Braille Book Review

May-June 1998
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 Private Science of Louis Pasteur BR 10664
by Gerald L. Geison
4 volumes
A scientific biography of Louis Pasteur that draws from previously sealed laboratory workbooks and lecture notes. Gives an overview of his career with a focus on optical isomers and germ theory. Reappraises Pasteur's discovery of rabies and anthrax vaccines in light of flaws in his scientific method and his duplicity in dealing with the public. 1995.

Beyond the Double Night BR 10679
by Ken D. Thompson
1 volume
Life story of James Morrison Heady, an American novelist, poet, inventor, philosopher, musician, and composer. Born in 1829, Heady, who became both blind and deaf, invented the "Talking Glove" and Diplograph embossing typewriter. Traces Heady's advocacy of the production of books in raised letters as a significant force behind the founding of the American Printing House for the Blind. 1996.

Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book BR 10866
edited by Jennifer Dorland Darling
11 volumes
Twelve hundred recipes designed to reflect the healthier eating habits sought by many Americans. After a chapter covering cooking basics, twenty sections range from appetizers to vegetables, with nutritional information for each recipe. Where applicable, recipes are marked as quick to prepare or low in fat. 1996.

Driving Force: The Natural Magic of Magnets BR 10912
by James D. Livingston
3 volumes
A far-ranging discussion of magnets, a key "driving force" in modern technology. Explains the theory of magnetism and its varied uses throughout history. Delves into modern applications in physics, astronomy, transportation, health science, warfare, entertainment, and other areas. 1996.

The Two Gentlemen of Verona BR 10924
by William Shakespeare
1 volume
First printed in the folio of 1623, this is a romantic comedy about two sets of lovers. Proteus is in love with Julia, who returns his affection. Valentine goes to Milan and falls in love with Silvia. When Proteus visits his friend in Milan, he too falls for Silvia. Meanwhile, Julia, dressed as a boy, becomes a page to Proteus. Complications and heartbreaks ensue, but finally Julia's constancy brings her success in love. 1964.

The Center Holds: The Power Struggle inside the Rehnquist Court BR 10959
by James F. Simon
3 volumes
An inside perspective on the ill-fated conservative attempt during the Reagan and Bush years to reverse the Supreme Court's liberal legacy. Focuses on civil rights and liberties involving racial discrimination, abortion, criminal law, and First Amendment freedoms. Examines the court's decision-making process. 1995.

Spago Desserts BR 10969
by Mary Bergin and Judy Gethers
3 volumes
Recipes for making all types of desserts served at Los Angeles's award-winning Spago restaurant. Includes recipes for chocolate cakes, white cakes, cheesecakes, pastry shells, pies and tarts, puff pastry and phyllo, brioche, brownies, muffins, pound cakes, truffles, candied fruit, cooked fruits, cookies, biscotti, shortcakes, and frozen desserts. 1994.

The Place Where Souls Are Born: A Journey into the Southwest BR 10972
by Thomas Keneally
2 volumes
An Australian traveler reflects on the history, people, cultures, and landscapes of the vast American Southwest. Considers such points of interest as the traditions of Mormonism, the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos, and the enigmatic Anasazi, a culture that seemed to disappear around the year 1300. 1992.

Cupcakes BR 10992
by Ceri Hadda
2 volumes
Hadda presents more than one hundred recipes for making cupcakes, from the basics to complex ones such as apple whole wheat, cuppuccinos, espresso-chocolate chip, cherry chip, pecan pie, and fudge brownie. She also includes recipes for numerous frostings and suggestions for finishing flourishes. 1995.

New and Selected Poems BR 11000
by Donald Justice
1 volume
Works of the Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet written between 1959 and 1995. Includes selections from The Summer Anniversaries (1960), Night Light (1967), Departures (1973), Selected Poems (1979), and The Sunset Maker (1987), as well as a group of more recent poems. 1995.

Going the Distance: One Man's Journey to the End of His Life BR 11060
by George Sheehan
1 volume
Sheehan, a cardiologist and marathoner well-known for his books on running, learned at sixty-seven that he had inoperable prostate cancer. Sheehan writes about the physical process of dying and his struggle during the last seven years of his life to find peace of mind. 1996.

American Islam: Growing Up Muslim in America BR 11063
by Richard Wormser
1 volume
The author provides an overview of Islam--its origins, history, and practice in America. Includes comments from young Muslims who discuss how they keep their faith amidst a more permissive American society. The author also examines the Nation of Islam, its prominent leaders, and its growth within the African American community. For junior and senior high readers. 1994.

No Time to Say Good-bye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One BR 11066
by Carla Fine
2 volumes
Seven years before writing this book, the author learned that her forty-four-year-old husband had killed himself. She relates her experiences in dealing with her anguish, discusses the stories of the people she met in survivor groups, and provides comments from experts. Includes lists of related organizations, resources, and support groups. Some violence. 1997.

A Justice for All: William J. Brennan Jr. and the Decisions That Transformed America BR 11068
by Kim Isaac Eisler
3 volumes
Portrays the life of Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr. During his thirty-three years on the bench, Brennan used his penchant for persuasion and compromise to advance his progressive views on civil rights and liberties. Eisler argues that by 1990, Brennan had become the most influential justice of his era. 1993.

Cooking with Steam: Spectacular Full-Flavored Low-Fat Dishes from Your Electric Steamer BR 11075
by Stephanie Lyness
2 volumes
Recipes developed specifically for electric steamers include vegetable dishes, fish, shellfish, poultry, meat, and desserts. Also includes descriptions of types of steamers and provides steaming times for plain vegetables and rice. 1996.

The Quiet Heroes of the Southwest Pacific Theater: An Oral History of the Men and Women of CBB and FRUMEL BR 11077
by Sharon A. Maneki
1 volume
First hand accounts by communications intelligence practitioners in the Southwest Pacific theater during World War II. Tells how the breaking of enemy codes aided in the timing and planning of Allied campaigns and "shortened the ground war in the Pacific." 1996.

Ants on the Melon: A Collection of Poems BR 11085
by Virginia Hamilton Adair
1 volume
First collection of poetry from the octogenarian American poet. These eighty-three poems explore a broad range of subject matter and are organized into the following sections: "Ants on the Melon," "By Old Maps," "Driving Westward," "The Genesis Strain," "Exit Amor," and "Make Light of Darkness." Some descriptions of sex. 1996.

She Stoops to Conquer BR 11180
by Oliver Goldsmith
2 volumes
This eighteenth-century English play--which satirizes the genre known as "sentimental comedy"--involves a series of deceptions and misunderstandings pertaining to identity and social class as two parents struggle to arrange marriages for both of their children. 1771.

Blake BR 11182
by Peter Ackroyd
5 volumes
Life of the eighteenth-century English poet, painter, and engraver who died in 1827. Ackroyd examines the influence of William Blake's dissenting parents on his philosophical and religious views. He also frames the complex and challenging body of Blake's work, which went largely unnoticed in his because of the great social and political changes of his era. 1995.

Women Who Kept the Lights: An Illustrated History of Female Lighthouse Keepers BR 11195
by Mary Louise and J. Candace Clifford
2 volumes
Profiles of twenty-eight American women lighthouse keepers who worked on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts as well as the Gulf of Mexico and the Great Lakes. Most were appointed to replace deceased husbands or fathers, and several were commended for heroism for rescuing seamen whose ships had capsized. Includes a number of journal entries. 1993.

Even the Stars Look Lonesome BR 11239
by Maya Angelou
1 volume
Twenty essays on topics such as aging, fame, family, marriages, sexuality, and Africa. In "A House Can Hurt, a Home Can Heal," Angelou discusses how the breakup of her marriage was related to her house, and the contentment she felt in her new home. Some descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1997.

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