Braille Book Review

November-December 2012

Books for Adults

The following books were recently produced for the NLS program. To order books, contact your braille-lending library. Note: For the information of the reader, a notice may appear immediately following the book description to indicate occurrences of violence, strong language, or explicit descriptions of sex. The word "some" before any of these terms indicates an occasional or infrequent occurrence, as in "some strong language."


Naming Nature: The Clash between Instinct and Science         BR 18661
by Carol Kaesuk Yoon
3 volumes
Biologist examines the human drive to identify and name plants and animals in our environment. Discusses the history and evolution of taxonomy. Includes information on the father of scientific classification, Carl (Carolus) Linnaeus, and on naturalist Charles Darwin. 2009.

The Life You Want: Get Motivated, Lose Weight, and Be Happy         BR 19331
by Bob Greene and others
3 volumes
Author and Oprah fitness expert Greene teams up with psychologist Kearney-Cooke and nutritionist Jibrin to examine barriers to weight loss. Offers tips on overcoming emotional eating, poor body image, and aversion to exercise, discomfort, and pain. Provides instructions for creating motivational tools, including lifestyle logs and goal-setting worksheets. 2010.

Dewey's Nine Lives: The Legacy of the Small-Town Library Cat Who Inspired Millions         BR 19342
by Vicki Myron
3 volumes
Author of Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World (BR 17821) recounts more memories of Dewey, who warmed the hearts of readers in Spencer, Iowa, and elsewhere. Also shares anecdotes received from correspondents around the country about other cats. 2010.

African-American Writers: Multicultural Voices         BR 19343
by Amy Sickels
2 volumes
Examines the lives and works of eight renowned African American authors. Includes short biographies, summaries, and literary analyses on Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Ernest J. Gaines, Walter Dean Myers, Alice Walker, August Wilson, Charles Johnson, and Gloria Naylor. For senior high and older readers. 2010.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Children with Special Needs; Stories of Love and Understanding for Those Who Care for Children with Disabilities         BR 19351
by Jack Canfield and others
3 volumes
Accounts of rearing children who have autism, juvenile diabetes, Down syndrome, or other mental and physical disabilities by parents, relatives, and caregivers. Contributors share their challenges, setbacks, and successes as they discuss adjusting, expressing gratitude, reaching milestones, dealing with sibling rivalry, early learning, breaking barriers, and fostering independence. 2007.

Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero         BR 19434
by Michael Hingson
2 volumes
Michael Hingson recounts his escape from the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Hingson, blind since birth, describes his and his guide dog Roselle's experience as she led him down seventy-eight flights of stairs to safety. 2011.

Braille Books, 2009–2010        BR 19485
by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
2 volumes
A catalog of braille books produced during 2009 and 2010 by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Separate sections list nonfiction and fiction by subject categories. Young adult books and uncontracted braille books are also included. 2012.

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