Braille Book Review

May-June 2000
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 2 BR 11572
by William Shakespeare
2 volumes
First published in 1600. An annotated version of Shakespeare's play involving Prince Hal, Falstaff, and the troubled monarch, Henry IV. Provides historical perspective and plot summaries. Defines obscure terms and uses modern spelling. 1961.

It's Only Rock 'n' Roll: The Ultimate Guide to the Rolling Stones BR 11819
by James Karnbach and Carol Bernson
8 volumes
The history of the English band presented as a chronology. The longest chapter is a complete listing of the group's tours and concerts from 1962 to 1998. Contains a sessionography and a discography of releases for the U.S. and the U.K. Ends with a section on bootlegs. 1997.

Real World Math: Money and Other Numbers in Your Life BR 11926
by Donna Guthrie and Jan Stiles
1 volume
Do I need a savings account? Can I buy whatever I want with my own credit card? Can I afford my own car? How much should I tip the waiter? The authors answer these and many more questions about handling money. Includes discussions of balancing a checkbook and cost-effective shopping. For junior and senior high readers. 1998.

The Rivals; The Duenna; A Trip to Scarborough; The School for Scandal; The Critic BR 12062
by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
6 volumes
Five plays by the English dramatist written between 1775 and 1779. These polished, satirical comedies of manners have a history of successful stage performances. This edition from the Oxford World's Classics series contains a twentieth-century introduction and explanatory notes for each play. 1998.

Who Killed Homer? The Demise of Classical Education and the Recovery of Greek Wisdom BR 12107
by Victor Davis Hanson and John Heath
3 volumes
Explores the premise that while Western values--democracy, free speech, free markets, and individual rights--are spreading rapidly throughout the world, it is vital for universities to continue classical study programs to understand the origins of these ideas in the ancient Greek vision of life. Further discussion of common problems in classics departments. 1998.

Making Scrapbooks: Complete Guide to Preserving Your Treasured Memories BR 12114
by Vanessa-Ann
1 volume
Presents more than seventy ideas for creating a personal scrapbook. Offers suggestions for various themes around which to create a book and ideas for making covers and bindings. Describes various techniques and necessary tools. 1998.

Gifts for Herb Lovers: Over Fifty Projects to Make and Give BR 12116
by Betty Oppenheimer
2 volumes
Ways to use herbs in culinary, cosmetic, scented, and decorative products. Includes recipes for tea bags, herbal vinegar, bath salts, lip balm, and hand cream. Provides lists of materials, equipment, and step-by-step instructions for sachets, moth-repellent hangers, a living wreath, and pinecone fire starters. 1997.

The Yellow Farmhouse Cookbook BR 12125
by Christopher Kimball
5 volumes
Reminiscences of life on a Vermont farm and recipes fondly remembered from days gone by. Each chapter includes tales from the author's rural background and directions for preparing favorite foods, often with several variations. Also offers information about purchasing basic equipment and assembling ingredients for cooking. 1998.

Building Storage Stuff: Twenty-five Plans and Projects to Help Put Things in Their Place BR 12148
by Richard Freudenberger
2 volumes
A woodworker's guide for constructing useful storage areas in the home. Describes techniques, materials, and tools. Presents scale drawings, plans, and procedures as well as safety tips. 1997.

Qigong for Health and Vitality BR 12150
by Michael Tse
1 volume
The philosophy and practice of traditional Chinese body movements that are aimed at promoting good health by improving posture, breathing, and well-being. Discusses how daily practice results in stress reduction and relief for many common ailments. Includes step-by-step instructions. 1995.

Perfumes, Splashes, and Colognes: Discovering and Crafting Your Personal Fragrances BR 12151
by Nancy M. Booth
2 volumes
A professional perfumer describes how to make natural scents. Gives a brief history of the industry as well as sources of ingredients for the hobbyist, step-by-step instructions, and equipment needed. Includes tips on packaging and a glossary. 1997.

Natural Baskets: Create Over Twenty Unique Baskets with Materials Gathered in Gardens, Fields, and Woods BR 12152
edited by Maryanne Gillooly
2 volumes
Techniques and designs to create baskets and garden ornaments with materials gathered from woods and fields. Step-by-step instructions for projects created by seven craftsmen. Includes a glossary and sources for supplies. 1992.

The Great Grammar Challenge: Test Yourself on Punctuation, Usage, Grammar, and More BR 12158
edited by Priscilla S. Taylor and Mary Stoughton
3 volumes
The authors, both editors, offer suggestions on ways to improve writing skills. Includes sections on spelling, punctuation, usage and grammar, and perennial problems such as hyphenated compound words and numbers. Answers, including explanations, are given for all exercises. 1997.

Tyra's Beauty Inside and Out BR 12172
by Tyra Banks
2 volumes
Supermodel offers health, relationship, and beauty tips as well as biographical information. Discusses skin and hair care, makeup techniques, and daily beauty regimens geared for a healthy lifestyle. For senior high and older readers. 1998.

The Science of Jurassic Park and The Lost World BR 12178
by Rob DeSalle and David Lindley
2 volumes
An examination of scientific theories that were explored in the popular Jurassic Park (BR 9345) and The Lost World (BR 10243). Investigates the feasibility of producing a dinosaur using samples of DNA. Reconstructs social behavior of the prehistoric creatures. For senior high and older readers. 1997.

Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic BR 12196
by Martha Beck
3 volumes
While the author and her husband were Harvard graduate students, she became pregnant with their second child and learned he had Down syndrome. She describes the seemingly magical events that followed and the lessons she learned despite the difficulties. After Adam was born, it was "worth it, a thousand times over." 1999.

From the Devotions: Poems BR 12199
by Carl Phillips
1 volume
Series of twenty-seven poems divided into three sections: "The Living," "Gods Various," and "The Veil Between." Explores the theme of desire and the search for transcendence. 1998.

Cold Oceans: Adventures in Kayak, Rowboat, and Dogsled BR 12235
by Jon Turk
3 volumes
The author describes four of his adventures, many of which ended up as unanticipated ordeals: kayaking to Cape Horn, rowing across the Northwest Passage, dogsledding on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic, and following an old migration route to Greenland. Reflects on famous explorations of the past. Some strong language. 1998.

Betrayal: How the Clinton Administration Undermined American Security BR 12278
by Bill Gertz
3 volumes
Washington Times reporter on national security and defense issues cites Pentagon, State Department, and White House sources to argue that president Clinton's foreign policy decisions have weakened U.S. prospects for peace and stability. Includes copies of government documents to support his claims. Bestseller 1999.

And Justice for All: The Legal Rights of Young People BR 12280
by Sandra Joseph Nunez and Trish Marx
1 volume
Explores several legal issues as they relate to young people, including First Amendment protections, right to privacy, labor laws, and discrimination. Presents case histories and events that compelled courts and legislatures to reexamine the prerogatives and protections of youth in America. For senior high and older readers. 1997.

Cancer--Increasing Your Odds for Survival: A Resource Guide for Integrating Mainstream, Alternative, and Complementary Therapies BR 12281
by David Bognar
3 volumes
The author advocates combining medical treatments to ensure a successful recovery. Discusses both conventional and alternative approaches, along with different therapies, tests, and treatments. Includes resources and organizations to assist the informed patient as well as interviews with experts in each field. Concludes with help in grieving. 1998.

The Legacy of the Civil War BR 12296
by Robert Penn Warren
1 volume
For the centennial of the Civil War's beginning, Warren reflects on the symbolic meaning of the conflict that he believes was "the great single event of our history." 1961.

Thieves of Paradise BR 12370
by Yusef Komunyakaa
1 volume
Collection of more than sixty works by a prize-winning American poet. The section "Debriefing Ghosts" is a series of prose poems about the aftermath of military service in Vietnam. Other selections reflect the writer's broad range of interests, including jazz and the blues. 1998.

The Bend for Home BR 12380
by Dermot Healy
3 volumes
Poet and novelist recalls his childhood in a small Irish village and the family's move to a town where his mother and aunt managed a bakery. Reminisces about his father, a policeman plagued with ill health. Includes diary entries from Healy's teenage years and how he cared for his aging mother. Some strong language. 1996.

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