Braille Book Review

January-February 2012

Books for Adults


Critical Space: An Atticus Kodiak Novel         BR 18495
by Greg Rucka
4 volumes
Luck has allowed professional bodyguard Atticus Kodiak to elude the assassin code-named Drama in the past, but when Drama experiences a threat to her own life, Atticus's luck runs out. Drama captures Atticus's current client as leverage for a deal. Violence and strong language. 2001.

The Time Traveler's Wife         BR 18501
by Audrey Niffenegger
4 volumes
Librarian Henry DeTamble first meets his future wife, Clare, when he is twenty-eight and Clare is twenty--but Clare has actually known Henry since she was six. Henry suffers from Chrono-Impairment, a disorder that catapults him sporadically through time, complicating the couple's enduring love. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Marriage 101         BR 18517
by Deborah Shelley
1 volume
Family life-skills teacher Rachel Levin accepts a dare by her high school students to pretend to be married to someone not of her choosing for the whole school year. The kids match her with gym instructor and marriage skeptic Danny Ricucci. True romance blossoms between the mismatched educators. 2008.

Flygirl         BR 18643
by Sherri L. Smith
2 volumes
Ida Mae Jones dreams about flying. After World War II begins, the army initiates a new program--Women Airforce Service Pilots. Light-skinned, Ida Mae signs up for the mission, but realizes she must keep her African American heritage a secret in order to fly. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

Schemers: A "Nameless Detective" Mystery         BR 18645
by Bill Pronzini
2 volumes
The Nameless Detective investigates the case of Gregory Pollexfen, whose valuable mystery books were stolen from his locked San Francisco home library. Meanwhile Nameless's associate Tamara is in love, and his cohort Jake seeks a stalker with no apparent connection to his victims. Some violence and some strong language. 2009.

The Geometry of Sisters         BR 18646
by Luanne Rice
3 volumes
After the drowning of her husband and disappearance of her older daughter, Maura moves her other two children, daughter Beck and son Travis, from Columbus, Ohio, to Newport, Rhode Island, where both Maura's long-ago summer lover and estranged sister live. Some descriptions of sex. 2009.

Wintergirls         BR 18651
by Laurie Halse Anderson
2 volumes
Lia's estranged best friend Cassie is found alone in the Gateway Motel--dead, after calling Lia thirty-three times. While Lia feels guilty for not acting to prevent Cassie's death from bulimia, she continues to struggle with her own anorexia and self-mutilation. For junior and senior high readers. 2009.

Incandescence         BR 18656
by Greg Egan
3 volumes
After meeting a traveler who has bits of information from an uncataloged DNA world, discontented Amalgam explorer Rakesh journeys to the galactic core in search of the Aloof race. Meanwhile Roi and Zak, members of Aloof, begin to discover their place in the universe. 2008.

A Mad Desire to Dance         BR 18663
by Elie Wiesel
2 volumes
Doriel Waldman, a Polish-born Jew and World War II survivor, is tormented by the weight of Judaic history and convinced he's haunted by a dybbuk. With the help of psychoanalyst Thérèse Goldschmidt, Doriel digs into his memories of the Holocaust, when his mother was a fighter in the Resistance. 2006.

The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners         BR 18941
by Luanne Rice
2 volumes
In this sequel to The Geometry of Sisters (RC 69203, BR 18646), sixteen-year-old Pell visits Capri to reconcile with her mother, whose depression led her to abandon the family a decade ago. Also on Capri is nineteen-year-old recovering addict Rafe, who tries to move beyond his past. Strong language. 2009.

Shattered         BR 18942
by Karen Robards
3 volumes
Attorney Lisa Grant returns to her family's Kentucky horse farm to help her ailing mother. Lisa takes a job with district attorney Scott Buchanan and begins researching the decades-old disappearance of a family. But probing causes dangerous repercussions. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2010.

Everwild: Skinjacker Trilogy, Book 2         BR 18943
by Neal Shusterman
3 volumes
Nick the Chocolate Ogre tries to release all the children in Everlost from their state of afterlife limbo. Meanwhile Mikey and Allie join a band of skinjackers and place themselves in danger by visiting the world of the living. Sequel to Everlost (BR 17117). For senior high readers. 2009.

Country Passions         BR 18945
by Rebecca Shaw
2 volumes
England. When Barleybridge veterinarian Dan Brown is seriously injured in a car accident, former member of the practice Scott Spencer arranges to cover for him. Manager Joy unhappily remembers Scott's callous attitude toward women--and she quits. But a shocking secret will teach Scott a lesson during his return tenure. 2004.

One Hot Country Summer         BR 18946
by Rebecca Shaw
2 volumes
England. Kate, former receptionist at the Barleybridge Veterinary Hospital, returns as a student vet. But still being in love with Australian Scott Spencer, who married Zoe, could cause complications for Kate. And working for incompetent doctor Virginia Havelock, whose mistakes may lead to a lawsuit, is another problem. 2007.

The Aloha Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel         BR 18947
by Jennifer Chiaverini
3 volumes
In the midst of a difficult divorce Bonnie leaves Pennsylvania to help an old friend set up a quilting camp in Hawaii. When Bonnie's husband demands half of her share in the Elm Creek quilting business, she's devastated but soon finds solace in the tropical surroundings. 2010.

Dictation: A Quartet         BR 18950
by Cynthia Ozick
2 volumes
Four stories of deception and revenge by O. Henry Prize winner. In the title work the secretaries of Henry James and Joseph Conrad conspire to achieve their own immortality. Includes "Actors,"At Fumicaro," and "What Happened to the Baby?" 2008.

The Spellmans Strike Again         BR 18970
by Lisa Lutz
3 volumes
After Revenge of the Spellmans (BR 18511), thirty-two-year-old Izzy Spellman tries to run the family PI business, expose their competition, and solve a missing-persons case. Meanwhile, Izzy's mother is blackmailing her, cop Henry Stone appears to be wooing her, and other Spellmans continue their zany antics. 2010.

Dreams That Won't Let Go: Jubilant Soul, Book 3         BR 19067
by Stacy Hawkins Adams
2 volumes
Jubilant, Texas. Indigo Burns is planning her wedding when her long-lost brother Reuben returns and claims their parents' total attention. But Reuben has a secret reason for moving back home with his blind wife and son, and with the help of God the family will reconnect. 2010.

A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories         BR 19069
by Flannery O'Connor
Ten tales about southerners facing problems of salvation. In the title piece a sarcastic, self-centered grandmother reluctantly joins her son's family on a trip to Florida and has a run-in with some dangerous men. Includes "The Life You Save May Be Your Own." Some violence and some strong language. 1948.

The Shanghai Moon         BR 19146
by S.J. Rozan
3 volumes
During the Holocaust Rosalie Gilder fled Austria for Shanghai and vanished from official records. Her jewelry briefly resurfaces decades later--only to be stolen. PI Lydia Chin accepts a job tracking it down, then turns to estranged partner Bill Smith for help investigating when her contact is killed. 2009.

The Master and Margarita         BR 19148
by Mikhail Bulgakov
5 volumes
Satire of Soviet society. Satan and his cronies wreak havoc in 1930s Moscow. The Master, who is writing a tale about Pontius Pilate, is confined to a psychiatric clinic, while his beloved Margarita flies naked in the night sky. Notes and 1997 translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. 1940.

Sex and the Single Earl         BR 19154
by Vanessa Kelly
3 volumes
Yorkshire, 1815. Simon St. James, an earl, courts longtime acquaintance Sophie Stanton, whose grandfather's land is crucial to building Simon's wool empire. Sophie secretly loves Simon but finds his motives and fear of gossip distasteful--especially when she causes a scandal by helping a street urchin. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2010.

Sahara: A Dirk Pitt Adventure         BR 19155
by Clive Cussler
5 volumes
West Africa. Dirk Pitt seeks the origin of a red tide threatening global oxygen supplies. As Pitt and sidekick Al Giordino track pollutants, they suffer enslavement in a coal mine, rescue a woman from cannibalistic nomads, discover a hazardous-waste disposal plant, and find a long-missing pilot's body. Some violence. 1992.

Still Missing         BR 19156
by Chevy Stevens
3 volumes
British Columbia realtor Annie O'Sullivan bitterly recounts to a therapist being kidnapped from an open house by a rapist and enslaved for a year in a remote cabin. As sessions continue, Annie learns shocking information about her captor's identity. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 2010.

Deadly Intent         BR 19158
by Lynda La Plante
5 volumes
Detective inspector Anna Travis, still reeling over her breakup with now chief superintendent James Langton, receives a new case: former cop Frank Brandon's fatal shooting in a drug house. The murder team members are soon on the trail of a wily chameleon-like international drug dealer. Violence and strong language. 2008.

One Good Dog         BR 19163
by Susan Wilson
2 volumes
Self-made executive Adam March loses his job, social-climbing wife, and spoiled teenage daughter after slapping a woman at work. Sentenced to community service at a homeless shelter, Adam takes in a rescued fighting pit bull and slowly regains his sense of humanity. Some strong language. 2010.

Minding Frankie         BR 19210
by Maeve Binchy
3 volumes
Dublin. Alcoholic clerk Noel Lynch becomes a single father when his lover Stella dies after giving birth to their daughter Frankie. Noel's parents, neighbors, and his American cousin Emily band together to help raise the baby. Meanwhile, social worker Moira hounds Noel as he struggles to stay sober. Bestseller. 2010.

Port Mortuary         BR 19211
by Patricia Cornwell
4 volumes
Kay Scarpetta, a former air force doctor, receives training at Dover Air Force Base on conducting virtual autopsies using 3-D imaging technology. Back at Cambridge, Kay's husband Benton, her niece Lucy, and investigator Pete help Kay probe three murders connected to the military. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2010.

Take Your Pleasure Where You Find It         BR 19216
by J.D. Mason
2 volumes
Thirty-year-old African American Tasha Darden hires a PI to track down her birth mother. Three former high school friends--career woman Phyllis, abused Renetta, and housewife Freddie--become targets of the investigation. They meet and relive the bitter past, but are unsure of how much to reveal to Tasha. Strong language. 2010.

Winner Take All         BR 19217
by T. Davis Bunn
3 volumes
North Carolina attorney Marcus Glenwood, from The Great Divide (BR 15912), agrees to track down CEO Dale Steadman's ex-wife, opera star Erin Brandt, who has kidnapped their baby daughter and fled to Germany. When Erin turns up murdered in New York, Glenwood is accused of the crime. 2003.

The Trouble with Angels         BR 19220
by Debbie Macomber
3 volumes
Angels Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy return to Earth to answer Christmas prayers. They help twelve-year-old Karen and her bitter divorcée mother Maureen find love and reconciliation, lessen preacher Paul Morris's grief over his wife's death, and find Ted a girlfriend, who works at his mother's nursing home. 1994.

212         BR 19222
by Alafair Burke
3 volumes
NYPD detective Ellie Hatcher and her partner J.J. Rogan puzzle over the murder of a bodyguard whose corpse was found in his billionaire employer's penthouse. They also investigate the brutal killing of a college student who was being stalked online. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2010.

Legacy         BR 19225
by Danielle Steel
2 volumes
After Brigitte Nicholson loses both her job and her boyfriend, she helps her mother research their family's genealogy. Brigitte discovers that a Native American, Wachiwi, married Brigitte's French ancestor, the marquis de Margerac. Brigitte travels to Paris, where she meets historian Marc Henri. Some strong language. 2010.

Raven Black         BR 19285
by Ann Cleeves
3 volumes
Two teenaged girls dare each other to stop at reclusive Magnus Tait's Shetland Island home on New Year's Eve. When one of them turns up dead soon after, Inspector Jimmy Perez from mainland Scotland must untangle both this murder and one from the past. Some strong language. 2006.

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