Braille Book Review

November-December 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."


Moondog: The Viking of Sixth Avenue; the Authorized Biography         BR 18439
by Robert Scotto
3 volumes
Biography of musician Moondog, Louis Thomas Hardin Jr. (1916-1999), who was blinded at age sixteen. Discusses his rise from a Viking-garbed, homeless street musician in New York City in the 1960s to a Columbia Records pop-music sensation and master composer for European orchestras. 2007.

Mountain Madness: Scott Fischer, Mount Everest, and a Life Lived on High         BR 18451
by Robert Birkby
3 volumes
Biography of mountain climber Scott Fischer, who died while leading an expedition up Mount Everest in 1996. Author Birkby, an outdoorsman and Fischer's friend, describes many of the climbs that Fischer made around the world as owner of Mountain Madness, a Washington-based guide service. 2008.

Nathan Hale: The Life and Death of America's First Spy         BR 18453
by M. William Phelps
3 volumes
Biography of famed patriot and American Revolution hero Nathan Hale (1755-1776), who was hanged by the British for spying. Uses primary sources to detail Hale's years at Yale and his teaching career before he joined the Connecticut militia. Some violence. 2008.

A Romance on Three Legs: Glenn Gould's Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Piano         BR 18457
by Katie Hafner
2 volumes
Relates the famous performer's long search to find the Steinway grand piano that he played for much of his recording career. Offers insight into Gould's eccentricity and his relationship with blind piano tuner Verne Edquist. Includes the history of the Steinway factory. 2008.

True Compass: A Memoir         BR 18485
by Edward M. Kennedy
5 volumes
Autobiography of the Democratic senator from Massachusetts, Ted Kennedy (1932-2009). Reminisces about his family, childhood, education, marriages, and five decades in politics. Discusses the assassinations of his brothers John and Bobby, the 1969 car accident at Chappaquiddick, and his battle with terminal brain cancer. Bestseller. 2009.

The Chemotherapy Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Get Through Treatment         BR 18633
by Judith McKay and Tamera Schacher
3 volumes
Oncology nurses update The Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy Survival Guide (BR 12291) with an overview of chemotherapy. They discuss biotherapy, immunotherapy, nutrition, stress reduction, blood tests, IVs, and drugs. They also offer advice on dealing with side effects and understanding the mind-body connection. 2009.

Eat, Memory: Great Writers at the Table; a Collection of Essays from the New York Times         BR 18635
by Amanda Hesser
1 volume
Twenty-six playwrights, screenwriters, novelists, poets, and journalists share memorable moments involving food. Poet laureate Billy Collins's "The Fish" recalls his meal at a Pittsburgh restaurant and includes a recipe. In "Compliments of the Nurse" essayist Dawn Drzal recounts the after-lunch revenge unknowingly thrust on her by M.F.K. Fisher's caregiver. 2009.

The Pleasures of Cooking for One         BR 18825
by Judith Jones
2 volumes
Cookbook editor, whose clients included Julia Child and James Beard, explains the home preparation of more than 150 recipes for the solitary diner. Discusses shopping without waste, stocking the pantry, choosing equipment, and creating new dishes from leftovers. 2009.

A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes         BR 18830
by David Tanis
2 volumes
Head chef of Berkeley's Chez Panisse offers twenty-four three-course menus featuring recipes for spring, summer, fall, and winter. Suggestions include melon and figs with prosciutto and mint, deconstructed salade niçoise, and lavender honey ice cream for a hot summer day. Provides tips on selecting, preparing, and presenting seasonal specialties. 2008.

Biblical Literacy: The Essential Bible Stories Everyone Needs to Know         BR 18831
by Timothy Beal
3 volumes
Religion professor presents excerpts from the Jewish and Christian scriptures that have shaped social and political lives for centuries. Discusses the cultural and historical background of verses to place them in context. Asserts that knowing the Bible is essential for understanding literature, art, music, conversation, and popular culture. 2009.

One-Hundred-Calorie Snack Cookbook         BR 18833
by Sally Sampson
2 volumes
Recipes for more than two hundred low-calorie snacks that are free of trans fat, low in saturated fat and sodium, and designed to satisfy sweet, crunchy, or savory cravings. Includes soups, gorps, vegetables, fruits, salads, high-protein foods, smoothies, chips, dips, desserts, and more. Presents nutritional information for each dish. 2009.

Vegetarian Suppers from Deborah Madison's Kitchen         BR 18834
by Deborah Madison
2 volumes
Chef and award-winning cookbook author's vegetarian dishes for evening meals cover savory pies, gratins, stews, braises, pasta, sandwiches, crepes, and fritters. Includes recipes for eggs, tofu, and tempeh and for basics such as sauces, stocks, polenta, rice, and beans. Suggests vegan and seasonal options, wines, and pantry items. 2005.

How to Raise Your Parents: A Teen Girl's Survival Guide         BR 18854
by Sarah O'Leary Burningham
1 volume
Teen guide to communicating with and understanding parents. Author discusses common yet quarrelsome topics, providing the points of view of both adults and adolescents. Includes tips on academics, curfew, cyberlife, independence, negotiation, privacy, and more. For senior high readers. 2008.

The Sensational Skillet Cookbook: Create Spectacular Meals with Your Electric Skillet         BR 18921
by Wendy Louise
2 volumes
More than 165 dishes to cook using an electric skillet. Recipes range from simple family-style entrees such as southern-fried chicken and vegetarian chili to more elegant choices including coq au vin and bourbon steak. Includes desserts as well as side dishes to prepare in and out of the skillet. 2004.

The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World's Largest Unsolved Art Theft         BR 19063
by Ulrich Boser
3 volumes
Journalist recounts the 1990 robbery of Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in which two crooks posing as policemen nabbed art worth $500 million, including five Degas paintings, three Rembrandts, and a Vermeer. Traces the investigation of art detective Harold Smith and explores case links to mobsters and the IRA. 2008.

Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America's Greatest Bridge         BR 19130
by Kevin Starr
2 volumes
Author of California: A History (BR 16426) describes the creation and artistry of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge--completed in 1937. Highlights the personalities involved in building one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, including engineers, politicians, bankers, and architects. Bestseller. 2010.

The Lonely Man of Faith         BR 19135
by Joseph B. Soloveitchik
1 volume
Essay originally published in the journal Tradition discusses the loneliness of a person of faith in a utilitarian world. References scripture, including contradictory accounts of Adam's creation, to explain the human dilemma of opposing needs--transcendental solitude and existential togetherness--and the turmoil that results. Includes a 2006 foreword by David Shatz. 1965.

Everyday Law for Seniors         BR 19140
by Lawrence A. Frolik and Linda S. Whitton
3 volumes
Attorneys practicing elder law explain senior citizens' rights and obligations, exploring subjects such as age discrimination, Social Security, Medicaid, and retirement benefits. The authors also discuss long-term health care insurance, guardianship, and housing options. 2010.

Led to Believe by Billy Graham: Inspiring Words from Billy Graham and Others on Living by Faith         BR 19142
by Billy Graham
1 volume
Preacher Billy Graham and his followers recall being born again and explain ways the experience changed their lives. Includes "Never Quit on a Boy" by a youth counselor and "The Day My Faith Meant Most to Me" by a blind Korean orphan. Epilogue by Anne Graham Lotz. 2007.

The Rosetta Stone and the Rebirth of Ancient Egypt         BR 19144
by John Ray
2 volumes
The history of the Rosetta Stone, which records a king's decree in three scripts--Egyptian hieroglyphics, Egyptian demotic, and classical Greek--facilitating comparative translation. Chronicles the stone's creation in 196 B.C., its discovery by Napoleon's forces in 1799, and subsequent deciphering efforts. Includes a full translation of the stone's text. 2007.

Cleopatra and Antony: Power, Love, and Politics in the Ancient World         BR 19149
by Diana Preston
4 volumes
Dual biography of Cleopatra, the fourth-decade-B.C. Egyptian queen, and Mark Antony, a Roman general, within the political, historical, and military context of the time. Details their love affair, their enemies, and their suicides, which led to the conquest of Alexandria and annexation of Egypt by Roman ruler Octavian. 2009.

Somewhere towards the End: A Memoir         BR 19178
by Diana Athill
1 volume
Diana Athill, noted eighty-nine-year-old British book editor and author of Stet (BR 13794), discusses growing old or "falling away." Describes past love affairs, including one that evolved into a platonic friendship as roommates. Childless and unmarried, Athill asserts she has few regrets and no lessons to pass on. 2008.

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