Braille Book Review

May-June 2001
Books for Adults--Nonfiction

Books for Adults The following books were recently produced for the NLS program. To order books, contact your braille-lending library. Note: For the infomation 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 occurence, as in "some strong language." Nonfiction

Balance Your Body, Balance Your Life: Dr. Taub's Twenty-Eight-Day Permanent Weight Loss Plan BR 12573
by Edward A. Taub
4 volumes
Medical doctor outlines an integrative month-long regimen of eating and exercising patterns, which he claims will lead to permanent weight loss, better health, and more energy. Diet stresses "live" foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables, eaten at optimal times of day. Exercise centers on walking and yoga stretches. 1999.

The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson BR 12581
by Emily Dickinson
6 volumes
The work of nineteenth-century American poet Emily Dickinson collected in one volume. Includes all 1,775 poems in rough chronological order. 1960.

Portraits: Talking with Artists at the Met, the Modern, the Louvre, and Elsewhere BR 12588
by Michael Kimmelman
2 volumes
Originating as a series of articles in the New York Times, these interviews with eighteen contemporary artists as they sit in front of famous paintings "attempt to help bridge the gap between artists and the public." The painters discuss how these celebrated works fit into the continuing development of art. 1998.

Saint Augustine BR 12630
by Garry Wills
1 volume
Portrait of the renowned fourth-century bishop, theologian, and religious writer whose thinking deeply influenced the development of Christianity through the ages. Discusses his personal search for faith and his central beliefs. Debunks the widespread notion that his youth was especially licentious. 1999.

Preserving for All Seasons BR 12633
by Anne Gardon
1 volume
A guide to canning and pickling fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the year. Offers recipes for every season with creative suggestions for using the products. Includes directions for preparing pears in wine, Indian chutney, Chinese pickles, and other unusual concoctions. 1999.

Almost Everyone's Guide to Science: The Universe, Life, and Everything BR 12645
by John Gribbin
3 volumes
An overview of modern science that explains our understanding of the universe. Encompasses atoms, chemistry, evolution, and the solar system, among other topics. Discusses how all of the sciences fit together and can be comprehensible to the average person. 1999.

Road-Side Dog BR 12654
by Czeslaw Milosz
1 volume
In stories, poems, and essays an aged Nobel laureate reflects on a wide range of topics including America, religion, the magic of love, the secret charm of cats, and the process of aging. These musings reveal the insights and wisdom of his eighty-seven years. 1998.

Paper Daughter: A Memoir BR 12657
by M. Elaine Mar
3 volumes
Born in southern China in 1966, the author moved to Hong Kong and then, at five, to Denver with her family to live with an aunt. Before leaving for Harvard, Mar struggled with classmates' cruelty and having to live in two cultures. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1999.

Nuclear Proliferation: The Problems and Possibilities BR 12661
by Glenn Alan Cheney
1 volume
Explores the issue of nuclear proliferation and the dangers it poses. Discusses the history and development of the weapons, various treaties regulating their use, and current threats posed by the technology following the breakup of the Soviet Union. Offers suggestions for international cooperation. For junior and senior high readers. 1999.

Summers with the Bears: Six Seasons in the Minnesota Woods BR 12662
by Jack Becklund
1 volume
The author recalls leaving Florida in 1988 to live in the backwoods of Minnesota, where he and his wife befriended an orphaned black bear cub and became intimately acquainted with nine more bears over the next six years. Describes the couple's extraordinary experiences with their ursine friends. 1999.

Midnight Dreary: The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe BR 12717
by John Evangelist Walsh
2 volumes
An investigative account of Edgar Allan Poe's final days. Retraces the author's solo journey from Richmond, Virginia, to New York City, during which he mysteriously vanished for several days. Speculates on the basis of documentary evidence how Poe most likely died. 1998.

The Book of Finger Foods BR 12726
by Hilaire Walden
1 volume
Eclectic assortment of recipes for dishes that can be eaten with the fingers at parties, picnics, or light meals. Asian crackers, Scotch eggs, shrimp toast, turkey and cranberry rolls, baked new potatoes, seared scallop kabobs, Mexican mini muffins, orange truffle cups, and cheesecake squares are among the entries. 1999.

Greene on Capri: A Memoir BR 12730
by Shirley Hazzard
1 volume
Novelist Shirley Hazzard creates a portrait of the British author Graham Greene, based on her personal recollections. Describes how she and her husband, Francis Steegmuller, became lifelong friends with Greene in the late 1960s on the historic Mediterranean isle of Capri--a haven for writers. 2000.

Crazy for Rivers BR 12734
by Bill Barich
1 volume
Reflections on fishing and memories evoked while casting a hook and enjoying the outdoors. Barich reminisces about his father (a passionate angler) and childhood vacations. Describes the attractions of trout fishing and fondly recalls trips to wonderful rivers. 1999.

"I Remain in Darkness" BR 12735
by Annie Ernaux
1 volume
Journal in which French writer Annie Ernaux recorded her mother's deterioration from Alzheimer's disease. Describes her mother's worsening memory lapses and the difficulties of caring for her at home before placing her in a long-term geriatric ward. 1999.

Explorers with Disabilities Program Helps BR 12751
by Boy Scouts of America
1 volume
Provides a variety of programs and activities for the scout leader in an effort to include young adults with disabilities in the Exploring program, which includes both men and women from ages fourteen through twenty. Companion to Scouting for the Physically Handicapped (RC 9429). 1994.

Something New: Reflections on the Beginning of a Marriage BR 12755
by Amanda Beesley
2 volumes
Expanded from a series of columns written for Self magazine, this book describes the author's first year of marriage. Both freelance writers, Beesley and her husband leave New York City for a year of country living. Meanwhile, Beesley struggles to accept her mother's worsening dementia from Alzheimer's disease. Some strong language. 2000.

The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought BR 13027
by Marilynne Robinson
2 volumes
A selection of contrarian writings on religion, history, and social issues, intended to inform and enlighten contemporary discourse. Asserts that intellectual life in late-1990s society is "short on substance" and obsessed with the marketplace. Presents essays that give historical context for rethinking modern culture. 1998.

Wasn't the Grass Greener? A Curmudgeon's Fond Memories BR 13029
by Barbara Holland
2 volumes
Thirty-three essays lamenting the passing of a simpler, traditional way of life at the end of the twentieth century. The author reminisces about the card games and front porches that "brought us together" and about the increasing disdain for family heirlooms in this age of planned obsolescence. 1999.

Green Alaska: Dreams from the Far Coast BR 13031
by Nancy Lord
1 volume
The author traces the 1899 Alaska expedition of Edward H. Harriman, president of the Union Pacific Railroad, who brought prominent scientists, writers, artists, and photographers to study and observe the western coastline. Lord describes the flora, fauna, inhabitants, and environment, comparing her journey with Harriman's. 1999.

Law 101: Everything You Need to Know about the American Legal System BR 13033
by Jay M. Feinman
4 volumes
A law professor provides an overview of information typically taught in the first year of law school. Using well-known cases to illustrate his points, Feinman discusses constitutional law; the litigation process; personal injury and tort law; contract, criminal, and property law; and more. 2000.

Careers for Non-Conformists: A Practical Guide to Finding and Developing a Career outside the Mainstream BR 13040
by Sandra Gurvis
4 volumes
Focusing on self-employment, the guide discusses traits necessary for success, valuable resources, and what to expect in general. Covers fields related to computers, entertainment, law, food and hospitality, medical and insurance services, physical fitness and the outdoors, sales and marketing, travel and tourism, and research and writing. 2000.

Bad Man Blues: A Portable George Garrett BR 13045
by George Garrett
2 volumes
A collection of nine short stories, nine humorous academic anecdotes, and six personal essays reflecting on the author's family. In the title piece a young African American lawyer in Florida gains the attention of some white attorneys by recounting the unusual twist in the last local lynching. Some strong language. 1998.

Deep Writing: Seven Principles That Bring Ideas to Life BR 13047
by Eric Maisel
1 volume
A psychotherapist and writer prescribes seven principles for "deep writing," which he defines as "writing passionately and well about those things that really matter to you." Contends that psychological blocks, rather than lack of talent, most frequently prevent aspiring authors from achieving success. 1999.

Educating Esmé: Diary of a Teacher's First Year BR 13056
by Esmé Raji Codell
1 volume
Journal entries relate the author's first months in an urban classroom. Esmé recalls her refusal to be intimidated by her Chicago inner-city fifth graders and her determination to make their learning experience unique and enjoyable--despite her own problems with an infuriating school principal. Strong language. 1999.

Because Cowards Get Cancer Too: A Hypochondriac Confronts His Nemesis BR 13106
by John Diamond
2 volumes
British columnist describes his experience in 1997 of having a cyst in his neck that leads to the discovery of cancer in his tongue. A self-described hypochondriac, Diamond wryly observes his own reactions as diagnoses and treatments become more and more grim. Includes excerpts from his columns. 1998.

Truth: Four Stories I Am Finally Old Enough to Tell BR 13117
by Ellen Douglas
2 volumes
Still publishing under her pen name, the author recalls four troublesome episodes from her earlier years. While some details were incorporated in her previous works, here she tries to record the "truth" as factually as possible. In "Grant" she describes residing with a dying uncle, but remaining emotionally distant from him. 1998.

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