Braille Book Review

September-October 2010

Books for Adults


Silks         BR 17862
by Dick Francis and Felix Francis
3 volumes
London barrister Geoffrey Mason, an amateur steeplechase rider, defends an acquaintance, professional jockey Steve Mitchell, against the charge that he murdered a competitor, Scot Barlow. One of Mason's former clients muddies up the case with threats. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2008.

Spanish Eyes         BR 17930
by Jackie Griffey
2 volumes
Mexican Eleana Castillo comes to America seeking her brother Carlos but cannot find him. College art professor Oliver Avery falls in love with Eleana and helps her search by contacting Sheriff Luke Jacobs. Luke discovers that Carlos is not the only missing migrant worker. 2007.

Girl, Barely 15: Flirting for England         BR 17931
by Sue Limb
2 volumes
Fifteen-year-old Jess Jordan and her mother host one of the French exchange students coming to her English town. Unfortunately Edouard turns out to be immature and smelly. When he falls in love with Jess, she pretends that her friend Fred is her boyfriend. For senior high readers. 2008.

How They Met and Other Stories         BR 17932
by David Levithan
2 volumes
Eighteen short stories about love in all its variations, written by the author when he was in high school. In "Andrew Chang" a Chinese teenager goes on a date arranged by her parents, but she doesn't realize she is going to a prom. For senior high readers. 2008.

Three-Ten to Yuma and Other Stories         BR 17933
by Elmore Leonard
1 volume
Seven tales set in the 1880s Arizona Territory. In the title entry a deputy marshal faces the task of escorting a train robber onto a train without either of them getting killed. Originally published in the 1950s. Some violence and some strong language. 2006.

Mysterious         BR 18067
by Nora Roberts
5 volumes
Each heroine in a trio of novels meets a man of mystery. In This Magic Moment an illusionist yearns for a show promoter. In Search for Love an American inherits an estate in France. In The Right Path a woman encounters a knife-wielding man. Some descriptions of sex. 2008.

All That and a Bag of Chips         BR 18072
by Darrien Lee
3 volumes
African American high school sweethearts Venice Taylor and Jarvis Anderson head off to separate colleges, planning to remain a couple. But Venice meets architecture major Craig Bennett, a friend of her brother's, and falls in love again. Then Jarvis proposes. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2001.

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden         BR 18074
by Joanne Greenberg
2 volumes
Sixteen-year-old Deborah has schizophrenia and retreats into a fantasy world of her own invention. Only after her parents reluctantly commit her to a mental hospital does she begin to face reality. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 1964.

The Worst Thing I've Done         BR 18076
by Ursula Hegi
3 volumes
New England. Three friends--Jake, Annie, and Annie's husband Mason--are caught in a web of jealousy and attraction that drives Mason to suicide. Their past is revealed as widowed Annie struggles to raise her baby sister, Opal, and to remain Jake's friend. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2007.

The House of Djinn         BR 18083
by Suzanne Fisher Staples
2 volumes
Dismayed fifteen-year-old Californian Jameel learns that he has been designated head of the family in Lahore, Pakistan--and that a marriage with his cousin Mumtaz has been arranged. A "djinni," or spirit, helps him decide between cultures. Sequel to Haveli (BR 10586). For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

Trouble Follows: An Indigo Novel, Book 2         BR 18098
by Monica McKayhan
2 volumes
Indigo is enjoying school and the dance team when her former best friend Jade moves back to Atlanta. But then Indigo's parents start having problems, her boyfriend Marcus is arrested, and Jade becomes overly involved with a history teacher. Sequel to Indigo Summer (BR 17923). For senior high readers. 2007.

Pact: An Indigo Novel, Book 3         BR 18099
by Monica McKayhan
2 volumes
Indigo and her boyfriend Marcus break up for the summer. But when things spiral out of control for Indigo while she visits her cool cousin in Chicago, she needs Marcus. Meanwhile, Marcus's estranged mother fails him in Houston. Sequel to Trouble Follows (BR 18098). For senior high readers. 2008.

A Perfect Stranger         BR 18128
by Danielle Steel
3 volumes
European heiress Raphaella Phillips's beloved, much-older American husband, John Henry, experiences several strokes that leave him incapacitated. In her grief, Raphaella is inextricably drawn to a young San Francisco lawyer. But Raphaella's guilt taints their burgeoning love. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1981.

Summer Blowout         BR 18134
by Claire Cook
2 volumes
Make-up artist Bella Shaughnessy and her siblings work for their father's chain of beauty salons, which makes it difficult for Bella when her ex-husband starts dating her half sister. But then Bella meets Sean Ryan, who gives her a great business idea. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black and Other Stories         BR 18137
by Nadine Gordimer
1 volume
Short stories by Nobel Prize-winning South African author. In the title piece, a white professor and former antiapartheid activist travels to diamond country to investigate his British great-grandfather's past. In "The First Sense" a European immigrant seamstress is more successful than her educated husband. Some strong language. 2007.

The Cellist of Sarajevo         BR 18138
by Steven Galloway
2 volumes
Sarajevo, 1992. A cellist plays Albinoni's Adagio in G Minor as a memorial on each of twenty-two days following a mortar attack that kills twenty-two citizens who are standing in a bread line. The music deeply affects a sniper, a father, and an older man. Inspired by historic events. 2008.

The Diplomat's Wife         BR 18141
by Pam Jenoff
3 volumes
Polish resistance member Marta Nedermann, from The Kommandant's Girl (BR 17687), is rescued from a Nazi prison by American soldier Paul Mattison. Later, while alone and pregnant with Paul's child, Marta marries a British diplomat and volunteers for a spy mission in Prague. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2008.

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict         BR 18143
by Laurie Viera Rigler
2 volumes
Courtney Stone of Los Angeles, a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, travels through time into the body of 1813 English aristocrat Jane Mansfield. Courtney navigates the stifling nineteenth-century customs and falls in love with the brother of Jane's best friend. Some strong language. 2007.

Tiger, Tiger         BR 18288
by Galaxy Craze
2 volumes
Lucy, from By the Shore (BR 12903), flees London with her children May and Eden to a religious California commune. Teenager May slowly adjusts to the ashram, but its lifestyle threatens fragile family bonds. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2008.

The Death of the Heart         BR 18290
by Elizabeth Bowen
3 volumes
Only sixteen and recently orphaned, Portia becomes the unwanted charge of her self-centered half brother Thomas and his wife Anna in London. Innocent and honest Portia becomes romantically involved with Eddie, an attractive cad, with heartbreaking results. 1938.

Empire of Bones         BR 18291
by Liz Williams
3 volumes
India, 2030. Aliens arrive to integrate Earth into their empire. In exchange for a pardon and rights for the untouchable caste, ailing revolutionary Jaya Nihalani--a Receiver who can communicate with the visitors--acts as a liaison and discovers their true intent. Some violence and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2002.

Child of Dandelions         BR 18294
by Shenaaz Nanji
2 volumes
East Africa, 1972. Sabine and her Indian family live in Uganda, where her best friend is black. When the country's president, Idi Amin, expels all Indians, Sabine saves her family from danger and tries to comprehend the meaning of evil. Violence. For senior high readers. 2008.

Dead Connection         BR 18336
by Alafair Burke
3 volumes
NYPD detective Ellie Hatcher is temporarily transferred to homicide to help detective Flann McIlroy with what he thinks is a serial killing. Two women killed a year apart were both members of an online dating service. Soon a third victim strengthens Flann's theory--and Ellie goes undercover. Some violence. 2007.

Smart Girls Think Twice         BR 18339
by Cathie Linz
2 volumes
In this sequel to Big Girls Don't Cry (BR 17720), sociologist Emma Riley returns to Rock Creek, Pennsylvania, to attend her sisters' weddings and to conduct research on her hometown's new popularity. When she attempts to interview extreme athlete Jake Slayter, a newcomer, sparks fly. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Shift         BR 18344
by Jennifer Bradbury
2 volumes
Best friends Chris Collins and Win Coggans bicycle from West Virginia to Washington State after high school graduation. When Win disappears near the end of the ride, Chris returns home without him. Win's wealthy father soon has the FBI on the case. For senior high readers. 2008.

When Worlds Collide         BR 18345
by Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer
4 volumes
Two planets, Bronson Alpha and Bronson Beta, hurtle through space on a collision course with Earth. Scientist Cole Hendron secretly recruits fellow scientists to construct a powerful, Noah's ark-inspired spacecraft to evacuate a select few people before the inevitable cosmic disaster. Includes sequel After Worlds Collide. 1932.

Takeover         BR 18346
by Lisa Black
3 volumes
Cleveland. Forensic scientist Theresa MacLean works a murder scene with her fiancé, homicide detective Paul Cleary. When Paul goes to the federal reserve bank where the victim worked, he stumbles upon a related robbery and becomes one of the hostages. Some violence and some strong language. 2008.

Away with the Fairies: A Phryne Fisher Mystery         BR 18353
by Kerry Greenwood
2 volumes
Australia, 1928. Phryne Fisher takes a job at a woman's magazine to discover who murdered Marcella Lavender, a writer and illustrator of fairy stories. Phryne also worries about her lover, Lin Chung, who is in China on a silk-buying trip. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2001.

Union Pacific: A Western Story         BR 18357
by Zane Grey
3 volumes
South Dakota, 1865. Young surveyor Warren Neale oversees construction of the Union Pacific Railroad. The task brings both danger and adventure to Warren and his friends cowboy Larry Red King and Indian attack survivor Allie Lee. Author's original version of an edition published in 1918 as The U.P. Trail. 2009.

Cold in Hand: A Charlie Resnick Novel         BR 18359
by John Harvey
3 volumes
Charlie's live-in lover and fellow inspector Lynn Kellogg tries to break up a gang-related fight between two girls. Lynn's bulletproof vest saves her life, but one girl dies. Assigned to find the shooter, Charlie must also deal with the victim's father, who blames Lynn. Violence and strong language. 2008.

Flowers for Algernon         BR 18365
by Daniel Keyes
2 volumes
Charlie Gordon, a thirty-two-year-old with an IQ of 68, keeps progress reports for the doctors who artificially increase his intelligence through surgery. Charlie quickly becomes a genius but the sudden death of Algernon, the lab mouse who preceded him in the experiment, bodes ill for Charlie's future. Nebula Award. 1966.

Under the Net         BR 18397
by Iris Murdoch
3 volumes
Follows the adventures of charming would-be writer Jake Donaghue in London and Paris. Jake falls in and out of love, resumes a friendship with a philosophy professor, kidnaps a canine movie star, and contemplates--at last--getting a real job. 1954.

Secrets on the Wind: Pine Ridge Portraits, Book 1         BR 18407
by Stephanie Grace Whitson
3 volumes
Nebraska, 1870s. Two soldiers find a distraught young woman amid ruins of a burned-out farmstead and take her to Camp Robinson. She reveals that her name is Laina Gray--and that she is pregnant. With the help of new friends and widower Nathan Boone, Laina finds strength, faith, and love. 2003.

Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2         BR 18554
by Suzanne Collins
3 volumes
Victorious district twelve tributes Katniss and Peeta, from the Hunger Games (BR 18488), have secured lives of safety and plenty for themselves and their families. But because they won by defying the rules, they have unwittingly incited a rebellion. Some violence. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2009.

Windfall         BR 18555
by Nora Roberts
2 volumes
Two romance novellas. In Temptation former socialite Eden Carlbough opens a girls' summer camp where she discovers romance with a neighboring farmer. In Impulse CPA Rebecca Malone travels to Greece and falls in love with a handsome stranger. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1987.

U Is for Undertow: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery         BR 18557
by Sue Grafton
4 volumes
California, 1988. Twenty-seven-year-old Michael Sutton shares his recovered childhood memories of an unsolved 1967 kidnapping case involving a four-year-old girl with PI Kinsey Millhone. Though skeptical, Kinsey agrees to take on the cold case. But Michael's questionable reliability as a witness complicates Kinsey's investigation. Bestseller. 2009.

Ford County: Stories         BR 18561
by John Grisham
2 volumes
Seven short stories set in rural Ford County, Mississippi. In "Fetching Raymond" a mother and her two grown boys travel across the state to witness another son's execution. In "Fish Files" a divorce attorney receives an unexpected largess and changes his life. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

If I Stay         BR 18565
by Gayle Forman
2 volumes
Cellist and Juilliard hopeful Mia clings to life after a car accident kills her family. While observing herself during an out-of-body experience, Mia flashes through her past to determine whether to fight for survival or die. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2009.

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