Braille Book Review

July-August 2009

Books for Adults

Fiction

Hawaii     BR17263
by James A. Michener
11 volumes
Account of the Hawaiian Islands from their creation by volcanic process to statehood in 1959. Reconstructs the merging of Hawaii's disparate inhabitants by relating fictional tales of eleventh-century Polynesians, American missionaries including Abner Hale and his wife, and Chinese and Japanese settlers. Some violence and some strong language. 1959.

Hawaii Volume 1
Hawaii Volume 2
Hawaii Volume 3
Hawaii Volume 4
Hawaii Volume 5
Hawaii Volume 6
Hawaii Volume 7
Hawaii Volume 8
Hawaii Volume 9
Hawaii Volume 10
Hawaii Volume 11

Dead Man's Folly: A Hercule Poirot Mystery     BR17448
by Agatha Christie
2 volumes (Reissue)
Mystery writer Ariadne Oliver hosts a murder hunt at her Devon estate, complete with mock clues, victim, and killer. Suspicious of the players and fearing a real crime will occur, Ariadne summons detective Hercule Poirot to oversee the festivities--and the ensuing murder investigation. 1956.

Dead Man's Folly: A Hercule Poirot Mystery Volume 1
Dead Man's Folly Volume 2

Dream When You're Feeling Blue     BR17718
by Elizabeth Berg
2 volumes
Chicago, 1940s. Kitty and Louise Heaney see their boyfriends off to fight in World War II, while their younger sister Tish has fun dancing and flirting at USO events. Letters to and from loved ones reveal events at home and on the battlefront. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2007.

Dream When You're Feeling Blue Volume 1
Dream When You're Feeling Blue Volume 2

Five Skies     BR17520
by Ron Carlson
2 volumes
Three men share their life stories while working on a construction project in rural Idaho. Carpenter Arthur Key, who left California after a betrayal, and Ronnie Panelli, charming but shiftless, are led by ranch foreman Darwin Gallegos--angry at man, God, and life. Strong language. 2007.

Five Skies Volume 1
Five Skies Volume 2

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen     BR17588
by Paul Torday
2 volumes
When Sheikh Muhammad ibn Zaidi offers to finance the introduction of salmon into Yemen, British politicians eagerly enlist fisheries scientist Dr. Alfred Jones. Alfred, working closely with affianced land agent Harriet Chetwode-Talbot, finds his life upturned by the improbable project, which unfolds through transcripts and correspondences. 2007.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Volume 1
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Volume 2

Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife: Pride and Prejudice Continues     BR17461
by Linda Berdoll
6 volumes
Derbyshire, England; 1800s. Elizabeth Bennet Darcy and her husband Fitzwilliam, deeply in love newlyweds, are settling into their household routine at Pemberley. Elizabeth copes with her sisters' complaints while Darcy deals with a vengeful young man who might be his illegitimate son. Some descriptions of sex. 2004.

Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife: Pride and Prejudice Continues Volume 1
Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife Volume 2
Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife Volume 3
Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife Volume 4
Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife Volume 5
Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife Volume 6

Thin Woman: An Epicurean Mystery; Ellie Haskell Mystery     BR17742
by Dorothy Cannell
3 volumes
Ellie Simons, beautiful but overweight, hires escort Bentley Haskell to pose as her fiancé on a visit to her uncle Merlin's imposing estate. Ellie encounters unexpected romance and a treasure hunt when Merlin suddenly passes away, leaving his fortune to her and Bentley--provided that she shed sixty pounds. 1984.

Thin Woman: An Epicurean Mystery; Ellie Haskell Mystery Volume 1
Thin Woman Volume 2
Thin Woman Volume 3

Far from the Madding Crowd     BR17768
by Thomas Hardy
5 volumes
Bathsheba Everdene becomes a woman of means when she inherits her uncle's farm. Her presence attracts three very different suitors: womanizing soldier Francis Troy, shepherd Gabriel Oak, and gentleman-farmer William Boldwood. The attention complicates Bathsheba's life and brings a tragedy that threatens the entire community. First published in 1874. 2000.

Far from the Madding Crowd Volume 1
Far from the Madding Crowd Volume 2
Far from the Madding Crowd Volume 3
Far from the Madding Crowd Volume 4
Far from the Madding Crowd Volume 5

Coal Black Horse     BR17595
by Robert Olmstead
2 volumes
1863. Fourteen-year-old Robey Childs is sent by his clairvoyant mother to find his father, who is fighting in the Civil War. Robey, riding a stallion, encounters refugees, runaway slaves, deserters, and battle scavengers. At Gettysburg Robey finds his dying father and rescues an abused girl. Violence and strong language. 2007.

Coal Black Horse Volume 1
Coal Black Horse Volume 2

Talking to the Enemy: Stories     BR17578
by Avner Mandelman
1 volume Nine stories about the Israeli experience. In "Terror" a father beats the son who fails to stand up for his five-year-old brother, thus instilling the precept that, right or wrong, family comes first, even before justice or fear. Strong language and some violence. Sophie Brody Medal. 2005.

Talking to the Enemy: Stories Volume 1

Fall from Grace: A Charlie Peace Mystery     BR17408
by Robert Barnard
2 volumes
Inspector Charlie Peace, his wife Felicity, and father-in-law Rupert move to the village of Slepton Edge. Rupert, who is fleeing rumors of inappropriate relationships with young girls, becomes involved with teenage drama student Anne Michaels and winds up dead. Charlie investigates the murder suspects--including Felicity herself. Some strong language. 2007.

Fall from Grace: A Charlie Peace Mystery Volume 1
Fall from Grace Volume 2

Stoner     BR17585
by John Williams
2 volumes
In the early twentieth century, William Stoner's father, a poor farmer, sends him to study agronomy at the University of Missouri. Instead, the younger Stoner embraces English literature and academe. A destructive marriage, undistinguished career, and doomed love affair with a younger woman send the professor into solitude. 1965.

Stoner Volume 1
Stoner Volume2

Strays     BR17594
by Ron Koertge
1 volume
After his parents are killed in a car accident, sixteen-year-old Ted moves into a foster home with two other boys and transfers to an inner-city school. Ted, whose parents were pet-store owners, can talk to animals but gradually learns to relate to humans. Strong language. For senior high readers. 2007.

Strays Volume 1

Afterlands     BR17739
by Steven Heighton
3 volumes
When members of the Polaris expedition become stranded on an ice floe off the coast of Greenland in 1872, Lieutenant Tyson takes charge. Initially well supplied, the crew waits for the ship's return and then, for any ship. Morale suffers and discipline erodes as chances for survival dwindle. 2005.

Afterlands Volume 1
Afterlands Volume 2
Afterlands Volume 3

Ironside: A Modern Faery's Tale     BR17620
by Holly Black
2 volumes
Sixteen-year-old Kaye, from Tithe (BR 15101), returns to Faeryland to try and complete a nearly impossible quest that will release Roiben from the spell of the faery queen who holds him in thrall. Kaye also confesses to her mother. Strong language and some violence. For senior high readers. 2007.

Ironside: A Modern Faery's Tale Volume 1
Ironside: A Modern Faery's Tale Volume 2

Tenderness of Wolves     BR17574
by Stef Penney
3 volumes
Canadian wilderness, 1860s. The day her adopted seventeen-year-old son Francis disappears, Mrs. Ross discovers her neighbor's murdered corpse. The community suspects Francis of the crime. Mrs. Ross leaves her husband and sets out with half-Indian William Parker to find the teen. Some violence. Costa Book of the Year. 2006.

Tenderness of Wolves  Volume 1
Tenderness of Wolves  Volume 2
Tenderness of Wolves  Volume 3

Ant Farm: And Other Desperate Situations     BR17765
by Simon Rich
1 volume More than fifty sketches by the former president of the Harvard Lampoon. In the title piece, an ant complains about digging tunnels and never going anywhere. In "Math Problems," a teacher creates test questions about himself. Some strong language. 2007.

Ant Farm: And Other Desperate Situations Volume 1

New Year's Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel     BR17646
by Jennifer Chiaverini
2 volumes
During the holidays, late-in-life newlywed Sylvia recalls New Year festivities of her youth as well as the tragic circumstances that distanced her from her sister. Determined not to repeat past mistakes, Sylvia reaches out to her new stepdaughter, Amy, who disapproved of Sylvia's marriage to Amy's father, Andrew. 2007.

New Year's Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel Volume 1
New Year's Quilt Volume 2

Horseplay     BR17587
by Judy Reene Singer
3 volumes
Thirty-three-year-old New York teacher Judy Van Brunt leaves both job and cheating husband to work on a North Carolina horse farm. Judy finds fulfillment in grooming the animals; enjoys roommates Lenni, Diana, and Patty; and has a brush with romance. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2004.

Horseplay Volume 1
Horseplay Volume 2
Horseplay Volume 3

People of the Book     BR17613
by Geraldine Brooks
3 volumes
Australian book conservator Hanna Heath analyzes a Hebrew manuscript created in medieval Spain and saved from destruction in 1990s Sarajevo. Hanna's discoveries--an insect wing, salt crystals, and wine and blood stains--reveal the codex's past and the lives of its guardians. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. Bestseller. 2008.

People of the Book Volume 1
People of the Book Volume 2
People of the Book Volume 3

Loveseekers     BR17740
by Dorothy Garlock
3 volumes
In |Sing Softly to Me| Beth returns to Wyoming when she learns that her sister Sarah has multiple sclerosis--even though Sarah's brother-in-law broke Beth's heart. In Gentle Torment Lindy's estranged husband follows her to Alaska to win her back. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1981.

Loveseekers Volume 1
Loveseekers Volume 2
Loveseekers Volume 3

Careless in Red     BR17786
by Elizabeth George
5 volumes
Grief-stricken over the murder of his wife, Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley has been walking the coast for weeks on end when he comes upon the body of a teenager. Sequel to What Came before He Shot Her (RC 63865,     BR16802). Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

Careless in Red Volume 1
Careless in Red Volume 2
Careless in Red Volume 3
Careless in Red Volume 4
Careless in Red Volume 5

Owning It: Stories about Teens with Disabilities     BR17816
by Donald R. Gallo
2 volumes
Ten tales of teens dealing with school, teachers, parents, friends, the opposite sex--and a physical or mental disability. In "See You" two legally blind classmates are bullied. "Brainiac" portrays a girl's return to college after a brain-damaging accident. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high readers. 2008.

Owning It Volume 1
Owning It Volume 2

Story of Edgar Sawtelle     BR17799
by David Wroblewski
5 volumes
Wisconsin, 1970s. Gar and Trudy Sawtelle raise an intuitive and intelligent dog breed on their farm. One dog, Almondine, can communicate with the Sawtelle's mute son Edgar. After Gar's brother arrives, Gar dies and fourteen-year-old Edgar flees into the forest with three of the dogs. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Story of Edgar Sawtelle Volume 1
Story of Edgar Sawtelle Volume 2
Story of Edgar Sawtelle Volume 3
Story of Edgar Sawtelle Volume 4
Story of Edgar Sawtelle Volume 5

Lost Duke of Wyndham     BR17814
by Julia Quinn
3 volumes
England, 1819. Soldier-turned-highwayman Jack Audley is suspected of being the grandson of the dowager duchess of Wyndham. The duchess's companion, Grace Eversleigh, falls in love with Jack but knows that if he is the legitimate duke, they will never be able to marry. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

Lost Duke of Wyndham Volume 1
Lost Duke of Wyndham Volume 2
Lost Duke of Wyndham Volume 3

Love the One You're With     BR17797
by Emily Giffin
3 volumes
Ellen has been happily married to her best friend's brother for one hundred days when she encounters Leo, who broke her heart eight years ago because he could not commit. As they get reacquainted, Ellen's desire for Leo resurfaces. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Love the One You're With Volume 1
Love the One You're With Volume 2
Love the One You're With Volume 3

Madonnas of Leningrad     BR17815
by Debra Dean
2 volumes
Decades after surviving World War II in the basement of the Hermitage Museum in Leningrad, Marina--now in Seattle--no longer experiences the present. Marina's mind retreats to 1941, when only the love of her future husband and memorizing the paintings kept her alive. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

Madonnas of Leningrad Volume 1
Madonnas of Leningrad Volume 2

Someday Soon     BR17813
by Debbie Macomber
2 volumes
San Francisco. Widow Linette Collins meets Cain McClellan, a childhood friend of her brother-in-law, at her sister's Christmas party. Linette discovers that Cain owns a company of mercenaries who rescue kidnapping victims. When they fall in love, Linette becomes a target. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1995.

Someday Soon Volume 1
Someday Soon Volume 2
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