Braille Book Review

July-August 2000
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."

Building Basic Skills in Writing: Book 2 BR 11454
1 volume
Second of a two-book program designed to enable the reader to master the basics of writing well. This segment includes units on parts of speech, grammar and usage, and punctuation and spelling. Provides a pretest and posttest for self-assessment, as well as exercises with every lesson. 1982.

Making People's Music: Moe Asch and Folkways Records BR 11727
by Peter D. Goldsmith
5 volumes
The story of Asch's founding of Folkways Records and an account of his life from his birth in Poland in 1905 to his death in America in 1986. Describes how his recording studio helped preserve musical and oral traditions from the United States and other countries. 1998.

Stress and Natural Healing BR 12079
by Christopher Hobbs
3 volumes
Advocates the use of herbal medicine and natural therapies for common ailments caused by stress. Describes both medical and natural treatments for common stress-related disorders such as depression, insomnia, and digestive problems. Includes an overview of major relaxing herbs. 1997.

The HIV Wellness Sourcebook: An East/West Guide to Living Well with HIV/AIDS and Related Conditions BR 12097
by Misha Ruth Cohen
3 volumes
A San Francisco doctor of oriental medicine explains how HIV and AIDS patients can combine Chinese and Western medicine and why she believes this is the most effective approach. Includes targeted treatment plans for common disorders and infections related to the disease. 1998.

Athens: A Portrait of the City in Its Golden Age BR 12190
by Christian Meier
6 volumes
Examines classical Athens from its victory over the Persians at Marathon in 490 B.C. through the death of Socrates four generations later. Describes the metropolis, at the height of its political and military power, as the source of the development of Western democracy, philosophy, natural science, and literary and fine arts. 1993.

Walk on Water: A Memoir BR 12200
by Lorian Hemingway
2 volumes
The autobiography of Ernest Hemingway's granddaughter, whose lifelong love of fishing helps her recover from difficulties and overcome hardships. Describes various family members, her struggle with alcoholism, her fishing companions, and their numerous expeditions together. Some strong language. 1998.

How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry BR 12211
by Edward Hirsch
4 volumes
A poet explores the nature of poetry by quoting and explaining a broad range of international poems written across many centuries. He advocates participatory poetics and encourages the reader to engage full attention and wrestle with interpretation. Contains a glossary and a reading list of works cited. 1999.

Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond between People and Dogs BR 12217
by Caroline Knapp
2 volumes
The author ponders emotional bonds between dogs and people using her own experience with Lucille, a young mixed shepherd. Explores sentiments and expectations about canines by noting animal behavior and past history with humans. Muses on the use of dogs as companions and agents of healing. 1998.

The Morning the Sun Went Down BR 12233
by Darryl Babe Wilson
2 volumes
Examines legends and myths of Native Americans of eastern California and some facts about the tribes' disappearance. Describes the author's parents teaching him and his siblings the traditions of their elders; reflects on being confronted by two cultures. Credits his career and achievements to the teacher who encouraged him to become a writer. 1998.

Letters and Papers from Prison BR 12260
by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
4 volumes
The German theologian's correspondence with his family and friend (the book editor) during his incarceration by the Nazis from 1943 until his execution in 1945. A devout Christian's account of examining his conscience and beliefs while the Nazis were in power. 1971.

The Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy Survival Guide BR 12291
by Judith McKay and Nancee Hirano
2 volumes
Explains what chemotherapy and radiation are, how they work, and what their effects are. Gives suggestions for before, after, and during treatment, covering both the physical and emotional elements of medical therapy. Includes relaxation and stress-reduction exercises. 1998.

Those Wonderful, Terrible Years: George Heller and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists BR 12293
by Rita Morley Harvey
3 volumes
The author interweaves the story of the artists' federation, its founders, and members with an account of the McCarthy era and its effect on radio and television. She focuses on George Heller, the glamour boy of the union movement, and his colleagues Philip Loeb, Sam Jaffe, and Albert Van Dekker. 1996.

A Young Person's Guide to Philosophy: "I Think, Therefore I Am" BR 12299
by Jeremy Weate
1 volume
Introduction to the history of Western philosophers beginning with Greeks such as Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle and concluding with twentieth-century intellectuals, including Sartre and de Beauvoir. The second section briefly discusses some of the important schools of philosophy. For junior and senior high readers. 1998.

How to Write a Letter BR 12303
by Patricia Dragisic
1 volume
Describes the basic structure of personal and business letters, with examples of each type. Includes such diverse topics as grammar, salutations, and using electronic mail; presents some famous letters from the past. For junior and senior high and older readers. 1998.

Just like Jesus BR 12305
by Max Lucado
2 volumes
The author uses analogies and scripture to lead people into behaving like Jesus in their daily lives and their relationships. Behavior changes are possible, he contends, and one can eliminate guilt, bad habits, fear, and anxiety by following Jesus' example. Includes a study guide. 1998.

The Structure of the Universe BR 12308
by Paul Halpern
1 volume
Traces the cosmological history from the sixth century B.C. when Greek philosophers imagined that the planets circled the Earth to the Big Bang and Great Attractor theories. Describes the technology used to gather information for these concepts and to predict the future of the universe. For high school and older readers. 1997.

Ecoviews: Snakes, Snails, and Environmental Tales BR 12310
by Whit Gibbons and Anne R. Gibbons
2 volumes
Vignettes about the ecology of animals, plants, and habitats demonstrate the wealth of biodiversity on Earth. Discusses wasps, turtles, ants, snakes, and other species encountered by an ecologist doing fieldwork in Australia and North America. Presents natural history facts in the context of environmental issues. 1998.

Zane Grey: Romancing the West BR 12313
by Stephen J. May
2 volumes
Biography of the popular author discusses how he spent his youth fishing and hunting near Zanesville, Ohio, a town named after his pioneer ancestor. Grey became a dentist at his father's insistence, but later returned to his love of writing. Tells how Riders of the Purple Sage (RC 17362) became his first bestseller in 1912. Bestseller 1997.

The Alphabet versus the Goddess: The Conflict between Word and Image BR 12315
by Leonard Shlain
5 volumes
A vascular surgeon poses a correlation between a society's acquisition of literacy and the development of the left-brain ("linear-thinking") hemisphere at the expense of the right. Suggests that the resulting decline in both the use of imagery and respect for women's rights has contributed to the disappearance of goddesses and priestesses from Western religion. 1998.

Through the Eyes of Your Ancestors BR 12319
by Maureen A. Taylor
1 volume
Step-by-step instructions on compiling a family history for a school project or just as a hobby. Includes suggestions on conducting personal interviews, visiting genealogical libraries, researching on the Internet, and keeping records. Also provides tips on accessing and using specific resources. For junior and senior high and older readers. 1999.

Man Flies: The Story of Alberto Santos-Dumont, Master of the Balloon, Conqueror of the Air BR 12320
by Nancy Winters
1 volume
Biography of the Brazilian aviation pioneer. Describes his experiments with maneuvering air balloons in Paris in the late 1890s and early 1900s. Explains why Santos-Dumont has been eclipsed in history by the Wright brothers but why his reputation deserves resurrection. 1997.

Conversations about Cancer: A Patient's Guide to Informed Decision Making BR 12325
by Michael Auerbach
2 volumes
An oncologist describes the disease and its treatments. Stresses communication between patient and physician and the importance of exploring all possible options. Advocates empowering people to discuss their illness knowledgeably. Explores special problems of dealing with terminal conditions. 1997.

Fables BR 12331
retold by Tana Reiff
1 volume
Sixteen of Aesop's fables, originating in early Greece. These stories, which present a moral or lesson, include the well-known tale of "The Boy Who Cried 'Wolf,'" which teaches that if you often tell lies, no one will believe you when you tell the truth. Grade 1 braille. 1991.

When a Friend Dies: A Book for Teens about Grieving and Healing BR 12333
by Marilyn E. Gootman
1 volume
Advice for handling grief, anger, guilt, and depression after a friend's death. Topics are covered in a question-and-answer format. Includes quotations from teens whose friends have died, as well as from writers, philosophers, and public figures whose words can serve as guideposts. For junior and senior high readers. 1994.

Revolutionary Women in the War for American Independence: A One-Volume Revised Edition of Elizabeth Ellet's 1848 Landmark Series BR 12337
edited by Lincoln Diamant
2 volumes
Accounts of wartime roles of eighty-four American women. Besides portraying the women's shouldering of new responsibilities at home--sewing uniforms, preparing cartridges, and making bandages--these sketches record unsung acts of patriotism and heroism. One vignette is of Deborah Sampson Gannet, who, disguised in a soldier's uniform, fought in battles for three years. 1998.

A Moveable Feast BR 12344
by Ernest Hemingway
1 volume
Sketches of the author's life in Paris in the 1920s provide reminiscences of his first marriage and the development of his literary style. Includes portraits of Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, Ford Maddox Ford, and Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, among many other artists. Some strong language. 1964.

Invisible Enemies: Stories of Infectious Disease BR 12359
by Jeanette Farrell
2 volumes
A history of medical battles against seven deadly illnesses: smallpox and leprosy--largely overcome; malaria and tuberculosis--still suffered in parts of the world; ever-persistent cholera and plague; and the newest danger--AIDS. For junior and senior high readers. 1998.

Melanoma: Prevention, Detection, and Treatment BR 12361
by Catherine M. Poole
2 volumes
Health writer and melanoma survivor Poole, assisted by melanoma expert Dr. Dupont Guerry, explains skin cancer and identifies the people most susceptible to it. She describes cancerous moles and discusses how they are diagnosed and treated. 1998.

Soul Food: Recipes and Reflections from African-American Churches BR 12364
by Joyce White
3 volumes
More than 150 recipes and reminiscences gathered from members of African American churches throughout the United States. Presents a brief history and variations for each type of dish; includes standard favorites such as cornbread and sweet potato pie. 1998.

Defending the Spirit: A Black Life in America BR 12379
by Randall Robinson
3 volumes
Autobiography of a political activist who grew up in the segregated south, attended Harvard law school, and helped eliminate apartheid in South Africa. In 1977 Robinson founded TransAfrica in order to influence foreign policy for the benefit of African and Caribbean nations. Describes his continuing efforts to eliminate racial barriers. 1998.

Epic: Stories of Survival from the World's Highest Peaks BR 12385
edited by Clint Willis
3 volumes
Fifteen accounts of epic mountain-climbing adventures. Most are long excerpts from books about life-threatening experiences. Includes heroic achievements, disasters, and near-disasters such as "avalanches, storms, altitude sickness, falls, crevasses, blood clots, spiritual crises, broken ice picks, and homicidal military bureaucrats." 1997.

Shy Boy: The Horse That Came In from the Wild BR 12396
by Monty Roberts
1 volume
In this sequel to The Man Who Listens to Horses (BR 11288), horse trainer Monty Roberts captures a wild mustang and gently tames it to saddle. Eleven months later, he gives the mustang, Shy Boy, a choice of staying with him or returning to his original herd. Bestseller 1999.

Remember to Feed the Kittens: A Kernel Book BR 12397
edited by Marc Maurer
1 volume
In this sixteenth book in the Kernel series, National Federation of the Blind members continue to provide descriptions of living with blindness. NFB president Marc Maurer, who has taken over the series since the 1998 death of Kenneth Jernigan, tells of dealing with stereotypes during his first Christmas without his mentor. 1999.

Kenneth Jernigan: The Master, The Mission, The Movement BR 12404
by Kenneth Jernigan
2 volumes
Collection of Dr. Jernigan's writings composed mostly during the 1990s. Includes numerous speeches and excerpts from the Kernel Books. In an introduction, Marc Maurer, of the National Federation of the Blind, describes Jernigan as a man who "changed the lives of blind people through his example and inspiration." 1999.

Going Solo BR 12420
by Roald Dahl
2 volumes (Reissue)
Autobiographical account of the British writer's experiences as a young man working in East Africa and his adventures as a fighter pilot for the Royal Air Force in World War II. Sequel to Boy: Tales of Childhood (BR 11563). For junior and senior high and older readers. 1986.

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