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NLS: Braille Book Review

November-December 2016
Volume 85, Number 6

About Braille Book Review

Braille Book Review is published bimonthly in braille, large print, and online and distributed free of charge to participants in the Library of Congress reading program for people who are blind or have a physical disability. It lists braille books and magazines available through a network of cooperating libraries and carries news of developments in services to people who are blind, visually impaired, or cannot read regular print material because of an organic physical disability. The braille edition also lists NLS audiobooks appearing in Talking Book Topics with brief descriptions.

The annotated list in this issue is limited to titles recently added to the national collection, which contains thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles including bestsellers, classics, biographies, romances, mysteries, and how-to guides. Some books in Spanish are also available. To explore the wide range of books in the national collection, visit the NLS Union Catalog online at http://www.loc.gov/nls/ or contact your local cooperating library.

Braille Book Review is available online in HTML and plain text at www.loc.gov/nls/bbr/. Patrons enrolled in the online Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service may download contracted braille files for use with braille output devices.

About BARD

Most books and magazines listed in Braille Book Review are available to eligible readers for download. To use BARD free of charge, contact your cooperating library or fill out the online application at https://nlsbard.loc.gov. The free BARD Mobile app is available from the App Store for reading braille books on a personal iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Music scores and instructional materials

Individuals registered for NLS music services may receive braille and large-print music scores, texts, and instructional recordings about music and musicians through the NLS Music Section.

For more information about the NLS music collection call 1-800-424-8567, email [email protected], or visit www.loc.gov/nls/music/index.html.

Where to write

Order braille books through your local cooperating library. To find your library go online to www.loc.gov/nls/find.html. To change or cancel your Braille Book Review subscription complete the form on the inside back cover and mail it to your local braille-lending library.

Patrons who are American citizens living abroad may request delivery to foreign addresses by contacting the overseas librarian by phone at (202) 707-5100 or email at [email protected].

Only send correspondence about editorial matters to: Publications and Media Section, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, Washington DC 20542-0002. Or email [email protected].

Library of Congress, Washington 2016
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

Braille Magazines

In Brief

UEB reference guide

NLS began producing books and magazines in the new Unified English Braille (UEB) in 2016. UEB has eliminated nine contractions, changed some spacing rules, and adopted some new symbols. While we don’t expect braille readers to encounter much difficulty with the new braille code, we are providing this list of frequently used new symbols for your reference. Only symbols that are new in UEB are included on this list.

The symbols on this list are shown in categories. Each isolated symbol is shown preceded by the dot locator (⠨⠿). The following line then provides a brief example of the symbol being used.

( ) open and close parentheses ⠨⠿⠐⠣ ⠨⠿⠐⠜
Example:(new) ⠐⠣⠝⠑⠺⠐⠜
[ ] open and close brackets ⠨⠿⠨⠣ ⠨⠿⠨⠜
Example: [new] ⠨⠣⠝⠑⠺⠨⠜
‘ ’ open and close inner quote ⠨⠿⠠⠦ ⠨⠿⠠⠴
Example: “our ‘new’ inner quotes” ⠦⠕⠥⠗ ⠠⠦⠝⠑⠺⠠⠴ ⠔⠝⠻ ⠟⠥⠕⠞⠑⠎⠴
… ellipsis ⠨⠿⠲⠲⠲
Example: new … new… ⠝⠑⠺ ⠲⠲⠲ ⠝⠑⠺⠲⠲⠲
{ } open and close braces ⠨⠿⠸⠣ ⠨⠿⠸⠜
Example: {new} ⠸⠣ ⠝⠑⠺⠸⠜
< > open and close angle brackets ⠨⠿⠈⠣ ⠨⠿⠈⠜
Example: <new> ⠈⠣⠝⠑⠺⠈⠜
— Dash ⠨⠿⠠⠤
Example: — new —new ⠠⠤ ⠝⠑⠺ ⠠⠤⠝⠑⠺

Miscellaneous symbols
* asterisk ⠨⠿⠐⠔
Example: new* ⠝⠑⠺⠐⠔
@ at sign ⠨⠿⠁⠈
Example: [email protected] ⠝⠇⠎⠁⠈⠇⠕⠉⠲⠛⠕⠧
~ tilde ⠨⠿⠈⠔
Example: [email protected] ⠝⠑⠺⠈⠔⠁⠈⠇⠕⠉⠲⠛⠕⠧
\ backslash ⠨⠿⠸⠡
Example: c:\my books ⠉⠒⠸⠡⠍⠽ ⠃⠕⠕⠅⠎
_ underscore ⠨⠿⠨⠤
Example: new_data.xls ⠝⠑⠺⠨⠤⠙⠁⠞⠁⠲⠭⠇⠎
  • bullet


  • New
  • Newer
  • ⠸⠲ ⠝⠑⠺
  • ⠸⠲ ⠝⠑⠺⠻
degrees ⠨⠿⠘⠚
Example: 32F ⠼⠉⠃⠘⠚⠠⠋
% percent ⠨⠿⠨⠴
Example: 100% ⠼⠁⠚⠚⠨⠴

Miscellaneous symbols
* asterisk ⠨⠿⠐⠔
Example: new* ⠝⠑⠺⠐⠔
@ at sign ⠨⠿⠁⠈
Example: [email protected] ⠝⠇⠎⠁⠈⠇⠕⠉⠲⠛⠕⠧
~ tilde ⠨⠿⠈⠔
Example: [email protected] ⠝⠑⠺⠈⠔⠁⠈⠇⠕⠉⠲⠛⠕⠧
\ backslash ⠨⠿⠸⠡
Example: c:\my books ⠉⠒⠸⠡⠍⠽ ⠃⠕⠕⠅⠎
_ underscore ⠨⠿⠨⠤
Example: new_data.xls ⠝⠑⠺⠨⠤⠙⠁⠞⠁⠲⠭⠇⠎
  • bullet


  • New
  • Newer
  • ⠸⠲ ⠝⠑⠺
  • ⠸⠲ ⠝⠑⠺⠻
degrees ⠨⠿⠘⠚
Example: 32F ⠼⠉⠃⠘⠚⠠⠋
% percent ⠨⠿⠨⠴
Example: 100% ⠼⠁⠚⠚⠨⠴
Emphasis indicators
boldface single letter ⠨⠿⠘⠆
Example: Socrates ⠘⠆⠠⠎⠕⠉⠗⠁⠞⠑⠎
boldface word ⠨⠿⠘⠂
Example: Aristotle ⠘⠂⠠⠜⠊⠌⠕⠞⠇⠑
boldface passage begin and terminate ⠨⠿⠘⠶ ⠨⠿⠘⠄
Example: Old Greek Philosophers ⠘⠶⠠⠕⠇⠙ ⠠⠛⠗⠑⠑⠅ ⠠⠏⠓⠊⠇⠕⠎⠕⠏⠓⠻⠎⠘⠄
italics single letter ⠨⠿⠨⠆
Example: Socrates ⠨⠆⠠⠎⠕⠉⠗⠁⠞⠑⠎
italics word ⠨⠿⠨⠂
Example: Aristotle ⠨⠂⠠⠜⠊⠌⠕⠞⠇⠑
italics passage begin and terminate ⠨⠿⠨⠶ ⠨⠿⠨⠄
Example: Old Greek Philosophers ⠨⠶⠠⠕⠇⠙ ⠠⠛⠗⠑⠑⠅ ⠠⠏⠓⠊⠇⠕⠎⠕⠏⠓⠻⠎⠨⠄
underline single letter ⠨⠿⠸⠆
Example: Socrates ⠸⠆⠠⠎⠕⠉⠗⠁⠞⠑⠎
underline word ⠨⠿⠸⠂
Example: Aristotle ⠸⠂⠠⠜⠊⠌⠕⠞⠇⠑
underline passage begin and terminate ⠨⠿⠸⠶ ⠨⠿⠸⠄
Example: Old Greek Philosophers ⠸⠶⠠⠕⠇⠙ ⠠⠛⠗⠑⠑⠅ ⠠⠏⠓⠊⠇⠕⠎⠕⠏⠓⠻⠎⠸⠄

. Decimal ⠨⠿⠲
Example: 99.9 ⠼⠊⠼⠊⠲⠼⠊
$ Dollar symbol ⠨⠿⠈⠎
Example: $4.95 ⠈⠎⠼⠙⠲⠼⠊⠼⠑

+ plus ⠨⠿⠐⠖
Example: 2+3 ⠼⠃⠐⠖⠼⠉
minus ⠨⠿⠐⠤
Example: 5-3 ⠼⠑⠐⠤⠼⠉
x times ⠨⠿⠐⠦
Example: 2x3 ⠼⠃⠐⠦⠼⠉
÷ divided by ⠨⠿⠐⠌
Example: 6÷2 ⠼⠋⠐⠌⠼⠃
= equals ⠨⠿⠐⠶
Example: 2+3 = 5 ⠼⠃⠐⠖⠼⠉ ⠐⠶ ⠼⠑
< less than ⠨⠿⠈⠣
Example: 2 < 3 ⠼⠃ ⠈⠣ ⠼⠉
> greater than ⠨⠿⠈⠜
Example: 3 > 2 ⠼⠉ ⠈⠜ ⠼⠃

“Carla’s Picks”: Recommendations from the Librarian of Congress

The new Librarian of Congress Carla D. Hayden is passionate about reading and gained a reputation for ensuring community access to libraries, whether online or in person. She is credited with moving the library’s twenty-two branches into the digital age while serving as chief executive officer (CEO) of the Enoch Pratt Free Library system in Baltimore. As president of the American Library Association from 2003 to 2004, Hayden chose the theme “Equity of Access” and led a battle for the protection of library users’ privacy.

Hayden was sworn in as the fourteenth Librarian of Congress on September 14, 2016, by the Chief Justice of the United States, John G. Roberts Jr. She is the first woman and the first African American to lead the Library of Congress. She also is the first professional librarian to be confirmed to the position in more than sixty years. Hayden won accolades for keeping library branches open citywide to provide citizens with safe havens during the recent civil unrest in Baltimore.

She began her career as a young readers’ librarian in the Chicago Public Library system, eventually rising to the post of deputy commissioner and chief librarian in that system. Hayden also taught Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh. She received Library Journal’s 1995 Librarian of the Year Award. She earned a B.A. from Roosevelt University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Graduate Library School of the University of Chicago.

In her role as CEO of Maryland’s Enoch Pratt Library, Hayden would routinely recommend a short list of books from the new fiction and nonfiction titles added to the collection. This list—known as “Carla’s Picks”—was available online for patrons to peruse. Some of Hayden’s recent recommendations were presented on local Baltimore television news channel WBAL. The television interview is available at http://bit.ly/2dhT2oI. Link outside of Library of Congress The selections she noted can be found in the NLS collection as follows:

H Is for Hawk
DB81386 10 hours 41 minutes
by Helen MacDonald
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Cambridge lecturer describes the year she spent training a goshawk, a decision she came to after the sudden death of her father in 2007. Discusses the field of falconry, which her father avidly practiced, the grieving process, and author T.H. White’s book The Goshawk (DB42687) Bestseller. 2014.

Inside the O'Briens: A Novel
DB81500 11 hours 15 minutes
by Lisa Genova
read by Ray Foushee
Boston police officer Joe O’Brien is diagnosed with Huntington’s, a terminal disease where sufferers increasingly lose motor control. Joe’s four children each have a fifty percent chance of inheriting the disease, and youngest Katie must decide whether to get tested. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2015.

The Knockoff: A Novel
DB81744 12 hours 12 minutes
by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza
read by Katherine Kellgren
When Imogen Tate returns to her job as editor-in-chief of Glossy Magazine after an illness, she finds that her ambitious former assistant has seized the reins and turned the storied fashion magazine into an online app. The cutthroat fashion industry and tech-obsessed millennials are both satirized. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.

The Light of the World: A Memoir
DB82146 3 hours 47 minutes
by Elizabeth Alexander
read by Elizabeth Alexander
Poet reflects on her life with her husband, his sudden and unexpected death at the age of fifty, and the ways she coped with the grief of his loss. Examines what attracted her to him, their life together as parents, and the type of man he was. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.

A Reunion of Ghosts: A Novel
DB81355 12 hours 17 minutes
BR20847 5 volumes
by Judith Claire Mitchell
read by Mary Kane
When one of three Alter sisters is diagnosed with terminal cancer, they all decide to commit suicide. They intend their suicide note as a chronicle of the sad history of their family in the hopes of breaking the family’s bad luck. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2015.

The Rocks: A Novel
DB81863 14 hours 50 minutes
by Peter Nichols
read by Steve West
Former spouses Gerald and Lulu have barely spoken in years, despite both living on the small island of Mallorca. While the story opens with the pair’s unexpected death, it moves backward in time to untangle the mysteries of their relationship. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.

The Turner House
DB81739 10 hours 37 minutes
by Angela Flournoy
read by Mare Trevathan
Francis and Viola Turner lived in their
Detroit home for more than fifty years, raising thirteen children. Now, however, the neighborhood is crumbling, Francis is gone, and their mortgage is underwater, leaving the Turners to decide the fate of their home. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2015.

Braille and Large Print Calendars 2017

Listed below are organizations that produce calendars in braille, print/braille, large print, or audio. Prices and availability are subject to change.

American Action Fund for Blind
Children and Adults

1800 Johnson St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314, ext. 2216
[email protected]
www.actionfund.org Link outside of Library of Congress

Braille 6 x 6 ½-inch calendar. Features one page per month, a personal day page, and a listing of major holidays. Free.

American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

PO Box 6085
Louisville, KY 40206-0085
1-800-223-1839 toll-free
(502) 899-2284 fax
[email protected]
https://shop.aph.org Link outside of Library of Congress

Braille Date Book calendar in a two-ring binder. Features tabbed pages of durable plastic. Catalog no. 1-07899-16, $66. Calendar replacement pages, catalog no. 1-07898-17, $18 for 12 tabbed plastic calendar pages. Filler paper and extra tabs, catalog no. 1-07897-00, $11 for 250 punched filler sheets.

Large-print (60-point) EZ Track Calendar and appointment book in a three-ring binder. Each page has space for four days of the month, with room for notes. Calendar with binder, catalog no. 1-07900-17, $33.50. Inserts only, catalog no. 1-07901-17, $29.

Print/braille (36-point) 8 ½ x 11-inch APH InSights Art Calendar. Includes holidays and moon phases. Features the work of artists with visual impairments who compete in the APH juried competition. Catalog no. 5-18971-17, $7.

Print/braille everyday activities calendar in a three-ring binder. Features color dividers between each month and two days per page. Can be used year after year. For children ages three to eight. Catalog no. 1-08121-00, $69.

Print/braille individual calendar kit. Contains two brightly colored, embossed, bold-line grid sheets for making personal month-at-a-glance calendar. Catalog no. 1-18971-00, $18.

The Big Type Company
W136 N5265 Campbell Ct.
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
1-800-933-1711 toll-free
(262) 783-6599 fax
[email protected]
www.bigtypeco.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Large-print (42-point) month-at-a-glance desk calendar. Opens to 11 x 17 inches. Includes space for notes or appointments. $11.50. Accepts prepaid orders by mail, online, or telephone.

Braille Works
941-942 Darby Lake St.
Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 654-4050
1-800-258-7544 toll-free
(813) 689-8628 fax
[email protected]
https://brailleworks.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Braille 11 x 17-inch wall calendar with images. Spiral-bound. $14.99.

The Carroll Center for the Blind
The Carroll Store
770 Centre St.
Newton, MA 02458
1-800-852-3131 toll-free
[email protected]
www.carroll.org/store Link outside of Library of Congress

Large-print 11.9 x 25-inch monthly calendar. $17.

Large-print 17 ½ x 22 ½-inch wall calendar. $9.

Cleveland Sight Center
Eyedea Shop
1909 East 101st St.
PO Box 1988
Cleveland, OH 44106-8696
1-877-776-9563 toll-free
[email protected]
www.eyedeashop.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Large-print 11 x 17-inch calendar. Opens to 22 x 17 inches. $10.

Large-print 9 x 11-inch date planner. Opens to 11 x 17 inches. $12.50.

Florida Reading & Vision Technology
Lighthouse of Broward
650 N. Andrews Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
[email protected]
1-800-981-5119 toll-free
(954) 462-4647 fax
www.floridareading.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Large-print monthly calendar. 17 x 22-inch per monthly view. Each day measures 2 ½ x 3 ½ inches. $9.95

Heritage for the Blind
2182 Flatbush Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11234
1-800-236-6283 toll-free
(718) 889-6023 fax
www.hftb.org Link outside of Library of Congress

Large-print 8 ½ x 11-inch weekly calendar. Free.

Independent Living Aids
137 Rano St.
Buffalo, NY 14207
1-800-537-2118 toll-free
(516) 937-3906 fax
www.independentliving.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Braille 8 ½ x 11-inch wall calendar with images. Spiral bound. $19.95.

Large-print 17 x 11-inch monthly wall calendar. Spiral bound. $6.95.

Large-print 17 x 22-inch monthly wall calendar. Spiral bound $7.75.

The Jewish Heritage for the Blind
1655 East 24th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11229
(718) 338-4999
1-800-995-1888 toll-free
[email protected]
www.jewishheritage.org Link outside of Library of Congress

Large-print 8 ½ x 11-inch weekly wall calendar in English and Hebrew. The calendar reflects the traditional Jewish year, beginning at Rosh Hashanah. Includes weekly candle-lighting times for selected cities. Free.

Learning, Sight & Sound (LS&S)
145 River Rock Dr.
Buffalo, NY 14207
1-800-468-4789 toll-free
(877) 498-1482 fax
[email protected]
www.LSSproducts.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Braille 11 x 8 ½ -inch calendar. Catalog no. 421040, $15.95.

Large-print 14 x 10-inch appointment book. Catalog no. 421038, $14.45.

Large-print 11 x 17-inch spiral-bound calendar. Catalog no. 421055, $6.49.

Large-print 17 x 22-inch planning calendar. Catalog no. 421056, $7.45.

The Lighthouse of Houston
Attn: Reflections, The Lighthouse Store
3602 West Dallas St.
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 284-8466
(713) 284-8446 fax
[email protected]
www.houstonlighthouse.org Link outside of Library of Congress

Large-print (36-point) 11 x 17-inch wall calendar. $5.50.

Large-print 18 x 12-inch appointment calendar. $16.

Lutheran Braille Workers
PO Box 5000
Yucaipa, CA 92399
1-800-925-6092 toll-free
[email protected]
www.lbwinc.org Link outside of Library of Congress

Braille 8 ½ x 11-inch scripture calendar. Features a Bible verse and raised picture for each month. Also available in a large-print (18-point) 8 ½ x 14-inch edition. Free.

42 Executive Blvd.
Farmingdale, NY 11735
1-800-522-6294 toll-free
(631) 752-0738 TTY
(631) 752-0689 fax
[email protected]
www.maxiaids.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Large-print (72-point) 8 ½ x 11-inch spiral-bound Giant Print Date calendar. Opens to 11 x 17 inches. Includes pages for notes and appointments. Catalog no. 19050-17, $8.95.

Large-print (72-point) 11 x 17-inch spiral-bound Jumbo Print Calendar. Opens to 22 x 17 inches. Printed in black ink on white paper. Catalog no. 9032003-17, $7.95.

Large-print (72-point) 11 x 17-inch Low-Vision Calendar. Catalog no. 19055-17, $6.45.

Large-print Big Print Date Calendar. Catalog no. 55681, $13.95.

Michigan Braille Transcribing Fund
3500 North Elm Rd.
Jackson, MI 49201
(517) 780-5096
(517) 780-5448 fax
[email protected]
http://mi-braille.org Link outside of Library of Congress

Print/braille 6 ¼ x 3 ¾-inch spiral-bound calendar. Includes a separate listing of major holidays. Free.

National Federation of the Blind
Independence Market
200 East Wells St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314, ext. 2216
(410) 685-2340 fax
[email protected]
www.nfb.org/independence-market Link outside of Library of Congress

Braille 6 x 6 ½-inch calendar. Features one page per month, a personal day page, and a listing of major holidays. Catalog no. BBC17B, free.

Large-print 8 ½ x 11-inch spiral-bound calendar with inside pockets. Features two-page calendar view with two-inch blocks for each day of the month, a monthly notes page, and a three-month calendar overview. Catalog no. AIL02C, $10.

Large-print Easy2See appointment planner. Spiral bound organizer, measures 8 ½ x 11 inches. Features one-page monthly views and two-page week at a glance views; weekday cells measure 3 ¼ x 8 inches; font is at least 40 point; writing areas are unlined and pages have dark borders. Catalog no. AIL42P, $20.

SightConnection Store
9709 Third Ave., NE
Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98115-2027
(206) 525-5556 v/TDD
1-800-458-4888 toll-free
(206) 525-0422 fax
[email protected]
www.sightconnection.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Braille magnetic board calendar holds the days and months of the year in one-inch tiles. Tiles are in braille and print with raised tactile numbers and letters. Includes extra tiles. Item no. 809, $33.75.

Large-print spiral-bound desk calendar with 3/8-inch numbers in two-inch squares. Each month includes a page for notes. Item no. 434-17, $10.

Large-print (72-point) spiral-bound wall calendar. Opens to 17 x 22 inches and has room for notes on each date. Major holidays noted. Item no. 437-17, $9.95.

Sioux Links Publishing
Attn: Customer Service
705 Eagle Run
Dell Rapids, SD 57022
1-888-201-5640 toll-free
(605) 428-5110 fax
[email protected]

Large-print 11 ½ x 17 ½-inch monthly wall calendar. Opens to 23 x 17 ½ inches. $16.95.

Books for Adults

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.

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 the App Store for reading braille books on a personal iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. To learn more about the collection or to sign up for BARD, contact your local cooperating library. Regional library telephone numbers and email addresses are listed on the last pages of this magazine.

Books within the headings Adult Fiction and Adult Nonfiction are listed alphabetically 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: A notice may appear immediately following the book description to indicate occurrences of violence, strong language, or descriptions of sex. The word “some” before any of these terms indicates an occasional or infrequent occurrence, as in “some strong language.”

Adult Fiction


A Wild Swan: And Other Tales
by Michael Cunningham
1 volume
A novelist retells classic fairy tales with a modern twist. The story “Beasts” shows the aftermath of the marriage of Beauty and her Beast, and “Jacked” gives us a beanstalk climber who is both dimwitted and greedy. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2015.

Undermajordomo Minor
by Patrick DeWitt
3 volumes
Compulsive liar Lucien “Lucy” Minor takes up a post in the castle of the mysterious and supposedly mad Baron Von Aux. There he finds new friends and dangerous secrets, and fights for the love of the beautiful Klara. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2015.

The Rose Society
by Marie Lu
4 volumes
After the events in The Young Elites (BR20556), Adelina thirsts for revenge against the Inquisition Axis, the group that wants her dead. As she struggles to control her growing dark powers, Adelina wonders if good still exists within her. Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2015.

The Assassin’s Blade: The Throne of Glass Novellas
by Sarah J. Maas
5 volumes
Five prequel novellas to Throne of Glass (BR19817), featuring Celaena’s daring missions. Includes The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, The Assassin and the Healer, The Assassin and the Desert, The Assassin and the Underworld, and The Assassin and the Empire. Violence. For senior high and older readers. 2014.

A Feast for Crows
by George R.R. Martin
13 volumes
The War of the Five Kings is over, but King Joffrey and Robb Stark are dead. Queen Regent Cersei Lannister dreams of ruling the Seven Kingdoms—as do many others. Sequel to A Storm of Swords (BR21125). Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms
by George R.R. Martin
4 volumes
Sir Duncan the Tall (known as Dunk) and his squire, Egg (one day to be King Aegon Targaryen), go on adventures. Three novellas explore the history of the Seven Kingdoms many years before the events told in the series A Song of Ice and Fire. Some violence. 2015.

by Robin McKinley
6 volumes
A gang of vampires led by evil Beauregard abducts baker Rae “Sunshine” Seddon. Using her magic powers, Sunshine escapes with vampire and fellow captive Constantine—Beauregard’s archenemy. Human special forces recruit Sunshine to hunt bloodsuckers, while she secretly aids Constantine in a plot to overthrow Beauregard. Some violence. 2003.

His Majesty’s Dragon
by Naomi Novik
4 volumes
English naval captain Will Laurence discovers a dragon egg aboard a captured French frigate. Once the creature, Temeraire, hatches, Will harnesses it and bonds immediately and irrevocably with it. The pair train in the art of airborne combat before joining the Aerial Corps to battle Napoleon’s forces. Some violence. 2006.

by Terry Pratchett
3 volumes
Hoping to marry off his daughter, Death hires sixteen-year-old Mort as his new apprentice. But Mort fails his first assignment and saves a princess from assassination. Mort knows he’s in the wrong business but needs to set history right before he can quit. 1987.


The Water for Elephants
by Sara Gruen
5 volumes
1931. Veterinary student Jacob Jankowski’s world comes crashing down when his parents die in a car accident. Broke, Jacob joins the circus, falls for Marlena, a married circus star, and cares for animals like Rosie the elephant. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2006.

Orphan Train
by Christina Baker Kline
4 volumes
Foster teen Molly is sent to ninety-one-year-old Vivian Daly’s house on the Maine coast to perform community service. As Molly cleans the attic, Vivian reminisces about emigrating from Ireland, losing her family, and being sent to Minnesota on an orphan train—and the two connect. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2013.

Historical Fiction

Maud’s Line
by Margaret Verble
4 volumes
Eighteen-year-old Maud Nail, her father, younger brother, and extended family are scraping out existences on allotments for the Cherokee in eastern Oklahoma. One day, peddler Booker Wakefield visits her home and encourages her dreams of finer things. Tensions with others threaten. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 2015.

Human Relationships

by Patricia Highsmith
4 volumes
Therese is working at a department store as she tries to become an apprentice stage designer. While at the store, she meets an older woman named Carol. They begin a romantic relationship, despite Carol’s marriage and Therese’s boyfriend. Basis for 2015 Oscar-nominated movie. (Previously titled The Price of Salt.) Some descriptions of sex. 1952.

Be Frank with Me
by Julia Claiborne Johnson
4 volumes
Alice Whitley works for a publisher who sends her to California to help reclusive author Mimi Banning deliver her long-awaited second novel. While Mimi locks herself in her office supposedly writing every day, Alice takes care of Frank, Mimi’s ferociously intelligent but eccentric young son. 2016.

The Porcupine of Truth
by Bill Konigsberg
4 volumes
Mopey about having to spend the summer with his estranged father in Billings, Montana, seventeen-year-old Carson’s vacation prospects improve after he meets Aisha, a beautiful lesbian. The two embark on an epic road trip that will transform them both. Strong language. Stonewall Book Award. For senior high and older readers. 2015.

How to Be a Grown-Up
by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
3 volumes
Rory McGovern returns to full-time work after her husband leaves home. Not only is she suddenly a single parent, but her new job at a tech startup has her working with millennials half her age. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2015.

by Danielle Steel
3 volumes
TV news reporter Ginny Carter’s husband and son are killed in a car accident at Christmastime. Grieving, Ginny becomes a human-rights worker in New York, where she meets a special homeless boy named Blue, recovering from his own trauma. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2016.

Mystery and Detective

Death and the Chaste Apprentice
by Robert Barnard
3 volumes
Des Capper, landlord of the Saracen’s Head Inn near London, is a less-than-sterling character, what with spying on guests and intruding on intimate moments. The annual Ketterick Arts Festival has filled the inn with opera singers, actors, and musicians, and when murder occurs, detective Charlie Peace finds dark and surprising secrets. 1989.

A Fatal Attachment
by Robert Barnard
3 volumes
Lydia Perceval, well known for her biographies of popular historical figures, lives a rather solitary life in an English village. But like her nephews when they were younger, two teenage brothers now appear to be impressed by her. Then Lydia is found strangled. 1992.

Away in a Manger
by Rhys Bowen
3 volumes
1905. During the holiday season, Molly Murphy Sullivan learns that two young siblings have arrived in New York from England, but their mother has vanished and they are being mistreated by their aunt. Molly is determined to help the children and figure out what happened. 2015.

Blue Lightning
by Ann Cleeves
4 volumes
A woman’s body is discovered at the renowned Fair Isle’s bird observatory with feathers threaded through her hair. Shetland Detective Jimmy Perez—with only his fiancée to help him—soon realizes that this is a murder of cold and calculated intention. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2010.

Her Final Breath
by Robert Dugoni
5 volumes
Returning to work after the events in My Sister’s Grave (BR20621), Seattle police detective Tracy Crosswhite pursues a serial killer known as the Cowboy, who hogties his female victims so they choke to death. Meanwhile, he leaves a noose for Tracy to find. Violence and strong language. 2010.

People of Darkness
by Tony Hillerman
3 volumes
When Navajo Tribal Police sergeant Jim Chee investigates the theft of a seemingly worthless box of keepsakes, he encounters a series of mysterious deaths. Chee’s probe leads him into mortal peril before he uncovers the culprit and discovers the secret of the stolen box. Some violence. 1980.

The Sugar House: A Tess Monaghan Mystery
by Laura Lippman
4 volumes
Baltimore PI Tess Monaghan takes an odd case. Henry Dembrow was serving time for murder when he, too, was killed. His waitress sister, Ruthie, wants Tess to find out the name of the still-unidentified Jane Doe Henry killed—believing his murder was retaliation. Strong language and some violence. 2000.

The Devil’s Star
by Jo Nesbø
6 volumes
Reeling from his breakup, drinking heavily, and planning to leave the force, Harry Hole refuses to work a murder case with crooked Tom Waaler. But when subsequent murders suggest a serial killer’s involvement, Hole feels compelled to expose the pattern. Published in Norwegian in 2003. Violence and strong language. 2005.

Blacklist: A V.I. Warshawski Novel
by Sara Paretsky
6 volumes
While inspecting the vacant family manor for longtime client Darraugh Graham, private investigator V.I. Warshawski stumbles upon the bodies of African American reporter Marcus Whitby and teenager Catherine Bayard. Somehow the families are connected in scandal and deceit going back to the McCarthy era. Some violence and some strong language. 2003.

Body Work: A V.I. Warshawski Novel
by Sara Paretsky
6 volumes
PI V.I. Warshawski visits a nightclub where audience members paint the body of a naked performer. The intricate work of one participant, Nadia, enrages an ex-soldier. Later, when Nadia is killed and cops suspect the vet, his parents hire Warshawski to prove his innocence. Violence and strong language. 2010.

Burn Marks: A V.I. Warshawski Novel
by Sara Paretsky
5 volumes
V.I. Warshawski is awakened at 3:00 a.m. by the persistent ringing of the doorbell. Her aunt Elena’s residential hotel has just burned to the ground. As V.I. investigates, Elena disappears, a young girl is found dead at a construction site, and three attempts are made on V.I.’s life. Some violence. 1990.

Fire Sale: A V.I. Warshawski Novel
by Sara Paretsky
6 volumes
Private detective V.I. Warshawski volunteers to coach girls’ basketball at her former South Chicago high school. To help the impoverished team, V.I. seeks funding from discount behemoth By-Smart and discovers that the owner’s grandson is romantically linked to one of her players. Meanwhile a neighborhood factory is bombed. 2005.

Hardball: A V.I. Warshawski Novel
by Sara Paretsky
5 volumes
In Chicago, public defender-turned-private detective V.I. Warshawski seeks Lamont Gadsden, an African American man who disappeared in 1967. Her search is connected to a decades-old case involving the murder of a civil rights worker—a racially charged investigation in which Vic’s late cop father was involved. Strong language. 2009.

Windy City Blues
by Sara Paretsky
4 volumes
Collection of nine stories set in Chicago about the tough female private eye V.I Warshawski. In “Grace Notes” V.I. relates the history of her family as she tracks down her grandmother’s past. Features several characters from other Warshawski mysteries. Some violence and some strong language. 1995.

Psychological Themes

Fight Club
by Chuck Palahniuk
2 volumes
An insomniac starts fraudulently attending support groups for the terminally ill. After an encounter with a man named Tyler Durden, the pair start a fight club where members beat each other up as a kind of radical therapy. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1996.

Religious Themes

Vivian Apple at the End of the World
by Katie Coyle
3 volumes
Seventeen-year-old Vivian Apple returns home after the alleged “rapture” to find her devout parents gone and two mysterious holes in the roof. Now that she has been left behind, Vivian searches for the truth. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2013.

Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and Rebellion
by Jody Hedlund
4 volumes
Nun Katharina von Bora escapes the convent she has lived in since the age of five. Enthralled by the words and actions of Martin Luther, she goes to follow him. They form a bond, but outside forces threaten both Luther and Katharina. Some violence. 2015.


Virgin River
by Robyn Carr
5 volumes
Mel Monroe, a young, widowed, L.A.-based nurse-practitioner, accepts a job sight unseen in tiny Virgin River. Shocked by less-than-stellar accommodations, Mel contends with a dilapidated cottage and an unwelcoming old doctor. But ex-marine and tavern-owner Jack Sheridan is glad she arrived. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

The One
by Kiera Cass
3 volumes
As the Selection competition approaches its finish, America and Prince Maxon must decide if they are truly meant for each other. Sequel to The Elite (BR21116). For senior high and older readers. 2014.

Bet Me
by Jennifer Crusie
5 volumes
Minerva Dobbs’s boyfriend not only dumps her right before her sister’s wedding, but he also bets his buddy, Cal Morrisey, that Min will sleep with Cal. Min overhears them, and although she plans revenge, she falls in love instead. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

The Duke and I
by Julia Quinn
4 volumes
Simon Basset, the new Duke of Hastings, and Daphne Bridgerton stage a courtship to keep society matchmakers at bay. But when the charade becomes all too real for Daphne, Simon must either marry her or risk ruining her reputation and breaking her heart. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2000.

The Viscount Who Loved Me
by Julia Quinn
5 volumes
Contrary to gossip columnist Lady Whistledown’s reports, London’s most eligible bachelor, Anthony Bridgerton, has decided to marry and begins courting Edwina Sheffield. Determined to protect her from the notorious viscount, Edwina’s half-sister, Kate, schemes to thwart their betrothal—and falls in love with Anthony herself. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2000.

The Liar
by Nora Roberts
6 volumes
After the death of her husband, Richard, Shelby discovers that everything about him was a lie. Shelby and her young daughter, Callie, move back to her hometown of Rendezvous Ridge, Tennessee. Unfortunately, Richard’s dangerous secrets follow her home. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2015.

An Untamed Heart
by Lauraine Snelling
4 volumes
Norway, 1878. Ingeborg falls in love with university student Nils one summer. But after a tragedy, she agrees to marry widower Roald Bjorklund and join him and his son on their voyage to America. Prequel to An Untamed Land (BR16728). 2013.

See Me
by Nicholas Sparks
6 volumes
Trying to turn over a new leaf and leave his violent past behind, Colin Hancock doesn’t have time for a relationship. That changes when he meets Maria Sanchez, a successful lawyer who is running from her own dark history. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 2015.

Science Fiction

The Girl with All the Gifts
by M.R. Carey
5 volumes
Melanie, a precocious ten-year-old, attends a strange boarding school where students live in cells and are locked into chairs during class. When the school is attacked, Melanie, her favorite teacher, and the school administrator flee into a dangerous world full of flesh-eating “hungries.” Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2014.

Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline
6 volumes
2045. Multibillionaire James Halliday dies, leaving his last will and testament online for the world to see. His massive multiplayer online game OASIS has a hidden feature—an Easter egg—and the person who finds the egg first wins Halliday’s fortune. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2011.

by Hugh Howey
6 volumes
In the future, Earth has become toxic and survivors live in an underground silo. To go outside is a death sentence—but then one person walks away. Originally published as five short e-books. Strong language, descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2012.

Their Fractured Light
by Amie Kaufman
5 volumes
A foiled attempt to infiltrate the corrupt LaRoux Industries forces hacker Gideon and revenge-seeker Sofia into a fragile alliance. They soon join forces with other rebels to take down the most powerful corporation in the galaxy. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2015.

Burning Midnight
by Will McIntosh
3 volumes
When an unscrupulous billionaire, CEO Alex Holliday, will stop at nothing to obtain rare spheres that can grant the owner enhanced abilities, four teens—Sully, Hunter, Dom, and Mandy—team up to beat him at his own game. Violence and strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Cress: The Lunar Chronicles
by Marissa Meyer
6 volumes
Imprisoned on an orbiting satellite, hacker Cress learns she unwittingly helped Lunar queen Levana commit a massacre. Cinder, Scarlet, Thorne, and Wolf, from Scarlet (BR21380 ), plot to rescue Cress and overthrow the queen, but things don’t go as planned. Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2014.

Fairest: The Lunar Chronicles; Levana’s Story
by Marissa Meyer
2 volumes
Events are revealed from Queen Levana’s youth that have caused her truly evil nature to emerge and thrive in adulthood. Companion to The Lunar Chronicles series. For senior high and older readers. 2015.

All Those Vanished Engines
by Paul Park
3 volumes
Set in alternate-history America. The first part falls after the Civil War as the Queen of the North negotiates a two-nation settlement. The second part explores early twenty-first century Massachusetts. The final section features a near-future dystopian America and a virtual reality called Second Life. Some strong language. 2014.

Doomsday Book
by Connie Willis
8 volumes
Kivrin, a young, twenty-first-century history student, travels back in time on assignment to fourteenth-century Oxford and finds herself stranded at the outbreak of the bubonic plague. Kivrin must come to terms with life and death in an age of superstition, fear, and suffering. Hugo Award. Nebula Award. 1992.

Sword & Citadel
by Gene Wolfe
7 volumes
Third and fourth books in The Book of the New Sun series. In The Sword of the Lictor, Severian carries out a dark mission, driven by a powerful destiny. In The Citadel of the Autarch, Severian faces a final reckoning with the Autarch, fulfilling an ancient prophecy. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 1982.

Short Stories

Mothers, Tell Your Daughters: Stories
by Bonnie Jo Campbell
3 volumes
All sixteen of the stories in this collection feature mothers and daughters as the protagonists. An abused woman seeks revenge on her bedridden husband. A young bride thinks a dog may actually be her dead ex-boyfriend. Strong language. 2015.

The Martini Shot: A Novella and Stories
by George Pelecanos
3 volumes
In the title novella, a television cop-show writer gets caught up in a drama more real than anything he could have conjured for a script. In one of the collection’s short stories, Greek-American Spero Lucas and his wife adopt an interracial trio of sons. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 2015.

Spies and Espionage

The Day of the Jackal
by Frederick Forsyth
6 volumes
A secret group of French right-wing leaders, plotting to overthrow the government, hires a professional assassin, known as the Jackal, to kill President de Gaulle. The novel concerns the attempts of the police to identify and stop the brilliant criminal, who is a master of eluding detection. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 1971.


The Buried: A Jonathan Quinn Novel
by Brett Battles
4 volumes
While cleaning up after a hit, Quinn and Nate discover women held captive in the dead man’s basement. When their client disappears after attempting to ID one of the women, the cleaners flee with her, trying to evade the many people hunting her. Violence and strong language. 2015.

Zero Day
by Jan Gangsei
4 volumes
Eight years after being kidnapped from the Governor’s Mansion in Virginia, Addie Webster resurfaces to take her place by her family’s side in the White House. Eventually, everyone suspects she is hiding something, including her friend Darrow. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Behind Closed Doors
by Elizabeth Haynes
5 volumes
Inspector Louisa “Lou” Smith is shocked to learn that Scarlett Rainsford—who went missing at age fifteen while on vacation a decade ago with her family in Greece—has been found. Scarlett’s parents react oddly. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 2015.

Human Remains
by Elizabeth Haynes
5 volumes
An odor leads civilian police analyst Annabel to discover the decomposing corpse of her next-door neighbor. Shocked, Annabel researches how many people are discovered in their homes long after they die. Noticing a recent, unexplained spike, Annabel unofficially investigates. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2013.

The Stolen Ones
by Owen Laukkanen
4 volumes
Despite being on a family camping trip, BCA agent Kirk Stevens must team up once again with FBI agent Carla Windermere to investigate the murder of a local deputy and determine the identity of the gun-wielding young foreign woman suspected of the crime. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2015.

The Double
by George Pelecanos
3 volumes
Spero Lucas specializes in recovering stolen property, and that is exactly what Grace Kinkaid hired him to do—retrieve the valuable painting her ex-boyfriend took from her. But Grace also wants Lucas to find the violent career criminal who humiliated her. Strong language, explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2013.

Try Not to Breathe
by Holly Seddon
4 volumes
Destructive habits cost Alex Dale a marriage and a journalism career. Then Alex discovers Amy Stevenson, who was found unconscious fifteen years ago after a merciless assault. Thought to be comatose, Amy is actually conscious but paralyzed. Alex begins investigating. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

Adult Nonfiction

Animals and Wildlife

The Backyard Beekeeper: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden
by Kim Flottum
5 volumes
The third edition of a guide to husbandry techniques for bees. The author provides instructions for setting up a bee colony, caring for a colony in both urban and rural environments, the harvesting and uses of honey and beeswax, guidelines in the wake of colony collapse disorder, and more. 2014.


33 Men: Inside the Miraculous Survival and Dramatic Rescue of the Chilean Miners
by Jonathan Franklin
3 volumes
Franklin, an American reporter stationed in South America for fifteen years, investigates the August 5, 2010, copper-mine explosion in northern Chile that trapped thirty-three men underground for ten weeks. Describes the miners’ ordeal and highlights the rescue attempt that brought them to the surface. 2011.

SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy Seal Sniper
by Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin
4 volumes
Wasdin, a former Navy SEAL Team Six sniper, chronicles his training and war experiences, including special operations during Desert Storm. Details the mission that almost cost him his life—the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia, the basis for the 2001 movie Black Hawk Down. Strong language and some violence. 2011.

Blindness and Physical Disabilities

Blind: A Memoir
by Belo Miguel Cipriani
2 volumes
A man recounts losing his sight in 2007 at the age of twenty-six due to a violent attack by childhood friends. In a series of essays, he describes his life before the attack and the ways he learned to navigate the world after it. Discusses the emotional impact of vision loss. 2011.

Business and Economics

Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction
by Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner
5 volumes
Business professor Tetlock and journalist Gardner present the results of research into forecasting abilities in stock-market prediction. They discuss the mathematical concepts behind forecasting, profile highly successful participants in the research study, and identify traits for success. 2015.


Dehydrating at Home: Getting the Best from Your Dehydrator, from Fruit Leather to Meat Jerkies
by Michelle Keogh
2 volumes
Cookbook featuring recipes geared toward the use of dehydrators. Categories covered are fruits, vegetables, leathers, jerky, nuts and seeds, crackers and flatbreads, herbs and seasonings, breakfast, entrées, desserts, main meals, pet treats, and other household uses. Includes a guide to what to consider when buying a dehydrator. 2015.

My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life
by Ruth Reichl
4 volumes
Former editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine reflects on the time she spent recovering from the sudden loss of her job, when the owners closed down the publication. Shares recipes she used to reconnect with the reason she first entered food journalism. 2015.


Small-Space Vegetable Gardens: Growing Great Edibles in Containers, Raised Beds, and Small Plots
by Andrea Bellamy
3 volumes
Focusing on the special challenges of gardening in containers and small plots, Bellamy gives tips on designing and building garden areas to make the most of small spaces. Offers advice on growing in tight settings, and provides an A to Z list of plants, including container suitability. 2014.

Hobbies and Crafts

How to Knit Socks That Fit: Techniques for Toe-Up and Cuff-Down Styles
by Donna Druchunas
2 volumes
Guide to the basics of knitting socks. Discusses considerations for choosing yarn, needle choice, determining sock fit and sizing, the parts of the sock, which direction to knit the sock—up from the toe, or down from the cuff, with specific techniques for each—knitting two socks at once, and more. 2015.


by Tyler Oakley
3 volumes
Collection of thirty-two humorous personal essays by Oakley (born 1989), known for his social media presence and LGBT advocacy efforts. Discusses familial and romantic relationships, popular culture in the twenty-first century, and events he has taken part in thanks to his YouTube channel. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2015.

Legal Issues

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
4 volumes
Profile of the life of Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (born 1933) and popular-culture representations of her. Discusses her early life growing up in Brooklyn, her legal and judicial career, family life, commitment to and fight for women’s rights, and relationships with her fellow justices. Bestseller. 2015.

Medicine and Health

When Breath Becomes Air
by Paul Kalanithi
2 volumes
On the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, the author was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. Kalanithi wrote about his own experience with dying to help others face their mortality. His wife’s epilogue follows his 2015 death. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2015.

Nature and the Environment

The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health
by David R. Montgomery and Anne Biklé
5 volumes
Married couple geomorphologist Montgomery and biologist Biklé recount the efforts they have made in transforming their yard into a thriving garden and the ways their experiences factored into Biklé’s cancer diagnosis. The authors discuss the need for introducing organic material and maintaining a healthful balance with microbes, among other subjects. 2016.


How to Relax
by Thich Nhat Hanh
1 volume
Vietnamese Buddhist monk and author of Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise (BR20690) shares techniques and meditations to help with relaxation, no matter where you are. 2015.

Psychology and Self-Help

Big Magic: Creative Living beyond Fear
by Elizabeth Gilbert
2 volumes
A guide to creativity from the author of Eat, Pray, Love (BR21243). Encourages anyone who ever wanted to write, paint, or do anything creative to let go of fear and be inspired. Shares approaches and attitudes that could help people lead more creative lives. 2015.

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things
by Jenny Lawson
4 volumes
Lawson, better known as “The Bloggess,” returns with another collection of essays following Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. Candid and conversational, topics range from taxidermy to cat stories to honest revelations about the author’s struggles with mental illness. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2015.

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek
by Maya Van Wagenen
3 volumes
Teen author reflects on her unique social experiment: spend her eighth-grade year following a 1950s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell. Provides real-life results and assessment of what it means to be popular. Some strong language. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2014.


Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue
by Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz
2 volumes
Harris, author of Waking Up (BR20597), and Nawaz, chair of a think tank focusing on religious freedom, extremism, and citizenship, examine the role of the Islamic religion in extremist violence in the twenty-first century. Presented as the authors speaking back and forth. 2015.

The Name of God Is Mercy: A Conversation with Andrea Tornielli
by Pope Francis
1 volume
Through a conversation with a Vatican reporter, Pope Francis (born 1936) expounds on his belief that “mercy is the first attribute of God.” Uses supporting examples from his own early years as well as his experiences doing pastoral work. Discusses why the Catholic Church’s doors should remain open to everyone. Translated from Italian. Bestseller. 2016.

Be the Message: Taking Your Faith beyond Words to a Life of Action
by Kerry Shook and Chris Shook
3 volumes
The authors present their views on applying the Christian gospel in intention and action as well as words and sermons. Biblical context is provided for the authors’ message, as well as examples of how this approach has affected both their faith and their daily lives. Bestseller. 2014.

Science and Technology

Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology
by Johnjoe McFadden and Jim Al-Khalili
5 volumes
Molecular geneticist McFadden and physicist Al-Khalili, author of Paradox (BR19734), present the emerging field of quantum biology. They discuss the introduction of quantum mechanics theory into the field of biology and explore investigations into puzzles facing biologists, including the ways migrating birds know where to go, interpreting scents, and gene replication. 2014.

Social Sciences

Thinking Critically: Legalizing Marijuana
by John Allen
1 volume
Examines the debate surrounding the growing movement to legalize marijuana for medical and/or recreational use. Presents both sides of the issue, looks at the benefits and costs, provides facts and dispels myths, and lists additional resources. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2015.

Sports and Recreation

The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs: Use Outdoor Clues to Find Your Way, Predict the Weather, Locate Water, Track Animals—and Other Forgotten Skills
by Tristan Gooley
5 volumes
Professional navigator and travel company executive shares the tips and tricks he has learned over his twenty years of experience about orienting yourself in both urban and rural environments using nature’s clues. Includes information on using your senses, identifying landmarks big and small, and ways different environments affect indicators. 2014.

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 https://nlsbard.loc.gov. To order books or sign up for BARD service contact your local cooperating library. Regional library telephone numbers and email addresses 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


by John David Anderson
4 volumes
Thirteen-year-old superhero sidekick-in-training Drew Bean must overcome his not-so-super powers and become the hero everyone needs. When a supervillain, the Dealer, returns to Justicia, Drew knows that he and his sidekick friends have a chance to prove their worth. For grades 4-7. 2013.


by Beverly Cleary
2 volumes
Henry Huggins’s lost dog stars in a series of colorful adventures, including a violet-scented bubble bath given to him by a crew of sisters. He even manages to win a football game for Zachary Taylor High School before Henry finds him. For grades 3-6. 1964.

Harriet the Invincible: Hamster Princess
by Ursula Vernon
1 volume
Never a conventional princess, Harriet Hamsterbone becomes an adventurer when she learns she is cursed by the wicked fairy Ratshade to fall into a deep sleep on her twelfth birthday after pricking herself on the hamster wheel. Years pass, and something peculiar happens when Ratshade reappears. Uncontracted braille. For grades 3-6. 2015.

Of Mice and Magic: Hamster Princess
by Ursula Vernon
1 volume
When Harriet Hamsterbone learns about the curse on twelve mice princesses who are forced to dance all night, every night, she knows she is the one to break the curse. Sequel to Harriet the Invincible (BR21395). Uncontracted braille. For grades 3-6. 2016.


Tending to Grace
by Kimberly Newton Fusco
1 volume
Cornelia is shy and withdrawn because of her stutter. She feels even lonelier when her mother drops her off to live with an eccentric great-aunt in a rundown farmhouse. But slowly and warily Cornelia and her aunt learn to share their strengths with each other. For grades 6-9. Schneider Family Book Award. 2004.


Brisingr: Book III in the Inheritance Cycle
by Christopher Paolini
10 volumes
The further adventures of Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, as they continue to aid the Varden in the struggle against evil king Galbatorix. Sequel to Eldest (BR21184 ). For grades 6-9. 2008.

Inheritance, or, The Vault of Souls
by Christopher Paolini
11 volume
As the final battle against Galbatorix looms, the fate of civilization rests with Eragon and his dragon, Saphira. Will they succeed? Sequel to Brisingr (BR21209). For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2011.

The Hidden Oracle: The Trials of Apollo
by Rick Riordan
4 volumes
After angering his father, Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. He must learn to survive in the modern world as a teenager until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favor. For grades 5-8. 2016.

Immortal Guardians
by Eliot Schrefer
2 volumes
When an ancient dark force emerges from a centuries-long slumber, Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan must stop it from sweeping through Erdas and destroying their spirit animals—and the world. For grades 4-7. 2015.

Broken Ground
by Victoria Schwab
2 volumes
A new ancient and evil threat faces the world of Erdas. Determined to stop it, Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan, along with their spirit animals, embark on a desperate journey that takes them deep underground. Sequel to Immortal Guardians (BR21449). For grades 4-7. 2016.


The Princess and the Pony
by Kate Beaton
1 volume
Princess Pinecone wants a real war horse for her birthday. Instead, her parents get her a cute farting pony who turns out to have uses too! PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2015.

Growing Up

Here’s to You, Rachel Robinson
by Judy Blume
2 volumes
Expelled from a Vermont boarding school, Charles returns home, but his presence proves disruptive, especially for his sister Rachel, a gifted seventh-grader juggling friendships and school activities. For grades 6-9. 1993.


Here Comes Valentine Cat
by Deborah Underwood
1 volume
Cat does not want to send a valentine to anyone, until some unexpected gifts from the dog next door make him change his mind. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2016.


Agatha, Girl of Mystery: The Heist at Niagara Falls
by Sir Steve Stevenson
1 volume
After a theft at the Overlook Hotel in Niagara Falls, budding detectives and cousins Dash and Agatha rush to Canada to work the case and retrieve an opera singer’s stolen goods. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2013.


Kid Owner
by Tim Green
3 volumes
When twelve-year-old Ryan Zinna learns that his estranged father left him the Dallas Cowboys, he is not prepared to deal with the newfound fame and how it changes him. Then again, his angry stepmother doesn’t plan to let him own the team for long. For grades 5-8. 2015.

Children's Nonfiction


This Side of Wild: Mutts, Mares, and Laughing Dinosaurs
by Gary Paulsen
2 volumes
Newbery Honor-winning author of Dogsong (BR19522) and Hatchet (BR11525) shares true stories about his relationship with animals, highlighting their empathy, intellect, instinct, and sense of adventure. Uncontracted braille. For grades 5-8. 2015.


Kid Athletes: True Tales of Childhood from Sports Legends
by David Stabler
2 volumes
Highlights unusual yet true stories from the childhoods of superstar athletes. A young Peyton Manning learned to tango for a school play; and Danica Patrick was scared of a lot of things growing up, except race-car driving. For grades 4-7. 2015.


Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans
by Kadir Nelson
1 volume
An introduction to African American history, beginning with Revolutionary-era slavery. Topics include the jazz boom in Harlem and the civil rights activism of a generation inspired by Dr. King, Malcolm X, and other leaders. Coretta Scott King Award. For grades 4-7. 2011.

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation
by Duncan Tonatiuh
1 volume
Recounts how young Sylvia Mendez and her brothers wanted to go to the school closest to their new home in California but were told they must attend a Mexican school. Their family organized, sued, and helped end segregation in the state. For grades 2-4 and older readers. 2014.


Grammar Basics: Adjectives; Adverbs; Nouns; Verbs
by Kate Riggs
1 volume
Four books on different parts of speech. Adjectives looks at words that describe nouns. Includes their uses in sentences, their common and proper types, and how to spot different forms. Adverbs explains words that describe actions. Also includes Nouns and Verbs. For grades 2-4. 2013.

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; 12 issues)

Braille Book Review (6 issues)

Braille Chess Magazine (British; 4 issues)

Braille Music Magazine (British; 12 issues)

Conundrum (British; 12 issues)

Cooking Light (12 issues)

Cooks Illustrated (6 issues)

ESPN: The Magazine (18 issues)

Harper's (literary; 12 issues)

Health Newsletters (includes Harvard Health Letter, Mayo Clinic Health Letter, and University of California at Berkeley Wellness Letter; 12 issues)

Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine (12 issues)

Martha Stewart Living (home and entertaining; 10 issues)

Muse (for children; 9 issues)

The Musical Mainstream (NLS; 4 issues)

National Geographic (12 issues)

The New York Times Book Review (52 issues)

The New York Times Large Print Weekly (52 issues)

News (NLS; 4 issues)

O (Oprah)(12 issues)

Parents (12 issues)

PC World (personal computing; 12 issues)

Playboy (12 issues)

Poetry (11 issues)

Popular Mechanics (10 issues)

Popular Music Lead Sheets (irregular)

Popular Science (6 issues)

Rolling Stone (popular culture; 26 issues)

Science News (26 issues)

Seventeen (for teens, 10 issues)

Short Stories (British; 12 issues)

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

National Basketball Association

National Football League

National Hockey League

Women's National Basketball Association

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Posted on 2016-11-30