Braille Book Review

Books for Adults The following books were recently produced for the NLS program. To order books, contact your braille-lending library. Note: For the information of the reader, a notice may appear immediately following the book description to indicate occurrences of strong language, explicit descriptions of sex, or violence. The word "some" before any of these terms indicates an occasional or infrequent occurence, as in "some strong language." Nonfiction

Galileo's Finger: The Ten Great Ideas of Science BR 15548
by Peter Atkins
4 volumes
Oxford University chemistry professor condenses major topics of modern science into basic concepts for a general audience. Covers evolution, DNA, conservation of energy, and quantum theory. To Atkins, Galileo's finger represents the "winkling out of truth," the process of looking beyond the appearance of nature to understand its essence. 2003.

Our Mothers' War: American Women at Home and at the Front during World War II BR 15667
by Emily Yellin
5 volumes
Journalist's chronicle of World War II's "other American soldiers," women from various backgrounds who filled nontraditional roles during wartime. Depicts women factory workers, frontline nurses, spies, and pilots. Also discusses the experiences of African American and Japanese American women. 2004.

Fix It before It Breaks: Seasonal Checklist Guide to Home Maintenance BR 15832
by Terry Kennedy
2 volumes
Builder recommends that homeowners develop a maintenance program and address building problems before they become major concerns. Discusses common issues with foundations, doors and windows, siding, roofs, electrical systems, landscaping, and other areas and ways to deal with them. Includes resources. 2004.

Kepler's Witch: An Astronomer's Discovery of Cosmic Order amid Religious War, Political Intrigue, and the Heresy Trial of His Mother BR 15891
by James A. Connor
4 volumes
Professor's portrait of German astronomer Johannes Kepler (1571- 1630), considered "the father of celestial mechanics." Examines Kepler's tribulations and triumphs as a protestant scientist during the Thirty Years' War, the Reformation, and the Counter- Reformation. Describes events such as his mother's witchcraft trial. Includes Kepler's letters and journal entries. 2004.

The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England BR 15910
edited by Antonia Fraser
4 volumes
Collection of short biographies of English monarchs by eight historians. Covers each ruler from William the Conqueror (1066) to Queen Elizabeth II. Introduction by Antonia Fraser. Revised and updated edition of 1975 publication. 1998.

Cooking for Kings: The Life of Antonin Carˆme, the First Celebrity Chef BR 15917
by Ian Kelly
2 volumes
Creator of a one-man play about Carˆme presents a biography of this French Revolution orphan who became "the chef of kings and king of chefs." Relates Carˆme's accomplishments: cooking for the Romanovs, the Rothschilds, and King George IV; writing cookbooks; and inventing both the chef's hat and the soufflé. 2003.

Washington's General: Nathanael Greene and the Triumph of the American Revolution BR 15927
by Terry Golway
4 volumes
Biography of American Revolutionary War commander Nathanael Greene (1742-1786), who was born a Rhode Island Quaker but chose to fight for independence. Details his career as George Washington's quartermaster general and his appointment as leader of the southern theater. Outlines how Greene forced the British to concede at Yorktown. 2005.

Modern Coin Magic BR 15930
by J.B. Bobo
4 volumes
This step-by-step guide to slight-of-hand coin conjuring describes basic principles, integrated tricks, and complete routine acts. Offers techniques for over three hundred maneuvers including palms, holds, flips, switches, vanishes, change-over, steals, cuffing, sleeving, and others requiring special devices. 1952.

Spice: The History of a Temptation BR 15934
by Jack Turner
4 volumes
Australian-born historian, who claims a fascination with spices since age ten, presents an exhaustive survey of man's impassioned quest for exotic condiments. Focuses on pepper, cloves, cinnamon, and ginger. Covers the historic importance of flavorful and aromatic plant derivatives in cuisine, medicine, religions, and world trade. 2004.

Real U Guide to Your First Job BR 15937
by Meagan Hassell
1 volume
Advice for the recent graduate on finding a job. Covers writing resumes, interviewing, networking, and keeping a position. For senior high and older readers. 2004.

The Greek Way BR 15945
by Edith Hamilton
2 volumes
The author of Mythology (BR 5581) explores the accomplishments of Greek intellectual life in the fifth century B.C. Discusses customs, philosophy, religion, and art, referencing the era's noted writers--the poet Pindar; dramatists Aeschylus, Euripides, and Sophocles; and historians Herodotus, Thucydides, and Xenophon--with excerpts from classic works. 1930.

Coming to Term: Uncovering the Truth about Miscarriage BR 15948
by Jon Cohen
3 volumes
Science writer investigates miscarriage, or spontaneous abortion, by first explaining the female reproductive system. Uses interviews, clinical data, and other medical reports to explore the still-mysterious causes of pregnancy loss and possible preventive treatment. Discusses resulting emotional pain and offers hope for couples. 2005.

The Gardener's Bed-Book: Short and Long Pieces to Be Read in Bed by Those Who Love Green Growing Things BR 15951
by Richardson Wright
3 volumes
Essays by the longtime editor-in-chief of House & Garden magazine that are meant to be read in short bits throughout the year. Arranged by month, the anthology offers advice on topics from orchard horticulture and growing plume poppies to travel, literature, architecture, and antique collecting. 2003 introduction by Dominique Browning. 1929.

One Soldier's Story: A Memoir BR 15960
by Bob Dole
2 volumes
Former senator from Kansas describes his enlistment into the elite U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division as a lieutenant during World War II. Chronicles the April 14, 1945, battle in Italy that paralyzed him, his long recovery, first marriage, and entry into civilian life and the political sphere. Bestseller 2005.

Every Step Forward: Personal Accounts of the Unique Partnerships between Blind People and Their Seeing Eye Dogs BR 15966
edited by Rosemary Carroll
2 volumes
Twenty-four graduates of The Seeing Eye in Morristown, New Jersey, present individual perspectives on their experiences at the school and on being blind. They describe the process of learning to properly use guide dogs and attest to the increased mobility and independence they achieved through the training facility. 2004.

The Red Letters: My Father's Enchanted Period; Continents of Exile BR 16081
by Ved Mehta
2 volumes
Concluding volume in Continents of Exile series--the blind author's memoirs. Mehta recounts finding forty-year-old love letters that reveal his father's passionate love affair in Simla, India, in the 1930s. This discovery changes the author's perceptions of his father and mother, and even of himself. 2004.

Coping with Kidney Disease: A Twelve-Step Treatment Program to Help You Avoid Dialysis BR 16082
by Mackenzie Walser
3 volumes
Physician from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine offers advice on living with kidney disease. Discusses symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, medications, dialysis, transplants, and control of related problems such as cholesterol, gout, anemia, and acidosis. The main emphasis is on a very-low-protein diet and lifestyle changes. 2004.

A Sense of the Mysterious: Science and the Human Spirit BR 16084
by Alan Lightman
2 volumes
Essays exploring the emotional life of science by physicist and author of The Diagnosis (BR 13414) and Reunion (BR 15284). Reflects on his own scientific journey and his struggles to reconcile the working universe with humanity and truth. Incorporates portraits of influential figures including Albert Einstein and Vera Rubin. 2005.

Slavery and the Making of America BR 16087
by James Oliver Horton and Lois E. Horton
3 volumes
Authors use slave narratives and primary documents to examine American slavery from 1619 to the Civil War. Explores economic, social, and cultural aspects of the practice and highlights contributions by African Americans to U.S. development. PBS companion. Violence and strong language. 2005.

An Insider's Guide to the UN BR 16101
by Linda Fasulo
2 volumes
News correspondent's overview of the United Nations, the international body established in 1945 to promote peace and prosperity among member nations. Discusses its structure and function; humanitarian, crime-fighting, and peacekeeping missions; sovereignty issues; and twenty-first-century challenges. Profiles influential leaders such as Secretary General Kofi Annan. 2004.

The Big Splat; or, How Our Moon Came to Be BR 16106
by Dana Mackenzie
3 volumes
Mathematician explores the origins of Earth's only natural satellite. Traces the history of lunar studies from ancient Greece to the twentieth century, weighing evidence for various theories before arriving at the "giant impact hypothesis" that posits that the moon is a product of Earth's collision with another planet. 2003.

Winning Every Time: How to Use the Skills of a Lawyer in the Trials of Your Life BR 16111
by Lis Wiehl
3 volumes
Trial attorney and legal commentator explains ways to prevail in confrontations by incorporating courtroom strategies into daily life. Lists eight steps to effectively present a case--including knowing the opposition, gathering evidence, and composing a closing argument--and offers techniques for implementing them in personal and business situations. 2004.

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything BR 16126
by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
3 volumes
Writer Stephen Dubner explains the offbeat issues that intrigue award-winning economist and coauthor Steven Levitt. Explores everyday riddles such as the link between legalized abortion and the crime rate, the effect of parents' income and ethnicity on naming babies, and the motivations of real estate agents. Bestseller 2005.

AARP Crash Course in Estate Planning: The Essential Guide to Wills, Trusts, and Your Personal Legacy BR 16131
by Michael T. Palermo
3 volumes
AARP offers advice on planning an estate. Covers wills and trusts, executors and trustees, provisions for heirs including those with disabilities, charitable donations, and distribution solutions for beneficiaries. Emphasizes consulting an estate attorney to prevent family feuds. Foreword by Ric Edelman. 2005.

With Billie BR 16140
by Julia Blackburn
3 volumes
Biography of jazz singer Billie Holiday (1915-1959) based on some 150 interviews with colleagues, boyfriends, and acquaintances conducted in the 1970s by Linda Kuehl and concluded later by Blackburn. Covers Holiday's life from her rough Baltimore childhood to New York fame. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 2005.

Becoming Justice Blackmun: Harry Blackmun's Supreme Court Journey BR 16151
by Linda Greenhouse
3 volumes
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter uses personal papers, correspondence, and case files to trace the life and career of Supreme Court justice Harry A. Blackmun (1908-1999). Chronicles Blackmun's early years in Minnesota, twenty-four-year tenure on the Supreme Court, childhood friendship with Warren Burger, and prominent cases including Roe v. Wade. 2005.

The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate's Deep Throat BR 16159
by Bob Woodward
2 volumes
One of the journalists who uncovered the 1972 Watergate scandal, All the President's Men (BR 13143), chronicles his long relationship with the scandal's secret informant. Details Woodward's early dealings with the man as a mentor, their covert meetings during Watergate, decades of concealment, and W. Mark Felt's public admission in 2005. Bestseller 2005.

The Doctor's Guide to Gastrointestinal Health: Preventing and Treating Acid Reflux, Ulcers, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Diverticulitis, Celiac Disease, Colon Cancer, Pancreatitis, Cirrhosis, Hernias, and More BR 16164
by Paul Miskovitz and Marian Betancourt
3 volumes
Comprehensive guide to maintaining healthy digestion. Discusses causes, symptoms, diagnoses, and treatments for ailments involving the stomach, esophagus, intestine, gallbladder, liver, pancreas, and colon. 2005.

Jimmy Stewart: Bomber Pilot BR 16166
by Starr Smith
2 volumes
Former Eighth Air Force intelligence officer chronicles Academy Award-winning actor Jimmy Stewart's World War II service as squadron commander of a combat bombardment group. Recounts Stewart's volunteering for service before the United States entered the war and later leading his men across Nazi Germany. Foreword by Walter Cronkite. 2005.

Protecting Your Children from Sexual Predators BR 16168
by Leigh Baker
3 volumes
A psychologist presents case studies to help parents identify sexual predators and pedophiles and teach their family to avoid them. Includes information about potential dangers to children from both male and female offenders, other juveniles and siblings, and the Internet. Explains how to use a state's Sex Offender Registry. 2002.

Black like Me BR 16177
by John Howard Griffin
2 volumes
White novelist's account of his six-week experiment in 1959 to learn firsthand what it was like to be a black man in the Deep South. After deliberately darkening his skin with chemicals, Griffin records his revealing and sometimes terrifying experiences with racism, inequality, and segregation. Strong language. 1960.

Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide BR 16259
by Maureen Dowd
2 volumes
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter comments on the state of women's liberation four decades after the sexual revolution. Contends that the sexes are still in combat, women are more focused than ever on their looks, and feminist principles have backfired. Bestseller 2005.

Teacher Man: A Memoir BR 16261
by Frank McCourt
2 volumes
Author of Angela's Ashes (BR 12543) recalls thirty years of working in New York City high schools. Relates his experiences as an Irishman teaching English to Americans and beguiling students with stories from his past. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller 2005.

Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis BR 16262
by Jimmy Carter
2 volumes
Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter shares his views on terrorism, religious and political fundamentalism, the death penalty, abortion, women, and the environment. Criticizes the partisan divisions within the country and calls for a return to traditional American values. Bestseller 2005.

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