Braille Book Review

January-February 2011

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."


Joy of Cooking         BR 17462
by Irma S. Rombauer and others
30 volumes
This seventy-fifth anniversary edition of Joy of Cooking is based on the popular 1975 edition and restores many of the original standards dropped from the 1997 edition. Includes recipes for salads, meats, and desserts, as well as sections on nutrition, entertaining, ingredients, and cooking methods. 2006.

Knitting New Mittens and Gloves: Warm and Adorn Your Hands in Twenty-eight Innovative Ways         BR 18079
by Robin Melanson
2 volumes
Projects include many fingerless hand, wrist, and arm warmers in a variety of styles as well as more-traditional gloves and mittens. A paragraph describing each item is followed by the knitting instructions and details about necessary materials and tools. Includes a special-techniques section and a source list for supplies. 2008.

Homemade: How to Make Hundreds of Everyday Products Fast, Fresh, and More Naturally         BR 18087
by Don Earnest
5 volumes
Recipes for making more than seven hundred common food, household, and pet products. Offers tips on saving money and creating healthier, more natural items that replace store-bought pantry staples, toiletries, cleaning supplies, pet food, and garden helpers. 2007.

Expectant Father: Facts, Tips, and Advice for Dads-to-Be         BR 18092
by Armin A. Brott and Jennifer Ash
3 volumes
Month-by-month guide to emotional, financial, and physical changes men may experience during the course of their partner's pregnancy. Offers advice on understanding prenatal testing, starting a college fund, strengthening one's relationship with the mother-to-be, providing support during labor and delivery, and preparing for life with a new baby. 2001.

Almost from Scratch: Six Hundred Recipes for the New Convenience Cuisine         BR 18144
by Andrew Schloss
5 volumes
Hundreds of recipes using packaged food from the store as the convenient basis of gourmet meals. Gives advice on setting up a pantry and going shopping. Includes recipes for courses from appetizers to desserts as well as meatless and ethnic dishes. 2003.

Thirteen Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time         BR 18534
by Michael Brooks
3 volumes
Author examines anomalies that science has failed to adequately explain or dismiss. Discusses contradictory evidence on topics such as cold fusion, dark matter and the expansion of the universe, the possibility of extraterrestrials, the placebo effect, the existence of free will, and the mystery of life itself. 2008.

Buffalo Soldiers: A Narrative of the Black Cavalry in the West         BR 18575
by William H. Leckie
4 volumes
Updated account of the all-African American Ninth and Tenth Cavalry during the post-Civil War Indian campaigns. Recognizes their contributions to the conquest of the West. Describes daily life, social issues, and various battles and peacekeeping missions with Native Americans, outlaws, and Mexican revolutionaries. Originally published in 1967. 2003.

Morality without God?         BR 18589
by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
2 volumes
Philosopher discusses morality independent of religion and belief in God. Provides examples of moral behavior by atheists, by agnostics, and in secular societies. Compares harm-based morality to religion-dependent morality, and uses modern evangelical Christian teachings in his discussion. Explains the value of an open, respectful dialog with theists. 2009.

Passion for Cheese: More than 130 Innovative Ways to Cook with Cheese         BR 18594
by Paul Gayler
2 volumes
British gourmet chef celebrates the versatility of cheese in recipes for every course from appetizers to desserts. Recommends traditional and new combinations--French onion soup with beer and Camembert, Parmesan-crusted sea bass, eggplant and Roquefort soufflé, or poached figs stuffed with Sainte-Maure cheese. Suggests alternative cheeses and provides serving tips. 2007.

Small Loom and Freeform Weaving: Five Ways to Weave         BR 18595
by Barbara Matthiessen
1 volume
Beginner's guide to weaving using portable and inexpensive framing options such as knitter's looms, handheld Weavettes, homemade board looms, pins, and found objects. Includes instructions for some thirty small-scale projects ranging from wearables to home decorations. Covers design basics, weaving techniques, and finishing procedures. 2008.

Surpassing Expectations: My Life without Sight         BR 18597
by Lawrence Scadden
2 volumes
Autobiography of California-born (1939) Scadden, who was blinded at age five. Describes his career as a research psychologist with a doctorate degree. Discusses his work in developing assistive technology for visually impaired people and promoting science education. Examines the effects of blindness, Scadden's personal development, and his experiences abroad. 2008.

You Can If You Think You Can: Rebound from Adversity and Follow Your Dreams; Simple Strategies to Achieve Success and Happiness in Your Life         BR 18602
by Larry P. Johnson
1 volume
Motivational speaker and author of Mexico by Touch: True Life Experiences of a Blind American Deejay (BR 15306), offers his advice on overcoming adversity. Johnson outlines his step-by-step approach to achieving one's "dream goals." 2008.

Conviction of Richard Nixon: The Untold Story of the Frost/Nixon Interviews         BR 18608
by James Reston
2 volumes
Historian describes serving as adviser to British journalist David Frost for the 1977 televised interviews with former president Richard Nixon. Discusses using House Impeachment Committee evidence in Frost's interrogation guide for the Watergate portion of the broadcast, watched by forty-five million Americans. 2007.

Africa's Turn?         BR 18609
by Edward Miguel
1 volume
Economist Miguel posits that economic and political gains have been made in Africa in the twenty-first century. Nine scholars and experts on Africa's economy discuss Miguel's optimistic assertion. They evaluate the stability of Africa's politics, clean-environment technologies, population growth, and more. 2009.

How We Survived Prostate Cancer: What We Did and What We Should Have Done         BR 18682
by Victoria Hallerman
2 volumes
A cautionary tale about prostate cancer from the viewpoint of a wife who says she and her husband of thirty-nine years "did everything wrong." Discusses the marital and medical challenges they faced. Provides information on the disease, treatment, and side effects. Offers advice to the newly diagnosed. 2009.

Stop Second-Guessing Yourself--the Toddler Years: A Field-Tested Guide to Confident Parenting         BR 18686
by Jen Singer
2 volumes
Creator of the web site external link offers light-hearted advice for parents of children ages one to three. Topics include understanding your child's transition from baby to toddler, taking your tot out in public, managing sleep issues, potty training, handling play dates, disciplining, and dealing with illness. 2009.

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