Braille Book Review

July-August 1999
Books for Adults--Fiction

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.

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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."

Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies BR 11560
by C.S. Forester
3 volumes
Six adventures in the West Indies during the early part of the nineteenth century. Rear Admiral Hornblower of the British navy takes on pirates, revolutionaries, and a hurricane. Sequel to Lord Hornblower (BR 11559). 1957.

Bleak House BR 11645
by Charles Dickens
9 volumes
Completed in 1850. Satire of the English judicial system and aristocratic class of Dickens's time. Follows the fortunes of young Esther Summerton and her mother, Lady Dedlock. 1991.

Storm at Daybreak: Daybreak Mysteries, Volume 1 BR 11674
by B.J. Hoff
2 volumes
Jennifer Terry is hired as an assistant to the owner of a Christian radio station in West Virginia. Left sightless by a drunken driver, Daniel Kaine is a composer as well as an ex-Olympic swimmer. As they gradually fall in love, their happiness is threatened by attempts on Dan's life. Prequel to The Captive Voice (BR 11675). 1986.

Where the Deer and the Antelope Play: Code of the West, Book 3 BR 11680
by Stephen Bly
2 volumes
The wedding date is set and Pepper Paige is determined that Tap Andrews will be there as her groom. But trouble has a way of finding Tap, and men keep shooting at him. He's also worried about the overdue bank note on his ranch. Pepper is still ruminating about her past, but decides to trust in God. Sequel to One Went to Denver and the Other Went Wrong (BR 11679). 1995.

Stay Away from That City--They Call It Cheyenne: Code of the West, Book 4 BR 11681
by Stephen Bly
2 volumes
Newlyweds Tap and Pepper Andrews have moved to Cheyenne, where Tap is deputy marshal. Pappy Divide, the marshal, has been shot in the back at the Occidental, and Tap is trying to arrest the drunken shooter. Pepper hopes Tap survives his law enforcement job. Sequel to Where the Deer and the Antelope Play (BR 11680). 1996.

My Foot's in the Stirrup--My Pony Won't Stand: Code of the West, Book 5 BR 11682
by Stephen Bly
2 volumes
Tap Andrews stopped being deputy marshal because there was too much shooting, but now, as a brand inspector, he's being ambushed as he chases cattle rustlers. Meanwhile, Pepper is at home expecting their first baby. Sequel to Stay Away from That City--They Call It Cheyenne (BR 11681). 1996.

I'm Off to Montana for to Throw the Hoolihan: Code of the West, Book 6 BR 11683
by Stephen Bly
2 volumes
When Pepper married Tap Andrews, their dream was to live quietly on a ranch. Now that Pepper is pregnant, Tap is moving them and their eleven-year-old ward, Angelita, to a ranch in Montana. But trouble and bullets seem to follow Tap wherever he goes. Sequel to My Foot's in the Stirrup--My Pony Won't Stand (BR 11682). 1997.

Badlands: Seth Strummar Series, Book 3 BR 11687
by Elizabeth Fackler
3 volumes
Ex-outlaw Seth Strummar finds family life and homesteading confining until a loose woman, Lila Keats, shows up. But she has come specifically to ruin him and plans to rob the bank where Seth keeps his ill-gotten money. Sequel to Backtrail (BR 11430). Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 1996.

In the Rogue Blood BR 11703
by James Carlos Blake
4 volumes
In 1845 two teenage brothers, Edward and John Little, flee Florida after killing their deranged father in self-defense. Drifting westward, the two discover a dangerous, wild, and bleak land and eventually wind up on opposite sides in the Mexican-American War. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 1997.

Starting Out in the Evening BR 11705
by Brian Morton
2 volumes
Elderly, widowed Leonard Schiller is a worn-out New York novelist who spends his days crafting his final book. Then a nubile graduate student picks Schiller as the subject for her thesis and reinvigorates his staid life by helping him rediscover the fire of his youth. Strong language. 1998.

The Dead of Night BR 11708
by John Marsden
2 volumes
In this sequel to Tomorrow, When the War Began (BR 10509), the Australian teens continue to hide out in the bush while trying to help the residents of their captured town. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. For junior and senior high and older readers. 1994.

Life in the Fat Lane BR 11737
by Cherie Bennett
2 volumes
Beauty pageant winner Lara is crowned homecoming queen as a high school junior. Then, inexplicably, she begins to gain weight--and doesn't stop. Although finally diagnosed with a rare metabolic disorder, Lara has become one of the obese students she had pitied. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 1998.

American Dreams BR 11741
by John Jakes
5 volumes
Continues the Crown family saga begun in Homeland (BR 9462). Paul, twenty-nine, a well-known photographer, travels the world making news documentaries, some of which get him in trouble with the British government. His cousin Carl satisfies a passion for cars and flying by becoming a daring aviator, and cousin Fritzi becomes an actress in Hollywood. Some strong language. Bestseller 1998.

The Spyglass Tree BR 11742
by Albert Murray
2 volumes
Alabama, 1920s. Scooter, the African American student last seen in Train Whistle Guitar (BR 11742), leaves Mobile on a scholarship to the state college. Although homesick, Scooter adjusts to campus life, discovering the local blues scene and perfecting his craft as a musician. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1991.

The Poisonwood Bible BR 11745
by Barbara Kingsolver
4 volumes
An American missionary family lands in the village of Kilanga in the Congo in 1959, and the cultural confrontation begins immediately. The mother and four daughters react to their new environment, the villagers respond to their new preacher, and the family dynamics change. All of this is intensified by the Congo's own political turmoil. Bestseller 1998.

A Widow for One Year BR 11780
by John Irving
6 volumes
Ruth Cole, who will become a well-known author, is four in the summer of 1958 when events that define her future occur. Her parents are divorcing; her mother, Marion, has an affair with sixteen-year-old Eddie O'Hare, who reminds her of one of her two dead sons; and her father continues to tell stories. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller 1998.

Cupid and Diana BR 11792
by Christina Bartolomeo
2 volumes
Diana Campanella has traded her government job for a consignment clothing shop in Washington, D.C., but it is not doing well. Her relationship with her attorney boyfriend also seems stalled. Should she take her lingerie-model sister's abundant advice on men and the shop? Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 1998.

Long Time Passing BR 11802
by Linda Crew
2 volumes
When high school sophomore Kathy doesn't make the rally squad in 1966, she decides to forge a new identity as a folk-singing, artistic type. She embraces the turbulent sixties with her new group of friends, including the brooding but intriguing James. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 1997.

The Face on the Wall: A Homer Kelly Mystery BR 11804
by Jane Langton
3 volumes
Children's book illustrator Annie Swann moves into a new wing of her Massachusetts house and begins to paint a wall mural. She rents the old half of her house to a family named Gast. But things go terribly wrong--with both the mural and the Gasts. Annie's uncle, detective Homer Kelly, steps in to help. Some violence and some strong language. 1998.

Roverandom BR 11808
by J.R.R. Tolkien
1 volume
A young and foolish dog is turned into a toy after biting a sorcerer. As a plaything, Roverandom is owned by a little boy named Two. After many adventures, Roverandom manages to be turned back into a real dog. For junior and senior high and older readers. 1998.

Eva's Man BR 11809
by Gayl Jones
2 volumes
An African American woman, forty-three and in prison, is on the edge of insanity and searching for her lost innocence. Eva Medina tells how she landed behind bars a second time and about the men who put her there. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 1976.

The Souvenir BR 11811
by Patricia Carlon
2 volumes
Four years ago Marion Burton's brother Jack was stabbed to death when he tried to separate two teenage girls who were quarreling in an Australian park. Each girl claimed the other one did it, and neither has ever changed her statement. Now Marion takes all the legal files and clippings about the case to Jefferson Shields and asks him to solve the puzzle. 1970.

Sneakers BR 11812
by Dewey Gram
2 volumes
In 1969, college student Martin Bishop escapes being arrested for politically motivated computer crimes. But in 1992, the feds catch up with Bishop, who is running a security consulting firm. They offer him immunity if he and his group will commit a crime for them. Strong language and some violence. 1992.

Passion Play BR 11813
by Sean Stewart
2 volumes
It is the future and fundamentalism rules. Diane Fletcher works with the police as a shaper--one who uses psychic abilities to hunt criminals. After arresting a deacon for stoning an adulteress to death, Fletcher turns her attention to the murder of a powerful actor. Strong language, violence, and some descriptions of sex. 1992.

Reef of Death BR 11814
by Paul Zindel
1 volume
Maruul, an Aboriginal girl, and PC McPhee, an American boy, help their relatives dive for ancient treasure beneath the Australian reefs. But a killer fish and an unscrupulous scientist are also hunting in the sea. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 1998.

The Horse Whisperer BR 11816
by Nicholas Evans
3 volumes
Thirteen-year-old Grace Maclean loses her leg when she and her horse, Pilgrim, are struck by a truck. Pilgrim is also injured--mentally and physically. Grace's mother, magazine editor Annie Graves, learns of a horse whisperer--Tom Booker--who might be able to restore Pilgrim. In hopes that he will also help Grace, Annie takes both of them to his ranch in Montana. Strong language, violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1995.

Finding Laura BR 11817
by Kay Hooper
3 volumes
Ever since childhood, Laura Sutherland has had a fascination with mirrors--she is searching for something in their reflections, although she isn't sure what it is. After she finds the right mirror at the Kilbourne family estate sale in Atlanta, she becomes a pawn in a struggle between the family matriarch, Amelia, and grandson Daniel. Some descriptions of sex. 1997.

Blue Star Rapture BR 11820
by James W. Bennett
1 volume
T.J.'s friend Tyron is being courted by college basketball agents. Worried that academically poor Tyron will be taken advantage of, T.J. tries to guide him but then begins feeling guilty about his own motives. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 1998.

Rules of the Road BR 11821
by Joan Bauer
2 volumes
Sixteen-year-old Jenna loves selling shoes for the Chicago Gladstone Shoe Store. But when her drunken father arrives in town, Jenna jumps at the opportunity to drive ornery Mrs. Gladstone to Texas. Jenna and the elderly woman fret over the future of the store chain, now in Gladstone's son's unscrupulous hands. For junior and senior high readers. 1998.

The Education of Robert Nifkin BR 11827
by Daniel Pinkwater
1 volume
New to Chicago in the 1950s, Robert begins his high school education dressed in the odd clothes his Eastern European father insists he wear. His unpopularity and the bigoted teachers send Robert to the streets, where he meets an unusual group of people and finds a school he actually likes. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 1998.

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