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

Elevator Music: A Surreal History of Muzak, Easy-Listening, and Other Moodsong BR 16443
by Joseph Lanza
4 volumes
Surveys the twentieth-century development of background music--a subdued, unobtrusive genre such as that used in elevators, hotels, and restaurants. Chronicles the history of the Muzak corporation from the 1920s and the parallel growth of easy- listening instrumentals, while discussing prominent musicians, various applications, and cultural prejudice. Includes discography. 2004.

Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems BR 16533
by Cesar Millan
3 volumes
Mexican-born dog-rehabilitator and star of television's Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan explains using psychology to train one's pet. Includes anecdotes from his clients and about his own pack of dogs. Describes how he teaches owners to "speak" their dog's language and encourages exercise, discipline, and affection. Bestseller 2006.

The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen BR 16541
translated by Diana Crone Frank and Jeffrey Frank
3 volumes
Modern English translation of twenty-two familiar and unfamiliar tales by Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875). "The Little Mermaid" is told with its original dark ending. Contains notes on the stories and an essay introducing Andersen and his times. 2003.

I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You: Aretha Franklin, Respect, and the Making of a Soul Music Masterpiece BR 16543
by Matt Dobkin
2 volumes
Recounts Aretha Franklin's musical accomplishments and her struggles as a Detroit jazz singer. Describes the remarkable success of her 1967 album and how she became the "queen of soul." Reconstructs the creative process during the recording studio sessions that led to Aretha's breakthrough performance. 2004.

The Journey: How to Live by Faith in an Uncertain World BR 16548
by Billy Graham
2 volumes
The Reverend Billy Graham explains his understanding of the meaning and purpose of God, Jesus, the Bible, and the Holy Spirit and their role in daily life. Describes ways to deal with challenges and temptations and offers practical advice on living joyously. 2006.

The Book of the Year: A Brief History of Our Seasonal Holidays BR 16556
by Anthony F. Aveni
2 volumes
Anthropology professor traces the origins and history of modern customs and traditions that are part of our annual seasonal calendar. Explains how various cultures, ancient festivals, and myths contributed to these observances and how they evolved as societal needs changed. 2003.

The Wizard of Sun City: The Strange True Story of Charles Hatfield, the Rainmaker Who Drowned a City's Dreams BR 16561
by Garry Jenkins
2 volumes
Biography of Charles Hatfield (1875-1958), part con man, part scientist, and self-proclaimed rainmaker. Focuses on the deal Hatfield made with San Diego councilmen to conjure enough rain to fill the city's reservoir. Describes the subsequent January 1916 flood, the city's worst ever, that led to accusations against Hatfield. 2005.

Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog BR 16584
by John Grogan
2 volumes
A columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer reminisces about the untrainable Labrador retriever that he and his wife acquired as Florida newlyweds. Recalls Marley's hilarious escapades and his capacity for love as the Grogans become the parents of three kids. Bestseller 2005.

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised Ten Kids on Twenty-five Words or Less BR 16588
by Terry Ryan
3 volumes
A daughter recounts how her mother overcame poverty, near- starvation, and an alcoholic, abusive husband to support ten children during the 1940s, '50s, and '60s. Relates the mother's talent for writing prize-winning jingles. 2001.

Falling Palace: A Romance of Naples BR 16690
by Dan Hofstadter
2 volumes
American author recounts his first visit to Naples, Italy, as a teenager, when he fell in love with the city and with Benedetta, one of its enigmatic denizens. Describes the architecture, festivals, café life, and locals he encountered then and during subsequent visits while pursuing the mysterious young Benedetta. 2005.

Blender Baby Food: Over 125 Recipes for Healthy Homemade Meals BR 16797
by Nicole Young
2 volumes
More than a hundred recipes for creating nutritious foods for babies ages six to twelve months and older. Emphasizes fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and meats, with meal and snack plans for various stages of development. Each step-by-step recipe includes nutritional information, preparation instructions, and serving tips. 2005.

Health Care on Less than You Think: The New York Times Guide to Getting Affordable Coverage BR 16817
by Fred Brock
2 volumes
Former editor for the New York Times investigates the availability of affordable health-care insurance. Assesses employer-based plans, coverage outside of work, supplemental dental and eye policies, health savings accounts, prescription drug plans, Medicare, long-term care insurance, and other options. Offers advice on protecting finances against medical costs. 2006.

The Real Food Daily Cookbook: Really Fresh, Really Good, Really Vegetarian BR 16820
by Ann Gentry
2 volumes
California restaurant owner offers dozens of plant-based, low-fat dishes utilizing organic whole grains, vegetables, legumes, soy products, and other locally grown ingredients. Includes recipes for appetizers, sauces, salsas, soups, breads, sandwiches, sides, and desserts, as well as seasonal entrees blending international and American cuisines. 2005.

QuickFacts: Colon Cancer; What You Need to Know--Now BR 16822
by American Cancer Society
1 volume
The American Cancer Society highlights the risk factors and causes of colorectal cancer. Describes prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care for the disease. Discusses Medicare coverage. 2007.

Grayson BR 16883
by Lynne Cox
1 volume
Author recalls an encounter from her teenage years when a baby gray whale followed her during a long-distance training swim along the California coast. Describes communicating with the calf she called Grayson and battling fatigue, fifty-five-degree water, and dehydration to protect him until he was reunited with his mother. Bestseller 2006.

Gather Together in My Name BR 16910
by Maya Angelou
2 volumes
A continuation of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (BR 15665), this memoir begins at the end of World War II. Angelou recalls being an unwed mother at seventeen and becoming a prostitute for an older man who deceived her. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1974.

Braille Books, 2003-2004 BR 17059
by National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
3 volumes
A catalog of braille books produced during 2003 and 2004 by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Separate sections list fiction and nonfiction by subject categories. Young adult books and uncontracted braille books are also included. 2006.

The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World around Them BR 17066
by Freedom Writers
3 volumes
Diary entries written by high school students who were inspired by their English teacher. Entries cover racial identity, drug addiction, and family situations including murder and molestation. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. Bestseller 1999.

Women and Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny BR 17069
by Suze Orman
2 volumes
Financial guru, author of The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous, and Broke (BR 16335), and host of her own financial television show focuses on women and their finances. Describes the basics of money management, the eight qualities of a wealthy woman, and her recommendations for financial security. Bestseller 2007.

Yellow Jack: How Yellow Fever Ravaged America and Walter Reed Discovered Its Deadly Secrets BR 17082
by John R. Pierce and Jim Writer
3 volumes
Traces yellow fever's history and impact in America since the seventeenth century. Chronicles the efforts of army major and physician Walter Reed and the U.S. Army Yellow Fever Board beginning in 1900 to research the cause, spread, and control of this acute viral hemorrhagic disease and ultimately banish it. 2005.

Life after Death: The Burden of Proof BR 17088
by Deepak Chopra
3 volumes
Doctor explores scientific discoveries and ancient religious traditions to address the subject of the afterlife. Posits that life and death are not separated by an impassable wall and that a person can shape what happens after death. 2006.

A Song Flung Up to Heaven BR 17099
by Maya Angelou
1 volume
In this sixth volume of her memoirs, Angelou documents her return to America from Ghana in the 1960s to participate in the civil rights movement. Discusses the assassinations of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., the Watts riots, her friendship with James Baldwin--and their impact on her life. 2002.


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