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

A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599 BR 16554
by James Shapiro
4 volumes
Professor highlights a seminal year in Shakespeare's life that included the writing of four plays--Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and Hamlet--and the building of the Globe Theatre. Portrays turmoil surrounding rebellion in Ireland, creation of the East India Company, and political intrigue. 2005.

The Age of Reason BR 16591
by Thomas Paine
2 volumes
The patriotic writer and essayist of the American and French Revolutions sets forth his beliefs on religion's place in society. He affirms the need for rationalism in religion, attacks national religious institutions, and points out biblical inconsistencies and fallacies. 1795.

Citizenship Made Simple: An Easy-to-Read Guide to the U.S. Citizenship Process BR 16592
by Barbara Brooks Kimmel and Alan M. Lubiner
1 volume
Reference for foreign nationals describes requirements and procedures for becoming a U.S. citizen. Explains the rights for military personnel and children, and provides a brief history of the country and an overview of the government. Includes a sample test and text of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. 2006.

Master Mind: The Rise and Fall of Fritz Haber, the Nobel Laureate Who Launched the Age of Chemical Warfare BR 16595
by Daniel Charles
3 volumes
Biography of a German Jewish scientist whose discoveries embodied both the beneficial and the destructive capacities of science. Discusses the intellect of Fritz Haber (1868-1934), who moved confidently between laboratory, factory, and battlefield, who invented famine-preventing agricultural processes, and who developed poisonous gas later used in Nazi concentration camps. 2005.

A Wreath for Emmett Till BR 16598
by Marilyn Nelson
1 volume
A sequence of fifteen interlinked sonnets written as a poetic homage to Emmett Till, the fourteen-year-old victim of racial prejudice and lynching in 1955 Mississippi. Includes a historic note on the events and sonnet notes. For senior high and older readers. Printz Honor; Coretta S. King Hon. 2005.

Darwin: Discovering the Tree of Life BR 16658
by Niles Eldredge
3 volumes
Analyzes Charles Darwin's notes from his travels to South America and the Galapagos Islands in 1831-36. Traces the scientist's personal and professional life during the twenty years the notebooks were kept private. Discusses advances in evolutionary theory since Darwin's time and disputes the concept of intelligent design. 2005.

The Science of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials BR 16661
by Mary Gribbin and John Gribbin
1 volume
Relates the mystery and magic in Pullman's trilogy, beginning with The Golden Compass (BR 13276), to real-world scientific concepts. Covers topics from cosmology to string theory to explain such objects as Will's subtle knife and Mary Malone's amber spyglass. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

State of Denial BR 16804
by Bob Woodward
6 volumes
This sequel to Plan of Attack (BR 15423) examines the Bush administration's prosecution of the Iraq war. Extensive interviews and research document the dissension inside the White House from December 2000, when Donald Rumsfeld was appointed secretary of defense, through July 2006. Bestseller 2006.

Knitting on the Edge: Ribs, Ruffles, Lace, Fringes, Flora, Points and Picots BR 16816
by Nicky Epstein
2 volumes
Instructions and various techniques for creating hundreds of knit edgings from around the world. Describes how to effectively incorporate them into your knitted piece. Each chapter concentrates on a specific type of decorative border. 2004.

The Adversity Advantage: Turning Everyday Struggles into Everyday Greatness BR 16827
by Paul G. Stoltz and Erik Weihenmayer
3 volumes
Stoltz, director of the Global Resilience Project, and Weihenmayer, the blind author of Touch the Top of the World (BR 14512), team together to offer their seven principles for taking on adversity and converting life's difficulties into fuel for achievement, resilience, and happiness. 2006.

Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations...One School at a Time BR 16830
by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
4 volumes
Award-winning journalist Relin describes the mission of American humanitarian Greg Mortenson, who established the Central Asia Institute and built schools throughout Taliban-ruled lands. Discusses his childhood in Tanzania and a failed 1993 attempt to climb K2, which resulted in a promise to the Pakistani villagers who saved his life. 2006.

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl BR 16831
by Timothy Egan
3 volumes
Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter recounts the experiences of homesteaders who remained on their land during the 1930s dust storms that ravaged the southern Great Plains. Examines both human and ecological aspects of the disaster and the effects on survivors' daily lives, health, and communities. National Book Award. 2006.

Firstlight: The Early Inspirational Writings of Sue Monk Kidd BR 16833
by Sue Monk Kidd
1 volume
Inspirational stories and essays by the author of The Secret Life of Bees (BR 15225), that first appeared in Guideposts and other magazines. Includes pieces on her childhood, marriage, and children and about everyday events. Shares examples of compassion, letting go, and being reborn to love. 2006.

Robert E. Lee: Virginian Soldier, American Citizen BR 16841
by James I. Robertson
2 volumes
In-depth biography of Confederate Civil War general. Chronicles Lee's family life, studies at West Point, military service in the Mexican War, and leadership of the Southern forces. Analyzes his decision to join Virginia's secession from the union and describes his life after the war. For senior high readers. 2005.

Child of the Winds: My Mission with Raoul Wallenberg BR 16843
by Agnes Adachi
1 volume
Author's memories of work in 1944 Budapest with a courageous Swede who saved 100,000 Hungarian Jews from the Nazis in six months. Adachi recalls the Soviet liberation of Hungary and Wallenberg's arrest by the Soviets, after which he was condemned to the gulag for over forty years. 1989.

Thieves! Ten Stories of Surprising Heists, Comical Capers, and Daring Escapades BR 16859
by Andreas Schroeder
2 volumes
Ten tales of unusual thievery. Describes how three Italians, dressed as workmen, stole the Louvre's portrait of Mona Lisa in 1911 and how D.B. Cooper parachuted from a jet with extortion money in 1971--never to be found. Uncontracted braille. For senior high and older readers. 2005.

Waiting for Godot: Tragicomedy in Two Acts (En Attendant Godot) BR 16880
by Samuel Beckett
3 volumes
Vladimir and Estragon converse while they await the arrival of the mysterious Godot, who sends word that he is coming but never appears. In the original French, published in 1952, with Beckett's own English translation. 1954.

Eavesdropping: A Life by Ear BR 16912
by Stephen Kuusisto
2 volumes
The author of Planet of the Blind (BR 11518), who has been legally blind since birth, explains how he perceives the world around him through listening. In these essays he describes childhood influences, adult travels, artful eavesdropping, and love of poetry and Caruso's singing. 2006.

Pro Wrestling Kids' Style: The Most Amazing Untold Story in Professional Wrestling History BR 16914
by Shawn "Crusher" Crossen
1 volume
National Wrestling Federation teen champion describes his fascination with the sport and his decision in 1984 to televise teen matches. Crossen explains the showmanship, promotional techniques, and financial arrangements used to establish his enterprise. Features updates on teen wrestlers of the 1980s. For junior and senior high readers. 2004.

The Hopes of Snakes: And Other Tales from the Urban Landscape BR 16917
by Lisa Couturier
2 volumes
Celebrates the adaptation of heron, egret, Canada goose, coyote, peregrine falcon, red-tailed hawk, vulture, and crow to the urban landscapes of Washington, D.C., and New York City. In the title piece, the author reflects upon the nonvenomous black rat snake before rescuing a six-foot-long one from a human crowd. 2005.

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir BR 16929
by Bill Bryson
2 volumes
Travel humorist reminisces about growing up in 1950s middle America. Recalls the simple pleasures of family life and teen culture under the shadow of the Cold War. 2006.

The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town BR 16945
by John Grisham
3 volumes
Ada, Oklahoma. Chronicles the 1987 arrest and conviction of a former Oakland A's pitcher and his friend for the rape and murder of a twenty-one-year-old cocktail waitress five years earlier. Grisham examines the effect of DNA testing and a faulty original investigation on the men's eventual exoneration. Bestseller 2006.

More Treasured Poems That Touch the Heart: Cherished Poems and Favorite Poets BR 16946
compiled by Mary Sanford Laurence
1 volume
A second collection of poems in the spirit of Treasured Poems That Touch the Heart (BR 14886). Contains "Ode on a Grecian Urn" by John Keats, "If--" by Rudyard Kipling, "I'm Nobody! Who Are You?" by Emily Dickinson, and others by Byron, Blake, Longfellow, Wordsworth, Shakespeare, Donne, and Browning. 1997.

Teens Cook Dessert BR 17073
by Megan Carle and Jill Carle
2 volumes
The sisters who wrote Teens Cook (BR 16086) expand their repertoire to the dessert course. Step-by-step guide to making cookies, pies, cakes, puddings, and both simple and fancy holiday treats. Recipes include triple chocolate biscotti, fresh berry pie, and chocolate eclairs. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2006.

The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 BR 17079
by Lawrence Wright
5 volumes
Traces Islamic fundamentalism from 1948 to the 2001 attack on America. Highlights Al Qaeda leaders Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri. Asserts a historical lack of concern from intelligence agencies except for FBI agent John O'Neill and Saudi prince Turki al-Faisal. Violence and strong language. Bestseller 2006.

Samuel Adams: Father of the American Revolution BR 17091
by Mark Puls
3 volumes
Biography of one of the founding fathers of the United States, Samuel Adams (1722-1803). Focuses on Adams's political career, his leadership of protests against the British--including the Boston Tea Party--his advocacy of the colonies' independence from Britain, and his post-revolutionary service as governor of Massachusetts. 2006.

A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan BR 17097
by Michael Kazin
6 volumes
Traces the life of populist politician William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925), from his midwestern boyhood to his involvement in the 1925 Scopes trial. Highlights Bryan's evangelical beliefs, which stressed charity and social justice, and stresses his progressive politics, which led to reforms in campaign financing, senatorial elections, and women's suffrage. 2006.

Putin's Russia: Life in a Failing Democracy BR 17100
by Anna Politkovskaya
3 volumes
Award-winning journalist blames Russian president Vladimir Putin for the multiple ills threatening the country's stability at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Describes corruption in the government, the judicial system, the military, and in business. Charges that the war in Chechnya is producing--not fighting--terrorism. 2004.

The Power of a Positive No: How to Say No and Still Get to Yes BR 17102
by William Ury
2 volumes
Harvard University negotiator and mediator offers advice on using psychology to say no instead of a reluctant yes. Provides a three-stage method to defend one's key interests, resist manipulation, and achieve a win-win situation without alienating people at work or at home. 2007.

Perplexing People BR 17110
by Gary L. Blackwood
1 volume
Historical cases of pretenders, or people who claim to be a famous deceased person. Discusses people who claimed to be Joan of Arc, Louis XVII of France, the Romanovs of Russia, Grand Duchess Anastasia, Billy the Kid, and Kaspar Hauser. Uncontracted braille. For senior high and older readers. 2006.

One Hundred One Things Everyone Should Know about Science BR 17120
by Dia L. Michels and Nathan Levy
1 volume
Poses quiz questions about biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, and general science that are applicable in everyday life. Sequentially numbered answers repeat the question and provide an explanation. Topics include the human body, animals, weather, history of science, and definitions of scientific terms. For senior high and older readers. 2006.

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