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

Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America BR 14699
by Ira Berlin
6 volumes
History professor Berlin discusses the evolution of slavery from a social practice to a central pillar of the U.S. economy. He outlines three stages in this development--the charter generation, the plantation generation, and the revolutionary generation--and distinguishes among four geographical areas--the North, the Chesapeake, the Carolina low country, and the Mississippi Valley. 1998.

A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish BR 14863
by John Butt and Carmen Benjamin
10 volumes
Provides a complete and up-to-date reference to the grammatical rules of modern Spanish as currently spoken and written in Spain and Latin America. Covers formal, colloquial, familiar, and popular usage of the language, illustrated with examples in Spanish with English translations. English/Spanish language. 1988.

The Holy Bible with the Apocrypha: Revised Standard Version BR 14943

24 volumes
Fiftieth anniversary edition of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible (1952), which revised the American Standard Version (published in 1901) that was, in turn, a revision of the King James Version (published in 1611). Includes Apocrypha. 2002.

Blindness and Children: An Individual Differences Approach BR 14980
by David H. Warren
4 volumes
Explores the known variables affecting the development of children with visual impairments. Analyzes research literature on structuring children's experiences to achieve optimal learning skills and avoid developmental delays. 1994.

Dark Harbor: Building House and Home on an Enchanted Island BR 15118
by Ved Mehta
2 volumes
In this continuation of his Continents of Exile memoir series, Mehta, a blind writer, recounts his undertaking to build a house on a small Maine island in 1984 and the importance of this home in his marriage and family life. 2003.

Baking by Flavor BR 15148
by Lisa Yockelson
6 volumes
More than 250 recipes designed to accentuate eighteen flavors-- among them chocolate, vanilla, caramel, lemon, and apricot--in a variety of cakes, cookies, and pies. Contains introductory headnotes, easy-to-follow instructions, and lots of special baking tips. Also includes sections on equipment, pantry staples, and freezing baked goods. 2002.

Helen and Teacher: The Story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan Macy BR 15171
by Joseph P. Lash
8 volumes (Reissue)
Dual biography reveals the depth and intensity in the mutually dependent relationship between deaf-blind Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan. Chronicles both women's childhoods and adult years until Keller's death in 1968. 1980.

Getting Your Book Published for Dummiesţ BR 15205
by Sarah Parsons Zackheim
4 volumes
Describes the publishing industry and emphasizes what budding authors need to know in order to have a book produced. Includes advice on dealing with negotiations, proposals, advances, options, rights, marketing, agents, and self-publishing on the Web. Foreword by Nelson DeMille. 2000.

The Alzheimer's Health Care Handbook: How to Get the Best Medical Care for Your Relative with Alzheimer's Disease in and out of the Hospital BR 15223
by Mary S. Mittelman and Cynthia Epstein
2 volumes
Advice for caregivers of Alzheimer's patients who suffer from physical ailments as well as dementia. Covers doctors' visits, medications, emergencies, hospital stays, post-hospitalization care, and end-of-life decisions. Also includes nursing home information and tips on self-care for oneself. 2002.

From Love Field: Our Final Hours with President John F. Kennedy BR 15239
by Nellie Connally and Mickey Herskowitz
1 volume
Widow of former Texas governor John Connally recalls the fateful Dallas ride in the presidential limousine on November 22, 1963, when JFK was fatally shot and the governor severely wounded. Nellie Connally describes the chaos of the scene, her husband's long recovery, and the assassination's effect on her and her three children. 2003.

In My Grandmother's House: Award-winning Authors Tell Stories about Their Grandmothers BR 15256
compiled by Bonnie Christensen
2 volumes
Twelve authors describe their fascination with their grandmothers. In "Rhizomes," Minfong Ho wonders how hers coped with leaving China for an arranged marriage in Singapore. In "Grandma and Her Needle," Beverly Cleary reminisces about her hat-making grandmother. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

The Lord Is My Shepherd: Healing Wisdom of the Twenty-third Psalm BR 15261
by Harold S. Kushner
1 volume
Rabbi Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People (BR 05310), reflects on the solace in the words of the Twenty-Third Psalm and their meaning after the terrorist events of September 11, 2001. Kushner's nonsectarian discussion examines each stanza of the psalm as it relates to life and loss. 2003.

Landscaping with Wildflowers: An Environmental Approach to Gardening BR 15266
by Jim Wilson
2 volumes
A host of PBS's "Victory Garden" discusses how to establish native plants in a variety of habitats. Wilson advocates making selections that attract butterflies and birds, and recommends cultivating types resistant to diseases and pests. His suggestions include soil preparation, purchasing tips, and maintenance. He also provides lists of ferns, wildflowers, and grasses for specific regions. 1992.

Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World BR 15269
by Rita Golden Gelman
3 volumes
Children's author and self-proclaimed "modern-day nomad" recounts her travels since 1986 when, on the verge of divorce at age forty-eight, she abandoned her upscale California existence. Gelman's serendipitous lifestyle takes her around the world--from the Galápagos to Thailand and beyond--where she connects with locals, learns their customs, and shares their lives. 2001.

Republic of Shade: New England and the American Elm BR 15270
by Thomas J. Campanella
3 volumes
A natural history of the American elm interwoven with U.S. urban and cultural development. Describes the native tree's symbolic significance and practical uses in the early republic, its spread across the nation, its demise as a victim of modernization and Dutch elm disease, and twentieth-century efforts to restore it to prominence. 2003.

Teen Angst? Naaah . . . : A Quasi-Autobiography BR 15272
by Ned Vizzini
2 volumes
The self-described "geeky" author reminisces about growing up in New York City, navigating junior and senior high school, living for Nintendo games, taking family vacations, and dating and other embarrassing moments. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2000.

An Open Book: Coming of Age in the Heartland BR 15290
by Michael Dirda
3 volumes
Memoir recounting the childhood of Pulitzer Prize-winning literary journalist. A steelworker's son, Dirda reminisces about growing up in the industrial town of Lorain, Ohio, during the 1950s and 1960s; working toward a degree in English at Oberlin College; and encountering various books that fueled his imagination along the way. 2003.

Experiencing the Passion of Jesus: A Discussion Guide on History's Most Important Event BR 15309
by Lee Strobel and Garry Poole
1 volume
Two writers offer a topical guide for exploring the themes of Mel Gibson's film The Passion of the Christ. Includes six discussion questions with biblical sources about the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. 2004.

A Guide to the Passion: One Hundred Questions about The Passion of the Christ BR 15310
by Catholic Exchange
1 volume
A Catholic guide to theological and artistic aspects of Mel Gibson's film The Passion of the Christ, which depicts Jesus's crucifixion and resurrection. Contains advice for spiritual seekers and poses and answers some questions about the movie. 2004.

How to Dunk a Doughnut: The Science of Everyday Life BR 15316
by Len Fisher
3 volumes
Physicist author uses mundane everyday events and anecdotes as vehicles to convey basic scientific concepts in an entertaining manner. Discusses how to dunk a donut, catch a fly ball, and use tools while explaining the underlying principles involved. 2002.

Hope Dies Last: Keeping the Faith in Difficult Times BR 15317
by Studs Terkel
3 volumes
Oral interviews with fifty-four people, varying in age and profession, focusing especially on their hopes to achieve a better life for themselves and mankind. Terkel presents these vignettes, which discuss such subjects as politics, economics, and civil rights, to support his thesis that hope is necessary to trigger activism leading to change. 2003.

American Massacre: The Tragedy at Mountain Meadows, September 1857 BR 15338
by Sally Denton
4 volumes
An investigative reporter uses primary sources to research an attack in Utah on a wealth-laden pioneer wagon train whose passengers, except for a few children, were slaughtered. Analyzes the political and social climate of the time and concludes that the evidence leads to the elders of the Mormon church. 2003.

Spoken Here: Travels among Threatened Languages BR 15342
by Mark Abley
4 volumes
Award-winning Canadian journalist documents the unprecedented extinction of the world's less-spoken languages. Drawing on his encounters with linguistic remnants from the Arctic to aboriginal Australia, he illustrates threats to many endangered tongues. The report also speaks to the relationship between language and identity and warns of globalization's consequences. 2003.

The Pawprints of History: Dogs and the Course of Human Events BR 15345
by Stanley Coren
4 volumes
Author portrays canines whose relationships with historical figures have influenced world events. Coren describes how Freud's fondness for dogs led to pet-assisted therapy, how Ponce de León's brutal pooch expedited Spain's conquest of America, and how China's "lion dogs" helped end imperial rule. 2002.

Coping with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease BR 15348
by Elaine Fantle Shimberg
2 volumes
Describes the condition known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including its causes, diagnosis, treatments, and "a to z" coping skills for both patients and their families. Offers ways to quit smoking and advice for caregivers. 2003.

Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation BR 15421
by Lynne Truss
1 volume
Despairing over the abysmal state of British usage, author/journalist Truss, a stickler for punctuation, dissects common language errors involving apostrophes, commas, dashes, and hyphens. She notes punctuation is not a class issue but a tool to clarify the written word. Bestseller 2003.


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