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Braille Book Review January–February 2015

Volume 84, Number 1

About Braille Book Review

Braille Book Review is published bimonthly in braille, large print, and online and distributed at no cost to blind and physically handicapped individuals who participate in the Library of Congress reading program. It lists braille books and magazines available through a network of cooperating libraries and carries news of developments in library services. The braille edition also lists NLS audiobooks appearing in Talking Book Topics with brief annotations.

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, romance novels, mysteries, and how-to guides. Some books in Spanish are also available. To learn more about the wide range of books in the national collection, access the NLS International Union Catalog online or contact your local cooperating library.

Braille Book Review is available online in HTML and plain text at Braille Book Review section. Patrons enrolled in the 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 free of charge to eligible readers for download. To use BARD contact your cooperating library or fill out the online application at

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, send an e-mail to [email protected] , or visit NLS Music Section.

Where to write

Order braille books through your local braille-lending library. To change or cancel a Braille Book Review subscription complete the form on the inside back cover and mail it to your local braille-lending library. To find your library go online to find a local NLS network library.

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

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.

Library of Congress, Washington 2015
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

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In Brief

2015 Calendars

Listed below are organizations that produce calendars in braille, large print, or print/braille.

American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
18440 Oxnard St.
Tarzana, CA 91356
(410) 659-9314, ext. 2216
[email protected] External

  • Braille 6 x 6-1/2-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
800-223-1839 (toll-free)
(502) 899-2284 fax
[email protected] External

  • Braille DateBook calendar in a two-ring binder. Features tabbed pages of durable plastic. Catalog no. 1-07899-15, $66. Calendar replacement pages, catalog no. 1-07898-15, $18. Filler paper and extra tabs, catalog no. 1-07897-00, $11.
  • 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. 1-07900-15, $33.50. Inserts only, catalog no. 1-07901-15, $29.
  • Large-print/braille (36 point) 8-1/2 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. 5-18971-15, $7.
  • Large-print/braille everyday activities calendar in a three-ring binder with color dividers between each month, two days per page. Can be used year after year. For children ages three to eight. Catalog no. 1-08121-00, $69.
  • Large-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.

Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ASB)
919 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 627-0600, ext. 3242
(215) 922-0692 fax
[email protected] External

  • Large-print (42 point) month-at-a-glance desk calendar. Opens to 11 x 17 inches. Includes space for notes or appointments. Free to residents of Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania; $4 for others.

The Big Type Company
W136 N5265 Campbell Ct.
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
800-933-1711 (toll-free)
(262) 783-6599 fax
[email protected] External

  • 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.

Cleveland Sight Center
Eye-dea Shop
1909 East 101st St.
PO Box 1988
Cleveland, OH 44106-8696
877-776-9563 (toll-free)
[email protected] External

  • 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.

The Jewish Heritage for the Blind
1655 East 24th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11229
(718) 338-4999
800-995-1888 (toll-free)
[email protected] External

  • Large-print 8-1/2 x 11-inch weekly wall calendar in English and Hebrew. Includes weekly candle-lighting times for selected cities. Free.

145 River Rock Dr.
Buffalo, NY 14207
800-468-4789 (toll-free)
866-317-8533 TTY (toll-free)
877-498-1482 fax (toll-free)
[email protected] External

  • Braille 11 x 8-1/2-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, $3.25.
  • Large-print 17 x 22-inch planning calendar. Catalog no. 421056, $3.70.

The Lighthouse of Houston
Attn: Reflections, The Lighthouse Store
3602 West Dallas St.
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 284-8466
(713) 284-8451 fax
[email protected] External

  • Large-print (36 point) 11 x 17-inch wall calendar. $16.

Lutheran Blind Workers
PO Box 5000
Yucaipa, CA 92399
800-925-6092 (toll-free)
[email protected]

  • Braille 8 x 11-inch scripture calendar. Features a Bible verse and raised picture for each month. Also available in a large-print (21 point) 8 x 14-inch edition. Free.

42 Executive Blvd.
Farmingdale, NY 11735
800-522-6294 (toll-free)
(631) 752-0738 TTY
(631) 752-0689 fax
[email protected] External

  • Braille 11 x 8-1/2-inch calendar. Catalog no. 15812, $14.99.
  • Large-print (72 point) 8-1/2 x 11-inch spiral-bound Giant Print Date Calendar. Opens to 11 x 17 inches. Includes pages for notes and appointments. Catalog no. 19050-15, $8.95.
  • Large-print (72-point numbers) 11 x 17-inch spiral-bound Jumbo Print Calendar. Opens to 22 x 17 inches. Printed in black ink on white paper. Catalog no. 9032003-15, $7.95.
  • Large-print (72-point numbers) 11 x 17-inch Low-Vision Calendar. Catalog no. 19055-15, $6.45.
  • Large-print Big Print Date Calendar. Catalog no. 55681, $13.95.
  • Large-print Weekly-Monthly Notebook Planner; 8-1/2 x 11-inch book opens to 17 x 11 inches. Catalog no. 472115, $22.49.

Michigan Braille Transcribing Fund
3500 North Elm Rd.
Jackson, MI 49201
(517) 780-5096
(517) 780-5448 fax
[email protected] External

  • Large-print/braille 6-1/4 x 3-3/4-inch spiral-bound calendar. Includes a separate listing of major holidays. Free.

National Federation of the Blind
Independence Market
200 East Wells St. at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314, ext. 2216
(410) 685-2340 fax
[email protected] External

  • Braille 6 x 6-1/2-inch calendar. Features one page per month, a personal day page, and a listing of major holidays. Catalog no. BBC15B, free.
  • Large-print 8-1/2 x 11-inch, spiral-bound calendar with inside pockets. Features two-page calendar view with 2-inch blocks for each day of the month, a monthly notes page, and a three-month calendar overview. Catalog no. AIL02C, $10.
  • Large-print 8-1/2 x 11-inch appointment planner and calendar. Features two-page calendar views for current and upcoming year, pages for names and addresses, and a personal page. Catalog no. AIL10P, $20.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Library of Congress
Attn: Reference Section
Washington, DC 20542
(202) 707-9275
800-424-8567 (toll-free)
[email protected]

  • Braille 5 x 3-1/2-inch datefinder and signature guide. Folds to 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches. Covers a twelve-month period from July to June. Free.

Sight Connection Store
9709 Third Ave. NE, Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98115-2027
(206) 525-5556 v/TDD
800-458-4888 (toll-free)
(206) 525-0422 fax
[email protected] External

  • Braille magnetic board calendar holds the days and months of the year in 1-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 2-inch squares. Each month includes a page for notes. Item no. 434-15, $10.
  • Large-print (72-point numbers) spiral-bound wall calendar. Opens to 17 x 22 inches and has room for notes on each date. Major holidays noted on date. Item no. 437-15, $7.85.
  • Large-print Weekly-Monthly Notebook Planner; 8-1/2 x 11-inch book opens to 17 x 11 inches. Item no. 433-15, $19.95
  • Voice operated Jenda Lifetime Voice Calendar. Electronic calendar. Item no. 265, $49.95

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

  • Large-print (numbers are 3/4 of an inch tall) 11-1/2 x 17-1/2-inch monthly wall calendar. Opens to 23 x 17-1/2 inches. $16.95

Magazine of the Month

The NLS Magazine of the Month program offers readers samples of magazines not otherwise available through network libraries. Subscribers receive a different audio magazine each month. For a free subscription, contact your cooperating talking-book library. Subscribers may expect to receive some of the following selections:

  • CNet Magazine
  • Fast Company
  • History Today
  • Live Happy
  • Mental Floss
  • Mingle
  • Modern Farmer
  • The New Pioneer
  • Philosophy Now
  • Reason
  • Saveur
  • Yes!

Alternate selections include Mother Earth News, Outside, Scientific American, Southern Living, Travel and Leisure, Watkins Mind Body Spirit, and Writer’s Digest.

Collection Development Advisory Group seeks suggestions

The members of the Collection Development Advisory Group appreciate input from fellow patrons and librarians concerning the NLS program. Ideas and suggestions from readers are key components in the success of the program and are thoroughly discussed in the committee’s deliberations. Please continue to submit your suggestions to committee members or your cooperating braille or talking-book library. A full list of members is provided below.

Consumer Organization Representatives:
American Council of the Blind (ACB)
Steve Speicher
1800 South 41st St.
Lincoln, NE 68506
(402) 489-7836
[email protected]
Blinded Veterans Association (BVA)
James Fleming
4010 19th Ave.
Temple Hills, MD 29748
[email protected]
National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
Marcy Carpenter
1315 Mineral Point Ave.
Janesville, WI 53548-2801
(360) 576-5965
[email protected]
Katherine Schneider
222 McKinley Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54701
(715) 833-0977
[email protected]
Stanley Greenberg
6 Arbor Rd.
South Burlington, VT 05403-5743
(802) 862-5220
[email protected]
Pamela Cox
319 South Ewing Ave., #5
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 930-8995
[email protected]
Robert Nazarenus
4300 Washington St.
Lincoln, NE 68506
(402) 483-5917
[email protected]
Laura Williams
Indiana Talking Book & Braille Library
140 North Senate Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 232-0609
[email protected]
Donna Calvert
West Virginia Library Commission–Special Libraries
Blind and Physically Handicapped Services Cultural Center
1900 Kanawha Blvd. East
Charleston, WV 25305-0620
(304) 558-4061
[email protected]
Lauren Abner
Kentucky Talking Book Library
300 Coffee Tree Rd.
PO Box 537
Frankfort, KY 40602-0537
(502) 564-5791 or (502) 564-8300
[email protected]
Susan Hammer-Schneider
North Dakota State Talking Book Library
604 East Boulevard Ave.
Dept. 250
Bismarck, ND 58505
[email protected]
(701) 328-2185
[email protected]
Children’s/Young Adult:
Stephanie Wambaugh
Reader Advisor, Outreach & Youth Librarian Braille & Talking Book Library
PO Box 30007
702 W. Kalamazoo St.
Lansing, MI 48909-7507
(517) 373-5614
[email protected]


The following announcements may be of interest to readers. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped reserves the right to publish announcements selectively, as space permits. The items mentioned, however, are not part of the NLS program and their listings do not imply endorsement.

IRS services for people with disabilities

Hundreds of accessible federal tax forms and publications are available for download from the IRS Accessibility web page, located at You can choose from large-print, text, accessible PDFs, e-braille, or HTML formats that are compatible with screen readers and refreshable braille displays.

People who are unable to complete their tax returns because of a physical disability or are age sixty or older may get assistance through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs. You can find a nearby VITA or TCE location by calling 1-800-906-9887. Publication 907, Tax Highlights for Persons with Disabilities, explains the tax implications of certain disability benefits and other issues and is available at

SSA launches initiative to address accessibility issues

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently created a new Center for Section 504 Compliance, which will guide the SSA in improving its service to individuals with disabilities. Individuals who wish assistance accessing SSA programs or have suggestions for accessibility improvements can contact the center at 1-844-881-9061 Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. For more information visit

EyeNote App helps users identify U.S. currency

As an alternative or supplement to the free iBill Talking Note Identifier, a physical currency reader available from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, individuals who are blind may also download the free EyeNote app for iOS. The app, developed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, uses vibrations, speech, and audible tones to identify the denomination of currency. For more information visit or e-mail [email protected] . Individuals interested in obtaining an iBill Talking Note Identifier should call their local braille and talking-book library or 1-888-NLS-READ (1-888-657-7323).

BANA statement regarding Nemeth Braille Code

The Braille Authority of North America (BANA), which is working toward the implementation of Unified English Braille (UEB) by January 4, 2016, released a statement on November 9, 2014, reiterating that Nemeth Braille Code will continue to be used for representing mathematics. According to BANA, “As of the implementation date in 2016, UEB, Nemeth, Music, and the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) will be the official codes for use in the United States. BANA is providing guidance on how to incorporate the Nemeth Code into UEB context with the intent that the Nemeth Code will continue to be integral to braille in the United States.” The document Provisional Guidance for Transcription Using the Nemeth Code within UEB Contexts is available for download in both PDF and BRF formats on the BANA website at External

CVS Pharmacy offers talking prescription labels

Customers who are blind or have visual impairments can now receive free talking prescription labels when they order prescriptions through External The labels use the ScripTalk system developed by Envision America. To request talking labels, call CVS at 1-888-861-4363. General questions about the ScripTalk system should be directed to Envision America at 1-800-890-1180.

iOS version of KNFB Reader released

iPhone users can now purchase a compatible version of the KNFB Reader. Developed by K-NFB Reading Technology, a joint venture between Kurzweil Technologies and the National Federation of the Blind, the app allows users to take pictures of printed text and have the words read aloud. Among other features, the KNFB Reader recognizes more than a dozen languages, uses audible and tactile feedback to help users ensure that their phone is held level and centered on the document, and reads inaccessible PDFs. It was previously available only on Nokia phones. The new version works on iPhones 5 and above, running iOS 7 and higher, and costs $99.99. For more information please visit External

New National Braille Press books for iOS users

Two new books from National Braille Press help blind iOS users get the most out of their devices. Get the Picture: Viewing the World with the iPhone Camera by Judy Dixon provides tips on taking and sharing photographs and evaluates hundreds of camera-based apps from the perspective of a blind user. Reading Kindle Books on Your iOS Device: A Quick Reference Guide by Janet Ingber advises blind users on reading e-books. Both areavailable in hard-copy braille, BRF, Word, and DAISY formats. For more information visit External or External or call 1-800-548-7323.

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 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

Blindness and Physical Disabilities


by Danielle Steel
4 volumes
Seventeen-year-old champion skier Lily Thomas is paralyzed in an accident despite the best efforts of neurosurgeon Jesse Matthews, who endures her own tragedy that same day. As Lily adjusts to a new way of life, her father Bill establishes a rehabilitation center for young people with spinal-cord injuries. 2013.


While My Sister Sleeps

by Barbara Delinsky
3 volumes
When Molly Snow’s older sister Robin, a self-centered marathoner and Olympic hopeful, falls into a coma during a run, Molly guilt-trips about working at the family’s garden nursery instead of accompanying Robin that day. Confronting multiple problems—and a paternity secret—Molly helps her family cope with Robin’s incapacity. 2009.

Family Pictures

by Jane Green
4 volumes
Sylvie and Maggie live on opposite coasts and both have husbands who travel constantly for work and children nearing college age. When Sylvie’s daughter meets Maggie’s in New York City the lives of both families implode. The two families struggle to recover—with surprising consequences. Some strong language. 2013.

Who Asked You?

by Terry McMillan
4 volumes
Betty Jean, “BJ,” who delivers room service at a hotel, is dealing with her senile husband, incarcerated son and his elitist brother, and her two sisters when BJ’s daughter Trinetta drops off her own two sons. Trinetta returns to drug addiction, forcing BJ to keep the grandchildren. Strong language. 2013.


The Widows of Eastwick

by John Updike
3 volumes
Three decades after The Witches of Eastwick (Volume 1 The Witches of Eastwick, Volume 2 The Witches of Eastwick, Volume 3 The Witches of Eastwick), the divorcées—Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie—have moved away, remarried, and become widows. They renew their friendship during trips to Egypt and China and decide to return to Eastwick—where some still remember them and wish them ill. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Growing Up

The Year of Secret Assignments

by Jaclyn Moriarty
3 volumes
New South Wales, Australia. Three students from Ashbury High—Lydia, Cassie, and Emily—participate in a pen-pal project for their English class by writing to Sebastian, called “Seb,” Matthew, and Charlie at rival Brookfield High. The communication leads to romance, humiliation, and revenge. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2004.

Life Is Fine

by Allison Whittenberg
1 volume
Philadelphia. With a neglectful mother who has an abusive, live-in boyfriend, fifteen-year-old Samara is not fine—her only pleasure is visiting the zoo. When substitute teacher Mr. Halbrook introduces Samara’s class to poetry, she begins to view life from a different perspective. Some violence. For senior high readers. 2007.

Human Relationships

The Sugar Queen

by Sarah Addison Allen
2 volumes
Living with her domineering mother, twenty-seven-year-old Josey keeps a secret stash of candy and travel magazines and has been in love with Adam the mailman for three years. When she discovers waitress Della Lee inexplicably hiding in her bedroom closet, Josie’s life takes a magical turn. Some strong language. 2008.

Friday Never Leaving
by Vikki Wakefield
3 volumes
Friday Brown and her mother Vivienne live their lives on the road. When Vivienne succumbs to cancer, seventeen-year-old Friday leaves her estranged grandfather’s house in search of her father and ends up with a group of street kids. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2012.



by David Iserson
3 volumes
Seventeen-year-old Astrid gets kicked out of private school and is sent back to her privileged family’s Krieger Estate. But Astrid is horrified to learn that she must now attend public school. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2013.

Best Friends Forever

by Jennifer Weiner
3 volumes
Onetime chums Addie and Valerie reconnect after Valerie vengefully strikes a former classmate with her car at their fifteen-year high school reunion. Addie, once fat and bullied, and Valerie, a television weather girl, run from the police together. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.


Loving; Living; Party Going

by Henry Green
5 volumes
Three novels exploring British class distinctions in the early twentieth century. Loving (1945) contrasts lives of servants and masters in an Irish castle. Living (1929) portrays iron-foundry workers and owners. And Party Going (1939) presents the reactions of wealthy travelers to crowds of lower-class railway passengers stranded by fog. 1978.

Midnight’s Children
by Salman Rushdie
5 volumes
Satirical epic tale of Saleem Sinai, who is born at the stroke of midnight, August 15, 1947—the instant of the birth of the new independent state of India. From that moment, his life is magically entwined with India’s fate as a nation. Includes a 2006 introduction by the author. 1981.

Mystery and Detective

A Red Herring without Mustard: A Flavia de Luce Novel

by Alan Bradley
4 volumes
England. Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, from The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag (Volume 1 The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag, Volume 2 The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag, Volume 3 The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag, Volume 4 The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag), has a gypsy read her fortune. After the woman is attacked and left for dead on the estate of Flavia’s father, Flavia investigates with help from the gypsy’s granddaughter Porcelain Lee. 2011.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Novel
by Alan Bradley
4 volumes
England, 1950. Eleven-year-old aspiring chemist Flavia de Luce overhears her father in a heated argument with a stranger, who turns up dead in the garden of the de Luces’s decaying estate. When Flavia’s father is charged with murder, she seeks clues in their village and his past to exonerate him. 2009.

The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag: A Flavia de Luce Mystery

by Alan Bradley
4 volumes
1950s England. Shortly after the events of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Volume 1 The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Novel, Volume 2 The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Novel, Volume 3 The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Novel, Volume 4 The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Novel), eleven-year-old chemist Flavia must unravel two more mysteries. Puppeteer Rupert Porson’s arrival in the hamlet leads to his death and to the re-examination of a child’s supposedly accidental hanging five years earlier. 2010.

The Bride Wore Size Twelve

by Meg Cabot
4 volumes
College administrator Heather Wells, from Big Boned (Volume 1 Big Boned, Volume 2 Big Boned), is planning her wedding to PI Cooper Cartwright when one of her resident assistants at New York College is murdered. Heather’s investigation uncovers a secret marriage, dysfunctional parents, and other calamities. Some strong language. 2013.

Fair Game: A Jessie Drake Mystery

by Rochelle Majer Krich
3 volumes
Los Angeles. Homicide detective Jessie Drake tracks a serial killer who injects his victims with blow-dart poison. The case brings Jessie into contact with her journalist ex-husband and triggers painful memories of her own traumatic past. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 1993.

A Matter of Justice: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

by Charles Todd
3 volumes
Somerset, 1920. Scotland Yard inspector Ian Rutledge is attending a wedding when he’s ordered to investigate the nearby murder of London businessman Harold Quarles. Rutledge, shell-shocked and haunted by the Great War, uncovers a crime committed twenty years before during the Boer War. Some violence. 2009.

Occult and Horror

Hunted: House of Night

by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
3 volumes
Fallen angel Kalona visits high priestess Zoey, from Untamed (Volume 1 Untamed, Volume 2 Untamed, Volume 3 Untamed), in her dreams, insisting that Zoey is A-ya, his love. She, however, has other relationship worries and must sort through her feelings for Erik, Stark, and Heath. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2009.


by Dean R. Koontz
4 volumes
With a face that has driven him into solitude, deformed Addison only explores the city at night. While visiting a closed library, he witnesses an evil curator attack goth girl Gwyneth and decides to help her—embroiling himself in a mystery. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2013.

The Dream Thieves: The Raven Cycle, Book 2

by Maggie Stiefvater
5 volumes
Blue, Gansey, Noah, Adam, and Ronan, from The Raven Boys (Volume 1 The Raven Boys, Volume 2 The Raven Boys, Volume 3 The Raven Boys, Volume 4 The Raven Boys), continue their dangerous search for the powerful dead king of Glendower. However, Ronan’s ability to pull objects from his dreams places them in peril. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2013.

The Strain: The Strain Trilogy, Book 1
by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
4 volumes
The CDC’s Dr. Eph Goodweather investigates a ghostly scene on the JFK tarmac: a recently landed Boeing 777 sits with all systems dead, shades down, and no signs of life. An awakened vampire virus, greater and more horrific than imaginable, rapidly spreads through the night. Violence and strong language. 2009.

Psychological Themes

For Today I Am a Boy

by Kim Fu
3 volumes
Peter Huang grows up in Ontario, the celebrated only son of immigrant parents. His father hopes and dreams that Peter will become the epitome of a Western man. But Peter has a secret: he is really a girl on the inside. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2014.

Under the Dome
by Stephen King
8 volumes
A couple flying above Chester’s Mill, Maine, watches helplessly when their plane abruptly disintegrates from impact with an invisible dome covering the town. Tensions escalate for the remaining, isolated residents as they fight to survive deteriorating conditions within the barrier. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.


Up at the College

by Michele Andrea Bowen
3 volumes
When forty-three-year-old Yvonne Fountain’s husband tosses her and their daughters out, Yvonne trusts the Lord and returns to Durham, North Carolina, to teach at a historically black university. Yvonne acknowledges an attraction to former classmate and coach Curtis Parker, but she wants a God-fearing man and Curtis enjoys his bachelorhood. 2009.

The Bungalow

by Sarah Jio
3 volumes
1942. Anne Calloway leaves her fiancé in Seattle to serve in the Army Nurse Corps in Bora-Bora with her best friend Kitty. Anne falls in love with a soldier, but they witness a murder just before leaving the island. The crime haunts Anne for seventy years. 2011.

Been There, Done That

by Darrien Lee
2 volumes
Craig Bennett has built his architectural company into a million-dollar business but still feels the rejection of his college sweetheart Venice, from All That and a Bag of Chips (Volume 1 All That and a Bag of Chips, Volume 2 All That and a Bag of Chips, Volume 3 All That and a Bag of Chips). After many superficial relationships, Craig faces a new challenge. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.

Midnight Sons: Volume 1

by Debbie Macomber
3 volumes
Two novellas about the O’Halloran brothers, who run an Alaskan bush-pilot operation. In Brides for Brothers Sawyer has doubts about his siblings’ scheme to lure women to town—until he meets librarian Abbey Sutherland. In The Marriage Risk Charles falls in love with the granddaughter of a sworn enemy. 1995.

Midnight Sons: Volume 2

by Debbie Macomber
3 volumes
Two romance novellas set in Hard Luck, Alaska. In Daddy’s Little Helper widowed lawman Mitch Harris’s young daughter tries to set him up with the town’s beautiful new schoolteacher. In Because of the Baby an unexpected pregnancy prompts Matt Caldwell to propose to his ex-wife. Some descriptions of sex. 1995.

Starry Night: A Christmas Novel
by Debbie Macomber
2 volumes
Seeking a promotion, Chicago society reporter Carrie Slayton tracks down elusive bestselling author Finn Dalton at his remote Alaska cabin. Finn grudgingly agrees to be interviewed but can’t help but warm up to Carrie. As the two start a long-distance relationship, both hope they can overcome their differences. 2013.

Black Hills

by Nora Roberts
4 volumes
Childhood friends and briefly young lovers, former New York cop Cooper and cougar expert Lil are uneasily reunited years later when Coop returns to South Dakota to help his injured grandfather. Now they must work together to outsmart a killer. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

First Sight

by Danielle Steel
5 volumes
Fashion designer Timmie O’Neill operates a successful company but is lonely after the death of her child and subsequent divorce. While in Paris she falls in love with Dr. Jean-Charles Vernier, who doesn’t deny his attraction to her despite being married. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2013.

Science Fiction

The Shade of the Moon

by Susan Beth Pfeffer
3 volumes
Miranda’s seventeen-year-old brother Jon lives in Sexton, an enclave that is well-protected but has a rigid class-stratification system. Jon struggles to do what is right without endangering his loved ones. Companion to This World We Live In (Volume 1 This World We Live In, Volume 2 This World We Live In). For junior and senior high and older readers. 2013.

Short Stories

A Permanent Member of the Family

by Russell Banks
2 volumes
Twelve short stories, eight of them previously published in magazines, exploring the concept of families. In “Former Marine” seventy-year-old Connie tries to reassure his son, a state trooper, that he is doing fine despite being out of work. Some violence. 2013.

Sports and Recreation

Title Run: Redline Racing

by Anthony Hampshire
1 volume
Race-car driver Eddie and his team vaulted up the standings of the North American Formula Atlantic Series, and one more win will give them the title. When Eddie is offered a long-term racing deal, he must decide whether to break up his team. For senior high readers. 2005.


Bang: Visions, Book 2
by Lisa McMann
2 volumes
Jules freed herself from the deadly premonition that haunted her—but is sickened to learn that a vision of a school shooting now haunts her boyfriend Sawyer. The teens work together to prevent casualties while hiding their relationship from their families. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2013.

The Leopard

by Jo Nesbø
8 volumes
Having once again quit the Oslo police force, Harry Hole is in Hong Kong feeding his new opium habit when detective Kaja Solness arrives to convince him to help with a serial-killer case. Originally published in Norwegian in 2009. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2011.

by Jo Nesbø
6 volumes
Oslo, Norway. Detective Harry Hole puzzles over a bank holdup in which a teller inexplicably was killed. Later he has an unexplained blackout after dining with an old flame—and learns the next day that she is dead. Originally published in Norwegian in 2002. Violence and strong language. 2008.

by Jo Nesbø
6 volumes
Former cop Harry Hole returns to Oslo from Hong Kong when eighteen-year-old Oleg, a boy Harry helped raise, is arrested for murder. Harry investigates the people behind a new drug that the teen was selling. Originally published in Norwegian in 2011. Violence and strong language. 2012.


by Karin Slaughter
5 volumes
Unbeknownst to Sara, her boyfriend—Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Will—is undercover working on a drug case with detective Lena. Sara blames Lena for the murder of Sara’s husband. Then Jared—who is Lena’s husband and Sara’s stepson—is shot. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2013.


The Missing
by Thomas Eidson
3 volumes
New Mexico, 1886. As his final act, a dying Samuel Jones returns to make amends to Maggie, the daughter he abandoned some thirty years previously. When renegade Apaches kidnap Maggie’s daughter, Samuel and Maggie go after the captors. Originally entitled The Last Ride. Some violence and some strong language. 1995.

Adult Nonfiction


Herod the Great: Statesman, Visionary, Tyrant
by Norman Gelb
3 volumes
Biography of Herod (73 BCE–4 BCE), a Jew with Arab ancestors, who was appointed king of Judaea by the Romans in 40 BCE and ruled until his death. Uses primary sources to illustrate Herod’s accomplishments as a builder, philanthropist, and military leader who was also a ruthless tyrant. 2013.

The Butler: A Witness to History
by Wil Haygood
2 volumes
Washington Post writer chronicles the life of African American butler Eugene Allen (1919–2010), who served in the White House for eight presidential administrations, from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. Discusses the making of the 2013 movie starring Forest Whitaker. Some strong language. Uncontracted Braille. 2013.

The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story

by Lily Koppel
3 volumes
Discusses the role of the military wives whose husbands were chosen for the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions during the late fifties through the early seventies. Focuses on Louise Shepard, Betty Grissom, and Annie Glenn. Bestseller. 2013.

The Boy Detective: A New York Childhood
by Roger Rosenblatt
3 volumes
While teaching a class on memoir writing in 2011, award-winning essayist Rosenblatt strolled through his childhood neighborhood of Gramercy Park. He reminisces about his obsession with becoming a detective in 1950s New York City and ponders life and memory. 2013.

Regine’s Book: A Teen Girl’s Last Words
by Regine Stokke
4 volumes
Blog posts of Norwegian Regine Stokke (1991–2009), who was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome and acute myelogenous leukemia in 2008. Chronicles her treatments and details her thoughts about and struggles with cancer. Includes Regine’s poetry and messages from family and readers. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2010.

Business and Economics

Creating a World without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism

by Muhammad Yunus
3 volumes
Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of Bangladesh’s Grameen Bank, explains “social business” as enterprise created to serve the poor. Proposes using capitalism to tackle poverty, pollution, and inadequate health care and education in developing countries. Advocates access to global television and news services for impoverished populations. 2007.


Teenage Dropouts

by Gail B. Stewart
2 volumes
Examines the teenage dropout problem in the United States. Provides facts and statistics on the dropout population, analyzes reasons why teens leave school, and discusses the potential to reduce the incidences. For junior and senior high readers. 2013.

Hobbies and Crafts

One Hundred and One Designer One-Skein Wonders
edited by Judith Durant
3 volumes
Offers a variety of designers’ knit projects—scarves, bags, hats, shawls, socks, and even toys—for which you can use your orphan skeins. Patterns are arranged by yarn weight: lace, fingering, sport, worsted, mohair, and novelty. 2007.


Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid
by Nikki Giovanni
2 volumes
Collection of seventy-eight poems and essays by author Giovanni. “Artichoke Soup” is a paean to a favorite meal. Other subjects examined include nature, music, friends, and family. 2013.

Country Girl: A Memoir
by Edna O’Brien
4 volumes
Author of Byron in Love (Volume 1 Byron in Love, Volume 2 Byron in Love) and The Light of Evening (Volume 1 The Light of Evening, Volume 2 The Light of Evening) reminisces about growing up in Ireland. Describes her childhood in County Clare, apprenticeship at a pharmacist’s shop in Dublin, and literary high life in London and New York in the 1960s. Bestseller. 2012.

One Thousand and One Nights: A Retelling

by Hanan al-Shaykh
4 volumes
Reimagining of nineteen stories from the Arabic fairy-tale classic. Includes “Shahrayar and Shahrazad,” “The First Dervish,” and “The Fourth Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor.” Foreword by Mary Gaitskill. Some violence and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2011.

Medicine and Health

When Your Adult Child Breaks Your Heart: Coping with Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, and the Problems That Tear Families Apart

by Joel L. Young and Christine Adamec
4 volumes
Psychiatrist and medical writer offer practical advice and coping strategies for parents dealing with adult children who are mentally ill, drug addicted, abusive, or incarcerated. Focuses on identifying and treating underlying conditions of mental illness and substance abuse as the most efficient way to assist your troubled child. 2013.


The Concerto: A Listener’s Guide

by Michael Steinberg
6 volumes
Music critic discusses some 120 concertos ranging from the Brandenburgs composed by Johann Sebastian Bach in the 1720s to the violin concerto John Adams wrote in 1993. Examines musical giants in alphabetical order to enhance appreciation of the pieces and their historical context. Companion to The Symphony (Volume 1 The Symphony, Volume 2 The Symphony, Volume 3 The Symphony, Volume 4 The Symphony, Volume 5 The Symphony, Volume 6 The Symphony, Volume 7 The Symphony, Volume 8 The Symphony). 1998.


I Could Chew on This: And Other Poems by Dogs

by Francesco Marciuliano
1 volume
Author of I Could Pee on This (Volume 1 I Could Pee on This) imagines the inner lives of dogs through poetry. Themes include favorite treats, attachment to owners, and the smells of the world. “Never Learn” explores the thought process of going for a car ride. Uncontracted Braille. 2013.

I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats
by Francesco Marciuliano
1 volume
Collection of poems written from the perspective of cats. Themes include getting the attention of owners, common annoyances, and what gives cats pleasure. In “Kneel Before Me” the source of the superior attitude of cats is explored. Uncontracted Braille. 2012.

Science and Technology

The King of Infinite Space: Euclid and His Elements

by David Berlinski
2 volumes
Mathematics professor investigates the life and work of Euclid of Alexandria, a fourth-century BCE mathematical philosopher. Explains the theories that formed the basis of Euclidean geometry and the impact they had on the development of the field. 2013.

A Tale of Seven Elements

by Eric Scerri
5 volumes
Describes scientists’ efforts between 1917 and 1945 to fill in gaps in the periodic table. Recounts the search for the final seven naturally occurring elements—now known as protactinium, hafnium, rhenium, technetium, francium, astatine, and promethium—and places the discoveries in their social and political contexts. 2013.

Social Sciences

In the Kingdom of the Sick: A Social History of Chronic Illness in America
by Laurie Edwards
4 volumes
The author of Life Disrupted: Getting Real about Chronic Illness in Your Twenties and Thirties (Volume 1 Life Disrupted, Volume 2 Life Disrupted), reviews the history of chronic disease, disability rights, the women’s health movement, and cultural assumptions about the sick. Includes stories from patients and critiques of the health-care system. 2013.

Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection
by Ethan Zuckerman
5 volumes
Media scholar examines phenomena of the connected world. Using case studies including SARS, the fall of the Iranian shah, and historic travel routes, he theorizes about what it means to be connected in the early twenty-first century and why people feel disconnected from the world. 2013.

U.S. History

Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence
by Joseph J. Ellis
4 volumes
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian reassesses the six-month period in 1776 when military and political actions by the thirteen colonies and the British helped ensure the success of the American rebellion. Profiles the key players and discusses the events that led to eight years of war. Bestseller. 2013.

Junípero Serra: California’s Founding Father
by Steven W. Hackel
6 volumes
Biography of Franciscan priest Junípero Serra (1713–1784), born on the Spanish-owned island of Mallorca. Traces Serra’s career as an educator and his migration to Mexico, where he enforced the Inquisition. Chronicles his efforts to build missions in California and convert the natives to Catholicism. 2013.

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 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


Summer according to Humphrey
by Betty G. Birney
2 volumes
As summer nears Humphrey the hamster and Og the frog worry about their future and if they will ever see their friends again. But then Ms. Mac takes the two classroom pets to Happy Hollow Camp—and all of their friends from Room 26 are there. For grades 2-4. 2010.

A Perfect Time for Pandas: Magic Tree House, Book 48; a Merlin Mission
by Mary Pope Osborne
1 volume
Annie and Jack return from Washington, D.C., and head off to China in search of the fourth item needed to fix the spell. This time they are instructed to find a healthy food, but when an earthquake strikes they must also rescue some pandas. For grades 2-4. 2012.


Friendship according to Humphrey
by Betty G. Birney
2 volumes
After the winter holidays, Humphrey, a classroom hamster, discovers that Room 26 has a new student and a new pet frog named Og. Humphrey is determined to befriend Og, even when the students show the frog more attention. For grades 3-6. 2005.


If I Ever Get out of Here

by Eric Gansworth
4 volumes
Upstate New York, 1975. Seventh-grader Lewis tries to downplay his impoverished Native American roots after being bullied. When George, an air force brat, enrolls in school, he and Lewis bond over the Beatles. But Lewis’s troubles don’t go away. Some strong language. For grades 6-9. 2013.

Growing Up

Dee Dee and Me
by Amy Schwartz
1 volume
Tired of the way her big sister Dee Dee treats her, Hannah decides to leave home and packs up her things. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2013.


Winter according to Humphrey
by Betty G. Birney
2 volumes
Humphrey the hamster, Og the frog, and Mrs. Brisbane’s class get ready for the holidays and a special Winter Wonderland program. And this year Humphrey and Og may get to see Santa Claus. For grades 2-4. 2012.


School Days according to Humphrey
by Betty G. Birney
2 volumes
After an exciting adventure at summer camp, Humphrey the hamster and Og the frog are back in Room 26, ready for another school year. But they are dismayed to learn there will be all-new students. For grades 2-4. 2011.

The Year of Billy Miller
by Kevin Henkes
1 volume
Seven-year-old Billy Miller starts second grade at Georgia O’Keeffe Elementary School in Constant, Wisconsin, with a bump on his head and lots of worries. But his adventures with friends, homework, and family keep him busy all year long. For grades K-3. 2013.

Short Stories

The Rumpelstiltskin Problem
by Vivian Vande Velde
1 volume
Author points out several things that bother her about the traditional fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin. She then offers six alternative versions of the story. For grades 4-7. 2001.

Children’s Nonfiction


Reporter in Disguise: The Intrepid Vic Steinberg
by Christine Welldon
1 volume
Biography of Vic Steinberg, the pseudonym for an investigative female journalist in Victorian-era Toronto, who kept her identity a mystery, dressed as a man, smoked cigars, and spent time in jails. Includes a glossary and a bibliography. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2013.


Digger, Dozer, Dumper

by Hope Vestergaard
1 volume
Poems about different kinds of trucks, from a steamroller to a backhoe. Ever wonder what kind of truck you would like to drive? PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3 and older readers. 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, monthly)

Braille Book

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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