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July-August 2014
Volume 83, Number 4

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Library of Congress, Washington 2014
Catalog Card Number 53-31800
ISSN 0006-873X


In Brief

Books for Adults

Adult Fiction
Adult Nonfiction

Books for Children

Children's Fiction
Children's Nonfiction

Foreign-Language Books

Braille Magazines

In Brief

New feature provides broader glimpse of NLS offerings

The NLS book collection covers a wide range of topics, which often remain unexplored because of the collection’s vast size. Patrons sometimes inquire about subjects they are interested in and are delighted to find that such books are available. With that thought in mind, the librarians who select books for the collection have agreed to contribute microbibliographies for periodic inclusion in this publication. Patrons can share their ideas for these short lists or other book-related queries by e-mailing [email protected]


International crime novels

Independent book publishers named June 2014 the second annual International Crime Month to launch the summer reading season. To kick-start your own summer reading, the NLS Collection Development Section suggests exploring this sampling of the growing fiction genre in the collection.

Books are listed by country and series

Inspector Hal Challis Series, Book 1
The Dragon Man by Gary Disher
Australia. Detective Inspector Hal Challis and the Waterloo police hunt a serial killer targeting young women along Old Peninsula Highway. Meanwhile, Challis deals with his wife—who was imprisoned for conspiring to murder him—and his attraction to a journalist. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1999.
DB 77438
Department Q Series, Book 1
The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen
After a traumatizing assignment, Copenhagen homicide detective Carl Mørck is shunted to the newly developed Department Q to work on cold cases. Mørck searches for long-missing politician Merete Lynggaard, who disappeared from a ferry, leaving behind her mute brother. Translated from Danish. Violence and strong language. 2011.
DB 77366
BR 20276 (in process)
Charlie Zailer/Simon Waterhouse Series, Book 1
Little Face by Sophie Hannah
England. When Alice Fancourt returns to her mother-in-law’s estate after her first post-childbirth outing, she is shocked to find that her infant daughter was replaced with another baby while her husband napped. No one believes her, but detective Simon Waterhouse agrees to investigate. Strong language and some violence. 2006.
DB 73118
BR 20095 (in process)
Dublin Murder Squad Series, Book 1
In the Woods by Tana French
Irish detective Rob Ryan and his partner Cassie Maddox investigate the murder of a twelve-year-old girl from Knocknaree at an archaeological site near Dublin. The crime’s similarities to the disappearances of Ryan’s best friends twenty years ago in the same woods cause him intense personal anguish. Strong language. 2007.
DB 66071
Detective Galileo Series, Book 1
The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
After Yasuko accidentally kills her abusive ex-husband, Yasuko’s secretly devoted neighbor, mathematics genius Ishigami, devises a complex plan to save Yasuko. But the police have an equally brilliant ally—Ishigami’s former university classmate Yukawa. Originally published in Japanese in 2005. Some violence and some strong language. ALA Award. 2011.
DB 74205
Harry Hole Series, Book 1
The Bat by Jo Nesbø
In this first Harry Hole novel, the Norwegian detective travels to Australia to observe the investigation of the murder of twenty-three-year-old Inger Holter, a former television host in Norway. Originally published in Norwegian in 1997. Violence and strong language. 2012.
DB 77081
BR 20166
Volume 1 The Bat
Volume 2 The Bat
Volume 3 The Bat
Volume 4 The Bat
Alex Morrow Series, Book 1
Still Midnight by Denise Mina
Three inept crooks storm the house of the Anwar family demanding to talk to “Bob.” They kidnap the shopkeeper father after accidentally shooting the teenage daughter. For Glasgow police detective Alex Morrow nothing adds up—from the huge ransom demand to the Anwars’ inconsistent statements. Violence and strong language. 2010.
DB 72533
South Africa
Benny Griessel Series, Book 1
Devil’s Peak by Deon Meyer
South Africa. Ex-mercenary Thobela Mpayipheli becomes a vigilante to avenge his son’s murder. Alcoholic detective Benny Griessel investigates Thobela’s killings. A prostitute who fears her drug-lord client will harm her daughter brings them together. Originally published in Afrikaans in 2004. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.
DB 75809
Joona Linna Series, Book 1
The Hypnotist by Lars Keplar
A teenager with multiple wounds survives his family’s brutal slaying. Detective Joona Linna convinces psychiatrist Erik Bark to hypnotize the boy to find information on the killer. The hypnotism unleashes a terrifying chain of events. Originally published in Swedish in 2009. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 2011.
DB 74754
Various countries
Akashic Noir Series (collections of noir stories set in locations such as Barcelona, Havana, Istanbul, etc.)
Delhi Noir edited by Hirsh Sawhney
Fourteen tales of darkness and despair set in the capital of India. In Radhika Jha’s “How I Lost My Clothes” a consultant’s heroin habit leads to a life-altering night. Other contributors include Uday Prakash, Meera Nair, and Siddharth Chowdhury. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.
DB 78219


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Free monthly telephone discussions on low-vision topics

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Books for Adults

The following books were recently produced for the NLS program. To order books, complete the order form and return to your braille-lending library.

Registered users can also immediately download all titles and magazines from the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service at http://nlsbard.loc.gov/. The free BARD Mobile app is available from Apple’s app store for reading audio and braille books on a personal iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. To learn more about the collection or to sign up for BARD service contact your local cooperating library. Regional library telephone numbers are listed on the last pages of this magazine.

These books are listed alphabetically within the headings Adult Fiction and Adult Nonfiction by subject category, author last name, and title. For example the title War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy would be listed in Adult Fiction under the Classics subject category and by the last name Tolstoy.

Note: For the information of the reader, a notice may appear immediately following the book description to indicate occurrences of violence, strong language, descriptions of sex. The word “some” before any of these terms indicates an occasional or infrequent occurrence, as in “some strong language.”

Adult Fiction


The Picture of Dorian Gray
2 volumes
by Oscar Wilde
First published in the late nineteenth century. A beautiful youth has his portrait painted by an artist with a flair for the morbid. The portrait becomes the mirror of its innocent-appearing subject’s decadent life. 1992.


Chasing Jupiter
3 volumes
by Rachel Coker
Georgia, 1960s. Ten-year-old Cliff wants to send a rocket to Jupiter, but only his sister Scarlett understands his eccentric dream. To raise funds for making Cliff’s birthday wish come true, Scarlett offers to bake and sell peach pies. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2012.

The Mothers
3 volumes
by Jennifer Gilmore
Brooklyn. Thirty-eight-year-old Jesse and her Spanish/Italian husband have difficulty conceiving a child and decide to adopt. But Jesse’s past cancer diagnosis, her Jewish heritage, and new laws regulating international and open-adoption processes create complications. 2013.

September Girls
3 volumes
by Bennett Madison
After seventeen-year-old Sam’s mother leaves, his dad drags Sam and his brother to a seaside town for the summer. The beautiful blonde girls there are inexplicably attracted to Sam, who is determined to uncover their mystery. Strong language and descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2013.


Tapestry of Fortunes
3 volumes
by Elizabeth Berg
After losing her best friend to cancer, Cecilia reevaluates her life. She takes a break from her job, sells her house, and decides to go after Dennis, the one that got away. Cecilia also moves into a shared house, where she learns from her three housemates. 2013.

Amity and Sorrow
3 volumes
by Peggy Riley
Amaranth, one of fifty wives of Zachariah, flees his cult’s compound in the middle of the night with her daughters Amity and Sorrow. Days later, when their car crashes in rural Oklahoma, they are taken in by farmer Bradley. But the past is difficult to escape. Some violence. 2013.

Haunted by the Earl’s Touch
4 volumes
by Ann Lethbridge
When Bane Beresford is summoned to the deathbed of his grandfather, the Earl of Beresford, he believes it is to receive his inheritance. But the dying earl has a devious plan that involves Bane and the charming Mary Wilding. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2013.
Growing Up

The Outsiders
2 volumes
by S.E. Hinton
Fourteen-year-old Ponyboy Curtis tells how it feels to be a “greaser” from the wrong side of the tracks. He describes guerilla raids into greaser territory by the Socs, their upper-middle-class enemy, and the beating that led to two deaths and a murder charge. For junior and senior high readers. 1967.

Human Relationships

Claire of the Sea Light
2 volumes
by Edwidge Danticat
Haiti. On her seventh birthday, the father of Claire Limyè Lanmè—Claire of the Sea Light—realizes that she is missing. He has just agreed to let the village fabric seller adopt Claire. As his neighbors help search, they share their stories of Claire, her parents, and the town. 2013.

Just One Day
4 volumes
by Gayle Forman
On a high school graduation trip to England, Allyson meets Willem, a Dutch actor, who talks her into going with him to visit Paris for a day. When he disappears the next morning, Allyson is left with unanswered questions. Some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2013.

If You Find Me
4 volumes
by Emily Murdoch
After her meth-addict mom disappears from their secluded, broken-down trailer, Carey takes care of her younger sister Jenessa. When the father they never knew takes the sisters in, Carey questions her hazy past. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2013.

OCD, the Dude, and Me
3 volumes
by Lauren Roedy Vaughn
Danielle Levine, a high school senior with OCD, struggles to fit in at her alternative school and uses writing as the easiest way to communicate. But things change after Danielle is sent to social skills class and falls for a boy. For senior high and older readers. 2013.

The Lucy Variations
4 volumes
by Sara Zarr
After a family tragedy, Lucy abandons her promising career as a concert pianist, much to the dismay of her controlling mother and grandfather. When her brother Gus, a fellow musical prodigy, gets a new instructor, Lucy’s passion for music reemerges. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2013.

Here I Go Again
4 volumes
by Jen Lancaster
Lissy Ryder was the popular queen of mean during high school, but at thirty-seven her world falls apart and she wonders if karma has finally come to bite her. The opportunity to change her past appears after Lissy moves in with her parents and attends a reunion. Strong language. 2013.

Fakes: An Anthology of Pseudo-Interviews, Faux-Lectures, Quasi-Letters, “Found” Texts, and Other Fraudulent Artifacts
5 volumes
edited by David Shields and Matthew Vollmer
Selection of previously published works that parody or satirize common types of writing. Includes a police log showing officers’ increasing exasperation with their community, a school’s alumni newsletter, and a note on typefaces by Jonathan Safran Foer. 2012.

MoonPies and Movie Stars
3 volumes
by Amy Wallen
When spunky, small-town Texas widow Ruby Kincaid spies her wayward daughter, Violet, in a television commercial, she packs up the Winnebago and heads for Hollywood to bring her home. Along for the ride are Ruby’s game-show-loving sister Loralva, Violet’s mother-in-law Imogene, Violet’s unruly children, and plenty of MoonPies. 2006.

Legal Themes

The Client
4 volumes
by John Grisham
4 volumes
Eleven-year-old Mark Sway retains attorney Reggie Love after he and his eight-year-old brother, now lying comatose in the hospital from shock, witness a suicide. Moreover, something the deceased lawyer told Mark interests the police, the FBI, and the Mafia. Strong language and some violence. 1993. Strong language and some violence. 1993.

Mystery and Detective

The Da Vinci Code
4 volumes
by Dan Brown
Professor Robert Langdon investigates the crime scene of the Louvre’s murdered curator. Joining him is French cryptologist Sophie Neveu. The clues left behind pit two Catholic societies against each other in search of the Holy Grail. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2003.

The Bee’s Kiss: A Detective Joe Sandilands Mystery
3 volumes
by Barbara Cleverly
London, 1926. Back home from India, Detective Joe Sandilands of Scotland Yard investigates the murder of Dame Beatrice Jagow-Joliffe, the founder of the Women’s Royal Naval Service (Wrens). Joining Sandilands is Constable Mathilda Westhrope and Detective Sergeant Bill Armitage, who discover multiple suicides among the Wrens. Some strong language. 2005.

The Shadows in the Street: A Simon Serrailler Mystery
5 volumes
by Susan Hill
Abi Righton, the young mother of two children, wants to get out of prostitution. As she considers her options, someone strangles her fellow street walkers. Detective Simon Serrailler is called back from vacation to work the case—and then two women who aren’t prostitutes are killed. Some strong language. 2010.

Psychological Themes

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears
2 volumes
by Dinaw Mengestu
Washington, D.C. Ethiopian immigrant Sepha Stephanos operates a shabby store in a gentrifying neighborhood, hangs out with other African exiles, and muses about American life. Missing a family, he befriends a white woman and her biracial daughter when they move next door. Strong language. 2007.


Estrella’s Quinceañera
2 volumes
by Malín Alegría
While attending a private school on scholarship, Estrella becomes embarrassed by her Mexican culture. At first she wants no part of her traditional coming-of-age ceremony—quinceañera—but after falling for a neighborhood boy, Estrella reunites with her old friends and embraces her heritage. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.

Lucky Penny
6 volumes
by Catherine Anderson
1891. Learning Brianna O’Keefe has claimed that he is her husband, Colorado sheriff David Paxton tracks her down. But Brianna, who is raising her niece Daphne, says he is the wrong David. Companion to Early Dawn (Volume 1 Early Dawn, Volume 2 Early Dawn, Volume 3 Early Dawn, Volume 4 Early Dawn, Volume 5 Early Dawn). Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2012.

The Chance
4 volumes
by Karen Kingsbury
Fifteen-year-old Ellie’s father moves her across the country after her mother becomes pregnant by another man. Ellie and her best friend Nolan promise to meet in eleven years. When the time arrives, Ellie has her own illegitimate child and Nolan is a professional basketball player. But God provides. 2013.

Science Fiction

The Earth Turned Upside Down
2 volumes
by Jules Verne
The Baltimore Gun Club obtains ownership of the North Pole. To make their new territory’s natural resources easier to exploit, they plot to tilt the Earth on its axis—despite the terrible consequences. Translated from French. 1889.


The Collected: A Jonathan Quinn Novel
4 volumes
by Brett Battles
Apprentice cleaner Nate uses the name of his mentor, Jonathan Quinn, during an assignment in Mexico. When the job goes horribly wrong, Nate is kidnapped and the real Quinn investigates. Quinn soon discovers that other people in their field are also missing. Violence and strong language. 2012.

Chill Factor
4 volumes
by Sandra Brown
Lilly Martin accidentally injures acquaintance Ben Tierney in a car accident during a winter storm, forcing them to seek shelter in Lilly’s vacation cabin. Meanwhile her ex-husband, police chief Dutch Burton, discovers that Ben may be a serial killer. Explicit descriptions of sex, strong language, and some violence. Bestseller. 2005.

Die Trying
6 volumes
by Lee Child
Drifter Jack Reacher is kidnapped alongside FBI agent Holly Johnson, daughter of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. They wind up in a Montana militia compound. While the Bureau and Holly’s father work to rescue them, the two plan their own escape. Violence and strong language. 1998.

2 volumes
by Nancy Garden
Having been bullied throughout middle school, Gray Wilton is happy to start high school in a new town. But Greenford High has bullies too, and Gray’s domineering father only adds to his suffering. Gray snaps—and brings a gun to school. Strong language and some violence. For senior high readers. 2006.

The Redbreast
6 volumes
by Jo Nesbø
After mistakenly shooting an American Secret Service agent, alcoholic Norwegian detective Harry Hole is, ironically, transferred to Oslo’s secret service unit. He gets a case with ties to Norway’s World War II Nazi activities and its current skinhead subculture. Translated from Norwegian. Violence and strong language. 2006.

12th of Never
3 volumes
by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
When the corpse from a high-profile murder disappears, Sergeant Lindsay Boxer shortens her maternity leave to join the investigation. Meanwhile, prosecutor Yuki Castellano is determined to convict a disbarred lawyer for his wife’s death, and a professor reports shootings he witnesses in his dreams. Strong language and some violence. 2013.

Bleed for Me
5 volumes
by Michael Robotham
Psychologist Joe O’Loughlin tries to prove that his daughter’s fourteen-year-old friend Sienna did not murder her father, a retired cop. Meanwhile, Joe’s estranged wife translates for a hate-crime trial witness. Joe becomes a target as the two cases converge. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2010.

Invisible Prey
3 volumes
by John Sandford
The Minnesota governor asks detective Lucas Davenport to investigate the murder of wealthy, elderly Constance Bucher. Subsequent deaths and missing artifacts soon suggest a link to antiques theft. Lucas also tackles the case of a politician accused of statutory rape. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Silken Prey
5 volumes
by John Sandford
Child porn is discovered on Minnesota senator Porter Smalls’s computer, threatening his reelection campaign. Believing Smalls was framed, the governor asks Lucas Davenport to investigate. When a missing political fixer is linked to the case, Davenport looks for a murderer working for Smalls’s opponent. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2013.

War Stories

The Welsh Girl
3 volumes
by Peter Ho Davies
Wales, World War II. After a shameful surrender, German officer Karsten ends up at a prisoner-of-war camp. Karsten escapes with help from village barmaid Esther. Their short-lived romance allows each to face dilemmas of love, honor, and allegiance. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2007.

Goshawk Squadron
3 volumes
by Derek Robinson
1918. Twenty-three-year-old Stanley Woolley, the disillusioned commander of a British flight squadron on the Western Front during World War I, trains his younger, inexperienced pilots to fly biplanes in combat—knowing they will all soon be dead. Some violence and some strong language. 1971.

Adult Nonfiction

Animals and Wildlife

A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life
3 volumes
by James Bowen
A London street musician and recovering drug addict recounts his 2007 discovery of an injured stray cat he named Bob, with whom he became inseparable. Describes the ways the companions have helped each other and become known around the world. Bestseller. 2013.


The Pinecone: The Story of Sarah Losh, Forgotten Romantic Heroine—Antiquarian, Architect, and Visionary
5 volumes
by Jenny Uglow
Biography of Sarah Losh (1786–1853), who designed a uniquely decorated church in the village of Wreay, England, in 1842. Details her family history, her architectural and artisan endeavors, and the socioeconomic and cultural changes that influenced her. 2012.


In Her Footsteps: 101 Remarkable Black Women from the Queen of Sheba to Queen Latifah
2 volumes
by Annette Madden
Brief biographies of black women including queens, slaves, politicians, scientists, athletes, singers, artists, and actresses. Introduces Russian television hostess Yelena Khanga, Cuban runner Ana Quirot, Brazilian politician Benedita da Silva, Haitian writer Edwidge Danticat, American astronaut Mae Jemison, and others. For senior high readers. 2000.

Blindness and Physical Handicaps

The Blind Doctor: The Jacob Bolotin Story, a Biography
2 volumes
by Rosalind Perlman
Biography of Chicago-born Jacob Bolotin (1888–1924), blind from birth. The author, whose husband was related to Bolotin, discusses Bolotin’s determination to become a physician and describes the hard-won training that enabled him to practice medicine as a respected heart and lung specialist. Some strong language. 2007.


Medusa’s Gaze and Vampire’s Bite: The Science of Monsters
4 volumes
by Matt Kaplan
Science journalist examines ancient and modern myths of monsters, from the Nemean Lion of ancient Greece to King Kong and the Terminator. Uses archaeology and other disciplines to theorize on the sources of these tales and the reasons they fascinate us. Young adult appeal. Some violence. 2012.


Reposition Yourself: Living Life without Limits
2 volumes
by T.D. Jakes
Bishop Jakes offers advice on how to succeed and prosper by reassessing one’s life and positioning oneself for the future. Jakes uses scripture and personal experience to illustrate the connection between faith, good works, and responsibility. Foreword by Dr. Phil McGraw. Bestseller. 2007.

Language and Linguistics

The Joy of Signing: The Illustrated Guide for Mastering Sign Language and the Manual Alphabet
4 volumes
by Lottie L. Riekehof
Second edition of comprehensive guide for mastering the basic signs used to communicate with deaf people in either the word order of the English language or in the American Sign Language pattern (ASL or Ameslan). Provides the vocabulary needed for persons entering interpreter-training programs and for families and professionals. 1987.


Mom and Me and Mom
2 volumes
by Maya Angelou
Author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Volume 1 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Volume 2 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings) chronicles her relationship with her mother. Discusses being raised by her grandmother from ages three to thirteen and recounts her growing adoration of her mother during Angelou’s teen years. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2013.

Miracles of Life: Shanghai to Shepperton; an Autobiography
3 volumes
by J.G. Ballard
Autobiography of the author of The Drowned World (BR 04302). Describes his youth in Shanghai, incarceration in a Japanese prison camp, and later life in England. Includes introduction by China Miéville, author of The City and the City (Volume 1 The City and the City, Volume 2 The City and the City, Volume 3 The City and the City). 2008.

Medicine and Health

Shouting Won’t Help: Why I—and 50 Million Other Americans—Can’t Hear You
4 volumes
by Katherine Bouton
Former New York Times editor chronicles her own hearing loss and relates the experiences of others with the condition. Investigates the causes, effects, and management—with hearing aids and cochlear implants—of this disability. Also discusses tinnitus, vertigo, and research into biological cures. Offers communication tips. 2013.

My Parent Has Cancer and It Really Sucks
3 volumes
by Maya Silver and Marc Silver
Teens’ guide to coping with a parent’s cancer diagnosis. Provides information on the disease and offers advice on communicating with family and friends, dealing with stress, and seeking support. Includes accounts from peers and resources. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2013.

For the Good of Mankind? The Shameful History of Human Medical Experimentation
2 volumes
by Vicki Oransky Wittenstein
Explores ethical issues raised by the use of human subjects in medical experiments, such as those conducted on New York orphans in the 1900s. Draws on personal accounts, newspaper articles, professional journals, and other sources. Includes discussion questions. Violence. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2013.


Dinner with Lenny: The Last Long Interview with Leonard Bernstein
2 volumes
by Jonathan Cott
Rolling Stone magazine editor details his dinner with music virtuoso Leonard Bernstein (1918–1990) in November 1989—the last long interview the composer gave before his death the following October. Recounts Bernstein’s discussions on the state of music performance and contemporary popular personalities such as John Lennon and the Beatles. 2013.

Johnny Cash: The Biography
4 volumes
by Michael Streissguth
Author uses archives and interviews to document the life of the country-western singer Johnny Cash (1932–2003). Traces Cash’s childhood as the son of an impoverished Arkansas sharecropper, his musical rise in 1950s Memphis after a stint in the air force, and his family life. 2006.

Nature and the Environment

Blame It on the Rain: How the Weather Has Changed History
3 volumes
by Laura Lee
Surveys the impact of severe weather on historic events. Covers rainstorms and heavy winds during decisive battles, including the defeat of the Spanish Armada, Waterloo, and D-Day. Explores weather conditions related to the Stradivarius violin, the safety razor, and the hymn “Amazing Grace.” 2006.


5 volumes
by Dante Alighieri
A man travels to the depths of Hell with the Roman poet Virgil as his guide. This version of Dante’s fourteenth-century poem incorporates references to modern cultural touchstones such as Bob Dylan, Sigmund Freud, and Eric Cartman from the television show South Park. Translated from Italian. Some strong language. 2012.

Psychology and Self-Help

Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: A Practical Guide for Improving Communication and Getting What You Want in Your Relationships
3 volumes
by John Gray
Therapist describes what he perceives to be the fundamental differences in how men and women communicate. Provides guidance on translating language used by the opposite sex and expressing an appropriate, constructive response. 1992.

Death and Bereavement: Teen Mental Health
1 volume
by Jody Kornfeld and others
Guide for teens on dealing with the death of a loved one. Discusses the grieving process, survivor’s guilt, what to expect at a funeral, and moving on with life. Includes information on support groups, resources, and suggested readings. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2013.

No One Has to Die Alone: Preparing for a Meaningful Death
3 volumes
by Lani Leary
Psychotherapist draws on her personal and professional experiences to offer advice and resources to those coping with illness, death, and bereavement. Aims for readers to feel “gratitude rather than grief, and love rather than loss,” after the passing of a family member or friend. 2012.

Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction
2 volumes
by Jonathan A.C. Brown
Georgetown University professor presents Muslim and Western perspectives on the prophet (AD 570–632) and places him in the context of his time and place. Discusses modern interpretations of Muhammad’s life, his relevance in Islamic culture, and controversies over creative works seen as disrespectful of Muhammad. 2011.

Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives
2 volumes
by Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI examines the Gospels’ accounts of Jesus’s life as a child and explains their relevancy to modern times. Discusses genealogy and biblical records of the birth of Jesus and of Jesus as a twelve-year-old in the temple. Translated from German. 2012.

Joni and Ken: An Untold Love Story
3 volumes
by Ken Tada and Joni Eareckson Tada
Disability activist Joni and her husband Ken describe the difficulties that Joni’s paralysis and extensive travel with her ministry have caused during their three decades of marriage. They explain ways their faith in God strengthened their relationship and helped them cope with Joni’s cancer diagnosis and Ken’s depression. 2013.

Science and Technology

Paradox: The Nine Greatest Enigmas in Physics
4 volumes
by Jim Al-Khalili
Physicist discusses nine theories and ideas that seem to defy common sense, including the Paradox of the Twins and Achilles and the Tortoise. Explains the science and math required to understand these brainteasers. 2012.

The Perfume Lover: A Personal History of Scent
4 volumes
by Denyse Beaulieu
Paris-based writer and translator details her collaboration with perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour to develop a scent based on a romantic interlude she experienced in Seville, Spain. Chronicles her relationship with scents from childhood to the present. Includes discussion of historical perfumes. 2012.

Letters to a Young Scientist
2 volumes
by Edward O. Wilson
Pulitzer Prize winner and biology professor reflects on what it takes to succeed in science. Discusses his own career’s ups and downs, ways to be creative in the field, the day-to-day life of a scientist, and the importance of understanding the big picture. Young adult appeal. 2013.

Social Sciences

ObamaCare Survival Guide
4 volumes
by Nick J. Tate
Journalist explains the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—coined Obamacare—and its effect on various groups, including the insured, the uninsured, senior citizens, illegal aliens, and others. Discusses the rollout and details changes in health insurance, long-term care, Medicaid, and Medicare. Offers suggestions to control costs. Bestseller. 2013.

Stage and Screen

Still Foolin’ ‘Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?
4 volumes
by Billy Crystal
Sixty-five-year-old comedian and actor Billy Crystal (born 1948) looks back at his accomplishments. Highlights his happy Long Island childhood, career success, and family life. Ponders the realities and humor of aging. Strong language. Bestseller. 2013.

U.S. History

Gallatin: America’s Swiss Founding Father
4 volumes
by Nicholas Dungan
Biography of Swiss-born American diplomat Albert Gallatin (1761–1849), who was also secretary of the treasury under presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Discusses his accomplishments, including the financing of the Louisiana Purchase and the negotiation of the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the War of 1812. 2010.

Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves
6 volumes
by Henry Wiencek
Historian uses primary documents and archaeological research to illustrate Thomas Jefferson’s changing and contradictory views on slavery, from his early emancipationist beliefs to his later reliance on human commerce to keep Monticello running. Discusses Jefferson’s treatment of his slaves and the attitudes of his European and American contemporaries. 2012.

World History

China Shakes the World: A Titan’s Rise and Troubled Future—and the Challenge for America
3 volumes
by James Kynge
China-based reporter assesses the socioeconomic transformation of China’s labor force and production technology since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001. Warns of environmental devastation there and corruption within the government, police, and legal systems. Cautions about the consequences in the West of a dependency on China’s economy. 2006.

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Books for Children

The following books were recently produced for the NLS program. To order books, complete the order form and return it to your braille-lending library.

Books and magazines are also available for immediate download from the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) site at http://nlsbard.loc.gov.nlsbard.loc.gov. To order books or sign up for BARD service contact your local cooperating library. Regional library telephone numbers are listed on the last pages of this magazine.

These books are listed alphabetically within the headings Children’s Fiction and Children’s Nonfiction by subject category, author last name, and title. For example the title Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown would be listed in Children’s Fiction under the Classics subject category and by the last name Brown.

Children’s Fiction


The Lost Hero: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 1
6 volumes
by Rick Riordan
Jason, Piper, and Leo, three friends from a school for juvenile delinquents, find themselves at Camp Half-Blood, where they learn that they are demigods. The trio begins a quest to free Hera, who has been imprisoned by Mother Earth. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2010.

The Son of Neptune: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 2
5 volumes
by Rick Riordan
Demigod Percy Jackson, still suffering from amnesia, and his new friends from Camp Jupiter, Hazel and Frank, go on a quest to free Thanatos. But their bigger task is to unite the Greek and Roman camps to fulfill the Prophecy of Seven. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2011.

2 volumes
by Louis Sachar
Stanley Yelnats IV finds himself in a detention center for possessing stolen property that he didn’t take. While digging holes under the summer Texas sun, he sees a fellow inmate running away—and follows him. Legends, loyalty, and buried treasure are revealed as Stanley learns to survive. For grades 5-8. Newbery Medal. 1998.

The Three Ninja Pigs
1 volume
by Corey Rosen Schwartz
A retelling of The Three Little Pigs. Tired of the big bad wolf blowing their houses down, each pig trains in a different martial art to prepare for battle with the wolf. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2012.

This Is Not My Hat
1 volume
by Jon Klassen
A little fish steals a big fish’s hat and hopes he will get away with it. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. Caldecott Medal. 2012.

A Sick Day for Amos McGee
BR 20037
1 volume
by Philip C. Stead
Zookeeper Amos McGee always takes time to visit his good friends the elephant, tortoise, penguin, rhinoceros, and owl. But one day, Amos stays home because he is sick—and receives an unexpected visit. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. Caldecott Medal. 2010.

Charlotte’s Web
1 volume
by E.B. White
A little girl who can talk to animals is devoted to both Wilbur, the foolishly smug pig, and Charlotte, the beautiful gray spider who saves Wilbur’s life. For grades 3-6. 1952.


Prince Caspian: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 4
1 volume
by C.S. Lewis
Four English children—siblings Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy—help Prince Caspian and his army of Talking Beasts to free Narnia from evil. Sequel to The Horse and His Boy (Volume 1 The Horse and His Boy, Volume 2 The Horse and His Boy). For grades 4-7. 1951.

The Sea of Monsters: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2
3 volumes
by Rick Riordan
Upstate New York, 2006. Seventh-grader Percy, son of Poseidon and a mortal, learns that Camp Half-Blood is in danger. He and his friends undertake a perilous journey into the Sea of Monsters to save their beloved camp. Sequel to The Lightning Thief (BR 20213). For grades 5-8. 2006.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
2 volumes
by J.K. Rowling
On Harry Potter’s eleventh birthday, he learns that he is more than an unwanted orphan. The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry recruits him because he has inherent magical abilities. As he purchases supplies—robes, wand, and messenger owl—Harry looks forward to attending his new boarding school. For grades 4-7. 1997.


The Story of Fish and Snail
BR 20045
1 volume
by Deborah Freedman
Every day, Snail waits for Fish to return home to tell a new story. But this time, Fish wants Snail to go with him to see a new book. Will Snail have the courage to leave the safety of his own book? PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2013.

Growing Up

Stand Straight, Ella Kate: The True Story of a Real Giant
1 volume
by Kate Klise
A fictionalized biography of Ella Kate Ewing (1872–1913), who was eight feet tall by the age of seventeen. Ella Kate traveled the country for twenty years and became famous through her appearances at museums, exhibitions, and circus shows. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3 and older readers. 2010.


Agatha, Girl of Mystery: The Pearl of Bengal
1 volume
by Sir Steve Stevenson
When Dash is assigned to travel to Kolkata, India, to solve the case of the missing pearl of Bengal, he recruits his cousin Agatha to help. Luckily their uncle Rudyard lives nearby and keeps them away from man-eating tigers. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2010.


1 volume
by Roald Dahl
Matilda, a four-year-old genius, is unappreciated by her dishonest, used-car salesman father, her bingo-playing mother, and her older brother. Matilda’s life is made bearable by her chance discovery of the public library and its librarian Mrs. Phelps—and by Matilda’s own special powers. For grades 3-6. 1988.


P.K. Pinkerton and the Petrified Man
3 volumes
by Caroline Lawrence
Following the adventures in The Case of the Deadly Desperados (Volume 1 The Case of the Deadly Desperados, Volume 2 The Case of the Deadly Desperados, Volume 3 The Case of the Deadly Desperados), twelve-year-old P.K. Pinkerton operates a private-eye business out of Virginia City, Nevada. When Martha, a young maid, witnesses a murder, P.K. vows to keep her safe. Some violence. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2012.

Children’s Nonfiction

Hobbies and Crafts

Potatoes on Rooftops: Farming in the City
1 volume
by Hadley Dyer
Explores the many ways that people grow food in urban environments, from rooftop gardens to school and community plots. Covers various topics, such as pests, space, light, pollution solutions, composting, harvesting water, and more. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2012.

Poetry, Drama, and Literature

When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders
1 volume
by J. Patrick Lewis
Children’s poet laureate gives voice to seventeen civil rights leaders who spoke out for equality and liberty, including Coretta Scott King, Nelson Mandela, and Jackie Robinson. Provides a minibiography of each activist portrayed. Some violence. For grades 5-8. 2013.

Foreign-Language Books

Los siguientes libros fueron enviados recientemente a las bibliotecas de la red de NLS. Para ordenar libros, por favor rellene el formulario de pedido y envíalo por correo a su biblioteca local o regional.

Los usuarios registrados pueden descargar de inmediato todos los títulos y revistas a través del sistema BARD (por sus siglas en inglés, que en español aproxima las palabras “Descarga de Braille y Lectura de Audio”) aquí: http://nlsbard.loc.gov/La aplicación móvil gratuita de BARD (llamado “BARD Mobile” en inglés) se encuentra disponible en la tienda de aplicaciones de Apple para la lectura de libros en audio y braille para un iPhone personal, iPad o iPod touch. Para obtener más información acerca de la colección o para inscribirse en el servicio BARD, por favor póngase en contacto con su biblioteca local.

Números de teléfono de las bibliotecas regionales se encuentran en las últimas páginas de esta revista.

Nota: Un aviso puede aparecer inmediatamente después del resumen del libro indicando violencia, lenguaje injurioso, o descripciones explícitas de índole sexual en el libro. La palabra “algunas” antes de cualquiera de estos términos indica una ocurrencia ocasional o aislada, por ejemplo “Algunas descripciones de violencia.” También, libros parlantes commerciales (commercial audiobooks, en inglés) que NLS no tiene acceso al libro impreso pueden mostrar el aviso “sin clasificación” que significa que es possible que el libro contiene violencia, lenguaje injurioso, o descripciones de índole sexual.


Buenas Noches, Luna (Goodnight Moon)
1 volume
por Margaret Wise Brown
Cuando un conejito se acomoda en la cama para dormir, el le da las buenas noches a los objetos familiares en su cuarto y también algunos de fuera. Traducido del inglés. Para niños pre-escolares hasta el grado 2. (As a little bunny settles into bed, he bids good night to familiar objects in his room and even some outside. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. Spanish language.) 1947.

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Braille Magazines

The following is a list of braille magazines in the Library of Congress program. Readers may obtain free personal subscriptions to these magazines. For information on the availability of specific magazines, consult the library that sends you braille materials.

Boys' Life (for children and teens, monthly)

Braille Book Review (bimonthly)

Braille Chess Magazine (British quarterly)

Braille Music Magazine (British monthly)

Conundrum (British monthly)

Cooking Light (12 issues)

ESPN: The Magazine (biweekly)

Harper's (literary; monthly)

Health Newsletters (includes Harvard Health Letter, Mayo Clinic Health Letter, and University of California at Berkeley Wellness Letter; monthly)

Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine(monthly)

Ladies' Home Journal (10 issues)

Martha Stewart Living (home and entertaining; 11 issues)

Muse (for children; 9 issues)

The Musical Mainstream (NLS quarterly)

National Geographic (monthly)

The New York Times Book Review (weekly)

The New York Times Large Print Weekly (weekly)

News (NLS quarterly)

Parents (monthly)

PC World (personal computing; monthly)

Playboy (monthly)

Poetry (11 issues)

Popular Communications (monthly)

Popular Mechanics (10 issues)

Popular Music Lead Sheets (irregular)

Rolling Stone (popular culture; 24 issues)

Science News (26 issues)

Seventeen (for teens, 10 issues)

Short Stories (British monthly)

Spider: The Magazine for Children (9 issues)

Stone Soup (children's writings; 6 issues)

Schedules for the following sports leagues are also available:

Major League Baseball Combined Schedule by date

American Baseball League

National Baseball League

National Basketball Association

National Football League

National Hockey League

Women's National Basketball Association

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Posted on 2014-12-02