Braille Book Review

March-April 2012

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 occasi onal or infrequent occurence, as in "some strong language."


The Thing about Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead         BR 18437
by David Shields
2 volumes
Fifty-one-year-old professor and author of Remote (BR 10661) discusses his own take on mortality and contrasts it with his ninety-seven-year-old father's optimistic attitude. He peppers his musings with biographical vignettes, biological facts about the aging body and mind, and quotes from people throughout history. Some strong language. 2008.

Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times         BR 18448
by Steve Solomon
4 volumes
Longtime gardener and former proponent of the intensive-gardening trend espouses the benefits of extensive vegetable gardening—spacing seedlings far apart to yield larger plants that use less water, fertilizer, and labor. Also discusses tools, compost, and pests. 2005.

Gale Gand's Brunch! One Hundred Fantastic Recipes for the Weekend's Best Meal         BR 18657
by Gale Gand
2 volumes
Award-winning pastry chef and host of Food Network's Sweet Dreams offers variations on traditional breakfast fare. Includes recipes for egg dishes, almond ciabatta French toast, baked goods such as ginger scones with peaches and cream, and drinks such as Bloody Marys and iced coffees. 2009.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide         BR 18769
by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
3 volumes
Award-winning journalists explore the global exploitation of women and the perpetration of abuses such as sex trafficking, rape, and mutilation. The authors interview several victims and suggest simple actions for reducing future persecutions. They emphasize the role of education and economics in empowering females. Violence. 2009.

The Well-Designed Mixed Garden: Building Beds and Borders with Trees, Shrubs, Perennials, Annuals, and Bulbs         BR 18901
by Tracy DiSabato-Aust
8 volumes
Detailed guide to designing a diverse garden that incorporates both herbaceous (soft-stemmed) and woody plant material of various heights, textures, colors, and blooming times. Covers site evaluation issues such as soil and light considerations, plant selection, placement, and maintenance. Offers twenty-seven sample combinations of compatible plants. 2003.

The Cambridge Companion to Singing         BR 18971
edited by John Potter
4 volumes
Essays on Western vocal traditions grouped in four categories: popular (including rock, rap, jazz, and world); theatre (from opera to popular entertainers); choral; and performance practices (from the Middle Ages to the modern era). 2000.

Betty Crocker Four-Ingredient Dinners         BR 19088
by Betty Crocker editors
2 volumes
Cookbook for dishes requiring only four ingredients. Some recipes are super-express and can be prepared in less than twenty minutes. Includes soups, salads, pastas, grains, sandwiches, pizzas, skillet meals, stir-fries, roasts, casseroles, burgers, grilled dishes, sides, and desserts as well as pantry planning tips, nutritional information, and metric conversions. 2003.

For the Love of Music: Invitations to Listening         BR 19094
by Michael Steinberg and Larry Rothe
3 volumes
Articles from the San Francisco Symphony's program books covering various musical subjects. Includes music-appreciation essays such as "How I Fell in Love with Music" and "Loving Memories of Movie Music," and examinations of specific composers in "Thinking of Robert Schumann" and "Sibelius and Mahler: What More Could There Be?" 2006.

The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home         BR 19175
by Dan Ariely
3 volumes
In this sequel to Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions (BR 17727), the Duke University professor explores the idea that an irrational course of action can actually be best. He addresses ways people defy logic and explains how to break negative patterns of thought and behavior. 2010.

Voice: A Memoir         BR 19218
by Thomas Quasthoff
2 volumes
German bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff reminisces about his private and public experiences—such as having thalidomide disabilities, being denied admission to the Music Academy, and singing his way from a body cast to a Grammy Award. Discusses jazz, American popular music, classical composers, physical impairments, prestigious competitions, and international performances. 2004.

On Monsters: An Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears         BR 19224
by Stephen T. Asma
5 volumes
Philosophy professor probes Western perceptions, phobias, and self-preservation instincts to examine the cultural and conceptual history of monsters. Describes strange animal encounters and manifestations in ancient and medieval times, and expounds on the biblical and scientific explanations of these creatures. Includes observations of humankind's psychological demons. 2009.

The Annotated U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence         BR 19233
edited by Jack N. Rakove
2 volumes
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author of Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution (BR 11184) analyzes the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Interprets language usage of the past and offers historical and political background information. 2009.

For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History         BR 19292
by Sarah Rose
2 volumes
Chronicles the quest of Scottish botanist Robert Fortune, who in 1848 was dispatched to China by the British East India Company to steal the plants and the secrets of growing and brewing tea. Discusses the impact of Fortune's endeavors on England's health and on the world economy. 2010.

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