Braille Book Review

September-October 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."


Why People Get Sick: Exploring the Mind-Body Connection         BR 18167
by Darian Leader and David Corfield
3 volumes
A psychoanalyst and a cybernetics researcher collaborate to examine illness as affected by the state of a person's mind. They use numerous case studies to illustrate ways emotions contribute to cancer, heart disease, and lowered resistance to infection. Urges doctors to go beyond physical symptoms and consider psychological connections. 2008.

Mindful Knitting: Inviting Contemplative Practice to the Craft         BR 18414
by Tara Jon Manning
1 volume
A practicing Buddhist and knitwear designer, the author espouses the spiritual rewards associated with knitting. Presents ten knitting projects and their corresponding meditation exercises as methods to develop a mindful focus. 2004.

Nature of Technology: What It Is and How It Evolves         BR 18736
by W. Brian Arthur
3 volumes
Professor examines the definition and evolution of technology. Suggests that new creations develop from existing ones and uses Darwinian analogies to explain the success or failure of innovations. 2009.

Backyard Homestead         BR 18818
by Carleen Madigan
4 volumes
A how-to manual for producing food in residential yards of varying sizes. Provides detailed instructions for growing vegetables, fruits, nuts, herbs, and, if space allows, grains. Shares tips for raising dairy animals, poultry, and other sources of meat. Includes information on beekeeping, cheese making, and food preparation and storage. 2009.

First Credit Cards and Credit Smarts: Get Smart with Your Money         BR 18832
by Ann Byers
1 volume
Guide to understanding credit. Discusses types of loans, annual percentage rates, and credit reports. Suggests tips for guarding your personal information. Includes advice on ways to avoid financial pitfalls, such as by reading the fine print when applying for credit. For senior high and older readers. 2010.

To the Rescue: Found Dogs with a Mission         BR 18838
by Elise Lufkin
2 volumes
Animal-adoption advocate profiles fifty-two dogs and one cat that were rescued from abuse or abandonment and trained as therapy and service animals. Offers firsthand accounts of individuals who benefited from their companionship. Includes questions to consider before adopting a dog. For senior high and older readers. 2009.

Conquering Fear: Living Boldly in an Uncertain World         BR 18842
by Harold S. Kushner
2 volumes
Rabbi and author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People (BR 16801) discusses fear and suggests ways to manage this emotion. He uses religious teachings and personal accounts as guides for empowerment. Includes a message of hope. 2009.

Food Rules: An Eater's Manual         BR 18855
by Michael Pollan
1 volume
Journalist offers a set of rules for eating wisely that draws from a variety of ethnic and cultural traditions. Discusses the link between diet and health and suggests that people renounce or modify the Western diet of highly processed foods and meat. Bestseller. 2009.

Artist in Treason: The Extraordinary Double Life of General James Wilkinson         BR 18925
by Andro Linklater
4 volumes
Historian uses Spanish archives and first-person accounts to portray the life of the Revolutionary War general, first governor of the Louisiana territory—and spy for Spain. Details Wilkinson's double-dealing life, which the author asserts four presidents overlooked because of his influence. 2009.

My Road to Radio and The Vocal Scene: Memoir of an Opera Commentator         BR 19000
by George Jellinek
3 volumes
Autobiography of George Jellinek (1919-2010), who hosted a weekly syndicated radio show, The Vocal Scene, in New York City from 1969-2004. Reminisces about his Hungarian childhood before the onset of World War II, fleeing to America, and serving in the U.S. Army. Discusses his career in the opera world. 2007.

World Is Blue: How Our Fate and the Ocean's Are One         BR 19052
by Sylvia A. Earle
2 volumes
Oceanographer and National Geographic Explorer in Residence explains the correlation between pollution and the ocean's deterioration. Warns that Earth is on the verge of a cataclysmic decline, unless we act quickly. Provides examples of the near-extinction of sea life and coral reefs and the rise of coastal dead zones. 2009.

Stylized: A Slightly Obsessive History of Strunk and White's The Elements of Style         BR 19056
by Mark Garvey
2 volumes
Book publisher and bibliophile pays homage to E.B. White's guidelines for good grammar and style, originally published in 1959 as an update of his professor William Strunk's book. Traces its publication history and continuing popularity and quotes many letters from authors who benefited from using it. 2009.

Mind's Eye         BR 19131
by Oliver Sacks
2 volumes
Neurologist uses case studies to illustrate the brain's ability to adapt to lost senses. Discusses a concert pianist who can no longer read music, a writer who is unable to read print after suffering a stroke, and Sacks's own macular melanoma and its effects on his visual perception. 2010.

Hope Unseen: The Story of the U.S. Army's First Blind Active-Duty Officer         BR 19133
by Scotty Smiley
2 volumes
Account of U.S. Army Captain and Ranger Scotty Smiley, who after losing his sight during a suicide-bomber attack in Iraq, became the first active-duty blind officer. Covers Smiley's post-injury accomplishments, including earning an MBA, winning an ESPY, climbing Mount Rainier, and teaching leadership at West Point. Discusses his faith. 2010.

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