Braille Book Review

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."


Belles on Their Toes     BR17729
by Frank B. Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth[COAUTHOR]Carey
2 volumes
1924. Life takes a dramatic turn in the Gilbreth house on Dad's death. Mother establishes herself as head of the engineering/motion-study business, while twelve children try to keep the family together. Sequel to Cheaper by the Dozen (BR 00353). 1950.

Belles on Their Toes Volume 1
Belles on Their Toes Volume 2

Saving Daylight     BR17596
by Jim Harrison
1 volume
Tenth collection of verses by poet and novelist Jim Harrison. Poems range from rants to meditations focusing on the beauty and mystique of the physical world, aging, war, small towns, God, life's wonders, and the nature of time. Some selections appear in both English and Spanish. 2006.

Saving Daylight Volume 1

Heartless Stone: A Journey through the World of Diamonds, Deceit, and Desire     BR17692
by Tom Zoellner
4 volumes
Reporter exposes the inner workings of the diamond industry. Recounts his travels to remote, sometimes dangerous locations on six continents where he encountered diamond smugglers, miners, geologists, jewel polishers, and chemists. Investigates poverty and civil war associated with gemstone production and the influence of the secretive De Beers cartel. 2006.

Heartless Stone Volume 1
Heartless Stone Volume 2
Heartless Stone Volume 3
Heartless Stone Volume 4

Blind Need Not Apply: A History of Overcoming Prejudice in the Orientation and Mobility Profession     BR17510
by Ronald J. Ferguson
2 volumes
Provides a historical context of the conflict between the professionals in the orientation and mobility (O and M) field and organizations of blind people. Examines the basic assumptions underpinning their different approaches to preparing O and M instructors. Considers ways these differences have shaped policies and practice. 2007.

Blind Need Not Apply Volume 1
Blind Need Not Apply Volume 2

On Top of Spaghetti...Macaroni, Linguine, Penne, and Pasta of Every Kind     BR17711
by Johanne Killeen and George[COAUTHOR]Germon
3 volumes
Award-winning chefs present dozens of recipes for pasta dishes using fresh ingredients such as vegetables, legumes, herbs, tomatoes, seafood, poultry, meat, rabbit, eggs, and cheese. Includes sections on baked ziti and shells, lasagna, and fresh pasta. Gives tips on gauging portion size and knowing when noodles are properly cooked. 2006.

On Top of Spaghetti Volume 1
On Top of Spaghetti Volume 2
On Top of Spaghetti Volume 3

True Grace: The Life and Death of an American Princess     BR17436
by Wendy Leigh 4 volumes Biography of Hollywood star Grace Kelly (1929-1982), who married Prince Rainier of Monaco. Through numerous interviews with friends and associates, the author reveals Kelly's series of love affairs, problems with her children, her husband's infidelities, and the demise of her acting career. 2007.

True Grace Volume 1
True Grace Volume 2
True Grace Volume 3
True Grace Volume 4

QuickFacts: Bone Metastasis; What You Need to Know--Now     BR17728
by American Cancer Society
1 volume
Concise guide to metastatic cancer in bones--cancer that has spread from a primary site to the bones. Discusses the risk factors and causes for the disease as well as prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. 2008.

QuickFacts: Bone Metastasis Volume 1

To the Castle and Back     BR17509
by Václav Havel 4 volumes Czech statesman and writer VÁclav Havel, champion of democratic principles, recalls and reflects on pivotal experiences and concepts from his career. Discusses his personal battle with cancer, his marriages, and his thoughts about politics, America as a superpower, and the war in Iraq. 2006.

To the Castle and Back Volume 1
To the Castle and Back Volume 2
To the Castle and Back Volume 3
To the Castle and Back Volume 4

Carved in Sand: When Attention Fails and Memory Fades in Midlife     BR17514
by Cathryn Jakobson Ramin
3 volumes
A journalist in her forties, dismayed by her unreliable memory, chronicles her journey in pursuit of an agile brain. She interviews experts in the fields of physiology, psychology, and sociology to explore such factors as sleep, stress, diet, exercise, medication, and genetics. 2007.

Carved in Sand Volume 1
Carved in Sand Volume 2
Carved in Sand Volume 3

Dog Years: A Memoir     BR17586
by Mark Doty
2 volumes
Award-winning poet recalls experiences with his beloved retrievers, Arden and Beau. Describes how they helped him through his grief after his partner's death, and how, in turn, he cared for them as they aged. Reflects on the lessons learned about life, loss, and unconditional love. Some strong language. 2007.

Dog YearsVolume 1
Dog Years Volume 2

Emotional Lives of Animals: A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy--and Why They Matter     BR17511
by Marc Bekoff
3 volumes
Award-winning biologist uses evidence from neurological and behavioral studies to argue that animals have feelings. Provides accounts of fun-loving mice, pleasure-seeking iguanas, angry baboons, and other creatures to demonstrate how emotions drive social interaction. Urges a reassessment of animal treatment in zoos, laboratories, and farms. Foreword by Jane Goodall. 2007.

Emotional Lives of Animals Volume 1
Emotional Lives of Animals Volume 2
Emotional Lives of Animals Volume 3

In Search of Wagner     BR17563
by Theodor Adorno
2 volumes
A German philosopher examines the influence of Richard Wagner's music on Nazi culture. Provides musicological analyses of Wagner's scores and production techniques. Also reflects on Wagner's social character and ideological impulses. Translated in 1981 by Rodney Livingstone. 1938.

In Search of Wagner Volume 1
In Search of Wagner Volume 2

Most Important Fish in the Sea: Menhaden and America     BR17447
by H. Bruce Franklin
3 volumes
Professor examines the economic, historic, and ecological role of menhaden--small, bony, once-abundant fish used for industrial oil, fertilizer, and animal feed. Chronicles the fish's decline along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts due to overharvesting by large-scale corporations. Describes the impact of this depletion on marine ecosystems. 2007.

Most Important Fish Volume 1
Most Important Fish Volume 2
Most Important Fish Volume 3

Wolf: Legend, Enemy, Icon     BR17751
by Rebecca L. Grambo
1 volume
Explores the evolution of the wolf-human relationship. Covers early civilizations' reverence of the wolf, the wolf as a symbol of evil in the Middle Ages, and its near extinction in modern times. Describes the wolf's life cycle and its predatory nature, which incites both fear and admiration in humans. 2005.

Wolf Volume 1

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek     BR17537
by Annie Dillard
2 volumes
Author contemplates the metaphysics of nature in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains during the seasons of a year. Combines meditations with scientific observations, philosophy, and introspection. Pulitzer Prize. 1974.

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Volume 1
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Volume 2

Flowers: How They Changed the World     BR17694
by William C. Burger
3 volumes
Botanist explores the role of flowering plants in nature and in human history. Discusses biological basics and ways floral diversity protects against disease and ensures species survival. Emphasizes flowers' importance as an energy and food resource and as the basis of agriculture, enabling civilization to flourish. 2006.

Flowers Volume 1
Flowers Volume 2
Flowers Volume 3

Man's Search for Meaning     BR17798
by Viktor E. Frankl
2 volumes
Viennese psychiatrist Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) recounts his experiences as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps, where he developed his doctrine of logotherapy. Argues that individuals can overcome suffering not through pleasure but through the discovery and pursuit of meaningful purpose. First published in German in 1946. 2006.

Man's Search for Meaning Volume 1
Man's Search for Meaning Volume 2

How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live like Everyone Else     BR17636
by Michael Gates Gill
2 volumes
White sixtysomething Gill describes his despair over being let go from his high-powered New York advertising job. He explains how gratitude for an unexpected employment offer he received at a Starbucks led him to job satisfaction as a barista and coffee master alongside younger black coworkers. Some strong language. 2007.

How Starbucks Saved My Life Volume 1
How Starbucks Saved My Life Volume 2

Katz on Dogs: A Commonsense Guide to Training and Living with Dogs     BR17621
by Jon Katz
3 volumes
Believing that the majority of owners do a poor job of training dogs, Katz, the author of |Katz on Dogs (BR 17621)| and New Work of Dogs (BR 14833), describes the techniques he has found to work best. Discusses dog selection and multidog households. 2005.

Katz on Dogs Volume 1
Katz on Dogs Volume 2
Katz on DogsVolume 3

My Maggie     BR17723
by Richard King
2 volumes
Chicago sportscaster's tribute to Maggie, his wife of thirty-two years. He recalls her fears, courage, and ultimate zest for living while battling childhood hearing loss, progressive blindness, melanoma, breast cancer, and the ovarian cancer that killed her at age fifty-three. 2007.

My Maggie Volume 1
My Maggie Volume 2

Mortgage Confidential: What You Need to Know That Your Lender Won't Tell You     BR17507
by David Reed
2 volumes
Loan officer and author of Mortgages 101 (RC 59734, BR15885) demystifies the loan process for potential homebuyers. Covers filling out mortgage applications, understanding credit reports, choosing between fixed and adjustable rates, saving money on closing costs, and refinancing. Includes tips on avoiding scams and dealing with brokers. 2007.

Mortgage Confidential Volume 1
Mortgage Confidential Volume 2

Roots: The Saga of an American Family     BR17794
by Alex Haley
7 volumes
Seven generations of the author's family, from 1767, when Kunta Kinte is captured in the Gambia, West Africa, and transported to Virginia as a slave. Chronicles Haley's ancestors' resettlement in Tennessee following the Civil War, reconstructs his birth in 1921, and describes his genealogical research. Some violence. Pulitzer Prize. 1974.

Roots Volume 1
Roots Volume 2
Roots Volume 3
Roots Volume 4
Roots Volume 5
Roots Volume 6
Roots Volume 7

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