Braille Book Review

September-October 2002
Books for Adults--Nonfiction

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.".

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Web Accessibility for People with Disabilities BR 13355
by Michael G. Paciello
4 volumes
Advocates making the World Wide Web fully accessible for people with disabilities and provides instructions for designing and building web sites with the use of assistive technology. Describes tools and utilities currently available, outlines legal issues, and discusses problem solving resources. 2000.

Cooking without Looking: Food Preparation Methods and Techniques for Visually Handicapped Homemakers BR 13478
by Esther Knudson Tipps
2 volumes (Reissue)
Cooking methods and techniques developed through research at the Texas School for the Blind. In addition to recipes, the book gives basic principles of meal planning, marketing, food preparation, table service, and food storage. 1986.

The White House Family Cookbook BR 13484
by Henry Haller
5 volumes
White House executive chef presents recipes for informal first- family gatherings and state occasions. Includes the Johnsons' Texas-style barbecued ribs, the poached egg and hash Nixon requested for his farewell breakfast, the Fords' chocolate angel food cake, the Carters' fried fish with hush puppies, and Reagan's favorite macaroni and cheese. Personal memories embellish text. 1987.

Jacobson's Organ and the Remarkable Nature of Smell BR 13494
by Lyall Watson
2 volumes
An exposition on the olfactory system, especially the anatomical structure inside the human nose known as Jacobson's Organ. Draws on biology and cultural history to explain how animals, humans, and plants secrete and decode odors. Discusses the role of smell in emotions and sexuality. 2000.

In the Land of White Death: An Epic Story of Survival in the Siberian Arctic BR 13517
by Valerian Albanov
2 volumes
In April 1914, after nearly eighteen months aboard the icebound Saint Anna, Russian navigator Albanov and ten companions set off across 235 miles of frozen Arctic sea on improvised kayaks and sledges. Albanov recounts the ninety-day ordeal that he and only one other survived. Originally published in 1917. 2000.

Through the Burning Steppe: A Wartime Memoir BR 13522
by Elena Kozhina
1 volume
Wartime remembrance of a young girl who fled Leningrad in 1942 to escape the invading German army. The only survivors of their family, Elena and her mother were left to eke out a living on the Russian steppes among the local Cossacks, who despised Communists. 1998.

Marcel Proust BR 13527
by Edmund White
1 volume
Sympathetic portrait of the early twentieth-century French writer. Explores Proust's motivations in hiding his homosexuality and Jewish background while becoming a renowned literary figure. Provides insightful criticism of his novels as well as their social context. 1999.

Brother Astronomer: Adventures of a Vatican Scientist BR 13529
by Guy Consolmagno
2 volumes
A Jesuit brother discusses the relationship between religion and science. Covers his personal background as an American astronomer who became a Jesuit at age thirty-seven; his research on the Vatican collection of meteorites; the role of the Catholic Church in supporting scientific inquiry; and a scientific expedition to Antarctica. 2000.

Gandhi's Passion: The Life and Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi BR 13541
by Stanley Wolpert
4 volumes
Covers Mohandas Gandhi's childhood, legal training, and transformation into a mahatma or "great soul," and the international attention that focused on his vision of nonviolence. Uses Gandhi's writings to explore his shift from turn-of-the-century campaigns against racial discrimination in South Africa to a leadership role in India's independence movement. 2001.

When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It! Inspirations and Wisdom from One of Baseball's Greatest Heroes BR 13542
by Yogi Berra
1 volume
Champion baseball catcher, coach, and manager suggests making informed decisions by obtaining advice and going with what feels right. Uses baseball anecdotes as metaphors for life. Bestseller 2001.

Travels with the Fossil Hunters BR 13543
edited by Peter J. Whybrow
2 volumes
Twelve paleontologists and geologists recount their fieldwork in remote parts of the world. Episodes include a pony trek in the Tibetan highlands, a quest for fossils in the Sahara, a driver ant attack in Sierra Leone, excavations in Latvia and China, and an expedition in search of mammal remains in Antarctica. 2000.

Braille Books 1999-2000 BR 13544
by Blind and Physically Handicapped National Library Service for the
3 volumes
A catalog of braille books produced during 1999 and 2000 by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Separate sections list fiction and nonfiction by subject categories. Young adult books are also included. 2001.

The Adversary: A True Story of Monstrous Deception BR 13546
by Emmanuel Carrère
1 volume
An account of the career of Jean-Claude Romand, who in 1993 murdered his wife, children, and parents. For eighteen years he had posed as a physician at the World Health Organization in Geneva, while defrauding--and perhaps killing--his elderly relatives. The author examines Romand's deception, looking for explanations for evil. Some strong language. 2000.

Bravo! Miss Brown: A World without Sight and Sound BR 13551
by Joan Mactavish
3 volumes
Biography of Mae Brown (1935-1973), who was the first deaf-blind person to graduate from a Canadian university and a counselor at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. Her college tutor chronicles Brown's family, education, social and professional life, and triumphs and disappointments. 2000.

Trilobite! Eyewitness to Evolution BR 13559
by Richard Fortey
3 volumes
British paleontologist examines the first creatures on Earth-- trilobites--and describes the planet's evolution through their eyes. Explains that the crustacean-like animals' survival for more than 300 million years left a rich fossil legacy in rock formations, enabling Fortey and other scientists to reconstruct the past. 2000.

The Greatest Inventions of the Past Two Thousand Years BR 13570
edited by John Brockman
2 volumes
More than a hundred leading thinkers' choices for the most significant advances during two millennia of human progress. Scientists, philosophers, and entrepreneurs defend their selections, which range from the printing press to the contraceptive pill and include the caravel, electric light, Gatling gun, Hindu-Arabic number system, stirrup, horse collar, computer, lenses, secularism, and self-government. 2000.

Two Faces of Liberalism BR 13577
by John Gray
2 volumes
English economist and social philosopher discusses the liberal political tradition, aiming to revitalize liberal thought for an emergent postmodern world order. Analyzes the two meanings of the concept of "tolerance," contrasting the universalist ideal exemplified by Locke and Kant with the pluralist thinking of Hobbes and Hume. 2000.

Matters of State: A Political Excursion BR 13590
by Philip Hamburger
2 volumes
A collection of essays about people and places in American politics, most of which appeared first in the New Yorker. Hamburger, who began covering politicians for the magazine in 1939, has a fondness for inaugurations and includes observations of the inaugurals of presidents Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Johnson, Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton. 2000.

Helen Keller, Public Speaker: Sightless but Seen, Deaf but Heard BR 13617
by Lois J. Einhorn
2 volumes
An account of Helen Keller's public speaking, concentrating on the characteristics, effectiveness, and broad range of topics of her speeches. Observes that, although sightless and deaf, she learned to communicate effectively, inspiring others with her "vision of a better tomorrow." Provides a chronology of her discourse. 1998.

Where We Stand: Class Matters BR 13689
by bell hooks
2 volumes
A cultural critic examines the American class system, reflecting on its interconnections with race and gender. Hooks argues that the United States is fast becoming a class-segregated society in which the plight of the poor is neglected. She proposes measures to narrow the widening gap between the rich and poor. 2000.

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