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 New York Times Jewish Cookbook: More Than 825 Traditional and Contemporary Recipes from around the World BR 15273
edited by Linda Amster
8 volumes
Wide-ranging collection of multiethnic, kosher recipes influenced by the cuisines of western and eastern Europe, the Middle East, northern Africa, and the United States. Includes sections on appetizers, soups, fish, poultry, meat, vegetables, light fare, trimmings, breads and matzohs, desserts, holiday dishes, and more. Introduction by food writer Mimi Sheraton. 2003.

Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis BR 15392
by Tammi L. Shlotzhauer and James L. McGuire
3 volumes
A description of the physical, practical, and emotional aspects of rheumatoid arthritis. Provides patients and caregivers the knowledge to better communicate with medical professionals. Includes information on coping strategies, exercise and rehabilitation, medications, alternative and complementary therapies, pregnancy and childbirth, and financial matters such as disability benefits, insurance, and possible tax deductions. 2003.

The South Beach Diet: The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss BR 15395
by Arthur Agatston
3 volumes
Description of a three-phase program developed by a Florida cardiologist to help his overweight patients. The plan involves eating the right carbohydrates and the right fats in order to correct the way the body reacts to foods that previously caused weight problems. Includes suggested menus and recipes. Bestseller 2003.

Three Weeks with My Brother BR 15438
by Nicholas Sparks and Micah Sparks
3 volumes
A memoir chronicling the around-the-world adventure of author Nicholas Sparks and his brother, Micah, in 2003. Leaving wives and families at home, the brothers journeyed to Machu Picchu, Peru; India; and the Australian outback remarking on milestones in their lives, childhood remembrances, and truths about loss and hope. Bestseller 2004.

The South Beach Diet Cookbook BR 15442
by Arthur Agatston
3 volumes
Florida cardiologist's companion to his bestselling weight loss book, The South Beach Diet (BR 15395). Provides over two hundred recipes, each designated as phase one, two, or three of the diet. Includes healthy ideas for breakfast, soups, salads, side dishes, fish, poultry, meats, vegetarian meals, and more. Bestseller 2004.

St. Patrick of Ireland: A Biography BR 15450
by Philip Freeman
2 volumes
Life of St. Patrick based on his two surviving letters: one a defense of his work in Ireland, the other condemning a slave- raiding king and his pirates. Recounts Patrick's kidnapping by Irish pirates, years of slavery, escape, and eventual return to minister to the Irish people. Debunks many myths. 2004.

Job Search Handbook for People with Disabilities BR 15463
by Daniel J. Ryan
3 volumes
Comprehensive resource guide to career development for people with mental or physical disabilities. Helps prospective employees assess their strengths, locate job openings, prepare for interviews, organize resumes, utilize government programs, and negotiate the workplace. Includes a state-by-state list of employers who recruit and hire qualified disabled individuals. 2004.

Small Space Gardens BR 15476
by David Stevens
2 volumes
Suggestions from a landscape planner for the small city or country garden that is developed as an extension of the home. His recommendations include analyze existing plot, determine type of space desired, decide what to keep or discard, then design the project. 2003.

The Sea around Us BR 15487
by Rachel Carson
3 volumes
Commemorative edition of an award-winning classic. Eminent marine biologist, writer, and ecologist reveals the science and poetry of the world's oceans from their primeval beginnings billions of years ago to humankind's modern explorations. Includes a 2003 introduction by Titanic discoverer Robert Ballard. 1950.

The Pen Commandments: A Guide for the Beginning Writer BR 15501
by Steven Frank
2 volumes
Rules of good writing in a playful, informative guide for teens, parents, and students of all ages. Author, a longtime high school English teacher, gives solid basics of punctuation, grammar, style, sentence structure, composition, and topic choice along with suggestions, exercises, and examples. 2003.

Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation BR 15555
by Cokie Roberts
4 volumes
Political commentator and news analyst examines the role of Abigail Adams, Deborah Read Franklin, Martha Washington, and other prominent colonial women in founding the United States. Discusses their work outside the domestic sphere to manage businesses, run plantations, and defend their homes in the absence of men. Bestseller 2004.

Inventing a Nation: Washington, Adams, Jefferson BR 15557
by Gore Vidal
2 volumes
Novelist and playwright reflects on the Founding Fathers' attempts to shape a new government. Vidal cites historical documents to provide a human perspective of Washington, Jefferson, and Adams, including their personal styles and concerns, opinions of each other, and political feuds. Also examines the influences of Hamilton, Madison, and Franklin. 2003.

His Excellency: George Washington BR 15564
by Joseph J. Ellis
4 volumes
Author of Founding Brothers (BR 12931) delves into the life and times of America's first president. Uses personal papers and historical accounts to recreate the man who was a French and Indian War soldier, plantation owner, businessman, and savvy politician who forged a new nation. Bestseller 2004.

The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness BR 15571
by Jerome Groopman
2 volumes
Physician and New Yorker staff writer draws on thirty years of medical experience and his own struggles with a debilitating back injury to explore the "biology of hope." Presenting intimate portraits of former patients, Groopman investigates, in the mind-body connection, scientific evidence of emotions' contributions to recovery. 2004.

Miriam's Song: A Memoir BR 15575
by Miriam Mathabane
3 volumes
Mark Mathabane describes in his sister Miriam's voice her coming of age as a poor black female in 1980s apartheid South Africa. Before leaving to study nursing in the United States., she endures an abusive and poor quality education. Depicts a resilient family. 2000.

The Lost Pet Chronicles: Adventures of a K-9 Cop Turned Pet Detective BR 15584
by Kat Albrecht
2 volumes
Former police officer recounts the establishment of a nonprofit pet-finding organization using her detective skills to rescue more than 1,800 lost animals. Reflects on memorable cases and describes her methods involving behavioral profiling, physical evidence, and, most important, her two special search dogs. 2004.

American Soldier BR 15611
by Tommy Franks
6 volumes
Retired army general and former commander in chief of U.S. Central Command recollects his childhood and decorated thirty- eight-year military career including service in Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Provides an inside look at the war on terror. Some strong language. Bestseller 2004.

Before It Happens to You: A Breakthrough Program for Reversing or Preventing Heart Disease BR 15612
by Jonathan Sackner Bernstein
3 volumes
Physician discusses how to cut the risk of heart attack and stroke in half even without a change in diet or lifestyle. Evaluates the latest available drugs that can prevent problems before they occur, and explains the interpretation of various diagnostic tests. 2004.

Gardening on Pavement, Tables, and Hard Surfaces BR 15618
by George Schenk
2 volumes
Step-by-step instructions for planting a garden directly on hard surfaces like stepping stones, parking grids, patio pavers, rocks, railings, stumps and logs, rooftops, and other impermeable platforms with only a few inches of soil. Covers plant selection, care, and maintenance as well as construction and design techniques. 2003.

Sand in My Bra and Other Misadventures: Funny Women Write from the Road; Travelers' Tales BR 15626
edited by Jennifer L. Leo
2 volumes
Twenty-eight tales by female travelers whose expeditions abroad went humorously awry. Among them are writer Michele Peterson, experiencing a bad hair day in Hong Kong; Christine Michaud, a Canadian trying to dress like Kuwaiti locals; and comedian Ellen Degeneres, who attempts to conquer her fear of flying. Strong language. 2003.

Fire in the Heart: A Spiritual Guide for Teens BR 15627
by Deepak Chopra
1 volume
Noted Hindu author and physician uses his own youthful experiences to provide a plan for teens who are seeking their own spiritual paths. Answers universal philosophical questions and offers suggestions for improving relationships. For senior high readers. 2004.

Sam Patch, the Famous Jumper BR 15629
by Paul E. Johnson
3 volumes
Biography of working-class jump artist Sam Patch drawn from genealogical resources and town records. History professor tells how Patch, a mill spinner and drunk, became a folk hero after his 1827 jump in New Jersey and later a celebrity as the first Niagara Falls jumper in 1829. 2003.

Voices of War: Stories of Service from the Home Front and the Front Lines BR 15634
edited by Tom Wiener
3 volumes
Personal accounts of American soldiers and medical personnel active in World War I, World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars, and the Persian Gulf conflicts. Extracts from interviews, letters, and diary entries collected by the Library of Congress Veterans History Project are grouped by themes: Answering the Call, Under Fire, Coming Home. 2004.

Jim Wilson's Container Gardening BR 15635
by Jim Wilson
2 volumes
Former PBS Victory Garden host advises people who want to explore gardening in pots, troughs, and other vessels. Provides information on containers, soil mixtures, and plants, herbs, and vegetables appropriate for various locations and situations. Includes a condensed encyclopedia of plants adapted to container gardening. 2000.

Teen Knitting Club: Chill Out and Knit BR 15670
by Jennifer Wenger and others
1 volume
Three longtime avid knitters offer learners information on materials, stitches, and common problems. Includes instructions for scarves, hats, bags, sweaters, one-day projects, and blankets. Also offers suggestions on starting a teen knitting club and on knitting for charity. For junior and senior high readers. 2004.

Ambulance Girl: How I Saved Myself by Becoming an EMT BR 15707
by Jane Stern
2 volumes
Gourmet magazine writer tells how she overcame anxiety, depression, and middle-aged angst to become an emergency medical technician at a Connecticut volunteer fire company. Stern humorously reflects on her boot-camp training, hospital rotation, the fiasco of responding to her first call, and how in helping others she learned to help herself. 2003.

Daughters of the Desert: Stories of Remarkable Women from Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Traditions BR 15736
by Claire Rudolf Murphy and others
1 volume
Tales of mothers, daughters, believers, and seekers, based on verses from the Bible and the Qur'an. In "Return to Hadassah" Esther draws courage from her Jewish faith to reveal her true identity and ask her husband the king to save her people. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

The Blindness Revolution: Jernigan in His Own Words BR 15781
by James H. Omvig
6 volumes
Blindness activist and attorney examines the transformation of the Iowa Commission for the Blind by Dr. Kenneth Jernigan, a National Federation of the Blind leader. Describes Jernigan's reorganizing the service agency beginning in 1958 from its ineffective medical model to a civil-rights-based "empowerment" organization. 2005.

Blind Justice: Jacobus tenBroek and the Vision of Equality BR 15863
by Floyd Matson
2 volumes
Biography of the founder of the National Federation of the Blind, written by friend and collaborator Matson. Tells how tenBroek (1911-1968), blinded at age seven, earned a law degree and became an advocate not only for blind people but for people with disabilities, poor people, and other minority groups.


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