Braille Book Review

September-October 2009

Books for Adults


White Lies: An Arcane Society Novel &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17752
by Jayne Ann Krentz
3 volumes
Clare Lancaster, a psychic, meets her biological father and begins working
for his family's company. Suspected of killing her brother-in-law,
Clare searches for the truth while she falls for Jake Salter, a mind
reader from the Arcane Society. Some explicit descriptions of sex,
some violence, and some strong language. 2007.

April in Paris &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17540
by Michael Wallner
2 volumes
World War II, occupied France. Roth, a twenty-two-year-old German soldier,
translates for the SS during interrogations of Resistance fighters.
Off duty he roams Paris as "Antoine" and falls in love with
bookseller's daughter Chantal. Ignorance of each other's true
identity brings tragedy. Violence and some explicit descriptions of
sex. 2006.

Last Chinese Chef &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17541
by Nicole Mones
3 volumes
Forty-year-old American food writer Maggie McElroy, grieving over her
husband's accidental death, learns of a paternity suit filed against
him in Beijing. She flies to China to investigate and to interview
rising culinary star Sam Liang, a Chinese American chef, who teaches
her about more than cuisine. 2007.

Lilith's Ark: Teenage Tales of Biblical Women &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17833
by Deborah Bodin Cohen
2 volumes
Stories of young Jewish women from the Torah. Includes the story of Eve,
the first woman named in the holy book, and of Sarah and Rebekah,
the first and second matriarchs. Discusses the challenges they
faced, including love, spirituality, and growing up. For senior high
readers. 2006.

Remarkable Life and Times of Eliza Rose &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17571
by Mary Hooper
2 volumes
London, 1670. Homeless fifteen-year-old Eliza is arrested for stealing
food. Bailed out by bawdy-house owner Ma Gwyn, Eliza is helped by
Ma's daughter Nell, who becomes the mistress of King Charles.
Eliza's fortune improves, and she eventually finds her birth mother.
For senior high and older readers. 2006.

Wicked Lovely &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17597
by Melissa Marr
2 volumes
Seventeen-year-old Aislinn and her grandmother are fey--they can see
faeries, who are nasty folk. Keenan, the Summer King, wants Aislinn
to be his queen and takes human form to woo her. But Aislinn prefers
fellow student Seth and resists joining Keenan. Some strong
language. For senior high readers. 2007.

Something More &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17600
by Janet Dailey
3 volumes
Wyoming. Rancher Luke McCallister unearths human remains purported to be
those of treasure hunter Henry James Wilson, grandfather of history
teacher Angie Sommers. Angie arrives to claim the body and, more
important, locate long-lost outlaw gold. Angie enlists Luke's help,
but they aren't the only ones seeking the fortune. 2007.

Wheel of Darkness: A Pendergast Mystery &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17589
by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
3 volumes
FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast and his ward Constance Greene are studying at
a Tibetan monastery when Pendergast is asked to recover a stolen
relic that could wipe out mankind. His search leads to a luxury
cruise ship where a murderer awaits. Some violence and some strong
language. 2007.

Beyond Reach: A Sara Linton Mystery &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17579
by Karin Slaughter
3 volumes
Detective Lena Adams, last seen in Faithless (BR 16326), spends
her vacation checking on her drug-addicted uncle Hank. When Lena is
wrongly arrested for murder, her police-chief boss Jeffrey Tolliver
and his medical-examiner wife Sara Linton help solve the
bigotry-filled mystery. Violence and strong language. 2007.

Breakable You &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17851
by Brian Morton
2 volumes
While novelist Adam leaves Eleanor, his fifty-nine-year-old psychologist
wife, for a younger woman, their troubled doctoral-student daughter
Maud begins an affair with grieving Arab-American Samir. Eleanor
ponders a new vocation and Adam makes a questionable move to revive
his. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 2006.

Stuck in the Seventies &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17599
by D.L. Garfinkle
2 volumes
Los Angeles. Spoiled seventeen-year-old Shay travels in time from her
boyfriend's 2006 Jacuzzi to Tyler's 1978 bathtub. Nerdy Tyler agrees
to help Shay return home if she helps him become popular, but soon
Shay wants to stay--and Tyler wants her gone. A high-interest,
low-vocabulary book. For senior high readers. 2007.

Born for Adventure &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17602
by Kathleen Karr
2 volumes
1887. Sixteen-year-old Tom Ormsby joins African explorer Henry Morton
Stanley's expedition to rescue Emin Pasha, who was kidnapped in the
Congo. Tom enters a jungle world filled with wonders and
perils--slavers, warring tribes, and colonial masters--and leaves a
different young man. For junior and senior high readers. 2007.

Love Is a Many Trousered Thing: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson
BR 17538

by Louise Rennison
2 volumes
British teen Georgia Nicolson, from Startled by His Furry Shorts and others, journals her choices between possible
boyfriends after Robbie unexpectedly returns to town. Includes a new
"snogging scale" and a glossary of Georgia's pet phrases. Some
strong language. For senior high readers. 2007.

Land of the Blind &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17744
by Jess Walter
3 volumes
Burned-out Spokane police detective Caroline Mabry is puzzled by the man in
her interview room. Attorney and failed politician Clark Mason
insists he's responsible for a murder, but his statement is taking
him hours to write, and it starts with his childhood. Strong
language and some descriptions of sex. 2003.

Undercover &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17831
by Beth Kephart
1 volume
Sophomore loner Elisa has a talent for observing the world and operates a
business ghostwriting love letters for guys. As her parents'
marriage disintegrates, Elisa escapes by ice-skating on the local
pond. Theo, a client, begins joining her and they fall in love. For
senior high readers. 2007.

In Her Absence &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17807
by Antonio Muñoz Molina
1 volume
Spain. Mario López, a dutiful civil servant and husband, arrives home from
work to find his beautiful artsy wife Blanca and her suitcase
missing. When Blanca--or someone identical to her--returns, Mario's
obsessive love is replaced by suspicion of this possible imposter.
Translated from Spanish by Esther Allen. 1999.

Colorado Weddings: The Grooms Take Charge in Three Surprising Romances
BR 17539

by Joyce Livingston
2 volumes
Three bachelors find love through determination and faith. In A Winning
fitness instructor Bart helps single mom Shelley with her
troubled teenage son. In Downhill heartbreaker Mark seeks
to reconcile with his ex-girlfriend, Stormi. In The Wedding
aging widowed cowboy Clint falls for much-younger
nuptials coordinator Tula. 2006.

School for Heiresses &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17633
by Sabrina Jeffries and others
4 volumes
Eccentric headmistress Charlotte Harris instructs the nouveau riche
students at her School for Heiresses that young women should marry
for love and passion and avoid fortune hunters and rogues. Four of
her pupils--Eliza, Martinique, Grace, and Alyssa--have adventures on
their way to the altar. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

Daring Passion &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17748
by Rosemary Rogers
3 volumes
Raine Wimbourne masquerades as the Knave of Knightsbridge, champion of the
poor, to dupe authorities and protect her father--the real knave.
Philippe Gautier kidnaps Raine, intending to make her his mistress
and use her to thwart enemies, but love complicates his plans. Some
explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

Easier to Kill: A Tamara Hayle Mystery &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17747
by Valerie Wilson Wesley
2 volumes
Radio star Mandy Magic hires private investigator Tamara Hayle to look into
the murder of Mandy's stylist, who was also her second cousin.
Vandalism and an anonymous note that reads "movin' on up" may be
ominous clues that Mandy is also a target. Some violence and some
strong language. 1998.

Lush Life &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17827
by Richard Price
4 volumes
New York, Lower East Side. Frustrated actor-writer Eric Cash claims two
teens mugged him and his drinking companions as they stumbled home,
shooting Ike, an aspiring writer. But when Ike dies, detectives
Matty Clark and Yolonda Bello arrest Eric for homicide. Violence,
strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller.

Good Enough &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17749
by Paula Yoo
2 volumes
High school senior Patti Yoon is busy living up to her Korean parents'
expectations for her to attend an Ivy League college when she
befriends transfer student Ben Wheeler. Ben encourages her to apply
to Juilliard and pursue her own interests. For senior high readers.

Teen, Inc. &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17745
by Stefan Petrucha
2 volumes
Fourteen-year-old Jaiden Beale, who is being raised by the corporation
responsible for his parents' deaths, is allowed to attend public
school for the first time. After learning that the company is
polluting the local water supply, Jaiden and his friends
investigate. For junior and senior high readers. 2007.

Art of Racing in the Rain &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17801
by Garth Stein
2 volumes
Enzo, a mixed-breed dog, believes he will be reincarnated as a human. He
stands by his master Denny Swift's side through Denny's race-car
driving career, the birth of his daughter Zoë, the death of his wife
Eve, and a bitter custody battle with Eve's parents. Some strong
language. Bestseller. 2008.

Devil May Care: The New James Bond Novel &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17819
by Sebastian Faulks
2 volumes
James Bond is sent to prevent Dr. Julius Gorner from flooding England with
heroin. Bond meets Scarlett Papava, who wants to save her twin
sister from Gorner's clutches. But Gorner has plans to provoke a
nuclear war with Russia. Violence, some descriptions of sex, and
some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Beach House &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17824
by Jane Green
3 volumes
When sixty-five-year-old eccentric widow Nan Powell learns that she may
lose her beloved nine-acre Nantucket home, she turns it into a
summer boarding house. Her first guests include a gay married man, a
single mom, and Nan's own unhappy son. Some strong language.
Bestseller. 2008.

Sail &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17826
by James Patterson and Howard Roughan
2 volumes
Widow Katherine Dunne and her former brother-in-law take her troubled kids,
teens Carrie and Mark and ten-year-old Ernie, on a yacht vacation to
reconnect as a family. A natural disaster pulls them together--but
then an even greater catastrophe occurs. Violence, strong language,
and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

That Summer Place: Old Things, Private Paradise, Island Time &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17823
by Debbie Macomber and others
3 volumes
Three romantic novellas set in a Victorian house on Spruce Island in the
Pacific Northwest. In Old Things former lovers reunite
after thirty years. In Private Paradise single parents
share the lodge. In Island Time a marine biologist falls
for a millionaire. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller.

Tribute &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17818
by Nora Roberts
4 volumes
Cilla purchases the neglected Virginia farm where her grandmother Janet, a
famous actress, committed suicide. As Cilla works on the house, she
meets her intriguing graphic-novelist neighbor, discovers Janet's
mysterious love letters--and becomes the target of threatening
vandalism. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex.
Bestseller. 2008.

Fallen Angels &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17796
by Walter Dean Myers
2 volumes
Ritchie Perry, a black youth from Harlem, enlists in the army. He is sent
to Vietnam where he struggles to survive racist officers, pitched
battles, guerrilla raids, and multiple wounds. Violence and strong
language. For senior high and older readers. 1988.

Light a Penny Candle &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp BR 17572
by Maeve Binchy
5 volumes
From the time in 1940 when shy, ten-year-old Elizabeth White is evacuated
from wartime London and plunged into a large and contentious family
in the Irish village of Kilgarret, she and Aisling O'Connor are
destined to be the best of friends. This novel follows their lives
together and apart over the decades. 1983.

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