and began to sink in the North Atlantic on April 14, 1912. Based on the accounts of the survivors, from first-class passengers to steerage and crew. Bestseller 1955.

Birthday Letters BR 11462
by Ted Hughes
1 volume
Thirty-five years after Sylvia Plath's suicide, her husband, Ted Hughes, responds with eighty-eight poems. Arranged chronologically, the poems depict their courtship, marriage, and an imagined sixtieth birthday reunion in her honor. Bestseller 1998.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story BR 11463
by John Berendt
3 volumes
In the 1980s, New Yorker Berendt began visiting Savannah, Georgia. Enchanted by the city and its inhabitants, he spent more and more time there. He introduces Savannah and the hodgepodge of friends he made, especially Jim Williams, an antique dealer active in the restoration of Savannah. He also discusses the murder on May 2, 1981, for which Williams went to trial--four times. Strong language. 1994.

Reading between the Bones: The Pioneers of Dinosaur Paleontology BR 11477
by Susan Clinton
1 volume
Profiles eight pioneers in the study of dinosaurs and explains how scientific knowledge is cumulative. Clinton notes that dinosaurs were unknown until 1824, when Georges Cuvier identified the first dinosaur bone, describing it as belonging to a whale-sized lizard. Now three hundred kinds of dinosaurs are known to vertebrate paleontologists. For junior and senior high readers. 1997.

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