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

Listener Supported: The Culture and History of Public Radio BR 16236
by Jack W. Mitchell
3 volumes
National Public Radio's first employee and the original producer of All Things Considered relates the history of listener- supported radio in America. Analyzes the political and economic conditions that led to the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967. Traces the evolution of NPR's shows and examines its critics. 2005.

Schott's Food and Drink Miscellany BR 16251
by Ben Schott
2 volumes
Collection of culinary trivia, companion to Schott's Original Miscellany (BR 14934). Topics include spaghetti shapes, egg sizes, slang for drunkenness, cocktail recipes, space food, edible flowers, the Heimlich maneuver, Mrs. Beeton's Christmas Pudding, and the history of popcorn. 2003.

Ty's Tricks BR 16317
by Ty Pennington
2 volumes
The carpenter on The Learning Channel's "Trading Spaces" presents cheap and easy projects to transform any room. Using his "champagne house on a beer budget" home as an example, Pennington discusses flooring, lighting, and painting and offers other repair tips. 2003.

Her Majesty's Spymaster: Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Walsingham, and the Birth of Modern Espionage BR 16338
by Stephen Budiansky
2 volumes
Biography of the Puritan secretary of the Privy Council, who oversaw espionage for British monarch Elizabeth I. Describes ways Walsingham perfected techniques to operate secretly against Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Catholic countries of France and Spain. Explains his use of code breaking and secret agents. Violence. 2005.

The Planets BR 16394
by Dava Sobel
2 volumes
Author of Galileo's Daughter (RC 48871) describes the origins and oddities of the planets in our solar system. Each planet inspires the author's reflections on art, culture, or astrology, as well as scientific knowledge. In her essay on the sun, Sobel opines on the birth of the universe. 2005.

Songs of the Blind Snowbird BR 16406
by Robert Michael Jacobs
3 volumes
A gay former graphic designer who lost his eyesight in 1995 from CMV retinitis shares anecdotes that were published in his Key West newspaper column. Jacobs's accounts reveal his personal struggle to reinvent himself after the diagnosis and relate his emotional and physical experiences of being blind. 2003.

Rocket Boys: A Memoir BR 16411
by Homer H. Hickam
3 volumes
Retired NASA engineer reminisces about boyhood in West Virginia during the Sputnik era, when his first rocket launch burned down his mother's garden fence. He and his friends improved their models, ultimately winning the 1960 National Science Fair. The movie October Sky is based on this book. 1998.

No End in Sight: My Life as a Blind Iditarod Racer BR 16418
by Rachael Scdoris and Rick Steber
3 volumes
Twenty-one-year-old author discusses her Oregon childhood, her experience with low vision, and her determination to become a professional sled dog racer. Describes being introduced to the sport by her father, becoming the youngest athlete to win a five- hundred-mile race, and the obstacles she overcame to qualify for the Iditarod. 2006.

Playing for Knight: My Six Seasons with Coach Knight BR 16419
by Steve Alford
3 volumes
Basketball player describes his career from 1983 to 1989 under college coach Bobby Knight of the Indiana Hoosiers. Highlights important games including the 1984 Olympics, the Big Ten Conference, and the NCAA championships. Recalls Knight as a demanding and temperamental coach who taught him a work ethic. 1989.

The Coldest Winter: A Stringer in Liberated Europe BR 16451
by Paula Fox
1 volume
Memoir of the young writer Paula Fox, who in 1946 earned enough money to sail from New York to London. She recounts her travels in post-war Europe with little money but many adventures and encounters with interesting people. Sequel to Borrowed Finery (BR 14313). 2005.

Weekend Afghans BR 16514
by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss
1 volume
More than fifty patterns to crochet and knit afghans and coverlets using big hooks and needles for speedy projects. Includes step-by-step instructions for lacy knits, granny crochet motifs, ripples, and afghans for babies. Includes a refresher course on basic crochet and knitting techniques. 1987.

Dressing Tips and Clothing Resources for Making Life Easier BR 16516
by Shelley Peterman Schwarz
1 volume
The author, who has multiple sclerosis, discusses finding, making, or altering clothes that are fashionable and easy for people with physical challenges to wear. Includes shopping advice; tips on selecting garments, sizes, and materials; and techniques for making dressing less difficult. Includes resources. 2000.

Sandra Day O'Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice BR 16570
by Joan Biskupic
5 volumes
Traces Sandra Day O'Connor's rise to power culminating in her appointment by President Ronald Reagan in 1981 to be the first female Supreme Court justice. Analyzes O'Connor's position on controversial issues such as abortion, affirmative action, and the death penalty. Discusses her role as a pivotal voter. 2005.

The Scratch of a Pen: 1763 and the Transformation of North America BR 16580
by Colin G. Calloway
3 volumes
Prizewinning professor examines the cultural and political consequences of the 1763 Treaty of Paris, which ended the French and Indian War and yielded French and Spanish territories in southeastern America to British control. Discusses ensuing conflicts between native Americans and European settlers and events that precipitated the American Revolution. 2006.

Rachael Ray Express Lane Meals: What to Keep on Hand, What to Buy Fresh for the Easiest-Ever 30-Minute Meals BR 16618
by Rachael Ray
2 volumes
More wholesome, easy-to-prepare meals from the Food Network television show host and author of Cooking 'round the Clock (BR 15827). Lists seventy basic but versatile ingredients, both nonperishable and frozen, to stock. Recipes supplement these staples with a few fresh items so shoppers can use the express lane. Bestseller 2006.

Modigliani: A Life BR 16620
by Jeffrey Meyers
3 volumes
Biography of Italian Jewish artist Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920), who settled in Paris in 1906. Highlights his friendships with other artists including Pablo Picasso and poet Max Jacob, his many love affairs, the bohemian lifestyle that led to his early death, and his posthumous significance in the art world. 2006.

The Little Book of Bridal Etiquette for the Twenty-first Century BR 16622
by Martha A. Woodham
1 volume
Concise guide to proper wedding conduct by Elegant Bride magazine's etiquette columnist. Offers time-tested, practical advice for brides-to-be to avoid tackiness and social blunders. Discusses invitations, registration, guest lists, ceremonies, receptions, receiving lines, attire, and family issues. Includes marriage myths, budget tips, and cautionary tales of bad taste. 1995.

Professional Ethics and Etiquette BR 16635
J.G. Ferguson Publishing Company
1 volume
Advice for developing business character and building professional relationships. Urges readers to assess their own personality, values, strengths, and weaknesses to identify areas needing improvement. Offers tips on becoming more responsible, improving time-management and memory skills, balancing life and work, and more. For senior high and older readers. 2004.

Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook BR 16637
by Debbie Stoller
3 volumes
Cofounder of a trendy New York City knitting circle gives a brief history of this needlecraft. Presents the basics: how to cast on, bind off, and knit. Explains advanced stitching and repair techniques and provides details for over thirty projects, including Pippi Kneestockings, Sparkle Hat, and Under the Hoodie. Some strong language. 2003.

Essential Manners for Men: What to Do, When to Do It, and Why BR 16638
by Peter Post
2 volumes
An Emily Post Institute director who is Mrs. Post's great- grandson presents a men's guide to behavior in important personal, social, and job roles. Writing in a conversational tone with numerous anecdotes, Post offers advice on making introductions, understanding bathroom etiquette, dating, entertaining, handling business manners, and more. 2003.

Crazy Horse, the Strange Man of the Oglalas: A Biography BR 16640
by Mari Sandoz
4 volumes
A classic biography of the legendary military leader of the Oglala Sioux, newly introduced by Vine Deloria Jr. in 2004. Covers Crazy Horse's upbringing, nonconformity, battle strategy against the U.S. Army, and death in 1877. Portrays the lives of the Plains Indians from the 1850s through the 1870s. 1942.

A Man's Whirled: Every Guy's Guide to Cooking with a Blender BR 16641
by Chris Peterson
2 volumes
Simple, no-mess recipes for impressing dates, entertaining friends, and merely surviving. Offers suggestions for weeknight meals and game-day grub as well as cocktails, dips, sauces, spreads, soups, smoothies, breakfast treats, desserts, and more. Includes a section on kitchen basics and tips on grocery shopping, preparation, and serving. 2005.

Staying Safe: A Teen's Guide to Sexually Transmitted Diseases BR 16645
by Miranda Hunter and William Hunter
1 volume
Describes the characteristics of the major sexually transmitted diseases (STDs): gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, herpes, and HIV/AIDS, with brief information on a few others. Includes accounts of teenagers who engaged in unsafe sexual practices. Features advice on the prevention of STDs and corrects misconceptions. For junior and senior high readers. 2005.

The Widow's Financial Survival Guide: Handling Money Matters on Your Own BR 16646
by Nancy Dunnan
3 volumes
Women's guide to short- and long-term legal and financial matters following a spouse's death. Lists ten tasks that need to be done immediately. Covers obtaining benefits, investing, handling taxes and 401(k)s, setting up credit cards and insurance, and planning for the future. Includes checklists, resources, and advice for young widows. 2003.

Dark Dreams: The Story of Stephen King BR 16681
by Nancy Whitelaw
1 volume
Biography of award-winning horror writer. Discusses King's difficult childhood in Maine, a setting for many of his stories, as well as his adolescence, college years, marriage, and eventual success. Describes King's struggles with censorship, fame, and the creative process. For senior high readers. 2006.

Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human BR 16751
by Michael Chorost
2 volumes
Science writer recounts his decision to get a cochlear implant, or computer surgically imbedded in the skull, to artificially restore hearing after he became totally deaf in 2001. Describes his physical and mental changes and reflects on the implications of technological advances on the deaf community and on humanity. 2005.

Pressure Cooking for Everyone BR 16761
by Rick Rodgers and Arlene Ward
2 volumes
Dozens of pressure cooker recipes designed to reduce preparation and clean-up times. Explains basic mechanics of pressure cooking as well as various types, sizes, and safety features. Includes instructions for soups and stocks, main dishes, poultry and seafood, beans, risotto and grains, pasta sauces, vegetables, and desserts. 2000.

Brave New World Revisited BR 16768
by Aldous Huxley
1 volume
Series of essays in which the author examines various threats to human freedom predicted in his 1930s satirical novel Brave New World (BR 11922). Discusses overpopulation, government propaganda, brainwashing, chemically induced as well as subconsciously suggested persuasion, and education, along with possible countermeasures. 1958.

Home and Exile BR 16771
by Chinua Achebe
1 volume
Reflecting on his childhood, schooling, and career, renowned Nigerian novelist and poet Chinua Achebe recalls some impacts of European imperialism, which often displaced the African cultures it encountered. Praises writers of his generation for acknowledging the continent's aspirations that are denied by the myth of Western primacy. 2000.

Right on Schedule: A Teen's Guide to Growth and Development BR 16772
by Jean Ford
1 volume
Examines the physical, emotional, and social changes associated with adolescence in girls and boys. Describes what to expect during puberty, such as hair growth and acne. Explains the importance of maintaining proper hygiene. Also covers dating and sex, self-esteem issues, and peer pressure. For senior high and older readers. 2005.

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