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

Empire of the Stars: Obsession, Friendship, and Betrayal in the Quest for Black Holes BR 16322
by Arthur I. Miller
5 volumes
Examines the history of astrophysics in the early twentieth century when the concept of black holes was hotly debated by a young graduate student from India and a leading British scientist. Discusses their professional rivalry and its repercussions on their personal lives and the scientific community. 2005.

Einstein's Heroes: Imagining the World through the Language of Mathematics BR 16329
by Robyn Arianrhod
3 volumes
Combines history, biography, and science to portray the ways in which Einstein's respect for Isaac Newton, Michael Faraday, and James Clerk Maxwell helped formulate his theories of relativity. Discusses Maxwell's equations for electricity and magnetism and the relevance of mathematics in building models of physical discovery. 2005.

The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous, and Broke BR 16335
by Suze Orman
3 volumes
Financial advisor, author of The Road to Wealth (RC 52889), explains money basics to twenty- and thirty-year- olds. Discusses FICO scores, credit cards, student loans, retirement, investing, home and car ownership, and relationship money-mergers. Provides information to a younger audience who can use time to their advantage. Bestseller 2005.

Rachael Ray 365: No Repeats; a Year of Deliciously Different Dinners BR 16380
by Rachael Ray
4 volumes
The host of television's 30-Minute Meals offers a collection of recipes that can take you through an entire year without having the same meal twice. Ray's concept is to create numerous variations from several master recipes just by changing some of the ingredients. Bestseller 2005.

Rage to Survive: The Etta James Story BR 16382
by Etta James and David Ritz
3 volumes
Autobiography of African American native of Los Angeles, who began singing gospel at church in the 1940s at age five and developed into a blues, jazz, and soul singer. James recalls her unstable childhood, drug addiction, love affairs, and career with other notable musicians. Strong language. 1995.

Forever a Soldier: Unforgettable Stories of Wartime Service BR 16390
edited by Tom Wiener
3 volumes
Veterans recall experiences of battle from World War I to the war in Iraq. Soldiers' letters, diaries, memoirs, and oral histories provide personal accounts of D-Day, the Tet offensive, heroic actions, and sinking ships. Includes an interview with Senator John McCain about his captivity in Vietnam. 2005.

Jimi Hendrix: The Man, the Magic, the Truth BR 16393
by Sharon Lawrence
4 volumes
Interviews with family, friends, and musicians about the life of guitarist/songwriter Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970). Traces Hendrix's rise from backup roles to success in Europe and the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. Covers Hendrix's drug and business problems and tragic death and the contest over his estate. Some strong language. 2005.

Born Amish BR 16402
by Ruth Irene Garrett and Deborah Morse-Kahn
1 volume
Ruth Irene Garrett (born 1974) describes her Iowa childhood in an Old Order Amish community. Discusses the work involved in running a traditional farm and the chores and responsibilities of each family member. Recounts entering the outside world when she married an "Englisher" and was shunned by her people. 2004.

Sleeping with Custer and the 7th Cavalry: An Embedded Reporter in Iraq BR 16421
by Walter C. Rodgers
3 volumes
CNN foreign correspondent, embedded for three weeks in 2003 with a U.S. army reconnaissance unit in Iraq, describes the training provided to journalists, the drive to Baghdad, and the fighting he witnessed. Also relates a 2004 visit during which he reported on the country's conditions. Violence and strong language. 2005.

Why Do Men Have Nipples? Hundreds of Questions You'd Only Ask a Doctor after Your Third Martini BR 16427
by Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg
2 volumes
A satirist and a physician compile strange-but-true facts about the human body. Answers questions such as "Can carrots improve your vision?" "What are goose bumps?" "Does warm milk really put you to sleep?" and "Does marijuana help glaucoma?" Strong language. Bestseller 2005.

The South Beach Diet Quick and Easy Cookbook: Two Hundred Delicious Recipes Ready in Thirty Minutes or Less BR 16448
by Arthur Agatston
3 volumes
Fast cookery for dieters recommended by the Florida cardiologist and author of The South Beach Diet (BR 15395). Includes healthy appetizers, main courses, and desserts that use a minimum number of ingredients and are easy to prepare. 2005.

Divided by God: America's Church-State Problem--and What We Should Do about It BR 16450
by Noah Feldman
3 volumes
Studies the relationship between religion and the U.S. government from America's colonial days to the twenty-first century. Discusses controversies over the Bible, the Pledge of Allegiance, same-sex marriage, and the teaching of evolution. 2005.

Beethoven: The Universal Composer BR 16487
by Edmund Morris
2 volumes
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian chronicles the life of composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Portrays the musician's struggle against "epic odds" including numerous medical problems (deafness, colitis, arthritis, cirrhosis) and loneliness. Also describes his genius for creating symphonies and sonatas. 2005.

Forgotten Crimes: The Holocaust and People with Disabilities BR 16490
by Suzanne E. Evans
2 volumes
Lawyer and journalist details Germany's "euthanasia" programs of 1935 to 1945, in which as many as 750,000 children and adults with physical and mental disabilities were killed. Draws on historical records and survivor interviews to describe Nazi medical philosophies, sterilization laws, methods, and organizers--and the legacy of the atrocities. 2004.

A Raisin in the Sun with Connections BR 16492
by Lorraine Hansberry
2 volumes
A three-act play about a middle-class black family, the Youngers, living in 1950s Chicago. Mama's large insurance settlement from her husband's death becomes a divisive factor when each family member has a different dream for spending the money. Contains related commentary by other writers. 1958.

The Pet Lover's Guide to First Aid and Emergencies BR 16493
by Thomas K. Day
2 volumes
Veterinarian explains how to recognize and treat dogs' and cats' common medical emergencies including heatstroke, broken bones, lacerations, poisoning, allergic reactions, and skin, ear, and eye conditions. Provides instructions for performing CPR and preparing a first aid kit. Guide is organized by symptom and severity level, not clinical diagnosis. 2006.

Kids in the Syndrome Mix of ADHD, LD, Asperger's, Tourette's, Bipolar, and More! The One Stop Guide for Parents, Teachers, and Other Professionals BR 16497
by Martin L. Kutscher
2 volumes
A pediatric neurologist's guide to the treatment of neurobehavioral and neuropsychiatric problems in children--some that may coexist. Includes attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities, autism, anxiety, obsessive- compulsive behavior, sensory integration dysfunction, tics, depression, bipolar depression, oppositional defiance, and central auditory processing disorders. 2005.

How to Be Idle BR 16499
by Tom Hodgkinson
2 volumes
British author's argument for leisurely living as an alternative to a fast-paced, overworked lifestyle. Offers hour-by-hour reflections on sleeping late, taking long lunches, napping, imbibing, lolling in public, fishing, making love, and celebrating holidays. Uses examples from literature, poetry, and philosophy. 2005.

The Best of Oscar Wilde: Selected Plays and Literary Criticism BR 16500
by Oscar Wilde
4 volumes
A selection of work by Irish playwright and poet Oscar Wilde (1854-1900). Includes the plays Salomé, Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, and The Importance of Being Earnest. Brief literary criticism from various sources and introduction by professor Sylvan Barnet. 2004.

John Muir: Magnificent Tramp BR 16502
by Rod Miller
2 volumes
Concise biography of Scottish-born John Muir (1838-1914), remembered as a staunch conservationist, founder of the Sierra Club, and champion of national parks. Discusses how Muir's love for the natural environment shaped his philosophy, travel adventures, scientific studies, writing, and political battles. 2005.

On Michael Jackson BR 16504
by Margo Jefferson
1 volume
Pulitzer Prize-winning critic for the New York Times pens an essay analyzing the complexity of pop musician Michael Jackson. Traces Jackson's curious transformations over time from child prodigy to accused criminal and studies the people and events that influenced him. Strong language. 2006.

Ariel: The Restored Edition BR 16537
by Sylvia Plath
1 volume
Sylvia Plath's last manuscript before committing suicide in 1963 is restored to her preferred selections and arrangement of poems by her daughter Frieda Hughes. Hughes's foreword discusses the confessional voice in this poetry and her parents' complex marriage. 2004.

Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook BR 16575
by Martha Stewart
4 volumes
Stewart, author of Martha Stewart, Menus for Entertaining (BR 9602), offers a compendium of baking tips and techniques and more than two hundred recipes for biscuits, muffins, cookies, cakes, pies, pastries, and breads. 2005.

Parish Priest: Father Michael McGivney and American Catholicism BR 16610
by Douglas Brinkley and Julie M. Fenster
2 volumes
Biography of Catholic priest Michael McGivney (1852-1890), who founded the Knights of Columbus in 1882. Chronicles McGivney's Connecticut childhood and call to the priesthood. Describes the social and economic conditions that led to his concept of an organization for helping impoverished Irish immigrants improve their life. 2006.

She Got Up off the Couch: And Other Heroic Acts from Mooreland, Indiana BR 16611
by Haven Kimmel
3 volumes
Following A Girl Named Zippy (BR 14575), Kimmel continues her saga of growing up in Indiana in the 1970s. Recounts her mother's decision to go to college and become a teacher to help the family's finances, and how that decision caused marital problems for her parents. 2006.

The Life of David BR 16614
by Robert Pinsky
2 volumes
Former poet laureate of the United States recounts the life of another poet, King David, generally considered the author of the Psalms. Portrays David's life, reign, accomplishments, and failings through biblical depictions of his relationships with Goliath, Bathsheba, Saul, Jonathan, Abigail, Absalom, and Solomon. 2005.

Louis Armstrong's New Orleans BR 16619
by Thomas Brothers
4 volumes
Music professor explores the city of jazz musician Louis Armstrong's youth, early-twentieth-century New Orleans, which he describes as divided by caste and color even among African Americans. Analyzes the way church music blended with blues and ragtime to create a unique sound. Recounts the influence of Jim Crow laws. 2006.

Make It Now, Bake It Later! The Next Generation: More than Two Hundred Easy and Delicious Recipes for Make-Ahead Dishes BR 16625
by Ann Goodfellow and Scott Goodfellow
2 volumes
Updated version of a 1958 cookbook offers old favorites and new dishes adapted for modern tastes. Recipes list ingredients needed at the outset and those needed to finish the dish later, ways to store the unfinished dish, and final steps before serving. Includes appetizers, main dishes, and desserts. 2004.

But You Can Feel It: A Statement of My Mother When I Returned Empty Handed Saying, "I Can't See It" BR 16643
by Emil B. Fries
4 volumes
Blind author recounts his life from his boyhood in a log cabin and struggles for an education to international recognition in the field of vocational training for visually impaired persons. Chronicles his establishment in 1949 of the Emil Fries Piano Hospital and Training Center for piano servicing and tuning. 1980.

Self-Esteem and Adjusting with Blindness: The Process of Responding to Life's Demands BR 16647
by Dean W. Tuttle and Naomi R. Tuttle
4 volumes
Third edition of a manual written for professionals who work with blind and low-vision individuals. Topics include an overview of blindness and its meaning for the individual. Describes the adjustment to the condition, psychological implications, and issues of self-esteem. Includes case studies. 2004.

The Volumetrics Eating Plan: Techniques and Recipes for Feeling Full on Fewer Calories BR 16649
by Barbara Rolls
3 volumes
Nutritionist offers a lifestyle guide and cookbook for weight loss that emphasizes healthy eating, hunger control, and calorie reduction. Explains how to personalize the program. Includes recipes for meats, poultry, seafood, soups, salads, pasta, beans, vegetarian dishes, and desserts. Companion to Volumetrics Weight Control Plan (BR 13734). 2005.

Blindness: What It Is, What It Does, and How to Live with It BR 16701
by Thomas J. Carroll
3 volumes
The national chaplain of the Blinded Veterans Association addresses psychological and physical rehabilitation of adventitiously blind adults. Highlights issues associated with mobility, interpersonal communication, employment, finances, and well-being. Discusses special concerns regarding blind children, the elderly, congenitally blind persons, and those with other mental or physical conditions. 1961.

Blindness: Modern Approaches to the Unseen Environment BR 16702
edited by Paul A. Zahl
7 volumes
Wide-ranging essays about issues concerning the blind community. Thirty experts in various fields discuss educational, psychological, and vocational matters and the use and development of sensory aids such as canes, guide dogs, braille, and talking books. Also addresses the needs of deaf-blind individuals and blinded veterans. 1950. 1950.

Look Great, Feel Great: Twelve Keys to Enjoying a Healthy Life Now BR 16709
by Joyce Meyer
2 volumes
Radio and television host and full-time minister offers her guide to attaining spiritual and physical health to boost self-esteem and better carry out God's work. Describes twelve aspects she deems as crucial to well-being, including eating right, exercising, drinking plenty of water, reducing stress, and trusting in God. Bestseller 2006.

Common Sense and Related Writings BR 16753
by Thomas Paine
2 volumes
Eight essays written between 1774 and 1776 by American political philosopher and patriot Thomas Paine (1737-1809). Includes Thoughts on Defensive War, The American Crisis, Number 1, and Common Sense, a treatise advocating America's moral obligation for independence. Contains an introduction, biographical information, and detailed analysis of selected writings. 2001.

The European Tribe BR 16755
by Caryl Phillips
2 volumes
Oxford graduate Phillips, a Londoner born in the West Indies, set out in 1984 to learn firsthand what it means to be part of a minority in Europe. Observes that foreign workers in Germany have no civil rights, and reflects on ways white Europeans have imposed their culture and language on developing nations. 1987.

The Tomb in Seville: Crossing Spain on the Brink of Civil War BR 16757
by Norman Lewis
1 volume
A writer recalls his first trip to Spain in 1934, when he accompanied brother-in-law Eugene Corvaja on Eugene's quest of the family tomb. Describes the insurrection in Madrid that diverted their trek to Seville through Portugal, locals' reactions to the civil unrest, and his own discovery at journey's end. 2003.

Wandering Home: A Long Walk across America's Most Hopeful Landscape, Vermont's Champlain Valley and New York's Adirondacks BR 16759
by Bill McKibben
1 volume
Nature writer's account of hiking from his home in Vermont to New York's Adirondack Mountains. McKibben describes visits along the way with organic farmers, a vintner, a beekeeper, environmental studies students, and others who love nature. 2005.

How to Make Black America Better: Leading African Americans Speak Out BR 16773
by Tavis Smiley
2 volumes
Talk-show host and national radio commentator presents a collection of essays from twenty-eight black celebrities, addressing issues they view as vital to the African American community. Suggests a variety of solutions and challenges concerning family, responsibility, education, health, economics, the church's role, and the establishment of a legacy. 2001.

Taking Care of Your Smile: A Teen's Guide to Dental Care BR 16776
by Autumn Libal and Christopher Hovius
1 volume
Explains the physical and emotional importance of dental hygiene. Includes techniques for caring for your teeth and combating decay and stains by brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Examines the history of dentistry and provides information on orthodontic work like braces, porcelain veneers, and crowns. For senior high and older readers. 2005.


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