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

The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas, and the Coming Death of America's Coastal Cities BR 16862
by Mike Tidwell
2 volumes
Award-winning journalist predicts global warming will lead to rising sea levels and intense destructive coastal storms. Tidwell contends that human and environmental processes, including overdevelopment and Bush administration policies, contributed to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and he urges a transition to clean, renewable fuels. 2006.

Fish on Friday: Feasting, Fasting, and the Discovery of the New World BR 16870
by Brian Fagan
3 volumes
Author of Little Ice Age (BR 13935) argues that Northern European fishermen arrived in North America centuries before Columbus. Using archaeological evidence and research, anthropologist Fagan posits that improved ship construction and the search for cod combined with Christian doctrine to impel pre- 1400 exploration of Newfoundland fishing grounds. Includes recipes. 2006.

The Girl Who Walked Home Alone: Bette Davis, a Personal Biography BR 16899
by Charlotte Chandler
4 volumes
Biography of cinema star Bette Davis (1908-1989) from Hollywood's Golden Age, based on interviews with Davis in the 1980s. Presents Davis's reminiscences of her personal and professional life that included four marriages and a rift with her daughter. Some strong language. 2006.

Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War BR 16928
by Nathaniel Philbrick
4 volumes
National Book Award-winner studies two generations of Pilgrims, from the original 102 passengers who arrived in 1620 to the handful of survivors of the 1675 King Philip's War. Describes the initial storm-tossed voyage, starvation and disease in the wilderness, and the help--and duplicity--of the natives. Some violence. Bestseller. 2006.

Why Darwin Matters: The Case against Intelligent Design BR 16936
by Michael Shermer
2 volumes
A creationist-turned-scientist examines the debate over evolution and intelligent design. Decodes scientific evidence to substantiate the theory of natural selection--which some Christians believe contradicts scriptural teachings--and observes the impact on science and culture. Affirms that religion and science need not be in conflict. 2006.

Sensational Knitted Socks BR 17141
by Charlene Schurch
2 volumes
Presents basic information about knitting socks: yarn choices, technical skill requirements, and sizing. Features ten different master patterns with options for a thousand variations. Includes instructions for making solid and multicolored socks in simple to complex designs, using a variety of needles. 2005.

Crashing Through: A True Story of Risk, Adventure, and the Man Who Dared to See BR 17156
by Robert Kurson
3 volumes
Award-winning author profiles Michael May (born 1953), who was blinded at age three and later became a champion skier, CIA analyst, and entrepreneur. Relates May's internal conflict over whether to undergo a revolutionary stem-cell procedure and a cornea transplant to restore his sight. 2007.

All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes BR 17159
by Maya Angelou
2 volumes
African American poet, actress, civil rights activist, and television producer-director recalls a 1960s pilgrimage to Ghana to connect with her ancestral roots. Describes her sadness and disillusionment at the lack of acceptance among native Ghanaians. Sequel to The Heart of a Woman (BR 16950). Some strong language. 1986.

Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn BR 17199
by Donald Spoto
3 volumes
Biography of film star Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) details her childhood in Belgium, England, and Nazi-controlled Holland, her ballet training, and her 1951 breakout role in Broadway's Gigi. Traces her subsequent career in films, marriages to Mel Ferrer and Andrea Dotti, and later humanitarian work with UNICEF. Some strong language. 2006.

Brother One Cell: An American Coming of Age in South Korea's Prisons BR 17200
by Cullen Thomas
3 volumes
Author recounts his arrest for drug smuggling in Seoul, South Korea, where, at twenty-three, he had taken a job teaching English. Describes his three-and-a-half-year jail term in a prison where Confucian mores reigned, thus making it a relatively safe haven. Strong language and some violence. 2007.

Lunch Box: Creative Recipes for Everyday Lunches BR 17201
by Marie Breton and Isabelle Emond
2 volumes
Dietitians present dozens of healthy, creative, practical, and economical recipes suitable for packed lunches. Includes soups, sandwiches, salads, pizza pockets, pasta, and chicken and beef dishes along with snacks, desserts, and beverages. Provides nutritional information, tips on preparation, and a four-week menu plan. 2001.

The Complete Guide to Houseplants: The Easy Way to Choose and Grow Healthy, Happy Houseplants BR 17207
by Valerie Bradley
3 volumes
Professional horticulturist offers advice on choosing houseplants that are best suited to the light in a specific room. Also discusses growth expectations, air quality, and fragrance. Includes information on watering, propagation, pests, diseases, pruning, potting, arranging, and routine care. 2006.

Raymond's Room: Ending the Segregation of People with Disabilities BR 17277
by Dale DiLeo
2 volumes
Advocate for people with severe disabilities attacks what he calls the "disability industrial complex" for keeping persons needing assistance segregated from mainstream life. Critiques institutional programs and facilities. Proposes ways those with serious challenges can find and hold jobs and live independently in their own homes. 2007.

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