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Braille Book Review May–June 2015

Volume 84, Number 3

About Braille Book Review

Braille Book Review is published bimonthly in braille, large-print, and online formats and distributed to individuals who are blind or have a physical disability who participate in the Library of Congress reading program free of charge. 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 Union Catalog online or contact your local cooperating library.

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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

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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

Brief bibliography: Newly added network-produced audiobooks

Since 2014, NLS network libraries have been able to submit their locally produced titles, designated DBC or DBN, to the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service. By focusing on subjects of local interest to communities across the country, network library recording studios add diversity and value to the BARD collection. The following biographies present experiences as varied as cattle drives, politics, and baseball. They are available for download from BARD or can be ordered from your local cooperating library on cartridge.

From the Colorado Talking Book Library
Under the Devil’s Thumb
DBC 00659 7 hours 5 minutes
by David Gessner
read by Visvaldis Jaunarajs
Gessner first moved to the American West when he set stakes in Colorado following a bout with cancer. This young New Englander explores the mysteries of the western landscape as well as the landscape of the soul.
I See by Your Outfit
DBC 00681 11 hours 30 minutes
by Clay Bonnyman Evans
read by Nelson Grabenstetter
Memoir of western life examines what it means to be a contemporary cowboy.
From the Idaho Commission for Libraries Talking Book Service
Idaho 100
DBC 00794 8 hours 49 minutes
by Martin Peterson and Randy Stapilus
read by Larry Weeks
Peterson and Stapilus, who between them have been studying Idaho history for nearly a century, unearth the sometimes famous, sometimes infamous, and often obscure people who transformed Idaho in ways large and small. Unrated.
Lioness of Idaho: Louise Shadduck and the Power of Polite
DBC 00805 8 hours 2 minutes
by Mike Bullard
read by Maryan Stephens
Describes the fast-driving, horseback-riding, pre-Depression-era farm girl with a high school diploma and a sense of civility who engineered what were once Idaho’s best economic years. Discusses Shadduck’s legislation, political mentoring, five books and countless articles, and role in launching the careers of some of the state’s most powerful people. Unrated.
From the Kentucky Talking Book Library
Wicked Lexington, Kentucky
DBC 01518 3 hours 41 minutes
by Fiona Young-Brown
read by Ann Zimmer
Offers lurid tales involving infamous duels, lynch mobs, a cheating congressman, murders, and ladies of ill repute during the early years of the “Athens of the West.”
Cruelly Murdered: The Murder of Mary Magdalene Pitts and Other Kentucky True Crime Stories
DBC 03676 8 hours 35 minutes
by Keven McQueen
read by Richard Crane
Accounts of seventeen Kentucky murder cases during the 1800s and early 1900s, including those of a governor’s son, who was convicted of murder five times but was never hanged, and a Louisville man who shot and killed his daughter for attending a church picnic.
From the Perkins Library
More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Massachusetts Women
DBC 00002 4 hours 5 minutes
by Lura Rogers Seavey
read by Marilyn Rea Beyer
Eleven innovative Baystaters—including cooking pioneer Fannie Farmer, astronomer Maria Mitchell, and clipper ship navigator Eleanor Creesy—are chronicled in this collection of biographical portraits.
A Secret Gift: How One Man’s Kindness—and a Trove of Letters—Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression
DBC 03759 11 hours 10 minutes
by Ted Gup
read by Rocky Tomascoff
A few days before Christmas 1933, a man who called himself B. Virdot offered cash gifts to dozens of struggling families in Canton, Ohio. More than seventy years later, the benefactor’s grandson, an investigative reporter, traced the lasting impact of those gifts and provided a glimpse into his grandfather’s life.
From the Michigan Braille and Talking Book Library
Detroitland: A Collection of Movers, Shakers, Lost Souls, and History Makers from Detroit’s Past
DBC 03377 12 hours 37 minutes
by Richard Bak
read by Michael P. Donovan
Award-winning journalist portrays a century of Detroit’s colorful history.
Al Kaline: The Biography of a Tigers Icon
DBC 03380 10 hours 46 minutes
by Jim Hawkins
read by Michael P. Donovan
Biography of Albert William “Al” Kaline (born December 19, 1934), a former Major League Baseball right-fielder. A member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Kaline played his entire twenty-two-year baseball career with the Detroit Tigers, earning the nickname Mr. Tiger.
From the Nevada Talking Book Services
Karnee: A Paiute Narrative
DBC 04756 4 hours 25 minutes
by Lalla Scott
read by Maizie Harris-Jesse
Story of Northern Paiute Indian life in Nevada as told in the words of Annie Lowry, a Paiute-Caucasian woman who lived with the tribe near Lovelock. Based on a series of interviews between Lowry and Scott in 1936.
Women of the Sierra
DBC 04758 3 hours 40 minutes
by Anne Seagraves
read by Connie Jo Smith
Shares the stories of fifteen women—from doctors, schoolteachers, and publishers to stagecoach drivers, entertainers, and ladies of the night—whose experiences paint a portrait of life in the Sierra from the 1800s to the turn of the twentieth century.
From the South Carolina State Library Talking Book Services
Satchel Paige’s America
DBC 00089 4 hours 24 minutes
by William Price Fox
read by Charles Bierbauer
Author Fox provides a portrait of the legendary Hall-of-Fame pitcher, gleaned from the pair’s tour of the bars and clubs of Kansas City for more than a week in 1970. Covers a career that moved from Mobile, Alabama, through the Negro Leagues, and finally to the Major Leagues. Some strong language.
John Gary Anderson and His Maverick Motor Company
DBC 05172 2 hours 40 minutes
by J. Edward Lee
read by Charles Bierbauer
Describes the life of John Gary Anderson, who founded the Anderson Car Company and attempted to establish Rock Hill, South Carolina, as the automobile capital of the country. Follows Anderson from his birth into poverty during the Civil War through his years of industrial ingenuity to the twentieth century, when his company collapsed.
From the Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Pat Garrett: The Story of a Western Lawman
DBC 00045 11 hours 5 minutes
by Leon Claire Metz
read by Ev Lunning
Biography of Patrick “Pat” Floyd Garrett (1850–1908), the western lawman who killed Billy the Kid. Some violence.
Outlaw Tales of Texas: True Stories of the Lone Star State’s Most Infamous Crooks, Culprits, and Cutthroats
DBC 00048 4 hours 35 minutes
by Charles L. Convis
read by Ev Lunning
Describes tough and dangerous characters from the frontier towns of Texas, including Jim Miller, who left church early to shoot his brother-in-law in the head and returned before the service was over; Myra Belle Shirley, who helped her husband lead one of the state’s most notorious stage robberies; and Bill Longley, who was reportedly hanged three times and survived. Violence.
From the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library
Ben Snipes: Northwest Cattle King
DBC 00202 6 hours 16 minutes
read by Norm Zimmerman
by Roscoe Sheller
Chronicles the life of Ben Snipes (1835–1906), who created a cattle empire in the Yakima Valley and central Oregon. Describes his work pioneering cattle drives to the Canadian mines in the Cariboos and other actions that led to his induction into the Cowboy Hall of Fame.
Slade Gorton: A Half Century in Politics
DBC 00203 16 hours 40 minutes
by John C. Hughes
read by Jay Lane
Follows the life of Slade Gorton, a major force in Washington State politics in the second half of the twentieth century. Discusses his service as Washington State attorney general and U.S. senator as well as his involvement with the fishing rights controversy, the spotted owl vs. logging fight, and Major League Baseball in Seattle.


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.

Department of Education implements new accessibility standards

Students and borrowers who are blind or visually impaired may contact their loan providers to obtain information regarding the availability of alternative-format applications and statements. The forms are the result of new accessibility standards set by the Department of Education that cover Internet, telephone service, and hard-copy documents. To locate loan servicer information on your federal student loan, log in to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) at or contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC) at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., eastern time. For additional contact options and other general information, visit

American Foundation for the Blind offers new webinar series

Parents and teachers of students with visual impairments may benefit from a new four-part webinar series on physical education available from the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), which produced it in concert with the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind (AER). Each webinar is approximately sixty minutes long and available for access at subscribers’ convenience. The webinars, which can be purchased individually or as a set, provide advice on teaching object-control skills, locomotor skills, and motor development, as well as suggestions for physical activities for adolescents with visual impairments. For more information visit External.

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.”

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Adult Fiction


Labor Day
by Joyce Maynard
3 volumes
New Hampshire. Thirteen-year-old Henry and his depressed, divorced mother Adele meet Frank, an injured escaped convict, in a discount store and bring him home to hide. The three create a happy family for six days and plan to flee to Canada, but Henry betrays them. Movie tie-in. Bestseller. 2009.

His Third Wife
by Grace Octavia
3 volumes
After the events in His First Wife (Volume 1 His First Wife, Volume 2 His First Wife), Atlanta mayor Jamison Taylor marries his pregnant assistant Val to avoid a scandal—although he would rather reunite with his ex-wife Kerry and their son. But Jamison’s enemies conspire against him. Strong language. 2013.

The Sisters Weiss
by Naomi Ragen
5 volumes
Rose Weiss rebels against her ultraorthodox Jewish parents in 1960s Brooklyn and runs away from home. Forty years later, Rose—who is now an award-winning photographer—is stunned when her niece Rivka appears, seeking refuge from her traditional family. Some descriptions of sex. 2013.


Killer of Enemies
by Joseph Bruchac
3 volumes
In a distant future, Native American girl Lozen hunts genetically modified monsters for the tyrants who are holding her mother, her sister Ana, and her little brother Victor hostage. With each kill Lozen’s unique powers grow. Violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2013.

Two Serpents Rise
by Max Gladstone
4 volumes
In the desert town of Dresediel Lex, Caleb, a risk manager, is investigating a guard’s murder and the contamination of a water reservoir by a demon serpent when he meets Mal. As Caleb’s relationship with Mal heats up, Caleb’s father becomes the main suspect in the case. Some violence. 2013.

Billy Moon
by Douglas Lain
3 volumes
Middle-aged British dad and bookseller Christopher Robin Milne still struggles to shed the baggage that comes with being the fictionalized pal of Winnie-the-Pooh in his father’s beloved children’s stories. Then a young French revolutionary invites Christopher to Paris to witness the 1968 student riots. Some violence. 2013.

The Young Elites
by Marie Lu
4 volumes
Adelina Amouteru survived the blood fever, a deadly illness that killed many but left others with strange markings and supernatural powers. Cast out by her family, Adelina joins the secret society of the Young Elites and discovers her own dangerous abilities. Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2014.

by V.E. Schwab
4 volumes
Roommates Victor and Eli discover ways to generate superpowers within themselves as college seniors—and find their friendship fractured. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison. With his assistant Sydney, Victor hunts down Eli, who has decided to eliminate anyone else with extraordinary abilities. Violence and some strong language. 2013.


by Alice McDermott
3 volumes
Marie Commeford, a woman with compromised eyesight, reflects back on her life in Brooklyn. The personalities of her fellow first- and second-generation Irish American neighbors color her world before and after World War II. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2013.


Bellman and Black
by Diane Setterfield
4 volumes
Ten-year-old Will Bellman kills a rook, a small black bird, in a boyhood competition. He strives to forget the incident, but as Will moves through his life, managing the mill his cousin will inherit, marrying, and becoming a father, a darkness haunts him. Some descriptions of sex. 2013.

Historical Fiction

Come August, Come Freedom: The Bellows, the Gallows, and the Black General Gabriel
by Gigi Amateau
2 volumes
Virginia, late 1700s. Slave Gabriel is raised and taught with the plantation owner’s son. After a vicious beating, young Gabriel is sent away to learn the trade of blacksmithing in Richmond. There he eventually leads a slave rebellion. Violence. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2012.

by Jo Baker
5 volumes
Regency England. In this reimagined tale of the Bennet family, from Pride and Prejudice (Volume 1 Pride and Prejudice, Volume 2 Pride and Prejudice, Volume 3 Pride and Prejudice),, the joys and crises of the servants take center stage. The world of orphaned housemaid Sarah changes when a new footman is hired. 2013.

All the Truth That’s in Me
by Julie Berry
3 volumes
Judith and her best friend disappear for two years without a trace. One day Judith returns, scarred and with her tongue cut out. The townsfolk want to know what happened, but she is afraid to share the truth. Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2013.

What Is Visible
by Kimberly Elkins
4 volumes
1837. Seven-year-old Laura Bridgman, who is blind and deaf, leaves her family in Vermont to live at the Perkins Institution for the Blind. Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe is eager to try to teach Laura to write and read through tactile means—something that has never been attempted before. 2014.

Rose under Fire
by Elizabeth Wein
4 volumes
After a daring flight maneuver, young American pilot Rose Justice is captured by Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, a notorious women’s concentration camp. Rose’s fellow prisoners help her to keep hope alive. Companion to Code Name Verity (Volume 1 Code Name Verity, Volume 2 Code Name Verity, Volume 3 Code Name Verity, Volume 4 Code Name Verity). Violence and strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2013.

Human Relationships

A Family Affair
by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
3 volumes
Olivia Dawson dreams of studying dance at Julliard, but its tuition is beyond her mother Lorraine’s reach. After tragedy strikes, Lorraine reveals that Olivia’s father is still alive—and very wealthy. Olivia goes looking for answers about why he abandoned them. Some strong language. 2013.

Two Boys Kissing
by David Levithan
2 volumes
The ghosts of men who died of AIDS observe a cross-section of gay teens as they navigate new love, long-term relationships, coming out, self-acceptance, and more. Descriptions of sex, some strong language, and some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2013.

A Trick of the Light
by Lois Metzger
2 volumes
After his parents separate, fifteen-year-old Mike tries to regain control of his chaotic life by limiting what he eats and exercising like a maniac. But soon everyone around begins to notice he has anorexia. Strong language. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2013.

The Lemon Orchard
by Luanne Rice
3 volumes
Julia, still mourning the death of her husband and daughter five years ago, housesits at her uncle’s Malibu estate. She develops a friendship with overseer Roberto, who was separated from his daughter Rosa in the Mexican desert while entering the country illegally. Julia becomes determined to discover Rosa’s fate. 2013.


The Rosie Project
by Graeme Simsion
3 volumes
Socially stunted geneticist Don Tillman embarks on an endeavor he calls the Wife Project. As he quantifies the qualities of a perfect wife, he encounters Rosie, who seeks Don’s help in identifying her real father. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2013.

Mystery and Detective

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches: A Flavia de Luce Novel
by Alan Bradley
3 volumes
1951. After the corpse of Flavia’s long-missing mother is discovered in a glacier, young Flavia, her family, and mourners—including Winston Churchill—await the coffin’s arrival at the train station. A stranger makes a cryptic remark to Flavia—and then is pushed to his death. Flavia investigates. 2014.

Darkness, Take My Hand
by Dennis Lehane
5 volumes
Boston PIs Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro stumble upon a decades-long string of horrifying murders committed by a pair of serial killers. Worse, the crimes originated in the sleuths’ old neighborhood and involve people they have known all their lives. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1996.

Trail of the Spellmans: Document Number Five
by Lisa Lutz
4 volumes
The Spellman family PI business gets tricky when two of their surveillance jobs present a conflict of interest. Meanwhile Izzy Spellman, who is trying to avoid a discussion with Henry Stone about their relationship, ends up spending time with Henry’s mother instead. Some strong language. 2012.

Hunting Shadows: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
by Charles Todd
4 volumes
1920. Inspector Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard leaves London for the Fen country, Cambridgeshire, after learning that someone with a rifle has felled two men there in the past two weeks. The first victim—a captain—was attending a wedding. The second fatality—a politician—was giving a speech. Some violence. 2014.

Psychological Themes

Death of the Black-Haired Girl
by Robert Stone
3 volumes
Beautiful and vivacious coed Maud Stack is in love with married professor Steven Brookman. He breaks off their affair when his wife of eleven years becomes pregnant again, and Maud goes into a depression. When she is killed in a traffic accident, Maud’s father blames Steven. Strong language. 2013.

Religious Themes

Walking on Water: The Fifth Journal of The Walk Series
by Richard Paul Evans
3 volumes
In A Step of Faith (Volume 1 A Step of Faith, Volume 2 A Step of Faith), Alan reached the state line of Florida when he was called to California for a family emergency. After he deals with this new challenge, he returns to Florida to complete the last stage of his walk to Key West. Bestseller. 2014.


Sleigh Belles
by Beth Albright
4 volumes
Tuscaloosa reporter Dallas Dubois is producing a children’s Christmas play when she reconnects with high school flame Cal Hollingsworth. Meanwhile, Dallas is surprised to learn that two of the young performers are related to her. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2013.

Christmas Bliss
by Mary Kay Andrews
3 volumes
Savannah antiques dealer Weezie Foley suspends planning for her Christmas Day wedding to fly to New York City and join her fiancé for a brief visit. Meanwhile, Weezie’s pregnant best friend BeBe Loudermilk discovers that her ex-husband never filed for divorce. Some strong language. 2013.

If the Shoe Fits
by Sandra D. Bricker
3 volumes
Childhood friends Will Hanes and Julianne Bartlett open their own law firm after working for other people. Will is in love with Julianne but is afraid to reveal his feelings. Instead, he suffers through hearing about Julianne’s romantic misadventures. 2013.

The Unexpected Gift
by Berna King
4 volumes
Veterinarian Scott Benson asks blind rehabilitation teacher Shannon Martin to help his daughter Rachel, who lost her sight in a car accident that killed her mother. Scott and Shannon begin a romance and deal with serious family issues with the help of God. 2013.

Fifteen Minutes
by Karen Kingsbury
4 volumes
In an effort to save his family’s Kentucky horse farm, aspiring Christian singer Zack Dylan enters the television contest Fifteen Minutes. But fame, fortune, and another contestant’s charms threaten to lure Zack away from his beliefs and girlfriend Reese. 2013.

Where Courage Calls
by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan
4 volumes
Beth Thatcher from Toronto is assigned a teaching post in a remote coal-mining town in western Canada. She adjusts to outdoor plumbing and oil lamps while organizing the one-room school, Bible studies, and English lessons. Meanwhile, two Mounties come courting. 2014.

The Longest Ride
by Nicholas Sparks
6 volumes
While stranded in his car after an accident, ninety-one-year-old Ira reminisces about his late wife Ruth. Ira is rescued days later by college student Sophia and her cowboy friend Luke, whom she met at a rodeo. The two love stories entwine in surprising ways. Bestseller. 2013.

Power Play
by Danielle Steel
4 volumes
Rival CEOs Fiona Carson and Marshall Weston both work to balance their families and jobs—but Marshall’s life has other, secret priorities. When their children begin dating, the contrast between how the two executives live shakes both their worlds. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2014.

Science Fiction

Graduation Day
by Joelle Charbonneau
3 volumes
Tensions between the United Commonwealth and the rebel alliance intensify, with deadly action looming on the horizon. Meanwhile, gifted student Cia Vale, unsure of which side to trust, must convince her fellow students to believe in her. Sequel to Independent Study (Volume 1 Independent Study, Volume 2 Independent Study, Volume 3 Independent Study, Volume 4 Independent Study). Violence. For senior high and older readers. 2014.

The Eye of Minds
by James Dashner
3 volumes
After Michael fails to save a fellow player from killing herself both in and out of the virtual game Lifeblood, he and his best friends—Bryson and Sarah—follow up on her dying warnings that hacker Kaine is holding players hostage inside VirtNet. Violence. For senior high and older readers. 2013.

by James Gunn
4 volumes
Riley joins a group of pilgrims traveling to the outer edges of space seeking transcendence. His secret assignment is to uncover the identity of the prophet leading the group, but as he learns his fellow passengers’ stories—and develops a relationship with the mysterious Asha—his mission grows more complicated. Some violence. 2013.

Shovel Ready
by Adam Sternbergh
3 volumes
In post-apocalyptic America, garbage collector Spademan becomes a hit man. But his code does not allow him to target children. When he is hired to eliminate eighteen-year-old Grace Harrow, daughter of a famous evangelist, his world starts to crumble. Violence and strong language. 2014.

Short Stories

Problems with People: Stories
by David Guterson
2 volumes
Collection of ten short stories by the author of Snow Falling on Cedars (Volume 1 Snow Falling on Cedars, Volume 2 Snow Falling on Cedars, Volume 3 Snow Falling on Cedars) exploring love and the need for human connection. In “Paradise,” an older couple who met online talk about past loves during their first night together. 2014.

Rags and Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales
edited by Melissa Marr and Tim Pratt
4 volumes
Eighteen award-winning and bestselling authors reimagine their favorite classic stories. Neil Gaiman’s “The Sleeper and the Spindle” was inspired by “Sleeping Beauty.” Includes works by Holly Black, Garth Nix, Rick Yancey, and others. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2013.


The Keeper of Lost Causes: A Department Q Novel
by Jussi Adler-Olsen
5 volumes
After a traumatizing assignment, Copenhagen homicide detective Carl Mørck is shunted to the newly developed Department Q to work on cold cases. Mørck searches for long-missing politician Merete Lynggaard, who disappeared from a ferry, leaving behind her mute brother. Translated from Danish. Violence and strong language. 2011.

The Purity of Vengeance: A Department Q Novel
by Jussi Adler-Olsen
6 volumes
Nete Rosen’s rebuilt life is destroyed by surgeon Curt Wad, and she seeks vengeance against him and others who wronged her. Decades later Carl Mørck’s Department Q reopens a missing-persons case of one of Nete’s targets. Translated from Danish. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2013.

The Discarded: A Jonathan Quinn Novel
by Brett Battles
4 volumes
Seven years ago, Orlando’s mentor Abraham accepted an assignment to courier a package out of Japan—not realizing it was a four-year-old girl. After reluctantly relinquishing her, Abraham has been trying ever since to ascertain that she is safe. When he gets close, Quinn and Orlando assist. Violence and strong language. 2014.

The Enraged: A Jonathan Quinn Novel
by Brett Battles
4 volumes
After the shootout in The Collected (Volume 1 The Collected, Volume 2 The Collected, Volume 3 The Collected, Volume 4 The Collected) that left Quinn’s lover and partner Orlando clinging to life and their fellow operative Peter dead, a mysterious note from Peter turns up. It instructs Quinn to finish Peter’s last job. Violence and strong language. 2013.

The Affair: A Jack Reacher Novel
by Lee Child
5 volumes
Drifter Jack Reacher describes the 1997 case that ended his military-cop career. Reacher goes to Carter Crossing, Mississippi, to clear the army in the murders of three women. But Reacher shares sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux’s suspicion that the army is somehow involved. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 2011.

Bad Luck and Trouble: A Jack Reacher Novel
by Lee Child
5 volumes
After the murder of a former army colleague, ex-military cop Jack Reacher contacts his old special investigation unit—only to learn that there are more deaths among them. With the help of retired sergeant Frances Neagley and other survivors, Reacher searches for the cause. Violence and strong language. 2007.

One Shot: A Jack Reacher Novel
by Lee Child
5 volumes
Former military policeman Jack Reacher travels to Indiana to assist ex-Gulf War sniper James Barr, who is accused of randomly killing five people. When Barr is beaten into a coma in jail and suffers amnesia, he can’t help his attorney Helen Rodin or Reacher. Violence and some strong language. 2005.

by Lee Child
4 volumes
Retired military cop Jack Reacher is pulled back into service—this time for the State Department and the CIA—and teamed with rookie analyst Casey Nice. Someone took a shot at the president of France in the City of Light, and the bullet was American. Violence and strong language. 2014.

Running Blind
by Lee Child
6 volumes
Jack Reacher, a former military cop, is accused of murdering several women he knew in the service who were involved in sexual harassment suits. When he is cleared, the FBI forces Reacher to assist with the case. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2000.

Without Fail
by Lee Child
6 volumes
After an assassination attempt, Jack Reacher is hired by U.S. Secret Service agent M.E. Froelich to assess the protection of vice president-elect Brook Armstrong. Reacher is assisted by his former colleague Frances Neagley but they can’t stop additional attempts. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2002.

Worth Dying For: A Jack Reacher Novel
by Lee Child
5 volumes
Traveling through a small Nebraska farming community, Reacher angers the abusive Duncan trucking family, who have all of their neighbors cowed. They want Reacher gone before an overdue illegal shipment arrives, but he wants answers about the long-ago disappearance of a local girl. Violence and strong language. 2010.

The Orphan Choir
by Sophie Hannah
3 volumes
Louise Beeston misses her seven-year-old son, who is required to board at Saviour College School to perform with the school’s choir. Meanwhile, her neighbor keeps her awake playing loud pop and rock music and—more recently—choral singing. Strong language. 2013.

Invisible Murder
by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis
5 volumes
Young Hungarian gypsy Tamás steals his half brother Sándor’s passport to sell a dangerous substance from an abandoned military camp on Denmark’s black market. Danish nurse Nina Borg gets involved when members of the Roma community become mysteriously ill. Originally published in Danish in 2010. Violence and strong language. 2012.

Moonlight Mile
by Dennis Lehane
4 volumes
Twelve years after finding kidnapped Amanda McCready in Gone, Baby, Gone (Volume 1 Gone, Baby, Gone, Volume 2 Gone, Baby, Gone, Volume 3 Gone, Baby, Gone, Volume 4 Gone, Baby, Gone, Volume 5 Gone, Baby, Gone), investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro are married and parents of four-year-old Gabriella. Then Amanda’s aunt shows up and tells Patrick that Amanda, now a sixteen-year-old honor student, is missing again. Violence and strong language. 2010.

I Hunt Killers
by Barry Lyga
4 volumes
Jazz Dent, son of a serial killer, worries that he too is a sociopath. When a body is found in Jazz’s hometown of Lobo’s Nod, Jazz uses what he learned from his father and hunts for the culprit. Violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2012.

by Jo Nesbø
7 volumes
Someone is luring Oslo cops to the scenes of their unsolved murder cases and killing them. Harry Hole was shot in the head after the events of Phantom (Volume 1 Phantom, Volume 2 Phantom, Volume 3 Phantom, Volume 4 Phantom, Volume 5 Phantom, Volume 6 Phantom), so his colleagues try to find the culprit without him. Translated from Norwegian. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2013.

The Son
by Jo Nesbø
6 volumes
Sonny Lofthus is imprisoned for crimes he didn’t commit in exchange for constant heroin. His addiction started when his father committed suicide, exposed as a corrupt cop. New information causes Sonny to escape and go after those responsible. Translated from Norwegian. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2014.

Watching You
by Michael Robotham
5 volumes
Marnie Logan often feels like someone is watching her since her husband inexplicably vanished, leaving her unable to access his life insurance or money to care for their two children. Depressed and desperate, Marnie seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O’Loughlin. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2013.

by John Sandford
4 volumes
After a college friend persuades Virgil Flowers to help his rural neighbors with a series of dognappings, Virgil discovers a meth lab in the area. Meanwhile, attempts by the local school board to hide its corruption lead to a reporter’s murder. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2014.

Field of Prey
by John Sandford
4 volumes
Lucas Davenport and other BCA agents work with local law enforcement after the discovery of several bodies in an abandoned Minnesota farmyard cistern—the work of a serial killer who has been murdering one victim every summer for years. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2014.

Storm Front
by John Sandford
4 volumes
When dying minister Elijah Jones smuggles a just-discovered ancient relic out of Israel and brings it back to Minnesota, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent Virgil Flowers must help recover it before it is sold or stolen again. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2013.

Black Irish
by Stephan Talty
4 volumes
Absalom “Abbie” Kearney—the adopted daughter of a revered cop—has returned to South Buffalo as a police detective after graduating from Harvard. The investigation of a sadistic killing in a church basement takes a shocking twist into her own family’s past. Violence and strong language. 2013.

by Stephan Talty
4 volumes
Pursuing an escaped serial killer to the city limits of Buffalo, homicide detective Abbie Kearney is horrified when teenage girls begin to go missing, a situation that reveals precinct corruption and suggests that the killer is being helped. Violence and strong language. 2014.

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Adult Nonfiction


Twelve Years a Slave
by Solomon Northup
4 volumes
Original nineteenth-century memoir by free-born African American Solomon Northup. Details his life in New York, kidnapping in 1841, and the time he spent as a slave on southern plantations until his rescue in 1853. Basis for the 2013 movie. Some strong language. Bestseller. 1853.

Free Spirit: Growing Up on the Road and off the Grid
by Joshua Safran
4 volumes
Attorney recounts his nomadic childhood with his mother, who moved around the country in an effort to protect him from the Cold War and other perceived threats. Discusses dealing with an abusive, alcoholic stepfather and challenges he faced entering middle school after years of home-schooling. Strong language. 2013.

Blindness and Physical Disabilities

Beginner’s Guide to Echolocation for the Blind and Visually Impaired: Learning to See with Your Ears
by Tim Johnson and Justin Louchart
1 volume
Engineer and martial-arts instructor Johnson describes the concept of echolocation—using sound to identify the placement of objects—and its use by the visually impaired. Provides exercises for developing one’s own echolocation skills. 2012.

For the Benefit of Those Who See: Dispatches from the World of the Blind
by Rosemary Mahoney
4 volumes
Educator describes her experience teaching at a school for the blind in India. Details her fears and the challenges of translating the sighted world for her students. Also profiles the founder of the school, Sabriye Tenberken. 2014.

Blinded by Sight: Seeing Race through the Eyes of the Blind
by Osagie K. Obasogie
5 volumes
Legal scholar explores the ways blind people experience racial differences. Argues that we are socialized to attach particular characteristics to race regardless of our ability to see and considers the implications of that convention on efforts to achieve a “colorblind” society. 2014.

Business and Economics

by Sophia Amoruso
2 volumes
Founder, CEO, and creative director of Nasty Gal tells how, starting as a seller on eBay, she expanded her online enterprise to a one-hundred-million-dollar business with 350 employees. Discusses her personal growth and financial history. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2014.

Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt
by Michael Lewis
3 volumes
Journalist relates the influence of high-frequency trades—made by computers in fractions of seconds—on financial markets. Chronicles the efforts of a group of men called the Flash Boys to limit the power of this practice. Strong language. Bestseller. 2014.

Career and Job Training

Roadmap for the Rest of Your Life: Smart Choices about Money, Health, Work, Lifestyle, and Pursuing Your Dreams
by Bart Astor
4 volumes
Eldercare expert relates ways to forge new paths and expectations for the second stage of adulthood that begins after age fifty. Discusses creating goals, increasing activity level, staying healthy, having the right health insurance, transitioning from full-time work, making money last a lifetime, choosing living arrangements, and maintaining relationships. 2013.

Miss Manners Minds Your Business
by Judith Martin and Nicholas Ivor Martin
4 volumes
Miss Manners and her son use humor to urge readers to recognize the difference between professional and social manners. They detail steps to creating a work identity and tackle common office hazards such as job interviews, rude customers, business travel, irritating colleagues, and office parties. 2013.


Eat to Live Cookbook: Two Hundred Delicious, Nutrient-Rich Recipes for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Reversing Disease, and Lifelong Health
by Joel Fuhrman
5 volumes
Nutrition expert provides recipes for appetizers, entrees, desserts, and drinks that emphasize their ingredients’ nutritional benefits. Discusses tools and techniques, including shopping strategies, food preparation, consumption, and storage. Bestseller. 2013.

Drama and Screen

William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return: Star Wars Part the Sixth
by Ian Doescher
2 volumes
Han Solo, entombed in carbonite at the end of The Empire Striketh Back (Volume 1 The Empire Striketh Back, Volume 2 The Empire Striketh Back), is artwork in the lair of Jabba the Hutt. Luke Skywalker and his band conspire to release Han. They then head to Endor, where they enlist the assistance of the native Ewoks. 2014.


Bullying and Students with Disabilities: Strategies and Techniques to Create a Safe Learning Environment for All
by Barry Edwards McNamara
3 volumes
Professor of special education draws on research and case studies to provide an overview to understand and address bullying of students with disabilities. Discusses specific school-wide programs, offers intervention techniques for parents and staff, and lists resources for students. 2013.

Confessions of a Bad Teacher: The Shocking Truth from the Front Lines of American Public Education
by John Owens
3 volumes
Owens recounts his experiences teaching in the South Bronx and being labeled a “bad” teacher when he was unable to meet reform standards. Relates the experiences of other educators who shared the label. Suggests school reforms, including addressing poverty issues, reducing cheating, and supporting special education. 2013.

First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America’s First Black Public High School
by Alison Stewart
6 volumes
Award-winning journalist chronicles the rise and fall of the first public African American high school, from its founding in 1870 to the twenty-first century. Explores the historical segregation of Washington, D.C., educational reform, and inner-city problems. Some violence and some strong language. 2013.


You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About
by Dave Barry
2 volumes
Nine humorous essays from the Pulitzer Prize-winning former columnist on such topics as death, grammar, manliness, and taking his thirteen-year-old daughter to a Justin Bieber concert. 2014.

William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back: Star Wars Part the Fifth
by Ian Doescher
2 volumes
After the events of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope (Volume 1 William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope, Volume 2 William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope) Luke Skywalker and friends retreat to the ice planet Hoth. Darth Vader schemes to destroy them, but Luke begins training with Yoda, a reclusive Jedi master. In Cloud City, deception awaits Luke’s compatriots. 2014.

The Book of Senior Jokes (The Ones You Can Remember)
by Geoff Tibballs
2 volumes
Jokes poking fun at health issues, memory-loss, retirement, and other aspects of growing old. 2009.


Jesus > Religion: Why He Is So Much Better than Trying Harder, Doing More, and Being Good Enough
by Jefferson Bethke
3 volumes
Twenty-something author expands on his 2012 YouTube video poem entitled Why I Hate Religion, but Love Jesus that critiqued institutional expressions of faith. Discusses his dysfunctional upbringing and search for higher meaning that led back to what he believes is the real Jesus. Includes the viral poem. Bestseller. 2013.

Indie Spiritualist: A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality
by Chris Grosso
3 volumes
Grosso began exploring spiritual paths as he cycled through recovery efforts from drug addiction and eventually created the Indie Spiritualist website. Chronicles his explorations of diverse religions and advocates honoring individual spiritual truth. Includes suggested meditations and practices for investigating personal spirituality. Strong language. 2014.

Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope, and Repair
by Anne Lamott
1 volume
In this companion to Help, Thanks, Wow (Volume 1 Help, Thanks, Wow), Lamott ponders the difficulty of recovering inner peace after personal devastation and more general tragedies. Describes her own search for meaning as both a child and an adult and suggests finding solace in art, nature, and faith. Bestseller. 2013.

You’ll Get through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times
by Max Lucado
2 volumes
Minister Lucado relates the biblical tale of Joseph and his brothers as an allegory to help people deal with crises such as job loss, illness, and divorce. Discusses ways faith in God can relieve difficulties and offers practical advice based on scripture. 2013.


The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English
by Roy Peter Clark
4 volumes
Writing coach presents colloquial advice on making grammar useful and memorable, along with examples from well-known authors. Encourages writers to master grammar rules—and then to break them discretely. Provides bullet points at the end of each chapter that summarize key points. 2010.

Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, and Other Typographical Marks
by Keith Houston
5 volumes
Blogger examines the history of typographical symbols, including the pilcrow or paragraph mark, the octothorpe or pound sign, the ampersand, and the hyphen. Discusses the use of these and other symbols to denote irony and sarcasm, both historically and in the digital age. 2013.

Legal Issues

The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind—and Changed the History of Free Speech in America
by Thomas Healy
5 volumes
Law professor analyzes the events that led to the 1919 dissent of Supreme Court Justice Holmes in the First Amendment case Abrams vs. United States. Examines previous decisions in opposition to the view expressed in the dissent, correspondence with interested parties, and influential personal relationships. 2013.


Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books
by Wendy Lesser
3 volumes
Literary editor and writer examines the myriad reasons for her personal love of literature. In chapters devoted to “Character and Plot,” “The Space Between,” “Novelty,” “Authority,” and others, she explores aspects of the written word that bring her pleasure. Also considers the sensuous delights of the physical book. 2014.

Medicine and Health

Back to Normal: Why Ordinary Childhood Behavior Is Mistaken for ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder
by Enrico Gnaulati
4 volumes
Clinical child psychologist examines what he deems is the frequent practice of incorrectly diagnosing healthy American children with psychiatric conditions. Uses case studies to illustrate society’s search for a quick fix for common childhood behaviors. Offers parental tips on effecting change in positive ways. 2013.

Physics in Mind: A Quantum View of the Brain
by Werner R. Loewenstein
6 volumes
Biophysicist details theories on the way the mind works and senses the environment around us. Examines the evolution of the human brain, physical mechanisms of consciousness, and the processes by which the body’s most complex organ instantly sorts and interprets staggering amounts of information. 2013.

Eat, Move, Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes
by Tom Rath
3 volumes
Scientist Rath, who has managed his rare, tumor-causing disease for twenty-five years, advocates simple changes he made to improve his odds for a longer, healthier life. Describes ways to eat simply but properly, exercise gently, sit less, and sleep better to achieve optimum well-being. 2013.


On My Way: The Untold Story of Rouben Mamoulian, George Gershwin, and Porgy and Bess
by Joseph Horowitz
4 volumes
Music critic for the New York Times examines the development of the seminal American opera Porgy and Bess. Traces the ways director Rouben Mamoulian transformed DuBose Heyward’s novella Porgy and George Gershwin’s music to create a stage hit. 2013.

Nature and the Environment

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
by Elizabeth Kolbert
5 volumes
Journalist examines the causes of the five prehistoric mass extinctions and compares previous conditions with those existing in the twenty-first century. Posits that humanity is on the brink of the sixth mass extinction and is the primary cause of it. Bestseller. 2014.

The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble over Earth’s Future
by Paul Sabin
5 volumes
History professor examines the 1980 bet between biologist Ehrlich and economist Simon over what the prices of five metals would be ten years later—a test of coming worldwide prosperity or environmental doom. Examines the reasons for each scholar’s prediction and the ways government actions influenced the outcome. 2013.


Stay, Illusion
by Lucie Brock-Broido
1 volume
English professor presents collection of poetry that explores the magical within the mundane. In “Carpe Demon” the narrator contemplates a childhood lost. “The Story of Fraulein X” examines the consequences of a choice made. 2013.

Bicentennial: Poems
by Dan Chiasson
1 volume
Twenty-one poems that explore the cyclical nature of history as well as the intimate history of one person. “Obituary” ruminates on reading of the life of a relative after he has passed. The title poem reflects on being a child in 1976 and having children of your own. 2014.

Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems
by Billy Collins
2 volumes
Previously published works and fifty-one new poems from the former U.S. poet laureate. In “Ode to a Desk Lamp” Collins compares his long connection with the “faithful light” to his fleeting personal relationships. Bestseller. 2013.

The Ogre’s Wife
by Ron Koertge
1 volume
Fifty-five poems exploring the subversive side of fairy tales and fables. “The Death of Hansel” portrays Gretel as an adult. “Little Red Riding Hood: A Memoir” reflects on the child attracting the wolf. The title poem examines the internal life of a monster’s spouse. Some descriptions of sex. 2013.

I Knead My Mommy: And Other Poems by Kittens
by Francesco Marciuliano
1 volume
Collection of poems exploring the world experienced by kittens. In the title poem, a kitten wanders around the house, looking for its mommy. “What Will I Be?” is a kitten’s inquiry to an older household companion about its prospects. Uncontracted braille. Bestseller. 2014.

by David Tomas Martinez
1 volume
Collection of twenty-two poems that explore the experience of a Mexican-American young man. “Forgetting Willie James Jones” describes a sense of disconnect when a classmate is shot and killed. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2014.

by Jamaal May
1 volume
Thirty-eight poems use the imagery and sounds of machinery to convey the human experience. “A Detroit Hum Ending with Bones” reflects on a summer day in the Motor City. “I Do Have a Seam” expresses the desire to be stitched into another’s life. 2013.

Dog Songs: Thirty-Five Dog Songs and One Essay
by Mary Oliver
1 volume
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet illustrates her love of all dogs while focusing on the numerous dogs that have enriched her own life. Many poems use the pets’ voices, others include conversations between Oliver and a canine friend. Bestseller. 2013.

Psychology and Self-Help

Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link between Suffering and Success
by David B Feldman and Kravetz Lee Daniel
3 volumes
Psychologist Feldman and journalist Kravetz profile individuals who suffered various tragedies and went on to achieve phenomenal success. Includes the story of Alan Lock, who lost his sight to macular degeneration at the age of twenty-three, but later succeeded in rowing across the Atlantic Ocean. 2014.

Ten Percent Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works; a True Story
by Dan Harris
4 volumes
Coanchor of Nightline and Good Morning America recounts his recreational drug use and 2004 nationally televised panic attack that—coupled with overextension at work and his stint covering religion—prompted him to practice meditation, which he asserts led to increased calm, focus, and happiness in his life. 2014.

The Human Spark: The Science of Human Development
by Jerome Kagan
9 volumes
Developmental psychology professor analyzes the factors that shape the human mind. Examines the influence of genetics, the environment, culture, and history and discusses the stages of human development. Theorizes on the efficacy of investigation models used by social and biological scientists. 2013.

The Gift of Adversity: The Unexpected Benefits of Life’s Difficulties, Setbacks, and Imperfections
by Norman E. Rosenthal
4 volumes
Psychiatrist posits that to navigate life successfully one must encounter—and overcome—difficulties. Uses the experiences of his patients, colleagues, and his own Jewish childhood in 1950s apartheid South Africa to illustrate methods and techniques for dealing with challenges. 2013.


The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World
by Desmond M. Tutu and Mpho A. Tutu
3 volumes
Nobel Peace Prize laureate and his daughter, both Anglican priests, discuss the process and benefits of forgiving. Analyzes the revenge cycle versus the forgiveness cycle. Includes meditations, rituals, and exercises to assist the reader. 2014.

Science and Technology

Reality Check: How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future
by Donald R. Prothero
8 volumes
Geology professor discusses the difference between being skeptical of well-established theories and simply denying their validity. Explains the methods scientists use to reach their conclusions and rebuts arguments against evolution, climate change, and childhood vaccinations. 2013.

The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity
by Steven Strogatz
5 volumes
Renowned mathematician explains various fields of study, including calculus, geometry, and statistics, using practical real-life examples. Some chapters reprinted from “The Elements of Math” series published in the New York Times. 2012.

Social Sciences

Who Owns the Future?
by Jaron Lanier
6 volumes
Author of You Are Not a Gadget (Volume 1 You Are Not a Gadget, Volume 2 You Are Not a Gadget) examines the impact of digital networks on the world economy, arguing that their rise led to the 2008 recession. Proposes alternatives to decentralize the benefits of technology and ensure that the wealth it creates is shared by all who contribute. 2013.

Sports and Recreation

So You Think You Know Baseball? A Fan’s Guide to the Official Rules
by Peter E. Meltzer
4 volumes
Quiz format analyzes the official Major League Baseball rulebook using examples from actual games. Covers the roles of each player on the field, the umpires, and the official scorer; types of equipment allowed; the infield fly rule; and more. 2013.

Stage and Screen

Johnny Carson
by Henry Bushkin
4 volumes
Confidant and longtime attorney for Johnny Carson—who had a bitter falling-out with Carson in 1988—provides insights into the personable, yet inscrutable, late-night television host. Details events in Carson’s life and the star’s relationships with other show-biz personalities. Strong language. Bestseller. 2013.

U.S. History

Where the Cherry Tree Grew: The Story of Ferry Farm, George Washington’s Boyhood Home
by Philip Levy
4 volumes
Historian Levy shares findings from more than a decade of excavation—begun in 2001—at Ferry Farm, George Washington’s childhood home near Fredericksburg, Virginia. Relates the lore and history of the farm from the arrival of Washington’s family in 1738, through the Civil War, to Walmart’s 1990 land bid. 2013.

How the States Got Their Shapes
by Mark Stein
7 volumes
The history of each state’s unique outline—from the era of large territorial blocks owned by Spain, France, and England to our modern-day jigsaw-puzzle borders. Discusses military skirmishes, land grabs, religious issues, and local geographic disputes that explain boundary oddities. 2008.

Women’s Concerns

The Witness Wore Red
by Rebecca Musser
5 volumes
Musser describes growing up an obedient Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints girl, who became the nineteenth wife of eighty-five-year-old prophet Rulon Jeffs. She explains why she later escaped and testified about the polygamous society’s abuse of young girls. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2013.

The Butterfly Mosque
by G. Willow Wilson
3 volumes
Author’s memoir of her conversion to Islam and her romantic relationship with an Egyptian man after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Details her spiritual search as a college student, her move to Cairo at age twenty-one, and the culture clash she experienced as an American living in Egypt. 2010.

World History

A Short History of the Twentieth Century
by John Lukacs
3 volumes
Concise history of the twentieth century focuses on the period between the start of World War I in 1914 and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Posits that it was an “American century,” with the United States becoming the world’s dominant military and economic power. 2013.

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Books for Children

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

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

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

Children’s Fiction


The Abominables
by Eva Ibbotson
2 volumes
A century ago in the Himalayas, a father yeti captured the young Lady Agatha Farlingham to raise his motherless children. Now tourism threatens the peaceful, civilized yetis. Lady Agatha enlists the help of human siblings Con and Ellen to take the yetis to Agatha’s English estate. For grades 4-7. 2013.

Hot Rod Hamster
by Cynthia Lord
1 volume
A hamster, with the help of a canine junkyard dealer and his mouse assistants, builds a hot rod and drives it in a race against some very large dogs. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2010.

The House of Hades: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 4
by Rick Riordan
6 volumes
As Percy and Annabeth fall endlessly toward Tartarus, Hazel and the crew of Argo II race to rescue them. They must find the House of Hades to open the Doors of Death—and then seal off the goddess Gaea’s forces in the Underworld. For grades 4-7. 2013.


Extraordinary Jane
by Hannah E. Harrison
1 volume
Jane the dog doesn’t have a unique talent in the circus like the rest of her family, until the ringmaster discovers what is truly special about her. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2014.

The Midnight Library
by Kazuno Kohara
1 volume
A little librarian operates a nighttime-only library for animals and has three owls as her assistants. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2014.

Paul Meets Bernadette
by Rosy Lamb
1 volume
Newcomer fish Bernadette swims around and shows Paul the fascinating world that exists on the other side of their bowl. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2013.

Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey
by Emily Winfield Martin
1 volume
Furred, finned, and feathered friends await the night, when they can carry sleeping children to adventures in Dreamland. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2013.

This Is a Moose
by Richard T. Morris
1 volume
During the filming of a nature documentary, the star, a moose, refuses to play his part because he has no intention of spending his life in the woods. His animal friends, who have dreams of their own, help him prove his point. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2014.

by Judy Sierra
1 volume
Old MacDonald had a yard that he didn’t want to mow. Then he brought home a wise little red hen, who helped him turn his space into a farm. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2014.


The Baby Tree
by Sophie Blackall
1 volume
After learning that his parents are expecting a baby, a young boy asks several people where babies come from and gets a different answer from each before his parents have a chance to give the right answer. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2014.

The Boy on the Porch
by Sharon Creech
1 volume
After they find a mysterious mute boy asleep on their front porch, John and Marta decide to take him in until his parents return. But as one happy day follows another, they wonder how long their time with the boy will last. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2013.

Unhooking the Moon
by Gregory Hughes
3 volumes
When unfortunate circumstances leave Marie Claire and her older brother Bob orphans, the siblings embark on an adventure from Winnipeg, Manitoba, to New York City in search of their wayward uncle. For grades 6-9. 2010.

How to Cheer Up Dad
by Fred Koehler
1 volume
A young elephant sees his dad in a bad mood and tries to cheer him up, not realizing his own mischief caused the grumpy mood in the first place. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2014.


The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1
by Rick Riordan
4 volumes
Upstate New York, 2005. Sixth-grader Percy Jackson, the son of Poseidon and a mortal mother, attends a summer camp for demigods. After Percy angers Zeus, his friends Grover, a satyr, and Annabeth, a daughter of Athena, join him to resolve the problem. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2005.

The Titan’s Curse: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3
by Rick Riordan
3 volumes
When the youthful goddess Artemis disappears while hunting a rare, ancient monster, modern-day demigod Percy and his friends attempt to rescue her before she is needed at the Olympian Council meeting on the war with the Titans. Sequel to The Sea Monsters (Volume 1 The Sea Monsters, Volume 2 The Sea Monsters, Volume 3 The Sea Monsters). For grades 5-8. 2007.


Little Elliot, Big City
by Mike Curato
1 volume
Elliot, the little polka-dotted elephant, has a hard time being noticed in the big city that he loves, until he meets Mouse, who is even smaller than he is. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2014.

The Lion and the Bird
by Marianne Dubuc
1 volume
When a lion finds an injured bird in his garden, he offers to provide the bird with warmth and comfort for the winter. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2014.

Sophie’s Squash
by Pat Zietlow Miller
1 volume
Young Sophie befriends a squash at the farmer’s market and lovingly names her Bernice. When Bernice starts to get a little blotchy after a time, Sophie investigates how to make her squash better. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2013.

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
by Dan Santat
1 volume
An imaginary friend waits a long time to be imagined by a child and given a special name, and finally he does the unimaginable—he sets out on a quest to find his perfect match in the real world. Caldecott Medal winner. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2014.


Five Trucks
by Brian Floca
1 volume
Five different trucks do five different jobs to get an airplane ready for takeoff. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1999.

Growing Up

Rosie Revere, Engineer
by Andrea Beaty
1 volume
Aspiring young engineer Rosie must first conquer her fear of failure before she can create the new gizmos and gadgets she dreams about. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2013.

Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me
by Daniel Beaty
1 volume
After a boy wakes up to find his father gone, he feels lost without him. But his father has left him a letter filled with advice to guide him through the times he cannot be there. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3 and older readers. 2013.

by Samantha Berger
1 volume
Each bad situation a little boy runs into makes him grumpier and grumpier—and act like a monster. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2013.

by Kelly DiPucchio
1 volume
A proper bulldog raised in a poodle family and a tough poodle raised in a bulldog family meet one day in the park. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2014.

Sure Signs of Crazy
by Karen Harrington
3 volumes
Twelve-year-old Sarah Nelson writes letters to her hero Atticus Finch, from To Kill a Mockingbird (Volume 1 To Kill a Mockingbird, Volume 2 To Kill a Mockingbird, Volume 3 To Kill a Mockingbird), to help her understand her famous mentally ill mother. Sarah comes to terms with her family’s odd history and fears, and finds her first love—and herself—in the process. For grades 6-9. 2013.

Niño Wrestles the World
by Yuyi Morales
1 volume
Lucha libre champion Niño has no trouble fending off monstrous opponents, but when his little sisters awaken from their naps, he is in for a no-holds-barred wrestling match that will truly test his skills. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2013.

by Lori Nichols
1 volume
Maple’s favorite playmate is a maple tree planted just for her—until the day she’s surprised with a baby sister. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2014.

365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts
by R.J. Palacio
1 volume
Auggie’s teacher Mr. Browne provides a book filled with principles to live by for each day of the year. Companion to Wonder (Volume 1 Wonder, Volume 2 Wonder, Volume 3 Wonder). For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2014.

Historical Fiction

The Mighty Miss Malone
by Christopher Paul Curtis
3 volumes
With the love and determination befitting the “world’s greatest family,” twelve-year-old Deza Malone, her older brother Jimmie, and their parents endure tough times in Gary, Indiana, and later in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression. For grades 5-8. 2012.


Here Comes the Easter Cat
by Deborah Underwood
1 volume
When Cat tries to replace the Easter Bunny, he soon learns the job is much harder than expected and does not allow time for naps! PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2014.


by R.J. Palacio
3 volumes
Just before starting fifth grade, home-schooled ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme abnormalities, is told he will be attending a prep school. Nervous, he tries to convince his classmates that he is an ordinary kid just like them. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2012.

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Children’s Nonfiction


Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas
by Lynne Cox
1 volume
Recounts the story of Elizabeth, a real-life elephant seal who made her home in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. Details the citizens’ concern over her love of lying in roads and their futile attempts to relocate the creature. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3 and older readers. 2014.

The Puppy Place: Guide to Puppies
by Ellen Miles
1 volume
A guide for finding the right dog for you and your family. Discusses different breeds and offers tips on providing the right equipment, food, and training for your new pet. For grades 2-4. 2013.

1 to 20, Animals Aplenty
by Katie Viggers
1 volume
Learn to count numerically and quantitatively with amusing animals. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2014.


A Boy and a Jaguar
by Alan Rabinowitz
1 volume
Autobiography of a wildcat conservationist. Author discusses his lifelong struggle with stuttering and how his love of animals helped him to communicate better and propel him into a career in wildlife advocacy. Schneider Family Book Award winner. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4. 2014.

Poetry, Drama, and Literature

Hi, Koo! A Year of Seasons
by Jon J Muth
1 volume
Little panda bear Koo describes the four seasons in twenty-six haikus. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3 and older readers. 2014.


Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons
by Sara Levine
1 volume
Guide to discovering the similarities and differences between human and animal skeletons. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3 and older readers. 2014.

Plant a Pocket of Prairie
by Phyllis Root
1 volume
Guide to understanding the importance of preserving an endangered prairie ecosystem. Encourages children to create their own prairie in their backyards. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3 and older readers. 2014.

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Braille Magazines

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

Boys’ Life (for children and teens, monthly)

Braille Book Review (bimonthly)

Braille Chess Magazine (British quarterly)

Braille Music Magazine (British monthly)

Conundrum (British monthly)

Cooking Light (12 issues)

ESPN: The Magazine (biweekly)

Harper’s (literary; monthly)

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

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine (monthly)

Ladies’ Home Journal (4 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 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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