Braille Book Review

March-April 2004
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

What to Expect When You're Expecting BR 14234
by Heidi Murkoff and others
9 volumes
Third edition of the classic childbirth primer. Details the physical and emotional symptoms, medical tests, and procedures women are likely to experience before, during, and after pregnancy. Includes information on postpartum depression, breastfeeding, alternative birthing, diet, and chronic health conditions. 2002.

Facing Your Fifties: Every Man's Reference Guide to Mid-Life Health BR 14283
by Gordon Ehlers and Jeff Miller
4 volumes
Medical information for middle-aged men to help increase the odds of good health in later years. Chapters address common concerns of this age group, including cardiovascular and respiratory conditions, male menopause and prostate problems, stress and depression, and sports injuries. Advises on medical testing, diet and lifestyle, and exercise. 2002.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex but Were Afraid to Ask BR 14408
by David Reuben
4 volumes
Updated edition of classic text about human sexuality. Physician answers questions regarding anatomy, sexual intercourse, homosexuality, birth control, sexually transmitted diseases, menopause, and sex in later life. Explicit descriptions of sex. 1999.

History of Art for Young People BR 14413
by H.W. Janson and Anthony F. Janson
9 volumes
Overview of painting, sculpture, and architecture in Europe and North America from prehistoric to modern times. Discusses concepts, events, movements, symbols, techniques, and major figures. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

Between Church and State: Religion and Public Education in a Multicultural America BR 14451
by James W. Fraser
3 volumes
Examines the often thorny relationship between religious institutions and public schools since the seventeenth century. Explores literacy movements among African Americans and the impact of missionary work among Native Americans. Maintains that 1990s controversies over creationism and school vouchers indicate public ambivalence about secularism and its long-term impact on children. 1999.

Soul by Soul: Life inside the Antebellum Slave Market BR 14480
by Walter Johnson
4 volumes
Using nineteenth-century court records, planters' letters, former slave narratives, medical and agricultural journals, and financial statements, New York University history professor examines the slave market in the South, especially in New Orleans, the heart of the domestic slave trade. Discusses activities and relationships of traders, buyers, auctioneers, and slaves. 1999.

Battling the Inner Dummy: The Craziness of Apparently Normal People BR 14501
by David L. Weiner
5 volumes
Employing imaginary conversations with Sigmund Freud, the author (assisted by a psychiatrist) explains why people behave in an irrational and compulsive manner at times--even against their own better judgment. Asserts that everyone has some type of personality disorder, managed or concealed with different degrees of success. Examines possible treatments. Some strong language. 1999.

The Operagoer's Guide: One Hundred Stories and Commentaries BR 14508
by M. Owen Lee
3 volumes
Radio commentator for the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts, Father Owen Lee, presents his synopses and explanations of one hundred popular operas, from Aida to Die Zauberflöte. 2001.

Touch the Top of the World: A Blind Man's Journey to Climb Farther than the Eye Can See BR 14512
by Erik Weihenmayer
3 volumes
In this adventure-packed memoir, the author recalls rebelling against becoming blind at age fifteen. Relates acquiring a passion for mountaineering and developing the character traits that enabled him to succeed. Covers his climbing exploits and his wedding on top of Mount Kilimanjaro. Some strong language. 2001.

The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman, and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945 BR 14533
by Michael Beschloss
4 volumes
Historian relates the political dilemmas facing the Allies during World War II, including the future of conquered Germany. American Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau Jr. urged harsh punitive measures in retaliation for Nazi crimes against European Jews, while others sought rehabilitation and the establishment of democracy to prevent further German aggression. Bestseller 2002.

Joy of Cooking Christmas Cookies BR 14554
by Irma S. Rombauer and others
2 volumes
Collection of over seventy-five recipes for various types of cookies including bar, drop, rolled, filled, shaped, and molded. Also shares recipes for icings and glazes and holiday drinks such as eggnog, hot cocoa, espresso, and mulled cider. 1996.

Pillsbury Doughboy Family-Pleasing Recipes: 170 Super-Fast and Easy Recipes That Everyone Will Love BR 14562

2 volumes
Recipes for quick, simple, and nutritious meals that are easy to prepare by all family members, including children, by using mostly packaged, frozen, and preserved items. 2001.

A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana BR 14575
by Haven Kimmel
2 volumes
Memoir of growing up in the late 1960s and 1970s in a mid-America hamlet of three hundred people. Nicknamed "Zippy" (after a fast- moving chimpanzee on TV), the author recounts childhood incidents involving her family, best friend Julie, and school. In the process, she describes her community. Bestseller 2001.

Almost There: The Onward Journey of a Dublin Woman BR 14622
by Nuala O'Faolain
2 volumes
Continuation of a memoir begun in Are You Somebody? (BR 11561). Irish journalist writes of her middle-age tension, swinging between wanting to be alone and being lonely. Describes moving to New York City and trying to write her first novel at age fifty-eight. 2003.

Abraham Lincoln BR 14625
by Thomas Keneally
2 volumes
A concise biography of the Civil War president. Discusses Lincoln's backwoods upbringing, storytelling gift, and entry into politics. Focuses on his presidency during a pivotal time in United States history. 2003.

Teen Sunshine Reflections: Words for the Heart and Soul BR 14627
edited by June Cotner
1 volume
An interfaith collection of poems, prayers, and quotations for "comfort, motivation, encouragement," and positive thoughts. Includes inspiration from teenage writers and from spiritual leaders like Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi, and the Dalai Lama. For junior and senior high readers. 2002.

Private Lives of Garden Birds BR 14630
by Calvin Simonds
2 volumes (Reissue)
Naturalist and professor of ethology blends science and personal anecdotes to examine the behaviors of eleven common backyard bird species. Includes entries on the social organization of crows, the independence of female hummingbirds, and how to recognize individual blue jays by their facial expressions. 2002.

To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian BR 14637
by Stephen E. Ambrose
3 volumes
Historian intersperses his personal story with reflections on American history. His topics include the transcontinental railroad, World War II, Native Americans, Vietnam, civil rights, and women's rights. Also describes well-known persons such as Washington, Lincoln, Lewis and Clark, Nixon, and Eisenhower. Bestseller 2002.

The Day I Turned Uncool: Confessions of a Reluctant Grown-Up BR 14644
by Dan Zevin
1 volume
In a collection of humorous essays, radio commentator Zevin explores aging from his twenties to his thirties and tells how he learned to find pleasure in the more mature world of golf, lawn maintenance, and wine tasting. Some strong language. 2002.

Living History BR 14703
by Hillary Rodham Clinton
6 volumes
Former first lady's memoir of eight years in the White House that, she says, "tested my faith and political beliefs, my marriage and our nation's Constitution." Discusses how she and President Bill Clinton faced political opposition, legal challenges, personal tragedies, and the scandal of the Monica Lewinsky case. Bestseller 2003.

The Story of My Life BR 14704
by Helen Keller
4 volumes
The restored classic autobiography of an exceptional young woman and her companion, originally published in 1903, with 2003 commentary by editor Roger Shattuck. Helen Keller's own account of her transformation is followed by her teacher Anne Sullivan's record of their early years together and insights of Sullivan's husband, John Macy. 1903.

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