Braille Book Review

May-June 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 occasional or infrequent occurence, as in "some strong language."


It's All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff         BR 18868
by Peter Walsh
2 volumes
Organizational consultant from television's Clean Sweep presents a step-by-step program to help readers eliminate clutter and organize their homes. Covers each room--from kitchen and bath to home office and garage--with suggestions for taking inventory, assessing value, and cleaning out. Provides real-life examples and advice on coping with emotional attachment. 2007.

Beethoven         BR 18940
by Barry Cooper
6 volumes
This chronological narrative integrates events from the private life of German composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) with study of his devotion to music. Discusses the effects of Beethoven's increasing deafness on his social interactions and composition. 2000.

Betty Crocker Comfort Food: One Hundred Recipes for the Way You Really Cook         BR 19110
by Betty Crocker Editors
1 volume
Recipes for nostalgic home cooking include breakfast dishes for any time, comfort classics such as chicken noodle soup and macaroni and cheese, healthful choices, ethnic foods, and sweet offerings including chocolate chip cookies and banana bread. Provides nutrional information and a metric conversion guide. 2007.

Inside My World         BR 19118
by Larry Johnson
1 volume
Author of Mexico by Touch (BR 15306) and You Can if You Think You Can (BR 18602) reminisces about growing up a blind child in Chicago during the 1940s and 1950s. Describes learning braille in grammar school, joining the Boy Scouts, and pledging a fraternity at age sixteen. 2010.

The Death of Conservatism         BR 19126
by Sam Tanenhaus
1 volume
Expanded version of "Conservatism Is Dead," an essay published in the New Republic. Tanenhaus argues that American conservatives are divided into two factions: realists, who believe in the virtue of government, and revanchists, who distrust government and society. Urges revanchists to restore conservatism's tradition of "conserving, not destroying." 2009.

Life after High School: A Guide for Students with Disabilities and Their Families         BR 19191
by Susan Yellin and Christina Cacioppo Bertsch
3 volumes
Guide for high school students with disabilities and the adults in their lives provides advice on transitioning from teen years to adulthood and from high school to college or the workplace. Covers handling medical issues without parental assistance and creating a paper trail to document the disability. 2010.

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The Unseen Minority: A Social History of Blindness in America         BR 19219
by Frances A. Koestler
8 volumes
Examines U.S. contributions toward improving conditions for blind individuals, focusing on the mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries. Details the struggles to enact mid-twentieth-century federal and state legislation. Discusses the origins of braille and the talking book. Portrays Louis Braille of France, Helen Keller, Anne Sullivan Macy, and Dorothy Eustis. 1976.

The Cello Suites: J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece         BR 19226
by Eric Siblin
3 volumes
A pop music critic recounts his infatuation with Bach's Cello Suites and search for the original manuscript. Explores the contrasting lives of composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) and cello virtuoso Pablo Casals (1876-1973), who discovered and recorded the suites. Includes interviews with cellists about the works' performance challenges. 2009.

Cold: Adventures in the World's Frozen Places         BR 19276
by Bill Streever
3 volumes
Scientist living in Alaska offers a year's worth of observations on the properties of cold and its physical and mental effects. Covers topics from geography and weather to biology and folklore. Includes specific discussions of hibernation, Arctic explorers, absolute zero, wind chill, blizzards, and human survival in extreme cold. 2009.

Longshot: The Adventures of a Deaf Fundamentalist Mormon Kid and His Journey to the NBA         BR 19293
by Lance Allred
3 volumes
Allred describes his childhood in a polygamous Mormon community in Montana. Covers his dealing with hearing loss and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Discusses maintaining a high GPA and a dedication to basketball in college--despite having an abusive coach--and eventually earning a stint in the NBA. Some strong language. 2009.

Mirage Men: An Adventure into Paranoia, Espionage, Psychological Warfare, and UFOs         BR 19294
by Mark Pilkington
3 volumes
Journalist investigates the possibility that UFOs are real and concludes that U.S. and foreign intelligence agencies have promoted the idea, sometimes as a cover for clandestine operations. Suggests psychological, meteorological, and scientific explanations for other sightings. Some strong language. 2010.

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