Braille Book Review

July-August 2008

Book for Adults


The Colonel's Daughter BR 16601
by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
2 volumes
In 1954 soldier George West falls for colonel's daughter Josella Grace, unaware of her tragic past. Jo leaves George and for a decade wanders Great Britain, taking various jobs and lovers. Only when George helps Jo confront her heartache do they realize their love. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

Yellow Line BR 16654
by Sylvia Olsen
1 volume
Vince's rural Canadian high school--like the rest of his village--is divided by race. Tension arises when Vince's friend Sherry starts dating Native American Steve and Vince becomes interested in Steve's cousin Raedawn. Events lead Steve to stand up for equality. Uncontracted braille. For senior high readers. 2005.

The Mammoth Hunters: Earth's Children, Book 3 BR 16855
by Jean M. Auel
7 volumes
Ice Age Europe. Eighteen-year-old Ayla, ostracized by the "flathead" clan that reared her, allies with the mammoth-hunting Mamutoi. Attended by her lover, Jondalar, Ayla gradually wins acceptance through her powers as a healer. Sequel to The Valley of Horses (BR 16780). Explicit descriptions of sex. 1985. 1985.

Rabbit at Rest BR 16872
by John Updike
5 volumes
Fifty-five-year-old retiree Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom is winding down just as his wife, Janice, finds new strength and purpose. Midlife sex and death issues are complicated by their son Nelson's expensive cocaine habit. Sequel to Rabbit Is Rich (BR 16731). Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Pulitzer Prize. 1990.

The Janissary Tree BR 17160
by Jason Goodwin
3 volumes
Istanbul, 1836. Court eunuch Yashim Togalu has orders from Sultan Mahmut II to find out who is killing military cadets. He scours the city, suspicious that the outcast Janissary corps soldiers are planning an insurrection. Violence and strong language. Edgar Allan Poe Award. 2006.

Tyrell BR 17163
by Coe Booth
3 volumes
Fifteen-year-old Tyrell lives in a Bronx homeless shelter with his "moms" and his younger brother. Tyrell is in love with two girls and tries to make good choices to avoid ending up in jail like his father. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. For senior high readers. 2006.

Ethan of Athos BR 17164
by Lois McMaster Bujold
2 volumes
Doctor Ethan Urquhart is chief of reproductive biology on Athos, a planet where women are forbidden. Athos's male population is spawned in artificial wombs using ovarian cultures brought by the founding fathers. But a genetic crisis forces Ethan to face women for the first time. 1986.

Blindsight BR 17166
by Peter Watts
3 volumes
It is 2082. Thousands of luminous alien probes surrounding Earth intercept a radio signal from an unknown source. Aboard the spaceship Theseus a misfit crew of explorers--a bionic biologist, a linguist with multiple personalities, a pacifist warrior, and their vampire leader--prepares for first contact. Strong language and some violence. 2006.

The Island of Doctor Moreau BR 17169
by H.G. Wells
2 volumes
Late Victorian fantasy classic in which scientific arrogance leads to horrifying consequences. In 1887 Edward Prendick is shipwrecked, rescued, and later abandoned on a mysterious island inhabited by grotesque creatures under the control of Dr. Moreau. Includes 2005 introduction by Margaret Atwood. Some violence. 1896.

The Sixth Man and Other Stories BR 17171
by Bill James
2 volumes
One poem and fourteen short stories dating back to the 1990s, several of which feature Detective Chief Superintendent Colin Harpur and Assistant Chief Constable Desmond Iles. In the title piece the English detectives investigate the demise of a born- again factory worker. Strong language and some violence. 2006.

Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment BR 17229
by Deepak Chopra
2 volumes
A retelling of the Buddha's search for truth. The prince Siddhartha leaves behind his comfortable palace, becomes a wandering monk who faces many trials and much suffering, and transcends physical pain to achieve enlightenment as the Buddha. Includes a concise practical guide to Buddhism. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. Bestseller 2007.

Od Magic BR 17230
by Patricia A. McKillip
2 volumes
Brenden Vetch has a special connection with plants and herbs that is recognized by the wizard Od. She invites Vetch to become the gardener at her wizard-training school in Kelior, where the rulers control all magic. His talent makes the king suspicious and triggers a rebellion at the school. 2005.

Incantation BR 17233
by Alice Hoffman
1 volume
Spain, 1500. Sixteen-year-old Estrella, raised as a Catholic, learns of her family's secret Jewish identity. When Estrella is betrayed by her best friend, who is jealous over a boy, the authorities arrest members of Estrella's family. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.

When Madeline Was Young BR 17236
by Jane Hamilton
3 volumes
Aaron Maciver's wife, Madeline, suffers brain damage in an accident. Aaron remarries and the couple cares for Madeline along with their children Mac and Louise. Mac recalls growing up in the 1960s and becoming a conscientious objector, while his cousin Buddy enlists. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2006.

The Royal Ghosts: Stories BR 17239
by Samrat Upadhyay
2 volumes
Nine tales set in twenty-first-century Nepal during the political turmoil caused by Maobadi rebels. In "A Refugee," a middle-class man offers a bereft young widow and her five-year-old daughter shelter in his family's apartment. His gesture of kindness ricochets to his own detriment. 2006.

Kingdom Come: The Final Victory BR 17251
by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
3 volumes
In this concluding volume of the Left Behind series, the Tribulation has ended. Jesus prevails over Satan and establishes a kingdom of Heaven on Earth. Sequel to Glorious Appearing: The End of Days (BR 15335). Bestseller 2007.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist BR 17252
by Mohsin Hamid
1 volume
Lahore, Pakistan. Changez reminisces to an American about his time in the United States. Although a Princeton graduate with an impressive job and a wealthy girlfriend, Changez sympathized with the Islamic extremists behind the 9/11 terrorists attacks and returned home. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller 2007.

The Good Guy BR 17338
by Dean Koontz
3 volumes
Timothy Carrier is having a beer at a local bar when a stranger hands him an envelope full of cash to kill a woman in a photograph. Minutes later the actual hit man approaches Tim, placing him in a moral dilemma. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller 2007.

Playing for Pizza BR 17339
by John Grisham
2 volumes
Third-string quarterback Rick Dockery of the Cleveland Browns disgraces himself in a championship game and is fired. Dockery insists that his agent, Arnie, find him another job. When Arnie comes through, Dockery heads to Parma, Italy, where he faces culture shock. Bestseller 2007.

Withering Heights: An Ellie Haskell Mystery BR 17345
by Dorothy Cannell
2 volumes
Housewife Ellie Haskell, her husband Ben, and maid Mrs. Malloy are called to Yorkshire, England, to find the missing buyer of a haunted Victorian mansion. Ben's cousin Tom won the lottery, bought the manor, and then disappeared--causing his wife and daughter to suspect former owner Lady Fiona. 2007.

Amazing Grace BR 17347
by Danielle Steel
3 volumes
An earthquake in California changes the lives of three women. Socialite Sarah Sloane's husband's illegal hedge-fund scheme is exposed during a power outage. Singer Melanie Free volunteers at a quake-refugee camp despite the wishes of her mother and boyfriend. Sister Maggie, a nun, falls in love. Some strong language. Bestseller 2007.

The Choice BR 17348
by Nicholas Sparks
2 volumes
North Carolina. After just one whirlwind weekend, Gabby Holland falls hard for her new neighbor Travis Parker and must choose between him and her longtime boyfriend. Years later, a tougher choice could end the relationship between Gabby and Travis forever. Bestseller 2007.

Bungalow Two BR 17349
by Danielle Steel
3 volumes
California housewife and freelance writer Tanya Harris receives her big break--the chance to write a major Hollywood screenplay. Leaving her family, Tanya heads to the Beverly Hills Hotel and mingles with stars until another surprise opportunity comes along. Some strong language. Bestseller 2007.

Pontoon: A Lake Wobegon Novel BR 17350
by Garrison Keillor
2 volumes
When the elderly Evelyn dies, she leaves behind instructions to have her ashes put in a bowling ball--given to her by a mysterious boyfriend--and then dropped into the lake. These arrangements conflict with another Lake Wobegon woman's unusual wedding plans. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller 2007.

Divisadero BR 17351
by Michael Ondaatje
2 volumes
Northern California, 1970s. Sisters Anna and Claire, along with a hired hand named Coop, help their father on his ranch until a terrible event sends Anna away. But after twenty years Anna can no longer hide from her past. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. Bestseller 2007.

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