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


Piano Notes: The World of the Pianist BR 14787
by Charles Rosen
2 volumes
Distinguished concert pianist and music critic sheds light on essential aspects of playing this demanding and rewarding instrument. Rosen discusses the aesthetics, acoustics, and techniques of performance and recording as well as performers' styles and manners. Includes little-known lore and insights about famous musicians. Also includes musical examples. 2002.

Young Person's Occupational Outlook Handbook BR 14794
by Susan Pines
3 volumes
Describes over 260 careers based on the U.S. Department of Labor's research. Explains the education needed, the duties and skills of the employee, subjects to study, earning potential, and future outlook for each given profession. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

The Yale Guide to Women's Reproductive Health: From Menarche to Menopause BR 14831
by Mary Jane Minkin and Carol V. Wright
5 volumes
Discusses gynecological issues and reproductive system events, including menstruation, menopause, contraception, pregnancy, abortion, miscarriage, sexually transmitted diseases, cancer, and other conditions. Also reviews some lifestyle issues affecting general health. 2003.

All the Stops: The Glorious Pipe Organ and Its American Masters BR 14916
by Craig R. Whitney
3 volumes
A cultural history of the pipe organ, describing its central role in American musical life in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Explores the development of the electrified organ in the mid-twentieth century and discusses the contrasting views of builders, performers, and advocates of mechanical and electronic instruments. 2003.

Seabiscuit: An American Legend BR 14930
by Laura Hillenbrand
4 volumes
Recounts the rise of an "undersized, crooked-legged" thoroughbred horse who in 1938 was the year's number-one newsmaker over Franklin Roosevelt, Hitler, and Lou Gehrig. Hillenbrand tells Seabiscuit's story through the three men who made a true long shot into a winner: owner Charles Howard, trainer Tom Smith, and jockey Red Pollard. Bestseller 2001.

Real Stew: Three Hundred Recipes for Authentic Home-Cooked Cassoulet, Gumbo, Chili, Curry, Minestrone, Bouillabaisse, Stroganoff, Goulash, Chowder, and Much More BR 14944
by Clifford A. Wright
5 volumes
Collection of three hundred recipes for one-pot meals gathered from around the world. They include stews--dishes cooked gently for hours--made from beef, veal, lamb, pork, poultry, rabbit, fish, shellfish, and vegetables. Includes certain recipes' origins, such as octopus stew from the island of Djerba, once thought to be the lotus-eater land Homer made famous. 2002.

Baghdad Diaries: A Woman's Chronicle of War and Exile BR 14983
by Nuha al-Radi
2 volumes
Western-educated Iraqi artist depicts her life in Baghdad during the 1991 Gulf War and her virtual exile in the years thereafter. Al-Radi records the everyday struggles of her relatives and friends to keep going in the face of bombing raids, the subsequent UN embargo, and other fallouts of the war. 1998.

That Man: An Insider's Portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt BR 15114
by Robert H. Jackson
4 volumes
Nineteen-fifties memoir of President Franklin D. Roosevelt by Supreme Court justice Robert Houghwout Jackson (1892-1954). Under FDR Jackson also held the positions of solicitor general, attorney general, U.S. chief prosecutor of the Nazi war criminals, as well as confidant and friend. Introduced and edited by John Q. Barrett. 2003.

Deaf-Blind Infants and Children: A Developmental Guide BR 15140
by J.M. McInnes and J.A. Treffry
3 volumes
Guide for parents, teachers, and other professionals working with multisensory-deprived (MSD) children. Discusses the problems associated with MSD and offers ways to aid the development of social, emotional, cognitive-conceptual, perceptual, and mobility skills. 1993.

Mayo Clinic on Osteoporosis BR 15168
edited by Stephen Hodgson
2 volumes
Physician at the Mayo Clinic discusses how to keep bones healthy and strong to reduce the risk of fracture. Explains screening and diagnosis of osteoporosis, its prevention and treatment, as well as medication, exercise, diet, and home safety issues. 2003.

Radar, Hula Hoops, and Playful Pigs: Sixty-seven Digestible Commentaries on the Fascinating Chemistry of Everyday Life BR 15172
by Joe Schwarcz
3 volumes
A science professor good humoredly discusses the science and historic background of ordinary substances we readily encounter or ingest. In "It's Always Tea Time," Schwarcz comments on the benefits of drinking tea, the origins of this custom, and a 1993 study linking tea consumption to decreasing cardiovascular disease. 1999.

Bringing Elizabeth Home: A Journey of Faith and Hope BR 15179
by Ed Smart and Lois Smart
2 volumes
Mormon parents' describe their ordeal when their fourteen-year- old daughter, Elizabeth, was kidnapped in June 2002 and their joy when she was found alive in March 2003. The Smarts recall the deep faith in God that sustained their family and to which they attribute Elizabeth's miraculous return. Bestseller 2003.

The Seashell on the Mountaintop: A Story of Science, Sainthood, and the Humble Genius Who Discovered a New History of the Earth BR 15199
by Alan Cutler
2 volumes
Biography of the seventeenth-century Danish scientist Nicolaus Steno, the world's first geologist, who challenged the conventional timetable stated in the Bible for creation of the earth. Discusses the intellectual ferment caused by his discovery that the earth's crust contains layers of rock strata and fossil remains that explain its ancient history. 2003.

"My Heart Became Attached": The Strange Journey of John Walker Lindh BR 15207
by Mark Kukis
2 volumes
Biography of the "American Taliban," the first U.S. citizen charged under the Patriot Act. Traces Lindh's odyssey from affluent California childhood through Arabic studies in Yemen, terrorist training in Pakistan, and combat alongside the Taliban in the Afghanistan war to his eventual U.S. trial as an enemy combatant. Research included copious author interviews. 2003.

Bush v. Gore: Controversial Presidential Election Case BR 15216
by Diana K. Sergis
1 volume
Discusses the landmark 2000 Supreme Court decision that resulted in Texas governor George W. Bush becoming the forty-third U.S. president. Describes the contested ballot recounts in Florida, battles in state and federal courts, and constitutional arguments presented to the nation's highest court by Bush and his challenger, Vice President Albert Gore. For senior high and older readers. 2003.

A Man Called Peter: The Story of Peter Marshall BR 15217
by Catherine Marshall
3 volumes
Widow writes the biography of her husband, a poor Scottish immigrant who became the senior minister at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in the nation's capital and chaplain of the U.S. Senate. Fiftieth anniversary edition includes additional selections of his prayers and sermons with a foreword by Marshall's son. 2001.

Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna BR 15221
by Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton
1 volume
Virginia teacher recounts his childhood as a nomadic tribe member in northern Kenya. Describes running from lions, tending cattle, being circumcised at thirteen to become a "warrior," attending boarding school, searching for his wandering village during vacations, and leaving home to study in the United States. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

My Prison without Bars BR 15222
by Pete Rose
3 volumes
Autobiography by former Cincinnati Reds baseball star banned from the sport in 1989 after gambling allegations. Rose describes his rise to fame as a record-breaking hitter and team manager, five- month prison stay for tax evasion, and bid in 2002 for reinstatement to baseball by admitting bets on his team. Strong language. Bestseller 2004.

Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip BR 15229
by Dayton Duncan
1 volume
Account of the first cross-country automobile trip in the United States. In 1903 Horatio Jackson, a thirty-one-year-old Vermont doctor, bet fifty dollars that he could drive from San Francisco to New York despite only 150 miles of paved roadway in the entire nation. Introduction by Ken Burns, maker of a companion PBS documentary. 2003.

Israelis and Palestinians: Why Do They Fight? Can They Stop? BR 15231
by Bernard Wasserstein
2 volumes
History professor offers reasons for the conflict in Israel other than ethnic and religious differences. Posits that neither Jews nor Arabs "are animated by crazed psychopathy" but rather fight over definable interests. Suggests that multifaceted analysis of demographic, socioeconomic, environmental, and territorial dimensions of the struggle may facilitate a peaceful resolution. 2003.

Running Around in Family Circles with Friends in Pursuit BR 15247
by Georgia Griffith
1 volume
Author, born blind, recalls her life from childhood in the 1930s through the 1990s. Griffith discusses growing up in a sighted family, attending a school for the blind, obtaining a degree in music education, becoming a braille music proofreader for the National Library Service, and organizing and managing computer discussion groups for CompuServe. 2003.

Tests of Time BR 15283
by William H. Gass
3 volumes
The award-winning writer of both fiction and nonfiction presents fourteen essays exploring literature, culture, and politics and their reciprocating influences. Discusses famous authors' encounters with censorship in various guises and explores the universal appeal of a good narrative. National Book Critics Circle Award. 2002.

John Brown's Body BR 15287
by Stephen Vincent Benét
4 volumes (Reissue)
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1929, this long narrative poem in rhyme and blank verse is a rank-and-file history of the Civil War, or "the rich man's war and the poor man's fight." Portrays the lives of soldiers, leaders, and civilians on both sides of the conflict, North and South. 1928.

Murdering McKinley: The Making of Theodore Roosevelt's America BR 15344
by Eric Rauchway
3 volumes
Study of William McKinley's assassination in 1901 and Theodore Roosevelt's ascent to the presidency. Focuses on assassin Leon Czolgosz's upbringing, motives, mental health, and trial to explain the country's reaction to the crime. Asserts that the new president's political astuteness shaped his response to the murder through social reform. 2003.

Essential Camping for Teens BR 15350
by Kristine Hooks
1 volume
Beginners' guide to selecting and setting up a camp site, keeping warm and dry, preparing food, handling emergencies, and having fun. Discusses where to learn the necessary outdoor skills and what gear to purchase. Grade 1 braille. For junior and senior high readers. 2000.

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