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Braille Book Review January–February 2017

Volume 86, Number 1

About Braille Book Review

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

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

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

About BARD

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

Music scores and instructional materials

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

For more information about the NLS music collection call 1-800-424-8567, email [email protected], or visit

Where to write

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

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

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

Library of Congress, Washington 2016
Catalog Card Number 53-31800
ISSN 0006-873X


In Brief

Books for Adults

Adult Fiction

Adult Nonfiction

Books for Children

Children’s Fiction

Children’s Nonfiction

Braille Magazines

In Brief

UEB reference guide

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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

Collection Development Advisory Group prepares for next meeting

Have an idea for improving the braille and talking book service? Consider sharing it with your representative to the Collection Development Advisory Group, which will meet May 24–26, 2017. Input from fellow patrons and librarians concerning the NLS program is a key component in the success of the program. Your feedback is thoroughly discussed in the committee’s deliberations. Submit your suggestions to committee members listed below or to your cooperating braille or talking-book library.

Consumer Organization Representatives:

American Council of the Blind (ACB)
Susan Glass
19821 Vineyard Ln.
Saratoga, CA 95070
[email protected]

Blinded Veterans Association (BVA)
Claudia Belk
Accessibility Officer
Blinded Veterans Association
125 N. West St., 3rd Floor
Alexandria, VA 22314
[email protected]

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
Marci Carpenter
3200 California Ave. SW, #35
Seattle, WA 98116
[email protected]


Gloster Williams
9084 Longacre St.
Detroit, MI 48228
[email protected]

Linda Goodspeed
2 Barley Field Pl.
Rutland, VT 05701
[email protected]

Eddie Weaver
2132 Charny Dr.
Raleigh, NC 27604
[email protected]

Peggy Chong
6303 Indian School Rd. NE #511
Albuquerque, NM 87110
[email protected]


Laura Williams
Indiana Talking Book & Braille Library
140 North Senate Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 232-0609
[email protected]

Marilyn Stevenson
New Hampshire State Library
Talking Book Services Section
117 Pleasant St.
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-1498
[email protected]

Josh Berkov
North Carolina Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
State Library of North Carolina
Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
1841 Capital Blvd.
Raleigh, NC 27604-2188
(919) 733-4376
[email protected]

Susan Hammer-Schneider
North Dakota State Talking Book Library
604 East Boulevard Ave, Dept. 250
Bismarck, ND 58505
(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]

New Braille Magazines

Patrons may now obtain free subscriptions to three new braille magazines by contacting their local cooperating talking-book library. Magazines may also be downloaded from BARD. The magazines are:

  • Cooks Illustrated (CIM), bimonthly. Each issue contains approximately ten recipes, with every recipe accompanied by a narrative in which the author describes the evolution and refinement of the dish. Also includes detailed taste tests of brand-name foods and ingredients and tests of cooking equipment, with recommendations.
  • O, The Oprah Magazine (OPR), monthly. With an emphasis on personal growth, the magazine addresses every aspect of a woman’s life—material, emotional, and intellectual—with feature articles on wellness, finance, apparel, food, relationships, education, and beauty.
  • Popular Science (PSM), bimonthly. Award-winning publication, founded in 1872, that features articles for educated non-scientists on all aspects of science and technology. Covers subjects including electronics, communications, space, robotics, cars, aviation, energy, and photography.

The Magazine of the Month

The 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:

  • American Short Fiction
  • Essence
  • Family Circle
  • Food Network Magazine
  • Harvard Business Review
  • Highlights for Children
  • Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
  • MIT Technology Review
  • Mystery Scene
  • New Philosopher
  • Sound on Sound
  • Women’s Health

Alternate selections: Cosmopolitan, Forbes, Men’s Health, Psychology Today, Real Simple, Yoga Journal

Books for Adults

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

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

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

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

Adult Fiction


Breakout: New Avengers; a Novel of the Marvel Universe
by Alisa Kwitney
3 volumes
Under orders to dispatch the Black Widow, Hawkeye runs into problems over his feelings about her. Meanwhile, the duo and an assortment of other superheroes gets involved in a supervillain prison break. Descriptions of sex, some strong language, and some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2013.


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie
3 volumes
Spokane Indian Reservation. Fourteen-year-old Junior—beset with physical problems caused by brain damage—transfers to an all-white town school. Called a traitor by his best friend and Tonto by his new classmates, Junior uses humor and wit to bridge the cultural divide. Some strong language. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2007.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
by Junot Díaz
4 volumes
New Jersey. Overweight Dominican American Oscar works as a substitute teacher and dreams about being a famous writer. Oscar grew up with his rebellious sister Lola and beautiful mother, but the ancient curse of fukú haunts their lives—until he decides to do something about it. Violence and strong language. 2007.


Cruel Crown
by Victoria Aveyard
2 volumes
Two novellas set before Red Queen (BR20769). In Queen Song, Julian gives his sister Coriane a diary to keep her thoughts from being read by Elara, a competitor to the throne. In Steel Scars, Captain Farley introduces Norta to rebellion. Violence. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Storm Front: A Novel of the Dresden Files
by Jim Butcher
4 volumes
Chicago. Harry Dresden, a wizard-for-hire specializing in paranormal investigations, helps the police probe the murders of mob enforcer Tommy and Tommy’s lover, Jennifer, an escort who worked for a powerful vampire. Clues indicate rogue sorcery, but there are no leads and no suspects. Some violence and some strong language. 2000.

by Terry Pratchett
4 volumes
Teenager Teppic leaves Ankh-Morpork’s assassin school to claim the throne of his deceased father’s desert kingdom, Djelibeybi. As the new pharaoh, Teppic must first build his father’s pyramid tomb. He then undertakes administrative tasks that reveal deceit, betrayal, and a headstrong handmaiden. 1989.

Reaper Man: A Novel of Discworld
by Terry Pratchett
4 volumes
Discworld reality auditors force Death into early retirement. While the Grim Reaper enjoys his time off, Ankh-Morpork succumbs to chaos and unrest. Eldest Unseen University wizard Windle Poons, whose afterlife has been postponed, rallies the undead to get Death his job back. 1991.

by Terry Pratchett
4 volumes
As the eighth son of a wizard, young Coin is a sourcerer—a source of magic. Coin claims the title of Unseen University Archchancellor, the official leader of all wizards. The situation threatens to destroy Discworld, and only honorary assistant librarian Rincewind can help. 1988.

Wyrd Sisters: A Novel of Discworld
by Terry Pratchett
4 volumes
Lord Felmet orchestrates the murder of King Verence of Lancre and ascends the throne. Granny Weatherwax and her fellow witches, having come into possession of a royal youth, conspire to replace Felmet with the rightful—if reluctant—heir and lay Verence’s ghost to rest. 1980.

by Fran Wilde
4 volumes
Kirit breaks Tower Law on the eve of her wing test and is forced to live among the Singers, who enforce the city’s rules. As she trains with the Singers, she learns their secrets, including things she never knew about her own family. 2015.


Zero K
by Don DeLillo
3 volumes
Jeffrey Lockhart travels to a cryogenic facility in remote central Asia at the request of his billionaire father, Ross. Ross has invested heavily in the organization, called Convergence, and wants Jeffrey to be there on site when his dying stepmother is frozen. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

The Hundred-Foot Journey
by Richard C. Morais
4 volumes
Family tragedy followed by fortune forces the Haji family from Mumbai. They travel to London, and then to a small town in France. Their neighbor, Madame Mallory, first wages war and then mentors son Hassan in the ways of cuisine. Basis for 2014 movie starring Helen Mirren. Some violence. 2008.

Historical Fiction

The Other Daughter
by Lauren Willig
4 volumes
England, 1920s. After the death of her mother, governess Rachel discovers that the father she thought long dead is not only alive, but is a member of the aristocracy, married, and has another daughter. Jealous, Rachel changes her identity and becomes a part of the Bright Young Things social set. 2015.

Human Relationships

The Impossible Knife of Memory
by Laurie Halse Anderson
4 volumes
After years living on the road, Hayley Kincaid and her father move back to their hometown to try to lead a normal life. But the horrors her father saw in the war threaten to destroy them. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2014.

Hugo & Rose
by Bridget Foley
4 volumes
Wife and mother Rose has been dreaming of the same magical island every night since she was six. Her companion on the island is Hugo, and their adventures seem real. When she meets Hugo outside of the dreams, her whole life could change. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2015.

Paris Nocturne
by Patrick Modiano
2 volumes
The victim of a car accident, a young man reflects on the night and tries to determine if he actually remembers the driver or if his memory is playing games with him. Translated from the original 2003 French edition. Nobel Prize. 2015.


DC Trip
by Sara Benincasa
3 volumes
First-year teacher Alicia Deats is chaperoning a sophomore class trip to Washington, DC. Her co-chaperone, Brian Kenner, rubs her the wrong way, until he doesn’t. The students, particularly Gertie, Sivan, and Rachel, get up to hijinks of their own. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2015.

Mystery and Detective

The Bad Samaritan
by Robert Barnard
3 volumes
When vicar’s wife Rosemary Sheffield loses her faith, she takes a trip to the seashore to think it over. There she befriends a young Bosnian man, who follows her back home to the vicarage. Then the Bosnian is suspected of killing an unlikeable church member. Charlie Peace investigates. 1995.

The Corpse at the Haworth Tandoori
by Robert Barnard
3 volumes
After a body is found in the trunk of a car outside the local Indian restaurant in Haworth, Yorkshire, Detective Constable Charlie Peace and his boss, Mike Oddie, concentrate their investigation on a local artists’ colony where once-famous painter Ranulph Byatt holds court. Some violence. 1998.

A Superior Death
by Nevada Barr
4 volumes
Recently assigned to Lake Superior, forty-year-old park ranger Anna Pigeon laughs when one couple confides that they suspect another ranger has eaten his wife. But when the body of a newly married diver is found among the corpses of an old shipwreck, Anna becomes suspicious of everyone. Strong language and some violence. 1994.

Time of Fog and Fire
by Rhys Bowen
4 volumes
1906. Molly’s husband Daniel has left the NYPD for the Secret Service. He is on a secret assignment in San Francisco when Molly receives a cryptic note to join him. Fearing Daniel is in danger, she sets off for the West Coast with their young son. 2016.

After the Fire
by Jane Casey
5 volumes
After a fire in a high-rise housing project results in fatalities—a politician, a child, and two human-trafficking victims—London detective Maeve Kerrigan’s assignment is to determine if someone has been deliberately targeted. Meanwhile, criminal Chris Swain continues to stalk Maeve. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

Fake ID
by Lamar Giles
4 volumes
Nick Pearson, a teen in the Federal Witness Protection Program, moves to a new town and finds himself trying to solve a murder mystery when his first friend is found dead. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2014.

by Elmore Leonard
3 volumes
South Miami bookie Harry Arno—who has a million-plus in a Swiss bank—is ready to retire and maybe marry his long-time girlfriend. But before he can put his plans into action, a friend with the police tells him he has been set up in an FBI investigation. Strong language. 1993.

Wilde Lake
by Laura Lippman
4 volumes
Newly elected to the Maryland state’s attorney position her father once held, Lu Brant takes on a vicious murder case. But past incidents color the life of Lu and her older golden-boy brother. Strong language, descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2016.

Deadlock: A V.I. Warshawski Novel
by Sara Paretsky
4 volumes
Chicago private detective V.I. “Vic” Warshawski mourns her cousin Boom Boom’s death when the ex-hockey star is discovered floating. Investigating further, Vic discovers that Boom Boom was privy to dangerous secrets involving the Great Lakes shipping industry, and his death may not have been an accident. Some strong language. 1984.

Journey to Munich
by Jacqueline Winspear
3 volumes
Soon after Maisie Dobbs returns to London, government agent MacFarlane approaches her with an assignment. She is to travel to Nazi Germany to retrieve a British prisoner while pretending to be his daughter. Meanwhile, the family she holds responsible for her husband’s death needs her help. 2016.

Occult and Horror

Blue Lily, Lily Blue: The Raven Cycle, Book 3
by Maggie Stiefvater
4 volumes
When Blue’s mother, Maura, disappears, not everyone is as concerned as Blue, who believes she is in trouble. Meanwhile, Ronan and Adam hone their magical skills as they continue to search for the dead king, Glendower. Strong language and some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2014.

Psychological Themes

The Man without a Shadow
by Joyce Carol Oates
5 volumes
Elihu Hoopes has had amnesia since he contracted encephalitis at age thirty-seven. Neuroscientist Margot Sharpe has been studying Eli for thirty years, and she loves him despite his inability to remember anything after the onset of his illness for longer than seventy seconds. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

Religious Themes

Her Brother’s Keeper: An Amish Secrets Novel
by Beth Wiseman
3 volumes
Charlotte Dolinsky goes undercover to better understand the community her brother Ethan joined and died in. She poses as Mary Troyer, a distant cousin of the family of her brother’s fiancée, Hannah King. What she learns about her brother makes her question both him and her faith. 2015.


Keeper of the Stars: A Kings Meadow Romance
by Robin Lee Hatcher
3 volumes
Penny Cartwright blames country singer Trevor Reynolds for her brother’s death. If Brad hadn’t left their hometown of Kings Meadow to join Trevor’s band, he would still be alive. Then Trevor travels to Kings Meadow to fulfill a promise to Brad, forcing Penny to confront her feelings. 2016.

A Girl’s Guide to Moving On
by Debbie Macomber
4 volumes
Nichole and her mother-in-law, Leanne, bond after they both leave their cheating husbands. Struggling with a new job and single parenthood, Nichole meets a man she is drawn to, even as her husband tries to win her back. Meanwhile, Leanne resists the possibility of a new love. 2016.

Inner Harbor BR21457
by Nora Roberts
4 volumes
Quinn brothers Ethan, Cameron, and Phillip continue trying to officially adopt Seth, the young boy their father brought into the family. They also want to prove their father did not commit suicide. Dr. Sybill Griffin’s arrival complicates their efforts. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1999.

Rising Tides BR21498
by Nora Roberts
4 volumes
In Sea Swept (BR21497), the three Quinn brothers returned to their home on Maryland’s Eastern Shore to care for their adopted brother, Seth, with Ethan taking most of the load. Ethan also spends time with Grace, a longtime area resident whom he has always loved. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1998.

Sea Swept
by Nora Roberts
4 volumes
With his foster father Ray dying, Cam leaves behind his life racing boats to come home. Before he was injured, Ray took in Seth, another young fledgling, and his last wish is for Cam and his brothers to care for the boy. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1998.

After a Fashion
by Jen Turano
4 volumes
In 1882 New York, Harriet dreams of opening up a dress shop for working women, until she loses her job. Wealthy businessman Oliver Addleshaw is trying to close a deal and needs a fake fiancée. He enlists Harriet’s help, but she feels out of place in Oliver’s world. 2015.

Science Fiction

The Rule of Thoughts
by James Dashner
3 volumes
After surviving the events in The Eye of Minds (BR20329), Michael and his friends Sarah and Bryson are still being chased by cyber-terrorist Kaine—a computer program that has become sentient. And now the government is after them, too. Violence. For senior high and older readers. 2014.

by Daniel H. Wilson
5 volumes
In the near future, artificial intelligence leaps ahead of humans’ abilities and can no longer be contained. When a computer program escapes from the lab and initiates random attacks, most people remain unaware until too late—robots have already taken over the world. Violence and strong language. 2011.

Short Stories

Fortune Smiles: Stories
by Adam Johnson
3 volumes
A collection of short stories from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Orphan Master’s Son (DB74282). A man searches for his son’s mother. A computer programmer finds comfort in a digital copy of the recently assassinated president. A former Stasi agent ponders his past. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2015.


The Widow
by Fiona Barton
4 volumes
When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman, which enabled her and her husband to carry on—even when more bad things began to happen. But that woman’s husband died last week, and Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore. Some strong language. 2016.

Keep Calm
by Mike Binder
5 volumes
A bombing at 10 Downing Street wounds the prime minister and tests Great Britain’s resolve. American ex-cop Adam Tatum—there with his family attending a conference—confronts a conspiracy in the highest halls of power when he realizes he has been placed in the crosshairs of suspicion. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2015.

Numero Zero
by Umberto Eco
2 volumes
In 1992 Milan, Colonna has been eking out a living as a ghostwriter when he is hired by a shady editor fond of conspiracy theories. His job is to help create a fake newspaper to be used to blackmail some of Italy’s powerful elite. Translated from the Italian. Some strong language. 2015.

The Fixer
by Joseph Finder
4 volumes
When investigative reporter Rick Hoffman loses his job, fiancée, and apartment, he returns to his childhood home—empty for two decades, since a stroke put his father in a nursing home. As Rick begins renovating the old house, he discovers millions of dollars hidden in the walls. Violence and strong language. 2015.

The Crooked House
by Christobel Kent
4 volumes
Esme lived in a dilapidated house with her parents and siblings. One night something unspeakable happened. Esme—the only survivor—moved away and changed her name to Alison. But now her boyfriend has invited her to a wedding in her old hometown. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2015.

Rain Dogs: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel
by Adrian McKinty
5 volumes
Detective Inspector Sean Duffy investigates the supposed suicide of reporter Lily Bigelow, who was in Carrickfergus covering a group of visiting Finnish businessmen when she jumped from a castle. But it is soon clear to Duffy that this is yet another locked-room murder to solve. Violence and strong language. 2016.

15th Affair
by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
3 volumes
Detective Lindsay Boxer’s life unravels when a mysterious blonde woman with links to the CIA disappears from the scene of a brutal hotel murder, a plane crash plunges San Francisco into chaos, and Lindsay’s husband, Joe, vanishes. Lindsay suspects that Joe and the blonde are linked. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

Extreme Prey
by John Sandford
4 volumes
No longer employed by the Minnesota BCA, Lucas Davenport accepts an assignment from the governor—who is informally gunning for the vice presidential nomination—to determine if there is a real threat of violence against the woman who is running for president. Violence and strong language. 2016.

Most Wanted
by Lisa Scottoline
5 volumes
Unable to conceive, Christine and Marcus use a sperm donor. Two months pass, and Christine, now happily pregnant, is shocked to see a young blond man on the news being arrested for a series of brutal murders—because the blond man bears an undeniable resemblance to her donor. Strong language and some violence. 2016.

Pretty Girls
by Karin Slaughter
6 volumes
Claire has not spoken to her sister Lydia since Lydia accused Claire’s husband, Paul, of attacking her. Now—in the aftermath of Paul’s brutal murder—Claire and Lydia band together to uncover just who Paul was and what happened to their long-missing sister. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2015.

Adult Nonfiction


Women Artists: The Linda Nochlin Reader
by Linda Nochlin
9 volumes
Collection of essays and writings from the 1970s to the 2010s about women artists by professor of art and art history. Includes profiles of Miriam Schapiro, Florine Stettheimer, Mary Cassatt, Deborah Kass, Cecily Brown, and Natalie Frank, among others. Discusses feminism, a woman’s place in public space, and more. 2015.


Alive, Alive Oh! And Other Things That Matter
by Diana Athill
2 volumes
The author of Somewhere towards the End (BR19178) continues, at ninety-seven years old, to write about aging. Topics include cherished memories of her grandmother’s garden, her experience of miscarrying a child in her forties, and her decision to move into a retirement home. 2004.

Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War
by Ian Buruma
3 volumes
The grandson of two German-Jewish immigrants living in England recounts the story of their marriage, using letters written between the two as they faced separation, anti-Semitism, and the difficulties of war. Depicts how their marriage remained strong throughout it all. 2016.

Joan of Arc: A History
by Helen Castor
6 volumes
Historian recounts the story of the life of Joan of Arc (1412–1431). Castor begins by explaining the context of warfare in Joan’s era, apart from her role in it. She proceeds to detail Joan’s life, her military involvement, and her subsequent arrest, trial, execution, and posthumous rise to sainthood. 2015.

Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood
by Alexandra Fuller
4 volumes
Recollections of growing up white in civil-war-torn 1970s Rhodesia. Describes her affection for Africa and for her parents—despite their flaws. Recounts her family’s tragedies, including the deaths of children, dispossession, and their efforts to deal with racism, revolutionary politics, and the struggle for survival. Strong language. 2001.

The Way Around: Finding My Mother and Myself among the Yanomami
by David Good
4 volumes
Man recounts his trips in 2011 and 2013 to reconnect with his mother and her remote tribe, the Yanomami, in the Amazon rainforest after not seeing her for twenty years. Describes a sense of disconnect with his upbringing in the United States, his relationship with his father, and his Yanomami family. 2015.

We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a True Story
by Josh Sundquist
3 volumes
Motivational speaker and Paralympic ski racer—he lost a leg to Ewing’s sarcoma—recounts his humorous attempts at dating and uses quasi-scientific methods to analyze his failures. He interviews females from his past in hopes of eventually finding his true love. For senior high and older readers. 2014.

Career and Job Training

The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People
by Carol Eikleberry
4 volumes
Fourth edition of guidebook to career decision-making for creatively minded people. Covers identifying skill strengths and weaknesses, likely occupational tracks, infusing traditional careers with creative traits, satisfying alternatives, and targeting and developing a desired career. Includes entries describing 281 potential occupations. 2015.

Talk Like TED: The Nine Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds
by Carmine Gallo
4 volumes
Former journalist analyzes successful TED Talk presentations and provides nine key points of how to best communicate your message in a public-speaking forum. Suggestions include acknowledging where expertise lies, defining the structure of a presentation, using specific gestures to amplify word choices, and ways to engage an audience. 2014.


Baking with Mary Berry
by Mary Berry
2 volumes
Collection of recipes and techniques for baking by one of the judges of PBS’s The Great British Baking Show. Recipes are categorized into breakfast goods; cakes, cupcakes, and pastries; cookies, bars, and brownies; pies, tarts, and cobblers; British favorites; and special-occasion desserts. 2015.

Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day
by Leanne Brown
3 volumes
Recipes originally created as part of a master’s program capstone project to address the daily funding limitations of the SNAP food assistance program—capped at four dollars per person per day. Provides strategies for grocery shopping, guides to food seasonality, and suggestions for flavor enhancement. Includes cost per serving for recipes. 2015.


August: Osage County
by Tracy Letts
2 volumes
A family gathers in rural Oklahoma after the patriarch, poet Beverly Weston, disappears. His wife Violet has cancer, a painkiller addiction, and a wide mean streak. Their grown children have issues of their own, and living in close quarters leads to strife and devastating revelations. Strong language. Pulitzer Prize. 2008.


Where I’m Reading From: The Changing World of Books
by Tim Parks
3 volumes
Thirty-seven essays exploring the world of reading and criticism, by the author of Destiny (BR13365). Essays are divided into the categories of “The World around the Book,” “The Book in the World,” “The Writer’s World,” and “Writing across Worlds.” 2015.

Government and Politics

In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect
by Ronald Kessler
4 volumes
Author of The Bureau: The Secret History of the FBI interviews Mark Sullivan, the director of the Secret Service, and scores of other agents. Provides anecdotes about various US presidents, from John Kennedy to Barack Obama, and their peccadilloes. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

Home Management

Pogue’s Basics: Life; Essential Tips and Shortcuts (That No One Bothers to Tell You) for Simplifying Your Day
by David Pogue
2 volumes
Author of Windows 10: The Missing Manual and host of “Making Stuff” episodes on PBS’s NOVA presents tips and shortcuts for a wide variety of everyday occurrences. Topics include cars, travel, food, clothes, out and about, house and home, animals, cleaning, electronics, your body, social hacks, and lying. Bestseller. 2015.


The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language
by John H. McWhorter
6 volumes
Linguistics professor explains how languages mix and mutate over time. McWhorter argues that language is not set in stone but dynamically adapts to an ever-changing environment. He draws examples from languages around the world, including pidgins, Creoles, and nonstandard dialects. 2001.


On Writing
by Charles Bukowski
3 volumes
Collection of novelist’s previously unpublished correspondence discussing the art of creation with publishers, editors, friends, and peers. Shares the joys and tribulations of not only writing, but writing for publication. 2015.

Medicine and Health

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

Nature and the Environment

What Stands in a Storm: Three Days in the Worst Superstorm to Hit the South’s Tornado Alley
by Kim Cross
4 volumes
Journalist chronicles the deadly tornado outbreak of April 24–27, 2011, which ran from Texas to New York and spawned 757 tornadoes. Cross focuses on the storms that struck Alabama, especially Tuscaloosa, on April 27. Describes reactions on the ground, the immediate aftermath, and the long-term recovery. 2015.


The Selected Poems of Donald Hall
by Donald Hall
2 volumes
A collection of poems written and selected by a former poet laureate. In his eighties at the time of publication, Hall reflects on his entire career to create a concise handpicked selection to showcase his work. Includes, among others, the poems “My Son My Executioner,” “Names of Horses,” and “Without.” 2015.

Born Palestinian, Born Black
by Suheir Hammad
1 volume
Augmented second edition of a collection of poetry originally published in 1996. Explores themes of being Palestinian and the child of refugees, femininity and feminism, and black culture in the United States. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1996.

Psychology and Self-Help

The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
by David J. Morris
6 volumes
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is now the fourth most commonly diagnosed psychiatric disorder. A former Marine, Morris draws from his war experiences in Iraq, as well as historical examples, to provide an overview of the psychological costs of war and the current state of treatment options. Some strong language. 2015.


Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women, and Queer Christians Are Reclaiming Evangelicalism
by Deborah Jian Lee
5 volumes
Journalist and former evangelical Christian surveys the changing culture and political orientation of the movement in the early twenty-first century and the role of people of color, women, and the LGBTQ community in the shift. Discusses racial tension, progressive politics, and social-justice issues, interpolating her own experiences. 2015.

Science and Technology

The Quantum Moment: How Planck, Bohr, Einstein, and Heisenberg Taught Us to Love Uncertainty
by Robert P. Crease and Alfred Scharff Goldhaber
5 volumes
Philosopher Crease and physicist Goldhaber discuss the lasting legacy of the research into quantum physics in the early 1900s. They present material from their cross-disciplinary course that explores how science and human behavior meet in the definition of “quantum” and describe the impact of quantum research on science and popular culture. 2014.

The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life
by Nick Lane
6 volumes
Biochemist theorizes the emergence of morphologically complex life two billion years ago—two billion years after simple bacterial life arose. Discusses the basis for the question he is trying to answer, and presents evidence for his hypotheses, including cellular morphology and biochemistry, genetic divergence—including sex—and a 2010 discovery. 2015.

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
by Carlo Rovelli
1 volume
Theoretical physicist expounds the scientific and philosophical implications of the discoveries in physics over the last one hundred years, as well as the questions that still face the field. Uses examples from outside of physics to explain such concepts as Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Translated from 2014 Italian edition. Bestseller. 2015.

How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction
by Beth Shapiro
3 volumes
Evolutionary biologist explains the science and ethics of recreating extinct species such as woolly mammoths, dodos, the Yangtze River dolphin, Steller’s sea cow, the Tasmanian tiger, and more. Discusses determining candidate species, obtaining viable DNA, and the cloning process. 2015.

Social Sciences

Enabling Acts: The Hidden Story of How the Americans with Disabilities Act Gave the Largest US Minority Its Rights
by Lennard J. Davis
5 volumes
Recounts the behind-the-scenes narrative of how the bipartisan Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) came to be, discusses its far-reaching impact, and argues that it serves as a model for disability-based laws around the world. 2015.


A Tour of Bones: Facing Fear and Looking for Life
by Denise Inge
3 volumes
Academic recounts her experience living in a home that was located above an ancient charnel house—a vault where skeletal remains are stored. Describes using the opportunity to confront fears of death as she dealt with cancer, and discusses her travels to other charnel houses in Europe. 2014.

U.S. History

Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight
by Margaret Lazarus Dean
5 volumes
Recounts the history of American spaceflight, NASA, and Florida’s Space Coast, and reflects on what has been achieved. Uses interviews with NASA workers, astronauts, and space fans to explore the ramifications of the end of the American space shuttle program. Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. 2015.

The Edge Becomes the Center: An Oral History of Gentrification in the Twenty-First Century
by DW Gibson
4 volumes
A collection of stories told by those implementing and being affected by gentrification. This oral history includes a variety of individuals—brokers, buyers, sellers, landlords, artists, contractors, politicians, and many others. Each provides insight into the human side of gentrification. 2015.

Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base
by Annie Jacobsen
9 volumes
Journalist examines the history of Area Fifty-one, a secret military facility in the Nevada desert. Discusses the importance of the Atomic Energy Commission’s initial control of the site and the public’s fascination with its mysteries. Reveals details of highly classified “black ops” projects carried out there. Bestseller. 2011.


Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War
by Svetlana Alexievich
3 volumes
Winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature presents first-hand accounts of Soviet veterans of the Soviet-Afghan War (1979–1989). Discusses military operations, life on the front lines, loss of loved ones, and post-deployment experiences. Translated from the 1990 Russian edition. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Nobel Prize. 1992.

World History

The Edge of the World: A Cultural History of the North Sea and the Transformation of Europe
by Michael Pye
6 volumes
An examination of the cultural transformation sparked by events centered in the North Sea region during the Dark Ages, between the fall of the Roman Empire and the beginning of the rise of Europe. The author profiles the technology, science, law, and culture that led up to the emergence of modernity. 2014.

Books for Children

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

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

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

Children’s Fiction


Into the Wild: Yet Another Misadventure
by Doreen Cronin
1 volume
The fluffy, fearless chicken-squad siblings, Dirt, Sugar, Poppy, and Sweetie, are determined to find out who is hiding in a box in their yard. Equipped with the latest surveillance gear, the chicks venture into the wild to get answers. For grades 2-4. 2016.

Dear Yeti
by James Kwan
1 volume
Through a series of letters addressed to the Yeti, two boys describe their hiking adventure hoping to find the mythical creature. But they run into a bit of trouble along the way. Uncontracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2015.


The Penderwicks in Spring
by Jeanne Birdsall
3 volumes
As spring arrives on Gardam Street, surprises await each Penderwick. Batty starts a new dog-walking business, but her plans to use her profits to surprise her family on her eleventh birthday go astray. Sequel to The Penderwicks at Point Mouette (BR19441). For grades 4-7. 2015.

Growing Up

Fish in a Tree
by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
3 volumes
Bullied and moved among different schools, sixth-grade student Ally creatively distracts anyone from discovering that she has problems reading. But one teacher, Mr. Daniels, helps her understand that she has dyslexia. He encourages Ally to understand her feelings in a new way. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2015.


The Skunk
by Mac Barnett
1 volume
A man is confused when a skunk follows him around everywhere, from coffee shops to the opera. What does it want? PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2015.

Notebook of Doom, Books 1–2
by Troy Cummings
1 volume
In Rise of the Balloon Goons, young Alexander is surprised to discover that his new classroom is located in the Stermont General Hospital morgue. Things get worse when he starts seeing spooky balloon men everywhere! Includes Day of the Night Crawlers. For grades 2-4. 2013.

The Notebook of Doom, Books 3–4
by Troy Cummings
1 volume
In Attack of the Shadow Smashers, Stermont Elementary is under threat by gloomy shapeshifters that attach themselves to people and eat their shadows. Young Alexander and his fellow students must deal with ravenous produce in Chomp of the Meat-Eating Vegetables. For grades 2-4. 2014.


June Jam: Calendar Mysteries
by Ron Roy
1 volume
As a Father’s Day gift to the twins’ dad, Bradley, Brian, and their friends Lucy and Nate try to identify and stop whatever creature is biting fruits and vegetables in the garden. Sequel to May Magic (BR21232). Uncontracted braille. For grades 2-4. 2011.


My Weird School Daze, Books 1–4 BR21460
by Dan Gutman
2 volumes
Books one through four, written between 2008 and 2009, featuring the third-grade adventures of A.J. and his friends from the My Weird School series. Includes Mrs. Dole Is out of Control!, Mr. Sunny Is Funny!, Mr. Granite Is from Another Planet!, and Coach Hyatt Is a Riot!. For grades 2-4. 2009.

Children’s Nonfiction


Tommy: The Gun That Changed America
by Karen Blumenthal
2 volumes
Overview of the development and history of John Taliaferro Thompson’s lightweight, fast-firing weapon. The Tommy gun was designed for the military, but it instead became the weapon of choice for criminals, gangsters, and bootleggers. Some violence. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2015.

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, monthly12 issues)

Braille Book Review (6 issues)

Braille Chess Magazine (British monthly)

Braille Music Magazine (British quarterly)

Conundrum (British monthly)

Cooking Light (monthly)

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)

Martha Stewart Living (home and entertaining; 10 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)

O (Oprah) (monthly)

Parents (monthly)

PC World (personal computing; monthly)

Playboy (monthly)

Poetry (11 issues)

Popular Mechanics (10 issues)

Popular Music Lead Sheets (irregular)

Popular Science (6 issues)

Rolling Stone (popular culture; 26 issues)

Science News (26 issues)

Seventeen (for teens, 6 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

National Basketball Association

National Football League

National Hockey League

Women’s National Basketball Association

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