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NLS: Overseas Outlook

January to June 2005 Volume 28, Number 1

Transfer from overseas to the United States

Patrons returning to the United States from overseas should inform the overseas librarian at least one month prior to their return to ensure a smooth transfer of talking-book service to their new state of residence. Any books must be returned to the address on the mailing cards. Equipment must be returned to the Inventory Management Section, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, 1291 Taylor Street NW, Washington, DC 20542.

Online catalog

Readers who wish to browse the NLS online catalog are welcome to do so. The catalog contains information on all the cassette and braille books in our collection. A link to the catalog may be found on the NLS home page, www.loc.gov/nls.

Progress through the Years 1973-2004

The booklet Progress through the Years 1973-2004 is available in large print to anyone requesting it. This booklet lists highlights of NLS’s service to blind and physically handicapped people through the years. If you wish to receive it, please contact the overseas librarian.

Digital player design study

Battelle, a leading technology firm, has been awarded a contract to develop the digital talking-book (DTB) player. The work will be supported by a team of experts, including HumanWare (formerly VisuAide); the National Federation of the Blind; and the Trace Research and Development Center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

The contract calls for the development of a complete system, including the digital talking-book machine (DTBM) and the flash-memory cartridge that will hold a talking book, as well as accessible labeling and packaging. Within eighteen months, a prototype DTBM is expected to be available for testing. Once the machine is approved, production will begin.

The playback machine will employ current and new technologies that comply with safety regulations. By 2008, NLS plans to have sixty thousand playback units and twenty thousand DTB titles ready for use.


Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ASB) has recorded a number of magazines that are available on subscription. Readers interested in these magazines may visit the ASB web site at http://www.asb.org/services/recording_catalog.htm External link symbol. ASB will send a free sample of any magazine you would like to review.


Each issue of Overseas Outlook includes a bibliography on a subject that may be of interest to our patrons. This issue features a minibibliography on African Americans in movies and Native American biographies. To receive any of the books in this bibliography, complete the order form at the end of the newsletter and return it to the overseas librarian.

African Americans in Movies

Black Film Stars
by Eileen Landay
RC 09215
The lives and careers of thirty famous black actors and actresses from Stepin Fetchit, Paul Robeson, and Ethel Waters to Richard Roundtree and Cicely Tyson. For junior and senior high and adult readers. 1973.

Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood
by Donald Bogle
RC 59992
Author of Dorothy Dandridge (RC 46289) chronicles social roles of African American actors in the first half of the twentieth century. Outlines the migration of blacks to California and the lives of such movie stars as Lena Horne, Sammy Davis Jr., Hattie McDaniel, and Stepin Fetchit. Some strong language. 2005.

Dorothy Dandridge: A Biography
by Donald Bogle
RC 46289
The author recounts the life of Dorothy Dandridge who, in 1954, became the first African American to receive an Academy Award nomination for best actress for her role in Carmen Jones. Depicts Dandridge as a child actor, a wife and mother, a cabaret singer, and an African American woman searching for acceptable roles in Hollywood. 1965.

In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis Jr.
by Wil Haygood
RC 58878
From research and interviews, award-winning journalist relates the life and career of performer Sammy Davis Jr., from his start as a four-year-old singer/dancer with the Will Mastin Trio. Recounts his romances, mob connections, politics, and ever-present conflict of racial identity. Strong language. 2003.

Oprah! Up Close and Down Home
by Nellie Bly
RC 38894
The author looks at Oprah's life from her 1954 birth in rural Mississippi to her 1993 status as one of America's richest women. She describes Oprah's childhood and the sexual abuse she suffered, her years of struggle as she became famous, her on-again, off-again relationship with Stedman Graham, her movies, her constant dieting, and some of the famous guests she has had on her television show. Bestseller. 1993.

The Same River Twice, Honoring the Difficult: A Meditation on Life, Spirit, Art, and the Making of the Film The Color Purple Ten Years Later
by Alice Walker
RC 42702
The author reflects on the changes in her life as her bestselling book was made into a movie. Letters, essays, and her original screenplay reveal her struggles with her role as a public figure, criticism of her story, her mother's failing health, and her own illness. Strong language and descriptions of sex. 1996.

Sidney Poitier: Man, Actor, Icon
by Aram Goudsouzian
RC 58458
History professor chronicles the life and Hollywood career of Poitier, born 1927. Explores how Poitier, a leading black actor during the civil rights movement, struggled with racial politics, stereotyping, the paradox of his race, and intense insecurity. Describes his rags-to-riches success, romances, film credits, awards, and directing debut. 2004.

Yes I Can: The Story of Sammy Davis Jr.,
by Sammy Davis Jr., and Jane and Burt Boyar
RC 14965
Self-portrait of the versatile entertainer from his childhood in vaudeville to his marriage to the Swedish actress May Britt. Some strong language. 1980.

Native American Biographies

American Indian Stories
by Zitkala-Sa
RC 34542
This collection of essays by a Native American woman, a Sioux from the Yankton Reservation, was first published in 1921. Several entries are autobiographical; others are short stories based on Native American legends. Together they articulate the author's efforts to bridge the gap between the oral traditions of her culture and the literary world, and between the native way of life and the white man's world. 1985.

Black Eagle Child: The Facepaint Narratives
by Ray A. Young Bear
RC 36716
An enhanced autobiography told in poetry and prose. Young Bear creates his alter ego in the character of Edgar Bearchild as he comes of age as a member of the Black Eagle Child Settlement. He relates the experiences of a Native American poet who must deal with issues such as Vietnam, drugs, discrimination, poverty, and alcoholism. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1992.

The Blood Runs Like a River through My Dreams: A Memoir
by Nasdijj
RC 52065
Reminiscences of the son of an alcoholic Navajo mother and a hardhearted white cowboy father–both migrant workers–who longed to be a good father to his own adopted son, Tommy Nothing Fancy. Nasdijj recalls the six best years of his life: the years Tommy lived before his death from fetal alcohol syndrome. Some strong language. 2000.

Gift of Power: The Life and Teachings of a Lakota Medicine Man by Archie Fire Lame Deer and Richard Erdoes
RC 43686
Story of a Native American's transformation from a violent and troubled alcoholic to a medicine man and spiritual leader. Chronicles Lame Deer's life from his Korean War service and life as a Hollywood stuntman to his spiritual conversion at his father's deathbed. Describes sacred ceremonies such as the sweatlodge and sun dance. 1992.

God Gave Us this Country: Tekamthi and the First American Civil War by
Bil Gilbert
RC 32115
Gilbert chronicles the life of the great Indian leader known to many as Tecumseh. Born in 1768, Tekamthi, a Shawnee, was responsible for uniting the various Indian tribes in what Gilbert calls the "first" American civil war, as they fought the white man for the right to retain their lands in the "Old Northwest." 1997.

Here First: Autobiographical Essays
by Native American Writers, edited by Arnold Krupat and Brian Swann.
RC 51572
In this follow-up to I Tell You Now (RC 28155), twenty-six authors reflect on their ethnicity and how it relates to their writing. Presented in alphabetical order–from Sherman Alexie to Ofelia Zepedaeach–each writer explores personal experiences, self-identity, and artistic development. Some strong language. 2000.

Interior Landscapes: Autobiographical Myths and Metaphors
by Gerald Vizenor
RC 33818
A half-white, half-Indian writer, born in the Midwest during the depression, describes his tribal background in the Crane clan. His in-between world is a reality that he learns to accept by creating a ritual of "trickster signatures" in which he transforms his identity and becomes comfortable with his heritage, as well as his life in a modern world. 1990

A Sorrow in Our Heart: The Life of Tecumseh
by Allan W. Eckert
RC 36764
The five-time Pulitzer Prize nominee chronicles the life and times of the great eighteenth-century Shawnee leader. Written in the form of a novel, this narrative biography details Tecumseh's birth in 1768, his early life as a proficient hunter and respected warrior, his heroic efforts to unite all Indian tribes against the encroaching white men, and his death in battle in 1813. 1992.

Susan La Flesche Picotte, M.D.: Omaha Indian Leader and Reformer by Benson Tong
RC 53697
Biography of an Omaha Indian woman, who was born in a tepee in 1865 and graduated from medical college in 1889. As a promoter of social causes and a physician for the Office of Indian Affairs, she practiced Western medicine but remained sensitive to her heritage, effectively bridging the two cultures. 1999.

Where White Men Fear to Tread: The Autobiography of Russell Means
by Russell Means, with Marvin J. Wolf
RC 42425

Means recounts his uncompromising and often perilous life's work as a twentieth-century Native American activist. He describes his transformation from hustler to cultural defender. As leader of the militant American Indian Movement in the 1970s, Means challenged the federal government in Washington, D.C., at Mount Rushmore, and most dramatically at Wounded Knee. Violence and some strong language. 1995.

The Woman Who Watches over the World: A Native Memoir
by Linda Hogan
RC 53253
Reminiscences of Native American novelist about her spiritual journey through physical pain to the triumph of love. Combines her struggles with abuse, illness, and affliction with meditations on the natural world and wisdom in traditional culture. Discusses the healing properties of love and compassion. 2001.

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African American Movies

____RC 09215     Black Film Stars
____RC 59992     Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood
____RC 46289     Dorothy Dandridge: A Biography
____RC 58878     In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis Jr.
____RC 38894     Oprah: Up Close and Down Home
____RC 42702     The Same River Twice, Honoring the Difficult: A Meditation on Life, Spirit, Art, and the Making of the Film The Color Purple Ten Years Later
____RC 58458     Sidney Poitier: Man, Actor, Icon
____RC 14965     Yes I Can: The Story of Sammy Davis Jr.

Native American Biographies

____RC 34542     American Indian Stories
____RC 36716     Black Eagle Child: The Facepaint Narrative
____RC 52065     The Blood Runs Like a River through My Dreams: A Memoir
____RC 43686     Gift of Power: The Life and Teachings of a Lakota Medicine Man
____RC 32115     God Gave Us this Country: Tekamthi and the First American Civil War
____RC 51572     Here First: Autobiographical Essays
____RC 33818     Interior Landscapes: Autobiographical Myths and Metaphors
____RC 36764     A Sorrow in Our Heart: The Life of Tecumseh
____RC 53697     Susan La Flesche Picotte, M.D.: Omaha Indian Leader and Reformer
____RC 42425     Where White Men Fear to Tread: The Autobiography of Russell Means
____RC 53253     The Woman Who Watches over the World: A Native Memoir

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