Braille Book Review

January-February 2011

Books for Adults

Fiction

World Leader Pretend         BR 17536
by James Bernard Frost
4 volumes
Four gamers--ex-Olympic skier Tres Rawlings, failed entrepreneur Xerxes Meticula, orphan Gek-Lin Troung, and technician Dietrich Björnson--compete in an online fantasy realm. When real-life tragedy strikes, they must choose to help one another or continue selfish pursuits. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2007.

Missing Girl         BR 18093
by Norma Fox Mazer
2 volumes
A middle-aged man secretly stalks the Herbert family's five sisters, ages eleven to seventeen, as they carry out their everyday activities in the small town of Mallory, New York. Then the stranger makes his move, luring Autumn, the youngest girl, into his house. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

Sweethearts         BR 18094
by Sara Zarr
2 volumes
Salt Lake City. Non-Mormons Jennifer and Cameron are each other's only friend in elementary school. Cameron moves away and "Jenna" is told that he died. But eight years later Cameron reappears, and their past interferes with Jenna's new life as a thin and popular senior. For senior high readers. 2008.

Portnoy's Complaint         BR 18419
by Philip Roth
2 volumes
In this satire on Jewish life, the protagonist--who is on a psychoanalyst's couch--confronts his guilt regarding adolescent masturbation; lustful, masochistic adventures in adulthood; and sexual fantasies. He also deals with his feelings toward his domineering mother and demanding, overworked father. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1967.

Rough Treatment: A Charlie Resnick Mystery         BR 18424
by John Harvey
3 volumes
Burglars Grabianski and Grice get more than they expected--a kilo of cocaine and Maria Roy, the wife of a TV director. With Inspector Charlie Resnick closing in, Grabianski risks his own safety when he falls for Maria. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1990.

Cutting Edge: A Charlie Resnick Mystery         BR 18425
by John Harvey
3 volumes
When physician Tim Fletcher is attacked by a scalpel-wielding assailant after leaving the hospital, inspector Charlie Resnick and his team investigate the incident and a series of other assaults. Meanwhile Charlie's ex-wife tries to make contact. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 1991.

Off Minor: A Charlie Resnick Mystery         BR 18426
by John Harvey
3 volumes
Inspector Resnick's team investigates the disappearance of little Gloria Summers, last seen at a playground. Months later an odd, troubled youth who knew Gloria finds her body and becomes a suspect. Then another young girl living nearby also disappears. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1991.

Man in the Dark         BR 18428
by Paul Auster
2 volumes
Recuperating at his daughter's Vermont home, insomniac widower August Brill suppresses painful memories of his wife by imagining an America mired in civil war. He commiserates with his granddaughter, Katya, whose boyfriend was murdered in Iraq, and eventually confronts his past. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

Lord Edgware Dies: A Hercule Poirot Mystery         BR 18430
by Agatha Christie
2 volumes
Detective Hercule Poirot attends a supper party where the hostess, actress Jane Wilkinson, voices her desire to get rid of her eccentric husband, Lord Edgware. Within twenty-four hours Lord Edgware is dead, and Poirot must use his detective skills to clear Jane's name. Also published as Thirteen at Dinner. 1933.

Everything but a Wedding: Everything But . . . , Book 3         BR 18434
by Holly Jacobs
1 volume
Erie, Pennsylvania. Matriarch Vancy Salo wants to break the wedding curse she brought upon her family, but her granddaughter Dori isn't interested in marriage. Then Dori meets Carter Hastings, who is temporarily in town to help his bedridden pregnant cousin. Sequel to Everything but a Bride (BR 18263). 2008.

South of Broad         BR 18480
by Pat Conroy
5 volumes
Charleston, South Carolina; 1960s. Lonely, troubled Leo and several other high school students form an unlikely but close-knit friendship. They endure crises and successes until their loyalty is put to a final test two decades later, in San Francisco. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

I, Claudius: From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius, Born 10 B.C., Murdered and Deified A.D. 54         BR 18530
by Robert Graves
4 volumes
First novel in a two-part fictionalized autobiography of Roman emperor Claudius I depicts his childhood and rise to power despite speech difficulties and physical infirmities. Claudius survives the deadly political intrigues that plague the reigns of his relatives Augustus, Tiberius, and Caligula, and ascends the throne. Some violence. 1934.

Lost         BR 18535
by Jacqueline Davies
2 volumes
Sixteen-year-old Essie's life's joy is caring for her little sister Zelda. But things change when Essie begins working at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. Essie befriends a secretive coworker and avoids old friends as a dark, painful memory threatens her reality. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2009.

Relentless         BR 18536
by Dean Koontz
3 volumes
When bestselling novelist Cullen "Cubby" Greenwich learns his newest book has been savagely panned by major literary critic Shearman Waxx, Cubby's wife suggests he ignore the review. But Cubby orchestrates a meeting with Shearman that endangers Cubby's family. Some violence and some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Fragment         BR 18538
by Warren Fahy
3 volumes
When scientists and crew for the reality television show SeaLife respond to a distress signal near Henders Island, they are unprepared for what they find. They encounter monstrous, bizarre vegetation and creatures, and struggle to survive while viewers back home witness their violent slaughter. Violence and strong language. 2009.

Undone         BR 18583
by Karin Slaughter
4 volumes
Georgia Bureau of Investigation detective Will Trent and Dr. Sara Linton--both from previous series--work together when a naked woman is hit by a car after escaping a torture chamber. Then another woman is found dead and a third goes missing. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Sister Carrie         BR 18587
by Theodore Dreiser
5 volumes
Naive eighteen-year-old Caroline Meeber leaves rural Wisconsin for Chicago, where she temporarily moves into her sister and brother-in-law's flat. Seeking an escape from a drab existence, Carrie welcomes the affections of two men--one of whom is married--who bring her wealth, sophistication, and success, but ultimately dissatisfaction. Restored version. 1900.

Push         BR 18590
by Sapphire
1 volume
Illiterate and overweight, sixteen-year-old Claireece Precious Jones is pregnant again by her abusive father. After being suspended from school, Precious finds hope in Ms. Rain's Pre-GED reading class, where Precious begins keeping a journal. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. BCALA Literary Award. 1996.

Henderson the Rain King         BR 18592
by Saul Bellow
3 volumes
Seeking a new, more rewarding life, middle-aged American millionaire Eugene Henderson leaves his wife and family and travels to Africa, where he descends upon a native tribe. Henderson's irresistible energy and awesome feats of strength win admiration, but his gift for bringing rain makes him a king. 1958.

Gardenias for Breakfast         BR 18607
by Robin Jones Gunn
2 volumes
Abby and her twelve-year-old daughter Hannah travel from Hawaii across country to visit their relatives, including Abby's estranged mother and beloved grandmother. Abby is surprised that Hannah has a preference for Abby's once-difficult mother and vows, with God's help, to make amends. 2005.

Sag Harbor         BR 18616
by Colson Whitehead
3 volumes
Long Island, 1985. Upper-middle-class African American teenager Benji spends another summer at the beach with his brother and his parents, a Manhattan doctor and a lawyer. Benji finds relief from prep school and a part-time job, and learns a few lessons on growing up. Strong language. 2009.

What Goes Around Comes Around         BR 18620
by Darrien Lee
2 volumes
Winston Carter, playboy attorney and friend of Craig Bennett, from Been There, Done That (BR 18097), falls for sports-medicine doctor Arnelle Lapahie. Arnelle claims they've met before, but Winston doesn't remember her. Succumbing to attraction, Arnelle keeps her secret buried. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

Worth a Thousand Words: Jubilant Soul, Book 2         BR 18683
by Stacy Hawkins Adams
2 volumes
Indigo Burns returns home to Jubilant, Texas, after college and looks forward to attending graduate school and starting a career in photography. But Indigo's unexpected engagement, her diagnosis of glaucoma, and her aunt's stroke lead Indigo to trust in God for guidance. 2009.

Good Hope Road         BR 18684
by Lisa Wingate
3 volumes
After a tornado destroys all but one building in the tiny town of Poetry, Missouri, twenty-one-year-old Jenilee Lane rescues her elderly neighbor Eudora Gibson and helps the other survivors. Jenilee tries to reconcile with her estranged family and Mrs. Gibson attempts to let go of the past. 2003.

Justine: The Alexandria Quartet, Book 1         BR 18688
by Lawrence Durrell
3 volumes
Alexandria, Egypt, on the eve of World War II. Although the narrator, an exiled Irish schoolteacher, lives with his Greek mistress, Melissa, it is his affair with Justine, a beautiful Jewish society woman married to Nessim, a wealthy Coptic Christian, that initiates a web of political and sexual intrigue. 1957.

Balthazar: The Alexandria Quartet, Book 2         BR 18689
by Lawrence Durrell
2 volumes
New facets of characters met in Justine (BR 18688) are revealed to the narrator Darley through Balthazar. Darley learns that Justine's marriage to Nessim provides cover for the couple's illegal political activities. 1958.


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