Braille Book Review

November-December 2002

In Brief

Publications Survey

Patrons will soon be able to select and order NLS catalogs that will be issued in 2003 and 2004. A braille order form will be mailed to individuals who subscribe to Braille Book Review. The form will provide an opportunity to choose upcoming publications such as Cassette Books 2003, Cassette Books 2004, and Braille Books 2001-2002, which will be sent directly to patrons when they are produced.

Information for Travelers

A new reference circular, Information for Travelers with Physical or Visual Disabilities (2002) has been produced and is available in large print and online at


The following announcements may be of interest to readers. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped reserves the right to publish announcements selectively, as space permits. Items mentioned, however, are not part of the NLS program, and their listing does not imply endorsement.

New from National Braille Press. Two new books from National Braille Press have been announced.

Touch the Stars II is an astronomy book that has been adapted for visually impaired stargazers. The book is written by Noreen Grice, an astronomer at Boston's Museum of Science, and features nineteen new tactile illustrations by Shirley Keller and Irma Goldberg, of Creative Adaptations for Learning. Traditionally visual concepts such as constellations, comets, nebulae, and eclipses become tangible through text and touch. With the help of the carefully rendered graphics, readers will find out what the constellation Orion looks like, how the moon waxes and wanes, what happens during a lunar or solar eclipse, and how stars are formed and what patterns they make in the sky. Touch the Stars II also includes a new foreword by Kent Cullers, a researcher at the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute, who is the world's first totally blind astronomer, and who served as the inspiration for the blind astronomer in the film Contact. This large-print/braille hardcover edition costs $30 and includes a print facsimile of the tactile illustrations for sighted readers. To see samples of the illustrations or to read Kent Cullers's foreword and peruse the book's table of contents, visit

In the summer of 1949, E.B. White wrote an essay filled with acute, funny, and nostalgic observations of New York City--"home of all people and all nations, capital of everything." The New York Times has chosen Here Is New York as one of the ten best books ever written about the metropolis, and the New Yorker calls it "the wittiest essay, and one of the most perceptive, ever done on the city." Here Is New York: An Essay by E.B. White is available in one braille volume for $6.95.

Both books may be ordered from National Braille Press, 88 St. Stephen Street, Boston, MA 02115-4302. For charges, call toll free 800-548-7323 or (617) 266-6160, ext. 20. Or e-mail your order to

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