Braille Book Review

May-June 2009

Books for Adults

Fiction


Hawaii &nbsp &nbsp BR 17263
by James A. Michener
11 volumes
Account of the Hawaiian Islands from their creation by volcanic process to
statehood in 1959. Reconstructs the merging of Hawaii's disparate
inhabitants by relating fictional tales of eleventh-century
Polynesians, American missionaries including Abner Hale and his
wife, and Chinese and Japanese settlers. Some violence and some
strong language. 1959.


Dead Man's Folly: A Hercule Poirot Mystery &nbsp &nbsp BR 17448
by Agatha Christie
2 volumes (Reissue)
Mystery writer Ariadne Oliver hosts a murder hunt at her Devon estate,
complete with mock clues, victim, and killer. Suspicious of the
players and fearing a real crime will occur, Ariadne summons
detective Hercule Poirot to oversee the festivities--and the ensuing
murder investigation. 1956.


Dream When You're Feeling Blue &nbsp &nbsp BR 17718
by Elizabeth Berg
2 volumes
Chicago, 1940s. Kitty and Louise Heaney see their boyfriends off to fight
in World War II, while their younger sister Tish has fun dancing and
flirting at USO events. Letters to and from loved ones reveal events
at home and on the battlefront. Some descriptions of sex and some
strong language. 2007.


Five Skies &nbsp &nbsp BR 17520
by Ron Carlson
2 volumes
Three men share their life stories while working on a construction project
in rural Idaho. Carpenter Arthur Key, who left California after a
betrayal, and Ronnie Panelli, charming but shiftless, are led by
ranch foreman Darwin Gallegos--angry at man, God, and life. Strong
language. 2007.


Salmon Fishing in the Yemen &nbsp &nbsp BR 17588
by Paul Torday
2 volumes
When Sheikh Muhammad ibn Zaidi offers to finance the introduction of salmon
into Yemen, British politicians eagerly enlist fisheries scientist
Dr. Alfred Jones. Alfred, working closely with affianced land agent
Harriet Chetwode-Talbot, finds his life upturned by the improbable
project, which unfolds through transcripts and correspondences.
2007.


Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife: |Pride and Prejudice| Continues &nbsp &nbsp BR 17461
by Linda Berdoll
6 volumes
Derbyshire, England; 1800s. Elizabeth Bennet Darcy and her husband
Fitzwilliam, deeply in love newlyweds, are settling into their
household routine at Pemberley. Elizabeth copes with her sisters'
complaints while Darcy deals with a vengeful young man who might be
his illegitimate son. Some descriptions of sex. 2004.


Thin Woman: An Epicurean Mystery; Ellie Haskell Mystery &nbsp &nbsp BR 17742
by Dorothy Cannell
3 volumes
Ellie Simons, beautiful but overweight, hires escort Bentley Haskell to
pose as her fiancÚ on a visit to her uncle Merlin's imposing estate.
Ellie encounters unexpected romance and a treasure hunt when Merlin
suddenly passes away, leaving his fortune to her and
Bentley--provided that she shed sixty pounds. 1984.


Far from the Madding Crowd &nbsp &nbsp BR 17768
by Thomas Hardy
5 volumes
Bathsheba Everdene becomes a woman of means when she inherits her uncle's
farm. Her presence attracts three very different suitors: womanizing
soldier Francis Troy, shepherd Gabriel Oak, and gentleman-farmer
William Boldwood. The attention complicates Bathsheba's life and
brings a tragedy that threatens the entire community. First
published in 1874. 2000.


Coal Black Horse &nbsp &nbsp BR 17595
by Robert Olmstead
2 volumes
1863. Fourteen-year-old Robey Childs is sent by his clairvoyant mother to
find his father, who is fighting in the Civil War. Robey, riding a
stallion, encounters refugees, runaway slaves, deserters, and battle
scavengers. At Gettysburg Robey finds his dying father and rescues
an abused girl. Violence and strong language. 2007.


Talking to the Enemy: Stories &nbsp &nbsp BR 17578
by Avner Mandelman
1 volume
Nine stories about the Israeli experience. In "Terror" a father beats the
son who fails to stand up for his five-year-old brother, thus
instilling the precept that, right or wrong, family comes first,
even before justice or fear. Strong language and some violence.
Sophie Brody Medal. 2005.


Fall from Grace: A Charlie Peace Mystery &nbsp &nbsp BR 17408
by Robert Barnard
2 volumes
Inspector Charlie Peace, his wife Felicity, and father-in-law Rupert move
to the village of Slepton Edge. Rupert, who is fleeing rumors of
inappropriate relationships with young girls, becomes involved with
teenage drama student Anne Michaels and winds up dead. Charlie
investigates the murder suspects--including Felicity herself. Some
strong language. 2007.


Stoner &nbsp &nbsp BR 17585
by John Williams
2 volumes
In the early twentieth century, William Stoner's father, a poor farmer,
sends him to study agronomy at the University of Missouri. Instead,
the younger Stoner embraces English literature and academe. A
destructive marriage, undistinguished career, and doomed love affair
with a younger woman send the professor into solitude. 1965.


Strays &nbsp &nbsp BR 17594
by Ron Koertge
1 volume
After his parents are killed in a car accident, sixteen-year-old Ted moves
into a foster home with two other boys and transfers to an
inner-city school. Ted, whose parents were pet-store owners, can
talk to animals but gradually learns to relate to humans. Strong
language. For senior high readers. 2007.


Afterlands &nbsp &nbsp BR 17739
by Steven Heighton
3 volumes
When members of the Polaris expedition become stranded on an ice
floe off the coast of Greenland in 1872, Lieutenant Tyson takes
charge. Initially well supplied, the crew waits for the ship's
return and then, for any ship. Morale suffers and discipline erodes
as chances for survival dwindle. 2005.


Ironside: A Modern Faery's Tale &nbsp &nbsp BR 17620
by Holly Black
2 volumes
Sixteen-year-old Kaye, from Tithe (BR 15101), returns to Faeryland
to try and complete a nearly impossible quest that will release
Roiben from the spell of the faery queen who holds him in thrall.
Kaye also confesses to her mother. Strong language and some
violence. For senior high readers. 2007.


Tenderness of Wolves &nbsp &nbsp BR 17574
by Stef Penney
3 volumes
Canadian wilderness, 1860s. The day her adopted seventeen-year-old son
Francis disappears, Mrs. Ross discovers her neighbor's murdered
corpse. The community suspects Francis of the crime. Mrs. Ross
leaves her husband and sets out with half-Indian William Parker to
find the teen. Some violence. Costa Book of the Year. 2006.


Ant Farm: And Other Desperate Situations &nbsp &nbsp BR 17765
by Simon Rich
1 volume
More than fifty sketches by the former president of the Harvard
Lampoon
. In the title piece, an ant complains about digging
tunnels and never going anywhere. In "Math Problems," a teacher
creates test questions about himself. Some strong language.
Uncontracted braille. 2007.


New Year's Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel &nbsp &nbsp BR 17646
by Jennifer Chiaverini
2 volumes
During the holidays, late-in-life newlywed Sylvia recalls New Year
festivities of her youth as well as the tragic circumstances that
distanced her from her sister. Determined not to repeat past
mistakes, Sylvia reaches out to her new stepdaughter, Amy, who
disapproved of Sylvia's marriage to Amy's father, Andrew. 2007.


Horseplay &nbsp &nbsp BR 17587
by Judy Reene Singer
3 volumes
Thirty-three-year-old New York teacher Judy Van Brunt leaves both job and
cheating husband to work on a North Carolina horse farm. Judy finds
fulfillment in grooming the animals; enjoys roommates Lenni, Diana,
and Patty; and has a brush with romance. Some descriptions of sex
and some strong language. 2004.


People of the Book &nbsp &nbsp BR 17613
by Geraldine Brooks
3 volumes
Australian book conservator Hanna Heath analyzes a Hebrew manuscript
created in medieval Spain and saved from destruction in 1990s
Sarajevo. Hanna's discoveries--an insect wing, salt crystals, and
wine and blood stains--reveal the codex's past and the lives of its
guardians. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. Bestseller.
2008.


Loveseekers &nbsp &nbsp BR 17740
by Dorothy Garlock
3 volumes
In |Sing Softly to Me| Beth returns to Wyoming when she learns that her
sister Sarah has multiple sclerosis--even though Sarah's
brother-in-law broke Beth's heart. In Gentle Torment Lindy's
estranged husband follows her to Alaska to win her back. Some
explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1981.


Careless in Red &nbsp &nbsp BR 17786
by Elizabeth George
5 volumes
Grief-stricken over the murder of his wife, Detective Superintendent Thomas
Lynley has been walking the coast for weeks on end when he comes
upon the body of a teenager. Sequel to What Came before He Shot
Her (RC 63865, BR 16802)
. Strong language and some explicit
descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.


Owning It: Stories about Teens with Disabilities &nbsp &nbsp BR 17816
by Donald R. Gallo
2 volumes
Ten tales of teens dealing with school, teachers, parents, friends, the
opposite sex--and a physical or mental disability. In "See You" two
legally blind classmates are bullied. "Brainiac" portrays a girl's
return to college after a brain-damaging accident. Some violence and
some strong language. For senior high readers. 2008.


Story of Edgar Sawtelle &nbsp &nbsp BR 17799
by David Wroblewski
5 volumes
Wisconsin, 1970s. Gar and Trudy Sawtelle raise an intuitive and intelligent
dog breed on their farm. One dog, Almondine, can communicate with
the Sawtelle's mute son Edgar. After Gar's brother arrives, Gar dies
and fourteen-year-old Edgar flees into the forest with three of the
dogs. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.


Lost Duke of Wyndham &nbsp &nbsp BR 17814
by Julia Quinn
3 volumes
England, 1819. Soldier-turned-highwayman Jack Audley is suspected of being
the grandson of the dowager duchess of Wyndham. The duchess's
companion, Grace Eversleigh, falls in love with Jack but knows that
if he is the legitimate duke, they will never be able to marry. Some
explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.


Love the One You're With &nbsp &nbsp BR 17797
by Emily Giffin
3 volumes
Ellen has been happily married to her best friend's brother for one hundred
days when she encounters Leo, who broke her heart eight years ago
because he could not commit. As they get reacquainted, Ellen's
desire for Leo resurfaces. Some explicit descriptions of sex and
some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.


Madonnas of Leningrad &nbsp &nbsp BR 17815
by Debra Dean
2 volumes
Decades after surviving World War II in the basement of the Hermitage
Museum in Leningrad, Marina--now in Seattle--no longer experiences
the present. Marina's mind retreats to 1941, when only the love of
her future husband and memorizing the paintings kept her alive. Some
explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.


Someday Soon &nbsp &nbsp BR 17813
by Debbie Macomber
2 volumes
San Francisco. Widow Linette Collins meets Cain McClellan, a childhood
friend of her brother-in-law, at her sister's Christmas party.
Linette discovers that Cain owns a company of mercenaries who rescue
kidnapping victims. When they fall in love, Linette becomes a
target. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller.
1995.


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