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NLS: Overseas Outlook

January–June 2012; Volume 35, Number 1


The Multistate Center West in Salt Lake City, Utah, which serves our overseas readers, has been receiving book containers with no cartridge inside. Please make sure you place the cartridge in the container before returning it. If you forgot to do so, please request a container from the overseas librarian so you can return the cartridge.

Overseas Librarian
National Library Service for the Blind
1291 Taylor Street NW
Washington, DC 20542, U.S.A.
E-mail address: raj@loc.gov
Telephone: (202) 707-9261
Fax: (202) 707-0712

Download magazines

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is offering free downloadable editions of Reader's Digest and Newsweek to readers who are blind, visually impaired, or physically handicapped. NLS readers may download these magazines in digital talking-book format. Follow these steps:

  1. Register on the APH website (one time), http://tech.aph.org/mags/. External link
  2. Log into the account you created in step one.
  3. Find the issue you wish to download and select the link. Your browser will open a Save As dialog box. Choose where you want to save the ZIP file and note the location.
  4. Open the file you downloaded in the previous step.
  5. Copy the unzipped magazine to a digital cartridge or USB thumb drive.
  6. Once downloaded, the magazines will play on the NLS digital player. Authorize your player if you are using a purchased player for the first time.
  7. Insert cartridge or USB thumb drive into the digital player. The magazine should start automatically.

If you need further assistance, please contact the overseas librarian.

Learning Ally (RFB&D)

Learning Ally, formerly known as Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D), serves more than three hundred thousand K–12, college, and graduate students; veterans; and lifelong learners who cannot read regular print because of blindness, visual impairment, dyslexia, or learning disabilities. Learning Ally's collection of more than seventy thousand digitally recorded textbooks and literature titles are downloadable and accessible on mainstream as well as specialized assistive technology devices. With a special decryption key, Learning Ally books may be played on the NLS digital player.

Some overseas readers might be interested in Learning Ally's books, which provide academic materials. Learning Ally's annual membership fee is $99. It may provide free membership to individuals who can demonstrate severe financial hardship. Learn more at www.learningally.org. External link

Shipment of equipment to patrons in Central and South America

U.S. embassies and consulates in Central and South America are no longer accepting shipments of equipment to patrons. From now on, cassette and digital players, transformers, batteries, and other equipment will be sent by mail directly to a patron's address. These items may still be held at customs for duty charges. You may arrange to have these items shipped to a relative or friend, who may bring them along when they visit you. For more information contact your overseas librarian.

Choice Magazine Listening

Beginning with the winter 2012 issue, Choice Magazine Listening is available from the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD). Patrons who would like to read the digital version may download it from BARD. To sign up for BARD, receive instructions on BARD downloading, or to request a digital player, please contact the overseas librarian by e-mail at raj@loc.gov, fax (202) 707-0712, telephone
(202) 707-9261, or write to:

Overseas Librarian
National Library Service for the Blind
1291 Taylor Street NW
Washington, DC 20542


NLS soon will merge Web-Braille with the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) system. The BARD system uses a different log-in process, so if you are a Web-Braille user and do not have a BARD username and password you will need to obtain one. Current BARD users will be able to access Web-Braille materials along with audio materials after the merger without taking any further action. Those who have not registered for BARD must go to https://nlsbard.loc.gov and complete the online application.

Web-Braille materials will continue to be accessible through active links in the NLS catalog as well as through the web version of Braille Book Review. However, after the merger you will be prompted to enter your BARD username and password when you access Web-Braille materials from these locations.

If you encounter difficulties registering for BARD or accessing materials on BARD, please contact the overseas librarian.

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Minibibliography: Christy Award winners

Each issue of Overseas Outlook includes a list of books on a subject that may be of interest to our readers. This issue features a minibibliography of books that have won the Christy Award, which was established in 1999.

A group of Christian publishers decided to establish an award to celebrate excellence in fiction written from a Christian worldview. The award was named in honor of Catherine Marshall's novel Christy (DB/RC 39327, BR 15428), which the magazine Christianity Today named as one of the top fifty books that have shaped Evangelicals.

This minibibliography lists Christy Award-winning titles that are available in braille and/or audiobook formats. Recorded titles are available on cassette, cartridge, and/or on the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD), https://nlsbard.loc.gov, which allows registered patrons to download digital talking books and audio magazines. Patrons who wish to use BARD must have a blank cartridge, a USB cord, a digital player, a computer, and a high-speed Internet connection. Some digital titles may be available only for download. Braille titles are available to registered patrons in hard copy through the mail or on NLS Web-Braille at www.loc.gov/nls/braille.

Arena by Karen Hancock
BR 15662
Allegorical Christian tale in which artist Callie Hayes is surreptitiously transported to an alien world. Armed with only a guidebook, she must trust the enigmatic Pierce, who helps her find a path through the treacherous Arena, her only hope of escape. Violence and some descriptions of sex. 2002.

Bad Ground by W.D. Cramer
DB 65601 (May be available only for download)
RC 65601
Fulfilling his mother's dying wish, orphaned seventeen-year-old Jeremy Prine seeks out his Uncle Aiden, a Georgia miner left emotionally and physically scarred by the same accident that killed his brother—Jeremy's father. With help from each other and from God, they find new reason for hope. 2004.

The Brethren by Beverly Lewis
DB 64146 (May be available only for download)
RC 64146
Amish preacher's daughter Annie Zook, from The Englisher (DB/RC 62875), still feels torn between her family's way of life and her dreams to become an artist and to pursue her love for non-Amish Ben Martin. Meanwhile Ben discovers he's adopted and sets out to uncover his surprising true identity. 2006.

A Bride Most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist
DB 62837 (May be available only for download)
RC 62837
1643. Lady Constance Morrow is kidnapped, taken aboard a vessel sailing to the Virginia colony, and forced into a marriage of convenience with tobacco farmer Drew O'Connor. Educated and religious, Constance slowly learns the skills of a colonial housewife and falls in love with her husband and his family. 2005.

Candle in the Darkness by Lynn N. Austin
DB 58048 (May be available only for download)
RC 58048
1856. After her mother dies, fifteen-year-old Caroline Fletcher leaves her family's Virginia plantation to live with relatives in Philadelphia. There she joins the antislavery movement and becomes a determined abolitionist. Caroline returns home just as her father, cousin, and fiancé go off to war. 2002.

Chasing Fireflies: A Novel of Discovery by Charles Martin
DB 68173
RC 68173
Glynn County, Georgia. A suicidal woman ousts a boy from her car before fatally colliding with a train. Reporter Chase Walker follows up with the orphan "Snoot," whose history of abuse and neglect echoes Chase's childhood. Snoot, an artistic prodigy who does not speak, soon captures the reporter's heart. 2007.

The Cure by Athol Dickson
DB 68465
Alcoholic, divorced former minister Riley Keep has been living on the streets since a devastating missionary experience. Now Riley returns to his hometown of Dublin, Maine, where hordes of homeless people seek a rumored cure for addiction. But it may not be the miracle they hope for. 2007.

Dogwood by Chris Fabry
DB 71808
Will Hatfield returns to Dogwood, West Virginia, after twelve years in prison to find that the townspeople still hate him and that his former sweetheart Karin is already taken. Over time Will and Karin uncover the secrets of the past and find true love and forgiveness. 2008.

Drummer in the Dark by T. Davis Bunn
DB 58917 (May be available only for download)
RC 58917
Former businessman Wynn Bryant is picked by his brother-in-law, the governor of Florida, to replace Congressman Hutchings, who was incapacitated by a stroke. Pressured to kill a Hutchings-supported legislative amendment that would relieve third-world-country debts, Bryant partners with investigator Jackie Havilland to uncover a political conspiracy. Some violence. 2001.

Edge of Honor by Gilbert Morris
DB 60296 (May be available only for download)
RC 60296
New York, 1865. Quent Larribee, who is studying to be a doctor, is conscripted into the army. Unable to find peace after accidentally killing a Confederate soldier, Quent moves to Arkansas, where he plans to help the widow and her children. Yet in solving one problem he creates another. 2000.

Fire by Night by Lynn N. Austin
DB 58075 (May be available only for download)
RC 58075
1861. Disguised as a man, nineteen-year-old Phoebe Bigelow enlists with the Union army. Meanwhile, Philadelphia socialite Julia Hoffman joins the Christian Commission, volunteering as a nurse to help wounded soldiers. The heroic young women meet on the front lines. Sequel to Candle in the Darkness (DB/RC 58048). Some violence. 2003.

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From a Distance: Timber Ridge Reflections by Tamera Alexander
DB 69951
RC 69951
Colorado Territory, 1875. Elizabeth Westbrook arrives in Timber Ridge to photograph the Rocky Mountains and restore her health. Former Confederate soldier Daniel Ranslett protects Elizabeth after one of her film exposures captures a murder. Although from different backgrounds, the two fall in love. 2008.

The Great Divide by T. Davis Bunn
BR 15912
Attorney Marcus Glenwood retreats to North Carolina following a devastating tragedy. Alma and Austin Hall hire him to prosecute New Horizons, a multinational conglomerate, after their daughter disappears while investigating its Chinese factory. Glenwood uncovers an international web of deceit that circles back to North Carolina. 2000.

The Guardian by Dee Henderson
BR 14101
A nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court is murdered while U.S. marshal Marcus O'Malley is guarding him. Marcus gradually falls in love with the only witness, speechwriter Shari Hanford, and copes with his sister's sickness. The O'Malleys pray that their faith will sustain them. Sequel to The Negotiator (BR 13052). 2001.

Hallie's Heart by Shelly Beach
DB 68798
RC 68798
After the accidental death of a niece she was babysitting, middle-aged teacher Mona VanderMolen begins a new life as an antiques dealer in rural Michigan, separated from her family. But Mona's other niece, fifteen-year-old Hallie, runs away to join Mona—and to deal with guilt and grief. 2007.

Hideaway by Hannah Alexander
DB 60288 (May be available only for download)
RC 60288
On forced leave and facing a lawsuit after her sister's death,
Dr. Cheyenne Allison retreats to the Ozark village of Hideaway, where Dane Gideon runs a ranch for troubled teens. Cheyenne is drawn into a feud between Dane and the mayor, who thinks the kids are vandals. 2003.

Home to Harmony by Philip Gulley
DB 59650 (May be available only for download)
RC 59650
Quaker minister Sam Gardner and his family move back to Sam's small Midwestern hometown. There Sam relives his childhood in a series of vignettes and introduces town residents including a narrow-minded church elder and Dr. Neely, who was Harmony's only doctor for fifty years. 2002.

Home to Holly Springs by Jan Karon
DB 65431 (May be available only for download)
RC 65431
Nearly forty years after leaving his childhood home, retired Episcopalian priest Father Tim Kavanagh of Mitford, North Carolina, is beckoned back to Holly Springs, Mississippi. While reuniting with old friends and acquaintances, Father Tim uncovers family secrets and discovers who sent for him. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Levi's Will by W.D. Cramer
DB 62846 (May be available only for download)
RC 62846
Excommunicated by his Amish community in 1943, teen Will Mullet left home, changed his name to McGruder, and joined the army. After decades of being a discontented family man, sixty-year-old Will experiences an awkward reunion with his dying father, Levi, and regains his faith in God. 2005.

Madman by Tracy Groot
DB 66729
RC 66729
Greek servant Tallis discovers that the Socratic academy in Palestine has been mysteriously disbanded. One scholar was murdered, another committed suicide, and one went mad. Living in the tombs of Kursi, the madman alone may hold the answers. A tale of the biblical Gerasene demoniac. Some violence. 2006.

The Measure of a Lady by Deeanne Gist
DB 65110 (May be available only for download)
RC 65110
San Francisco, 1849. When twenty-year-old Rachel Van Buren's father dies unexpectedly, the proper, religious lady is left in the Gold Rush-frenzied city to care for her siblings with no guardian or means of support. Rachel meets saloon owner Johnnie Parker, a former missionary, who lends a hand—and a heart. 2006.

A Place Called Wiregrass by Michael Morris
BR 15889
Alabama. Erma Lee Jacobs flees her abusive husband, uncaring mother, and dead-end factory job and makes a fresh start in Wiregrass with granddaughter Cher. Friendship with elderly socialite Miss Claudia and the arrival of Cher's father force all three women to confront buried secrets. 2002.

Plaguemaker by Tim Downs
DB 66362 (May be available only for download)
RC 66362
FBI counterterrorism agent Nathan Donovan uncovers a plot to release the bubonic plague in America. Chinese octogenarian Li and Nathan's ex-wife Dr. Macy Monroe help Nathan seek the aging Japanese scientist who is responsible—and race to stop the ship before the bioweapons reach U.S. waters. Some violence. 2006.

A Proper Pursuit by Lynn N. Austin
DB 67039 (May be available only for download)
RC 67039
Chicago, 1893. Twenty-year-old Violet Hayes leaves her hometown for her grandmother's house with the goals of finding her long-absent mother, stopping her father's upcoming wedding, and learning God's purpose for her. Violet attends the World's Fair and finally falls in love after three uninspiring marriage proposals. 2007.

Remembered by Tamera Alexander
DB 66576 (May be available only for download)
RC 66576
Willow Springs, Colorado Territory; 1871. After her mother dies in Paris, Véronique Girard journeys to America in search of her long-lost father. She hires widower Jack Brennan to take her to mining communities in the mountains, where gradually, by the grace of God, they fall in love. 2007.

The Road to Home by Vanessa Del Fabbro
DB 63928 (May be available only for download)
RC 63928
White South African journalist Monica Brunetti, severely wounded during a carjacking in Soweto, is taken to an all-black hospital. Monica befriends Ella Nkhoma, the young woman in the next bed. With the help of Ella and other patients, Monica rediscovers her faith. 2005.

Scarlet: King Raven Trilogy by Steve Lawhead
DB 69452
Wrongly imprisoned, archer Will Scarlet faces the hangman's noose unless he assists ruthless King William the Red by turning over King Raven and his merry band of thieves from Hood (DB 68879). But King Raven has other plans. Violence. 2007.

The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen
DB 71888
England, 1815. After Olivia overhears a secret conversation between Lord Edward and his father on their estate, she is arrested for trespassing. Another prisoner attacks her—rendering her temporarily mute. Edward arranges her release and hires her to look after his cousins while he decides what to do. 2009.

Sisterchicks in Gondolas! by Robin Jones Gunn
DB 63895 (May be available only for download)
RC 63895
Jenna and her sister-in-law Sue are in Venice to cook for a mission leaders' retreat group. The past two years have been difficult for both women, and this trip is a welcomed break. As their faith is renewed, their trust in each other makes them true Sisterchicks. 2006

Though Waters Roar by Lynn N. Austin
DB 72932
Pennsylvania, 1900s. Harriet follows in the steps of her great-grandmother, who participated in the Underground Railroad; her grandmother, who fought for Prohibition; and her mother, who marched for the women's suffrage movement. When she is arrested for helping a poor bootlegger, Harriet asks for God's guidance. 2009.

True Honor by Dee Henderson
DB 57785 (May be available only for download)
RC 57785
Darcy St. James has been retired from the CIA for two years. Following September 11, she is recalled to help track down a man who knew about events planned for that day. With a bounty on her head, Darcy relies on God and Navy SEAL Sam Houston to protect her. Sequel to True Valor (DB/RC 57765). 2002.

Until We Reach Home by Lynn N. Austin
DB 71811
After their parents die, three Swedish sisters flee their unscrupulous uncle and set off to live with relatives in America. Sofia, Kirsten, and Elin endure an arduous voyage, unexpected illness, and an extended stay at Ellis Island before they head to Chicago, where hardship, hope, and romance await. 2008.

Where Mercy Flows by Karen Harter
DB 67741
RC 67741
Washington State. Broke, unemployed, and sickly, single mom Samantha Dodd retreats with her young son to her hometown, where she hopes to make amends with her family. Samantha is depressed over past mistakes and her life-threatening heart condition, until childhood friend Donnie Duncan encourages her to fight. 2006.

Winter Birds by Jamie L. Turner
DB 65698 (May be available only for download)
RC 65698
Bitter widow Sophie Hess moves to Mississippi to live with her nephew Patrick and his wife Rachel. Sophie spends her days reading obituaries, studying birds, and watching Rachel help others. As Sophie experiences the faith, love, and kindness of family, her heart begins to soften. 2006.

You Had Me at Good-Bye by Tracey Victoria Bateman
BR 17896
Dancy is furious that her brother's British friend Jack took the senior editor job she was in line for at Lane Publishing. Then, after standing up to an author, Dancy must take a month's leave. While she contemplates her next career move, Dancy can't stop thinking about Jack. 2008.

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Audio Books

Book Number Select DB Select RC Title
65601 ____DB ____RC Bad Ground
64146 ____DB ____RC The Brethren
62837 ____DB ____RC A Bride Most Begrudging
58048 ____DB ____RC Candle in the Darkness
68173 ____DB ____RC Chasing Fireflies: A Novel of   Discovery
68465 ____DB   The Cure
71808 ____DB   Dogwood
58917 ____DB ____RC Drummer in the Dark
60296 ____DB ____RC Edge of Honor
58075 ____DB ____RC Fire by Night   
69951 ____DB ____RC From a Distance: Timber Ridge Reflections Hideaway
68798 ____DB ____RC Hallie’s Heart
60288 ____DB ____RC Hideaway
59650 ____DB ____RC Home to Harmony
65431 ____DB ____RC Home to Holly Springs
62846 ____DB ____RC Levi’s Will
66729 ____DB ____RC Madman
65110 ____DB ____RC The Measure of a Lady
66362 ____DB ____RC Plaguemaker
67039 ____DB ____RC A Proper Pursuit
66576 ____DB ____RC Remembered
63928 ____DB ____RC The Road to Home
69452 ____DB   Scarlet: King Raven Trilogy
71888 ____DB   The Silent Governess
63895 ____DB ____RC Sisterchicks in Gondolas
72932 ____DB   Though Waters Roar
57785 ____DB ____RC True Honor
71811 ____DB   Until We Reach Home
67741 ____DB ____RC Where Mercy Flows
65698 ____DB ____RC Winter Birds

Braille Books

Number Select BR Title
15662 ____BR Arena
15912 ____BR The Great Divide
14101 ____BR The Guardian
15889 ____BR A Place Called Wiregrass
17896 ____BR You Had Me at Good-Bye

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