Braille Book Review

July-August 2012

Books for Adults


Sea of Poppies         BR 18648

by Amitav Ghosh
5 volumes
1838. With the opium trade as a backdrop, the ship Ibis leaves British India bound for Mauritius carrying a diverse crew and passengers, including a Bengali widow, a French orphan, a deposed raja, and an American freedman. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Man Booker Prize finalist. Commercial audiobook. 2008.

WWW: Wake; the WWW Trilogy, Book 1         BR 18658

by Robert J. Sawyer
3 volumes
When a Japanese researcher proposes another eye operation to the tech-savvy mathematical genius Caitlin, who is blind, the fifteen-year-old jumps at the chance to have an experimental signal-processing implant inserted behind her eye. But instead of sight, Caitlin's mind visualizes the Internet and detects an enigmatic entity within. 2009.

Twentieth-Century Ghosts         BR 18662

by Joe Hill
3 volumes
Fifteen horror stories by the author of Heart-Shaped Box (BR 17064). In "Better than Home" a disabled boy connects with his father at a baseball field. In "Voluntary Committal" a teen's savant brother helps him escape a friend's bad influence. Strong language and some violence. Bram Stoker Award. 2005.

Steal across the Sky         BR 18666

by Nancy Kress
3 volumes
The alien Atoners invite twenty-one human volunteers on an exploration of seven distant planets to witness the results of Atoners' crimes against humanity committed ten thousand years ago. When recruits Cam, Lucca, and Soledad arrive in the Kular system, they slowly uncover the horrible truth. Some strong language. 2009.

Shine         BR 18746

by Lauren Myracle
2 volumes
When gay teen Patrick Truman is brutally attacked and left for dead, the residents of Black Creek believe he is a victim of a hate crime. His friend Cat searches for who is responsible--and why. Violence and strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2011.

Cold Vengeance         BR 18751

by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
3 volumes
After learning of his wife Helen's murder in Fever Dream (BR 18932), FBI special agent Aloysius Pendergast wants vengeance--especially after Helen's brother Judson Esterhazy tries to kill him. But a mysterious organization called the Covenant stands in Pendergast's way. Violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2011.

The Best of Me         BR 18752

by Nicholas Sparks
3 volumes
Oriental, North Carolina. As high school seniors from different sides of the tracks, Dawson and Amanda had a doomed romance. Twenty-five years later they return home when Tuck, an old man important to both of them, dies--and leaves behind a letter describing his own life's magical love. Bestseller. 2011.

Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It         BR 18989

by Maile Meloy
2 volumes
Eleven short stories by prizewinning writer. In "Two-Step" medical resident Naomi consoles her pregnant friend Alice, who believes her doctor husband is having an affair. In "The Girlfriend" a grieving father confronts the lover of his daughter's killer. Strong language and some violence. 2009.

Kevin Kling's Holiday Inn         BR 19085

by Kevin Kling
2 volumes
National Public Radio commentator pens good-humored semi-autobiographical stories about holidays throughout the year. Describes celebrating his fourth birthday inside a glass "cage" at the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, after measles postponed his operation, and holding his breath--and fainting--during Easter services at church. 2009.

Burned: House of Night         BR 19119

by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
3 volumes
Zoey's mental and emotional state leaves her friends torn over how to help her. Stevie Rae deals with problems of her own, including the Red Fledglings and boy issues. Aphrodite struggles with her visions and the goddess Nyx. Sequel to Tempted (BR 18877). Strong language. For senior high readers. 2010.

Makers         BR 19129

by Cory Doctorow
5 volumes
Journalist Suzanne Church is approached by CEO Landon Kettlewell to blog about his microloans to entrepreneurial inventors Perry Gibbons and Lester Banks. Suzanne chronicles the creative process, documenting the spectacular rise--and crash--of their economic system called "New Work." Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

His Lordship's Chaperone         BR 19203

by Shirley Marks
2 volumes
Robert Moreland, the marquess of Haverton, stumbles upon a brilliant idea--hire his own female chaperone to prevent being trapped into marriage by one of London's debutantes. Robert's mother, the duchess of Waverly, hires nanny Catherine Hayward for the job. But the duchess has an ulterior motive. 2009.

Cujo         BR 19302

by Stephen King
3 volumes (Reissue)
When Cujo, a two-hundred-pound Saint Bernard and beloved pet of the Cambers family, is bitten by a rabid bat, terror besieges his small Maine town. Violence and strong language. 1981.

Band of Angels         BR 19308

by Julia Gregson
4 volumes
1800s. Catherine, the daughter of a genteel farmer, and Deio, a cattle-driver's son, were childhood friends in Wales. Years later in London, Catherine trains as a nurse then journeys to the Crimea, where she experiences the horrors of war--and a reunion. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 2004.

Take Me There         BR 19309

by Carolee Dean
2 volumes
Bad boy Dylan wants to make a clean start and be with beautiful Jess, but his reading difficulties and a family secret threaten his dreams. Then a deadly mistake has him on the run. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2010.

The Gift of Love         BR 19310

by Lori Foster and others
3 volumes
Anthology of family love stories. In Lori Foster's "For the Love of Wendy" widower Jack Burke decides to marry Briana, the babysitter of his five-year-old learning-disabled daughter. But rather than having the planned marriage of convenience, Jack and Briana realize that they are in love with each other. 2010.

The Wake of the Lorelei Lee: Being an Account of the Adventures of Jacky Faber on Her Way to Botany Bay         BR 19312

by L.A. Meyer
4 volumes
1807. Jacky Faber purchases the brigantine Lorelei Lee and then docks in London, believing that her past sins against the crown have been absolved. Instead, Jacky is arrested and sent to an Australian penal colony. Sequel to Rapture of the Deep (BR 18900). For junior and senior high readers. 2010.

The City and the City         BR 19313

by China Miéville
3 volumes
Inspector Tyador Borlú's investigation of a woman's murder in the rundown European city of Beszel takes him over the heavily policed border of neighboring Ul Quoma. The delicate relationship between the two cities is threatened as Borlú uncovers the victim's secrets. Violence and strong language. Hugo Award. 2009.

Dead Reckoning: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel         BR 19314

by Charlaine Harris
3 volumes
After a Molotov cocktail sets fire to Merlotte's bar and Sookie and Sam barely escape, they investigate who targeted them--and why. Meanwhile Eric, who has issues of his own, arrives on the scene. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2011.

I'll Walk Alone         BR 19315

by Mary Higgins Clark
3 volumes
Zan Moreland's three-year-old son Matthew was kidnapped two years ago. Now pictures have emerged showing a Zan look-alike taking Matthew from his stroller as Matthew's babysitter sleeps in the park. Zan soon realizes that someone has stolen her identity as well as her son--but will anyone believe her? Bestseller. 2011.

Grave Mistake: An Inspector Roderick Alleyn Mystery         BR 19321

by Ngaio Marsh
2 volumes
Rich, vain hypochondriac Sybil Foster, on a rest cure at posh Greengages, is found dead--a supposed but improbable suicide. Scotland Yard superintendent Roderick Alleyn investigates Foster's caddish doctor, ne'er-do-well stepson, nouveau-riche neighbor, and a Scots gardener. 1978.

Cheat        BR 19325

by Kristin Butcher
1 volume
While covering the cheating scam for her high school newspaper, Laurel discovers the downside to investigative reporting: nobody likes a snitch. Even her basketball-star brother Jack wants her to back off. A high-interest, low vocabulary book. Uncontracted braille. For junior and senior high readers. 2010.

Dreams of Joy         BR 19395

by Lisa See
4 volumes
1957. Pearl's nineteen-year-old daughter Joy, from Shanghai Girls (BR 18386), leaves L.A. for China to seek her biological father and join the revolutionary struggle. As Joy begins to realize the harsh reality of the regime's policies, Pearl arrives to bring her home. Some violence. Bestseller. 2011.

WWW: Wonder         BR 19396

by Robert J. Sawyer
3 volumes
After Colonel Peyton Hume recruits hackers to bring down Webmind, they begin to mysteriously disappear. Meanwhile, Caitlin desperately tries to protect the computer consciousness, which she has befriended, before it is too late. Sequel to WWW: Watch (BR 18985). Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2011.

10th Anniversary         BR 19401

by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
2 volumes
San Francisco. Newlywed police sergeant Lindsay Boxer searches for a newborn after its fifteen-year-old mother is discovered wandering the streets. Meanwhile, Yuki Castellano prosecutes a doctor for murder and reporter Cindy Thomas investigates a serial rapist. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2011.

Mouth to Mouth         BR 19411

by Erin McCarthy
2 volumes
Detective Russ Evans and his partner are on a stakeout. But their target, a man who is scamming homely women out of their fortunes, is a no-show and his hearing-impaired victim Laurel Wilkins is gorgeous and lonely--and waiting for Russ. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

The Case of the Missing Servant: From the Files of Vish Puri, India's "Most Private Investigator"         BR 19414

by Tarquin Hall
3 volumes
An attorney hires Vish "Chubby" Puri, the fifty-one-year-old Punjabi founder of a detective agency in New Delhi, India, to find a missing maid named Mary. Then someone takes a shot at Vish, Mary's corpse is discovered, and Vish's client is arrested. Some strong language. 2009.

Trapped         BR 19420

by Michael Northrop
2 volumes
During what seems like a typical New England blizzard, seven kids at Tattawa Regional High School are waiting to be picked up by their parents. Only the snowstorm is much more powerful than was expected, and not everyone survives. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2011.

The Wedding Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel         BR 19477

by Jennifer Chiaverini
3 volumes
Pennsylvania, 2028. While preparing for her daughter Caroline's nuptials, Sarah McClure reflects on the success of the Elm Creek quilters and their business enterprise. She also reminisces about the women of the past who experienced hardships and triumphs while creating their own quilts. 2011.

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