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

Live Your Best Life: A Treasury of Wisdom, Wit, Advice, Interviews, and Inspiration from |O, the Oprah Magazine| BR 16429
The Oprah Magazine
5 volumes
In articles culled from |O, the Oprah Magazine|, Oprah offers more than a hundred articles on such topics as diet and exercise, happiness, confidence, spirituality, dating, marriage, sex, and parenthood. Also featured are everyday heroes. Contributors include Dr. Phil, Suze Orman, Harry Connick Jr., and Julie Morgenstern. 2005.

Send: The Essential Guide to Email for Office and Home BR 17212
by David Shipley and Will Schwalbe
2 volumes
Editors from the |New York Times| and Hyperion Books offer a primer on composing and delivering perfect e-mail messages. Offers guidance on writing effective subject lines and bodies and avoiding legal issues. Includes a short history of the craft and examples of written communication--both bad and good. 2007.

Live, Love, Eat! The Best of Wolfgang Puck BR 17217
by Wolfgang Puck
2 volumes
Over one hundred recipes that reflect what Puck calls his own "passionate approach to living, cooking, and eating" and that are fun to cook and serve. Includes guidelines for how the foods should look, smell, taste, sound, or feel. Includes recipes for appetizers, soups, salads, pizzas, entrees, and desserts. 2002.

Tales of the Rose Tree: Ravishing Rhododendrons and Their Travels around the World BR 17256
by Jane Brown
3 volumes
A British garden historian discusses the global spread of the genus |Rhododendron| and its 1,025 species. Traces the evolution of the plant into a gardening staple and debates the definition of nonnative plants. Highlights the individuals and arboretums that have showcased the rhododendrons. 2004.

Planning for Uncertainty: Living Wills and Other Advance Directives for You and Your Family BR 17272
by David John Doukas and William Reichel
2 volumes
Physicians offer advice on making and communicating medical and legal decisions concerning end-of-life care. Uses a question-and- answer format to explain proxies, advance directives, living wills, and the Patient Self-Determination Act. Emphasizes the connection between values and treatment preferences. Includes resources and web sites for obtaining legal forms. 2007.

Midstream: My Later Life BR 17301
by Helen Keller
3 volumes
Helen Keller (1880-1968) continues her autobiography following |The Story of My Life (BR 14704)|. Describes her life after her sophomore year at Radcliffe College, including her writing, lecturing, acting, and work on behalf of blind people. Discusses her friendships with Mark Twain, Alexander Graham Bell, and the Carnegies. 1929.

Antiquity: The Civilization of the Ancient World BR 17306
by Norman F. Cantor
3 volumes
Survey of major Mediterranean empires from the birth of the Sumerians around 3500 B.C. in the Tigris-Euphrates valley to the fall of the Roman Empire in A.D. 453. Discusses principles of religion, philosophy, politics, health, and law developed in this period and their continuing influence on modern culture. 2003.

James Monroe BR 17311
by Gary Hart
2 volumes
Details the life of America's fifth president James Monroe (1758- 1831), who is primarily known for the doctrine that bears his name. Traces Monroe's career as a soldier, diplomat, and politician who created a standing military and a national bank. Highlights the signing of the Missouri Compromise that regulated slavery. 2005.

Stealing Your Life: The Ultimate Identity Theft Prevention Plan BR 17324
by Frank W. Abagnale
2 volumes
Former criminal, now a fraud expert, provides a guide to safeguarding personal information. Exposes criminal tactics and offers a twenty-step prevention plan with tips including using a shredder, avoiding questionable web sites and ATMs, and consolidating credit cards. 2007.

Summer at Tiffany BR 17371
by Marjorie Hart
2 volumes
Eighty-three-year-old author recalls the summer of 1945 when she and Marty, her best friend from the University of Iowa, worked as the first female pages at Manhattan's Tiffany & Co. Reminisces about her romance with a navy midshipman and the VJ Day celebration in Times Square. 2007.

Independent Movement and Travel in Blind Children: A Promotion Model BR 17388
by Joseph Cutter
2 volumes
Advocates a team approach to creating a positive learning environment that fosters mobility and self-reliance in blind children. Discusses the philosophy of cane travel, including the appropriate time to begin teaching cane use and ways to encourage the development of cane travel skills for home, school, and community. 2007.

Notes of a Native Son BR 17402
by James Baldwin
2 volumes
Collection of autobiographical essays depicting the author's early life in Harlem and his later experiences as an African American living abroad. The selections reflect his personal focus on the black experience, calling it "the gate I had to unlock before I could hope to write about anything else." 1955.

Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity BR 17479
by Elaine Pagels and Karen L. King
2 volumes
Interpretation of |The Gospel of Judas from| Codex Tchacos |(BR 16708)|, discovered in Egypt in the 1970s and published by the National Geographic Society in 2006. Authors examine the ancient text's explanation of the actions of Jesus's followers and Judas's betrayal. 2007.

A Great and Godly Adventure: The Pilgrims and the Myth of the First Thanksgiving BR 17482
by Godfrey Hodgson
2 volumes
British professor examines the origins of the Massachusetts colony. Analyzes the effects of the Reformation on world history and the motives that drove the Pilgrims, radical Protestants, to immigrate from England to Holland and then the New World. Describes the creation and the symbolism of the Thanksgiving holiday. 2006.

Why Size Matters: From Bacteria to Blue Whales BR 17485
by John Tyler Bonner
1 volume
Biologist contends that size rules life. Examines how size differences in animals and plants affect their biological shape, complexity, division of labor, evolution, abundance in nature, metabolic rates, life cycles, speed of movement, and pitch of voice. 2006.

Sisters: The Lives of America's Suffragists BR 17487
by Jean H. Baker
3 volumes
Profiles the private and public lives of five women who championed women's right to vote: Lucy Stone, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frances Willard, and Alice Paul. Examines the histories and backgrounds that motivated their activism, including their families, friends, lovers, companions, education, and accomplishments. 2005.

Making It Work: Educating the Blind/Visually Impaired Student in the Regular School BR 17492
by Carol Castellano
3 volumes
This practical guide offers techniques for making the public- school experience successful for blind and visually impaired children. Covers skills, tools, and principles for constructing an effective program in the classroom. 2005.

The Smart Traveler's Passport: Three Hundred Ninety-nine Tips from Seasoned Travelers BR 17496
by Erik Torkells
1 volume
|Budget Travel| magazine editor in chief offers advice to make traveling more efficient, comfortable, and fun. Includes tips on planning and packing, safeguarding money and personal belongings, finding lodging, using public transportation, spending wisely, and sightseeing. Suggests clever uses of everyday items such as Ziploc bags and dental floss. 2007.

We Know Who We Are: A History of the Blind in Challenging Educational and Socially Constructed Policies; a Study in Policy Archeology BR 17501
by Ronald J. Ferguson
3 volumes
Author explains the Foucauldian archaeological investigation approach and applies it to policy matters related to blindness, including professionalization, federal legislation, accreditation, and confronting discrimination. Uses the perspective of organizations of blind people, particularly the National Federation of the Blind (NFB). 2001.

American Political Parties and Elections: A Very Short Introduction BR 17647
by L. Sandy Maisel
2 volumes
Distills the American electoral process and critiques its imperfections. Surveys the history of political parties, the electoral college system, presidential campaigns, and state party organizations. Author laments low voter turnout, the lack of competition among political parties, and the state of campaign financing. 2007.


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