Braille Book Review

Books for Adults The following books were recently produced for the NLS program. To order books, contact your braille-lending library. Note: For the infomation 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 occurence, as in "some strong language." Nonfiction

The Life of Samuel Johnson BR 14450
by James Boswell
15 volumes (Reissue)
Classic biography of the eighteenth-century English man of letters, originally published in 1791. Based on detailed notes compiled by Boswell during their twenty-year friendship, the text for the most part comprises conversations and statements of Johnson's strong opinions. 1791.

Everyday Math for Dummies BR 14500
by Charles Seiter
3 volumes
Explains basic math skills needed for everyday living. Covers personal money and the management of checkbooks, credit cards, mortgages, taxes, and investments; reviews business math, including sales, percentages, and insurance; and provides a refresher in high-school algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. Also looks at sports and gambling, statistics, tipping, and recreational mathematics. 1995.

The Harvard Medical School Guide to Men's Health BR 14813
by Harvey B. Simon
6 volumes
Physician analyzes data from three long-term Harvard clinical studies to synthesize the basics of good health care for men. Discusses common disorders and describes how simple modifications in diet, light to moderate alcohol consumption, controlling stress, exercise, vitamin intake, and communication with one's doctor can lead to improved health. 2002.

Jerry Baker's Fast, Easy Vegetable Garden BR 14841
by Jerry Baker
3 volumes
Master gardener's step-by-step guide to planting, growing, and harvesting produce. Addresses seasonal schedules, soil and insects, common problems, and frequently asked questions. Includes chapters on herbs, tomatoes, and organic gardening along with helpful information specific to each state. 1985.

The Rise of the New Woman: The Women's Movement in America, 1875-1930 BR 14851
by Jean V. Matthews
2 volumes
A social and political history of the suffrage movement in the critical years leading up to and after ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920 that gave women the right to vote. Discusses the role of feminist pioneers in changing public attitudes and the ideas and values engendered by their debates. 2003.

Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities before and after the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001: Report of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Together with Additional Views BR 14865
by U.S. Congress
7 volumes
Official U.S. government report on efforts of American intelligence agencies charged with protecting national security. 2002.

John Paul Jones: Sailor, Hero, Father of the American Navy BR 14872
by Evan Thomas
5 volumes
Biography of the "great sea warrior," born in Scotland in 1747, who went to sea at age thirteen. Describes his career in the fledgling American Continental Navy, his later exploits in Europe and Russia, and his burial in an obscure Paris grave in 1792. 2003.

Why Is the Foul Pole Fair? or, Answers to the Baseball Questions Your Dad Hoped You'd Never Ask BR 14915
by Vince Staten
2 volumes
Author explores the trivia of America's favorite pastime using a Cincinnati Reds game as a backdrop. Before it's over, Staten explains why a ballpark seat is eighteen inches wide, where umpires come from, and what happens if a fan gets hit by a foul ball. Includes anecdotes, history, and commentary. 2003.

Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives BR 14919

1 volume
Accounts of former slaves based on interviews conducted in the late 1930s by the U.S. government's Works Progress Administration for the Slave Narrative Collection of the Federal Writers' Project. Companion to 2003 documentary film produced by HBO. Foreword by Henry Louis Gates Jr. Violence and strong language. 2002.

Front Yard Gardens: Growing More than Grass BR 14938
by Liz Primeau
2 volumes
Straying from the longtime perception of lawns as a landscaping ideal, the author describes how to transform a front yard from a water-guzzling, chemically treated grass expanse to a garden. Includes tips on creating, maintaining, and planting. Also provides information on different garden styles, with more than seventy examples from across North America. 2003.

The Water Garden Encyclopedia BR 14939
by Philip Swindells
2 volumes
Comprehensive guide to designing, constructing, and maintaining residential water gardens. Includes step-by-step instructions for the novice and experienced gardener on incorporating moving water, adding decorative touches, cultivating aquatic plants, introducing fish, and creating a balanced environment. 2003.

Making Self-Employment Work for People with Disabilities BR 14945
by Cary Griffin and David Hammis
3 volumes
Experienced vocational counselors offer a practical handbook that provides individuals with disabilities information on how to start and maintain a small business. Includes suggestions on preparing a business plan and market strategies, understanding and using government programs, and finding mentors and useful web sites. 2003.

Calculated Risks: How to Know When Numbers Deceive You BR 14968
by Gerd Gigerenzer
3 volumes
German researcher discusses how statistics are often misunderstood and misinterpreted in health and medical situations. Cites personal experiences to explain how correct assessment of numerical data makes a critical difference. Offers practical advice from a good-humored perspective. 2002.

According to the Rolling Stones BR 14996
by Mick Jagger and others
3 volumes
Reminiscences by members of "the greatest rock n' roll band in the world," tracing their British roots and rise to international fame beginning in the 1960s. Also includes essays by business participants in the Stones' career and fellow performers, including American singer Sheryl Crow. Some strong language. 2003.

Breast Cancer Q & A: Insightful Answers to the One Hundred Most Frequently Asked Questions BR 14998
by Charyn Pfeuffer
4 volumes
Health educator and journalist answers the most common questions concerning breast cancer. Also includes information about medical terminology, drug treatments, alternative medicine, nutrition, support groups, and other resources. 2003.

Her Dream of Dreams: The Rise and Triumph of Madam C.J. Walker BR 15086
by Beverly Lowry
5 volumes
Biography of Madam C.J. Walker (1867-1919), born Sarah Breedlove to former slaves, who rose from poverty to found a lucrative cosmetics business and become America's first African American female millionaire. Chronicles Walker's progression from the post-Reconstruction south to New York mansions, philanthropy, and struggles for racial equality and women's rights. Some strong language. 2003.

Isaac Newton BR 15091
by James Gleick
3 volumes
The author of Genius (RC 36181) crafts a biography of scientific great Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727), highlighting his accomplishments in physics, optics, and mathematics. Uses original quotations to describe Newton's invention of calculus and other breakthroughs--including the laws of motion, which led to the shift from a mystical to a rationalist worldview in European science. 2003.

Pendulum: Léon Foucault and the Triumph of Science BR 15097
by Amir D. Aczel
2 volumes
Author of The Riddle of the Compass (BR 13785) examines the life of French physicist Jean Bernard Léon Foucault (1819-1868), whose pendulum experiments demonstrated the earth's rotation. Centering around 1850s Paris, the chronicle describes the inventor's unlikely partnership with Emperor Napoléon III, developed during a time of conflict between science and faith. 2003.

Gardening through Your Golden Years BR 15099
by Jim Wilson
2 volumes
Former cohost of PBS television show The Victory Garden and author of Landscaping with Wildflowers (BR 15266) shares wisdom gathered from "seasoned" gardeners on the benefits of continuing this hobby into old age. Includes tips to minimize fatigue and other ailments, describes laborsaving methods, and offers all kinds of advice. 2003.

Library: An Unquiet History BR 15100
by Matthew Battles
2 volumes
Survey by Harvard rare-book specialist of historical events leading to both destruction and proliferation of libraries. Battles laments the burning of Alexandria's library in ancient times, then explores preservation of literary culture by monks through medieval ages. Later observations cover Dewey's classification legacy, twentieth-century book bonfires by the Nazis and others, and digital-age challenges. 2003.

More Joy: A Lovemaking Companion to The Joy of Sex BR 15106
by Alex Comfort
2 volumes
Emphasizes human relationships between sex partners and considers sexuality as a source of personal growth. Discusses body language, concerns of the elderly or those with special needs, and ways to overcome sexual hangups. Revises and updates original 1973 edition. Companion to The Joy of Sex (BR 15107). Explicit descriptions of sex. 1986.

The New Joy of Sex BR 15107
by Alex Comfort
2 volumes
Updates the classic guide to sex, first published in 1972, stressing the refinements and enjoyment of lovemaking. Describes sexual techniques aimed at adding zest and variety to erotic relations between men and women. Discusses AIDS and other health issues. Companion to More Joy of Sex (RC 57167). Explicit descriptions of sex. 1991.

Rachael Ray 30-Minute Meals 2 BR 15109
by Rachael Ray
3 volumes
In this companion book to her Food Network television show, Ray offers recipes that are full of flavor yet use easy-to-find ingredients and are simple to make. Topics include making your own takeout, family-style suppers, double-duty meals, and healthy hunger busters. Includes menu suggestions. Bestseller 2003.

The Rural Life BR 15131
by Verlyn Klinkenborg
2 volumes
Collection of essays celebrating the simplicity of country life in successive months over the course of one year. The selections- -which previously appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, and other publications--depict seasonal changes in settings ranging from Klinkenborg's own upstate New York farm to rugged landscapes in the American West. 2003.

Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball BR 15132
by Stefan Kanfer
4 volumes
Details the life and times of comedienne and sit-com star Lucille Ball (1911-1989), beginning with her difficult childhood in upstate New York. Covers her unhappy marriage to Desi Arnaz and the evolution of her career until she became "the first woman with major economic power in postwar Hollywood." Bestseller 2003.

The Louisiana Purchase BR 15137
by Thomas Fleming
2 volumes
A concise history of the pivotal $15 million land deal between the United States and France in 1803 that doubled America's size and stifled French colonial ambitions in the New World. Fleming depicts the strained relations between the two republics, the political climates surrounding President Thomas Jefferson and Napoleon, and the bargaining process. 2003.

Moy Sand and Gravel BR 15139
by Paul Muldoon
1 volume
Pulitzer Prize-winning collection from Irish-born postmodern poet. Nearly fifty pieces peppered with rhyme and historical allusion reflect his Irish upbringing and heritage as well as his later American life raising a family in suburban New Jersey. Pulitzer Prize. 2002.

A Time to Love: Stories from the Old Testament BR 15142
by Walter Dean Myers
1 volume
A retelling from the perspective of teenage characters of six Bible episodes exploring the complexities of love. Includes the stories of Delilah, Reuben, Naomi, Isaac, Zillah, and Aser. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women: Exploding the Estrogen Myth BR 15151
by Barbara Seaman
3 volumes
Cofounder of the National Women's Health Network explains the controversy surrounding the use of hormone replacement drugs-- primarily estrogen--for birth control, menopause, and postmenopause. Traces the history of their development, marketing, and use in the twentieth century. Suggests that women are at risk from doctors who view menopause as a disease. 2003.

Smoke and Ashes: The Story of the Holocaust BR 15152
by Barbara Rogasky
2 volumes
Explains how the Holocaust (1933-1945) occurred by examining the roots of anti-Semitism, Nazi plans for extermination of Jews, and the step-by-step execution of that scheme through ghettos, concentration camps, and death camps. Reviews criminal trials after WWII to seek justice. Revised and expanded from 1988 edition. Violence. For junior and senior high readers. 2002.

The Wrong Man: The Final Verdict on the Dr. Sam Sheppard Murder Case BR 15153
by James Neff
5 volumes
Investigative reporter assembles extensive evidence exonerating Cleveland physician Sam Sheppard of murdering his pregnant wife, Marilyn, on July 4, 1954. Describes botched police and forensic investigations, Sheppard's retrials and eventual acquittal in 1966, and his son's anti-death-penalty activism. Identifies probable actual killer and reconstructs possible murder scenario. Some violence and some strong language. 2001.

The Essential Conversation: What Parents and Teachers Can Learn from Each Other BR 15155
by Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot
3 volumes
Harvard professor of education examines the dynamics of parent- teacher conferences from the standpoint of both parties, whose relationships are often adversarial and competitive rather than collaborative and empathetic. Suggests ways to make these meetings more productive, especially when broader cultural priorities and values are involved, and to improve home-school connections. 2003.

The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? BR 15156
by Rick Warren
3 volumes
Christian minister provides a guide to a forty-day spiritual journey to help readers discover the answer to one of life's most important questions: What on earth am I here for? Uses biblical references and describes the benefits of changing one's perspective. Bestseller 2002.

After Jihad: America and the Struggle for Islamic Democracy BR 15157
by Noah Feldman
3 volumes
Explores the question whether democracy can "be made to flourish in the lands where Islam prevails." Discusses the political terrain in Iran, Turkey, Asia, Pakistan, and Arab countries to ascertain the compatibility of the Islamic religion with democratic values. Claiming there is no inherent conflict, Feldman suggests ways to refute anti-Americanism. 2003.

Dog Is My Co-Pilot: Great Writers on the World's Oldest Friendship BR 15158
Editors of The Bark
3 volumes
Anthology of essays, short stories, and expert commentaries celebrating the unique bond between humans and their dogs. Over forty selections chosen by the editors of a California-based dog magazine pay tribute to the very first meeting between man and animal, pack dynamics, canine wisdom, and the poignancy of friendship and loss. 2003.

A Season of Fire: Four Months on the Firelines in the American West BR 15159
by Douglas Gantenbein
3 volumes
Reporter describes the forest fires of 2001 that left four firefighters dead in Washington state. Presents an overview of the training and deployment of firefighting crews and the methods of preventing and controlling wildfires. Analyzes the disputes between environmentalists, loggers, and the government over tree- thinning policy. Some strong language. 2003.

Bob Hope: My Life in Jokes BR 15162
by Bob Hope
1 volume
The late comedian, who died in 2003 at one hundred years of age, tells his life through jokes--organized by decade--revealing his family, experiences, interests, and personal and political thoughts. Reminisces about his long career in show business on the radio, screen, and television--and in the war theater entertaining American troops. Introduction by daughter Linda. 2003.

Everything You Need to Know about Going to the Gynecologist BR 15169
by Shifra N. Diamond
1 volume
Explains to teens and older readers why gynecological exams are important, when to seek them, and what to expect during one. Also discusses reproductive health, including diseases, contraception, and common problems. For senior high and older readers. 1999.

Naked in Baghdad BR 15170
by Anne Garrels
2 volumes
Veteran National Public Radio correspondent Anne Garrels, embedded with U.S. military forces in Baghdad, chronicles her observations before and during the 2003 war in Iraq. Includes e- mails that her husband, Vint Lawrence, sent while she was gone and describes hardships endured by her Iraqi driver, Amer. 2003.

One Hundred Words Every High School Graduate Should Know BR 15198
edited by American Heritage Dictionaries
1 volume
The American Heritage College Dictionary web site list of vocabulary words evolved into a published book by popular demand. For senior high and older readers. Bestseller 2003.

Living with Shingles: New Hope for an Old Disease BR 15202
by Mary-Ellen Siegel and Gray Williams
1 volume
Discusses the symptoms and progression of shingles, a medical problem brought about by reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus that causes chicken pox in childhood. Outlines methods of treatment, complications, and possible prevention in the future through a promising new vaccine. 1998.

Hysterectomy: Exploring Your Options BR 15206
by Edward E. Wallach and Esther Eisenberg
2 volumes
Gynecologists explain the female reproductive organs, problems that can occur, and options for treatment. Describes three types of hysterectomies (involving surgical removal of the uterus), benefits and risks of each operation, postoperative issues, and medical alternatives. 2003.

Mary Ellen's Guide to Good Enough Housekeeping BR 15208
by Mary Ellen Pinkham
2 volumes
Mary Ellen offers a three-step technique for keeping homes clean and comfortable without a lot of work: "dejunk"--put things away and get rid of unnecessary items; "defend"--keep things from getting worse by doing some chores daily or weekly; "decide"-- when to do nonroutine jobs. 2002.

What Not to Wear BR 15218
by Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine
1 volume
Stars of the British television show What Not to Wear offer advice on how to dress appropriately for your body shape and personality. They discuss problems such as large or small chests, big arms, short legs, flabby tummies, and short necks. Bestseller 2002.

Lullaby of Birdland BR 15308
by George Shearing
2 volumes
Reminiscences by congenitally blind jazz pianist Shearing about his 1920s English childhood and early success in London before he emigrated to America in 1947. Recounts hobnobbing in New York with jazz greats Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie among others and recording with his famed quintet. 2004.


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