Braille Book Review

May-June 2007
Books for Adults--Fiction


Ordinary Heroes BR 16387
by Scott Turow
4 volumes
After his father's death, Stewart Dubinsky discovers a packet of letters written during World War II that reveal a secret past. Further investigation uncovers details of the desperate battlefield decisions his father made that led to a court-martial and imprisonment. Descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 2005.

The Darkest Child BR 16388
by Delores Phillips
4 volumes
Thirteen-year-old African American Tangy Mae Quinn and her siblings suffer the cruel madness of their mother, Rozelle, amid poverty and racial inequalities of rural Georgia. Tangy fights for the strength to survive, finish school, and one day escape Rozelle's abuse. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

The Year of Pleasures BR 16391
by Elizabeth Berg
2 volumes
Middle-aged Boston widow Betta Nolan follows the retirement dreams she shared with her late husband and moves to a small town in Illinois to start over. Renewing her friendships with women from college, Betta also opens a retail shop and makes friends with the townspeople. Some strong language. 2005.

An Unfinished Season BR 16396
by Ward Just
3 volumes
Suburban Chicago, early 1950s. During the summer before college, nineteen-year-old Wils Ravan works for a newspaper and attends debutante parties. He falls in love with Aurora Brule, daughter of psychiatrist and WWII veteran Jack Brule. But tragedy changes everything. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2004.

Are We There Yet? BR 16397
by David Levithan
2 volumes
Tricked by their parents into taking a trip to Italy together, high school student Elijah Silver and his twenty-three-year-old workaholic brother Danny have plenty of time to get to know each other again. But then they both fall for the beautiful Julia. For senior high readers. 2005.

Finding Lubchenko BR 16399
by Michael Simmons
2 volumes
When his father is framed for murder and bioterrorism, sixteen- year-old Evan uses clues from a laptop he stole to find the real culprit. Joined by his friends Erika and Ruben, Evan travels from Seattle to Paris with his father's credit card to learn the truth. For senior high readers. 2005.

A Perfect Stranger: And Other Stories BR 16400
by Roxana Robinson
2 volumes
Thirteen short stories exploring family relationships. In "Blind Man," a father copes with his daughter's fatal drug overdose. In "At the Beach," an incident involving a lost child ends a couple's indecision about having a baby. In the title piece, a feuding husband and wife host an opera scholar. 2005.

Blood Ties: A Father Dowling Mystery BR 16401
by Ralph McInerny
2 volumes
Twenty-two-year-old Martha Lynch seeks to find the identity of her birth mother while her biological father, Nathaniel Fleck, simultaneously tries to learn the fate of his child. Both Father Dowling and attorney Amos Cadbury know the truth but have doubts about sharing it. Then someone murders Fleck. 2005.

The Christmas Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel BR 16428
by Jennifer Chiaverini
2 volumes
Sarah discovers an unfinished Christmas quilt, along with antique ornaments and heirlooms, in the attic of her elderly friend Sylvia. Although Sylvia prefers a quiet holiday reminiscing about her family's traditions and hardships endured, Sarah infuses the season with joy. 2005.

Bad Kitty BR 16432
by Michele Jaffe
2 volumes
While vacationing with her family in Las Vegas, seventeen-year- old Irish Jamaican Jasmine Callihan stumbles upon a murder. With the help of her friends from California, aspiring police detective Jasmine investigates--and also falls in love. For senior high readers. 2006.

The Bell Jar BR 16452
by Sylvia Plath
2 volumes
Poet Plath's (1932-1963) semiautobiographical novel of nineteen- year-old Esther Greenwood, a talented Massachusetts college student who questions her abilities and post-academia prospects as she struggles with aspects of love, sex, and self. Follows Esther through a mental breakdown, suicide attempts, and psychiatric therapy. Includes 1996 introduction by Frances McCullough. 1963.

The Daybreakers: The Sacketts BR 16481
by Louis L'Amour
2 volumes
1860s. Young brothers Orrin and Tyrel Sackett leave Tennessee bound for the frontier town of Santa Fe, New Mexico. But before Orrin and Tyrel can settle down, they must bring law and order to the Wild West. Orrin becomes a marshal while Tyrel rules without a badge. 1960. 1960.

Ride the River: The Sacketts BR 16486
by Louis L'Amour
2 volumes
1840s. Sixteen-year-old Echo, youngest of the Sackett line, travels from Tennessee to Philadelphia to claim her inheritance. When lawyer James White tries to swindle her, Echo flees town with the money. James's thugs and Dorian Chantry, a man sent to protect Echo, pursue her. 1983. 1983.

Circle of Quilters: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel BR 16488
by Jennifer Chiaverini
3 volumes
The Pennsylvania Elm Creek Quilters need to hire new teachers for their camp. Candidates include Karen, a young mother; Maggie, a published quilter; Russ, a widower; Anna, a chef; and Gretchen, a shop owner. Sarah McClure and the other sewers debate the qualifications and drawbacks of each. 2006.

A Covington Christmas: Ladies of Covington BR 16489
by Joan Medlicott
2 volumes
The new pastor in Covington, North Carolina, discovers that his predecessor was never ordained--leaving five older couples' marriages in limbo. With the church building in need of repair, friends Grace, Hannah, and Amelia take charge and organize a joint wedding in time for the holidays. Includes recipes and discussion questions. 2005.

Jubal Sackett: The Sacketts BR 16494
by Louis L'Amour
3 volumes
Seventeenth century. Wily Jubal Sackett sets out to explore the vast, untamed North American West. Jubal befriends Keokotah, a proud Kickapoo brave, and together they help shield a beautiful Natchez princess from a vengeful Indian warrior and an unscrupulous Spanish soldier. 1985.

Last Dance on Holladay Street BR 16495
by Elisa Carbone
2 volumes
After thirteen-year-old biracial Eva's adopted parents die in 1878, Eva heads to Denver to find her birth mother. She's shocked to discover that her mother and half-sister live in a house of ill repute and hatches a plan to improve their lot. For senior high readers. 2005.

Maggie's Miracle: A Red Gloves Novel BR 16498
by Karen Kingsbury
1 volume
Widow Megan Wright enlists the aid of the Healing Hearts organization to pair her eight-year-old son, Jordan, with a father figure. Casey Cummins, who lost his wife at childbirth, becomes close to the boy--and also to his mother. But Megan has vowed never to love again. 2003.

Invisible BR 16503
by Pete Hautman
1 volume
Seventeen-year-old Dougie is a loner obsessed with building a bridge out of match sticks for his model railroad. His only friend and confidant is Andy, a popular football player, who lives next door. Gradually Dougie reveals their secret bond--the fires they set together. Some violence. For senior high readers. 2005.

The Paperwhite Narcissus: A Martha's Vineyard Mystery BR 16613
by Cynthia Riggs
2 volumes
After ninety-two-year-old Victoria Trumbull is fired from The Island Enquirer, she goes to work for the competition without pay. When a developer is murdered, Victoria scoops her old paper with the story and begins sleuthing. The victim's wife and mistress are suspects until more murders occur. Some strong language. 2005.

Harrowing the Dragon BR 16615
by Patricia A. McKillip
2 volumes
Fifteen short stories written between 1982 and 1999 by the World Fantasy Award winner. In the novella A Matter of Music, a young bard awakens to his master's artistry, while in the tale "Voyage into the Heart," the virgin's innocence intensifies the betrayal of the unicorn. 2005.

The Tent BR 16616
by Margaret Atwood
1 volume
Short stories by the prizewinning Canadian author of The Handmaid's Tale (BR 11911). The title piece is a prose poem about a compulsive writer who tries to protect her loved ones by scribbling observations on a paper tent as wild monsters howl outside. 2006.

The Regime: Evil Advances before They Were Left Behind; Countdown to the Rapture, Book 2 BR 16651
by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
3 volumes
Business tycoon Nicolae Carpathia expands his political and economic influence. Meanwhile, pilot Rayford Steele worries about his wife's growing religious fervor and helps the CIA and Defense Department combat black-market shoulder-fired missiles capable of bringing down aircraft. Sequel to The Rising (BR 16069). Bestseller 2005.

The Widow's War BR 16684
by Sally Gunning
2 volumes
Cape Cod, 1761. After her husband is lost at sea, Lyddie Berry finds herself a dependent of her miserly son-in-law Nathan Clarke. Inspired by the words of attorney and woman's suffrage supporter James Otis, Lyddie challenges the terms of the will-- and society--and attempts to live on her own. 2006.

Enthusiasm BR 16689
by Polly Shulman
2 volumes
Julie and Ashleigh are high school sophomores, best friends, and Jane Austen fans. Looking for their own Mr. Darcy, both girls fall for the same boy and hide their feelings while rehearsing for a school play. Despite comic errors, everyone experiences a happy ending. For senior high readers. 2006.

The Rapture: In the Twinkling of an Eye--Countdown to the Earth's Last Days; Countdown to the Rapture, Book 3 BR 16698
by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
2 volumes
With his wife consumed by newfound faith, pilot and CIA consultant Rayford Steele grows close to a stewardess. Politician Nicolae Carpathia continues his climb to power. Meanwhile, people from all over the globe disappear, called into the presence of God. Sequel to The Regime (BR 16651). Bestseller 2006.

Calder Storm: The Calder Saga, Volume 10 BR 16732
by Janet Dailey
3 volumes
Fifth-generation Montana rancher Trey Calder's whirlwind romance with photographer Sloan Davis soon leads to marriage and pregnancy. But Trey makes a discovery about Sloan's past that threatens his family and raises doubts about Sloan's motives. Meanwhile a grieving father plots revenge against the Calders. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

Palo Duro Shootout BR 16750
by Kent Conwell
1 volume
Texas. Disguised as a rebel soldier, Union Lieutenant Zeke Tanner is leading a mission to hijack Confederate gold when he encounters his ex-boss J.S. Tipton and former friends Josh and Leeboy. After Zeke kills J.S. to protect his cover, Josh and Leeboy trek through Comanche territory to confront Zeke. 2005.

Red Sea BR 16752
by Diane Tullson
1 volume
Fourteen-year-old Libby's year-long sailing adventure with her mother and stepfather becomes a nightmare when modern-day pirates attack their boat in the Red Sea. Libby needs courage and skill to survive and to save her mother. A high-interest, low- vocabulary book. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 2005.

The Hanging in the Foaling Barn: Stories BR 16758
by Susan Starr Richards
2 volumes
Nine stories set mostly in Kentucky concerning horse lore and human nature. In the title piece, forty-one-year-old former jockey Maurice calls his friend Luther at 3:30 a.m. to announce his intention to commit suicide in a most inappropriate place, the barn where mares are giving birth. 2006.

Ricochet BR 16760
by Sandra Brown
3 volumes
Detectives Duncan Hatcher and DeeDee Bowen are determined to bring crime lord Robert Savich to justice, even though judge Cato Laird lets him go. They become suspicious of the judge after being called to Laird's home when his wife shoots an intruder. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2006.

Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile BR 16762
by Verlyn Klinkenborg
2 volumes
Selborne, England; late 1700s. Timothy, a tortoise living in naturalist Gilbert White's garden, reports his observations on humans and the natural world from his unique, on-the-ground perspective. He explains, for instance, the advantages of hibernating for the winter over being awake and toiling, like people do. 2006.

Bonjour Tristesse BR 16764
by Françoise Sagan
1 volume
Cécile begins her seventeenth summer happily in a villa on the Mediterranean, flirting with her handsome neighbor Cyril. The complications occur when her father, who already has his young mistress with them, invites Anne, a friend of his deceased wife, to visit. 1955.

Death in the Middle Watch: A Carolus Deene Mystery BR 16767
by Leo Bruce
1 volume
Amateur sleuth Carolus Deene is hired to sail on a cruise after the ship's proprietor receives threatening letters. The widow of a man who died on board the previous year is murdered, and someone goes overboard. Deene investigates as the vessel docks in foreign ports. 1974.

Goldfinger: A James Bond Novel BR 16769
by Ian Fleming
2 volumes
British secret service agent James Bond is pitted against Auric Goldfinger--one of the world's richest men, who is obsessed with gold. Bond infiltrates Goldfinger's organization and foils a plan to rob Fort Knox. Some violence and some strong language. 1959.

Talk Talk BR 16775
by T. Coraghessan Boyle
3 volumes
When thirty-three-year-old Dana Halter runs a stop sign, she's arrested for crimes committed by a man using her name. Dana's plight is complicated by her deafness. Then Dana and her boyfriend, Bridger, begin a cross-country manhunt for the identity thief. Some strong language. Bestseller 2006.

Malinche BR 16779
by Laura Esquivel
2 volumes
Tale of Hernán Cortés arriving in Mexico and acquiring a young Mexican maiden, Malinalli, as his interpreter. She attempts to mediate between her people and the Spaniards, but he ravishes her and plunders and destroys the native civilization. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2006.

Dear John BR 16791
by Nicholas Sparks
2 volumes
North Carolina. After years of drifting, John Tyree, who was raised by a father with Asperger's syndrome, joins the army. While on leave he meets Savannah Curtis, a special-education major. The two fall in love, but their relationship changes when John reenlists after 9/11. Bestseller 2006.

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