Braille Book Review

November-December 2010

Books for Adults

Fiction

Game    BR 18088
by Walter Dean Myers
1 volume
Harlem. African American high school senior Drew Lawson aims to go to college and play basketball for the NBA despite his mediocre grades. Rivalry begins when Drew's coach favors Tomas, a new white teammate from Prague. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

Crime and Punishment    BR 18145
by Fyodor Dostoevsky
6 volumes
An impoverished student, Raskolnikov, convinces himself that he is above the law and murders an elderly pawnbroker. But his subsequent guilt is overwhelming. Acclaimed 1992 translation into English by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky from the 1866 Russian original. Some violence. 1993.

Twilight    BR 18146
by Stephenie Meyer
4 volumes
After seventeen-year-old Bella moves in with her dad in Washington state she falls in love with high school senior Edward Cullen. Bella discovers that Edward and his adoptive clan are vampires. Though they feast on wildlife rather than humans, Bella is still in danger. For senior high readers. 2005.

Everything but a Bride: Everything But..., Book 2    BR 18263
by Holly Jacobs
1 volume
Erie, Pennsylvania. Noah Salo believes his marriage to Julianna will break his Hungarian family's wedding curse--until Julianna calls it off. Stuck with honeymoon reservations, Noah convinces Julianna's stepsister Callie to go with him. They soon discover they are more than friends. Sequel to Everything but a Groom (BR 17766). 2008.

Cemetery Dance: A Pendergast Mystery    BR 18266
by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
4 volumes
New York Times reporter Bill Smithback is fatally stabbed the night of his wedding anniversary. His friends FBI agent Pendergast and Lieutenant D'Agosta investigate the murder and spot Smithback's creepy neighbor on surveillance tape. But the suspect has been dead for ten days. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

Lost Quilter: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel    BR 18296
by Jennifer Chiaverini
3 volumes
Sylvia Bergstorm and her quilting staff find old letters in Elm Creek Manor's attic. They learn of the travails of slave Joanna North, who had escaped to Pennsylvania only to be recaptured. Joanna survived the Civil War in South Carolina, where she later taught freedmen to quilt. 2009.

Deliverance    BR 18298
by James Dickey
2 volumes
Four men accustomed to city life take a canoe trip down a remote north Georgia river. They run afoul of sinister locals and, after a violent, nightmarish confrontation, find themselves in a fight for survival that changes their lives forever. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1970.

Fair Land, Fair Land    BR 18356
by A.B. Guthrie
2 volumes
Mid-nineteenth century. After mountain man Dick Summers guides a wagon train to Oregon, he heads to the Rockies to marry Teal Eye and seek retribution from ex-friend Boone Caudill. Sequel to The Way West (BR 16478). Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 1982.

Magnificent Ambersons    BR 18363
by Booth Tarkington
3 volumes
George Amberson Minafer is the pampered but pitiful scion of a dynasty spanning three generations. When industrialization transforms his small midwestern town, George finds his family's fortune threatened not only by a new breed of entrepreneur, but by his relatives' arrogance and greed. Pulitzer Prize. 1918.

Promises of Change: The Ladies of Covington    BR 18366
by Joan Medlicott
3 volumes
The women of Covington face challenges in their routines after Hannah's volatile stepson Zachary unexpectedly returns from India with a pregnant wife. Meanwhile Grace helps Randy Banks, a traumatized veteran who has come back from Iraq, and Amelia fears her stepdaughter and grandchild may leave the area. 2009.

Blood and Circuses: A Phryne Fisher Mystery    BR 18367
by Kerry Greenwood
2 volumes
Australia, 1928. Detective Phryne Fisher's former love interest Alan Lee asks Phryne to investigate vandalism at the circus, including poisoned animals, sabotaged tightropes--and murder. When ex-performer Amelia Parkes is arrested, Phryne goes undercover at the carnival to expose the truth. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1994.

Larry and the Meaning of Life    BR 18372
by Janet Tashjian
2 volumes
After high school Josh “Larry” Swensen, from Vote for Larry (BR 15616), delays college and mopes around his stepfather's house. On a visit to nearby Walden Pond, Larry meets self-proclaimed guru Gus Muldarian, with whom he attempts to obtain enlightenment. For senior high readers. 2008.

Here Lies Arthur    BR 18373
by Philip Reeve
2 volumes
Southwest Britain, A.D. 500. The bard Myrddin brings the destitute girl-child Gwyna under his protection, transforming her into the Lady of the Lake, a boy warrior, and a spy as he schemes to promote Arthur into the great hero King Arthur. Some violence. For senior high readers. Carnegie Medal. 2007.

Devil's Gonna Get Him: A Tamara Hayle Mystery    BR 18375
by Valerie Wilson Wesley
2 volumes
Newark, New Jersey. Wealthy, arrogant Lincoln Storey hires African American cop-turned-PI Tamara Hayle to trail his stepdaughter's boyfriend, Brandon Pike--Tamara's former lover. When Lincoln drops dead at a fundraiser, Tamara delves into his sordid personal life, ultimately becoming a target herself. Strong language. 1995.

Boy Who Dared    BR 18376
by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
1 volume
1942. Seventeen-year-old Helmuth Hübener is imprisoned for treason. While awaiting execution in his filthy prison cell, Helmuth looks back over his short life, recalling friendships, family, and his courageous endeavor to share the truth with other Germans about Hitler and the war. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

What Matters Most    BR 18377
by Gwynne Forster
2 volumes
Baltimore. African American nursing student Melanie Sparks, who lives with her abusive father, is struggling to pay her tuition. After Melanie falls in love with cardiologist Jack Ferguson, the couple must contend with Jack's wealthy father--who wants only the best for his son. Some descriptions of sex. 2008.

Jerk, California    BR 18379
by Jonathan Friesen
2 volumes
Isolated at school and tormented by his stepdad, Minnesota high school senior Sam Carrier feels defined by his Tourette syndrome. But long-distance running, his deceased father's friend George, a girl named Naomi, and a road trip to Jerk, California, change his perspective. Some strong language. For senior high readers. Schneider Fam Bk Award. 2008.

Day of the Locust    BR 18383
by Nathanael West
2 volumes
Formerly a fine arts student at Yale, Tod Hackett hopes for success in Hollywood as a set designer. Through his apartment neighbor, aspiring actress Faye Greener, Tod meets a cast of seedy characters and has a series of misadventures. Includes 1983 introduction by Alfred Kazin. Some strong language. 1939.

Golden Bowl    BR 18399
by Henry James
5 volumes
London. Maggie, daughter of an American millionaire, weds Amerigo, an Italian nobleman who is in love with her friend Charlotte. Despite Charlotte's later marriage to Maggie's father, Amerigo and Charlotte continue their affair--of which Maggie learns from a shopkeeper selling a gilded bowl. Includes 1984 introduction by Gore Vidal. 1904.

Watchers on the Hill: Pine Ridge Portraits, Book 2    BR 18408
by Stephanie Grace Whitson
2 volumes
1890. Charlotte Bishop, a colonel's widow, flees her callous in-laws in Detroit and joins her father, Dr. Valentine, at Nebraska's Fort Robinson. Seeking refuge for herself and her young son, she instead faces situations she never anticipated--including a friendship with widower Nathan Boone and the possibility of new love. 2004.

Footprints on the Horizon: Pine Ridge Portraits, Book 3    BR 18409
by Stephanie Grace Whitson
3 volumes
Nebraska, 1945. Josephine, daughter of the Reverend Hale, spends the summer on her aunt's ranch. There she encounters Dieter Brock, a German prisoner of war being held locally at Fort Robinson. Dieter takes an interest in both Jo and her father's sermons, though the town and Jo's mother disapprove. 2005.

Of Blood and Sorrow: A Tamara Hayle Mystery    BR 18410
by Valerie Wilson Wesley
2 volumes
New Jersey PI Tamara Hayle rejects a request to help shady Lilah Love reclaim her baby from Lilah's sister. Hours later the baby's paternal grandfather asks Tamara to get the baby for him. But Lilah's murder changes the case. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

Playback: A Philip Marlowe Novel    BR 18416
by Raymond Chandler
2 volumes
California. A mysterious lawyer hires Philip Marlowe to tail a wealthy young redhead named Eleanor King. As Philip grows closer to Eleanor--who may or may not be telling the truth--he realizes she's in trouble and begins to question his client's motives. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1958.

Where Evil Sleeps: A Tamara Hayle Mystery    BR 18423
by Valerie Wilson Wesley
2 volumes
PI Tamara Hayle is vacationing in Jamaica when she meets Lilah Love, also from New Jersey. Tamara reluctantly agrees to go clubbing with Lilah and her obnoxious husband. When the husband is stabbed at the bar, Lilah flees with Tamara's passport. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 1996.

Dead to the World: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel    BR 18472
by Charlaine Harris
3 volumes
Dumped by her vampire lover Bill, Sookie finds Bill's boss vampire Eric half-naked on the side of the road--acting strangely and with no memory. She investigates to protect Eric but soon realizes her heart is in danger too. Strong language, explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2004.

Definitely Dead: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel    BR 18473
by Charlaine Harris
3 volumes
Mind-reading waitress Sookie Stackhouse of Bon Temps, Louisiana, heads to New Orleans where the vampire queen of Louisiana has ordered her to clean out the apartment of Sookie's deceased cousin Hadley. Sookie soon finds herself neck-deep in trouble. Strong language, explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2006.

All Together Dead: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel    BR 18474
by Charlaine Harris
3 volumes
Telepathic barmaid Sookie Stackhouse attends the vampire summit where Louisiana vampire queen Sophie-Anne, whose power is already weakened by Hurricane Katrina, will face murder charges. Sookie and her weretiger lover, Quinn, contend with shifting alliances, preternatural politics, and more deaths. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

From Dead to Worse: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel    BR 18475
by Charlaine Harris
3 volumes
Telepathic cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse becomes embroiled in a struggle for control of Louisiana's vampire and supernatural community. Sookie also contends with the disappearance of her weretiger love, Quinn, and the arrival of her great-grandfather--a fairy prince--who reveals to Sookie her true heritage. Some violence and some strong language. 2008.

Dead and Gone: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel    BR 18476
by Charlaine Harris
2 volumes
Wereanimals publicly announce their existence to the human world in the Great Reveal. But when a mutilated werepanther is discovered outside of Merlotte's bar, Sookie Stackhouse finds herself in the middle of a murder and a creature war. Explicit descriptions of sex, some strong language, and some violence. Bestseller. 2009.

Prodigal Son: Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, Book 1    BR 18477
by Dean Koontz and Kevin J. Anderson
3 volumes
New Orleans. Detective Carson O'Connor and partner Michael Maddison track a killer who may be a renegade creation of billionaire genius Victor Helios (aka Frankenstein). The cops ally with Deucalion, another of Victor's prodigies, and discover there are two killers. Descriptions of sex, violence, and some strong language. Bestseller. 2005.

City of Night: Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, Book 2    BR 18478
by Dean Koontz
2 volumes
Following Prodigal Son (BR 18477), Victor Helios (aka Frankenstein) cannot stop the engineered killers he has set loose in New Orleans. Detectives Carson O'Connor and Michael Maddison join forces with Helios to end the carnage. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2005.

Dead and Alive: Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, Book 3    BR 18479
by Dean Koontz
2 volumes
Victor Helios, from the City of Night (BR 18478), no longer controls the nightmarish creations he's unleashed on New Orleans. Investigating detectives Carson O'Connor and Michael Maddison track Victor and receive help from an unlikely source--Victor's first monster, Deucalion. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

Untamed: House of Night, Book 4    BR 18482
by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
3 volumes
After events in Chosen (BR 18481), teen vampire Zoey Redbird is ostracized at her new boarding school and abandoned by her former love interests. But Zoey knows that high priestess Neferet's war on humans is wrong and tries to stop her. Strong language. For senior high readers. 2008.

Rough Country    BR 18526
by John Sandford
3 volumes
Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers, of Heat Lightning (BR 18165), leaves a fishing contest to probe the shooting death of a prominent businesswoman at a mostly lesbian resort. Flowers sifts through motives, suspects, and a possibly related cold case. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

Touch of Dead: Sookie Stackhouse; the Complete Stories    BR 18528
by Charlaine Harris
1 volume
Collection of five short stories featuring telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse. Originally published in other anthologies, they include “Fairy Dust” from Powers of Detection, “Dracula Night” from Many Bloody Returns, “One Word Answer” from Bite, “Lucky” from Unusual Suspects, and "Gift Wrap" from Wolfsbane and Mistletoe. 2009.

Scarpetta Factor    BR 18556
by Patricia Cornwell
4 volumes
Dr. Kay Scarpetta is the senior forensic analyst for CNN in New York and continues her work in the morgue. Scarpetta puzzles over a headlines-making missing-woman case, the perplexing murder of a female jogger, and some threatening events in her personal life. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

7th Heaven: A Women's Murder Club Mystery    BR 18559
by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
2 volumes
San Francisco. Detective Lindsay Boxer and her new partner Rich Conklin uncover a lead in the disappearance of a former governor's teenage son. The two also investigate a rash of house fires that have killed several wealthy couples. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Above Suspicion: An Anna Travis Mystery    BR 18571
by Lynda La Plante
4 volumes
Detective Chief Inspector Langton chooses Anna Travis, the inexperienced daughter of his mentor, for his murder team. A serial killer has targeted older prostitutes--but a young student appears to be the latest victim. Langton uses Travis to lure their suspect. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2001.

Soldier of the Mist    BR 18573
by Gene Wolfe
3 volumes
Ancient Greece. After suffering a head injury, the soldier Latro writes daily on a scroll to record events and recover his memory. His heightened senses provide insights and visions of the gods circulating among mortals. Some violence. 1986.

Marcelo in the Real World    BR 18579
by Francisco X. Stork
3 volumes
Seventeen-year-old Marcelo Sandoval, who has autism, gets a summer job working in the mail room of his father's law firm. Exposed to real-world situations, Marcelo has encounters with his boss Jasmine that bring romance and a myriad of emotions to the surface. For junior and senior high readers. Schneider Family Book Award. 2009.

Red Dahlia: An Anna Travis Mystery    BR 18582
by Lynda La Plante
4 volumes
Now a detective inspector, Anna Travis works another case with detective chief inspector James Langton--with whom she had a brief affair in Above Suspicion (BR 18571). A corpse has been laid out to mirror the 1940s Black Dahlia killing--and the victim's roommate turns up dead. Violence and strong language. 2006.

Do Not Deny Me: Stories    BR 18584
by Jean Thompson
2 volumes
Twelve tales. In the title story, a woman whose boyfriend recently died visits a psychic--and discovers she has a troubling gift. In "Liberty Tax" a young wife denies her husband's dubious new source of income. "Escape" imagines a feud between a stroke patient and his wife. Some strong language. 2009.


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