Braille Book Review

May-June 2002
Books for Adults--Fiction


The Woman Who Fell from the Sky: The Iroquois, Volume 1 BR 12845
by Barbara Riefe
3 volumes
As Margaret Addison-Lacroix sails up the Hudson River to meet the man she married by proxy, her boat is attacked by Indians. She is rescued by Oneidas, who eventually help her reach Quebec. Prequel to For Love of Two Eagles (BR 12846). Some violence and some strong language. 1994.

For Love of Two Eagles: The Iroquois, Volume 2 BR 12846
by Barbara Riefe
3 volumes
In this sequel to The Woman Who Fell from the Sky (BR 12845), Margaret, living as an Oneida with her husband, Two Eagles, is pregnant. The couple must deal with Two Eagles's first wife's brother and with the man Margaret's father has sent to recover her. Some violence and some strong language. 1995.

Mohawk Woman: The Iroquois, Volume 3 BR 12847
by Barbara Riefe
3 volumes
This sequel to For Love of Two Eagles (BR 12846) focuses on Two Eagles's cousin, Sky Toucher, and his beloved Singing Brook, both Mohawks. Though their estranged families oppose their marriage, the two are determined to wed. Violence, some descriptions of sex, and some strong language. 1996.

Dakota Home: Buffalo Valley Trilogy, Volume 2 BR 12926
by Debbie Macomber
3 volumes
In this sequel to Dakota Born (BR 12925), Buffalo Valley is revitalized thanks to Lindsay Snyder and to her longtime friend Maddy Washburn, who buys the grocery store. When reclusive Jeb McKenna comes shopping, Maddy is attracted to him, but Jeb needs a blizzard to see the light. 2000.

Guy Mannering BR 13236
by Walter Sir Scott
8 volumes
Young Harry Bertram, heir to the Ellangowan estate, is kidnapped and sent away from England by an unscrupulous lawyer who covets the property. Years later, when Harry returns to England after military service in India, he is recognized by an old gypsy woman and learns the secret of his past. 1814.

The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1 BR 13276
by Philip Pullman
3 volumes
A tale set in Victorian England on an alternate Earth. Young Lyra Belacqua and her daemon enjoy an idyllic life among the scholars at Jordan College. Then her friend Roger and other children are abducted by the Gobblers. Venturing north in pursuit, Lyra encounters an alien and sinister world. Violence. For junior and senior high readers. 1995.

The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials, Book 2 BR 13277
by Philip Pullman
3 volumes
Sequel to The Golden Compass (BR 13276). Lyra and her daemon are joined in Ci'gazze by twelve-year-old Will, who is searching for his long-lost explorer father. Will proves his mettle--losing two fingers in a fight--and now bears the magical Subtle Knife. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 1997.

The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials, Book 3 BR 13278
by Philip Pullman
4 volumes
In this continuation of The Subtle Knife (BR 13277), Lyra is hidden in a cave by her mother, Mrs. Coulter. Two angels want Will and his magic knife to accompany them to Lord Asriel, but Will is determined to find Lyra first. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. Bestseller 2000.

Death on a Silver Tray BR 13293
by Rosemary Stevens
2 volumes
London, 1805. George "Beau" Brummell is beseeched by his friend the duchess of York to clear a ladies' companion, whom she had recommended, of murder charges. The dreadful old Lady Wrayburn has been poisoned and the duchess wants to avoid a scandal. 2000.

The Guns of Navarone; Force 10 from Navarone BR 13330
by Alistair MacLean
4 volumes
Two classic World War II adventures. In The Guns of Navarone, a British sabotage team must destroy Nazi weapons so that a small Greek island can be evacuated. In Force 10 from Navarone, three Allied spies are assigned an impossible mission in Yugoslavia. Some violence and some strong language. 1968.

Mummy's Legs BR 13348
by Kate Bingham
2 volumes
Her mother's fiftieth birthday triggers in Sarah poignant memories of the attempted suicide--when she was ten Sarah had to be "Mummy's legs" to open the door for the ambulance men. Moving between past and present, she reviews a mosaic of details about her difficult childhood. Some strong language. 1998.

MotherKind BR 13350
by Jayne Anne Phillips
3 volumes
Poet Kate has her baby while tending to her terminally ill mother, Katherine, and waiting for her lover Matt's divorce. During the year, Kate attends to her growing family, including Matt's two sons on a part-time basis. Gradually she accepts her mother's passing. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller 2000.

Scarlet Feather BR 13352
by Maeve Binchy
5 volumes
Cooking-school friends Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather have created the Scarlet Feather catering company in Dublin. During their first year, as they get off to a good start professionally, they struggle in their personal lives with troubled family members. Then they must recover from a devastating break-in. Bestseller 2000.

The Villa BR 13358
by Nora Roberts
4 volumes
Tereza Giambelli merges her world-renowned family wine company with that of her second husband, vintner Eli MacMillan. She arranges for her granddaughter, Sophia, and his grandson, Tyler, to work together. The move causes family conflicts and uncovers secrets, threatening the business. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller 2001.

Girl with a Pearl Earring BR 13360
by Tracy Chevalier
2 volumes
A fictional account of how the seventeenth-century artist Vermeer came to paint a portrait of a young woman wearing a pearl earring. When sixteen-year-old Griet, a Protestant, becomes a maid in Vermeer's Catholic household, the drudgery of her duties is offset by working in the artist's studio. Some descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1999.

Chosen Prey BR 13362
by John Sandford
3 volumes
Minneapolis Deputy Chief Lucas Davenport is searching for a serial killer. The unknown perpetrator is actually James Qatar, a fastidious art history teacher. His other hobby is combining Internet porn shots with faces of women he secretly photographs, and then sketching the results. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 2001.

Destiny BR 13365
by Tim Parks
3 volumes
In this stream-of-consciousness novel, British journalist Chris reflects on his marriage of thirty years to his Italian wife, Mara. His son Marco's suicide precipitates these thoughts. But Chris's fear that his marriage is over hinders his grief process. 1999.

Losing Julia BR 13366
by Jonathan Hull
3 volumes
Alternating between past and present, eighty-one-year-old Patrick Delaney recalls losing his best friend and fellow soldier Daniel in 1918. Ten years later, he meets and falls for Daniel's lover, Julia. But Patrick is married, and she claims to be engaged. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2000.

The Debt Collector BR 13369
by Lynn Hightower
3 volumes
At the house of a murdered family, Cincinnati detective Sonora Blair discovers the barely alive mother under a bed holding her unharmed baby. The woman says the "angel" saved her, sending Blair on a search for two killers and a mysterious, dangerous savior. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2000.

The Exotics: Galápagos Revisited BR 13374
by Jude Ware
1 volume
Katherine Moore's solitary and illegal vigil atop a volcano is the catalyst for tragedy. Western environmentalists, indigenous friends, and a socialite interloper--each with a different agenda--converge on her campsite, and everyone suffers as a result. Some strong language. 2000.

The Gatecrasher BR 13375
by Madeleine Wickham
2 volumes
Stunning forty-year-old Fleur crashes funerals in pursuit of wealthy widowers to swindle. When she meets Richard, she finds herself enveloped by his closeknit family--they even welcome her forlorn teenage daughter into the fold. But someone else is also after Richard's fortune. Some strong language. 1998.

The Dress Lodger BR 13377
by Sheri Holman
3 volumes
In northern England during the Industrial Revolution, at the outbreak of the 1831 cholera epidemic, teenager Gustine struggles to support herself and her deformed illegitimate child, working as a potter's assistant during the day and a prostitute at night. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2000.

Harley, like a Person BR 13382
by Cat Bauer
2 volumes
Fourteen-year-old Harley discovers that her alcoholic dad is not her birth father and searches for the truth. As she struggles to come to terms with her turbulent family life, her grades plummet and she becomes involved with an older boy. For senior high readers. 2000.

What a Woman Must Do BR 13383
by Faith Sullivan
2 volumes
1952. Three women of different generations live together in a Minnesota farming community. All three face crucial decisions that could tear apart their household. Middle-aged Harriet is engaged; insecure, college-age Bess is attracted to a married man; and Aunt Kate's strength is failing. Some strong language. 2000.

I Believe in Water: Twelve Brushes with Religion BR 13386
edited by Marilyn Singer
2 volumes
Twelve short stories describe difficult situations experienced by teens and various viewpoints expressed by the teachings of the world's major religions. Authors include Virginia Euwer Wolff, Naomi Shihab Nye, M.E. Kerr, and Nancy Springer. Settings include Japan, Haiti, South Carolina, and an American ashram. For junior and senior high readers. 2000.

The Body of Christopher Creed BR 13389
by Carol Plum-Ucci
2 volumes
Torey Adams, a high school junior with a perfect life, struggles with doubts and questions surrounding the mysterious disappearance of the class outcast. As he searches for answers, he analyzes his own behavior and discovers secrets in the victim's family. Some strong language. For senior high readers. Michael L. Printz Honor. 2000.

Meeting Luciano BR 13396
by Anna Esaki-Smith
2 volumes
Recent college graduate Emily Shimoda returns home to find her divorced mother Hanako remodeling their home on the presumption that opera star Luciano Pavarotti is coming to dinner. Emily worries about her mother's mental health, finances, and relationship with the contractor. 1999.

Make Believe BR 13397
by Joanna Scott
2 volumes
When three-year-old Bo is injured in the car accident that kills his mother, his beloved African American grandparents readily take him in. But then his unfamiliar Caucasian maternal grandmother and her second husband seek and receive custody. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2000.

Hawke's Cove BR 13399
by Susan Wilson
2 volumes
1944. Vangie Worth retreats to her grandmother's coastal New England farm while her husband is fighting in Europe. She hires Joe Green as a laborer and falls in love despite her discovery that he is a deserter. Decades later, Vangie's son returns to Hawke's Cove and meets Joe's daughter, Maggie. Some strong language. 2000.

Loving Graham Greene BR 13412
by Gloria Emerson
1 volume
Eccentric Molly Benson of Princeton is a Graham Greene enthusiast who honors the author's liberal spirit by dispensing aid to the downtrodden in Third World countries. Arriving in Algiers as a civil war begins, Molly's misguided sense of philanthropy endangers herself and her companions. 2000.

A Common Life: The Wedding Story BR 13422
by Jan Karon
1 volume
In this companion to the Mitford Years series, Father Tim Kavanagh finally gets up the courage to ask Cynthia Coppersmith to marry him. Tensions mount as each struggles with doubt and preparations. Meanwhile the entire town becomes involved in the planning. Bestseller 2001.

Dance upon the Air BR 13427
by Nora Roberts
3 volumes
Nell Channing fakes her death to escape the clutches of her abusive wealthy husband. Mysteriously drawn to Three Sisters Island--to which she is unknowingly connected through her ancestors--she works for Mia Devlin, a witch, who introduces Nell to her own latent powers. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. Bestseller 2001.

Angus: A Memoir BR 13441
by Charles Siebert
1 volume
An injured Jack Russell terrier named Angus recalls the events of his life and explains his relationship with humans from a dog's viewpoint. Describes his birthplace, a farm in Devon, England; his journey to America; and his favorite woods in southern Canada. 2000.

Anthropology BR 13449
by Dan Rhodes
1 volume
Collection of 101 tales, each with 101 words. Love stories with bizarre twists, arranged alphabetically by title--from "Anthropology," depicting a female researcher who goes overboard assimilating into Mongolian culture, to "Words," about an English speaker who loves a Portuguese woman. 2000.

All the Names BR 13452
by José Saramago
2 volumes
Subservient clerk Senhor José works in the decaying offices of the Portuguese Central Registry of Births, Marriages, and Deaths. Even José's hobby--collecting celebrities' vital statistics--is merely an extension of record keeping, until he becomes so obsessed with an unknown woman's file card that he ventures into the city to find her. 1999.

Animal Farm: A Fairy Story BR 13456
by George Orwell
1 volume (Reissue)
Classic political satire targets Soviet Communism. The animals on a farm overthrow their master and live a utopian life, until the intelligent pigs take over--and one establishes himself as dictator. Preface by Russell Baker. Introduction by C.M. Woodhouse. 1946.

An Unfortunate Woman: A Journey BR 13460
by Richard Brautigan
1 volume
Brautigan's playful and poignant final novel explores the mysteries surrounding death. The narrator buys a 160-page notebook and, beginning in January 1982, creates "a calendar map...of one man's existence during a few months' period in time." Brautigan's daughter discovered the finished manuscript following his suicide in 1984. Some strong language. 1983.

Her Infinite Variety BR 13462
by Louis Auchincloss
2 volumes
While still at Vassar in 1937, Clara Longcope puts her mother's emphasis on ambition and wealth above love and breaks her engagement. Using a succession of marriages to advance her career in publishing and move up in society, Clara is further distanced from her heart. 2000.

Jakob von Gunten BR 13508
by Robert Walser
1 volume
The young man of the title keeps a journal of his impressions after enrolling in the Benjamenta Institute, a school for servants, in the early 1900s. He records his interactions with the principal, fellow students, and townspeople as well as his thoughts and dreams. Written in German in 1908. 1969.

Pobby and Dingan BR 13515
by Ben Rice
1 volume
Ashmol is not sympathetic to his little sister, Kellyanne, when she confides that her missing imaginary friends Pobby and Dingan may be dead. But Kellyanne becomes seriously ill, and Ashmol's love for her makes him search for Pobby and Dingan to keep her alive. Strong language. 2000.

Dupont Circle BR 13598
by Paul Kafka-Gibbons
2 volumes
Three couples who live in Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C., contemplate love and matrimony. Judge Bailey Allard falls in love with the female housemate whom his son recommended. Allard's clerks, Max and Eve, plan to wed, and his gay son wants to marry his lover. Some strong language. Bestseller 2001.

Skipping Christmas BR 13636
by John Grisham
1 volume
Tax accountant Luther Krank calculates that a Caribbean cruise will cost less than what he and his wife, Nora, spent celebrating the holidays last year. Since daughter Blair is in the Peace Corps, they plan to skip Christmas. Luther, however, doesn't anticipate the town's reaction. Some strong language. Bestseller 2001.

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