Braille Book Review

March-April 2005
Books for Adults--Fiction


I Am the Cheese BR 14796
by Robert Cormier
2 volumes
Chilling tale of fourteen-year-old Adam Farmer's desperate search for his father and for a mysterious past that he must not remember if he is to remain alive. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 1977.

In Her Shoes BR 14928
by Jennifer Weiner
3 volumes
Estranged sisters Maggie, who is dyslexic, and Rose Feller, an attorney, were left motherless as children and haven't seen their maternal grandmother, Ella Hirsch, in twenty years. Widowed Ella searches for her granddaughters, and the three attempt to become a family again. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2002.

Beachcomber BR 14931
by Karen Robards
3 volumes
Christy Petrino quits her job when she discovers that the law firm she works for and her fiancÚ are involved with the mob. Now, with her life at stake, she must deliver a package to Ocracoke Island, North Carolina, where she faces more danger--a serial killer. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2003.

Blow Fly BR 14976
by Patricia Cornwell
3 volumes
Dr. Kay Scarpetta, forensics consultant, investigates the eight- year-old murder of a Louisiana socialite. Now a serial killer is operating there. Death-row maniac Jean-Baptiste Chandonne from The Last Precinct (BR 12803) knows something about both situations and lures Kay to visit him. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller 2003.

The Great Fire BR 15103
by Shirley Hazzard
3 volumes
1947. Thirty-two-year-old British major Aldred Leith comes from China to Occupied Japan to report on Hiroshima conditions. Postwar loneliness haunts him and his friend Peter Exley, who saved his life in battle. Leith falls in love with teenaged Australian Helen Driscoll, who is also struggling to recover from personal trauma. National Book Award. 2003.

The Murder Room BR 15105
by P.D. James
3 volumes
When museum trustee Neville Dupayne votes to close the institution he is murdered in a gruesome way that mimics one of the exhibits. Commander Adam Dalgliesh, still in love with Emma Lavenham from Death in Holy Orders (BR 13402), investigates. But more deaths occur. Bestseller 2003.

Lucca BR 15141
by Jens Christian Grondahl
3 volumes
Thirty-two-year-old actress Lucca Montale loses her sight in a near-fatal car accident. Over time she becomes close to her recently divorced doctor, Robert. The two fall in love while reliving tense family relationships and troubled romances from the past. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1998.

Warrior's Woman BR 15160
by Johanna Lindsey
3 volumes
Amazonian Tedra De Arr flies to the world of the Sha-Ka'ari warriors to enlist support in saving her planet from evil ruler Crad Ce Moerr. But Tedra meets Challen Ly-San-Ter and is shaken by her attraction to this magnificent barbarian. Prequel to Keeper of the Heart (BR 9471). Descriptions of sex and strong language. 1990.

So Wild a Heart BR 15166
by Candace Camp
3 volumes
Devin Aincourt, earl of Ravenscar, needs money to save his family estate and pay his gambling debts. Miranda Upshaw, a strong- willed American heiress, wants his estate and social status. The result is a marriage of convenience that turns deadly for Miranda. Prequel to Hidden Heart (BR 14565). Some descriptions of sex. 2002.

Secrets of the Heart BR 15167
by Candace Camp
3 volumes
Seven years ago Rachel Aincourt tried to elope with another man on the eve of her marriage to Michael, the earl of Westhampton. Now, as she begins to love Michael, she discovers he leads a double life. Suddenly both existences are endangered. Sequel to The Hidden Heart (BR 14565). Some descriptions of sex. 2003.

This Vast Land: A Young Man's Journal of the Lewis and Clark Expedition BR 15180
by Stephen E. Ambrose
2 volumes
Fictionalized diary of eighteen-year-old George Shannon, the youngest member of the exploration crew. During the journey to the Pacific Northwest, Shannon records becoming lost for two weeks and falling in love with a Native American woman. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. For senior high readers. 2003.

The Amateur Marriage BR 15181
by Anne Tyler
3 volumes
Baltimore residents Michael Anton and Pauline Barclay fall in love at first sight at the start of World War II and marry impulsively. Remaining completely incompatible despite increasing prosperity, they spend the next five decades making themselves, and their three children, miserable. Bestseller 2004.

Holidays on Ice BR 15182
by David Sedaris
1 volume
Six short Christmas tales by humorist, playwright, and National Public Radio commentator. Sedaris relives his stint as a department store elf in "SantaLand Diaries." In "Seasons Greetings to Our Friends and Family!!!," a housewife facing homicide charges updates loved ones in her annual holiday newsletter. Bestseller 1997.

The Last Male Virgin BR 15210
by Katherine Deauxville
2 volumes
Anthropologist Peter Havistock has written a book about being raised by the Antorok tribe in Papua New Guinea. Leslie Hall- Grumman, representing her family's sponsoring foundation, escorts Peter on his book tour. But Leslie is unprepared when Peter announces that he is a virgin on the hunt. Some descriptions of sex. 2002.

Lunch at the Piccadilly BR 15212
by Clyde Edgerton
2 volumes
Bachelor Carl Turnage visits his favorite aunt during her convalescence at a North Carolina nursing home. But Aunt Lil and some friends there crave adventure and find it when they steal a car. Meanwhile Carl joins a preacher's band at the home and attempts romance with a social worker. Some strong language. 2003.

The Cemetery Yew BR 15214
by Cynthia Riggs
2 volumes
Elderly Victoria Trumbull of Martha's Vineyard becomes involved in a case of empty graves and missing coffins as well as a mysterious boarder with secrets to hide. Events lead to murder and smuggling. Some violence and some strong language. 2003.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time BR 15215
by Mark Haddon
2 volumes
Fifteen-year-old Christopher, who exhibits behavioral problems associated with autism, investigates the murder of his neighbor's dog. His severely logical approach leads him down an unexpected path, bringing him face to face with the dissolution of his parent's marriage while providing insight into the workings of his mind. Some strong language. Bestseller 2002.

Christmas, Present BR 15220
by Jacquelyn Mitchard
1 volume
Elliott Banner and his wife, Laura, are driving home after celebrating their fourteenth wedding anniversary on December 23 when Laura experiences a painful headache. At the hospital, they learn Laura suffered a brain aneurysm and has only hours to live. Their family gathers around her bedside for a last Christmas Eve together. 2003.

Cybele, with Bluebonnets BR 15224
by Charles L. Harness
2 volumes
Depression-era Texas. Joe Barnes falls in love with his high school chemistry teacher, Cybele Wilson. After Joe graduates, they have a fantastic romance, cut short by her early death. But his enchantment with Cybele--and her spirit--linger throughout his life, which seems to be guided by miraculous and supernatural events. 2002.

The Secret Life of Bees BR 15225
by Sue Monk Kidd
3 volumes
South Carolina, 1964. Fourteen-year-old Lily rescues her African American housekeeper--and substitute mother--Rosaleen, from the hospital. Rosaleen had been beaten for trying to register to vote. They flee to a safe place where Lily's battered late mother had also fled--a beekeeping operation run by three black sisters. Some strong language. 2002.

Mahalia BR 15232
by Joanne Horniman
2 volumes
Australian teens Matt and Emmy drop out of school and have a baby girl, Mahalia. After five months Emmy is overwhelmed and leaves Matt, a musician, struggling as a single father. He and Mahalia forge a life together. Then Emmy returns. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2001.

Shooting Monarchs BR 15249
by John Halliday
1 volume
Macy, a sociopathic killer abused as a child, forces sixteen- year-old Leah Hoffman into his car trunk but waits to murder her. Leah is saved by Danny Driscoll, a classmate with an untreated spinal condition who secretly loves her. The rescue ends in tragedy for Danny. Some violence. For senior high readers. 2003.

3rd Degree BR 15251
by James Patterson and Andrew Gross
2 volumes
The Women's Murder Club, last seen in 2nd Chance (BR 14209), reconvenes to stop domestic terrorist attacks in San Francisco. Detective Lindsay Boxer, lawyer Jill Bernhardt, physician Claire Washburn, and reporter Cindy Thomas assist Joe Molinari of Homeland Security, who falls for Lindsay. Violence and strong language. Bestseller 2004.

Ransom BR 15262
by Danielle Steel
3 volumes
After recently widowed Fernanda Barnes's youngest child is abducted San Francisco detective Ted Lee arrives to run the police operation. The kidnappers, ex-cons Peter Morgan and Carl Waters, mistakenly believe that Fernanda was left wealthy--but she can't come up with the money they demand. Some strong language. Bestseller 2004.

The Bishop Goes to the University: A Blackie Ryan Story BR 15281
by Andrew M. Greeley
2 volumes
Bishop Blackwood "Blackie" Ryan investigates the murder of a visiting Russian Orthodox monk in the monk's office at a southside Chicago university. Suspects include four other professors, but intelligence agents, foreign gangsters, and even the Vatican may be involved. 2003.

Farewell, My Queen BR 15282
by Chantal Thomas
2 volumes
Exiled Agathe-Sidonie Laborde reminisces about her years at Versailles when she was a reader to Queen Marie-Antoinette. She recalls the elegance, isolation, and physical discomfort of the palace, remaining loyal to her mistress to the very end. 2002.

Reunion BR 15284
by Alan Lightman
2 volumes
Charles, a professor, attends his thirtieth college reunion where he encounters a vision of his twenty-two-year-old self. Overwhelmed by memories of his idyllic love for a ballerina, Charles relives a series of tragic events that would forever change his life. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Dreams of Rescue BR 15285
by Laura Shaine Cunningham
3 volumes
After being attacked by her husband, actress Juliana Smythe escapes to her isolated mountain home--built for an heiress's 1899 wedding--and prepares to sue him. While Juliana relives her marital horrors, she is terrorized by a stalker and survives only by unraveling the mystery of the Victorian bride's death. Some violence. 2003.

Breakout BR 15286
by Paul Fleischman
1 volume
Twenty-five-year-old Del writes a play describing her time as a runaway teenage foster child who finds herself in a massive traffic jam on a Los Angeles freeway. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2003.

Brownsville BR 15288
by Oscar Casares
2 volumes
Nine short stories about poverty, resourcefulness, and the cultural chasm existing in the U.S.-Mexican border town of Brownsville, Texas. Characters confront an array of situations, contradictions, and solutions, from youth learning lessons about money and neighborhood disputes over barking dogs to finding meaning in a depressed world. 2003.

Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman BR 15289
by Elizabeth Buchan
3 volumes
After twenty-five years of domestic bliss, Rose Lloyd loses both her husband and her job at a London newspaper to her young assistant. Devastated, Rose reexamines life, motherhood, and love as she fights to move on with her unexpected independence. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2002.

The Man in My Basement BR 15291
by Walter Mosley
2 volumes
Thirty-three-year-old Sag Harbor embezzler Charles Blakey is about to lose his late mother's ancestral home when a white man makes him an offer he can't refuse: mysterious Anniston Bennet gives Charles a small fortune to rent the basement for a few weeks, with certain conditions. Some strong language. 2004.

Glorious Appearing: The End of Days BR 15335
by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
3 volumes
Seven years after the Rapture, millions of people, Global Community members, and the Tribulation Force are gathering in the Middle East. Nicolae Carpathia still believes his ultimate triumph is close at hand, until Jesus arrives in his Glorious Appearing. Sequel to Armageddon (BR 14702). Violence. Bestseller 2004.

The Devil and Daniel Webster and Other Stories BR 15337
by Stephen Vincent BenÚt
1 volume
Three short tales by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. In the title piece, a New Hampshire farmer sells the devil his soul for a prosperous decade but implores Daniel Webster to defend him when the devil comes to collect. Also includes "By the Waters of Babylon" and "Johnny Pyre and the Fool-Killer." 1936.

Abandon: A Romance BR 15340
by Pico Iyer
3 volumes
In Damascus studying Sufi poets, California graduate student John Macmillan hears rumors that elusive manuscripts of the Islamic mystical sect exist. In search of the texts, he becomes inextricably linked to a woman who could hold the key to his poetic illumination--and his heart. Some descriptions of sex. 2003.

A Christmas Journey BR 15343
by Anne Perry
1 volume
Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould, a budding sleuth from the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mysteries, attends a holiday party at which her friend Isobel cruelly insults a young widow who commits suicide later that night. Feeling guilty, Isobel goes with Vespasia to visit the victim's mother in Scotland where they uncover a shocking secret. 2003.

R Is for Ricochet BR 15394
by Sue Grafton
3 volumes
Convicted embezzler Reba Lafferty's dying father hires P.I. Kinsey Millhone to keep Reba out of trouble upon her release from prison. But the wealthy thirty-two-year-old party girl resumes her previous lifestyle and involves Kinsey in burglary, revenge, and eventually murder. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller 2004.

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