Braille Book Review

January-February 1999
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."

The Adolescent BR 11248
by Fyodor Dostoevsky
6 volumes
First published in Russian in 1874. Nineteen-year-old Arkady Dolgoruky completes school but refuses to go on to university. Instead, he goes to St. Petersburg in search of his father. The illegitimate son of an idealistic landowner and the gardener's wife, Arkady has trouble determining where he belongs in Russian society. 1971.

The Strand BR 11335
by Ellen Vaughn
2 volumes
On their tenth wedding anniversary, Anne and Paul Lorelli are walking along the Potomac River when a mugger confronts them and kills Paul. Anne finds some solace in volunteer work with inner-city kids--quite a departure from her life as a wealthy attorney's wife. Meanwhile, a D.C. homicide detective puzzles over the mugging. Some violence. 1997.

Blind Faith BR 11337
by Judith Pella
3 volumes
Irene Lorenzo's faith has been tested as a result of her divorce from Greg Mitchell. Now Joel Costain, a blind lawyer, has approached Irene seeking information about Greg, who claimed to be Joel's brother and has now died under mysterious circumstances. As the two search for answers, Irene begins to regain her faith. 1996.

Ficciones BR 11366
by Jorge Luis Borges
2 volumes
The collection's first part, called "The Garden of Forking Paths," contains eight short stories published in Spanish in 1941. Part two, entitled "Artifices," has nine stories published in 1944. The introduction by John Sturrock provides background information on Borges and on the stories. 1956.

A Wild, Cold State BR 11367
by Debra Monroe
2 volumes
Stories about the lives of six neighbors in rural Wisconsin beginning when they are teenagers. Through the years they meet, marry, drift off, and reenter each other's lives. The recurring theme is of women in search of their ideal partner in life. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1995.

Without Lawful Authority BR 11368
by Manning Coles
2 volumes
Tommy Hambledon, a British foreign intelligence agent, is searching for German spies in his homeland. Warnford, a disgraced British army officer who was framed and forced to resign, enlists the help of a professional burglar, Marden, to help him expose his enemies. Together the three uncover a Nazi cell on the eve of World War II. 1943.

Train Whistle Guitar BR 11386
by Albert Murray
2 volumes
Growing up in the 1920s deep South is an adventure to Scooter and his friends. Listening to the storytelling of family and friends and the guitar playing of Luzana Cholly encourages Scooter to get out into the world and move up North, where there are all sorts of possibilities. Prequel to The Spyglass Tree (BR 11742). Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 1974.

The Amazon Papers BR 11403
by Beverly Keller
1 volume
Fifteen-year-old Iris gets a lot of grief from her aunt and her mother for spending too much time on philosophy and sports and none on a social life. But when left alone with her cousin's small boys while her mother is on vacation, Iris develops a crush on an older guy that leads to disaster after disaster--including ruining her mother's car. For junior and senior high readers. 1996.

What She Said: And What She Meant and People Who Haven't Time and Can't Afford It BR 11409
by Isabella Alden
1 volume
Alden, the aunt of writer Grace Livingston Hill, wrote novellas in the nineteenth century. Here she illustrates how a person of good character should behave. In "What She Said...," a gossip is shown just how harmful her behavior is, and in "People Who Haven't Time...," neighbors are reminded of their charitable obligations. 1997.

A Gown of Spanish Lace BR 11414
by Janette Oke
2 volumes
Ariana Benson, a religious young schoolteacher, never knew her birth mother. But she does have her mother's wedding dress--a gown of imported Spanish lace. Laramie Lawrence, the adopted son of an outlaw boss, didn't know his mother either. Thrust together through unusual circumstances, they eventually fall in love and plan to marry. But when Ariana brings out her mother's gown, it appears she and Laramie may be siblings. 1995.

Nightfall BR 11415
by David Goodis
2 volumes
Commercial artist Jim Vanning is on the run, pursued by ruthless people who believe he is sitting on a cache of money from a bank robbery. Before the worst happens, New York police detective Fraser locates Vanning and helps him get to the bottom of his plight. 1947.

The Morning and the Evening BR 11417
by Joan Williams
2 volumes
Forty-year-old Jake Darby, who is mute and lives with his mother, is considered "not quite right in the head" by his Mississippi neighbors, who subject the disabled man to ridicule and cruel jokes. Jake's mother dies, tragedy strikes, and the townspeople come to regard Jake in a new light. 1961.

Heart of Darkness BR 11418
by Joseph Conrad
4 volumes
An allegorical tale of a man's journey by steamboat to the center of the Congo. As he penetrates the forbidding interior, he faces an increasing propensity for inhumanity in himself and in others. Includes a number of critical essays on the story. 1996.

The Giant's House: A Romance BR 11421
by Elizabeth McCracken
2 volumes
In 1950 young librarian Peggy Cort meets James Sweatt. Although only eleven years old, he is already extremely tall. As they become friends and fall in love during the next nine years, James grows taller and taller, until he is 8-feet, 7-inches tall and weighs 415 pounds. 1996.

Soul Kiss BR 11440
by Shay Youngblood
2 volumes
In 1968, seven-year-old Mariah's beloved mother drops her off unannounced at the home of two great-aunts in Georgia and doesn't come back. As Mariah grows up, she struggles with her grief and maintains her hope that her mother will return, but gradually becomes family with the two older women. Then her father enters her life. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1997.

Scam BR 11459
by Parnell Hall
2 volumes
Cranston Pritchert, a new client of New York PI Stanley Hastings, claims his partners set him up to lose control of an investment firm by having a woman get him drunk in a bar. When Hastings uncovers evidence that Pritchert himself arranged for the woman's involvement, the investigator begins to suspect that he, too, is being duped. Strong language. 1997.

Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman BR 11460
by Walter M. Miller
4 volumes
Almost forty years after A Canticle for Leibowitz (BR 8614), Miller continues the story of good versus evil, now in the thirty-second century. The Catholic church is still under siege by nomads, Imperial Texark, and other fiefdoms. Brother Blacktooth travels with Cardinal Brownpony to try to appease the warring forces. Some violence. 1997.

Omoo: Adventures in the South Seas BR 11467
by Herman Melville
3 volumes
When a British whaler rescues Melville, an American sailor, he and the ship's doctor become fast friends. They share many adventures in the South Pacific: mutiny, imprisonment, and a beachcombing existence in Tahiti. 1847.

Family Album BR 11469
by Danielle Steel
4 volumes
A melodrama of the enduring love between the talented movie star-director, Fay Price, and the playboy shipping heir, Ward Thayer, as well as the growing pains of their five children. Includes the grit and glitter of Hollywood life from the war years of the 1940s to the 1980s. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1985.

The Town BR 11470
by William Faulkner
3 volumes
More members of the Snopes family have moved to Jefferson, Mississippi, increasing the clan. Determined to own the county, Flem Snopes maneuvers his family to run businesses and farm the land. Sequel to The Hamlet (BR 11482). Some strong language. 1957.

The Hamlet BR 11482
by William Faulkner
3 volumes
Portrait of a decaying South after the Civil War set in a fictional county in Mississippi. The story deals with the shrewd Snopes family, one of the author's notable creations. Prequel to The Town (BR 11470). Some strong language. 1931.

The Outsiders BR 11484
by S.E. Hinton
2 volumes
This young adult classic is set in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Fourteen-year-old Ponyboy tells how it looks and feels to be a Greaser from the wrong side of the tracks. He describes the guerrilla raids into Greaser territory by their upper-middle-class enemy, the Socs, and the beating that led to a murder charge and two deaths. For junior and senior high readers. 1967.

Blood and Chocolate BR 11486
by Annette Curtis Klause
2 volumes
A beautiful teenage werewolf, Vivian, is attracted to a normal human, Aiden, but Aiden's rejection of Vivian's dual nature almost kills her. Vivian is then forced to come to terms with her position in the pack and to accept her destiny. Some violence, some descriptions of sex, and some strong language. For senior high readers. 1997.

Tallgrass BR 11501
by Don Coldsmith
4 volumes
Seven stories tracing the history of the Kansas prairie from the first Native American encounters with the Spanish to the early nineteenth century. Each story includes a historical afterword. Some descriptions of sex. 1997.

Loving Chloe BR 11503
by Jo-Ann Mapson
3 volumes
In this sequel to Hank and Chloe (BR 9739), Chloe appears on Hank's doorstep in northern Arizona. She's pregnant by him and ready to settle down, until meeting Navajo jewelry designer Junior Whitebear shakes her resolve. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1998.

The Case Has Altered BR 11505
by Martha Grimes
3 volumes
On her way back to the Fengate estate from the Case Has Altered pub, Dorcas Reese is strangled to death on the Lincolnshire fens. Two weeks earlier, Verna Dunn was shot to death at Fengate. Scotland Yard detective Richard Jury's investigation becomes problematic when his former lover Jenny Kennington turns into the prime suspect in both crimes. Some strong language. 1997.

Breathless BR 11507
by J.P. Smith
3 volumes
When the body of her husband, with a slit throat, is found in a seedy hotel room, professor Jill Bowman is forced to rehash their relationship and her own troubled past. As she struggles to cope with the tragedy, she develops a romantic interest in the homicide detective. Strong language and descriptions of sex. 1995.

The Mansion BR 11541
by William Faulkner
4 volumes
In the third and last volume in the Snopes trilogy, between two murders the Snopes family loses its grip on the town of Jefferson, Mississippi. 1959.

Maggie: A Girl of the Streets and Selected Stories BR 11578
by Stephen Crane
2 volumes
Six stories by the author of the Red Badge of Courage (BR 1449). In "Maggie," written in 1893, Crane portrays the sordid life and downfall of a poor Irish girl from the Bowery. Other selections depict small-town life and the experiences of young men in battle. For senior high and older readers. 1991.

Screen Test BR 11605
by David Klass
2 volumes
A high school junior, Liz is uncomfortable with the attention her good looks bring, but she accepts a request to star in a student film. When this leads to a role in a Hollywood movie, Liz must decide if this is the life she wants. For junior and senior high readers. 1997.

The Beasties BR 11606
by William Sleator
1 volume
When Doug's family moves to a logging camp, he and his younger sister Colette encounter the beasties. Colette sympathizes with these underground creatures making war on the loggers. Doug fears the beasties because they mutilate humans to replace parts of their own maimed bodies. Now Colette and Doug are the next likely victims. Violence. For senior high and older readers. 1997.

Ride against the Wind BR 11609
by Terrell L. Bowers
2 volumes
Stover Gates has hated the Danmyers since one of them killed his brother years ago. When Jerrod Danmyer helps Stover's daughter Marian get her wagon and horse team out of a mire, Stover is furious. But life on the Kansas prairie is hard in the late 1800s, and a plague of locusts changes Stover's feelings about his neighbors. 1996.

Naming the New World BR 11615
by Calvin Baker
1 volume
Vignettes highlighting the history of an African American family, beginning with episodes in Africa and as newly arrived slaves in America, progressing to their escape from slavery, but not from pain. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 1997.


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