Braille Book Review

September-October 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."


Weight Watchers All-Time Favorites: Over Two Hundred Best-Ever Recipes from the Weight Watchers Test Kitchens         BR 17897
by Weight Watchers
3 volumes
Nutritious recipes designed to help readers lose pounds or maintain a healthy weight. Includes suggestions for starters, light fare, salads, soups, brunches, lunches, poultry, meat, fish, and desserts. Also covers vegetarian and side dishes, slow-cooker meals, and fifteen-minute entrees. Provides points values for Weight Watchers diet plan. 2008.

Do All Indians Live in Tipis? Questions and Answers from the National Museum of the American Indian         BR 17919
by National Museum of the American Indian
2 volumes
Reference queries received by the staff of the National Museum of the American Indian. Dozens of questions answered by Native Americans cover history, culture, and language. Topics include ceremonies, totem poles, myths, captivity stories, slavery, clothing, tribal enrollment, and government benefits. For senior high and older readers. 2007.

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave         BR 17929
by Frederick Douglass
2 volumes
African American abolitionist Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) chronicles his life from his birth in Maryland as a slave to his 1838 escape to the North. Describes the physical, mental, and spiritual brutalities of enslavement and his resolution to live free or die. Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 1845.

Chasing Hubble's Shadows: The Search for Galaxies at the Edge of Time         BR 18081
by Jeff Kanipe
2 volumes
Science journalist discusses astronomers' efforts to probe the outermost limits of the observable universe, particularly areas called "shadows"--distant, wispy galaxies formed at the beginning of time--that were found through the Hubble Space Telescope. Features firsthand accounts of astronomers' and astrophysicists' work and describes their understanding of the cosmos. 2006.

All the Math You'll Ever Need: A Self-Teaching Guide         BR 18082
by Steve Slavin
3 volumes
This refresher course on mathematics for everyday situations explains ways to figure discounts, calculate interest rates, and solve time, rate, and distance problems. Provides back-to-basics instruction in multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, percentages, algebra, and geometry. Includes lessons in personal finance and business math. For senior high and older readers. 1999.

Patriot Pirates: The Privateer War for Freedom and Fortune in the American Revolution         BR 18129
by Robert H. Patton
3 volumes
Details America's maritime conflicts with the British during the Revolutionary War that consisted primarily of commissioned private American vessels attacking enemy ships. Describes the huge profits the privateer owners made from their wartime activities and discusses the ways their newfound wealth propelled the nation's entrepreneurialism. 2008.

Looking for Anne of Green Gables: The Story of L.M. Montgomery and Her Literary Classic         BR 18130
by Irene Gammel
4 volumes
Biography of Canadian novelist Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942) that explains her creation of Anne Shirley, the main character of the 1908 bestseller Anne of Green Gables (BR 10098). Details Montgomery's private life and relates its influences on her writing. 2008.

Living with Coronary Heart Disease: A Guide for Patients and Families         BR 18232
by Jerome E. Granato
2 volumes
Cardiologist explains the nature of coronary heart disease. Discusses the structure of the heart and the role cholesterol plays in the development of the condition. Highlights symptoms, risk factors, diagnostic tools, medications, and surgical treatments. Suggests lifestyle changes necessary for living with the disease. 2008.

Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages         BR 18236
by Ammon Shea
2 volumes
A self-proclaimed collector of words describes his yearlong reading of the Oxford English Dictionary. He comments on words that he believes others would like to know about, such as "sympatetic," which is a companion one walks with, and "onomatomania," which means vexation at having difficulty finding the right word. 2008.

New Recipes from Moosewood Restaurant         BR 18254
by Moosewood Collective
3 volumes
Seventeen members of the Moosewood Collective, a worker-owned and -operated restaurant in Ithaca, New York, offer vegetarian recipes inspired by ethnic and international cuisine that use fresh, seasonal ingredients. Includes suggestions for chilled and hot soups, salads and dressings, sandwiches, sauces, fish, pasta, sides, breads, and desserts. 1987.

High Point of Persistence: The Miriam Richards Story         BR 18257
by Damara Paris and others
3 volumes
Biography of deaf climber Miriam Richards, who set a goal to reach the highest elevation in each of the fifty states and seven continents. Chronicles her childhood, Gallaudet University years, and memorable summits. Discusses challenges she faced, including a fall from Mount Hood and being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. 2007.

Of Parrots and People: The Sometimes Funny, Always Fascinating, and Often Catastrophic Collision of Two Intelligent Species         BR 18259
by Mira Tweti
3 volumes
Investigative journalist presents scientific findings on parrot behavior, intelligence, and personality. Explores the bond between human owners and their pet parrots. Discusses the endangerment of many species because of popular demand and suggests ways to save them from extinction. 2008.

C.C. Pyle's Amazing Foot Race: The True Story of the 1928 Coast-to-Coast Run across America         BR 18279
by Geoff Williams
3 volumes
Describes promoter C.C. Pyle's creation of a record-breaking endurance marathon across the United States. Discusses some of the competitors--199 men set off from Los Angeles and 55 finished in New York City--including the winner of the ten-thousand-dollar prize, who completed the contest in under 559 running hours. 2007.

Great Hair: Secrets to Looking Fabulous and Feeling Beautiful Every Day         BR 18293
by Nick Arrojo
2 volumes
Arrojo, known for his work on the television makeover show What Not to Wear, explains ways to find the best hairstyle for an individual's face and hair type. Discusses selecting and talking to a hairdresser, choosing a cut, using styling and cleaning products and tools, and adding color. 2008.

An Unquiet Mind         BR 18295
by Kay Redfield Jamison
2 volumes
Professor of psychiatry reveals her own manic depression--despite the possible consequences of disclosure on her professional life. A noted authority on the illness, Jamison describes her earlier life of inspired highs and bleak lows and relates her reluctance to take medication that eventually, with love and therapy, stabilized her. 1995.

The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, a Daughter, and the Town That Raised Them         BR 18297
by Amy Dickinson
2 volumes
Nationally syndicated advice columnist "Ask Amy," whose motto is "I make the mistakes so you don't have to," describes her adventures as a single mom raising a daughter and building a career. Contrasts her small hometown and close-knit family upbringing with her experiences in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. 2009.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt         BR 18300
by Roy Jenkins
2 volumes
British historian traces the life of the thirty-second U.S. president--the only chief executive to serve more than two terms. Highlights Roosevelt's family history, his controversial concept of the New Deal for combating the Great Depression, and the 1941 entry of the country into World War II. 2003.

The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama         BR 18333
by Gwen Ifill
3 volumes
Editor and television pundit profiles the post-civil-rights generation of African American male politicians. Analyzes a trend in black politicians' abilities to successfully attract white support in local and state elections and Barack Obama's campaign for presidency. Discusses race-gender clashes, legacy politics, and up-and-coming elected officials. 2009.

Johns Hopkins Patients' Guide to Breast Cancer         BR 18558
by Lillie D. Shockney
1 volume
Registered nurse, breast-cancer survivor, and author of One Hundred Questions and Answers about Advanced and Metastatic Breast Cancer discusses treatments for all stages of the disease. Explains side effects and risks and covers coping skills. Includes special advice for older women. 2010.

Thirty Days to Getting Over the Dork You Used to Call Your Boyfriend: A Heartbreak Handbook         BR 18563
by Clea Hantman
1 volume
Guide for self-preservation in romantic break-ups. Explains the five stages of grief--denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Provides tips and empowering daily activities. Also suggests music that makes the transition easier and fun. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2008.

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