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Braille Book Review September–October 2016

Volume 85, Number 5

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 Braille Book Review section. 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

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

Miscellaneous symbols
* asterisk ⠨⠿⠐⠔
@ at sign ⠨⠿⠁⠈
Example: [email protected] ⠝⠇⠎⠁⠈⠇⠕⠉⠲⠛⠕⠧
~ tilde ⠨⠿⠈⠔
[email protected]
\ backslash ⠨⠿⠸⠡
c:\my books
⠉⠒⠸⠡⠍⠽ ⠃⠕⠕⠅⠎
_ underscore ⠨⠿⠨⠤
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  • New
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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 ⠨⠿⠨⠶ ⠨⠿⠨⠄
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underline single letter ⠨⠿⠸⠆
Example: Socrates ⠸⠆⠠⠎⠕⠉⠗⠁⠞⠑⠎
underline word ⠨⠿⠸⠂
Example: Aristotle ⠸⠂⠠⠜⠊⠌⠕⠞⠇⠑
underline passage begin and terminate ⠨⠿⠸⠶ ⠨⠿⠸⠄
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. 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 ⠼⠉ ⠈⠜ ⠼⠃


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.

SENSEsational Alphabet Books Available from Seedlings

Young readers now have the opportunity to relate their senses to the alphabet. Multisensory alphabet picture books are available from Seedlings Braille Books, a nonprofit organization devoted to providing low-cost children’s books in braille. The interactive books include braille, sign language, text, sound, touch, and smells. For more information, visit External.

BrailleNote Touch to Include Free KNFB Reader App

Beginning in September, the BrailleNote Touch, a braille note-taker and tablet available from HumanWare, will incorporate the free KNFB Reader app. The app, developed by a joint venture between Kurzweil Technologies and the National Federation of the Blind, is capable of instantly translating a photo of print into refreshable braille. All existing BrailleNote Touch devices will be able to download the app as a free update. For more information, visit and External.

State Resource Handbooks Available

Resources for people who are blind or have visual impairments vary among states. A series of screen-reader-friendly handbooks listing such resources is available from Insightful Publications. Each handbook covers a specific state. Currently available guides include Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Texas. For more information, visit or call (808) 747-1006.

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


by Colleen Houck
5 volumes
While visiting the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Egyptian exhibit, teen Lilliana Young discovers a recently awakened mummy—the handsome sun god, Amon. Lily’s fate becomes entwined with Amon’s as he prepares to battle the god of chaos. For senior high and older readers. 2015.

The French Prize
by James L. Nelson
5 volumes
Nineteen-year-old Jack Biddlecomb has taken control of his first command, the merchant ship Abigail. On a run to Barbados, Jack must deal with two irritating passengers and threat of attack from French privateers. Deeper intrigues confuse matters even further. Violence. 2015.

The Chronicles of Captain Blood
by Rafael Sabatini
3 volumes
Collection of ten short stories featuring Captain Peter Blood, from Captain Blood 14666), a former surgeon turned buccaneer. Some violence. 1931.

The Fortunes of Captain Blood
by Rafael Sabatini
3 volumes
Collection of six short stories featuring Captain Peter Blood from The Chronicles of Captain Blood 21221), a former surgeon who has become a buccaneer. Some violence. 1936.


One Summer
by David Baldacci
3 volumes
As former army ranger Jack Armstrong lies dying, his wife Lizzie is killed in a car accident, and his three children are sent to various relatives. But Jack miraculously recovers, collects his kids, and moves to Lizzie’s childhood home on the South Carolina coast. Bestseller. 2011.

Prodigal Son
by Danielle Steel
4 volumes
When investment banker Peter McDowell’s life implodes, he has nowhere to go but the lake house he inherited from his parents. Wary of encountering his estranged twin Michael, he is surprised when Michael warmly welcomes him. Peter is hopeful of a repaired relationship, until journals reveal secrets. Bestseller. 2015.


The Goblin Emperor
by Katherine Addison
6 volumes
Maia ascends to the goblin throne when his father, the emperor, and his three half-brothers die in an airship accident. Kept away from court his entire life because of his mixed blood, Maia must navigate treacherous waters—especially after it emerges that the accident was intentional. Some violence. 2014.

The Eyre Affair
by Jasper Fforde
4 volumes
In an alternate 1985 England, literature is a mass obsession, time travel is commonplace, and literary characters can be killed. When Jane Eyre is kidnapped, literary detective Thursday Next vows to rescue her. But Thursday may find herself trapped forever inside the pages of the classic novel. 2001.

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
5 volumes
Armageddon is scheduled for next Saturday, but demon Crowley and angel Aziraphale aren’t excited. To prevent Armageddon, they must kill the Antichrist, who is living on Earth as a young child. Three children were switched at birth, however, and no one knows which one is the Antichrist. 1990.

Queen of Shadows: A Throne of Glass Novel
by Sarah J. Maas
7 volumes
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. Embracing her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen, Celaena returns to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her kingdom, and to confront her past. Sequel to Heir of Fire (Volume 1 BR 20518, Volume 2 BR 20518, Volume 3 BR 20518, Volume 4 BR 20518, Volume 5 BR 20518, Volume 6 BR 20518). Violence and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2015.

The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern
5 volumes
At the Circus of Dreams, magicians Celia and Marco are pitted against each other in an epic magical battle. Their mentors plan for it to have only one survivor, not foreseeing that Celia and Marco will fall in love. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2011.

by Naomi Novik
6 volumes
A wizard (known as the Dragon) takes local young women in payment for protecting the surrounding villages from the malevolent Wood. Agnieszka is chosen to serve the Dragon, and finds she has an unexpected talent for magic. Based on a Polish fairy tale. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 2015.

by Daniel José Older
3 volumes
When the murals painted on the walls of her Brooklyn neighborhood start to change and fade in front of her, Sierra Santiago discovers the members of her Puerto Rican family are powerful shadowshapers who must prepare to battle evil. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2015.

The Murdstone Trilogy
by Mal Peet
3 volumes
Philip Murdstone’s literary agent convinces him that his career is stalled and he needs to change genres and try to write a fantasy novel. Unenthused, Philip struggles until, while walking on the moors, he meets a strange, small man named Pocket Wellfair. Some strong language. 2014.


The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto
by Mitch Albom
4 volumes
Music narrates the life of Frankie Presto, from his time in Spain after the Civil War, where he was raised by a blind music teacher, to his death in America. Frankie immigrates to America with only a six-stringed guitar. As he plies his craft, he realizes its effect on people. Bestseller. 2015.

by Rachel Cusk
2 volumes
A novel in ten conversations between a novelist and the various people she encounters while teaching a creative writing course in Athens, Greece. She mostly listens, but her responses slowly reveal truths about her. 2014.

No Country for Old Men
by Cormac McCarthy
3 volumes
Texas welder Llewelyn Moss, hunting near the Rio Grande, stumbles upon a car full of dead men, heroin, and millions in cash. After taking the money, Moss is pursued by the drug cartel and a psychopathic killer, while Sheriff Bell tries to help him. Violence and strong language. 2005.

by José Saramago
4 volumes
Without cause people suddenly become blind. A doctor’s wife is spared but pretends she is blind to remain with her husband. Quarantined by the government in an abandoned mental hospital, the blinded citizens create a reign of terror. Originally written in Portuguese. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 1995.

Historical Fiction

by Bernard Cornwell
5 volumes
The Earl of Northampton directs Sir Thomas Hookton—le Bâtard—to find la Malice, the legendary sword recently stolen from its longtime resting place. Hookton and his mercenary band are to deliver la Malice to the Prince of Wales, to ensure England’s victory over France. Violence and some strong language. 2012.

Flood of Fire
by Amitav Ghosh
8 volumes
Calcutta, 1839. Four people begin their journey to China to find their fortunes in differing ways in the expanding opium trade. The Ibis, from River of Smoke (Volume 1 BR 21222, Volume 2 BR 21222, Volume 3 BR 21222, Volume 4 BR 21222, Volume 5 BR 21222, Volume 6 BR 21222, Volume 7 BR 21222), returns from Canton. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2015.

American Meteor
by Norman Lock
3 volumes
Brooklyn-born teenager Stephen Moran travels the United States in the 1860s and 1870s. He loses an eye in the waning days of the Civil War, travels—and steals—on Lincoln’s funeral train, and witnesses the joining of the first transcontinental railroad, the Battle of Little Bighorn, and more. Violence and some strong language. Uncontracted braille. 2015.

Circling the Sun
by Paula McLain
4 volumes
Fictional biography of British-born aviatrix Beryl Markham. Raised in Kenya, she falls in love with the country and the horses her family raises. As war threatens, her father encourages her to marry a rich, older neighbor. Dissatisfied with her relationship, she learns to fly. Some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2015.


A Christmas Escape
by Anne Perry
2 volumes
Recent widower Charles Latterly hopes that a winter holiday trip to Stromboli, a volcanic island in the Tyrrhenian, will help his state of mind. However, with the exception of an orphaned teen, his fellow guests are a crabby lot. When a murder occurs, Charles realizes the killer is a guest. 2015.

A Christmas Homecoming
by Anne Perry
2 volumes
Charlotte Pitt’s mother, Caroline, travels with her much younger husband’s theater troupe to a remote Yorkshire fishing village for the holiday. Their plan to put on a private production of Dracula for their wealthy host is hampered—first by a poor script and then by a murder. 2011.

Human Relationships

The Boy Who Went Away
by Eli Gottlieb
3 volumes
As school lets out for the summer, Denny Graubart snoops on various family secrets and half-truths. Overriding all of this is his brother, Fad, whom their mother has fought to keep out of an institution. Those days may now be over. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1997.

Fates and Furies
by Lauren Groff
5 volumes
The story of a marriage, told in two parts. First is Lotto’s story. A failed actor, he becomes a successful playwright with his wife, Mathilde, at his side. Mathilde’s perspective on their shared years is quite different from Lotto’s. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2015.

Imperium: A Fiction of the South Seas
by Christian Kracht
2 volumes
August Engelhardt travels to the South Pacific to found a colony to worship the sun and coconuts. He settles on the island of Kabakon. His interactions with fellow German colonists, area natives, and nature itself are fraught. Translated from the original 2012 German edition. 2015.


Etta Mae’s Worst Bad-Luck Day
by Ann B. Ross
4 volumes
Miss Julia’s sidekick, Etta Mae Wiggins, stars in this story as she grabs at a chance to leave her trailer-park life behind. She has her sights set on the wealthy elderly man she is working for—but his son and her exes may thwart Etta’s plans. 2014.

Mystery and Detective

The Stranger You Know
by Jane Casey
5 volumes
Three London women are strangled in their homes, apparently the work of the same sadistic killer. With no sign of break-ins, it appears that the women let their attacker in willingly. The evidence starts to point to a shocking suspect: Maeve Kerrigan’s partner, DCI Josh Derwent. Strong language and some violence. 2013.

A Banquet of Consequences: A Lynley Novel
by Elizabeth George
8 volumes
When feminist author Clare Abbott’s death appears suspicious, DS Barbara Havers hopes the case will redeem her with her and Inspector Thomas Lynley’s boss. Meanwhile, the family of Abbott’s assistant, Caroline Goldacre, are still reeling from a suicide. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2015.

Rock with Wings
by Anne Hillerman
4 volumes
Married Native American cops Jim Chee and Bernie Manuelito attempt a vacation in Monument Valley, but both are called upon to work. Chee remains, helping the local police with suspicious events at a movie set. Bernie returns to Shiprock, where she puzzles over a drug bust gone wrong. 2015.

Sacred Clowns
by Tony Hillerman
3 volumes
Navajo policeman Joe Leaphorn uses traditional methods to solve crimes while his colleague, Jim Chee, relies on his intuition. They work together when a mission school teacher is murdered, a boy from a pueblo is missing, a sacred clown is stabbed to death, and an old man is a hit-and-run victim. 1993.

Skeleton Man
by Tony Hillerman
3 volumes
A 1956 plane collision over the Grand Canyon left 128 dead and a briefcase of diamonds missing. Decades later, after a Hopi man tries to pawn one of the gems, retired Navajo tribal policeman Joe Leaphorn assists sergeant Jim Chee in tracking down the jewels. Some violence. 2004.

In Big Trouble: A Tess Monaghan Novel
by Laura Lippman
4 volumes
Baltimore journalist-turned-PI Tess Monaghan receives a newspaper photo of her musician ex-boyfriend, Crow, with a headline that says: “In Big Trouble.” She reaches out to Crow’s mother, who begs Tess to track him down in Texas. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 1999.

Blood Shot: A V.I. Warshawski Novel
by Sara Paretsky
4 volumes
PI Warshawski returns to the Southside Chicago neighborhood where she grew up, attempting to find a childhood friend’s father. The search leads to a morass of evil that encompasses both a Gold Coast tycoon whose company is routinely poisoning its employees and a sleazeball alderman with a taste for incest. Some strong language. 1988.

Breakdown: A V.I. Warshawski Novel
by Sara Paretsky
6 volumes
Chicago. PI Victoria Warshawski searches a cemetery for preteen girls in her cousin Petra’s book club, who are reenacting a ritual inspired by popular vampire novels. But Warshawski also finds the corpse of another private investigator. Violence and strong language. 2012.

How the Light Gets In
by Louise Penny
6 volumes
In Québec, Chief Inspector Gamache’s best agents have left the department and his lieutenant isn’t speaking to him. When Gamache learns from Myrna Landers that her longtime friend did not arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he is happy to go investigate. Some strong language. 2013.

The Nature of the Beast
by Louise Penny
5 volumes
Nine-year-old Laurent Lepage, who is prone to tall tales about things he finds in the woods surrounding Three Pines, is found murdered. What discovery had he tried to share that they all, especially the retired head of homicide, Armand Gamache, ignored? Some violence and some strong language. 2015.

Elegy for Eddie: A Maisie Dobbs Novel
by Jacqueline Winspear
4 volumes
London, 1933. Some friends of Maisie’s father ask her to investigate the death of Eddie Pettit, a mentally disabled man with a remarkable ability to calm horses. Eddie had seemed troubled in the days before he was crushed by a massive roll of paper in a factory. 2012.

Occult and Horror

Slade House
by David Mitchell
3 volumes
In a dingy alley, a small iron door is set in a brick wall. This is the door to Slade House, the home of the Grayer twins. Only those special people who receive invitations can find the house, but those who enter are never seen again. Some violence and some strong language. 2015.

The Fifth House of the Heart
by Ben Tripp
5 volumes
None of his colleagues in the antiques-collecting world knows Asmodeus “Sax” Saxon-Tang’s secret of success: he robs vampires. When a vampire trying to rebuild her looted collection targets the elderly Sax, he’s a dead man if he can’t find and kill her first. Violence and some strong language. 2015.

Psychological Themes

A Cure for Suicide
by Jessie Ball
3 volumes
A man and a woman move to a small village. The woman teaches the man simple functions and objects, taking notes about his progress. One day, however, he meets another woman, who throws everything into question. Some descriptions of sex. 2015.

The Blue Guitar
by John Banville
3 volumes
Artist and petty thief Oliver “Olly” Orme returns to his hometown. Olly is suffering a mid-life crisis after his affair with his best friend’s wife is discovered, and he decides to quit painting. He tries to figure out where his life went wrong. Some descriptions of sex. 2015.

Religious Themes

Angels Walking
by Karen Kingsbury
4 volumes
When baseball star Tyler Ames suffers a career-ending injury, all he desires is to put his life back together and restore a lost love. When he finds a job in a retirement home, Tyler befriends Virginia, an old woman with Alzheimer’s, who provides him with the answers he seeks. 2014.

The Photograph
by Beverly Lewis
3 volumes
After the death of their parents, sisters Eva, Frona, and Lily face big changes. Youngest girl Lily runs away from their Amish community, and Eva feels herself drawn to Jed, a buggy maker newly arrived in town. He carries a photograph of a young woman Eva recognizes. 2015.

by Wm. Paul Young
3 volumes
On an island between one world and the next, a young girl, Lilly, is found by John the Collector along with twelve bodies in a shipping container that has washed ashore. As Lilly heals, questions about her genetic code, which links her to the entire world, have the island’s residents examining creation. Bestseller. 2015.


The Elite
by Kiera Cass
3 volumes
The competition of the Selection continues, but in order to win over Prince Maxon and the crown, candidate America needs to decide where her heart truly lies. Sequel to The Selection 20908). Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2013.

My Heart Stood Still
by Lori Copeland
3 volumes
When the wagon carrying con artist Anne-Marie McDougal and her sisters is attacked, she is rescued by Creed Walker, a Crow warrior. Although they fight as soon as they meet, they quickly learn they need each other, as bandits are following them. Sequel to Sisters of Mercy Flats 21332). 1993.

Sisters of Mercy Flats
by Lori Copeland
3 volumes
Conwomen Abigail McDougal and her sisters are separated when their wagon is attacked. When Abigail is rescued by shoe saleman Hershall Digman, she steals his horse and discovers papers that lead her to believe Hershall might be a Confederate spy. 1992.

Whenever You Come Around
by Robin Lee Hatcher
3 volumes
Being back in her hometown of Kings Meadow, Idaho, has brought up bad memories for Charity Anderson. To make matters worse, her dog attacks her neighbor Buck Malone, the guy she had a crush on growing up. Helping Buck as he recovers from his injuries brings the two closer. 2015.

The Rosie Effect
by Graeme Simsion
4 volumes
Happily married, after The Rosie Project (Volume 1 BR 20455, Volume 2 BR 20455, Volume 3 BR 20455), Don and Rosie are living in New York City when Rosie announces she is pregnant. Don has made great strides in adapting his highly regimented life for Rosie, but this is a new challenge. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2014.

Science Fiction

The Water Knife
by Paolo Bacigalupi
5 volumes
The American Southwest fights over dwindling sources of water during a growing shortage. Angel Velasquez—a water knife who “cuts” water—investigates rumors of a water source in Phoenix, where he meets a hardened journalist and a young Texas refugee. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2015.

by Ben Bova
4 volumes
Seventy-five-year-old cellular biologist Luke Abramson is fighting lung tumors when his eight-year-old granddaughter Angela is diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Blocked from giving her an experimental drug, he kidnaps her in order to potentially save her—while injecting himself with it and growing younger. Strong language and some violence. 2014.

Parable of the Sower
by Octavia E. Butler
4 volumes
In the near future, well-to-do families live in walled enclaves to protect themselves from the roaming drug addicts prone to stealing, rape, and murder. Lauren Olamina suffers from hyperempathy, acutely feeling the pain of others. When the addicts overrun Lauren’s community, she is forced to seek refuge outside the walls. Violence and strong language. 1993.

Parable of the Talents
by Octavia E. Butler
5 volumes
Lauren has established the community of Acorn, inhabited by followers of her Earthseed religion. Now, after the election of the Christian fundamentalist Reverend Andrew Steele Jarret as US president, the residents of Acorn are in grave danger. Strong language and some violence. 1998.

The Forever War
by Joe Haldeman
3 volumes
William Mandella is drafted after college to fight a war in outer space. William only ages months, while earthlings age by decades. He finds civilization completely changed each time he returns from bloody combat. After 1,143 years, the war’s end brings him home. Some strong language. Hugo and Nebula Awards. 1974.

by Neal Shusterman
5 volumes
After the revolt in Unwind 20972), the morality of unwinding teens comes into question, but big business resists and wants to expand the practice. Meanwhile Cam, who is completely made of unwind parts, searches for his own humanity and purpose. Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2012.

by Neal Shusterman
4 volumes
In a future world, parents may “unwind,” or disassemble, their offspring between the ages of thirteen and eighteen to harvest their body parts for others’ use. Teens Connor, Risa, and Lev fight to uphold their beliefs and save their own lives. For senior high and older readers. 2007.

Stations of the Tide
by Michael Swanwick
3 volumes
A bureaucrat is sent to the planet Miranda to track down the renegade scientist and magician, Gregorian, who has acquired forbidden technologies for unknown purposes. The bureaucrat must unravel the ecological mysteries of Miranda’s Jubilee Tides, the melting of the planet’s icecaps every 200 years. Some descriptions of sex. Nebula Award. 1991.

Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
by Judd Trichter
4 volumes
California, late twenty-first-century. Eliot falls in love with a beautiful android, Iris. Such love is dangerous anywhere but Avernus Island. Before leaving, however, Iris is kidnapped and sold. Eliot vows to track down her scattered parts and seek revenge. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2015.

To Say Nothing of the Dog; or, How We Found the Bishop’s Bird Stump at Last
by Connie Willis
8 volumes
In 2057, Lady Schrapnell endows a time-travel project in return for help in rebuilding Coventry Cathedral. Henry is sent back to 1940 to retrieve an object for the newly restored building before the church burns, but he arrives a few hours too late—which is just the beginning of his problems. 1998.


Knights of the Hill Country
by Tim Tharp
3 volumes
Star football player Hampton Green is used to the pressure of the game and being the best on Kennisaw High’s field. But then Hampton starts to question the game, his future, and his best friend’s emotional state. Strong language and some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2006.


Little Black Lies
by Sharon Bolton
5 volumes
On the Falkland Islands, Catrin holds her lifelong friend Rachel responsible for the death of her two small sons, and she plans Rachel’s murder. But other small boys have gone missing in the intervening years, and now it is Rachel who loses a child. Some strong language. 2015.

The Precipice
by Paul Doiron
4 volumes
Maine game warden Mike Bowditch’s romantic weekend with his girlfriend, wildlife biologist Stacey Stevens, is interrupted by a call to help locate two missing hikers on the Appalachian Trail. The consensus is that the women fell prey to coyotes, but Stacey suspects murder. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2015.

The Grownup
by Gillian Flynn
1 volume
When a young psychic visits the eerie Victorian home that is the source of her client Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Susan’s creepy stepson doesn’t help matters. Uncontracted braille. 2014.

The Warning: A Short Story
by Sophie Hannah
2 volumes
Single mom Chloe leaves her nine-year-old daughter’s audition music in the car. They are rescued by a bicyclist who offers to retrieve it. When Chloe takes him a thank-you gift at his work, she receives an odd warning from the receptionist about how dangerous he is. Strong language. Uncontracted braille. 2015.

War Stories

Green on Blue
by Elliot Ackerman
3 volumes
Orphaned brothers Aziz and Ali scrape by in a small city in Afghanistan until Ali is injured in a Taliban raid. Aziz agrees to work for the local American-backed militia to ensure his care. He wants revenge for Ali, but he becomes trapped in a cycle of violence. Some violence. 2015.

Adult Nonfiction


Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship
by Robert Kurson
4 volumes
Recounting of the story of John Chatterton and John Mattera’s search for the Golden Fleece, a pirate ship that sank off the coast of the Dominican Republic in the 1680s. Discusses the challenges the pair faced until the ship’s discovery in 2008. 2015.


Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson
5 volumes
U.S. Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell recounts the 2005 maneuver he led against Al Qaeda operatives along Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan. Details the fierce mountain battle that led to the loss of Luttrell’s three comrades and describes his own escape, capture, and rescue. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Blindness and Physical Disabilities

Deaf-Blind Reality: Living the Life
edited by Scott M. Stoffel
4 volumes
Exploration of the everyday challenges faced by those who are deaf and blind. Discusses interactions with family members at special events, grocery shopping, classroom and meeting environments, and other typical happenings. Uses the personal experiences of twelve people from around the world for illustration. 2012.

Home Management

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
by Marie Kondo
2 volumes
A guide to decluttering the home from a cleaning and organization consultant, using the author’s KonMari Method, which focuses on categories of items rather than rooms. First published in Japanese in 2011. 2014.

Survival Savvy Family: How to Be Your Best during the Absolute Worst
by Julie Sczerbinski
3 volumes
A guide to the basics of handling a variety of disasters, from financial to natural. Provides guidance for a family emergency plan, an emergency kit, food and water storage, and more. Scenarios discussed include earthquakes and floods, house fires, and home invasions. 2015.


My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South
by Rick Bragg
3 volumes
Essays about life in the American South. The seventy-two essays, many of which originally appeared in Southern Living magazine, are broken down into categories of “Home,” “Table,” “Place,” “Craft,” and “Spirit.” 2015.

The Other Serious: Essays for the New American Generation
by Christy Wampole
3 volumes
Collection of fourteen essays by American-born French and Italian professor exploring American culture of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Discusses cultivated lifestyles such as “hipsterism,” communication between generations, regional influences on expression such as “southern niceness,” and the ways feminism is expressed in the movie Labyrinth, among other subjects. 2015.

Medicine and Health

Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals That Brought Me Home
by Jessica Fechtor
3 volumes
Fechtor reflects on her life before and after an aneurysm burst in her brain at the age of twenty-eight. Describes hospitalizations, surgeries that resulted in losing sight in one eye, and her rehabilitation process, in which her love of food and cooking played a key role. Includes recipes. 2015.

Small: Life and Death on the Front Lines of Pediatric Surgery
by Catherine Musemeche
3 volumes
Pediatric surgeon recounts the history of the field, her day-to-day experiences, and the emotional highs and lows of dealing with the families of her patients. Examines the development of treatments for conditions that would have been death sentences in years previous. 2014.

Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain—for Life
by David Perlmutter
5 volumes
Neurologist explains the potent interplay between intestinal microbes and the brain. He describes how the microbiome develops from birth and evolves based on lifestyle choices. Includes dietary recommendations and a six-step program to improve gut ecology and brain health potential. 2015.

Nature and the Environment

The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness
by Sy Montgomery
4 volumes
Naturalist and documentary writer explores the world, intelligence, and consciousness of octopuses. Describes her interactions with captive giant Pacific octopuses named Athena, Octavia, Kali, and Karma at the New England Aquarium in Boston, and her field investigations in French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico. 2015.


Roget’s Illusion
by Linda Bierds
2 volumes
Collection of thirty-three poems using the conundrum of Roget’s Illusion—that, when filmed, a wheel moving forward appears to be moving backward or not at all—as the beginning metaphor for many of the pieces. 2014.

Psychology and Self-Help

Upside: The New Science of Post-Traumatic Growth
by Jim Rendon
4 volumes
A journalist studies the idea of personal growth following trauma. He puts forward psychological studies showing that, while post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can cause immense emotional distress, with the right kind of support survivors can emerge stronger and more focused. 2015.


Make Me One with Everything: Buddhist Meditations to Awaken from the Illusion of Separation
by Lama Surya Das
4 volumes
American-born Buddhist lama describes the concept of inter-meditation—allowing one to “see through the illusion of separation”—and ways to achieve it. Discusses learning to see from another’s perspective, being kinder to ourselves and the greater world, connecting with our families, and more. 2015.

Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home
by Pope Francis
2 volumes
Second encyclical by Pope Francis (born 1936), addressing the concept of the Earth as a common home. Discusses the current state of the shared environment, the Gospel message as seen through creation, human causes of ecological crisis, ecology and the common good, and the need for action. 2015.

Walking with Jesus: A Way Forward for the Church
by Pope Francis
2 volumes
Leader of the Roman Catholic Church at the time of publication outlines a path for individuals and religious institutions that centers Jesus and his teachings in their lives. Discusses the Gospels, sacraments, spiritual development, ways of witnessing, and pastoral guidance. Includes a foreword by the Archbishop of Chicago, Blase Cupich. 2015.

Science and Technology

Atoms under the Floorboards: The Surprising Science Hidden in Your Home
by Chris Woodford
5 volumes
Exploration of the science behind things one encounters in everyday life. Discusses the physics of stable houses, the creation and use of energy, the mechanics of bicycles, the chemical structure of glass, the engineering behind radios, the mathematical impact of digital versus analog, and more. 2015.

Social Sciences

Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights
by Ann Bausum
2 volumes
Recounts the events of the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, which started in response to the police raid of a gay bar. Describes the decades-long struggle for gay rights in the United States. For senior high and older readers. 2015.

Humankind: How Biology and Geography Shape Human Diversity
by Alexander H. Harcourt
6 volumes
Anthropologist examines the movement of the human species and discusses the impact this has had on evolutionary development. Analyzes the results of Western imperialism, cultural convergences and diaspora, and the ways local ecology influenced choices of nomadism versus settlement. 2015.

Shadow Work: The Unpaid, Unseen Jobs That Fill Your Day
by Craig Lambert
3 volumes
A former Harvard Magazine editor examines unpaid tasks that people perform on behalf of businesses and organizations, often without even realizing it. Lambert contends that this trend is fueled by advancing technology and skyrocketing personnel costs, and argues that it results in personalized consumption, social leveling, and the weakening of communities. 2015.


Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles
by David L. Ulin
2 volumes
Collection of seven essays on the city of Los Angeles by former book editor for the Los Angeles Times and city resident for over twenty-five years. Reflects on the differences between living in New York and Los Angeles, the image of Los Angeles in the media, and more. Bestseller. 2015.

U.S. History

The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power
by Steve Fraser
8 volumes
Examines the decline of popular mobilizations against privilege, wealth, and power in the United States since the Gilded Age. Fraser argues that these early cornerstones of American democracy have given way to self-serving corporate fables of freedom and the politics of fear. Some violence and some strong language. 2015.


The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics behind Nazi Lines
by Cate Lineberry
4 volumes
Details the previously untold true story of twenty-six Army Air Force flight nurses and medics who crash-landed in Albania in November 1943. Met by battle-hardened partisans, the group wandered for months over rugged terrain and, with the help of villagers, evaded capture by the Nazis. Violence. 2013.

World History

The Eternal Nazi: From Mauthausen to Cairo, the Relentless Pursuit of SS Doctor Aribert Heim
by Nicholas Kulish and Souad Mekhennet
5 volumes
Aribert Heim, former Nazi doctor at the Mauthausen concentration camp, escaped to Baden-Baden after the war and later to Cairo, where he lived in anonymity. German police investigator Alfred Aedtner refused to let Heim go unpunished, and teamed up with Simon Wiesenthal in a quest to bring him to justice. Violence. 2014.

The Interloper: Lee Harvey Oswald inside the Soviet Union
by Peter Savodnik
5 volumes
Journalist investigates the time Lee Harvey Oswald (1939–1963) spent in Russia. Describes the factors that led him to defect, the files the KGB kept on him, and his inability to fit into his adopted homeland because of language and cultural differences. 2013.

Books for Children

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

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


Fire and Ice
by Shannon Hale
3 volumes
Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan, supported by their spirit animals, follow a lead in the cold north, only to arrive in a deceptively beautiful village where everything is not as it seems. Sequel to Blood Ties (Volume 1 BR 20991, Volume 2 BR 20991, Volume 3 BR 20991). Uncontracted braille. For grades 4-7. 2014.

Against the Tide
by Tui T. Sutherland
2 volumes
Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan have traveled across the world, seeking a set of powerful talismans in order to keep them from enemy hands. But a traitor in the group seems to be in league with their shadowy pursuers. Sequel to Fire and Ice 21142). Uncontracted braille. For grades 4-7. 2014.

The Accidental Highwayman: Being the Tale of Kit Bristol, His Horse Midnight, a Mysterious Princess, and Sundry Magical Persons Besides
by Ben Tripp
4 volumes
In eighteenth-century England, young Christopher “Kit” Bristol accidentally takes on the task of his dead master, notorious highwayman Whistling Jack, who pledged to a fairy that he would rescue feisty Princess Morgana from an arranged marriage with King George III. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2014.


Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear
by Lindsay Mattick
1 volume
A young boy’s bedtime story reveals how his great-great-grandfather, veterinarian Captain Harry Colebourn, rescued and learned to love a bear cub during World War I. The bear later became the inspiration for A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh (Volume 1 BR 16417, Volume 2 BR 16417). Uncontracted braille. For grades K-3. 2015.

The Tale of Rescue
by Michael J. Rosen
1 volume
When a Florida family vacationing in the Appalachian Mountains becomes trapped in a blizzard, a local farm cattle dog works to rescue them. Uncontracted braille. For grades 4-7. 2015.


Eldest: Book II in the Inheritance Cycle
by Christopher Paolini
9 volumes
After evading an Urgal ambush, young Eragon and his dragon Saphira travel to the land of elves. Eragon trains in magic and swordsmanship, vital Dragon Rider skills that will assist him in the Varden struggle against the Empire. Sequel to Eragon (Volume 1 BR 21177, Volume 2 BR 21177, Volume 3 BR 21177, Volume 4 BR 21177, Volume 5 BR 21177, Volume 6 BR 21177). For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2005.


Clementine, Friend of the Week
by Sara Pennypacker
1 volume
Clementine proudly announces to her family that she was picked Friend of the Week in her third-grade classroom. But she gets sidetracked from her special duties after fighting with her best friend Margaret and losing her kitten, Moisturizer. Sequel to Clementine’s Letter (BR 20946). For grades 2-4. 2010.

Goodbye Stranger
by Rebecca Stead
3 volumes
Bridge makes her way through seventh grade on Manhattan’s Upper West Side with her best friends, curvaceous Em, crusader Tab, and a curious new friend—or more than friend—Sherm. With them, she finds her purpose in life. For grades 5-8. 2015.

Growing Up

Just Grace Gets Crafty
by Charise Mericle Harper
1 volume
Just Grace and her best friend, Mimi, are excited about the new crossing guard, a fun substitute teacher, and the chance to have their own table at a craft fair! For grades 2-4. 2014.

Completely Clementine
by Sara Pennypacker
1 volume
Clementine faces changes at the end of her third-grade year and anticipates the birth of her family’s new baby. Sequel to Clementine and the Spring Trip (BR 21210). For grades 2-4. 2015.


Word after Word after Word
by Patricia MacLachlan
1 volume
Visiting author Ms. Mirabel teaches a fourth-grade class about the power of words and writing. Uncontracted braille. For grades 2-4. 2010.

Children’s Nonfiction


Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music
by Margarita Engle
1 volume
Poetic biography of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga. Recounts how as a girl she followed her dreams to become a drummer, despite being continually reminded that only boys play the drums and that there has never been a female drummer in Cuba. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 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; 12 issues)

Braille Book Review (6 issues)

Braille Chess Magazine (British; 4 issues)

Braille Music Magazine (British; 12 issues)

Conundrum (British; 12 issues)

Cooking Light (12 issues)

Cooks Illustrated (6 issues)

ESPN: The Magazine (18 issues)

Harper’s (literary; 12 issues)

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

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine (12 issues)

Martha Stewart Living (home and entertaining; 10 issues)

Muse (for children; 9 issues)

The Musical Mainstream (NLS; 4 issues)

National Geographic (12 issues)

The New York Times Book Review (52 issues)

The New York Times Large Print Weekly (52 issues)

News (NLS; 4 issues)

O (Oprah) (12 issues)

Parents (12 issues)

PC World (personal computing; 12 issues)

Playboy (12 issues)

Poetry (11 issues)

Popular Mechanics (10 issues)

Popular Music Lead Sheets (irregular)

Popular Science (6 issues)

Rolling Stone (popular culture; 26 issues)

Science News (26 issues)

Seventeen (for teens, 10 issues)

Short Stories (British; 12 issues)

Spider: The Magazine for Children (9 issues)

Stone Soup (children’s writings; 6 issues)

Schedules for the following sports leagues are also available:

Major League Baseball Combined Schedule by date

National Basketball Association

National Football League

National Hockey League

Women’s National Basketball Association