Staff Pick – Laura Jean– NEVERHOME by Laird Hunt, DB 79591

If you enjoy realistic literary historical fiction, you may enjoy Laird Hunt’s novel Neverhome (Digital: DB   79591, Large print: LB   07986). Set during the United States’ Civil War, Neverhome is told from the viewpoint of Ash Thompson, a young married woman who leaves her Illinois farm, disguises herself as a man, and sets off to fight in the war.

Neverhome is a short novel but it packs a punch. Hunt’s writing is spare yet compelling as he creates a realistic view of life as a soldier during the Civil War. As the story progresses, Ash proves to be an unreliable narrator, omitting crucial tidbits of knowledge from the reader, which lends this story a psychological element and renders Ash even more of a mystery.

NLS Annotation:

Ash Thompson wears the uniform of a Union soldier, and through many exploits becomes a legend among the other soldiers. But Ash hides a secret. Ash is really a runaway farmer’s wife–Constance. After witnessing the horrors of war, Ash must decide about becoming Constance again. Violence and some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2014.

If you enjoy this book, try Revolutionary by Alex Meyers (DB 78228) to read about a female soldier during the American Revolutionary War.  For a historically accurate non-fiction look at the women soldiers during the Civil War, try Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott (DB 80094).

Mobile Phone / Tablet Accessibility Training

A Wireless Independence Now training workshop will occur in the Dallas area on Wednesday, October 14th, from 8:30 – 10:00 am.

The presentation will cover the accessibility features of Apple and Android phones and tablets.

The workshop will take place at the AT&T Store of the Future, 5100 Beltline Road, Ste. 1032,
Addison, TX 75254

For more information, please contact Kendra Cox Ragsdale, by phone at 512-923-8934, or by e-mail at

Braille Sense Workshops by HIMS

Want to learn more about Braille devices / notetakers? HIMS, an assistive technology vendor, is offering free workshops in four cities in early October:

In Austin, at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, on Monday, October 5th.
At the San Antonio Lighthouse on Tuesday, October 6th.
At the Houston Lighthouse on Wednesday, October 7th.
In Dallas / Fort Worth (location not specified) on Thursday, October 8th.

All of the workshops will take place from 9 am – 3 pm, and lunch will be provided.

To RSVP, e-mail Rick at, or call 512-837-2000, ext 1

CEU’s are available for teachers and rehab professionals.

National Federation of the Blind of Texas

NFB Texas has moved its state office from Austin to Alvin. The new president is Norma Crosby, and the contact information for the office is:

1600 E Highway 6, Suite 215
Alvin, TX 77511

In addition, Liz Wisecarver is the new point person for questions about the Newsline program. She can be reached at the above address and phone number.

The state convention for NFBT will be Friday, November 13 – Sunday, November 15, at the Holiday Inn Austin Midtown, located at 6000 Middle Fiskville Road in Austin, Texas.

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