Braille Book Review

May-June

Books for Adults

Fiction


The Wings of the Dove         BR 18157
by Henry James
5 volumes
Wealthy young American Milly Theale, doomed by illness to an early death, remains determined to experience life, however brief. Londoners Kate Croy and Merton Densher, impoverished lovers, conspire to dupe the charming but naive heiress and obtain her fortune. But fate intervenes. Includes a 2003 introduction. 1902.


Richer than Rubies         BR 18159
by Tessa Barclay
3 volumes
Wealthy businessman Ivan Digby commissions jewelry artist Jo Radcliffe to redesign the famed nineteenth-century Fieldingley ruby necklace for his fiancée. When the jewels are identified as fake, Jo is caught between Ivan and photographer Tim Fieldingley, whose grandmother sold Ivan the necklace. Some descriptions of sex. 2006.


Heat Lightning         BR 18165
by John Sandford
3 volumes
Minnesota investigator Virgil Flowers, from Dark of the Moon (BR 17391), puzzles over corpses left on veterans' memorials. The victims have lemons in their mouths—a tactic used in Vietnam War executions. Flowers pursues an elusive acquaintance of the victims. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.


Sleeping Arrangements         BR 18168
by Madeleine Wickham
2 volumes
British Chloe looks forward to staying at a friend's villa in Spain with her longtime partner Philip and their two sons. Meanwhile Hugh, who dumped Chloe years earlier, has unknowingly booked the same villa for his family. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2001.


The Rainbow         BR 18418
by D.H. Lawrence
5 volumes
Rural England. Follows the lives and loves of three generations of the Brangwen family. Farmer Tom Brangwen marries Polish widow Lydia and adopts her daughter Anna as his own. All seek individual fulfillment, but it is Anna's spirited child Ursula who defies convention. 2007 introduction by James Wood. 1915.


Living Proof: A Charlie Resnick Mystery         BR 18432
by John Harvey
2 volumes
Nottingham inspector Resnick and his team juggle two cases: a prostitute is stabbing her johns, one of whom dies, and an American crime writer in town for a convention is plagued by anonymous, threatening letters and increasingly disturbing pranks. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1995.


Easy Meat: A Charlie Resnick Mystery         BR 18435
by John Harvey
3 volumes
The apparent suicide of a fifteen-year-old delinquent being held in police custody prompts a probe by detective Bill Aston. When Aston is found beaten to death, Inspector Charlie Resnick and his team's investigation takes them into the depths of the British underclass. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. 1996.


The Naked and the Dead         BR 18541
by Norman Mailer
6 volumes
Novel of World War II in which an American infantry platoon invades the Japanese-held island of Anopopei. Mailer explores the soldiers' behavior and emotions under the extreme stress of jungle warfare. Includes 1998 introduction by the author. Strong language and some violence. 1948.


The Ambassadors         BR 18610
by Henry James
5 volumes
Acting as the wealthy Mrs. Newsome's ambassador, conscientious Massachusetts-based newspaper editor Lambert Strether journeys to Paris to retrieve Newsome's errant son Chad. When Chad's suave demeanor and the city's charm distract Strether from his mission, Mrs. Newsome sends another envoy. Edited with a 2008 introduction by Adrian Poole. 1903.


A Passage to India         BR 18628
by E.M. Forster
4 volumes
Englishwoman Mrs. Moore visits her son, a magistrate, in India, where she befriends charming, well-respected Muslim doctor Aziz. When Aziz is accused of assaulting Mrs. Moore's young compatriot, a scandal erupts that illuminates the conflict of cultures and personalities during the wane of British rule. Includes 2005 introduction. 1924.


Impact         BR 18713
by Douglas Preston
3 volumes
Seemingly random circumstances—two women searching for a crashed meteor off the coast of Maine, a young California scientist secretly continuing his murdered mentor's research, and a former CIA agent tracing the origins of radioactive gems—lead to a startling discovery near Mars. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2009.


Oh. My. Gods.         BR 18714
by Tera Lynn Childs
2 volumes
Phoebe Castro's life turns upside down when her mother becomes engaged to a near stranger and moves herself and Phoebe to Serfopoula, Greece. After Phoebe learns her new school is an academy for descendants of Greek gods, she tries to fit in. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2008.


Goddess Boot Camp         BR 18715
by Tera Lynn Childs
2 volumes
Part goddess Phoebe Castro has only sixteen days to get her new powers under control before the gods require her to pass a test. Phoebe's stepfather Damian enrolls her in Goddess Boot Camp. Sequel to Oh. My. Gods. (BR 18714). Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2008.


Funny How Things Change         BR 18716
by Melissa Wyatt
2 volumes
Lisa convinces her boyfriend Remy to escape from their mountain town in West Virginia and move away with her when she starts college. But Remy meets Dana, an outsider painting a mural on the community water tower, and Remy reevaluates his future—and his home. For senior high readers. 2009.


The Demon's Lexicon         BR 18719
by Sarah Rees Brennan
3 volumes
Brothers Nick and Alan Ryves live on the run from magicians and demons. When classmates Mae and her brother Jamie arrive unannounced at the Ryves home requesting help, Nick refuses. But then Alan endangers himself helping them, forcing Nick to act. For senior high and older readers. 2009.


Perfect Chemistry         BR 18720
by Simone Elkeles
3 volumes
Assigned as lab partners in senior chemistry, well-to-do Brittany Ellis and Latino Blood gang member Alex Fuentes clash in and out of class. As their heated exchanges lead to a forbidden attraction, their lives begin to change. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. For senior high readers. 2009.


The Someday List: Jubilant Soul, Book 1         BR 18723
by Stacy Hawkins Adams
2 volumes
A friend's terminal illness prompts disillusioned housewife Rachelle Covington to make a list of goals. She visits her old college town of Jubilant, Texas, where she encounters her ex-husband, church music director Troy Hardy. Rachelle must reexamine her attitude toward Troy, herself, and God before returning to her family. 2009.


Shooting Star         BR 18724
by Fredrick McKissack
2 volumes
Talented Jomo Rodgers finishes his first year on the varsity football team and draws the attention of the press and college scouts. After recruiters comment about his small size, Jomo tries steroids, becomes addicted, and struggles to maintain control of his life. Strong language. For senior high readers. 2009.


Venetia         BR 18809
by Georgette Heyer
3 volumes
Yorkshire, England. Beautiful, isolated spinster Venetia Lanyon stays at home managing the family estate and caring for her sickly brother while another sibling fights Napoleon. Venetia becomes fascinated by her scandalous neighbor Lord Damerel, a rake, and the two become friends before falling in love. 1958.


A Blue and Gray Christmas         BR 18817
by Joan Medlicott
2 volumes
When a historic restoration crew unearths a rusty box, friends Grace, Amelia, and Hannah discover it contains the diaries and letters of two soldiers—one Southern and one Northern—chronicling the Civil War era in Covington, North Carolina. The women track down the men's descendants and arrange a reunion. 2009.


Fields of Grace         BR 18819
by Kim Vogel Sawyer
3 volumes
1872. Mennonites Reinhardt and Lillian Vogt leave Russia for Kansas to avoid having their oldest son drafted into the army. Joining them on the voyage is Reinhardt's foster brother Eli. When tragedy strikes aboard ship, Lillian and Eli are forced to make a critical decision. 2009.


Witch and Wizard         BR 18902
by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet
2 volumes
Soldiers from the New Order government kidnap and imprison siblings Wisty and Whit Allgood, accusing them of the outlawed practice of witchcraft and wizardry. But Wisty and Whit discover their powers and fight to survive. For senior high readers. 2009.


In a Gilded Cage: A Molly Murphy Mystery         BR 18914
by Rhys Bowen
2 volumes
New York City. Suffragette Emily Boswell hires Irish immigrant Molly Murphy to uncover the truth about Emily's missionary parents' deaths and the loss of her inheritance. Molly simultaneously tracks wealthy Fanny Poindexter's errant husband. But when Fanny dies suddenly, allegedly from the flu, Molly suspects foul play. 2009.


The Battle of Jericho         BR 18916
by Sharon M. Draper
2 volumes
High school junior Jericho and his cousin Josh are invited to join a prestigious club at Frederick Douglass High. But the hazing the pledges have to go through causes Jericho to doubt the group's benefits. Then a tragedy occurs. For senior high readers. 2003.


November Blues         BR 18917
by Sharon M. Draper
2 volumes
Two months after her boyfriend Josh dies, sixteen-year-old November finds out that she is pregnant. She faces difficult options with support from her mother, girlfriends, and Josh's cousin Jericho. Sequel to The Battle of Jericho (BR 18916). For senior high readers. Coretta Scott King Honor Book. 2007.


Lady Eugenia's Holiday         BR 18919
by Shirley Marks
1 volume
To make up for delaying her London debut for her sister's sake, Lady Eugenia Abbott goes on holiday to Brighton with her great-aunt Rose. Helped by her aunt's influence, Eugenia attends many social events, makes friends, and falls in love with a mysterious duke. 2009.


The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella         BR 18998
by Stephenie Meyer
1 volume
Seattle. Fifteen-year old Bree Tanner doesn't know whom to trust as Riley's army of newborn vampires attacks the Cullens and Bella. Bree struggles to learn the truth before time runs out. Companion to Eclipse (BR 18180). Some violence. For senior high readers. 2010.



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