Braille Book Review

May-June 2002
Books for Adults--Nonfiction

The following books were recently produced for the NLS program. To order books, contact your braille-lending library.

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Modular Instruction for Independent Travel for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired: Preschool through High School BR 13164
by Doris M. Willoughby and Sharon L. Monthei
5 volumes
In this companion to Handbook for Itinerant and Resource Teachers of Blind and Visually Impaired Students (BR 8036), the authors provide sample exercises for teaching cane travel to students from preschool through high school. Covers general techniques as well as specifics for outdoor travel and use of public transportation. 1998.

Windows 98 for Dummies BR 12979
by Andy Rathbone
4 volumes
Explains the basics of a home computer and the often preinstalled Windows 98 software program. Includes instructions for using e- mail and audio and video features, and for surfing the World Wide Web using Internet Explorer 5. Also describes common problems. 1998.

Americans with Disabilities: Exploring Implications of the Law for Individuals and Institutions BR 12996
edited by Leslie Pickering Francis and Anita Silvers
7 volumes
Essays by leading philosophers, legal scholars, and political theorists--many with backgrounds in bioethics or in disability studies--examine critical issues concerning the conceptual, philosophical, political, and legal foundations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) passed in 1990. 2000.

The Advent of the Algorithm: The Idea That Rules the World BR 13263
by David Berlinski
3 volumes
A history of the discovery and emergence of algorithms--codes controlling computers--and vivid portraits of contributors such as Leibniz, G÷del, Hilbert, and Turing. Discusses the algorithm's power as a calculating tool while exposing its limitations as a metaphor for human thought. 2000.

Sydney: The Story of a City BR 13292
by Geoffrey Moorhouse
3 volumes
A history and social commentary of this major Australian city and its incomparable harbor. Discusses the city's beginnings as a British penal colony in 1788 and its multicultural growth and development through 1999. Describes landmarks, cultural and sports events, and problems, including racial prejudice, past and present. 1999.

Yukon Alone: The World's Toughest Adventure Race BR 13297
by John Balzar
3 volumes
A journalist spends six months among the mushers of the Far North as they prepare for the grueling Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race--1,023 snowy miles between Whitehorse and Fairbanks, Alaska. Depicts the men and women struggling to take their dog teams through the wilderness. Some strong language. 1999.

The Excuse Factory: How Employment Law Is Paralyzing the American Workplace BR 13307
by Walter Olson
4 volumes
Cites negative impacts of employment legislation, including laws regarding affirmative action, sex and age discrimination, various forms of harassment, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Argues that the ADA has actually harmed severely disabled workers in their search for jobs commensurate with their skills. 1997.

The Rehnquist Court and the Constitution BR 13316
by Tinsley E. Yarbrough
5 volumes
Analysis of the United States Supreme Court under the direction of William H. Rehnquist. Chronicles fifteen years of decisions and provides biographical sketches of the justices. Dissects the court's rulings on government power, criminal justice, equal protection, and the freedoms of religion, expression, and association. 2000.

The First Week with My New PC: A Very Basic Guide for Mature Adults and Everyone Else Who Wants to "Get Connected" BR 13323
by Pamela R. Lessing
2 volumes
Step-by-step instructions to help novice computer users perform basic tasks like writing and saving letters, sending e-mail, playing electronic games, using CDs (compact discs), and going on the Internet. Also lists helpful resources and directions for connecting new equipment. 2000.

Colter: The True Story of the Best Dog I Ever Had BR 13367
by Rick Bass
2 volumes
A novelist and essayist describes his childhood fascination with animals and the bond of understanding he forged with one of his dogs. Colter had been the runt of the litter, unwanted by anyone else. But as he grew, Colter developed amazing hunting skills. 2000.

Time of Our Lives: The Science of Human Aging BR 13370
by Tom Kirkwood
3 volumes
British professor of gerontology explains the science of human aging as well as the demographic revolution occurring as a result of the graying of the world's population. Seeks to unravel the secrets of growing old in order to enhance the quality of an extended life span. 1999.

My Sense of Silence: Memoirs of a Childhood with Deafness BR 13371
by Lennard J. Davis
2 volumes
Memoir of a baby boomer who was raised in a working-class Bronx neighborhood by immigrant Jewish parents who were deaf. Davis describes communicating in sign language before he could speak, recalls family relationships that included a much older brother, and assesses the advantages and problems inherent in his childhood. 2000.

Compassionate Conservatism: What It Is, What It Does, and How It Can Transform America BR 13372
by Marvin Olasky
2 volumes
The author summarizes the principles of compassionate conservatism as he observes how faith-based organizations work among the poor. Also describes the tools needed by these antipoverty programs to succeed and gives suggestions for implementing them. Foreword by George W. Bush. 2000.

A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelacanth BR 13381
by Samantha Weinberg
2 volumes
Chronicles 1938 discovery in South Africa of a fish with limb- like fins, thought long extinct. Identified as a true coelacanth, the creature predates Homo sapiens by almost 400 million years. Recounts original find and subsequent search for more specimens, and portrays the personalities involved in proving the continued existence of this living fossil. 2000.

The First Week with My New iMac: A Very Basic Guide for Mature Adults and Everyone Else Who Wants to "Get Connected" BR 13387
by Pamela R. Lessing
2 volumes
Provides step-by-step instructions for beginners with iMac computers for using e-mail, the Internet, word processing, compact disks (CDs), and computer games. Also includes pre- purchasing advice. 2000.

Health Care Resources on the Internet: A Guide for Librarians and Health Care Consumers BR 13405
edited by M. Sandra Wood
3 volumes
An advanced guide for experienced Internet users on searching for medical information. Offers instruction for researching diseases, clinical trials, and alternative medicine; accessing statistical data and electronic journals; and using MEDLINE. 2000.

Moonlight BR 13409
by Harold Pinter
1 volume
Psychological drama about a dysfunctional family. A father, Andy, is on his deathbed, trying to justify his past as his wife, Bel, looks after him. Of his three offspring only the youngest, daughter Bridget, is in attendance, while sons Fred and Jake seem to prefer their estrangement. Strong language. 1993.

Selections from the Canzoniere and Other Works BR 13410
by Petrarch
1 volume
Translations of letters and lyrical verse from the Canzoniere (Book of Songs) by the fourteenth-century Italian diplomat and classical scholar who was crowned poet laureate by Rome in 1341. Inspired by Petrarch's love for the mysterious Laura, poems in this volume are divided into those written before and after her death. 1985.

The Pleasure of Their Company BR 13433
by Doris Grumbach
1 volume
As the author composes a guest list for her eightieth birthday party, she recalls family and friends, both living and dead. She discusses favorite books, comments on fellow authors, reflects on relationships, and meditates on the approach of death. 2000.

One Good Turn: A Natural History of the Screwdriver and the Screw BR 13437
by Witold Rybczynski
1 volume
The author recalls the process of determining which tool should be designated the best of the millennium for an essay in the New York Times. After he settled on the screwdriver, invented around 1800, his curiosity propelled him into further research on an earlier creation, the screw itself. 2000.

The Flâneur: A Stroll through the Paradoxes of Paris BR 13447
by Edmund White
2 volumes
Novelist, critic, and biographer White, who moved to Paris in 1983, describes his wanderings through the city's arrondissements, including districts congenial to writers, African Americans, Jews, artists, gays and lesbians, and royalists. A flâneur is someone who strolls about a city with no specific purpose, yet is attuned to its history and character. Bestseller 2001.

Romantic Breakup: It's Not the End of the World BR 13454
by Jennifer Rozines Roy
1 volume
Discusses the social and psychological aspects of dating and breaking up, as well as the elements of a healthy romantic relationship. Offers advice on surviving emotionally and obtaining help from others. For junior and senior high readers. 2000.

The Slate Book: A Guide to the Slate and Stylus BR 13457
by Jennifer Dunnam
1 volume
Advocates the use of the slate and stylus as a means of taking braille notes before learning electronic methods. Provides suggestions and exercises to assist in becoming proficient in this skill, which is equivalent to writing with a pen or pencil. 2000.

Let Evening Come: Reflections on Aging BR 13459
by Mary C. Morrison
1 volume
Quaker-inspired views on aging; advice for growing old gracefully and peacefully. Suggestions for relating to family and friends and learning to accept death. Preface by Morris L. West. 1998.

Oh No! Not Another Problem: A Practical Approach to Solve Day- to-Day Problems BR 13487
by Jeanette A. Griver and Michele W. Vodrey
1 volume
Authors advocate the use of "operational analysis"--a formula designed to help people solve problems. Rather than looking at a situation in general terms, they suggest categorizing it in measurable dimensions: who, what, when, where, how, why, and costs. Provides a ten-step guide to using this technique for troubleshooting. Bestseller 2000.

Bark If You Love Me: A Woman-Meets-Dog Story BR 13507
by Louise Bernikow
1 volume
While jogging in a Manhattan park, the author finds a crowd surrounding an abused dog. She spontaneously adopts the male boxer. As a first-time pet owner, Bernikow becomes acquainted with the animal world and meets many new friends--both human and canine--in the impersonal city of New York. 2000.

My Cat Spit McGee BR 13597
by Willie Morris
2 volumes
Mississippi author of My Dog Skip (BR 10740) recalls how he had to overcome his fear of cats when his beloved fiancÚe wanted one. On Christmas Eve the family took in a stray who later had kittens--one with two different eye colors. Grade 1 braille. 1999.

The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States BR 13599

1 volume
Contains the full text of the Declaration of Independence, written in 1776, and the Constitution of the United States, written in 1787, as well as the twenty-seven amendments to the Constitution. Includes an introduction by Pauline Maier that provides historical information on both documents. Bestseller 1998.

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