Braille Book Review

May-June 2008

Book for Adults


Dearly Beloved BR 16596
by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
2 volumes
A series of meditations on love and marriage, unfolding over the course of a wedding ceremony. Among the friends and family gathered for the nuptials are the bride's married psychiatrist uncle, who is skeptical about monogamy; a spinster aunt; and the groom's mother, who contemplates her own unfulfilling union. 1962.

The Clan of the Cave Bear: Earth's Children, Book 1 BR 16674
by Jean M. Auel
5 volumes
After her people perish in an earthquake during the Ice Age, Cro- Magnon girl Ayla is adopted by a beetle-browed Neanderthal clan. Punished repeatedly for flouting taboos, teenaged Ayla eventually realizes she must leave the group and find her own kind. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 1980.

Second Sight: An Arcane Society Novel BR 16676
by Amanda Quick
3 volumes
Victorian England. Venetia Milton visits Gabriel Jones's estate to photograph relics of the Arcane Society, a secret organization founded by Gabriel's alchemist ancestor. Gabriel is reported dead but surfaces later to protect Venetia and catch a murderous thief who is after his family's secrets. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

Savannah Breeze: A Savannah Novel BR 16679
by Mary Kay Andrews
4 volumes
Homeless and broke after dating con man Reddy Millbanks, BeBe Loudermilk moves into her aging oceanfront motel, the Breeze Inn. When Reddy resurfaces BeBe plots to recover her fortune and exact revenge with help from inn manager Harry Sorrentino and Weezie Foley from Savannah Blues (BR 14405). Strong language. 2006.

Paladin of Souls BR 16837
by Lois McMaster Bujold
4 volumes
Free of the madness that imprisoned her in The Curse of Chalion (BR 13712), dowager Royina Ista undertakes a pilgrimage of atonement. With her followers, Ista contends with gods, demons, and soldier-bandits until she is rescued by the hero of her visions. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2003.

Photo Finish: An Inspector Roderick Alleyn Mystery BR 16857
by Ngaio Marsh
2 volumes
Montague Reece invites Scotland Yard's Roderick Alleyn and artist wife Troy to his New Zealand estate and commissions Troy to paint his mistress, opera star Sommita. As Roderick tries to protect the singer from a nuisance photographer, rumors of drug involvement surface and Sommita is found murdered. 1980.

Come to Grief: A Sid Halley Mystery BR 16864
by Dick Francis
3 volumes
British jockey-turned-private-investigator Sid Halley implicates his friend Ellis Quint in a series of disturbing horse mutilations. The suicide of Ellis's mother, an attack by his father, and a vicious smear campaign compound Ellis's problems and increase Sid's guilt over the accusations. Some violence and some strong language. 1995.

When in Rome: An Inspector Roderick Alleyn Mystery BR 16865
by Ngaio Marsh
2 volumes
Under cover on an international drug smuggling investigation, Scotland Yard inspector Roderick Alleyn accompanies a motley group of sightseers on a tour of Italian ruins. When their unscrupulous guide disappears and a postcard vendor is murdered, Alleyn advises the travelers not to leave town before the killer is apprehended. 1971.

Effendi: The Second Arabesk BR 16867
by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
3 volumes
Ashraf Bey, chief of detectives in El Iskandryia, Ottoman North Africa, investigates a series of brutal murders seemingly linked to wealthy industrialist Hamzah Effendi--the father of Zara, the girl he should have married. Sequel to Pashazade (BR 16404). Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2002.

Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome, Book 1 BR 16871
by Robert Harris
3 volumes
Rome, 79 B.C. The elderly Tiro, once secretary and slave to the statesman Cicero, records his late master's early years as an upstart lawyer with humble beginnings. Traces Cicero's start in Roman politics with his case against Sicily's corrupt governor, Gaius Verres, and Cicero's election to consul years later. 2006.

A Spot of Bother BR 16874
by Mark Haddon
3 volumes
Retiree George Hall, believing he has cancer, survives his family's dysfunction by ignoring his wife's affair, their gay son's disapproval of his sister Katie's choice of a second husband, and Katie's questionable motives for marrying again. Meanwhile George deteriorates. Some strong language. 2006.

Keturah and Lord Death BR 16898
by Martine Leavitt
2 volumes
When sixteen-year-old Keturah follows a hart into Lord Temsland's forest she becomes lost. Eventually Lord Death comes to claim her, but because she is able to charm him with her story, he gives her a twenty-four-hour reprieve to find her true love. For senior high readers. 2006.

Moral Disorder: Stories BR 16900
by Margaret Atwood
2 volumes
Short stories chronicle the lives of a Canadian woman and those around her, from childhood to old age. In rural and urban locales, the protagonist deals with sibling rivalry, teachers, friends and enemies, lovers, husbands, and aging parents. Some strong language. 2006.

Simply Love: Miss Martin's School for Girls, Book 2 BR 16903
by Mary Balogh
3 volumes
Regency England. Anne Jewell, an unwed mother and instructor at Miss Martin's School for Girls, meets disfigured war veteran Sydnam Butler on an estate in Wales. As Anne fights her growing attraction to Sydnam, a wealthy estate manager, he falls in love with her. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

How to Be Popular BR 16904
by Meg Cabot
2 volumes
Indiana teen Steph finds an old book on how to be popular. She decides to improve her social status by following the advice, much to the bafflement of her friends Jason and Becca. But Steph's success leads her to question her values. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.

A Far Country BR 16932
by Daniel Mason
2 volumes
Fourteen-year-old Isabel moves from her third-world village to the city. But Isabel, who has heightened senses of hearing and sight, arrives at her cousin's shantytown only to discover that her older brother Isaias is gone. Isabel encounters contemptuous wealthy people and bureaucrats in her search. 2007.

The Lambs of London BR 16933
by Peter Ackroyd
2 volumes
Historical novel focusing on siblings Charles and Mary Lamb and their shared love of Shakespeare. Recreates nineteenth-century London homelife, the scandal surrounding a forged Shakespearean play, and Mary's insanity plea for murdering her mother. 2006.

A Man Lay Dead: An Inspector Roderick Alleyn Mystery BR 16940
by Ngaio Marsh
2 volumes
Sir Hubert Handesley hosts a weekend house party at his country estate, during which assorted guests engage in a game of "murder." When a real death interrupts their parlor game, Inspector Alleyn from Scotland Yard arrives to investigate. 1934.

The Plains of Passage: Earth's Children, Book 4 BR 17119
by Jean M. Auel
8 volumes
Ayla and Jondalar journey back to his people--the Zelandonii-- with two horses Ayla has trained and a wolf she has reared. During their travels they encounter friends and enemies and enlighten each other with their histories and survival skills. Sequel to The Mammoth Hunters (BR 16855). Explicit descriptions of sex. 1990.

Angel of Harlem BR 17140
by Kuwana Haulsey
3 volumes
Fictionalized account of Dr. May Edward Chinn, New York City's first African American female physician. Portrays Chinn's life from the early 1900s through the 1930s as she struggles to pursue her career in spite of racism and personal anguish. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2004.

You Don't Love Me Yet BR 17145
by Jonathan Lethem
2 volumes
Denise, Matthew, Bedwin, and Lucinda belong to a struggling Los Angeles alternative rock band. When Lucinda cribs some lines from Carl, her lover and a professional phrase writer, he insists on joining the group as compensation. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2007.

Color of the Sea BR 17153
by John Hamamura
3 volumes
Hawaiian Isamu "Sam" Hamada, a descendant of a samurai, falls in love with Keiko after he moves to California to help his remaining family in Hiroshima. Both are caught between cultures when World War II breaks out. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. Alex Award. 2006.

Spinsters in Jeopardy: An Inspector Roderick Alleyn Mystery BR 17157
by Ngaio Marsh
3 volumes
En route to a family vacation, Inspector Roderick Alleyn finds himself in an alpine chateau that serves as the headquarters for a sinister cult of dope peddlers who practice bizarre religious rites. Roderick exposes a conspiracy to kidnap his son, corrupt a young girl, and murder a wealthy spinster. 1953.

The Floor of the Sky BR 17158
by Pamela Carter Joern
2 volumes
Pregnant sixteen-year-old Lila comes to stay at her grandmother Toby's Nebraska ranch, where she contemplates her options while investigating long-buried secrets and past tragedy. What she uncovers forces Toby to reexamine her own relationships to her sister Gertie, hired hand George, and her adopted daughter Nola Jean. Alex Award. 2006.

We Shall Not Sleep: A World War I Novel BR 17161
by Anne Perry
3 volumes
Siblings Matthew, Joseph, and Judith Reavley wind up in Flanders at the close of the war. A German officer agrees to go to England and expose the Peacemaker, a spy who had the Reavleys' parents murdered. Sequel to At Some Disputed Barricade (BR 17174). Some violence. 2007.

The Edge of Winter BR 17187
by Luanne Rice
3 volumes
Neve Halloran and her teenaged daughter, Mickey, move to the windswept Rhode Island coast after leaving Mickey's unstable father. Neve falls in love with a man who has devoted his life to caring for a wildlife sanctuary, while Mickey meets a lonely boy. 2007.

The Translator BR 17191
by Leila Aboulela
2 volumes
Four years ago, Sammar, a widow and devout Muslim, left her son with an aunt and traveled from Sudan to Scotland to work as a translator for divorced Middle Eastern historian Rae Isles. Sammar and Rae develop a deep friendship, but Rae's lack of faith complicates their romance. 1999.

Baby Love: The Coulter Family, Book 1 BR 17204
by Catherine Anderson
4 volumes
Maggie Stanley, repeatedly abused by her stepfather, escapes her Idaho home with her baby and hides in a boxcar. Desperately ill and fearing for her son's life, she allows herself to be rescued by Rafe Kendrick, a wealthy rancher running away from his past. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1999.

The Dragon and the Fair Maid of Kent BR 17208
by Gordon R. Dickson
4 volumes
In a magical, fourteenth-century medieval realm, goblins unleash a deadly plague to exact revenge on humanity. Meanwhile, Sir Jim Eckert, a twentieth-century scholar and apprentice magician, endures an invasion of Plantagenets including Prince Edward and Joan, the Fair Maid of Kent. Sequel to Dragon in Lyonesse (BR 17197). 2000.

On Chesil Beach BR 17227
by Ian McEwan
1 volume
England, 1960s. Twenty-two-year-old budding historian Edward Mayhew and his bride, violinist Florence Ponting, both sexually innocent, honeymoon on the Dorset coast. Private, unvoiced anxieties and a momentary misunderstanding on their wedding night could prove disastrous to their union. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller 2007.

In Dublin's Fair City: A Molly Murphy Mystery BR 17278
by Rhys Bowen
2 volumes
New York City theater impresario Tommy Burke hires detective Molly Murphy to find his long-lost sister in Ireland--Molly's homeland. On the voyage, Molly encounters actress Oona Sheehan, who, craving anonymity, proposes they trade identities. Soon after, Oona goes missing and her maid turns up dead. 2007.

The Warrior's Apprentice: A Vorkosigan Adventure BR 17281
by Lois McMaster Bujold
3 volumes
Born of royal lineage on Barrayar, Miles Vorkosigan tries to join the military, but he is rejected because of his stunted growth and brittle bones. Then a visit to his grandmother on Beta Colony changes everything. Some violence. 1986.

Shards of Honor: A Vorkosigan Adventure BR 17287
by Lois McMaster Bujold
2 volumes
While attacking an outpost planet, Barrayaran lord Aral Vorkosigan captures Betan astrocartographer Cordelia Naismith and holds her prisoner. They rely on each other to survive a trek across dangerous terrain, sparking a relationship that shares the struggles of culture and politics between their two worlds. 1986.

The Quilter's Homecoming: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel BR 17288
by Jennifer Chiaverini
3 volumes
1920s. Newlyweds Elizabeth and Henry Nelson leave Pennsylvania for Southern California, where Henry has supposedly purchased a ranch with their savings. But the couple has been swindled. Homeless and penniless, they work as hands on the farm they thought they owned and learn the sordid history of local residents. 2007.

The Hard Way: A Rachel Alexander Mystery BR 17289
by Carol Lea Benjamin
2 volumes
When a wealthy retired New York City businessman is pushed from a subway platform and killed by an oncoming train, his daughter hires dog-trainer-turned-PI Rachel Alexander to find the suspect- -a homeless man. Rachel goes undercover with an Iraq War veteran who lives on the streets. Strong language. 2006.

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