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

Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change BR 17297
by Elizabeth Kolbert
2 volumes
New Yorker staff writer addresses global warming in this examination of climate change. Kolbert recounts her visits to northern latitudes to document effects of greenhouse gases on land and people. Discusses the interplay of science and politics and details actions taken by organizations and individuals to avert a crisis. 2006.

Chasin' the Bird: The Life and Legacy of Charlie Parker BR 17326
by Brian Priestley
3 volumes
British jazz critic analyzes the music of African American saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker (1920-1955), tracing Parker's contributions to jazz and bebop. Documents Parker's recordings and performances and describes his Kansas City depression-era childhood, his first paid engagement at age fourteen, and his early addiction to alcohol and drugs. 2005.

FDR BR 17365
by Jean Edward Smith
11 volumes
Professor draws on archives to pen a biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the thirty-second president of the United States. Chronicles his political career as governor of New York and four terms as commander in chief. Explores his complex personal life involving his family and mistresses. 2007.

The Real All Americans: The Team That Changed a Game, a People, a Nation BR 17400
by Sally Jenkins
4 volumes
Washington Post journalist recounts the 1911 and 1912 championship season of Carlisle Indian Industrial School's college football team. Details the school's founding by Lt. Col. Richard Henry Pratt and describes the careers of player Jim Thorpe and coach Pop Warner. 2007.

Behind Our Eyes: Stories, Poems, and Essays by Writers with Disabilities BR 17432
edited by Marilyn Brandt Smith
3 volumes
Twenty-seven contributors, many blind, express their experiences dealing with everyday situations and emotions. In "Her Day Versus My Day," a twenty-five-year-old suffers a stroke. In "Rebel with a Cane," a thirteen-year-old who is blind defies her overprotective parents and walks home alone from school. 2007.

Here If You Need Me: A True Story BR 17437
by Kate Braestrup
2 volumes
A chaplain for the Maine Warden Service relates being widowed with four children after her state-trooper husband was killed. Explains her decision to follow his dream of becoming a Unitarian Universalist minister. Describes her deep faith and comforting of those who lost loved ones. 2007.

Barney Ross BR 17439
by Douglas Century
2 volumes
Biography of Chicago-born boxer Barney Ross (1909-1967), who once claimed to work for Al Capone and had a lifelong friendship with Jack Ruby. Highlights Ross's professional sports career, his heroism in World War II, and his struggles with morphine addiction. Some violence and some strong language. 2006.

Christmas with Paula Deen: Recipes and Stories from My Favorite Holiday BR 17449
by Paula Deen
1 volume
Television chef presents recipes for the Christmas holiday including ideas for giving gifts of food and for hosting an open house. Also covers baking traditional cookies and preparing breakfast and dinner on the special day. Shares her memories of celebrating the season with family and friends. Bestseller 2007.

An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do about It BR 17455
by Al Gore
2 volumes
Companion volume to the Academy Award-winning best documentary feature film presents the former U.S. vice president's personal assessment of the dangers facing our physical world due to the climate crisis. Gore discusses symptoms of change--greenhouse gases, glacier and polar melt, bleaching of coral--and profiles scientists investigating these issues. 2006.

Adopted Son: Washington, Lafayette, and the Friendship That Saved the Revolution BR 17456
by David A. Clary
6 volumes
Historian uses archives to detail the personal relationship between the Marquis de Lafayette and George Washington during the American Revolution. Explores the development of both men into military and political leaders and their bond, which extended through Lafayette's doomed democratic experiment and imprisonment in France. 2007.

Noise BR 17458
by Bart Kosko
3 volumes
Electrical engineer discusses the science and subjectivity of noise. Describes noise pollution as damaging to animal and human life but also as beneficial in communication. Explains stochastic, or random, resonance; identifies various degrees of sound including white noise; and details the development of noise-canceling technology. 2006.

Zigzag: The Incredible Wartime Exploits of Double Agent Eddie Chapman BR 17546
by Nicholas Booth
4 volumes
Biography of British spy Eddie Chapman (1914-1997), a career criminal who was imprisoned on a Channel isle when the Nazis captured it in 1940. Describes his training as a Nazi spy, his return to England, and his services as an agent for MI5. Some violence and some strong language. 2007.

Heart in the Right Place: A Memoir BR 17565
by Carolyn Jourdan
2 volumes
When her seventy-two-year-old mother had a heart attack, U.S. Senate counsel Jourdan took leave to man the receptionist's desk in her father's rural Tennessee doctor's office. She describes those days that turned into a year, and the lessons in humanity she learned during that time. Some strong language. 2007.

The Fabric of America: How Our Borders and Boundaries Shaped the Country and Forged Our National Identity BR 17650
by Andro Linklater
4 volumes
Author posits that the character of the United States has been shaped by the structure and limits established by its borders. Discusses how boundary and property lines created by eighteenth- century surveyor Andrew Ellicott presaged the establishment of law, order, and solidarity in the evolving democracy. 2007.

Practicing: A Musician's Return to Music BR 17666
by Glenn Kurtz
2 volumes
Memoir of a classical guitarist who performed as a child prodigy, abandoned his instrument at age twenty-five, and rediscovered the joy of playing years later. Discusses his love of music, his early desire to emulate Andrés Segovia, and his realization that the discipline of practice is its own reward. 2007.

Writing Mysteries: A Handbook by the Mystery Writers of America BR 17675
edited by Sue Grafton
3 volumes
Tony Hillerman, Lawrence Block, Sara Paretsky, and others provide advice on such topics as composing convincing dialog, mastering pacing and suspense, developing series characters, depicting violence, and revising and marketing manuscripts. They also cover writing mystery-genre specialties including young adult, medical, legal, historical, and true-crime stories. Some violence. 2002.

The Vegetable Dishes I Can't Live Without BR 17676
by Mollie Katzen
2 volumes
Moosewood Cookbook (BR 5642) author maintains that "it is easy to make vegetables taste wonderful through simple preparations utilizing a very few choice ingredients." Presents recipes from around the world and ten ways to sneak vegetables into everyone's diet. 2007.

Are American Elections Fair? BR 17757
edited by Stuart A. Kallen
1 volume
Ten essays debate the U.S. election process. Includes arguments for and against the electoral college, electronic voting machines, felons' and illegal aliens' voting rights, and campaign finance reform. Discusses the disputed presidential election of 2000 and provides a list of relevant organizations. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.


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