Braille Book Review

September-October 2012

Books for Adults


Ragtime         BR 18664
by E.L. Doctorow
2 volumes
New York, 1906. A ragtime musician from Harlem falls victim to racist vandalism and seeks redress throughout violence. Incorporates luminaries of the period, including Theodore Roosevelt, Sigmund Freud, and Emma Goldman.

Destroy All Cars         BR 18676
by Blake Nelson
1 volume
In his AP English class assignments, James Hoff rants against cars, consumerism, his ex-girlfriend Sadie Kinnell, and everything he thinks is wrong with the world. When Sadie breaks up with her current boyfriend, James renews his interest. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. For senior high readers. 2009.

Breathless         BR 18744
by Dean Koontz
2 volumes
Rocky Mountains. Grady Adams and his three-year-old Irish wolfhound Merlin spot two strange white animals playing in the meadow. These mysterious creatures quickly vanish but other baffling phenomena occur, causing the government to take an interest. Some violence and some strong language. 2009.

Rules of Civility         BR 18750
by Amor Towles
3 volumes
Manhattan, 1938. Young secretaries Katey Kontent and her roommate Eve Ross meet banker Tinker Grey while enjoying the nightlife. Eve takes up with Tinker, while Katey works her way into the upper echelons of society and earns a job with a publisher. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2011.

The Litigators         BR 18761
by John Grisham
3 volumes
Oscar Finley and Wally Figg run an ambulance-chasing law practice out of a Chicago bungalow. Just as Wally finds a potentially lucrative drug case, new associate David Zinc, a Harvard Law grad who has burned out at a major firm, joins Finley and Figg. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2011.

Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict         BR 18783
by Laurie Viera Rigler
2 volumes
After going to sleep in 1813 Somerset, England, Jane Mansfield awakens in 2009 Los Angeles--in Courtney Stone's body. Jane tries to untangle Courtney's messy social life while struggling to make sense of television, cell phones, and automobiles. Sequel to Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict (BR 18143). 2009.

Lips Touch: Three Times         BR 18980
by Laini Taylor
2 volumes
Three short stories about kissing. In "Goblin Fruit" Kizzy's grandmother warns her lonely granddaughter against soul-stealing trickster goblins. Then a cute new boy at school shows romantic interest in her. Also includes "Spicy Little Curses Such as These" and "Hatchling." Some strong language. For senior high readers. Uncontracted braille. 2009.

Strangers         BR 19087
by Anita Brookner
2 volumes
Aging bachelor Paul Sturgis spends Christmas in Venice, where he befriends fellow Briton Vicky, who recently separated from her husband. Back in London, Paul runs into his former girlfriend Sarah, now widowed and in poor health. The two women challenge his lonely lifestyle. 2009.

The Vagabond Virgins         BR 19328
by Ken Kuhlken
2 volumes
San Diego, California; 1979. Lourdes Garcia hires PI Alvaro Hickey to find her sister Lupe, who has been missing for ten years. Lourdes believes Lupe is the woman known as the Holy Virgin, whose mysterious appearances in Baja California are staged to run Mexico's corrupt party out of power. 2008.

Cat Coming Home: A Joe Grey Mystery         BR 19333
by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
2 volumes
Molena Point, California. Talking feline Joe Grey and his companions Dulcie, Kit, and a newly arrived tomcat help police chief Max Harper investigate home invasions in which single women are the target. Meanwhile, Maudie Toola and her grandson Benny retreat to Maudie's lakeside cottage after Benny's parents are murdered. 2010.

A Lonely Death         BR 19335
by Charles Todd
3 volumes
Sussex, England; 1920. Scotland Yard inspector Ian Rutledge, grieving over a war buddy's suicide, investigates the murders of three veteran soldiers. Rutledge interviews the villagers, is accused of misconduct, and is eventually replaced, but persists in his search for the truth--even if it means returning to France. 2011.

Blacklands         BR 19337
by Belinda Bauer
2 volumes
England. Twelve-year-old Steven is determined to find out what happened to his uncle Billy, who disappeared nineteen years ago and is thought to have been buried by serial killer Arnold Avery. When digging in their village moor leads nowhere, Steven writes Avery in prison. Violence and strong language. 2010.

The Union Quilters: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel         BR 19338
by Jennifer Chiaverini
3 volumes
Waters Ford, Pennsylvania; 1860s. As the Civil War breaks out, the women of the Elm Creek Valley send their husbands off to fight. But problems arise for Anneke Bergstrom when her pacifist husband won't serve. Meanwhile, African American Constance Wright's spouse can't enlist because of his race. 2011.

Miles to Go: The Second Journal of The Walk         BR 19429
by Richard Paul Evans
2 volumes
Alan Christoffersen, who began a cross-country trek after losing everything in The Walk (BR 19058), is recuperating from a near-fatal mugging in Spokane, Washington, with help from a stranger named Angel. Alan in turn helps Angel heal from her emotional wounds before he heads on to Mount Rushmore. 2011.

Salvage the Bones         BR 19453
by Jesmyn Ward
2 volumes
Mississippi, August 2005. Young black teenager Esch Batiste--pregnant, hungry, and rejected--helps her widowed father and three brothers prepare for the approaching hurricane. When the storm arives, the family seeks refuge in the attic. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. National Book Award. 2011.

Believing the Lie         BR 19475
by Elizabeth George
5 volumes
Ian Cresswell's drowning was ruled an accident, but Ian's wealthy uncle wants to make sure his own son--a recovering addict--wasn't the cause. Inspector Lynley and his friends Simon and Deborah St. James conduct an off-the-books investigation of the troubled family. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2012.

Death Comes to Pemberley         BR 19476
by P.D. James
2 volumes
Derbyshire, England; 1803. Fitzwilliam Darcy and his wife Elizabeth (née Bennet), who have been married six years and have two sons, are relaxing on the night before their annual autumn ball. Elizabeth's wayward sister Lydia arrives unexpectedly, declaring that her husband Wickham has been murdered on Darcy's estate. Bestseller. 2011.

7th Sigma         BR 19479
by Steven Gould
3 volumes
After the bugs--solar-powered, self-replicating, metal-eating machines--mysteriously showed up in the American Southwest, people and technology had to adapt to survive. Isolated from the rest of the world, Kimble Monroe learns to work around humanity's new neighbors--and even live with them. Some violence and some strong language. 2011.

A Catered Affair         BR 19480
by Sue Margolis
3 volumes
England. When Jewish lawyer Tally Roth is jilted at the altar by her fiancé, a doctor with commitment issues, her old boyfriend Hugh and the wedding caterer Kenny see an opportunity to court her. Meanwhile, her lesbian sister tries to have a baby. Some strong language. 2011.

The Near Witch         BR 19484
by Victoria Schwab
2 volumes
Sixteen-year-old Lexi, who lives on an enchanted moor at the edge of the village of Near, must solve a mystery: The day after a mysterious boy appears in town, children start disappearing. For senior high and older readers. 2011.

Love in a Nutshell         BR 19486
by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly
2 volumes
Newly divorced Kate Appleton moves into the Nutshell, her family's summer retreat in rural Michigan, to renovate it into a bed-and-breakfast. Matt Culhane hires Kate to go undercover and find out who is sabotaging his brewery. When danger strikes, Kate and Matt unite and fall in love. Bestseller. 2011.

Raylan         BR 19487
by Elmore Leonard
2 volumes
Someone removes a small-time Kentucky pot dealer's kidneys, then offers to sell them back. U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens's investigations into this and connected crimes uncover a transplant nurse gone bad, a coldhearted mine-company lawyer, and a poker-playing college girl. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2012.

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