Braille Book Review

September-October 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.

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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 History of Henry the Fourth, Part 1 BR 11571
by William Shakespeare
3 volumes
First published in 1598. Depicts the early years of the reign of England's Henry IV. The Earl of Northumberland's son, Hotspur, becomes Henry's opponent. Eventually Henry's son, Prince Hal, leaves the merrymaker Falstaff to join the battle at Shrewsbury against Hotspur. Annotated version with historical background and essay on literary perspective. 1994.

I Am the Darker Brother: An Anthology of Modern Poems by African Americans BR 11710
edited by Arnold Adoff
1 volume
Anthology of poems by African Americans expressing their views on heritage and race. As originally published in 1968, it included the work of thirty poets such as Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Richard Wright. This second edition adds works by nineteen other poets, among them Rita Dove, Nikki Giovanni, and Maya Angelou. For junior and senior high and older readers. 1997.

Bob Hope's Dear Prez, I Wanna Tell Ya! A Presidential Jokebook BR 11717
by Bob Hope
1 volume
Jokes about eleven U.S. presidents with whom Bob Hope has had the privilege of trying to play golf. Includes an introduction by Johnny Carson. 1996.

Bingo Night at the Fire Hall: The Case for Cows, Orchards, Bake Sales, and Fairs BR 11718
by Barbara Holland
2 volumes
A middle-aged professional woman abandons her Philadelphia apartment to take up residence in an inherited cabin in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. As she settles into the close-knit rural community there, she becomes aware of the harsh intrusions of the Washington, D.C., suburban culture. 1997.

A Dublin Girl: Growing Up in the 1930s BR 11722
by Elaine Crowley
2 volumes
Biography of a childhood spent poor but happy in the slums of Dublin. Because her father has tuberculosis, Elaine Crowley, her mother, and two siblings live hand-to-mouth in a one-room dwelling in their ancestral neighborhood. At fourteen, Elaine leaves school to help support the family. 1996.

The Ascent of Science BR 11728
by Brian L. Silver
7 volumes
Traces the evolution of science "as a series of ideas that changed . . . whole areas of human thought." Explores ideas and theories about motion, heat, the atom, electricity, and other natural phenomena. Avers that science has serious consequences and "has to be watched." 1998.

The Errancy BR 11748
by Jorie Graham
1 volume
These thirty-eight poems by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet offer a meditation on the sexual, political, and spiritual aspects of desire. 1997.

Search Engines for the World Wide Web BR 11761
by Alfred and Emily Glossbrenner
3 volumes
Offers step-by-step instructions and specific examples for using World Wide Web search engines, including Excite, HotBot, Infoseek, Lycos, and Yahoo! Also explains the use of keywords and basic searching operators and describes how to search mailing lists and news groups and how to create complex searches. 1998.

A Midsummer Night's Dream BR 11765
by William Shakespeare
2 volumes
A five-act comedy revolving around the upcoming wedding of the Duke of Athens. The action takes place in the woods where lovers converge, the king and queen of fairies quarrel, Puck causes mischief, and workmen rehearse a play for the wedding. Based on the text of the 1600 quarto edition. Contains explanatory notes and an essay on modern perspective. 1993.

Earl Mindell's Nutrition and Health for Dogs: Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy with Natural Preventative Care and Remedies BR 11773
by Earl Mindell and Elizabeth Renaghan
3 volumes
Explains a dog's nutritional needs. Details how an owner can affordably feed a dog healthful foods to keep it fit. Includes flea control and breed-specific health problems. 1998.

The Baby Boat: A Memoir of Adoption BR 11777
by Patty Dann
1 volume
Journal spanning the years 1994 through 1997 discusses the New York author's experiences and emotions during the time she and her husband were completing the steps to adopt a baby from Lithuania. 1998.

Reminiscences BR 11782
by Douglas MacArthur
6 volumes
Memoirs of the twentieth-century American combat general whose fifty-year career brought him both glory and condemnation. His service spanned the administrations of eight presidents and provides a view of military history in this century. 1964.

Competability: A Practical Guide to Building a Peaceable Kingdom between Cats and Dogs BR 11783
by Amy D. Shojai
2 volumes
The author, a veterinary technician, explains how to create harmony between the family cat and dog. Also describes the different social structures of the two species and their health needs. For senior high and older readers. 1998.

The Science, Spread, and Therapy of HIV Disease: Everything You Need to Know but Had No Idea Who to Ask BR 11787
by Michael A. DiSpezio
2 volumes
In question-and-answer format, the book explains what the AIDS virus is and how to treat it. Includes tests for each segment and a list of Internet sites that provide further information. For senior high and older readers. 1998.

Life among the Savages BR 11790
by Shirley Jackson
2 volumes
Autobiography of the author's hectic life in Vermont with her husband and four children. Humorously describes the routines and predicaments caused by a large family. 1948.

Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday BR 11800
by Angela Y. Davis
5 volumes
A feminist interpretation of the lives and lyrics of three African American blues musicians of the 1930s. Also includes the complete lyrics of some of Ma Rainey's and Bessie Smith's songs. 1998.

Hope in a Jar: The Making of America's Beauty Culture BR 11805
by Kathy Peiss
4 volumes
The author explores the social history of cosmetics in America. She notes that although only wanton women wore "paint" during the early nineteenth century, there was always a women's cottage enterprise--among all races and classes--that developed products for the complexion. Gradually make-up became acceptable, and men soon took over, transforming the customs into an industry. 1998.

War in the Air: True Accounts of the Twentieth Century's Most Dramatic Air Battles--by the Men Who Fought Them BR 11818
edited by Stephen Coonts
3 volumes
Twenty-five excerpts from accounts of aerial fighting covering World War I through the Vietnam War. Includes stories by pilots from both sides of the conflicts. Some violence. 1996.

Heroin BR 11829
by Geraldine Woods
1 volume
Discusses the history and usage of the powerful narcotic drug derived from opium poppies. Explains various aspects of addiction and describes treatments used to kick the habit. For junior and senior high readers. 1994.

The Gospel of Thomas: The Hidden Sayings of Jesus BR 11836
translated by Marvin Meyer
1 volume
An English translation of 114 wise sayings attributed to Jesus as collected in the Coptic text found near Nag Hammadi in Upper Egypt. Discusses the history of the writings. Explanatory notes follow. Includes an interpretive essay by Harold Bloom. 1992.

The Night of the Iguana BR 11837
by Tennessee Williams
1 volume
The setting of this play is a run-down tourist hotel on the coast of Mexico, where chance brings together an assortment of people to work out their destinies in one stormy night. Their bondage, of various kinds, is symbolized by a captured iguana. 1961.

Economics Explained: Everything You Need to Know about How the Economy Works and Where It's Going BR 11858
by Robert Heilbroner and Lester Thurow
3 volumes
This revised fourth edition explains the basics of economics and then discusses how globalization and other trends could affect American economic life of the late 1990s. 1998.

Diabetes BR 11863
by Elizabeth Ferber
1 volume
Illustrates the impact of Type I (insulin-dependent) diabetes on the lives of nine young people and describes how they cope with the illness. Suggests ways for adolescents with diabetes to maintain physical and emotional health. Includes a glossary and a list of interested organizations. For senior high and older readers. 1996.

The Universe and the Teacup: The Mathematics of Truth and Beauty BR 11865
by K.C. Cole
2 volumes
Explores the use of mathematics in everyday life. Surveys numerical concepts and approaches, including statistics, probability, and risk theory. Cites examples from well-known events such as the O.J. Simpson trial and elections. 1998.

Perpetua's Passion: The Death and Memory of a Young Roman Woman BR 11867
by Joyce E. Salisbury
3 volumes
An account of religious martyrdom in the Roman Empire, based on the diary of Perpetua, a young Christian convert who died for her faith. Describes her arrest, trial, and violent execution in the public arena. Discusses the impact of her passion on the emerging Christian community. Violence. 1997.

When Your Phone Doesn't Ring, It'll Be Me BR 11870
by Cynthia Heimel
2 volumes
Humorous essays on such topics as searching for a city to live in that isn't full of crackheads and bigots, discovering that romance novels are often pornographic, trying to understand men, and living with dogs. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1995.

I'm Not as Old as I Used to Be: Reclaiming Your Life in the Second Half BR 11873
by Frances Weaver
1 volume
The seniors editor on NBC's Today Show encourages older citizens to be active and to enjoy developing themselves to the fullest. She describes how she struggled with the shock of becoming a widow and with alcoholism before making a new life for herself. 1997.

Attention Deficit Disorder BR 11882
by Wendy Moragne
1 volume
Case histories and interviews illustrate this former teacher's description of attention deficit disorder. She discusses the impact this condition has on young people and on those around them and outlines treatment options. For junior and senior high readers. 1996.

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