Recommended Reads for Adults 2022


Recommended Reads are the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library's monthly series of books that can be found in our collection.


Washington Talking Book & Braille Library
January Recommended Reads


January is National Braille Literacy Month, so to celebrate, here is a variety of books that are available in both braille and audio formats.

To request any of these books, please contact the library at 206-615-0400 or download the books by logging into your BARD account at


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Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. (BR021240 and DB0082605)
A guide to creativity from the author of Eat, Pray, Love (DB061789). Gilbert encourages anyone who ever wanted to write, paint, or do anything creative to let go of fear and be inspired. Shares approaches and attitudes that could help people lead more creative lives. 2015.
Get a Life, Chloe Brown [#1, Brown Sisters series] by Talia Hibbert. (BR023327 and DB097496)
Chloe has decided it's time to stop letting her chronic illness keep her from living her life. She makes a list of things she wants to experience, but needs a teacher. Red, the sexy artist who works as her building superintendent, is just the man to help her. Set in England. Strong language and descriptions of sex. 2019.
Hello Darkness, My Old Friend: How Daring Dreams and Unyielding Friendship Turned One Man's Blindness Into an Extraordinary Vision for Life by Sanford D. Greenberg. (BR023252 and DB100264)
Author describes how losing his eyesight as a Columbia junior affected his life trajectory. He went on to Harvard and Oxford and -- among many other accomplishments -- he invented a compressed speech machine which speeds up the reproduction of words from recordings without distorting any sound. The title reflects his long friendship with Art Garfunkel. 2020.
Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place by Coll-Peter Thrush. (BRC01795 and DBC06921)
Native Americans greeted the settlers who founded Seattle, and have been part of the fabric of the city ever since. The author uses Native American oral traditions and place names to show how they viewed the land and adapted to urbanization. 2008.
Non Campus Mentis: World History According to College Students by Anders Henriksson. (BRC00137 and DB054419)
History professor culls humorous and absurd mistakes made by students from colleges in the United States and Canada in their term papers and exams. Includes misspellings, misinterpretations, and errors that point to glaring deficiencies in a generation's education. 2001.
Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy. (BR023908 and DB104524)
Inti Flynn arrives in Scotland with her twin sister, Aggie, to lead a team of biologists reintroducing fourteen gray wolves into the remote Highlands. She hopes to heal not only the dying landscape, but also Aggie, who is traumatized by the secrets that drove them out of Alaska. Violence and strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2021.
Playlist for the Apocalypse: Poems by Rita Dove. (BR023936 and DB105310)
Collection of seventy-three poems by the author of Mother Love (DB041331). Poems range from exploring the experience of the first Jewish ghetto in sixteenth-century Venice to the efforts of Black Lives Matter, and themes scope between the individual and the global. Some strong language. 2021.

The Girl Who Reads on the Metro by Christine FeĢret-Fleury. (BR023536 and DB097251)
One morning in Paris, Juliette walks through a rusty gate wedged open with a book, into the bizarre and enchanting lives of Soliman and his young daughter, Zaide. Soliman hires Juliette to take used books into the world and match them with readers. Translated from the 2017 French edition. 2019.
The Story of Arthur Truluv [#1, Mason series] by Elizabeth Berg. (BR022155 and DB089990)
Grieving widower Arthur eats lunch in the cemetery every day, to be near his wife's grave. There he meets troubled teenage Maddy, and the pair form a friendship that helps them both out of their isolation. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2017.
This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar. (BR023272 and DB096148)
An agent of the Commandant finds a letter on a dying world, beginning an unlikely correspondence between two rival agents bent on securing the best possible future for their warring factions. Strong language. 2019.