Braille Book Review

November-December 2010

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."


Lincoln Legends: Myths, Hoaxes, and Confabulations Associated with Our Greatest President    BR 18078
by Edward Steers
3 volumes
The author dispels fourteen common myths about U.S. president Abraham Lincoln. Includes rumors about his birthplace and illegitimacy, religious conversion, love affair with Ann Rutledge, homosexual tendencies, and the assassination conspiracy theory. 2007.

Strong at the Broken Places: Voices of Illness, a Chorus of Hope    BR 18080
by Richard M. Cohen
3 volumes
Author of Blindsided relates his interviews with five people who, like himself, are dealing with chronic illness. They discuss the experiences that helped them to find control, peace, and grace since their diagnoses of ALS, muscular dystrophy, bipolar disorder, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and Crohn's disease. 2008.

Be the Pack Leader: Use Cesar's Way to Transform Your Dog--and Your Life    BR 18089
by Cesar Millan
3 volumes
Dog trainer and author of the bestselling Cesar's Way (BR 16533) gives tips and techniques for disciplining and training canines. Discusses different breeds and dog psychology. Explains the importance of owners developing the behavior of a leader. Makes suggestions for managing stress of both owner and pet. 2007.

Fifty Sensational Crochet Afghans and Throws    BR 18132
by Bobbie Matela
2 volumes
Easy and intermediate level patterns for updated classics; designs using soft, fuzzy yarns; quick-to-make items on large hooks; and blankets for newborns and toddlers. Each project specifies materials for indicated size and gauge, special stitches, and row-by-row instructions. Includes directions for borders and edging. 2007.

One Hundred Seventy-five Essential Slow-Cooker Classics    BR 18220
by Judith Finlayson
3 volumes
Canadian author provides practical advice on using a slow cooker to its best advantage. Presents her favorite recipes for appetizers, fondues, soups, stews, chili, pot roast, vegetarian main and side dishes, and desserts. Lists ingredients and includes step-by-step instructions and preparation tips. 2006.

What Helped Get Me Through: Cancer Survivors Share Wisdom and Hope    BR 18249
by Julie K. Silver
3 volumes
Breast cancer survivor and medical doctor uses her experience and the comments of other cancer survivors and specialists to explore aspects of fighting the disease. Discusses the need for adequate sleep, proper nutrition, and exercise. Covers spirituality, intimacy, and the importance of seeking help and balancing work and family. 2008.

What to Expect before You're Expecting    BR 18269
by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel
3 volumes
Preconception medical advice by the authors of the perennially bestselling primer on childbirth What to Expect When You're Expecting, Fourth Edition (BR 14234). Authors suggest both women and men prepare their bodies before having a baby, to help assure the best probable outcome. Also discusses fertility issues. 2009.

Night Out with Robert Burns: The Greatest Poems    BR 18302
by Robert Burns
2 volumes
Representative poetry by Scotland's famous poet Robert Burns (1759-1796), selected and introduced by Scottish author Andrew O'Hagan. Organized in four overlapping categories with biographical and textual notes, the selections include the New Year's favorite “Auld Lang Syne.” 2008.

Knit with Beads: Stunning Shawls and Wraps; Easy Techniques, Fifteen Beautiful Designs    BR 18350
by Scarlet Taylor
1 volume
Freelance knitting designer presents step-by-step instructions for incorporating beaded embellishments into stitched-yarn garments to add texture and glamour. Describes novel projects for all skill levels, including a tweed poncho, pearl caplet, nautical shrug, argyle wrap, and houndstooth stole. Provides information on blocking and laundering. 2007.

Around the World on Two Wheels: Annie Londonderry's Extraordinary Ride    BR 18394
by Peter Zheutlin
3 volumes
Freelance journalist Zheutlin chronicles his adventurous great-grandaunt Annie Kopchovsky's much-publicized 1894 bicycle ride around the world. Relates that Annie, going by the name Annie Londonderry and determined to win the ten-thousand-dollar prize, left her husband and three young children to embark upon the fifteen-month-long ride. 2007.

Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer    BR 18404
by Fred Kaplan
4 volumes
Explores the life of Abraham Lincoln through the language of his writings. Posits that Lincoln's boyhood readings of Burns, Byron, Shakespeare, Aesop's fables, and the Bible shaped his ideas about liberty, love, and human nature and led to his use of clear, common speech to convey morality and democracy. 2008.

Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance    BR 18524
by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
3 volumes
Bestselling authors return to the economics of everyday riddles discussed in Freakonomics (BR 16126). They explore the statistics and trends of offbeat topics such as the dangers of walking while intoxicated, the declining costs of prostitution, the worst month to have a baby, and more. Bestseller. 2009.

Have a Little Faith: A True Story    BR 18525
by Mitch Albom
2 volumes
Author Albom discusses his relationships with two men of different faiths. Describes time spent with his New Jersey childhood rabbi Albert Lewis after Lewis asked Albom to write his eulogy, and with African American minister Henry Covington, an ex-con, after Albom offered assistance to Covington's impoverished Detroit congregation. Bestseller. 2009.

Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care    BR 18527
by T.R. Reid
3 volumes
Washington Post correspondent explores the health-care systems of France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Canada and suggests borrowing from their practices to reform the U.S. system. Discusses the declining state of medical services in the United States and addresses the issue of universal coverage. Bestseller. 2009.

Seize the Story: A Handbook for Teens Who Like to Write    BR 18564
by Victoria Hanley
2 volumes
Presents creative-writing tips and exercises, from freewriting to understanding the elements of fiction. Provides examples for character development, motivation, and perspective. Assesses difficult aspects of writing fiction, such as creating the setting and mood, and infusing your style and voice into the story. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

End of the Long Summer: Why We Must Remake Our Civilization to Survive on a Volatile Earth    BR 18566
by Dianne Dumanoski
3 volumes
Considers the future sustainability of human life on our planet by exploring the global ecological disruption people have caused. Suggests not only responsible stewardship of the environment but also awareness of Earth's potentially catastrophic response to the increasing levels of carbon dioxide. 2009.

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot's Guide to the Land of Knitting    BR 18572
by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
1 volume
Compulsive knitter and author of Yarn Harlot (BR 18188) offers a light-hearted guide to knitting language (“cast off” or “bind off”), gathering places (yarn shops), social etiquette (in clubs), environmental issues (stash control), natural disasters (left-over stitches), and political debates (acrylic versus natural fibers). 2007.

Great Idea at the Time: The Rise, Fall, and Curious Afterlife of the Great Books    BR 18574
by Alex Beam
2 volumes
Discusses the Great Books of the Western World, a fifty-four-volume anthology that debuted in 1952 and took the country by storm--generating thousands of book-discussion groups. Examines the men and marketing behind the project and the reasons the series, containing works by dead white males, eventually fell out of favor. 2008.

How Sex Works: Why We Look, Smell, Taste, Feel, and Act the Way We Do    BR 18580
by Sharon Moalem
3 volumes
Neurogeneticist and evolutionary biologist explains sex, physical development and attraction, and genetic evolution from cultural and biological perspectives. Discusses sexually transmitted diseases, contraception, homosexuality, and orgasms. Speculates on ways birth control pills may negatively affect women's olfactory system, used in determining desirability by scent. 2009.

How to Build a Dinosaur: Extinction Doesn't Have to Be Forever    BR 18586
by Jack Horner and James Gorman
2 volumes
Paleontologist Horner and science editor Gorman explore the feasibility of re-creating dinosaurs without prehistoric DNA by manipulating genetic codes found in the embryos of modern birds, descendants of dinosaurs. Discusses principles of evolutionary developmental biology, scientific techniques, and ethical issues. 2009.

Homer's Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale; or, How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat    BR 18591
by Gwen Cooper
2 volumes
Author describes adopting Homer, a small abandoned kitten whose infected eyes were surgically removed. Details the adventures of spunky, active Homer over the next dozen years--living with two other cats in New York apartments, surviving 9/11, and endearing himself to everyone he met including (eventually) the author's future husband. 2009.

I Used to Know That: Stuff You Forgot from School    BR 18680
by Caroline Taggart
2 volumes
Handbook of facts, profiles of noted individuals, and more from a variety of subjects taught in school but potentially forgotten in adulthood. Includes instruction in English, literature, math, science, history, geography, and general studies. Bestseller. 2009.

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