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."


David Crockett: Hero of the Common Man         BR 17811
by William Groneman
2 volumes
Alamo historian examines the myth and legend of David Crockett (1786-1836) to portray the real frontiersman from Tennessee. Discusses his character, reputation, and career in the U.S. Congress. Scrutinizes personal accounts and diaries for evidence of Crockett's heroism during the Mexican assault on the Alamo. 2005.

Liquid Jade: The Story of Tea from East to West         BR 17637
by Beatrice Hohenegger
3 volumes
Relates the social history of tea from its medicinal origins in China to its status as a trade commodity in England. Discusses the role of tea in Eastern religious experiences and cultural arts and in economic and political exchanges with the British Empire. Includes modern-day tea-trade facts. 2006.

Air Castle of the South: WSM and the Making of Music City         BR 18191
by Craig Havighurst
4 volumes
Chronicles the rise of Nashville radio station WSM, established in 1925, which popularized country music including the Grand Ole Opry performances. Discusses the station's importance to the city. Profiles the businessmen and entertainers who influenced the station's popularity and protested the 2002 proposed format change. 2007.

Parkinson's Disease: A Complete Guide for Patients and Families         BR 17699
by William J. Weiner and others
3 volumes
Neurologists update their book's first edition by addressing innovations such as deep brain stimulation, surgery, and medications to improve the quality of life for Parkinson's patients. They discuss their recipe for living well with the disorder through understanding neuroprotective therapies and the role of drug therapy. 2007.

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions         BR 17727
by Dan Ariely
2 volumes
MIT professor draws on scientific experiments, observations, and principles of behavioral economics to demonstrate ways everyday decisions involving activities such as eating and shopping are affected by emotions, social norms, expectations, and other intangible forces. Suggests changing behavior patterns to make better, more reasonable choices. Bestseller. 2008.

One Hundred Science Words Every College Graduate Should Know         BR 18187
by American Heritage Dictionaries
1 volume
Detailed explanations of vocabulary from the fields of astronomy, biology, ecology, physics, and other areas of science and technology. Discusses terms such as absolute zero, big bang, fission, nanotube, quantum mechanics, prion, universal time, xerophyte, and more. Includes a pronunciation guide, etymologies, and supplementary notes on fundamental concepts. 2006.

Murder of Emmett Till         BR 18201
by David Aretha
1 volume
Discusses the murder of fourteen-year-old Emmett Till, an African American who breached Mississippi's racial caste system in 1955 by flirting with a white woman. Examines the racial injustice that existed, worldwide reactions to the killers' acquittal, and the repercussions on civil rights. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

Medical Myths That Can Kill You: And the 101 Truths That Will Save, Extend, and Improve Your Life         BR 17800
by Nancy Snyderman
2 volumes
Physician and NBC News chief medical editor dispels seven common myths regarding health, medical care, and longevity. Covers the three leading causes of death--cancer, heart disease, stroke--and the importance of adult vaccinations and annual checkups. Includes medical truths and tips, such as laughing is good for your heart. 2008.

Eight Women, Two Model Ts, and the American West         BR 18213
by Joanne Wilke
2 volumes
The author chronicles a nine-week cross-country camping trip made by eight young women, including her grandmother and great-aunt, in two Model T Fords in 1924. Wilke pieces together the account from journal excerpts, letters, and reminiscences of the adventurers, who drove nine thousand miles and visited six national parks. 2007.

Mr. Jefferson's Women         BR 18189
by Jon Kukla
4 volumes
Historian examines the romantic relationships of third U.S. president Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) and depicts Jefferson's attitudes toward women as uncomfortable and at times misogynistic. Explores Jefferson's first courtship rejection, marriage to Martha Wayles Skelton, liaisons in Europe following his wife's death, and controversial affair with slave Sally Hemings. 2007.

Ages and Stages: A Parent's Guide to Normal Childhood Development         BR 17847
by Charles E. Schaefer and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo
3 volumes
Offers information culled from scientific research about a child's emotional, cognitive, social, moral, and psychological development from birth to age nine. Provides examples of age-related behavior and suggests ways for parents to positively influence offspring. Highlights family and peer relationships, personal growth, and character formation. 2000.

War Within: A Secret White House History, 2006-2008         BR 17864
by Bob Woodward
5 volumes
Woodward examines President George W. Bush's management of the war in Iraq. Discusses political, social, and moral issues involved, including, Woodward reports, the United States spying on Iraqi allies and estrangement between the White House and the U.S. military. Sequel to State of Denial (BR 16804). Bestseller. 2008.

Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency         BR 17859
by Barton Gellman
5 volumes
Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Barton Gellman details the inner workings of Vice President Dick Cheney's office through interviews with Cheney's colleagues and critics. Discusses the war in Iraq, the interrogation of prisoners, domestic espionage, and Cheney's beliefs supporting a strong commander in chief. Bestseller. 2008.

Inaugural Address 2009: Together with Abraham Lincoln's First and Second Inaugural Addresses and the Gettysburg Address and Ralph Waldo Emerson's Self-Reliance         BR 18103
by Barack Obama
1 volume
United States President Barack Obama's inaugural speech (2009), President Abraham Lincoln's addresses (1865, 1863, 1861), and essayist Emerson's classic philosophical thesis (1841). Bestseller. 2009.

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