Braille Book Review

January-February 1999
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."

Eyewitness to America: 500 Years of America in the Words of Those Who Saw It Happen BR 11183
edited by David Colbert
7 volumes
A collection of firsthand reports on pivotal events in American history. These authentic accounts convey the urgency and attitudes of their times concerning significant issues and themes in American life from 1492 through 1994. Bestseller 1997.

U.S.A. Cookbook BR 11227
by Sheila Lukins
8 volumes
The author spent three years traveling across the country collecting these recipes and tidbits of information about some of America's favorite foods. The origin of the term "blue plate special" and what seasonings to use with various beans are just two examples of the fare Lukins offers. She also includes beer and wine suggestions from Steve Olson. 1997.

From the Outer World BR 11330
edited by Oscar and Lilian Handlin
5 volumes
Recounts the perceptions and views of non-European visitors to the United States during the twentieth century. A variety of writers, students, and diplomats give "outside" perspectives on social and economic structures and problems in America. Strong language and violence. 1997.

Music Was Not Enough BR 11365
by Bob Wilber
3 volumes
Bob Wilber writes of his up-and-down career as a jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, and arranger. Although he achieved fame early as a bandleader and student of Sidney Bechet in the 1940s, he spent many years in obscurity. Wilbur's reminiscences about his life with the greats of jazz from Dixieland to swing covers nearly forty years. 1987.

Golf in the Kingdom BR 11383
by Michael Murphy
2 volumes
Murphy describes a phenomenal day and night in 1956 when, en route to India, he stopped off in Scotland to play a round of golf. There he met and played with golf professional Shivas Irons, who altered Murphy's perceptions, leaving him shaken and exalted. Murphy relates the Oriental transcendental ideas Irons imparted to him. Prequel to The Kingdom of Shivas Irons (BR 11384). 1972.

The Kingdom of Shivas Irons BR 11384
by Michael Murphy
3 volumes
In this sequel to Golf in the Kingdom (BR 11383), Murphy returns to Scotland in search of guru golfer Shivas Irons. Hoping to discover the secrets of transcendent golf and the "life to come," Murphy encounters a series of people who enlighten him in the ways of the game as well as spiritually. Bestseller 1997.

April Twilights (1903): Poems BR 11388
by Willa Cather
1 volume
Originally published in 1903, this volume of poetry is renowned novelist Willa Cather's first book. These thirty-seven poems contain some lines that became well known, such as "I sought the wood in winter/When every leaf was dead" and "Grandmother, think not I forget . . ." Many poems reflect Cather's interest in nature. This edition contains an introduction by Bernice Slote. 1968.

Baseball at War: World War II and the Fall of the Color Line BR 11404
by Thomas Gilbert
1 volume
A history of the sport of baseball from 1940 through 1948. Includes personalities such as Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams and such events as the desegregation of the sport. For junior and senior high readers. 1997.

From the Field: A Collection of Writings from National Geographic BR 11429
edited by Charles McCarry
5 volumes
Seventy-five articles selected from the popular magazine's 109-year existence. Although heavily illustrated, the periodical contains scholarly articles about the planet and its people. Contributors include Theodore Roosevelt, Charles Lindberg, Maya Angelou, Tad Szulc, and Shelby Foote. 1997.

The New Oxford Book of Children's Verse BR 11433
edited by Neil Philip
4 volumes
An anthology of some 350 children's poems by more than 200 English-language poets arranged in chronological order from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. For adults to share with children. 1996.

Finding Our Way: The Teen Girls' Survival Guide BR 11434
by Allison Abner and Linda Villarosa
4 volumes
Advice for teenaged girls on such issues as learning to like and care for their changing bodies, being sexually responsible, and coping with and enjoying family members and friends. For junior and senior high readers. 1995.

Otherwise: New and Selected Poems BR 11437
by Jane Kenyon
1 volume
Kenyon made these selections to be included in her last book shortly before her death. They include twenty of her more recent poems and favorite choices from four earlier collections. She imparts a special meaning to the everyday objects and events she describes. Donald Hall, her husband, writes an afterword. 1996.

Building Basic Skills in Reading: Book 1 BR 11456

read by 2 volumes
A self-paced guide for helping students of adult literacy master sentence structure, parts of speech, grammar and usage, and punctuation and spelling, as well as statements involving cause and effect and the use of inference. Provides a pretest, individual lessons, and review exercises, followed by a posttest. 1988.
A self-paced guide for adult literacy learners.

The Gift of Tongues: Twenty-Five Years of Poetry from Copper Canyon Press BR 11465
edited by Sam Hamill
3 volumes
In this anniversary anthology, editor Sam Hamill has selected nearly 300 poems by Copper Canyon Press poets. The sampling is arranged alphabetically by poet's name and includes Hayden Carruth, Carolyn Kizer, and Pablo Neruda. Hamill's introduction covers the history of the press and its "commitment to publishing poetry exclusively." 1996.

Viral Sex: The Nature of AIDS BR 11473
by Jaap Goudsmit
3 volumes
A history of the AIDS epidemic by a leading researcher in the field. Tracing the origins of the virus from ancient times and its transfer from animals to humans in the twentieth century, the author maintains that disruptions of Africa's rain forests led to the global spread of the disease. He also speculates about the possible development of a vaccine against AIDS. 1997.

Leon's Story BR 11493
by Leon Walter Tillage
1 volume
An autobiographical account of an African American sharecropper's son growing up in rural North Carolina during the 1940s and 1950s. Tillage recalls the racial cruelties he experienced--the worst was seeing his father run down by a white youth. He then tells how the freedom marches affirmed his identity. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 1997.

Music, the Brain, and Ecstasy: How Music Captures Our Imagination BR 11504
by Robert Jourdain
4 volumes
Using science, psychology, and philosophy, the author explains the evolution of sound in humans and the meaning of music. Uses historical anecdotes and different examples of common musical themes to explain the way music gives pleasure. 1997.

Clone: The Road to Dolly and the Path Ahead BR 11508
by Gina Kolata
3 volumes
A scientist discusses technological and ethical implications of cloning--the production of a living creature from genetic material. She describes the 1996 birth of a sheep named Dolly--allegedly the first cloned creature--as the beginning of a new scientific era, in which the question immediately arises, "should humans be cloned?" 1998.

Selected Poems, 1960-1990 BR 11511
by Maxine Kumin
2 volumes
The 1973 Pulitzer Prize winner presents pieces from nine volumes spanning thirty years. Her poems speak of nature, animals, and people both dead and alive. Kumin also broaches topics of the soul and religion. 1997.

The Night Lives On BR 11542
by Walter Lord
2 volumes
In a companion volume to A Night to Remember (BR 11461), Lord revisits the tragedy of April 14, 1912, and offers an update of what happened to the Titanic and its passengers. The discovery of the hull in 1985 brought with it a renewed interest, and Lord responds to some of the questions that arose by separating facts from myths. Bestseller 1987.


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