Braille Book Review

May-June 2010

Books for Adults

Fiction

More than a Bargain         BR 17895
by Ann Clay
3 volumes
Louisiana. Grambling University football star Trae Brooks bets that he can seduce the dance team's new member, Regina "Reggie" Miles. Surprised to find himself falling for Reggie, Trae must hide the initial wager in order to keep from losing her. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

You Had Me at Good-bye         BR 17896
by Tracey Bateman
2 volumes
Dancy is furious that her brother's British friend Jack took the senior editor job she was in line for at Lane Publishing. Then, after standing up to an author, Dancy must take a month's leave. While she contemplates her next career move, Dancy can't stop thinking about Jack. 2008.

Together: A Novel of Shared Vision         BR 17900
by Tom Sullivan
2 volumes
Colorado. Twenty-five-year-old Brenden McCarthy is a first-year medical resident and an avid mountain climber until a climbing accident blinds him. Now Brenden's widowed mother wants to care for him and his fiancée considers leaving him, while Brenden enters rehabilitation and gets a guide dog--thrice-rejected black Labrador Nelson. 2008.

Once upon a Time in the North         BR 17906
by Philip Pullman
1 volume
Texan Lee Scoresby, accompanied by his daemon Hester, lands his hot-air balloon on the arctic island of Novy Odense, where he becomes embroiled in local politics and first meets Iorek Byrnison, the armored bear. Companion to the His Dark Materials series. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

Associate         BR 17934
by John Grisham
3 volumes
A college misdeed comes back to haunt Yale law-school graduate Kyle McAvoy when he is blackmailed into working at a Wall Street firm that is handling a multibillion dollar lawsuit involving a Pentagon contract. Forced into stealing documents, Kyle soon realizes he is in over his head. Bestseller. 2009.

Dashing through the Snow: A Regan Reilly Mystery         BR 18056
by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark
2 volumes
Regan Reilly, Alvirah Meehan, and their families come to Branscombe, New Hampshire, for a holiday festival. Although four local market employees won millions in a lottery, a fifth coworker who normally plays is missing. While searching for the missing man, Regan and Alvirah discover wrongdoing in the town. Bestseller. 2008.

Lucky One         BR 18058
by Nicholas Sparks
3 volumes
While serving in Iraq, Logan Thibault finds a photo of a blonde woman wearing a "lucky lady" T-shirt. Oddly, the picture brings him luck--first with cards and then in battle. Still mystified about her five years later, Logan tracks down the lady--a single mom. Some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

A Mercy         BR 18095
by Toni Morrison
1 volume
Colonial North America, 1680s. An Anglo-Dutch trader reluctantly accepts a young slave girl named Florens as payment for a bad debt. Her mother hopes the transaction will prove a mercy to Florens, but subsequent years in Jacob Vaark's household reveal the harsh reality of being under another's dominion. Some violence. Bestseller. 2008.

Just after Sunset: Stories         BR 18104
by Stephen King
4 volumes
Thirteen suspenseful short stories. In "The Gingerbread Girl" a grieving woman whose baby has died retreats to the Florida Keys only to encounter a serial killer. In "The Things They Left Behind" a man finds items belonging to his murdered coworkers in his apartment. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Slumdog Millionaire         BR 18105
by Vikas Swarup
3 volumes
Mumbai, India. Uneducated waiter Ram Mohammad Thomas wins a billion rupees on a quiz show but is accused of cheating and thrown into jail. In flashback-accounts to his lawyer, Ram explains his past adventures supplied him the winning answers. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2005.

Kingdom on the Waves: The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume 2; Taken from Accounts by His Own Hand and Other Sundry Sources--Collected by Mr. M.T. Anderson of Boston         BR 18222
by M.T. Anderson
3 volumes
Persuaded by the 1775 British offer of freedom to slaves, Octavian joins the Royal Ethiopian Regiment, engaging in naval raids on Virginia. Sequel to National Book Award winner The Pox Party. Violence. For senior high and older readers. 2008.

8th Confession: A Women's Murder Club Mystery         BR 18226
by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
2 volumes
The Women's Murder Club investigates the brutal death of street person Bagman Jesus. Meanwhile detective Lindsay Boxer reluctantly examines the high-profile case of young socialite couple Isa and Ethan Bailey, who mysteriously died in their sleep. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

Summer on Blossom Street         BR 18227
by Debbie Macomber
3 volumes
Seattle. Lydia organizes a "knit-to-quit" class for people trying to abandon their negative habits. Phoebe joins after calling off her engagement, Bryan has job-related stresses, Anne Marie copes with a recovering addict in her life, and Alix wants to stop smoking before she becomes pregnant. Bestseller. 2009.

Life as We Knew It         BR 18228
by Susan Beth Pfeffer
3 volumes
Sixteen-year-old Miranda keeps a journal describing her family's struggle to survive after an asteroid hits the moon and causes disastrous climate change on earth. She records her feelings about losing contact with friends and the outside world, locating food, and keeping hope alive. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.

Dead and the Gone         BR 18229
by Susan Beth Pfeffer
2 volumes
After a meteor hits the moon causing a series of horrific climate changes, seventeen-year-old Alex Morales must take care of his younger sisters alone in the chaos of New York City. Companion to Life as We Knew It (BR 18228). For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

Grub-and-Stakers Spin a Yarn         BR 18230
by Alisa Craig
2 volumes
Osbert and Dittany Monk, part-time deputies in a small Canadian town, are enlisted to solve the murder of a local mincemeat maker. The decedent's wife, Mother Matilda, has been guarding the secret family recipe for years and fears her husband was killed by industrial spies. 1990.

Trouble         BR 18234
by Gary D. Schmidt
2 volumes
Fourteen-year-old Henry, wishing to honor his older brother Franklin's dying request, sets out to hike Maine's Mount Katahdin with his best friend and dog. But they encounter the Cambodian refugee accused of fatally injuring Franklin--and learn that all is not as it seems. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

Joys of Love         BR 18238
by Madeleine L'Engle
2 volumes
After graduating from college in 1946, Elizabeth pursues her dream of acting and lands an apprenticeship in a summer theater company. She falls in love with an aspiring director, not realizing how much her friendship with a fellow apprentice means to her. For senior high and older readers. 1950.

Full Circle         BR 18271
by Danielle Steel
4 volumes
Tana Roberts's secure, happy childhood ends abruptly after high school graduation, when the son of her widowed mother's lover rapes her. Her life forever changed, Tana sets out to succeed in her legal career, life, and love. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1984.

Star Bright: The Harrigan Family, Book 2         BR 18273
by Catherine Anderson
3 volumes
Crystal Falls, Oregon. After escaping from her abusive husband Peter, Rainie Danning works as a bookkeeper on Parker Harrigan's horse ranch. Parker falls in love with Rainie and learns about her past--but Peter tracks down Rainie for revenge. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Heart of the Matter         BR 18275
by Graham Greene
3 volumes
Colonial West Africa. Trapped in a loveless marriage to his piteous wife Louise, Assistant Police Commissioner Scobie begins an affair with widowed shipwreck survivor Helen. The indiscretion precipitates a religious crisis and ultimately leads to dishonor, deceit--and death. Includes 2004 introduction by James Wood. 1948.

Ghost Sister         BR 18276
by Liz Williams
3 volumes
Eleres is fiercely protective of his ailing sister, Mevennen--called a ghost by their people because of her disconnect from their world's natural energies. Seeking a cure, Eleres takes Mevennen into the wilderness, where they meet Shu, a gaian spirit whose hope for healing may come at a terrible price. 2001.

Doubtful Cañon: A Western Story         BR 18286
by Johnny D. Boggs
2 volumes
New Mexico. Three twelve-year-olds--Jack, Ian, and Jasmine--are playing in an abandoned mine when they encounter a frightening stranger named Whitey Grey. Whitey tells them about a fortune in gold lost in Doubtful Cañon during an Apache raid. Despite the dangers, the trio agrees to help him find the treasure. Spur Award. 2007.

Rip Van Winkle and Other Stories         BR 18287
by Washington Irving
1 volume
Five tales by Washington Irving (1783-1859). In the title story, the good-natured but lazy Rip Van Winkle falls asleep for twenty years in the Catskills. In "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," schoolmaster Ichabod Crane encounters the Headless Horseman. Includes "The Spectre Bridegroom," "The Pride of the Village," and "Mountjoy." 1819.

Flying Too High: A Phryne Fisher Mystery, Book 2         BR 18289
by Kerry Greenwood
2 volumes
Australia, 1928. PI Phryne Fisher juggles two unrelated cases involving kidnapping and murder. In one, Phryne searches for a lottery winner's missing daughter. In the other, Phryne sets out to exonerate a pilot charged with killing his brutish father. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1990.

Sweetwater Gap         BR 18312
by Denise Hunter
2 volumes
Josie Mitchell is summoned home to North Carolina to help run her family's apple orchard. Josie embraces old friends and family and, despite her guilty memories and illness, falls in love with orchard manager Grady Mackenzie. When a crisis occurs, Josie opens her heart to God. 2008.

Returning         BR 18320
by Ann Tatlock
2 volumes
Andrea Sheldon awaits her husband John's return from a five-year prison sentence for vehicular homicide. Their son with Down syndrome welcomes John, who is now religious, but their two daughters reject him. Over the summer, the family members adjust to new roles amid personal turmoil. 2009.

Six Tales of the Jazz Age and Other Stories         BR 18322
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2 volumes
Nine short stories by the author of The Great Gatsby (BR 11057). Includes "The Camel's Back," "Hot and Cold Blood," and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," a tale about a man who ages backwards that inspired a Hollywood movie. Includes a 1960 introduction by Fitzgerald's daughter. 1925.

Book of Jude         BR 18396
by Kimberley Heuston
2 volumes
1989. Fifteen-year-old Jude and her Mormon family relocate to communist Czechoslovakia after Jude's mother wins a Fulbright fellowship to study art. But the move and the country's political turmoil overwhelm Jude until she is diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and treated. For senior high readers. 2008.

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