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."


Washington Irving: An American Original         BR 18158
by Brian Jay Jones
5 volumes
Biography of Washington Irving (1783-1859), author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (BR 8876). Chronicles Irving's New York upbringing, his years abroad, the 1809 death of his fiancée, and the publication of the satirical Knickerbocker's History of New York, which secured his literary reputation and celebrity. 2008.

What's Math Got to Do with It? Helping Children Learn to Love Their Least Favorite Subject--and Why It's Important for America         BR 18358
by Jo Boaler
3 volumes
Noting the dismal state of U.S. math performance, professor and researcher Boaler suggests solutions to the problems she found while conducting longitudinal studies of middle- and high-school math students. Offers parents advice for helping their children at home and for pushing for changes at school. 2008.

The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army         BR 18422
by Paul Lockhart
3 volumes
Biography of Prussian army officer Friedrich von Steuben (1730-1794), who trained the ragged U.S. Continental Army to fight the British during the Revolutionary War. Focuses on the winter of 1778, when Steuben drilled the demoralized colonial troops at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, in European techniques of war. 2008.

Martha Stewart's Cupcakes: One Hundred Seventy-five Inspired Ideas for Everyone's Favorite Treat         BR 18679
by editors of Martha Stewart Living
2 volumes
Cupcakes--frosted, filled, or otherwise embellished--for any occasion. Includes recipes for blondies, Boston cream, chai-tea minis, German chocolate, lemon meringue, mint-filled, red velvet, snickerdoodle, and tiramisu as well as animal-shaped and allergen-free. Holiday selections include Halloween wicked witches and Easter bunnies. Provides tips on displaying and giving finished treats. Bestseller. 2009.

We Would Have Played for Nothing: Baseball Stars of the 1950s and 1960s Talk about the Game They Loved: The Baseball Oral History Project, Volume 2         BR 18726
by Fay Vincent
3 volumes
Former baseball commissioner Vincent presents the reminiscences of eleven ball players who recollect their 1950s and 1960s games and teammates. The contributors are Ralph Branca, Bill Rigney, Duke Snider, Robin Roberts, Carl Erskine, Whitey Ford, Lew Burdette, Harmon Killebrew, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, and Billy Williams. 2008.

A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog         BR 18728
by Dean Koontz
2 volumes
Recalls ways that Trixie, a three-year-old golden retriever and former service dog for Canine Companions for Independence, inspired the lives of bestselling novelist Dean Koontz and his wife, Gerda. Details fond and poignant memories of Trixie's short but full life. 2009.

A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy         BR 18729
by Thomas Buergenthal
2 volumes
Memoir of an American judge at the International Court of Justice in The Hague describes childhood years spent on the run from Nazis, followed by his imprisonment in Auschwitz. Buergenthal highlights the circumstances that enabled him to survive. Foreword by Elie Wiesel. Violence and strong language. 2007.

"Excuse Me, but I Was Next...": How to Handle the Top One Hundred Manners Dilemmas         BR 18731
by Peggy Post
2 volumes
Manners columnist presents common etiquette problems and advice on dealing with them. Covers breakup basics, playdate rules, handicapped-parking issues, fitness-center habits, work situations, sympathy notes, wedding dilemmas, partying politics, and gift giving. Provides quick retorts to ten nosy questions and discusses respectfully disagreeing with one's teenager. 2006.

Girls against Girls: Why We Are Mean to Each Other and How We Can Change         BR 18738
by Bonnie Burton
1 volume
Discusses why girls hurt each other. Analyzes six common types of girl-on-girl cruelty, the pain caused by such behavior, and reasons girls use each method. Also explains meanness recognition, defense, and avoidance, and the optimal response to certain situations. For junior and senior high readers. 2009.

The Mayo Clinic Diet         BR 18791
by Mayo Clinic
2 volumes
Two-pronged program includes both a two-week plan to jump-start weight loss--by adding five specific habits, breaking five unhealthy habits, and adopting five bonus habits--and a lifelong plan of eating and activity to help reach and maintain desired weight. Covers behavior modification, motivation, exercise programs, and portion estimation. Bestseller. 2010.

Venturer Handbook and Ranger Handbook         BR 18801
by Boy Scouts of America
4 volumes
This 2009 reprint of Venturer Handbook provides an overview of the Boy Scouts of America discovery and exploration program for youth aged fourteen to twenty. Ranger Handbook details requirements for earning the Venturing Ranger Award--which emphasizes fitness, outdoor activities, and conservation. For junior and senior high and older readers. 1999.

Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis         BR 18812
by Al Gore
4 volumes
In this follow-up to An Inconvenient Truth (BR 17455), the former vice president evaluates alternative energy sources--solar, wind, geothermal, nuclear--and offers suggestions for conserving power and reducing humans' impact on the earth. 2009.

Is It a Big Problem or a Little Problem? When to Worry, When Not to Worry, and What to Do         BR 18816
by Amy Egan and others
3 volumes
Therapists who founded a Maryland private school for children with disabilities provide strategies for parents and teachers to manage early childhood behavioral issues. They discuss social, emotional, speech, language, motor, and sensory-processing development in young children and offer advice on when to seek professional help. 2007.

You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto         BR 18904
by Jaron Lanier
2 volumes
Information technology leader and virtual-reality creator examines the impact of web 2.0 on knowledge, entertainment, economics, and interpersonal relations. Explores how early design decisions locked in the web's architecture and functions. Critiques the shift from individual to collective identity online and argues for a more humanistic digital world. 2010.

Part of the Pride: My Life among the Big Cats of Africa         BR 18922
by Kevin Richardson
2 volumes
South African animal custodian and self-taught behaviorist explains his unique method for bonding with big cats. Discusses his early life in Johannesburg and the talent that led him to work with dangerous animals. Includes details on the feature film White Lion, which he produced. 2009.

Peace with God         BR 18924
by Billy Graham
2 volumes
Minister Billy Graham revises and expands his statement of faith first published in 1953. It offers Graham's analysis of man's deepest longings and highest hopes and describes the path he has found to personal peace amid world crisis. 1991.

Moments of Truth: Robert R. Davila, the Story of a Deaf Leader         BR 18997
by Harry G. Lang and others
3 volumes
Chronicles the life of the first deaf Hispanic vice president of Gallaudet University, Robert Davila (born 1932), from his impoverished childhood in the California barrio to his 1989 appointment as assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Education and 2006 appointment as the interim president of Gallaudet. 2007.

The Other         BR 19055
by Ryszard Kapuscinski
1 volume
Four lectures delivered by Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski between 1990 and 2004 exploring the notion of "other" in the European psyche. Kapuscinski draws from literature, philosophy, history, and his travels in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to reflect on globalization and the clash of cultures. Translated from the Polish. 2006.

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