Braille Book Review

September-October 2011

Books for Adults

Fiction


Point Counter Point         BR 18431
by Aldous Huxley
4 volumes
A satiric view of the 1920s English upper class and London intellectuals. Huxley introduces a bevy of complex characters who attempt to escape boredom and futility through various amorous adventures. The novel's construction is allegedly based on Bach's Suite No. 2 in B Minor. Includes Nicholas Mosley's 1996 introduction. 1928.


Headlock         BR 18438
by Joyce Sweeney
2 volumes
High school senior Kyle, a former gymnast, is training to become a professional wrestler when the grandmother who raised him falls ill. Kyle sacrifices his budding career to care for her until his estranged mother decides to help, freeing Kyle to follow his dream. For senior high readers. 2006.


Black and White and Dead All Over         BR 18442
by John Darnton
3 volumes
Both NYPD detective Priscilla Bollingsworth and reporter Jude Hurley are assigned the murder case of New York Globe editor Theodore Ratnoff, whose body was found with a taunting note. Known for killing reporters' stories, Ratnoff had many enemies. Other deaths complicate the investigation. Some violence and some strong language. 2008.


Incomplete Revenge: A Maisie Dobbs Mystery         BR 18444
by Jacqueline Winspear
3 volumes
England, 1931. Investigator Maisie Dobbs is hired by developer James Compton to examine the Sandermere estate in Kent. Suspicious fires occur each fall at harvest time. Maisie and her assistant Billy Beale learn that somehow a 1916 attack by a German zeppelin is linked to the annual inferno. 2008.


Rebecca's Reward: Daughters of Blessing, Book 4         BR 18449
by Lauraine Snelling
3 volumes
Blessing, North Dakota; 1902. Rebecca Baard's brother discourages her from opening a soda shop, but when she visits her cousin Penny in Bismarck, Rebecca learns to operate such an establishment. Meanwhile Rebecca's friends are also concerned about her single status and conspire to introduce her to eligible bachelors. 2008.


Marked: House of Night, Book 1         BR 18461
by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
3 volumes
Zoey is struggling in high school when she is marked by a Tracker to become a vampire. Zoey's Grandma Redbird enrolls her in another school, the House of Night, where Zoey learns new rules and uncovers a sinister plot. Strong language. For senior high readers. 2007.


Singularity's Ring         BR 18463
by Paul Melko
3 volumes
Earth's population changes after surviving cataclysm, leaving two types of humans—singletons and pods. Apollo Papadopulos, a mind pod of five genetically engineered humans, shares combined thoughts while competing with other pods to win command of the starship Consensus. But someone has other plans for Apollo. Some strong language. 2008.


Hunger Games, Book 1         BR 18488
by Suzanne Collins
3 volumes
In a future North America, Panem's rulers maintain control through a televised survival competition pitting teens from twelve districts in a fight to the death. Sixteen-year-olds Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are this year's girl and boy contestants from District Twelve. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.


Homer and Langley         BR 18489
by E.L. Doctorow
2 volumes
Homer Collyer, the blind brother, and his older brother Langley, a WWI mustard-gas victim, become recluses in their Fifth Avenue brownstone, hoarding newspapers and collecting odd things—a model T Ford, typewriters, and surplus Army supplies—until they become imprisoned by their vast accumulations. Bestseller. 2009.


Finder: An Atticus Kodiak Novel         BR 18493
by Greg Rucka
3 volumes
While working as a bouncer in a New York club, Atticus Kodiak rescues young Erika Wyatt, the prodigal daughter of his former army commander. Kodiak returns Erika to her father and learns that the girl faces mortal danger in a child custody struggle. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. 1997.


American Tragedy         BR 18631
by Theodore Dreiser
8 volumes
Clyde Griffiths, the ambitious son of wandering street evangelists, seduces Roberta, a poor factory girl, who then becomes pregnant. Hoping to marry well and gain social acceptance, Clyde pursues an affair with aristocratic Sondra and concocts a ghastly plot to rid himself of Roberta. 1925.


Family Man         BR 18653
by Elinor Lipman
3 volumes
After twenty-four years, gay New Yorker Henry Archer reunites with his ex-wife Denise and stepdaughter Thalia when Denise's husband dies. Thalia moves in with Henry and he becomes her attorney. While Denise battles her stepsons' efforts to evict her, she introduces Henry to his new lover. 2009.


Tropic of Cancer         BR 18702
by Henry Miller
3 volumes
Recounts the experiences, sensations, and thoughts of a young expatriate American writer and his friends in 1930s Paris as they scrounge for food, read and converse, and have relationships. The author's autobiographical first novel initially published in 1934. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 1934.


Labors of Hercules: A Hercule Poirot Mystery         BR 18703
by Agatha Christie
3 volumes
Before he retires, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot vows to solve twelve puzzles mirroring the mythical labors of the ancient Greek hero Hercules. Modern-day versions of such challenges involve a lost Pekinese, a gentleman ruined by gossip, and a missing amorous Russian countess—each case more baffling than the last. 1947.


Swan Song         BR 18725
by Robert McCammon
7 volumes
In a future world born of nuclear disaster, an ancient evil roams a devastated America. Feeding on the dark desires of his followers, the Man with the Scarlet Eye seeks a child named Swan, who has the gift of life. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 1987.


Dream to Call My Own: Brides of Gallatin County, Book 3         BR 18733
by Tracie Peterson
2 volumes
Montana, 1881. Headstrong Lacy Gallatin feels out of place at the roadhouse she runs with her sisters Gwen and Beth, both of whom are now married. Lacy also desperately wants to find the man who killed her father. Deputy sheriff Dave Shepard offers Lacy a chance at justice—and love. 2009.


So Sure of Death: A Liam Campbell Mystery         BR 18740
by Dana Stabenow
3 volumes
As Alaska state trooper Liam Campbell, from Fire and Ice (BR 12374), investigates the murder of a family aboard a fishing boat, his girlfriend discovers the body of an archaeologist. Meanwhile, Liam's estranged father arrives on assignment. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1999.


First Apostle         BR 18741
by James Becker
3 volumes
After Italian police inform Mark Hampton of his wife's accidental death, Mark and his friend Tunbridge Wells detective Chris Bronson travel to Italy to identify her body. They discover a mysterious Latin inscription in the Hamptons' villa and a police report that doesn't add up. Strong language. 2008.


Pushcart Prize XXXIV: Best of the Small Presses, 2010         BR 18821
by Bill Henderson
6 volumes
Stories, essays, and poems selected from literary magazines, journals, and small presses. In Brock Clarke's "Our Pointy Boots," Iraq war veterans return to the United States and honor their dead buddy. Includes works by Richard Powers and Joyce Carol Oates. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2010.


Big Girl         BR 18826
by Danielle Steel
3 volumes
Growing up in L.A. was hard for Victoria Dawson: her parents constantly tormented her about her size. But Victoria escapes and takes a teaching job in New York City, where she learns to accept herself. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2010.


Major Pettigrew's Last Stand         BR 18827
by Helen Simonson
3 volumes
Sussex, England. Straitlaced, retired, and widowed Major Ernest Pettigrew gradually falls in love with an educated, British-born Pakistani widow, Mrs. Ali. Their burgeoning relationship must weather problems with younger family members, latent prejudice among the villagers, and a series of misunderstandings. Bestseller. 2010.


Forest of Hands and Teeth         BR 18828
by Carrie Ryan
3 volumes
Mary seeks knowledge of the world beyond the village's protective fences, which contain the "Unconsecrated"—an aggressive, formerly dead, flesh-eating people—to the surrounding forest. When outsider Gabrielle enters the village, Mary wonders about the Sisterhood's secrets and plans for escape. Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2009.


Quilter's Holiday: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel         BR 18840
by Jennifer Chiaverini
2 volumes
The quilters of Elm Creek begin a Thanksgiving project to represent appreciation and gratitude for all of life's blessings. Meanwhile, Sarah waits for the birth of her twins, newcomer Anna hopes her friendship with Jeremy evolves, and a blizzard blankets the area. 2009.


Love and Peaches         BR 18856
by Jodi Lynn Anderson
2 volumes
After spending a year apart in The Secrets of Peaches (BR 17609), Birdie, Leeda, and Murphy are reunited in the Darlington Orchard in Bridgewater, Georgia. The three friends cope with new responsibilities, relationships, love, and the unavoidable changes that come with growing up. For senior high readers. 2008.


Secrets of Eden         BR 18949
by Chris Bohjalian
3 volumes
The murder-suicide of Alice and George Hayward in their small Vermont town the day after Alice's baptism devastates their fifteen-year-old daughter Katie and minister Stephen Drew. State attorney Catherine Benincasa investigates when she learns that George may not have killed himself. Some violence and some strong language. 2010.


Mapping of Love and Death: A Maisie Dobbs Mystery         BR 19057
by Jacqueline Winspear
3 volumes
England, 1932. An American couple hires investigator Maisie Dobbs after the body of their son Michael Clifton is discovered in France, buried in a collapsed Great War trench. The Cliftons want to find Michael's girlfriend, an English nurse. But after the parents are attacked, Maisie uncovers murder and larceny. 2010.


Walk         BR 19058
by Richard Paul Evans
2 volumes
Seattle advertising executive Alan Christoffersen has everything—until his beloved wife dies, his business partner steals their clients, and his house is repossessed. Alan decides to walk across America to Key West, Florida, in search of new meaning while keeping a journal and befriending people along the way. 2010.


Moon over Water         BR 19059
by Debbie Macomber
2 volumes
Her mother's death is just one of several disturbing events Lorraine Dancy faces. She learns that the father she thought was dead is actually living in Mexico. Then, after being accused of stealing an ancient artifact, she falls in love with a former mercenary. Some descriptions of sex. 1998.


Sooner or Later         BR 19064
by Debbie Macomber
2 volumes
Boothill, Texas. Postmistress Letty Madden approaches mercenary Shaun Murphy for help finding her twin brother. Murphy agrees—in exchange for one night with her. But he can't stop thinking about Letty, even while he searches Central America for the missing man. Descriptions of sex, some strong language, and some violence. 1996.


Miss Julia Renews Her Vows         BR 19066
by Ann B. Ross
3 volumes
North Carolina. Miss Julia convinces Mr. Pickens to marry his lover Hazel Marie, who is about to give birth to twins. Meanwhile Miss Julia's rival, Francie Pitts, returns to town seeking another husband, and Miss Julia's spouse Sam wants to take marriage enrichment classes from randy pastor Fred Fowler. 2010.


Mockingjay         BR 19134
by Suzanne Collins
3 volumes
Katniss Everdeen doesn't know whom to trust after she is coerced into helping overthrow the oppressive Capitol. District 13 has chosen Katniss as the Mockingjay—the symbolic leader of the revolution. Sequel to Catching Fire (BR 18554). Some violence. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2010.


Postman Always Rings Twice         BR 19141
by James M. Cain
1 volume
A novel of clandestine love, murder, and accidental death. Vagabond Frank Chambers stops at a California roadside sandwich stand run by a Greek man and his American wife. Captivated by her, Frank hires on and they begin a mutually destructive affair. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 1934.



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