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Braille Book Review May–June 2017

Volume 86, Number 3

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.

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

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Where to write
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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 2017
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 ⠨⠿⠨⠤
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Miscellaneous symbols
* asterisk ⠨⠿⠐⠔
@ at sign ⠨⠿⠁⠈
Example: [email protected] ⠝⠇⠎⠁⠈⠇⠕⠉⠲⠛⠕⠧
~ tilde ⠨⠿⠈⠔
[email protected]
\ backslash ⠨⠿⠸⠡
c:\my books
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_ underscore ⠨⠿⠨⠤
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degrees ⠨⠿⠘⠚
Example: 32F ⠼⠉⠃⠘⠚⠠⠋
% percent ⠨⠿⠨⠴
Emphasis indicators
boldface single letter ⠨⠿⠘⠆
Example: Socrates ⠘⠆⠠⠎⠕⠉⠗⠁⠞⠑⠎
boldface word ⠨⠿⠘⠂
Example: Aristotle ⠘⠂⠠⠜⠊⠌⠕⠞⠇⠑
boldface passage begin and terminate ⠨⠿⠘⠶ ⠨⠿⠘⠄
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italics single letter ⠨⠿⠨⠆
Example: Socrates ⠨⠆⠠⠎⠕⠉⠗⠁⠞⠑⠎
italics word ⠨⠿⠨⠂
Example: Aristotle ⠨⠂⠠⠜⠊⠌⠕⠞⠇⠑
italics passage begin and terminate ⠨⠿⠨⠶ ⠨⠿⠨⠄
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underline word ⠨⠿⠸⠂
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. Decimal ⠨⠿⠲
$ Dollar symbol ⠨⠿⠈⠎
Example: $4.95 ⠈⠎⠼⠙⠲⠼⠊⠼⠑


+ plus ⠨⠿⠐⠖
minus ⠨⠿⠐⠤
Example: 5-3 ⠼⠑⠐⠤⠼⠉
x times ⠨⠿⠐⠦
÷ divided by ⠨⠿⠐⠌
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Example: 2+3 = 5 ⠼⠃⠐⠖⠼⠉ ⠐⠶ ⠼⠑
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2 < 3
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Library of Congress Publishing Office draws attention to accessible media gap

“Without accessible books, the chances of living independently diminish significantly,” says Becky Brasington Clark, director of the Library of Congress Publishing Office. Since her appointment in March 2016, Clark has made digital accessibility a high priority. In the December/January issue of Against the Grain, a journal that covers the world of books, she cites the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped as a key part of the Library of Congress’s dedication to accessibility. More, Clark stresses the need to go further, inviting other publishers to join her in making “the short leap from born digital to born accessible” in all their publications. The article can be read online at


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 or support.

Guidebook to iOS accessibility updated

Patrons who use iOS devices may find helpful the newly updated volume iOS Access for All: Your Comprehensive Guide to Accessibility for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch by Shelly Brisbin. Released in November, this revised edition covers iOS 10 and describes changes to VoiceOver, low-vision options, Switch Control, and other accessibility features. An expanded third-party app directory shares apps that are either designed specifically for accessibility or work well with VoiceOver. The book is available from www.iosaccessbook.comExternal in either ePub or PDF format and costs $20.

Audio-described tour available at U.S. Holocaust Museum

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., has released a new audio-described tour of two museum areas, the Hall of Witness and the Hall of Remembrance. Developed by the American Council of the Blind’s Audio Description Project, the self-guided tour joins existing audio-described tours of the museum’s permanent exhibits in making the museum more accessible to people who are blind or have a visual disability. For more information about the museum, visit www.ushmm.orgExternal or call (202) 488-0400 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Time, seven days a week.

Access ride-sharing apps without a smartphone

A new service provides access to the taxicab-alternative apps Uber and Lyft for those who do not have a smartphone or dislike working with the user interface of the apps. Targeted toward senior citizens, GoGoGrandparent allows users to dial a toll-free number and speak with an operator, who will arrange for an Uber or Lyft driver to pick them up at their desired location. The service charges 19 cents per minute, which is automatically added to the cost of the ride. For more information, visit www.gogograndparent.comExternal or call 1-855-464-6872 (1-855-GOGO-USA) for service.

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Books for Adults

The following books were recently produced for the NLS program. To order books, complete the order form and return 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


The King Slayer: A Sequel to The Witch Hunter
by Virginia Boecker
4 volumes
Now allied with the magical community, former witch hunter Elizabeth Grey hides because of the bounty Lord Blackwell has placed on her head. But war looms. Sequel to The Witch Hunter (BR20909). Some violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Last First Snow
by Max Gladstone
5 volumes
Forty years after the defeat of the gods of Dresediel Lex, Craftswoman and lawyer Elayne Kevarian travels there to broker a real estate deal for the slum neighborhood of Skittersill. But protesters led by a priest of the old gods threaten to scuttle the deal. Violence and some strong language. 2015.

A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3
by George R.R. Martin
18 volumes
King Joffrey of House Lannister now sits on the Iron Throne in the land of the Seven Kingdoms. But there are still others who vie for power in a tale of treachery, greed, and ambition. Sequel to A Clash of Kings (BR21124). Violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2000.

Historical Fiction

by Frances Itani
4 volumes
After the death of his wife, Lena, Binosuke Okuma visits the Canadian internment camp where he and his family had been sent during World War II. He reflects on the five years his family spent there, the years after, and the impact it made on all of them. 2011.

Mystery and Detective

Margaret Truman’s Deadly Medicine: A Capital Crimes Novel
by Donald Bain
4 volumes
A Papua New Guinea doctor, who is developing a painkiller from native plants, is killed in his lab, and his plants are destroyed. His daughter, a medical researcher in D.C., enlists the help of PI Robert Brixton and others to investigate. Some violence and some strong language. 2016.

No Place of Safety
by Robert Barnard
3 volumes
In the fifth entry in the series, Scotland Yard’s Detective Constable Charlie Peace investigates the disappearance of two teens who attended the same school but didn’t really know each other. Although he finds them, the mystery continues—something is not right about their youth hostel. Some strong language. 1997.

Endangered Species
by Nevada Barr
4 volumes
Park ranger Anna Pigeon joins a fire crew on Cumberland Island, Georgia. When a small plane conducting drug interdictions crashes, Anna suspects sabotage. Meanwhile, in New York, Anna’s lover, FBI agent Frederick Stanton, is attracted to Anna’s sister Molly, who is receiving death threats. Strong language and some violence. 1997.

by Nevada Barr
3 volumes
Park ranger Anna Pigeon is firefighting in Northern California when her crew, trapped by a firestorm, are burned but saved by their survival tents. Then Anna discovers one crewman murdered. A killer is among them, and snow has started falling. Some violence and some strong language. 1996.

The Fallen Man
by Tony Hillerman
3 volumes
Retired Navajo policeman Joe Leaphorn joins his former partner Jim Chee in investigating the skeleton of a man found on a mountain ledge. Chee, who is also tracking cattle rustlers, follows a trail that sheds light on the fallen man and helps the two sleuths uncover the story of his tragic death. 1996.

The Investigation
by J.M. Lee
4 volumes
Now a prisoner of American occupiers, former prison guard Watanabe Yuichi recounts his experiences with prisoner Yun Dong-Ju and his investigation of the murder of fellow guard Sugiyama Dozan. What Watanabe uncovers alters his view of himself and the work he does. Translated from the original Korean. Some violence. 2014.

By a Spider’s Thread: A Tess Monaghan Novel
by Laura Lippman
4 volumes
Baltimore private eye Tess Monaghan’s newest client is wealthy Orthodox Jewish furrier Mark Rubin. His wife and three young children have disappeared without a trace, and—swearing there is no reason they would leave—he wants Tess to track them down. Meanwhile, Tess’s relationship may be in trouble. Some violence. 2004.

In a Strange City: A Tess Monaghan Novel
by Laura Lippman
4 volumes
Baltimore PI Tess Monaghan watches Edgar Allan Poe’s gravesite on his birthday, hoping to learn who leaves roses and cognac every year for the dead poet. Instead, she witnesses a murder. Tess is pulled into the investigation. Strong language and some violence. 2001.

Killing Orders: A V.I. Warshawski Novel
by Sara Paretsky
4 volumes
Private detective V.I. “Vic” Warshawski is summoned by her aunt Rosa to investigate the theft of five million dollars from a local monastery. Before the case is solved, Vic must deal with a secret Catholic society, an international conglomerate, and the Vatican. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1985.

The Hangman
by Louise Penny
1 volume
In this novella set in the Three Pines village of Quebec, Chief Inspector Gamache is called to the scene of an apparent suicide—a spa hotel guest found hanging from a tree. But clues quickly turn the case into a murder investigation. Some strong language. 2010.

Bone Gap
by Laura Ruby
3 volumes
Eighteen-year-old Finn, an outsider in his quiet Midwestern town, is the only witness to the abduction of town favorite, Roza. His inability to distinguish between faces, however, makes it difficult for him to help with the investigation. Some strong language. Printz Award. For senior high and older readers. 2015.

Psychological Themes

by Ian McEwan
2 volumes
Listening from within his mother Trudy’s womb, an unborn child learns about human behavior. He overhears how Trudy has left his father, John, and is now living with John’s brother Claude, while the two plot John’s demise. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

Religious Themes

The Mystics of Mile End
by Sigal Samuel
4 volumes
Siblings Lev and Samara Meyer live in Montreal, sandwiched between hipsters and the Hasidic community. Their father, a professor of Jewish mysticism, believes his newly diagnosed heart condition is whispering secrets of the universe to him. After a tragedy, Kabbalah may hold the answers to what separates the family. 2015.


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
by Becky Albertalli
3 volumes
Not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his high school classmate with the threat that his sexual identity—and that of his secret pen pal Blue—will be revealed. Strong language. William C. Morris Award. For senior high and older readers. 2015.

The Rogue Not Taken
by Sarah MacLean
5 volumes
Sophie, the youngest of the scandalous Talbot sisters, has never wanted society attention. But she gets noticed in a spectacular way after pushing a duke into a pond and fleeing, only to run into the notorious Marquess of Eversley. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2015.

Vision in White
by Nora Roberts
4 volumes
Childhood friends Emmaline, Laurel, Mackensie, and Parker start a wedding-production business using Parker’s family estate in Connecticut. Photographer Mackensie is happy staying out of the bridal limelight—until she meets English teacher Carter Maguire. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Science Fiction

The Heart Goes Last
by Margaret Atwood
4 volumes
Charmaine and Stan agree to participate in a social experiment. They receive jobs and a home in exchange for living in prison every second month. Over time, however, the couple develops an unhealthy obsession with the couple that occupies their house during their prison months. Strong language and descriptions of sex. 2015.

Dark Matter
by Blake Crouch
5 volumes
After being kidnapped, Jason Dessen wakes up to an unfamiliar life in which his wife is not his wife and he has no son. Rather than a college professor, Jason finds he is a celebrated genius of remarkable achievement. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2016.

The Game of Lives
by James Dashner
4 volumes
As the line between the real world and VirtNet blurs, Michael and his pals race to stop Kaine from achieving cyber domination. However, Michael must first discover the true identities of his online friends. Sequel to Rule of Thoughts (BR21233). Violence. For senior high and older readers. 2015.

Europe in Autumn
by Dave Hutchinson
4 volumes
Europe has fractured after an economic crisis and flu pandemic. When Rudi’s boss at a Krakow restaurant asks for help smuggling someone across the border, Rudi becomes a spy and smuggler. One day, however, he finds a severed head instead of his expected client. Violence and strong language. 2014.

Cinder: The Lunar Chronicles, Book 1
by Marissa Meyer
4 volumes
Cinder, a teen cyborg and the best mechanic in New Beijing, labors to support her stepmother—and owner—Adri and Adri’s two daughters. But after Cinder’s only human friend, her stepsister Peony, is infected with the plague letumosis, Adri volunteers Cinder’s body for plague research. For senior high and older readers. 2012.

by Neal Shusterman
5 volumes
After the destruction of the Graveyard, an unwind haven, in Unwholly (BR21155), Connor and Lev are on the run and in search of a woman capable of ending the horrific practice of unwinding. Meanwhile Cam tries to prove his love for Risa. Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2013.

The Core of the Sun
by Johanna Sinisalo
3 volumes
Set in an alternative Finland with an extreme welfare state that holds public health and social stability above all else, a young woman bred for sex and procreation goes on an adventure while seeking to satisfy her growing addiction to illegal chili peppers. Originally published in Finnish in 2013. Some descriptions of sex. 2016.

Short Stories

Stars Above: A Lunar Chronicles Collection
by Marissa Meyer
4 volumes
Collection of nine short stories from the universe of the Lunar Chronicles series, featuring Cinder’s early years in New Beijing and Wolf’s transformation from a young man to a dangerous soldier. Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Spies and Espionage

The Polish Officer
by Alan Furst
4 volumes
As Warsaw falls to Hitler’s Wehrmacht in 1939, Captain Alexander de Milja is recruited by the Polish underground to transport the national gold reserve to safety. He must fight in a war of shadows, treachery, and betrayal. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 1995.

The Mulberry Bush
by Charles McCarry
4 volumes
Though he works for “Headquarters” hunting terrorists, an American spy is loyal to a hidden agenda to avenge his father. When he meets a woman whose parents met a similar fate, he thinks he has found an ally. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2015.

An Honorable Man
by Paul Vidich
3 volumes
Washington, D.C.; 1953. As the Cold War ramps up, the CIA reels from a double agent in its midst, selling secrets to the Soviets and compromising agents around the globe. George Mueller, a dedicated agent, is entrusted with finding the mole. But Mueller has secrets of his own. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2016.


The Life We Bury
by Allen Eskens
4 volumes
A biography assignment has college student Joe Talbert visiting a nursing home to find a subject. He ends up writing about convicted murderer Carl Iverson—now dying after thirty years in prison. Joe, with neighbor Lila’s help, sets out to prove Carl’s innocence. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2014.

Good as Gone
by Amy Gentry
3 volumes
Eight years ago, thirteen-year-old Julie was abducted from her bedroom. Julie miraculously returns, but her story doesn’t make much sense. While her mother struggles with an ex-cop’s suspicions, alternating chapters take the returned Julie backwards through her ordeal. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

The Couple Next Door
by Shari Lapena
4 volumes
Anne and Marco are having dinner at their next-door neighbors’ house, taking turns going home to check on their sleeping baby every half hour and using a monitor. But when they return for the night, she is missing. And each must hide something from the police. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2016.

The Watcher in the Wall
by Owen Laukkanen
4 volumes
After a classmate of Kirk Stevens’s daughter kills himself, agents Stevens and Carla Windermere learn that someone the boy met in an online suicide forum groomed him and made him videotape the act. They race to identify the predator before more teens die. Violence and strong language. 2016.

Behind Closed Doors
by B.A. Paris
3 volumes
Jack has looks and wealth, and his wife, Grace, has charm and elegance. It’s difficult to get to know Grace better, however, because Jack and Grace are never apart. Grace never answers the phone and can never meet for coffee. And there are bars on the bedroom windows. Some violence. 2016.

Crimson Shore
by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
4 volumes
Special Agent Pendergast has traveled to the Massachusetts shore with his ward, Constance, to investigate a stolen wine collection. While he is there, dead bodies turn up with clues pointing to local legends of witchcraft. Some violence and some strong language. 2015.

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Adult Nonfiction


American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
by Chris Kyle
4 volumes
Texas ranchhand-turned-Navy SEAL recalls his career as the sniper with the most kills in U.S. military history. Describes his training, his four tours of duty in Iraq, and the strains of deployment on his family life. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2012.

Occupying Aging: Delights, Disabilities, and Daily Life
by Katherine Schneider
3 volumes
Retired psychologist and avid reader provides a year’s worth of daily—and often humorous—musings. Illustrates how she personally approaches life now that the circumstances of being blind from birth and struggling with fibromyalgia for two decades have been combined with issues that accompany aging. Includes a recommended reading list. 2013.

Career and Job Training

Born for This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do
by Chris Guillebeau
3 volumes
Entrepreneurship blogger presents a guide to identifying and obtaining the perfect job or career. Discusses life/work balance, gaining skills in your desired field, developing multiple streams of income, self-employment, marketing yourself and your work, knowing when to say no, and more. 2016.


Foolproof Preserving: A Guide to Small Batch Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Condiments, and More
by the editors at America’s Test Kitchen
4 volumes
Guide to best practices and recipes related to preserving and canning food. Topics covered include common vocabulary, food preservation science, step-by-step canning instructions, tips for troubleshooting common issues, necessary tools, and recipes for jams, jellies, chutneys, pickles, tomatoes, fruit in syrup, condiments, and fruit butter. 2016.


Will College Pay Off?: A Guide to the Most Important Financial Decision You’ll Ever Make
by Peter Cappelli
4 volumes
Human-resources and education-policy analyst examines the financial challenges of higher education in the twenty-first century. Cappelli offers decision-making criteria for determining the best solution for your situation, including major areas of study, financial aid, and school selection. Provides policy suggestions for future legislation. 2015.


Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family
by Amy Ellis Nutt
4 volumes
Chronicles the lives of the conservative Maines family who, having adopted identical twin boys as babies, were destabilized by the realization that one of the boys identified as a girl. The author details the emotional fallout, resistance and accommodation within the family, and the fight for Nicole’s rights. 2015.

Language and Linguistics

Spell It Out: The Curious, Enthralling, and Extraordinary Story of English Spelling
by David Crystal
4 volumes
A linguist chronologically examines the history of spelling in the English language to unearth the stories behind the rogue words and irregular spelling rules that confound so many. He explains the reasoning and stories behind these many peculiarities. 2012.


The Hatred of Poetry
by Ben Lerner
1 volume
Poet and recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” explores the virtues of poetry by using the hatred of the form as a starting point. Examines the use of punctuation and pronunciation to alter meaning. Highlights works by Claudia Rankine, author of Citizen (BR20748), and others. 2016.


The Grammar of God: A Journey into the Words and Worlds of the Bible
by Aviya Kushner
3 volumes
Journalist chronicles her journey studying the bible, particularly the Old Testament, which she read for the first time in English as a student of Marilynne Robinson, author of Gilead (BR16160). Discusses the differences in grammar and vocabulary between the original Hebrew and various English translations. 2015.

Science and Technology

Single Digits: In Praise of Small Numbers
by Marc Chamberland
4 volumes
Mathematician examines the history, usage, and popular expression of the digits one through nine. Discusses important mathematical formulas, theorems, problems, and conjectures centered around each featured number. 2015.

Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War
by Mary Roach
3 volumes
Science writer tackles the science behind a soldier’s challenges, such as panic, exhaustion, heat, and noise. Examines studies on hearing loss and combat survivability, the problems with zippers, medics’ shock training, and other unconventional topics related to the inner workings of the military. 2016.

Social Sciences

We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future
by Deepa Iyer
4 volumes
Former executive director for an advocacy group highlights incidents of racially motivated tension and violence directed at South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh communities across America since 2001. Discusses these events within the context of the history of American xenophobia and the intersection with activist movements like Black Lives Matter. 2015.


Better Than Fiction: True Travel Tales from Great Fiction Writers
edited by Don George
3 volumes
Collection of thirty-two essays by authors of fiction about their travel adventures. Includes stories from Joyce Carol Oates, author of Black Dahlia and White Rose (BR19827); Alexander McCall Smith, author of Trains and Lovers (BR20732); Isabel Allende, author of My Invented Country (BR15508); and more. 2012.

Better Than Fiction 2: True Adventures from 30 Great Fiction Writers
edited by Don George
3 volumes
Collection of thirty essays on travel by authors of fiction. Includes pieces by Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are All Completely beside Ourselves (BR21245), Alexander McCall Smith, author of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (BR15865), Francine Prose, author of After (BR14967), and more. 2015.

The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street
by Helene Hanff
2 volumes
Author of 84, Charing Cross Road (BR09859) provides a witty account of a first journey to England, with visits to Windsor, Oxford, the Shakespeare country, Stoke Poges, and London. Mrs. Hanff tastes fame fleetingly as an author on Bloomsbury Street. 1973.

U.S. History

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States
by Sarah Vowell
3 volumes
Author of The Wordy Shipmates (BR17935) provides a humorous account of Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette and his return to America in 1824. Examines the impact Lafayette had on a young America, his popularity, and his ongoing relationships with instrumental American leaders of the time. 2015.

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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 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


The Last Olympian: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 5
by Rick Riordan
4 volumes
The long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy Jackson’s sixteenth birthday unfolds, as he leads an army of young demigods to stop Kronos’s advance on New York City. Sequel to The Battle of the Labyrinth (BR21573-in process). For grades 5-8. 2009.


The Night Gardener
by Terry Fan and Eric Fan
1 volume
Everyone on Grimloch Lane enjoys the trees and shrubs clipped into animal masterpieces after dark by a night gardener. But William, a curious boy, spots the artist, follows him, and helps with his special work. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2016.


Thunder Boy Jr.
by Sherman Alexie
1 volume
Thunder Boy Jr. wants a normal name or one that’s special and all his own. Dad is known as Big Thunder, but Little Thunder doesn’t want to share a name. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2016.


by Ronald L. Smith
2 volumes
Twelve-year-old Hoodoo Hatcher is the only member of his family who seems unable to practice folk magic. But when a mysterious man called the Stranger puts the entire town at risk from his black magic, Hoodoo must learn to conjure to defeat him. John Steptoe Award. For grades 5-8. 2015.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts 1 and 2
by Jack Thorne
3 volumes
Special rehearsal-edition script for a play that is based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne. Nineteen years after the final battle at Hogwarts, Harry Potter’s youngest son, Albus, struggles with his family’s legacy. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2016.


Theodore Boone: The Scandal
by John Grisham
2 volumes
When an anonymous tip leads the school board to investigate a suspicious improvement in scores at another local middle school, thirteen-year-old Theo finds himself thrust into the middle of a cheating scandal. Sequel to Theodore Boone: The Fugitive (BR20899). For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2016.

Agatha, Girl of Mystery, Books 5–8
by Sir Steve Stevenson
4 volumes
Books five through eight, written between 2011 and 2012, featuring global mysteries investigated by young detective Agatha, cousin Dash, the butler, and her cat, Watson. Includes The Eiffel Tower Incident, The Treasure of the Bermuda Triangle, The Crown of Venice, and The Kenya Expedition. For grades 3-6. 2015.


Ghost: Track, Book 1
by Jason Reynolds
2 volumes
Aspiring to be the fastest sprinter on his city’s elite track team, gifted runner Ghost finds his goal challenged by a tragic past with an abusive, alcoholic father. For grades 5-8. 2016.

Children’s Nonfiction


Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do
by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook
1 volume
Guess the different professions based on the clothing and equipment described for each job! Uncontracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2012.

Poetry, Drama, and Literature

Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building
by Christy Hale
1 volume
A collection of poems that celebrate the structures children build while at play and pairs their creations with architectural marvels. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2012.

You and Your Body

The Survival Guide to Bullying: Written by a Teen
by Aija Mayrock
2 volumes
Teenager provides guidance and recounts how she dealt with bullying throughout middle school and high school. Provides tips on how to get help, tell your parents, and become your own superhero. Describes types of cyberbullying and how to regain your own creativity. For grades 4-7 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, monthly)

Braille Book Review (6 issues)

Braille Chess Magazine (British monthly)

Braille Music Magazine (British quarterly)

Conundrum (British monthly)

Cooking Light (11 issues)

ESPN: The Magazine (18 issues)

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 (6 issues)

Poetry (11 issues)

Popular Mechanics (10 issues)

Popular Music Lead Sheets (irregular)

Popular Science (6 issues)

Rolling Stone (popular culture; 26 issues)

Science News (26 issues)

Seventeen (for teens, 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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