Braille Book Review

November-December 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."

Crabcakes BR 11719
by James Alan McPherson
2 volumes
The Pulitzer prize-winning African American author records autobiographical episodes and meditates on their meaning. The taste of Maryland crabcakes became firmly imprinted on his consciousness during his stay in Baltimore and remained with him even when he moved to Iowa and Japan. Some strong language. 1998.

No Walls of Stone: An Anthology of Literature by Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Writers BR 11740
edited by Jill Jepson
2 volumes
Poetry, short stories, memoirs, essays, and a play selected from works by twenty-three authors. Many of the pieces express feelings about the writers' physical conditions, which range from congenital deafness to gradual hearing loss to hearing impairment. Includes brief biographical sketches. 1992.

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary BR 11743
by Simon Winchester
2 volumes
An account of the unusual circumstances leading to the friendship between the Oxford English Dictionary's editor, Dr. James Murray, and one of its most prolific contributors, Dr. W.C. Minor, an American criminal. Relates the details of Dr. Minor's crime and its aftermath and how he first began his correspondence with Dr. Murray. Bestseller 1998.

Comets: Creators and Destroyers BR 11751
by David H. Levy
2 volumes
The discoverer of twenty-two comets, including Shoemaker-Levy 9, describes his work and tells how "these flying balls of ice and dust have shaped the course of life on Earth." Surveys the history of comets beginning four billion years ago and describes a likely scenario for a large comet striking the earth in the future. 1998.

The Merchant of Venice BR 11789
by William Shakespeare
2 volumes
A five-act comedy about love, marriage, and exacting justice. Portia, disguised as a man, defends Antonio in court against Shylock, who is demanding a pound of flesh in payment for a debt. Based on the text of the 1600 quarto edition. Contains explanatory notes and an essay on the modern perspective. 1992.

A History of Christian Thought: From Its Judaic and Hellenistic Origins to Existentialism BR 11798
by Paul Tillich
6 volumes
In this collection of lectures originally delivered at two universities, Tillich reflects on the development of theological ideas that have remained important in the twentieth century. Topics include the trinitarian controversy, Luther's doctrines, and the Enlightenment. 1968.

1001 Things Everyone Should Know about the Universe BR 11825
by William A. Gutsch
4 volumes
Facts and comments about the solar system, including chapters on the sun, the moon, stars, black holes, and the search for extraterrestrial life. For senior high and older readers. 1998.

A Passion for Wisdom: A Very Brief History of Philosophy BR 11838
by Robert C. Solomon and Kathleen M. Higgins
2 volumes
Portrays the evolution of philosophical ideas and trends from ancient times to postmodern thinking, which arose after World War II. Traces the development of key ideologies and movements, explaining their meanings, relationships, and historical significance. 1997.

Great Careers for People Interested in Communications Technology BR 11842
by Julie Czerneda and Victoria Vincent
1 volume
Discusses careers available in the field of communication including mapmaker, Internet marketer, systems analyst, microwave dish installer, and teacher. Describes typical workdays, duties involved, getting started in the field, and writing a resumé. For junior and senior high readers. 1996.

Great Careers for People Fascinated by Government and the Law BR 11843
by Anne Marie Males
1 volume
Discusses careers available in government and law, including police officer, law librarian, forensic technician, and foreign service officer. Describes day-to-day activities, training needed, and related fields. Includes sample application letters and interview tips. For junior and senior high readers. 1996.

Consumer Rites: The Buying and Selling of American Holidays BR 11853
by Leigh Eric Schmidt
4 volumes
A social study of the origin and evolution of U.S. holidays into highly commercialized events that clash with religious practices and the original intent. Includes chapters on Christmas and Easter, and covers Mother's, Father's, and St. Valentine's Days, as well as Halloween. Provides brief information on recent innovations such as Kwanzaa and Earth Day. 1995.

Clueless in the Kitchen: A Cookbook for Teens BR 11857
by Evelyn Raab
2 volumes
Two hundred recipes based on the principle that cooking from scratch is cheaper, healthier, and tastier. Includes dishes for breakfast through dinner, desserts, snacks, and vegetarian specialties. Contains tips on stocking the pantry, shopping for fresh ingredients, food preparation and storage, and kitchen appliance maintenance. For junior and senior high readers. 1998.

Feast of India BR 11868
by Rani
2 volumes
More than 150 traditional recipes have been adapted to introduce Americans to Indian cuisine. Covers background information on customs, spices, and techniques. Contains recipes for complete menus from appetizers, through meat and vegetarian main dishes, to desserts and beverages. 1991.

William Shakespeare: A Compact Documentary Life BR 11872
by S. Schoenbaum
4 volumes
Schoenbaum presents a scholarly biography based on written records. Recounts Shakespeare's simple life story as evidenced in documents found in Stratford, where he was born, raised, and died, and in London, where he gained his livelihood. 1977.

Blowing on the Changes: The Art of the Jazz Horn Players BR 11876
by Leslie Gourse
2 volumes
Discusses the development of jazz from the 1900s to the 1990s. Gourse relates the story of Louis "Pops" Armstrong's rise to fame and his influence on the world of jazz. She also covers many other well-known horn players, including Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, and Wynton Marsalis. For junior and senior high readers. 1997.

Miracle Cures: Dramatic New Scientific Discoveries Revealing the Healing Powers of Herbs and Vitamins and Other Natural Remedies BR 11884
by Jean Carper
3 volumes
The author discusses how natural remedies are used in various countries to lower cholesterol, sharpen memory, fight infections, and otherwise improve health. She presents evidence supporting the value of these cures, describes how they work, and offers advice on proper usage. Bestseller 1997.

Partners in Independence: A Success Story of Dogs and the Disabled BR 11885
by Ed and Toni Eames
2 volumes
Accounts of disabled people and their canine assistants that depict the trust, support, and bonding that typify these relationships. Recounts cases of heroic actions by dogs to save their human partners from harm, as well as examples of everyday assistance that dogs provide. 1997.

Virtual Reality: Computers Mimic the Physical World BR 11886
by Sean M. Grady
2 volumes
Examines the concept of virtual reality--its history and the implications for the future. Discusses virtual reality's role, as well as its drawbacks, in business, medicine, science, the military, and the entertainment industries. Includes a glossary. For senior high and older readers. 1998.

Silent Spring BR 11887
by Rachel Carson
3 volumes
The author criticizes large-scale use of chemical insecticides and weed killers, warning that such a policy jeopardizes the environment and damages wildlife. Contains an introduction by Vice President Al Gore. 1962.

Without: Poems BR 11891
by Donald Hall
1 volume
Hall recalls in poems the illness and death from leukemia of his wife, the well-known poet Jane Kenyon. He details their emotions during her struggle at forty-six to stay alive. The last section expresses his grief from missing her. 1998.

Rainforests BR 11907
edited by Charles P. Cozic
2 volumes
Argues that the depletion of the world's tropical rainforests has caused irreversible ecological damage. Explores the loss of biodiversity, drastic climatic changes, and the uprooting of indigenous populations. Describes the debate about the severity of these problems, especially in British Columbia and the Amazon. For senior high and older readers. 1998.

Coping with PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) BR 11913
by Barbara Moe
1 volume
Explains puberty, ovulation, and menstruation as well as the physical and emotional aspects of PMS. Includes sources for additional information and recipes and lifestyle changes to facilitate self-improvement. Also provides a glossary. For senior high and older readers. 1998.

Coping with Migraines and Other Headaches BR 11917
by Andrea Votava
1 volume
Provides a definition and discussion of headaches--types, causes, cures, and self-help techniques for alleviating them. Explores alternative as well as traditional approaches. Includes a glossary and a list of relevant organizations and web sites for further research. For senior high and older readers. 1997.

Purify Your Body: Natural Remedies for Detoxing from Fifty Everyday Situations BR 11942
by Nina L. Diamond
2 volumes
Explains how the different systems and parts of the body work and discusses various types of natural treatments including Chinese and Native American medicine. The author then describes how to use these healing techniques to prevent or treat fifty "toxic situations" such as caffeine addiction, PMS, prostate problems, and jet lag. 1996.

First Love and Other Stories BR 11960
by Ivan Turgenev
3 volumes
These three stories by the nineteenth-century Russian author are somewhat autobiographical. In "First Love," written in 1860, a father and son fall in love with the same woman. Written in 1872, "Spring Torrents" portrays a middle-aged person looking back on the folly of youth. "A Fire at Sea," written in 1883, tells of Turgenev's personal experience. 1957.

A Simple Program: A Contemporary Translation of the Book Alcoholics Anonymous BR 11968
by J
2 volumes
This revision of Alcoholics Anonymous, first published in 1939, uses modern language without gender or relationship assumptions. Explains alcoholism and AA's twelve-step method of recovery. In AA tradition, the author remains anonymous. 1996.

How to Get a Job If You're a Teenager BR 11987
by Cindy Pervola and Debby Hobgood
1 volume
Tips on job hunting address deciding what type of job to apply for, completing applications, preparing for the interview (including choosing what to wear), and interview being itself. What to expect on the first day and the proper way to quit a job are also discussed. For junior and senior high readers. 1998.

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