Braille Book Review

January-February 2010

Books for Adults


Civil Campaign: A Comedy of Biology and Manners; a Vorkosigan Adventure    BR 17543
by Lois McMaster Bujold
5 volumes
In this continuation of Komarr (BR 13036), Lord Miles Vorkosigan courts the widow Ekaterin and faces complications when his clone-brother Mark arrives. Mark is entangled in his own love dilemma and in a money- making scheme with a madcap scientist to develop a perfect food—butter produced by bugs. 1999.

Deadline    BR 17545
by Chris Crutcher
2 volumes
Eighteen-year-old Ben Wolf hides his terminal illness from family and friends during his senior year of high school. Since he is now able to live without fearing consequences, Ben allows himself to fall in love, argue with a teacher, and play football. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2007.

Causing Havoc    BR 17610
by Lori Foster
3 volumes
Extreme fighter Dean "Havoc" Conor returns home to Harmony, Kentucky, to visit his estranged sisters Camille and Jacki. There he befriends saucy event coordinator Eve Lavon, becomes the target of a killer, and tries to stop Camille from marrying a sleazy businessman. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 2007. 

Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth    BR 17615
by J.R.R. Tolkien
6 volumes
Posthumous collection further exploring the lore of Middle-earth. Includes accounts of Túrin, Galadriel, and the Black Riders' hunt for the Ring, as well as other events from The Silmarillion (BR 11510) and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Edited with an introduction and commentary by Christopher Tolkien. 1980. 

Consequences     BR 17623
by Penelope Lively
3 volumes
A family saga beginning in 1930s London. The lives of Lorna, daughter Molly, and granddaughter Ruth unfold against the changing physical and social landscape of the city before and after World War II. Ruth's nascent self-exploration is expressed through the lens of her family's past. 2007.

The Noah Confessions    BR 17634
by Barbara Hall
2 volumes
Los Angeles. Instead of the car she expected for her sixteenth birthday, Lynnie's father gives her a manuscript that her late mother wrote as a teenager. Lynnie discovers family secrets and begins to understand more about her parents and the challenges of growing up. For senior high readers. 2007.

Change of Heart    BR 17700
by Jodi Picoult
3 volumes
Death row inmate Shay Bourne offers to donate his heart to the sister of the child he murdered. Bourne's ability to heal his fellow inmates leads priest Father Michael and attorney Maggie Bloom to question his verdict, while June Nealon, the child's mother, is stunned. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

The Regulators    BR 17703
by Richard Bachman
3 volumes
After autistic six-year-old Seth Garin's family is murdered, he goes to live with relatives in a placid Ohio suburb. Mayhem erupts when the alien Tak, who inhabits Seth's body, emerges to attack the neighborhood with a bizarre force of violent, cartoonish creatures. Violence and strong language. 1996.

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox    BR 17806
by Maggie O'Farrell
2 volumes
Scottish shop owner Iris Lockhart is shocked to learn she has a great-aunt Esme, who has been in a psychiatric hospital for more than sixty years. When the hospital closes, Esme, deemed mentally fit, is released to Iris. Esme's story gradually comes out. Some strong language. 2006.

Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie    BR 17808
by Holly Black
2 volumes
Seventeen-year-old Valerie runs away to New York City, where she meets other kids who live underground. She also encounters troll Ravus, who distributes lifesaving potions to faeries. When Ravus is accused of murder, Val defends him. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high readers. 2005.

The Spies of Warsaw    BR 17812
by Alan Furst
3 volumes
Warsaw, 1937. Colonel Jean-François Mercier, French military attaché to Poland, spends his time socializing and recruiting spies. Mercier alerts his superiors to the threat of Nazi invasion but is ignored. Meanwhile he falls in love and rescues an agent. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Messenger of Truth: A Maisie Dobbs Mystery    BR 17857
by Jacqueline Winspear
3 volumes
England, 1930s. Artist and WWI veteran Nick Bassington-Hope falls to his death from a scaffold while preparing for his gallery opening. Nick's twin sister Georgina hires Maisie Dobbs to prove he was murdered. Maisie discovers that Nick's masterpiece is missing and she searches for clues among her client's relatives. 2006.

Off Season    BR 17861
by Anne Rivers Siddons
3 volumes
After her beloved husband Cam dies, Lilly takes his ashes to her family's beach cottage in Maine. Comforted by conversations with ghosts, Lilly thinks back over her marriage, her relationship with her parents, and long-ago tragedies—and learns about something that Cam kept from her. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Scarpetta: A Dr. Kay Scarpetta Mystery    BR 17863
by Patricia Cornwell
4 volumes
Despite their troubled past, detective Pete Marino works again with pathologist Kay Scarpetta, her husband, and her niece to expose the sadistic sexual psychopath who killed a graduate student who was a dwarf. Meanwhile someone trashes Scarpetta's reputation online. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

Stars: Stars of Mithra    BR 17867
by Nora Roberts
3 volumes
The first two novels in the Stars of Mithra series. In Hidden Star amnesiac Bailey hires PI Cade to investigate the diamond in her purse. In Captive Star bounty hunter Jack learns his latest skip hides a diamond. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1997.

To Pleasure a Lady: The Courtship Wars, Book 1    BR 17868
by Nicole Jordan
3 volumes
England, 1817. Aristocrat Marcus Pierce has reluctantly become the guardian of the three beautiful, but impoverished and scandal-ridden Loring sisters. The eldest, Annabella, declares that they will continue to run their finishing school and not marry. Marcus has other ideas— until he meets Annabella. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

To Bed a Beauty: The Courtship Wars, Book 2    BR 17869
by Nicole Jordan
3 volumes
England, 1817. After her sister Annabella's marriage, Roslyn Loring decides to wed neighboring earl Rayne Kenyon. Her guardian's best friend Drew Moncrief, the duke of Arden, agrees to tutor Roslyn in the mysteries of romance—until they become attracted to each other. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

To Seduce a Bride: The Courtship Wars, Book 3    BR 17870
by Nicole Jordan
3 volumes
England, 1817. Lilian Loring eludes the unwanted attentions of eager suitor Heath Griffin, the marquess of Claybourne, by going to London to visit her courtesan friend Fanny and help solve the financial problems of Fanny's aging associates. To Lily's surprise—and chagrin—Heath follows her. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Never Seduce a Scoundrel: The School for Heiresses    BR 17871
by Sabrina Jeffries
3 volumes
London, 1818. Lady Amelia Plume, bored with attending balls, craves adventure. She is sure to find it with the mysterious American major Lucas Winter, but she fears his mission in London involves her stepmother. Trying to learn more, Amelia secretly enjoys his scandalous advances. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

Only a Duke Will Do: The School for Heiresses    BR 17872
by Sabrina Jeffries
3 volumes
London, 1821. Seven years ago King George IV banished Simon Tremaine to India because of an incident involving the king's bastard daughter Louisa. Now the king desperately needs Simon to wed Louisa, but independent reformer Louisa has no intention of marrying. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2006.

Treasures: Stars of Mithra    BR 18100
by Nora Roberts
3 volumes
In Secret Star (1998), the third novel in the Stars of Mithra trilogy, lieutenant Seth Buchanan must protect diamond-possessing heiress Grace Fontaine. In Treasures Lost, Treasures Found (1986) Kate Hardesty completes her father's quest. Sequel to Stars (BR 17867). Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Divine Justice: A Camel Club Novel    BR 18101
by David Baldacci
3 volumes
On the run after killing two powerful men in Stone Cold (BR 17421), Oliver Stone lands in the coal-mining town of Divine, Virginia. While his Camel Club members try to come to his aid, Stone uncovers some deadly local secrets. Violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Nation    BR 18200
by Terry Pratchett
3 volumes
After a devastating tsunami, Mau, the sole survivor from his island village, joins forces with Daphne, a shipwrecked English girl. Their beach fire draws other refugees, who band together to rebuild a community based on what they value most. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2008.

Home    BR 18203
by Marilynne Robinson
3 volumes
Events take place concurrently with those in Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead (BR 16160). Like his friend and fellow minister John Ames, Robert Boughton is dying. Boughton's daughter and his long-estranged son return home to care for him—and to take refuge from their own troubled lives. 2008.

Hell House    BR 18208
by Richard Matheson
2 volumes
A wealthy media magnate offers a hundred thousand dollars to a physicist, a medium, and a psychic to in-vestigate paranormal activity in the Belasco House on the Maine coast. Past attempts have led meddlers to madness, suicide, and murder. Violence, explicit descriptions of sex, and some strong language. 1971.

Orient Express: An Entertainment    BR 18209
by Graham Greene
2 volumes
The lives of several passengers aboard the Orient Express become intertwined on a three-day journey from Ostend to Constantinople. Characters include an English chorus girl, a rich Jewish businessman, a spiteful journalist, a mysterious doctor, and a murderous burglar. Includes 2004 introduction by Christopher Hitchens. 1932.  

Saturday Night Dirt: A Motor Novel    BR 18211
by Will Weaver
1 volume
While preparing for a special Saturday night stock-car race in a small Minnesota town, seventeen-year-old driver Trace Bonham suspects his dad's crew chief Larry Rawlins of sabotaging his car. Meanwhile another teenager, Melody "Mel" Walters, daughter of the Headwaters Speedway owner, checks on track conditions. For senior high readers. 2008.

Rucker Park Setup    BR 18214
by Paul Volponi
1 volume
While playing in a crucial basketball game on the very court where his best friend J.R. was murdered, Mackey tries to decide whether to maintain his silence or tell J.R.'s father and the police what really happened. Some violence and some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2007. 

Sweet Thang    BR 18215
by Allison Whittenberg
1 volume
Philadelphia, 1975. African American ninth-grader Charmaine Upshaw resents that her orphaned six-year-old cousin lives with her family. At school Charmaine does homework for Demetrius McGee, but he likes another girl. Gradually, Charmaine realizes what is really important in life. For junior and senior high readers. 2006. 

Dead until Dark: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel    BR 18384
by Charlaine Harris
3 volumes
While telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse serves tables at Merlotte's bar in Bon Temps, Louisiana, she meets handsome vampire Bill. But when a rowdy vampire gang moves into town and murders remain unsolved, Sookie's attraction to Bill puts her in danger. Violence, explicit descriptions of sex, and some strong language. Bestseller. 2001.

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