Braille Book Review

July-August 1999
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.

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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."

The Art of Cooking for the Diabetic BR 11438
by Mary Abbott Hess
5 volumes
Revised edition containing information on diabetes and its management, based on 1994 recommendations of the American Diabetes Association. Includes advice on exercise, alcohol, dining out, and eating while traveling; recipes for soups, breads, meats, poultry, seafood, eggs, cheese, yogurt, pastas, and desserts. 1996.

The Best of Outside: The First Twenty Years BR 11567
by Outside Magazine Staff
5 volumes
Thirty-one essays recount experiences and interactions with nature. Written by a variety of enthusiasts, the pieces depict outdoor and ecological activities. Mountain climbing, hunting, fishing, and systematically removing plastic bags from the tops of trees in New York City are a few of the topics presented. Some strong language. 1997.

The First Moderns: Profiles in the Origins of Twentieth-Century Thought BR 11603
by William R. Everdell
6 volumes
An overview of the intellectual forces that precipitated modernism, when a new "world view...gave rise to speed, industry, [and] world markets." Surveys key thinkers in academia, science, and the arts, describing their role in helping to usher in the modern era between 1870 and 1914. 1997.

Sweet Bird of Youth BR 11636
by Tennessee Williams
1 volume
Classic play concerning a gigolo who returns to his southern hometown with an aging, drug-ridden actress in tow. Some strong language and some violence. 1959.

Sigmund Freud: Explorer of the Unconscious BR 11643
by Margaret Muckenhoupt
2 volumes
A biography of Sigmund Freud, the creator of psychoanalysis, with details of his controversial theories about the human mind. Includes some criticism of his ideas, especially about women. Describes his work in the context of his time. For senior high and older readers. 1997.

The Handbook of the Former Soviet Union BR 11644
by Michael G. Kort
2 volumes
A history and description of the fifteen nations that arose out of the former Soviet Union, including Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, and the states of the Baltic, Transcaucasus, and Central Asian regions. Includes a chronology of the post-Soviet era and a brief encyclopedia describing major leaders and geographic features. For senior high and older readers. 1997.

The Fossil Trail: How We Know What We Think We Know about Human Evolution BR 11663
by Ian Tattersall
3 volumes
A survey of fossil and artifactual evidence that has enlightened the scientific understanding of human evolution. Traces archaeological discoveries from Darwin's time, describing their significance in supporting theories about the origins and development of humankind. 1995.

First Intermissions: Twenty-One Great Operas Explored, Explained, and Brought to Life from the Met BR 11664
by M. Owen Lee
2 volumes
Based on commentaries originally presented during the first intermissions of Saturday afternoon Metropolitan Opera broadcasts. Father Lee, a professor of classics, analyzes and interprets works by Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, Puccini, and Strauss. 1995.

Music Minus One BR 11686
by Jane Shore
1 volume
The poet writes about her life--her Jewish childhood and adolescence in post-World War II New Jersey, the birth of her daughter, and the deaths of her parents. 1996.

And There Was Light: Autobiography of Jacques Lusseyran, Blind Hero of the French Resistance BR 11692
by Jacques Lusseyran
2 volumes
Lusseyran describes his life up to the age of twenty. Blinded at seven, he was a teenager when the Nazis invaded France. After he joined the Resistance, his group was turned in by informers and imprisoned. He tells of surviving in a German concentration camp until the war's end. 1963.

You Don't Have to Be Blind to See BR 11699
by Jim Stovall
3 volumes
The author, blind before the age of thirty as a result of juvenile macular degeneration, encourages others to achieve through their dreams. Using examples from his own life, Stovall suggests that people can succeed by changing the way they think. He recommends that once a path is decided, people should find mentors to help them along the way. For senior high and older readers. 1996.

Return to Spirit Lake: Journey through a Lost Landscape BR 11700
by Christine Colasurdo
3 volumes
More than a decade after the 1980 eruption of Washington state's Mount St. Helens, a woman returns to the site of her family's cabin on nearby Spirit Lake. While touring the area, she reminisces about the way things were in her youth and describes the radical changes in the landscape. 1997.

The Autobiography of a Tibetan Monk BR 11736
by Gyatso Palden
2 volumes
Memoir of a Tibetan born in 1933 who became a Buddhist monk at age ten. His peaceful life ended in 1950, when the Chinese invaded Tibet. Describes his arrest with other monks at Gadong monastery in 1959 and the starvation, torture, and reeducation sessions during his thirty years in prison. After his release, he escaped to India to inform the Dalai Lama and the world of Chinese abuse of Tibetan prisoners. 1997.

The Life of Poetry BR 11738
by Muriel Rukeyser
2 volumes
Discusses poetry as an exercise that can help people enhance their consciousness of the world around them. The author considers great poetry to be a transfer of energy from the poet to the reader. First published in 1949, based on lectures given between 1940 and 1948. 1996.

Ray Charles: Voice of Soul BR 11750
by David Ritz
1 volume
Biography of musical genius Ray Charles, who was left sightless by glaucoma as a child. While a student at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, Charles learned to read and write music in braille. Describes his personal and professional struggles, including drug addiction, as well as his triumphs. For junior and senior high and older readers. 1994.

The Life and Times of Fidel Castro BR 11752
by Esther Selsdon
1 volume
Provides a brief overview of the Cuban leader from his birth in 1926 until the mid-1980s. Focuses on his role as political revolutionary. For junior and senior high readers. 1995.

The Life and Times of Mother Teresa BR 11753
by Tanya Rice
1 volume
Biography of the nun who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. Covers her childhood in Albania, her decision at eighteen to become a missionary nun, and her work in India. Obeying an "inner command" to serve the poor, she founded a new order, the Missionaries of Charity. Discusses the growth of her work and her worldwide contributions. For junior and senior high readers. 1994.

Napoleon Hill's Keys to Positive Thinking: Ten Steps to Health, Wealth, and Success BR 11769
by Napoleon Hill and Michael J. Ritt
1 volume
Argues that achieving a positive mental attitude is possible through practice. Presents a ten-step formula with practical advice and affirmations by famous people. 1998.

Mars and Venus Starting Over: A Practical Guide for Finding Love Again after a Painful Breakup, Divorce, or the Loss of a Loved One BR 11781
by John Gray
2 volumes
The author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus (BR 9230) offers suggestions on opening one's self to love after the death of a mate or after a divorce. Describes the healing process common to both men and women. Explains the differences in the ways males and females resolve loss. Bestseller 1998.

Great Careers for People Concerned about the Environment BR 11784
by Lesley Grant
1 volume
Profiles careers in environmental protection and related fields, including engineering, science, enforcement, law, and health. Describes a typical day in the lives of workers and the educational requirements of each profession. For junior and senior high readers. 1993.

Great Careers for People Who Want to Be Entrepreneurs BR 11786
by Jim Lang
1 volume
Profiles of individuals who have become successful entrepreneurs, including a hot air balloonist, a jewelry designer, tree nursery owners, and a ceiling cleaning franchiser. Suggested activities and tips on entrepreneurship are included. For junior and senior high readers. 1994.

Linus Pauling and the Chemistry of Life BR 11799
by Tom Hager
1 volume
Describes the career and personal life of the chemist who won both the 1954 Nobel Prize in chemistry and the 1962 Nobel Peace Prize. The prolific researcher also taught, wrote influential college textbooks, and protested nuclear testing. He died at the age of ninety-three in 1994. For junior and senior high and older readers. 1998.

Two Incomes and Still Broke? It's Not How Much You Make, but How Much You Keep BR 11806
by Linda Kelley
2 volumes
Describes how job-related expenses can devour a couple's second income. The author discusses taxes, childcare, timesavers, rushed shopping, personal upkeep, and other factors to be considered when deciding whether both spouses should work. 1996.

I Wonder What College Is Like? BR 11831
by Meg F. Schneider
1 volume
Discusses choosing a college and getting accepted, handling the expense, and earning a degree. Also covers aspects of life outside the classroom including campus activities, living with roommates, and socializing. For junior and senior high readers. 1989.

Pure Drivel BR 11849
by Steve Martin
1 volume
Collection of humorous essays (many first published in the New Yorker) by comedian, actor, and screenwriter Martin. Topics include memory loss, drug side effects, and the number of movie stars who are secretly Nobel Prize-worthy scientists. Bestseller 1998.

To Touch the Untouchable Dream BR 11851
edited by Kenneth Jernigan
1 volume
Eight essays by blind people who express their self-confidence in pursuing personal goals. A couple describe their trip to a South African game park. A social worker explains why she left a secure job for a riskier career as a writer. And a magazine editor relates why baking bread has been a longtime pleasure. 1998.

A Working Girl Can't Win and Other Poems BR 11862
by Deborah Garrison
1 volume
Twenty-eight poems expressing a young woman's views on the office world and its male inhabitants, and revealing her private thoughts and fantasies. Many of these pieces first appeared in the New Yorker, where Garrison is a senior editor. Some strong language. 1998.

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