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 information 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

Secrets of the Code: The Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries behind The Da Vinci Code BR 15563
edited by Dan Burstein
5 volumes
Excerpts from books, web sites, articles, commentaries, and interviews relating to the major religious themes in The Da Vinci Code (BR 15406). Contributing experts offer views on Jesus's relationship with Mary Magdalene, the credibility of alternative scriptures, secret societies like the Knights Templar, and more. Bestseller 2004.

1912: Wilson, Roosevelt, Taft, and Debs: The Election That Changed the Country BR 15608
by James Chace
3 volumes
Law professor and journalist examines the 1912 election in which candidates from four parties vied for the presidency. Posits that the race "introduced a conflict between progressive idealism...and conservative values" that could still be seen in late-twentieth-century elections. 2004.

Jean Langlais: The Man and His Music BR 15622
by Ann Labounsky
4 volumes
Authorized biography of blind twentieth-century organist/composer Jean Langlais (1907-1991) by organist/music scholar Labounsky. Discusses Langlais's training at France's National Institute for the Blind, his subsequent organist position at Paris's Sainte- Clotilde, his American tours, and his instrumental, choral, and vocal compositions. 2000.

Pillsbury Best of the Bake-Off Cookbook: Recipes from America's Favorite Cooking Contest BR 15640
by Pillsbury Editors
6 volumes
Presents about four hundred recipes from the Pillsbury Bake-Off contests begun in 1949. Groupings include soups, sandwiches, and snacks; main dishes, including Quick and Easy Main Meals; side dishes and salads; breads; cookies; cakes; and pies. Details how home cooks perpetuate their ethnic heritages. 2004.

The Little Red Writing Book: Twenty Powerful Principles of Structure, Style, and Readability BR 15646
by Brandon Royal
1 volume
Concise guide to organization, style, and presentation for students and business persons. Author posits that anyone can develop outstanding writing skills by mastering the basics. Includes thirty commonly encountered rules of grammar and diction as well as examples and exercises to help create effective documents for any occasion. 2004.

The Experts' Guide to One Hundred Things Everyone Should Know How to Do BR 15648
compiled by Samantha Ettus
2 volumes
Tips and pointers from specialists in their fields covering personal and professional situations. Provides advice on the best way to apply lipstick, tie a Windsor knot, handle job interviews, make conversation, give and receive compliments, do laundry, be a good houseguest, kiss, and plan and pack for a trip. 2004.

The Patio Kitchen Garden BR 15651
by Daphne Ledward
2 volumes
BBC gardening expert offers techniques for cultivating produce in apartments and other dwellings with limited outdoor space. Suggests using hanging baskets, window boxes, and other containers on balconies, patios, and indoor areas. Includes sowing and planting timetables as well as recommendations for vegetable, herb, and fruit varieties. 2001.

Up from Slavery BR 15661
by Booker T. Washington
2 volumes
The autobiography of the man who was born into slavery, educated himself, and went on to found Tuskegee Institute. 1901.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings BR 15665
by Maya Angelou
2 volumes
Memoir by well-known African American poet and college professor Maya Angelou. She describes her childhood and adolescent years in rural Arkansas, in St. Louis, and in San Francisco, and the racial and gender hardships she endured. 1969.

Card Tricks and Stunts BR 15672
by Jean Hugard
2 volumes
Master card performer provides 120 flourishes, sleights, tricks, and manipulations. Includes step-by-step instructions for forces, passes, glides, color reverses, top and bottom changes, double lifts, and false cuts. 1938.

The Berlitz Self-Teacher: Spanish BR 15673
by Berlitz Schools of Languages
4 volumes
Spanish-language study guide designed for the independent student. Stresses oral practice and presents each of thirty-eight lessons as a conversational dialog incorporating vocabulary and grammar exercises. A pronunciation guide and English translation follow each sentence. Also provides information on Spanish customs. 1949.

The Wild Boy of Aveyron BR 15692
by Harlan Lane
4 volumes
Documents Dr. Jean-Marc-Gaspard Itard's method of educating and socializing "Victor," a boy found in the late eighteenth century living wild in the French countryside and appearing to be deaf. Examines Dr. Itard's techniques that helped shape modern tutelage of mentally and physically disabled, hearing impaired, and preschool children. 1976.

The Road to Somewhere: Travels with a Young Boy through an Old World BR 15694
by James Dodson
3 volumes
Account of Maine golf writer Dodson's 2001 European excursion with his ten-year-old son, Jack. Deepening their friendship along the way, they attend cricket games in England, encounter social openness in the Netherlands, visit French museums, discover the art of Italy, and explore the shores of Greece. 2003.

Tales from the Times: Real-Life Stories to Make You Think, Wonder, and Smile, from the Pages of the New York Times BR 15696
edited by Lisa Belkin
2 volumes
Collection of New York Times human interest articles "that teach us not only about others, but about ourselves." Subjects include a food editor who befriends a chicken in his Queens, N.Y., backyard and twins, separated at birth, who find each other at college. 2004.

Charting a Course to Wellness BR 15700
by Treena Kerr and Graham Kerr
5 volumes
Celebrity chef Graham Kerr and his wife, Treena, share their journey of life, love, and healthy eating since Treena's battle with heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Includes more than four hundred recipes that contain fewer fats and carbohydrates and that list nutritional information and ADA exchanges. 2004.

Judging Thomas: The Life and Times of Clarence Thomas BR 15732
by Ken Foskett
3 volumes
Biography of the African American Supreme Court justice. Journalist Foskett describes Thomas's impoverished Georgia childhood, Yale Law School matriculation, legal career, conservative views, and 1991 appointment to the court by fellow Republican President George H. W. Bush. Also examines controversies that surround the jurist. Strong language. 2004.

On the Wing: To the Edge of the Earth with the Peregrine Falcon BR 15734
by Alan Tennant
3 volumes
Award-winning author and naturalist recounts his mid-1980s efforts to radio-track the transcontinental migration of peregrine falcons. Following the beautiful raptors through uncharted territory, Tennant and his partner travel from Texas to the Arctic, south through Mexico and Belize, and into the Caribbean on a mission fraught with danger. 2004.

Alexander the Great: The Hunt for a New Past BR 15760
by Paul Cartledge
4 volumes
British scholar searches for the historical Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.), blending classical accounts with the findings of modern researchers. Chronicles the major battles and conquests, appraises Alexander's personal and political beliefs, and assesses problems of historical interpretation. 2004.

Behind the Scenes; or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House BR 15761
by Elizabeth Keckley
2 volumes
Autobiography of a former slave who obtained her freedom in 1855 at age thirty. Discusses the reconstruction era. Describes how being a skillful seamstress led her to become the confidante of Mary Todd Lincoln during the Lincolns' years in the White House. 1998 historical introduction by Frances Smith Foster. 1868.

American Medical Association Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care BR 15777

3 volumes
Step-by-step family guide for dealing with injuries, illnesses, and medical emergencies, including instructions for administering CPR and first aid, and treating sports injuries. Also offers advice on how to safeguard one's home and plan ahead. 2000.

There Are No Shortcuts BR 15786
by Rafe Esquith
2 volumes
Award-winning teacher anecdotally recounts the triumphs and mistakes of his nineteen-year career in an inner city Los Angeles elementary school. While sharing educational insights that have landed his students in Ivy League schools, Esquith rails against the "conspiracy of mediocrity," which he says taints public education. 2003.

FBI Girl: How I Learned to Crack My Father's Code BR 15795
by Maura Conlon-McIvor
2 volumes
Memoir of a Hoover-era FBI agent's daughter determined to penetrate her father's secretive world with the help of her own detective work. Author describes how she learned even more about her dad through mutual love, loss, and understanding when her beloved uncle, Father Jack, was murdered in New York. 2004.

Ask Not: The Inauguration of John F. Kennedy and the Speech That Changed America BR 15797
by Thurston Clarke
3 volumes
Chronicles the creation of Kennedy's inaugural address during the ten days in January 1961 just before he was sworn in as president. Discusses the political context and people and perspectives that influenced the speech. Contributes to the debate over which parts of the speech were written by Kennedy himself. 2004.

Beyond Our Selves BR 15799
by Catherine Marshall
3 volumes
Presbyterian minister Peter Marshall's widow, author of Christy (BR 15428), discusses her conviction that nothing is hopeless if only man yields his will to God. Drawing on autobiographical material and case histories, Marshall emphasizes the power of spiritual healing. 1961.

Why Lincoln Matters: Today More than Ever BR 15804
by Mario M. Cuomo
2 volumes
Former New York governor applies the sixteenth president's wisdom to challenges in 2004. Calling Lincoln's vision "worthy of the world's greatest nation," Cuomo finds in it contemporary relevance to war, civil liberties, governmental roles, economic opportunity, global interdependence, religion, the Supreme Court, and race. 2004.

The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France BR 15812
by Eric Jager
2 volumes
Historical account of the 1386 legendary duel-to-the-death between two knights in full armor, Jacques Le Gris and Jean de Carrouges. Describes events before and after this fight over the honor of Carrouges's wife. Based on primary source documents. 2004.

Mary: A Flesh-and-Blood Biography of the Virgin Mother BR 15819
by Lesley Hazleton
2 volumes
Award-winning writer draws on thirteen years' research and reporting in Jerusalem to provide social, religious, and political context for a portrait of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Reconstructs Mary's world, her motherhood, and her life. 2004.

The Holy Thief: A Con Man's Journey from Darkness to Light BR 15822
by Mark Borovitz and Alan Eisenstock
2 volumes
Gangster-turned-rabbi whose "weapon of choice was a checkbook" divulges twenty-five years of crime that began when his father died and in financial desperation he turned to a mobster to fence goods and buy friendships. Recounts a lifesaving prison term during which he found spirituality, redemption, and rehabilitation. Strong language. 2004.

Cooking 'round the Clock: Rachael Ray Thirty-Minute Meals BR 15827
by Rachael Ray
2 volumes
Knowing hunger can strike any time, the host of 30-Minute Meals offers recipes organized by the hours of the day. Ray divides the collection into seven parts, including Rise and Shiners, Early-Bird Specials, Sit-Down Suppers, and Late-Nite Bites. Bestseller 2004.

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