Braille Book Review

March-April 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.

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."

Whiteoaks of Jalna BR 10968
by Mazo de la Roche
3 volumes
Finch, the awkward, misunderstood musical genius of the Whiteoak family, finds growing up difficult. Events reach a climax when his eccentric old grandmother dies and leaves her fortune to him. Sequel to Jalna (BR 4977) and prequel to Finch's Fortune (BR 5044). Some strong language. 1957.

Cimarron Rose BR 11339
by James Lee Burke
3 volumes
Texas ranger-turned-attorney Billy Bob Holland agrees to defend teenager Lucas Smothers, who was found unconscious at the site where a female acquaintance was murdered and arrested for the crime. Holland has a compelling reason to take the case--Smothers is his illegitimate son. Strong language, violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1997.

Stillpoint BR 11389
by Marilyn Kok
2 volumes
Kylie Austin is a porcelain buyer in the Hong Kong branch of Reaves Imports and Exports. When a worker mysteriously disappears, Kylie reluctantly accepts the help of Reaves troubleshooting executive Jack Sullivan. Although she believes they share similar religious beliefs, Kylie thinks Jack is scornful of her professional abilities. 1996.

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter BR 11395
by Carson McCullers
3 volumes
Novel set in a southern town. John Singer, who is deaf and mute, worries about his best friend, Antonapoulos, also mute. Soon Antonapoulos's strange behavior lands him in a mental institution. Then Singer, who can read lips, becomes the confidante of several residents of the town--all of whom want answers to their problems. 1940.

Light in August BR 11398
by William Faulkner
3 volumes
Joe Christmas, an orphan of mixed blood, travels to the South, seeking a place and people with whom he can belong. But he is soon hardened by white and black bigotry. 1932.

The Sound and the Fury BR 11402
by William Faulkner
3 volumes (Reissue)
A Southern family is portrayed in various stages of decay through the voices and thoughts of four of its members, including Benjy, the "idiot" son. An early work by the Nobel Prize winner. 1929.

The House on the Strand BR 11405
by Daphne du Maurier
3 volumes
A young Englishman who is visiting a friend at his old house on the Cornish coast is induced to test a hallucinogenic drug that transports him back to the fourteenth century. He observes the people who lived then and returns many times to find out what happens to them. Descriptions of sex and some violence. 1969.

The Bohemian Murders: A Fremont Jones Mystery BR 11406
by Dianne Day
2 volumes
In 1907, Fremont Jones follows the man she loves to Carmel. But Michael now calls himself "Misha" and seems quite changed. When confused Fremont takes a temporary job as a lighthouse keeper, she spots a dead woman floating in Monterey Bay and becomes obsessed with identifying her. Some strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 1997.

Something Borrowed BR 11407
by Alexandra Marshall
2 volumes
Gale left her husband, Gary, after learning he was having an affair with the baby-sitter, and she refused even to talk to him for fifteen years. Now, at their son's wedding, with their current spouses in tow, Gale and Gary find their attraction to each other has not disappeared. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1997.

Stranded in Harmony BR 11412
by Barbara Shoup
2 volumes
Despite being captain of the football team and having a cheerleader girlfriend, high school senior Lucas Cantrell is disillusioned with his staid life in Harmony, Indiana. Lucas wishes he could have grown up during the turbulent 1960s until an eccentric cabin-bound relative and a woman with a radical past teach him the value of living in the present. For junior and senior high readers. 1997.

Fine Things BR 11422
by Danielle Steel
3 volumes
Bernie Fine has no luck with romance until, as the manager of a glitzy department store in San Francisco, he accidentally meets Liz and her young daughter. A swift courtship is followed by a perfect marriage, but their idyll ends abruptly when Liz develops cancer and dies. Bernie tries to face his grief and loss, and soon good luck greets him as a lovely young pediatrician fills the void. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1987.

Gone with the Wind BR 11427
by Margaret Mitchell
9 volumes
A romantic Civil War epic in which Scarlett O'Hara, a forceful and ruthless heroine, and Rhett Butler, a war profiteer, play out their tempestuous love affair against the background of the war-torn South. Pulitzer Prize 1936.

Silent Melody BR 11439
by Mary Balogh
3 volumes
As a young child, Lady Emily Marlowe has a fever that leaves her deaf and unable to speak, yet she learns to communicate with Lord Ashley Kendrick in their own special language. So she is devastated when he goes to India and then marries. Later, in 1763 Ashley returns home, and Emily knows she loves only him--but she is engaged to another. Some descriptions of sex. 1997.

The Silmarillion BR 11510
by J.R.R. Tolkien
4 volumes
Collection of imaginative tales and legends and an account of the Elder Days, or the First Age of the World. Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwells in Middle-earth, and the High Elves make war on him for the recovery of the Silmarils. Bestseller. 1977.

The Job: An American Novel BR 11513
by Sinclair Lewis
3 volumes
An early 1900s story of an ordinary young woman who comes to New York seeking a career. She studies business, works a series of jobs, becomes disillusioned, and marries. When her marriage fails, she returns to the job market with renewed determination to succeed, and does. Introduction by Maureen Honey. 1917.

What Child Is This? A Christmas Story BR 11516
by Caroline B. Cooney
1 volume
Sixteen-year-old Matt and eight-year-old Katie have both had enough of foster homes. Matt, however, dreads facing Katie's disappointment when her Christmas wish of being adopted doesn't come true. Meanwhile his classmate Liz, who appears to have the perfect family, is dismayed by her parents' hypocrisy during the holidays. For junior and senior high readers. 1997.

The Oil Jar and Other Stories BR 11531
by Luigi Pirandello
1 volume
Eleven short stories written between 1884 and 1917 by the winner of the 1934 Nobel Prize for Literature. In the title piece, a temperamental olive grower nearly explodes when the olive-jar repairman inadvertently traps himself inside the container. But the clever tinker uses the owner's anger to solve the dilemma. 1995.

When She Was Good BR 11537
by Norma Fox Mazer
1 volume
After their mother's death and their father's remarriage, Em and her sister, Pamela, run away to the city. At fourteen, Em must support and take care of her abusive, troubled older sister. When Pamela dies a few years later, Em attempts to live a normal life. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 1997.

In Praise of Mothers: A Literary Anthology BR 11543
edited by Lilly Golden
2 volumes
Fourteen short stories exploring the relationships between mothers, children, and family. Includes "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker and "The Good Deed" by Pearl Buck. 1994.

Spencer's Mountain BR 11544
by Earl Hamner, Jr.
2 volumes
Recounts a year in the life of the Spencer family, who live in the foothills of Virginia, and especially that of Clay-Boy, as he prepares to leave Spencer's Mountain for his first year of college. 1961.

The Great Stone Face BR 11549
by Nathaniel Hawthorne
1 volume (Reissue)
A young boy is told that one day a great man will appear whose face resembles the features of a towering rock formation near his home. He grows to old age awaiting the man's arrival, unaware that it is he himself who resembles the Stone Face. 1851.

The Facts Speak for Themselves BR 11594
by Brock Cole
1 volume
At thirteen Linda calmly and dispassionately reveals to a social worker how adults, especially her mother, have failed her. Linda gives this account of her life after she witnesses the murder of her seducer by her mother's former lover. Some descriptions of sex, some strong language, and some violence. For junior and senior high and older readers. 1997.

The Complete Stories BR 11604
by Franz Kafka
4 volumes
Twenty of Kafka's longer stories make up most of this collection, followed by fifty-five short stories and sketches. Included are all the stories published during his lifetime (1883-1924) and several others selected from his literary estate. 1971.

Becky Bernstein Goes Berlin BR 11608
by Holly-Jane Rahlens
2 volumes
Transplanted New Yorker Becky Bernstein is a talk-show host in Berlin. After being dumped by her latest lover, Becky decides to put both herself and her apartment on a diet. Sorting through drawers and boxes, Becky is reminded of past relationships, family, friends, and jobs. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1995.

The Collected Stories BR 11617
by Amanda Cross
2 volumes
Ten short mysteries, all but one featuring professor Kate Fansler. All were previously published by the pseudonymous academic, Amanda Cross. In these selections, the calamities range from missing persons to murder. 1997.

The Circus in the Attic and Other Stories BR 11646
by Robert Penn Warren
3 volumes
A collection of stories that variously portray southern small-town society, rural life, and a professor in academia. "Blackberry Winter" is a man's boyhood reminiscence about a rude drifter who visited his family's Kentucky farm years ago and made an indelible impression. 1947.

Three Tales BR 11648
by Gustave Flaubert
1 volume
Three finely contrasted stories first published in 1877. "Simple Heart" is about a faithful domestic servant who outlives her loved ones; "The Legend of St. Julian Hospitator" is a medieval tale about a man seeking atonement for a crime; and "Herodias" retells the story of the execution of John the Baptist. 1961.

News of the Spirit BR 11655
by Lee Smith
2 volumes
Six short stories featuring southern women in various predicaments. In "The Southern Cross," a poor girl who has learned how to use men to move up in the world gets her dignity back. In "Live Bottomless," a teenager observes her parents' failing marriage. Some strong language. 1997.

Four Letters of Love BR 11656
by Niall Williams
2 volumes
When Nicholas is twelve, his family is torn apart the day his father quits his job because God has instructed him to paint. Isabel, believing she is responsible for her brother's becoming mute and lame, leaves her convent school and marries a man she doesn't love. Years later the siblings are brought together when Nicholas goes in search of the only remaining painting by his father. 1997.

The Game of Thirty BR 11658
by William Kotzwinkle
2 volumes
New York P.I. Jimmy McShane is hired by the daughter of Tommy Rennseler, a specialist in Egyptian antiques, to find her father's murderer. Rennseler was playing a pharaoh's board game when he was killed. Now it appears that McShane is a pawn on the streets of New York. Strong language, violence, and explicit descriptions of sex. 1994.

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