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

What Color Is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job- Hunters and Career-Changers BR 16193
by Richard Nelson Bolles
4 volumes
Revised and updated edition of the popular guide for determining job objectives and career goals. This 2005 version assesses the impact of global outsourcing on job growth as compared to actual job vacancies, which are the product of constant employment turnover. Offers advice for finding a niche. Includes resources. 2005.

Your Best Life Now: Seven Steps to Living at Your Full Potential BR 16228
by Joel Osteen
3 volumes
Christian minister's advice on finding personal fulfillment. Discusses seven steps to produce change: enlarge your vision, develop a healthy self-image, discover the power of your thoughts and words, let go of the past, find strength through adversity, live to give, and choose to be happy. Bestseller 2004.

A Guide to High School Success for Students with Disabilities BR 16230
edited by Cynthia Ann Bowman and Paul T. Jaeger
2 volumes
Essays and personal narratives provide guidance and encouragement to students with special needs on achieving a positive high school experience. Highlights self-advocacy, mainstreaming, dating, extracurricular activities, and life after graduation. Includes resources about adaptive technology. Foreword by Chris Crutcher. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2004.

The Once-a-Week Cooking Plan: The Incredible Cooking Program That Will Save You Ten to Twenty Hours a Week (and Have Your Family Begging for More!) BR 16234
by Joni Hilton
2 volumes
Award-winning cook and time management expert offers a plan for completing a week's cooking at one time. Hilton provides menus for soups, salads, main dishes, side dishes, and desserts. Includes shopping lists, outlines of steps to be completed, and tips for freezing and storing foods. 1999.

Thomas Paine and the Promise of America BR 16238
by Harvey J. Kaye
4 volumes
Historian surveys the life, ideas, and influence of philosopher Thomas Paine, author of Common Sense, The Crisis, and The Age of Reason. Emphasizing Paine's radicalism, Kaye traces Paine's fervor for the American and French revolutions and his contributions to workers' struggles in Britain. 2005.

Booking Passage: We Irish and Americans BR 16244
by Thomas Lynch
3 volumes
Essays relating the visits of American poet Thomas Lynch to the home of his ancestors in County Clare, Ireland, where, beginning in 1970, he became acquainted with his elderly cousins and their way of life. Lynch describes Irish people, politics, and traditions he's encountered over the past three decades. 2005.

Saint Augustine's Sin: Confessiones, Book 2 BR 16245
translated by Garry Wills
1 volume
Book two of Augustine's fourth-century Confessiones reflects on the concept of sin as a decision to do wrong. Translation and commentary by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Garry Wills. 2003.

Saint Augustine's Memory: Confessiones, Books 10 and 11 BR 16246
translated by Garry Wills
2 volumes
Book ten of Saint Augustine's fourth-century Confessiones moves from an account of his life before baptism to his embrace of the Trinity. Discusses the role of memory as an essential tool of human knowledge. Translation and commentary by Pulitzer Prize- winning author Garry Wills. Book eleven is included for reference. 2002.

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom BR 16247
by Miguel Ruiz
1 volume
These four agreements, or steps, are based on the wisdom of the Toltec, a pre-Columbian society that embraced the spiritual knowledge and practices of their ancestors. Ruiz asserts that these four beliefs can guide one in developing a code of conduct that leads to personal freedom. Bestseller 1997.

Saint Augustine's Childhood: Confessiones, Book 1 BR 16250
translated by Garry Wills
2 volumes
First book of Saint Augustine's fourth-century Confessiones, which were written as reflections on the six ages of man. Concentrates on the first two stages: infancy and the learning of language. Translation by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Garry Wills. 2001.

Stradivari's Genius: Five Violins, One Cello, and Three Centuries of Enduring Perfection BR 16252
by Toby Faber
3 volumes
Provides a brief biography of Italian stringed-instrument maker Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737). Recounts the history of five surviving violins and one cello from their creation among more than one thousand to modern ownership by such well-known musicians as Paganini, Yehudi Menuhin, Itzhak Perlman, and Yo-Yo Ma. 2004.

Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story BR 16278
by Ray Charles and David Ritz
3 volumes
Candid autobiography of Georgia-born, Grammy-winning musician Ray Charles (1930-2004). Describes overcoming poverty, blindness, his parents' deaths, and addiction to succeed in performing his unique blend of blues, jazz, and country styles. Includes discography and Ritz's 2004 postscript, "The Last Days of Brother Ray." Descriptions of sex and strong language. 1978.

And They All Sang: Adventures of an Eclectic Disc Jockey BR 16318
by Studs Terkel
3 volumes
Pulitzer Prize-winning author offers more than forty interviews of musicians from his post-World War II Chicago radio talk show "The Wax Museum." Includes the insights of Marian Anderson, Ravi Shankar, Aaron Copland, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Mahalia Jackson, Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and others. 2005.

Folding Paper Cranes: An Atomic Memoir BR 16325
by Leonard Bird
1 volume
Memoir composed of accounts and poems confronting the legacy and future of nuclear warfare. Bird reflects on his visits to post- war Hiroshima and his experiences at the Nevada Test Site in 1957, when his marine unit was exposed to radiation during atomic detonations, which later caused his cancer. 2005.

Wild Ducks Flying Backward: The Short Writings of Tom Robbins BR 16327
by Tom Robbins
2 volumes
A compilation of the novelist Tom Robbins's nonfiction writing-- stories, poems, musings, critiques, travel articles, celebrity profiles, and responses to self-posed questions. In "Kissing," Robbins ranks the tradition of osculation as western man's greatest invention. In "Till Lunch Do Us Part," he praises the appeal of a ripe tomato sandwich. 2005.

Break, Blow, Burn BR 16330
by Camille Paglia
2 volumes
Concise interpretive commentaries on forty-three of the world's best poems. Ranges from well-known works by Shakespeare, Donne, Wordsworth, Shelley, Dickinson, and Yeats to more modern pieces by Langston Hughes, Theodore Roethke, Sylvia Plath, Wanda Coleman, and Joni Mitchell. 2005.

The Art of Kissing BR 16331
by William Cane
2 volumes
Using data from interviews, surveys, and research, the author discusses the meaning and impact of kissing and offers advice on techniques, with a section on French kissing. Explains the psychology of this intimate contact and provides tips to assist beginners and to encourage variety. Descriptions of sex. 2005.

The Poet's Guide to Life: The Wisdom of Rilke BR 16333
by Rainer Maria Rilke
2 volumes
Philosophical nuggets selected from seven thousand letters that convey the early-twentieth-century poet Rainer Maria Rilke's contemplations on topics such as work, solitude, death, language, art, love, and enjoying a full life. Selections, translations from French and German, and introduction by New York University professor Ulrich Baer. 2005.

Ella in Europe: An American Dog's International Adventures BR 16334
by Michael Konik
2 volumes
The author recounts rewarding his favorite companion, Ella, a mixed Lab, for her devotion and work as a therapy dog with a summertime tour of Europe. He chronicles their adventures with Belgian friend Sandrine in dog-friendly restaurants, hotels, and trains and their special encounters with other dog lovers. 2005.

Camp BR 16336
by Michael D. Eisner
2 volumes
Disney CEO relates his childhood camping experiences at Camp Keewaydin in Salisbury, Vermont. He explains how summer camp prepares youngsters for adulthood by helping them acquire the tools to fend off life's hard times and disappointments--for example, his own ability to stay calm when shareholders demanded his ouster. 2005.

Help, It's Broken! A Fix-It Bible for the Repair-Impaired BR 16341
by Arianne Cohen
3 volumes
Basic home repair and maintenance guide providing step-by-step solutions for hundreds of common interior problems such as squeaky floors, broken windows, damaged tile and drywall, blown fuses, noisy fans, malfunctioning appliances, clogged drains, and leaky faucets. Includes safety and money-saving tips and advice on consulting a professional. 2005.

Wish You Were Here: The Official Biography of Douglas Adams BR 16348
by Nick Webb
4 volumes
Writer and personal friend of Adams pens an account of the man who created the Hitchhiker novels. Webb discusses Adams's childhood, schooling, time with the BBC, marriage to Jane, birth of daughter Polly, fascination with gadgets, atheism, and creation of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (BR 14438). 2003.

Love Smart: Find the One You Want--Fix the One You Got BR 16378
by Phil McGraw
2 volumes
Nationally syndicated television host offers advice to women on building a committed relationship with a new person or a current partner. Offers "secrets and strategies" for finding the right man including insights into the male perspective, tips for self- improvement, rules of dating etiquette, and ways to overcome stereotypes. Bestseller 2005.

The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns: Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes and Gauges BR 16456
by Ann Budd
3 volumes
Easy-to-follow charted instructions for eighteen variations of the six most common sweater constructions--drop shoulder, modified drop shoulder, set-in sleeve, saddle shoulder, raglan, and seamless yoke. Each of these designs is provided in fifteen sizes from child to adult with five possible gauges for each size. 2004.

The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques BR 16467
by Nancie M. Wiseman
1 volume
Explains the benefits and drawbacks of more than fifty techniques for finishing knitted garments. Provides advice and worksheets for planning the right cast on, increase, decrease, selvage, and bind off to achieve a professional look. Also covers seams, borders, and buttonholes. 2002.

Pope Benedict XVI: His Life and Mission BR 16468
by Stephen Mansfield
1 volume
Author of The Faith of George W. Bush (BRD 20941) ponders the nature of Joseph Ratzinger and speculates about his leadership as pope. Mansfield examines the life of Pope Benedict XVI including his roles as priest, professor, and head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. 2005.

The Ape in the Tree: An Intellectual and Natural History of Proconsul BR 16510
by Alan Walker and Pat Shipman
3 volumes
Anthropologists describe their adventures in East Africa hunting for the fossils of Proconsul, the last common ancestor between apes and humans. Discusses the original Proconsul skeleton discovered by Mary Leakey. Hypothesizes about the origins and life histories of various species of the ancient ape. 2005.

Chief Joseph: Guardian of the People BR 16515
by Candy Moulton
2 volumes
Overview of the Nez PercÚ tribe of the Northwest from their 1806 contact with Lewis and Clark to the 1877 conflict with U.S. Army troops. Traces Chief Joseph's upbringing, his effort to lead his people to Canada while the military pursued them, and his subsequent campaign for equal rights. 2005.

Miss Leavitt's Stars: The Untold Story of the Woman Who Discovered How to Measure the Universe BR 16517
by George Johnson
2 volumes
Profiles Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868-1921), who worked at the Harvard College Observatory in the male-dominated field of astronomy. Explains her meticulous recording of "variables"-- stars that wax and wane--and her contributions to the theory of an expanding universe. 2005.

Butler's Lives of the Saints: Concise, Modernized Edition BR 16521
edited by Bernard Bangley
3 volumes
Profiles of saints officially recognized by the Roman Catholic Church in general calendar order, ascribing a particular saint to a specific month and day. Presents a broad variety, taking into account women, laity, twenty-first-century candidates for sainthood, country of origin, and spiritual relevance in modern times. 2005.

Letters to a Young Poet BR 16525
by Rainer Maria Rilke
1 volume
In ten letters written to an aspiring poet, Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) reveals his own creative genius. Rilke's correspondence provides insights into his greatest poetry as well as his ideas of art, love, and death. Translated from German and introduced by Reginald Snell. 1903. 1903.

One Hundred Words Every Word Lover Should Know BR 16527
by American Heritage Dictionaries
1 volume
A compilation of words from "aesthetic" to "zenith" that have interesting histories, origins, and meanings. Gives examples of how the words were used by well-known English writers. Provides etymological information on changes in usage over time. 2005.

Child Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church BR 16530
edited by Louise I. Gerdes
2 volumes
Sixteen essays by journalists, professors, psychiatrists, a victim, and a priest explore sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests. Discusses issues of celibacy, homosexuality, Church hierarchy, and policy toward victims. Includes a message from Pope John Paul II and offers possible solutions to the problem. For senior high readers. 2003.

Lewis and Clark through Indian Eyes BR 16566
edited by Alvin M. Josephy
2 volumes
Modern members of the tribes that Lewis and Clark encountered during their 1804-1806 western travels provide nine wide-ranging essays on the impact of the expedition on Native Americans. Contributors, including Kiowa Pulitzer Prize-winner N. Scott Momaday and Sioux professor Vine Deloria Jr., blend familial, tribal, and American history. 2006.

Shooting Star: The Brief Arc of Joe McCarthy BR 16571
by Tom Wicker
2 volumes
Journalist offers a concise political biography of anticommunist demagog Senator Joseph McCarthy (1908-1957). Describes how McCarthy's accusations exploited Cold War tensions and bolstered his rise to power but ultimately caused his downfall in 1954 Senate hearings. 2006.

How to Enjoy Shakespeare BR 16626
by Robert Thomas Fallon
1 volume
Concise guide to understanding aspects of Shakespeare's plays that can seem unfamiliar and troublesome to contemporary readers or theatergoers. In simple, direct prose, the author elucidates daunting language, convoluted plots, and oftentimes perplexing theme, staging, and character issues, frequently referencing episodes and quotations from the bard's work. 2005.

Once-a-Month Cooking: A Proven System for Spending Less Time in the Kitchen and Enjoying Delicious, Homemade Meals Every Day BR 16636
by Mimi Wilson and Mary Beth Lagerborg
2 volumes
Authors offer a plan to spend only one day a month shopping and one day cooking and have enough main dishes for an entire month. Provides a list of necessary equipment, ingredients to buy, recipes, and cooking, storing, and freezing instructions. 1986. 1986.


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