Braille Book Review--Nov.-Dec. 1996

Books for Adults--Nonfiction

Books listed in this issue of Braille Book Review were recently sent to cooperating libraries. The complete collection contains books by many authors on fiction and nonfiction subjects, including biographies, classics, gothics, mysteries, romances, and others. Contact your cooperating library to learn more about the wide range of books available in the collection.

To order books, contact your cooperating library.

Note: For the information 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 occurrence, as in "some strong language."

The Ultimate Pasta Machine Cookbook BR 10127
by Tom Lacalamita
2 volumes
Tells how to make a variety of fresh pastas and noodles using a pasta machine. Also included are recipes for entrees, salads, soups, sauces, and desserts using the homemade pasta; for example, pan-fried noodles with chicken, baked manicotti and cannelloni, sun-dried tomato and pasta salad, won ton soup, Filipino stir-fried egg noodles, and raspberry crisp. 1994.

The Homeless BR 10140
by Christopher Jencks
2 volumes
To determine how much homelessness increased during the 1980s, why it increased, and what can be done to reduce it, sociologist Jencks examines different methods used to count the homeless and various social and political changes that may have contributed to the rise in numbers. These changes include the abolishment of involuntary commitment for the mentally ill, the destruction of skid row, and reductions in monetary welfare benefits. 1994.

Silence of the Spheres: The Deaf Experience in the History of Science BR 10143
by Harry G. Lang
3 volumes
A deaf scientist, who teaches deaf physics students, writes about deaf people throughout history who overcame negative attitudes to contribute significantly to various fields of science. He also discusses education, including the establishment of Gallaudet University, and suggests ways representation of deaf people could be increased in the scientific community. 1994.

Living and Dying in England, 1100-1540: The Monastic Experience BR 10171
by Barbara Harvey
4 volumes
Joint winner of the 1993 Wolfson Foundation History Prize in Britain. Drawing on the archives of the Benedictine foundation at Westminster Abbey, a historian produces an account of the daily lives of the monks in this important monastery during the Middle Ages and the early sixteenth century. The author also explores such topics as their social conditions, charitable work, diet, and pensions. 1993.

Study for the World's Body: New and Selected Poems BR 10233
by David St. John
1 volume
The title poem, written as a coda to the entire collection, is a duet between "The Body of Desire" and "Of Time and the Body," one evocative and the other elegiac. In "Study," selected poems are gathered from Hush (1976), The Shore (1980), No Heaven (1985), and Terraces of Rain: An Italian Sketchbook (1991). In "Merlin," new poems that appeared first in 1991, St. John pays homage to some of his idols. 1994.

The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories BR 10251
edited by William J. Bennett
7 volumes
Collection of poems and stories from the Bible, from great authors, and from folklore that Bennett suggests can be used for teaching parents, teachers, students, and children about specific virtues. Topics include faith, self-discipline, compassion, responsibility, friendship, work, courage, honesty, and loyalty. Bennett introduces each section. Bestseller 1993.

Taking the Fear out of Eating: A Nutritionists' Guide to Sensible Food Choices BR 10278
by Charlette R. Gallagher and John B. Allred
4 volumes
Provides practical advice on interpreting nutrition labels and making food choices, explains nutrients and their functions, examines food production and processing, and discusses the relationship between nutrition and health. 1992.

Last Watch of the Night: Essays Too Personal and Otherwise BR 10289
by Paul Monette
3 volumes
Ten essays written from August 1992 to New Year's Eve 1993. While "leashed to three separate IV drugs and a small mountain of oral medication," AIDS patient Monette wrote as thoughts came to him. Topics include Puck, the dog left by one of his lovers; selecting his own grave site; and the lives of gay priests. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1994.

Persian Cooking for a Healthy Kitchen BR 10297
by Najmieh Khalili Batmanglij
2 volumes
The author draws on fifteen years of researching Persian traditions and collecting and preparing recipes for her collection of low-fat, high-flavor dishes. She includes recipes for appetizers and side dishes, soups, pickles and relishes, desserts, various meats, and the ever-present rice. 1994.

High Tide in Tucson: Essays from Now or Never BR 10304
by Barbara Kingsolver
2 volumes
Autobiographical essays from novelist Kingsolver, who wrote Pigs in Heaven (BR 9239). In the title selection, Kingsolver, returning from an ocean vacation, inadvertently brings a hermit crab back to her desert home. After puzzling over his odd behavior, she decides her new pet is reacting to the tides of Tucson! Other selections discuss being a writer, a mother, and a desert dweller. Bestseller 1995.

The Journey BR 10346
edited by Kenneth Jernigan
1 volume
Collection of essays designed to show that if given appropriate training and equal opportunity, people who are blind make meaningful contributions to society. Includes entries about Kenneth Jernigan, spokesperson for the National Federation of the Blind; Kathy Kannenberg, math teacher; Peggy Pinder, lawyer; and Theodore Paul Lubitz, violinist, singer, and piano tuner. 1993.


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