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


Belles on Their Toes &nbsp &nbsp BR 17729
by Frank B. Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth[COAUTHOR]Carey
2 volumes
1924. Life takes a dramatic turn in the Gilbreth house on Dad's death.
Mother establishes herself as head of the engineering/motion-study
business, while twelve children try to keep the family together.
Sequel to Cheaper by the Dozen (BR 00353). 1950.


Saving Daylight &nbsp &nbsp BR 17596
by Jim Harrison
1 volume
Tenth collection of verses by poet and novelist Jim Harrison. Poems range
from rants to meditations focusing on the beauty and mystique of the
physical world, aging, war, small towns, God, life's wonders, and
the nature of time. Some selections appear in both English and
Spanish. 2006.


Heartless Stone: A Journey through the World of Diamonds, Deceit, and Desire &nbsp &nbsp BR 17692
by Tom Zoellner
4 volumes
Reporter exposes the inner workings of the diamond industry. Recounts his
travels to remote, sometimes dangerous locations on six continents
where he encountered diamond smugglers, miners, geologists, jewel
polishers, and chemists. Investigates poverty and civil war
associated with gemstone production and the influence of the
secretive De Beers cartel. 2006.


Blind Need Not Apply: A History of Overcoming Prejudice in the Orientation and Mobility Profession &nbsp &nbsp BR 17510
by Ronald J. Ferguson
2 volumes
Provides a historical context of the conflict between the professionals in
the orientation and mobility (O and M) field and organizations of
blind people. Examines the basic assumptions underpinning their
different approaches to preparing O and M instructors. Considers
ways these differences have shaped policies and practice. 2007.


On Top of Spaghetti...Macaroni, Linguine, Penne, and Pasta of Every Kind &nbsp &nbsp BR 17711
by Johanne Killeen and George[COAUTHOR]Germon
3 volumes
Award-winning chefs present dozens of recipes for pasta dishes using fresh
ingredients such as vegetables, legumes, herbs, tomatoes, seafood,
poultry, meat, rabbit, eggs, and cheese. Includes sections on baked
ziti and shells, lasagna, and fresh pasta. Gives tips on gauging
portion size and knowing when noodles are properly cooked. 2006.


True Grace: The Life and Death of an American Princess &nbsp &nbsp BR 17436
by Wendy Leigh
4 volumes
Biography of Hollywood star Grace Kelly (1929-1982), who married Prince
Rainier of Monaco. Through numerous interviews with friends and
associates, the author reveals Kelly's series of love affairs,
problems with her children, her husband's infidelities, and the
demise of her acting career. 2007.


QuickFacts: Bone Metastasis; What You Need to Know--Now &nbsp &nbsp BR 17728
by American Cancer Society
1 volume
Concise guide to metastatic cancer in bones--cancer that has spread from a
primary site to the bones. Discusses the risk factors and causes for
the disease as well as prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. 2008.


To the Castle and Back &nbsp &nbsp BR 17509
by Václav Havel
4 volumes
Czech statesman and writer Václav Havel, champion of democratic principles,
recalls and reflects on pivotal experiences and concepts from his
career. Discusses his personal battle with cancer, his marriages,
and his thoughts about politics, America as a superpower, and the
war in Iraq. 2006.


Carved in Sand: When Attention Fails and Memory Fades in Midlife &nbsp &nbsp BR 17514
by Cathryn Jakobson Ramin
3 volumes
A journalist in her forties, dismayed by her unreliable memory, chronicles
her journey in pursuit of an agile brain. She interviews experts in
the fields of physiology, psychology, and sociology to explore such
factors as sleep, stress, diet, exercise, medication, and genetics.
2007.


Dog Years: A Memoir &nbsp &nbsp BR 17586
by Mark Doty
2 volumes
Award-winning poet recalls experiences with his beloved retrievers, Arden
and Beau. Describes how they helped him through his grief after his
partner's death, and how, in turn, he cared for them as they aged.
Reflects on the lessons learned about life, loss, and unconditional
love. Some strong language. 2007.


Emotional Lives of Animals: A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy--and Why They Matter &nbsp &nbsp BR 17511
by Marc Bekoff
3 volumes
Award-winning biologist uses evidence from neurological and behavioral
studies to argue that animals have feelings. Provides accounts of
fun-loving mice, pleasure-seeking iguanas, angry baboons, and other
creatures to demonstrate how emotions drive social interaction.
Urges a reassessment of animal treatment in zoos, laboratories, and
farms. Foreword by Jane Goodall. 2007.


In Search of Wagner &nbsp &nbsp BR 17563
by Theodor Adorno
2 volumes
A German philosopher examines the influence of Richard Wagner's music on
Nazi culture. Provides musicological analyses of Wagner's scores and
production techniques. Also reflects on Wagner's social character
and ideological impulses. Translated in 1981 by Rodney Livingstone.
1938.


Most Important Fish in the Sea: Menhaden and America &nbsp &nbsp BR 17447
by H. Bruce Franklin
3 volumes
Professor examines the economic, historic, and ecological role of
menhaden--small, bony, once-abundant fish used for industrial oil,
fertilizer, and animal feed. Chronicles the fish's decline along the
Atlantic and Gulf coasts due to overharvesting by large-scale
corporations. Describes the impact of this depletion on marine
ecosystems. 2007.


Wolf: Legend, Enemy, Icon &nbsp &nbsp BR 17751
by Rebecca L. Grambo
1 volume
Explores the evolution of the wolf-human relationship. Covers early
civilizations' reverence of the wolf, the wolf as a symbol of evil
in the Middle Ages, and its near extinction in modern times.
Describes the wolf's life cycle and its predatory nature, which
incites both fear and admiration in humans. 2005.


Pilgrim at Tinker Creek &nbsp &nbsp BR 17537
by Annie Dillard
2 volumes
Author contemplates the metaphysics of nature in Virginia's Blue Ridge
Mountains during the seasons of a year. Combines meditations with
scientific observations, philosophy, and introspection. Pulitzer
Prize. 1974.


Flowers: How They Changed the World &nbsp &nbsp BR 17694
by William C. Burger
3 volumes
Botanist explores the role of flowering plants in nature and in human
history. Discusses biological basics and ways floral diversity
protects against disease and ensures species survival. Emphasizes
flowers' importance as an energy and food resource and as the basis
of agriculture, enabling civilization to flourish. 2006.


Man's Search for Meaning &nbsp &nbsp BR 17798
by Viktor E. Frankl
2 volumes
Viennese psychiatrist Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) recounts his experiences as
a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps, where he developed his
doctrine of logotherapy. Argues that individuals can overcome
suffering not through pleasure but through the discovery and pursuit
of meaningful purpose. First published in German in 1946. 2006.


How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live like Everyone Else &nbsp &nbsp BR 17636
by Michael Gates Gill
2 volumes
White sixtysomething Gill describes his despair over being let go from his
high-powered New York advertising job. He explains how gratitude for
an unexpected employment offer he received at a Starbucks led him to
job satisfaction as a barista and coffee master alongside younger
black coworkers. Some strong language. 2007.


Katz on Dogs: A Commonsense Guide to Training and Living with Dogs &nbsp &nbsp BR 17621
by Jon Katz
3 volumes
Believing that the majority of owners do a poor job of training dogs, Katz,
the author of |Katz on Dogs (BR 17621)| and New Work of Dogs (BR
14833)
, describes the techniques he has found to work best.
Discusses dog selection and multidog households. 2005.


My Maggie &nbsp &nbsp BR 17723
by Richard King
2 volumes
Chicago sportscaster's tribute to Maggie, his wife of thirty-two years. He
recalls her fears, courage, and ultimate zest for living while
battling childhood hearing loss, progressive blindness, melanoma,
breast cancer, and the ovarian cancer that killed her at age
fifty-three. 2007.


Mortgage Confidential: What You Need to Know That Your Lender Won't Tell You &nbsp &nbsp BR 17507
by David Reed
2 volumes
Loan officer and author of Mortgages 101 (RC 59734, BR 15885)
demystifies the loan process for potential homebuyers. Covers
filling out mortgage applications, understanding credit reports,
choosing between fixed and adjustable rates, saving money on closing
costs, and refinancing. Includes tips on avoiding scams and dealing
with brokers. 2007.


Roots: The Saga of an American Family &nbsp &nbsp BR 17794
by Alex Haley
7 volumes
Seven generations of the author's family, from 1767, when Kunta Kinte is
captured in the Gambia, West Africa, and transported to Virginia as
a slave. Chronicles Haley's ancestors' resettlement in Tennessee
following the Civil War, reconstructs his birth in 1921, and
describes his genealogical research. Some violence. Pulitzer Prize.
1974.


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