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."


One Year to an Organized Life: From Your Closets to Your Finances, the Week by Week Guide to Getting Completely Organized for Good         BR 18086
by Regina Leeds
4 volumes

A professional organizer presents monthly projects, divided into weekly tasks, to streamline every part of the house. There are also instructions for planning a trip, moving, keeping up with correspondence, paying bills, preparing for school, and handling the holidays. Suggests techniques, such as journaling, to stay on track. 2008.

Good Germs, Bad Germs: Health and Survival in a Bacterial World         BR 18091
by Jessica Snyder Sachs
3 volumes

Discusses people's use of sanitation and antibiotics in their war against pestilence and explains the resulting evolution of drug-resistant superbugs. Warns of the importance of maintaining the body's natural microflora defense and explores ways that scientists can help do that. 2007.

Nobody Knows My Name: More Notes of a Native Son         BR 18160
by James Baldwin
2 volumes

Essays drawn from Baldwin's personal experiences in America and Europe. Baldwin writes about race relations, the writer's role in society, a Paris conference of black artists and writers, and his association with novelists Richard Wright and Norman Mailer. Sequel to Notes of a Native Son (RC 33260, BR 17402). 1954.

Estate Planning for People with a Chronic Condition or Disability         BR 18392
by Martin M. Shenkman
3 volumes

Attorney reviews the basics of estate planning for people who are ill or disabled. Discusses granting power of attorney and access to medical records, creating living wills and trusts, and assigning guardianship for minor children. Covers situations for those with Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Lou Gehrig's, and Huntington's diseases, and others. 2009.

Master of War: The Life of General George H. Thomas         BR 18543
by Benson Bobrick
4 volumes

Biography of Virginia-born Union general George Thomas (1816-1870), who was compared to George Washington by his officers and soldiers. Discusses Thomas's family life, his decision to stay in the federal army, his successful military campaigns, and his marginalization by rivals Ulysses Grant and William Sherman. Some strong language. 2009.

Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's Almanac: Projects for Each Month of the Year         BR 18547
by Elizabeth Zimmermann
2 volumes

British-born author penned this knitting guide while living in a one-room schoolhouse in the woods. Presents monthly projects ranging from an Aran sweater in January to a last-minute December pullover. Includes anecdotes, tips, and alternate suggestions, along with patterns for mittens, hats, socks, baby items, and "nether garments." 1981.

It's Not That I'm Bitter...; Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World         BR 18548
by Gina Barreca
2 volumes

Forty essays exploring women's tendency to linger over self-image instead of other productive pursuits. Includes analysis of women as "cougars" and worriers, and delves into the female aging process. Discusses "guys we don't like to work with" (GWDLTWW), lessons learned by age fifty-one, and more. 2009.

Beating Gout: A Sufferer's Guide to Living Pain Free         BR 18553
by Victor Konshin
2 volumes

Guide to managing gout, a painful form of arthritis caused by uric acid crystals forming within joints. Describes the four stages of the disease: asymptomatic hyperuricemia, acute attacks, intercritical periods, and advanced gout. Details associated health risks and treatment options including medications, diet, and lifestyle choices. 2009.

All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!         BR 18588
by Mel Bartholomew
3 volumes

In this update to Square Foot Gardening (RC 21079, BR 05870), the author advises using six-inch-deep boxes containing soil that requires no digging or fertilizing and vertical frames for climbing plants. Recommends creating wider aisles and elevating boxes for easier access. Gives plant-by-plant suggestions for extending the growing season. 2005.

Gumbo Tales: Finding My Place at the New Orleans Table         BR 18604
by Sara Roahen
3 volumes

Food writer explores the cuisine and culture of her adopted city, New Orleans. Discusses the history of Creole and Cajun cooking, various approaches to making the perfect gumbo, and traditions linked to such dishes as crawfish, po'boys, and red beans and rice. Considers the impact of Hurricane Katrina. 2008.

Union Oyster House Cookbook: Recipes and History from America's Oldest Restaurant         BR 18606
by Jean Kerr and Spencer Smith
1 volume

Presents a brief history of Boston's Union Oyster House and sixty of its traditional recipes. Offers appetizers, soups and chowders, stocks and sauces, and entrées, many of which feature seafood. Side dishes include Boston baked beans and cornbread. Among the desserts are Boston cream pie and Indian pudding. 2008.

Darwin Slept Here: Discovery, Adventure, and Swimming Iguanas in Charles Darwin's South America         BR 18613
by Eric Simons
2 volumes

An American admirer of Charles Darwin (1809-1882) chronicles his own journeys to South America with Darwin's diary in hand. Compares the youthful naturalist's enthusiastic impressions of Brazilian forests, Patagonian plains, a gold mine, and other sites with the author's twenty-first-century perspective. 2009.

Charmed Knits: Projects for Fans of Harry Potter         BR 18615
by Alison Hansel
3 volumes

Clothing from Harry Potter movies inspires patterns designed for some beginning knitters, but mainly for intermediate through advanced knitters. Projects include the Weasley sweater, wizard robe, invisibility shawl, Quidditch socks, elf hats, Hermione's cable-and-bobble mittens, Harry's red cable sweater, and other selections. 2007.

Pampered Chef: The Story of One of America's Most Beloved Companies         BR 18707
by Doris Christopher
2 volumes

A stay-at-home mom describes starting a small kitchen-tool business from the basement of her home and growing the company into a billion-dollar corporation ultimately purchased by Warren Buffett. Discusses her family's commitment to the business and reveals the challenges associated with its expansion. Offers strategies to help start-up entrepreneurs. 2005.

Happiness Project; or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun         BR 18710
by Gretchen Craft Rubin
3 volumes

Author's personal reflections on a monthly plan to improve her quality of life by the end of one year. Analyzes missteps, challenges, and successes in reaching her goals and shares the often unexpected lessons she learned. Bestseller. 2009.

One Hundred Questions and Answers about Myeloma         BR 18790
by Asad Bashey and others
2 volumes

Two hematologist/oncologists and a patient give advice on dealing with myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells. Discusses symptoms, the progression of the disease, and treatment options, as well as side effects, complications, stem-cell transplantation, and support systems. 2009.

First Apartment Smarts: Get Smart with Your Money         BR 18794
by Ann Byers
1 volume

Guide for first-time renters. Suggests creating a plan to address needs, wants, and concerns and constructing a practical budget. Offers housing-search strategies, resources, checklists, tips for moving in, and more. For senior high and older readers. 2010.

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