Braille Book Review

November-December 2000
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.

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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."


Weird Women, Wired Women BR 12334
by Kit Reed
2 volumes
Nineteen short stories about women's problems at various stages of life. In "The Wait," a mother and daughter lose their way and are stranded in an odd place made even stranger by the customs for virgin daughters. In "The Mothers of Shark Island," elderly, unwanted mothers are incarcerated on an island. Some strong language. 1998.

City of Light BR 12355
by Lauren Belfer
5 volumes
Buffalo, New York; 1901. Niagara Falls is harnessed for electricity, and environmentalists and union agitators fight the power company for control. Louisa Barrett, the progressive headmistress of a girls' school, becomes involved when the head engineer is murdered, and she suspects the adoptive father of her illegitimate daughter. 1999.

When Wallflowers Die: A Phoebe Siegel Mystery BR 12435
by Sandra West Prowell
3 volumes
Montana private investigator Phoebe Siegel is hired by gubernatorial candidate Bob Maitland to look into the murder of his wife that has remained unsolved for twenty-seven years. Soon disgusted by Maitland's political motives, Siegel drops him as a client but continues the search on her own. Strong language and violence. 1996.

Wings of Fire: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery BR 12443
by Charles Todd
3 volumes
Inspector Ian Rutledge from Scotland Yard is sent to Cornwall to investigate three recent deaths in a prominent family. He discovers one victim was a famous poet whose works involved the Great War. Although still suffering from shell shock, Rutledge discovers more ghastly murders in the family's past. Some violence. 1998.

The Torrents of Spring: A Romantic Novel in Honor of the Passing of a Great Race BR 12450
by Ernest Hemingway
1 volume (Reissue)
Satirical view of American writers and their literary pursuits, presented as author's inserts and commentary within a portrayal of the lives of two men who work in a Michigan pump factory. 1926.

Watermelon Nights BR 12461
by Greg Sarris
4 volumes
Multigenerational tale about a Native American family in California trying to reclaim their heritage. Three members take turns telling their life story: Johnny; his grandmother Elba, who maintains her people's traditions; and Iris, Johnny's mother and Elba's daughter. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1998.

If I Were Boss: The Early Business Stories of Sinclair Lewis BR 12463
by Sinclair Lewis
4 volumes
Fifteen short stories originally published in magazines in the early part of the twentieth century. In the title piece, a young salesman learns about office politics and getting ahead. In "Number Seven to Sagapoose," a longtime shoe peddler has more influence on people than he thinks. 1997.

Blue Genes: A Kate Brannigan Mystery BR 12472
by Val McDermid
2 volumes
Manchester private investigator Kate Brannigan is hired to rescue a punk rock band from saboteurs. But things become more complicated when her friends Alexis and Chris, who are involved in an illegal fertility experiment, become frightened after their gynecologist is murdered. Some strong language and some violence. 1996.

Sanctuary BR 12478
by William Faulkner
2 volumes
Mississippi lawyer Horace Benbow becomes involved with young coed Temple Drake, who is then brutally raped. The investigation reveals human evil amidst poor white moonshiners, half-wits, and prostitutes. First published in 1931; contains 1985 changes made by Noel Polk based on the author's notes. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1931.

Spinners BR 12479
by Anthony McCarten
2 volumes
Sixteen-year-old Delia Chapman is a virgin until she is visited by a spaceman who impregnates her. The rest of Delia's New Zealand townspeople are incredulous, but Delia is insistent. Philip Sullivan, the town's new young librarian, is intrigued by Delia and her story. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1999.

The Dinosaur Club BR 12482
by William Heffernan
3 volumes
Jack Fallon's life suddenly goes downhill--his wife is leaving him, his spoiled kids demand money, and his company is deliberately laying off older workers. Fallon teams up with a beautiful and sympathetic company lawyer and his work buddies to sabotage the evil machinations of the CEO. Some strong language. 1997.

Marry Me: A Romance BR 12484
by John Updike
2 volumes
Lighthearted novel of well-to-do suburbia and adultery in the 1960s. Jerry and Sally are in love, though married to others. Jerry's nice wife, Ruth, is having an affair with Sally's quirky husband, Richard. Strong language. 1976.

Wildside BR 12502
by Steven Gould
3 volumes
Charlie Newell, eighteen, inherits an unusual ranch. The back door of the barn opens into an alternate world containing extinct animals and mineral deposits. Charlie entrusts his secret to four friends, and together they begin mining gold. All is well until the government discovers their secret. For senior high and older readers. 1996.

Act of Revenge BR 12505
by Robert K. Tanenbaum
4 volumes
Assistant district attorney Roger ("Butch") Karp and his private investigator wife Marlene Ciampi both take on cases involving Mafia family members, and they soon learn that the two crimes are related. Butch and Marlene's twelve-year-old daughter, Lucy, witnesses a murder in Chinatown that is also connected. Strong language and violence. 1999.

Helm BR 12508
by Steven Gould
4 volumes
For colonists to survive on Agatsu, once each generation someone must be imprinted with Earth's scientific knowledge contained in the Glass Helm. Dulan de Laal selects his oldest son to be that person. But his youngest son, Leland, climbs the needle and dons the helmet--without knowing the consequences. For senior high and older readers. 1998.

A Farewell to Arms BR 12510
by Ernest Hemingway
3 volumes (Reissue)
Romance between American lieutenant Frederic Henry in the ambulance service in Italy during World War I and the English nurse Catherine Barkley, who tends him when he is wounded. When Catherine becomes pregnant, she refuses to marry Frederic. 1929.

Monster BR 12515
by Walter Dean Myers
1 volume
Sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon sits in jail accused of being a lookout in a deadly robbery. An aspiring filmmaker, Steve reviews his time in jail as a movie script. He wonders if he has become the monster that the prosecutor has made him out to be. For senior high readers. 1999.

Syrup BR 12517
by Maxx Barry
3 volumes
Scat has a new marketing degree and a wonderful idea for a new cola. Coke offers him three million, but Scat's roommate, Sneaky Pete, beats him to the trademark office. Scat scrambles to come up with another winning idea to impress an appealing Coke marketing employee named 6. Strong language. 1999.

Kidnapped BR 12524
by Robert Louis Stevenson
2 volumes
Young David Balfour relates his adventures of 1751 when he was kidnapped and marooned after a shipwreck, his journey through the wild Highlands of Scotland, his friendship with the Jacobite Alan Breck Stewart, and his suffering at the hands of his uncle Ebenezer Balfour of Shaws. For senior high and older readers. 1886.

The Cat Who Robbed a Bank BR 12532
by Lilian Jackson Braun
2 volumes
Autumn in Pickax brings festivals, the Scottish Games, and the return of estate jeweler Mr. Delacamp. But Mr. Delacamp is murdered in the newly restored hotel, and his assistant and the desk clerk are missing. Qwilleran takes clues from his cats, Koko and Yum Yum, to solve the crime. Bestseller 1999.

Take It Easy BR 12541
by David Hill
1 volume
New Zealand. Rob Kennedy, still mourning his mother's passing, joins five other teenagers for a week-long hike through rugged mountains. But when they wake up one morning, their adult guide is dead. For junior and senior high readers. 1995.

Catherwood BR 12548
by Marly Youmans
1 volume
In 1676 Catherwood and her husband, Gabriel, emigrate from England to a settlement near Albany, New York. Catherwood, herself an orphan, gives birth to a daughter, Elisabeth. One day, as mother and child are returning home from a visit, they become desperately lost and remain in the wilderness for months. 1996.

Murder at the Library of Congress BR 12564
by Margaret Truman
2 volumes
Annabel Reed-Smith is happily ensconced at the Library of Congress's Hispanic Room researching an article on Christopher Columbus and his aide Las Casas, whose lost diaries are rumored to reveal hidden treasure. When she finds the expert librarian on the subject murdered, Annabel and her husband, Mac, investigate. Some violence. 1999.

The Pearl BR 12570
by John Steinbeck
1 volume (Reissue)
A folktale of lower California is the basis for this narrative about Kino, a simple fisherman, who finds an enormous pearl that promises to provide for all his family's needs. When it brings nothing but misfortune, Kino throws it back to the sea and resumes his difficult way of life. 1945.

Before I Say Good-Bye BR 12590
by Mary Higgins Clark
3 volumes
Just as Nell MacDermott has decided to run for her grandfather's New York congressional seat, her architect husband's yacht blows up with him on board. When a medium claims to be in touch with the dead man, Nell, psychically gifted herself, is drawn into an investigation of conspiracy and murder. Bestseller 2000.

The Bluest Eye BR 12618
by Toni Morrison
2 volumes
1941. Eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove--poor, ugly, and black-- desperately wants blue eyes, which she thinks would solve all her problems. But instead she is subjected to rejection, violence, and an unwanted pregnancy. Slowly, she begins to descend into madness. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1970.

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