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The Bennett Martin Public Library downtown maintains an ongoing “Staff Recommendations” display – Staff from throughout the library system are encouraged to submit book, audio, CD and DVD/video recommendations for items to be placed onto this display. Items on the display have bookmarks inserted, giving brief descriptions about the item’s appeal factors, and listing similar books, audios or videos that the reader might also enjoy.

This page on BookGuide is used to highlight some of the items that have appeared on our Staff Recommendations displays in the past, including our staff members’ descriptions of the books, plus links to any “official Web sites” for the books, authors or series, if they exist*. Items on both the display and on this webpage may be recent releases, or older titles that deserve another look. Hotlinks on titles or formats (downloadable audio, book-on-CD, Large Print) connect to the appropriate entry in our on-line catalog, so that you may check on the availability of the item.


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March 2018 Recommendations

by Nidhi Chanani [jPB (Series) Chanani]

This book caught my eye because it has a beautifully illustrated cover and I could tell right away that the main character is a young woman of color. I didn’t know it yet, but this book was going to be magical. Pri finds an old but still gorgeous pashmina of her mother’s, from her younger years in India. When she puts it on, she is transported to a dreamy India. When her mother won’t let her fly to India, she gets frustrated, and has to find out why. This book is a lovely coming-of-age story, although it is very short, as many graphic novels are, and therefore it will only leave you wanting more.

[ official Pashmini page on the official Nidhi Chanani web site ]


Recommended by Naomi S.
Eiseley Branch Library

The Hollow
by Agatha Christie

This mystery novel is also, in large part, a romance novel. It starts out with a man (John), his wife, his lover and his ex-wife, who all visit family and friends in a house in the countryside, which is called The Hollow. The romance is not limited to this circle, but others in this large group who are all staying the weekend at The Hollow together, or live there already. John is murdered during this getaway and several witnesses arrive at the scene to see his wife standing over the body with a gun in her hand, however it’s proved that the gun she was holding was not the one that fired the fatal shot. The mystery aspect, and Poirot’s role in the story does at that point balance out the romance plots till the end. Overall I didn’t really care for this one because of the multiple love stories tangled in with the mystery, but it would be perfect if you did enjoy both genres.

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try Lord Edgeware Died, by Agatha Christie.] [ The Hollow page on the official Agatha Christie web site ]


Recommended by Kristen A.
Gere Branch Library

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

This was a decent, fairly short story, written as a poem. It reminded me of The Old Man in the Sea by Hemingway, another novella that I didn’t care for. I don’t think I’d call it a fantasy but it does have unreal elements and characters. The story is told by the Ancient Mariner, who is recounting the tale to someone attending a wedding. He once was a sailor in the Antarctic and an albatross appeared and lead the ship to safety away from the ice. This mariner however had a crossbow, he shot down the albatross; the crew was mad at him, so he’s forced to wear the dead bird around his neck as a reminder. Sometime later, another ship comes into sight with Death and a woman (Life-in-Death) aboard; they are playing dice for the lives of the crew. Death wins the crew and the woman wins the Mariner. Eventually he gets home, but is un-dead and he has to live forevermore to recount his tale to others to make them wiser. Overall is was kind of weird to me, but made me think of other stories I’ve read that I liked better such as Beowulf, The Epic of Gilgamesh, and The Call of Cthulhu. This is out of copyright and is freely available online; I read it at the Poetry Foundation’s website but they did not have the images or side notes to summarize what was happening in each segment of the poem, like the hard copy does. If you are into reading old classics of literature and or poetry, this may be of interest.

[ Wikipedia page for The Rime of the Ancient Mariner including links to online versions of the story ] | [ Samuel Taylor Coleridge page at ]


Recommended by Kristen A.
Gere Branch Library

The Silver Pigs
by Lindsey Davis

The libraries’ Just Desserts mystery book discussion group had selected the historical mystery series featuring Marcus Didius Falco, Ancient Rome’s version of a private investigator, for our February 2018 meeting, only to have an ice storm keep most of the group’s members home from the meeting. This was particularly frustrating to me, as I tremendously enjoyed reading the first of the Falco books, The Silver Pigs, and was eager to learn the opinions of the other Just Desserters about the series.

In this series premiere volume, private “Informer” Falco literally stumbles into the biggest job of his career, when he assists a young noblewoman to escape some thugs who were pursuing her. This leads to him being hired to investigate what turns out to be a major case of corruption involving Roman government officials. As part of his investigation, Falco must go undercover in a brutal silver mine in the Roman territory of Britain. Add to that that Falco develops strong feelings for a second headstrong young noblewoman, whom he must escort from Britain back to Rome, and then he has to figure out which politician he can trust, and which wants to kill him, and you’ve got a fast-paced, colorful mystery novel.

The Falco series is an acquired taste, and I’ve run into many mystery fans who don’t care for it. Personally, I love the gritty, noir-like style that Davis writes this series in, and I find Marcus Didius Falco to be a funny, admirable character — an occasionally foul-mouth tough guy, with a mushy heart of gold. I will definitely look forward to reading more in this 20-volume series! In our group discussion of the series, we learned that Davis varies the writing style in future volumes — they’re not all “noir” novels, some volumes in the series are legal thrillers, others are psychological suspense, and others are serial killer thrillers. But, The Silver Pigs is definitely a “noir” private eye novel set in Ancient Rome.

[ official The Silver Pigs page on the official Lindsey Davis web site ]

Check out the series handout from the Just Desserts meeting, chronicling the entire Marcus Didius Falco series, plus a follow-up series featuring his daughter.


Recommended by Scott C.
Bennett Martin Public Library

The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine
by Lindsey Fitzharris [Biography Lister]

Set in the Victorian age when pus and inflammation were considered necessary for healing this biography of Joseph Lister is fascinating.

Dr. Joseph Lister, son of Joseph Jackson Lister, an optician who made great strides in the value of microscopes, was a proponent of cleanliness in hospitals and in particular the operating room. Even though most of his colleagues at the time felt his methods were time consuming and unneeded, he persevered and changed how surgery was done. He was truly the father of modern surgery. When Lister died, he’d asked that all his personal papers be destroyed, but his nephew refused and because of that we have this wonderful book about not only his great achievements, but also his personal life as well.

Fitzharris does an excellent job of describing him and his life as well as explaining life during the era. If you like biographies, or medical history books, you’ll love this title.

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try The Speckled Monster: A Historical Tale of Battling Smallpox, by Jennifer Lee Carrell, Yellow Jack: How Yellow Fever Ravaged America and Walter Reed Discovered Its Deadly Secrets, by John R. Pierce or Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It, by Gina Kolata.] [ publisher’s official The Butchering Art web site ] | [ official Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris web site ]


Recommended by Marcy G.
South Branch Library

William Gibson’s Archangel
written by William Gibson and Michael St. John Smith, with art by Butch Guice, Alejandro Barrionuevo and Wagner Reis [741.5 Gib]

I’ve been a fan of William Gibson ever since reading his Hugo- and Nebula-award winning 1984 novel Neuromancer. When I saw that he had authored a graphic novel, I knew I had to give it a shot. William Gibson’s Archangel, co-written with Michael St. John Smith, and with art from Butch Guice, Alejandro Barrionuevo and Wagner Reis, is a fascinating amalgamation of science fiction, World War II adventure, time travel, alternate history, and dystopian fiction.

There are not just one, but rather several central characters, whose storylines all intersect and interweave. Naomi Givens is a WWII-era British intelligence officer, and U.S. soldier Captain Vine Matthews is her ex-lover. When an unexplained event occurs involving the crash of a U.S. bomber, they find themselves at odds, as Naomi tries to locate and interrogate a mysterious pilot who survived the plane crash. That unnamed pilot is the other central character — a soldier on a mission from the future, sent back in time to try to prevent his own future from happening — a future in which the U.S. made a pre-emptive strike against the Soviets at the end of World War II, which led to a dark, dystopian political tyranny in the United States. With the pilot, Naomi and Vince all ending up working together to try to stop a fellow time-traveler from enacting that dystopian future, the other side of the story is set _in_ that very future, with a gritty female military tech leading the rebellion against the corrupt government and trying to still lend assistance to her time-traveling pilot.

The story of this complex five-issue comic book was compelling, and much of the graphics was well done. Unfortunately, the quality of the art overall was quite mixed, even to the point of not being able to recognize some characters during fight and action sequences. I would have given this graphic novel a “9” overall, but the irregular quality of the art drops it to an overall “7” from me.

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try Neuromancer, or any of the other novels by William Gibson.] [ publisher’s official Archangel web page ] | [ official William Gibson web site – Archangel not listed on this site ]


Recommended by Scott C.
Bennett Martin Public Library

The Story of Ferdinand
by Munro Leaf [jP Lea]

Having recently seen and enjoyed the animated film Ferdinand, which was based on this children’s picture book, I wanted to revisit the source material.

This is a simple story, of a Spanish bull who is more interested in the sights and smells of butterflies and beautiful flowers than he is in the physical feats of daring-do that his fellow young bulls engage in, in order to impress the bullfighters enough to win their way into the bullfighting ring. The story by Munro Leaf, with art by Robert Lawson, is sweet, and comical. I hadn’t read it since I was a child myself, back in the late 1960s. And I remember both reading and listening to it as a thin floppy plastic record LP that accompanied my childhood copy of the book.

However, having just enjoyed the animated film version (2017) of the story, I can say that the filmmakers expanded the tale, adding many layers of depth to the storyline, including Ferdinand’s acquired knowledge of the ultimate fate of any bulls that make it into the bullfighting ring. Knowing these story elements, and then not seeing them reflected in the original story, makes we wish the picture book had touched on those elements too! None-the-less, The Story of Ferdinand is a charming little story, that hasn’t lost any of that charm despite it having been first published in 1936! I still strongly recommend it!

[ Penguin Random House’s official The Story of Ferdinand web site ] | [ Wikipedia page for Munro Leaf ]


Recommended by Scott C.
Bennett Martin Public Library

Prince Caspian
by C.S. Lewis [j Lewis]

All four children, Peter, Susan, Edmond and Lucy all return to Narnia about one Earth year after their adventure in the wardrobe. When they arrive on a beach with castle ruins nearby they realize that many years in Narnia have passed since they’ve been gone, as the castle ruins are that of their castle Cair Paravel, still with some of their belongings inside. Once they save a dwarf from drowning on the beach the story really gets going as the dwarf recalls the story of Prince Caspian’s escape from his home and uncle, the talking animals of Narnia who’ve gone into hiding, and Caspian’s quest to unite with them and take back the throne as King. In his battles to do so he called the old high kings and queens (Peter Susan, Edmond and Lucy) back with Susan’s horn to help him. Before they can aid him however they must find him. This was a pretty good story, and it’s been interesting to see the various ways to get to Narnia in the stories so far, as I was only familiar before with the wardrobe. I’d say you could read this easily without reading the others in the series first (although preferably you’d have some inkling as to the plot of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe). However this is the start of a string of books featuring Caspian, so I would read this before reading The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and The Silver Chair. It’s been rather satisfying reading the other tales of Narnia and discovering how wide the world is. Part of my drive to read them was to compare them to Tolkien’s works and so far it feels Lewis’s gentler for lack of a better word; his are not as action packed and develop at a slower pace but still have diverse characters, personal growth and moral themes. I would recommend it if you are looking for a cozy fantasy series (I’m not sure that’s actually a genre but it’s descriptive).

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try the entire Narnia series, by C.S. Lewis:

Publication Order:
1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950)
2. Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia (1951)
3. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952)
4. The Silver Chair (1953)
5. The Horse and His Boy (1954)
6. The Magician’s Nephew (1955)
7. The Last Battle (1956)

Chronological Order:
1. The Magician’s Nephew
2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
3. The Horse and His Boy*
4. Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
5. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
6. The Silver Chair
7. The Last Battle
* Takes place within the time of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe] [ official C.S. Lewis web site ]


Recommended by Kristen A.
Gere Branch Library

hooplaThe Shrinking Man
by Richard Matheson [Hoopla eBook and eAudiobook]

My local science fiction book club recently read this for a group discussion, and I really enjoyed it. This is one of the earliest novels by genre master Matheson, who established a lengthy reputation as a science fiction, fantasy and horror author. Other than for this novel, he’s probably best known as the author of I Am Legend (a post-apocalyptic vampire novel) and as the author of numerous acclaimed short stories, many of which were adapted into fan-favorite episodes of the original 1960s B&W Twilight Zone series, including “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”.

In The Shrinking Man, adapted into the movie The Incredible Shrinking Man (which was the title used for several paperback reprints of the novel over the years as well), businessman Scott Carey discovers that he is shrinking 1/7th of an inch every single day. The novel is told in two intersecting timelines — the first is Carey’s struggles after he’s reduced in size to less than 1 inch in height, and is trapped in a locked basement cellar. The second is a series of scenes from the months leading up to that condition, as Carey’s continually shrinking height leads to changes in his relationship with his wife, his daughter, his employer (who happens to be his brother), and his sense of masculinity and identity. The novel is a mixture of social commentary and observation, and thrilling adventure. Originally published in the mid-1950s, the “social SF” elements of this story feel a bit dated. However, the action sequences, as the ultra-miniature Carey fights off a monstrously huge (to him) black widow spider with a sewing pin (which is the size of a knight’s lance to him), are pulse-pounding. This is a classic of the sci-fi genre, and I highly recommend it!

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try I Am Legend, Steel, Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, or any of the many short stories by Richard Matheson that were adapted into Twilight Zone episodes!] [ U.S. publisher Macmillan’s official The Shrinking Man web page ] | [ Wikipedia page for Richard Matheson ]


Recommended by Scott C.
Bennett Martin Public Library

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The New Musical: Original Broadway Cast Recording
by Mark Shaiman & others [Compact Disc 782.14 Cha]

Based on the classic 1964 youth novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by British author Roald Dahl, and its 1971 film adaptation, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (which starred the late, great Gene Wilder), this staged musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The New Musical played on London’s West End from 2013 to 2017. A re-worked stage version for American audiences was performed on Broadway from April 2017 to January 2018. This is the soundtrack to the American version, which starred actor Christian Borle as Willy Wonka, and Broadway legend John Rubinstein as Grandpa Joe.

Brilliant but eccentric “candy man” Willy Wonka realizes that he needs to find a replacement for himself as head of his chocolate factory — someone with a brilliant imagination but a good sense of humanity, who won’t screw up his legacy. He runs a contest, in which any child who finds a Golden Ticket hidden under the wrapper of one of his Wonka Bars will be invited into Wonka’s factory, with a chance at winning “the Grand Prize”. The five children who each find a Golden Ticket are Augustus Gloop, a glutinous slob, Veruca Salt, a Russian heiress with no self control, Violet Beauregarde, a self-obsessed media celebrity (who holds the record for longest continuously chewed wad of bubble gum), Mike Teavee, a TV-and-Internet obsessed loner, who hacked his way to a free Golden Ticket, and our hero, Charlie Bucket, an idealistic waif who idolizes both his Grandpa Joe and Wonka. The children (and their adult companions) get a tour of the Wonka factory they (and the audience) will never forget, and Wonka ultimately finds his worthwhile successor.

The stage musical makes effective use of several of the pieces of music that appeared in the Wilder film, including “The Candy Man”, “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket”, “Pure Imagination”, and the hauntingly creepy “Oompa Loompa Song”. But composer and lyricist Mark Shaiman and Scott Wittman also created numerous new songs for the show. There is poignancy, in “A Letter From Charlie Bucket” and “If Your Father Were Here”, there’s wacky comedy in “Strike That! Reverse That!” and a new longer version of the Ooompa Loompa song, and each of the primary “children” characters has both an introductory song, and a song that is tied to their eventual demise. Along with the fast-paced “Strike That! Reverse That!”, my favorite two tracks are also new: “It Must Be Believed to Be Seen” and “The View From Here” — both are hauntingly beautiful pieces of music, in the midst of an over-the-top candy-coated fantasy of a musical. Christian Borle (“Something Rotten”, “Peter and the Starcatcher” on Broadway, and “Smash” on TV) is absolutely magnificent as Willy Wonka in his performances on this album — I would have loved to have seen him in the role on stage. He channels Gene Wilder’s unforgettable film performance, while still managing to put his own stamp on it. A national touring company will be starting a U.S. tour of this stage musical in late 2018, however it looks like the closest it will come to Lincoln/Omaha is Minneapolis and Denver. So, in the meantime, enjoy listening to this soundtrack CD and keep your fingers crossed that the musical makes it to Lincoln or Omaha or Kansas City!

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder. I recommend avoiding the 2005 version starring Johnny Depp.] [ official Charlies and the Chocolate Factory musical web site ] | [ official Roald Dahl web site ]


Recommended by Scott C.
Bennett Martin Public Library

Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of Your Fist
by Sunil Yapa

This bright cover contains an emotional slogan from the 1999 WTO protest in Seattle. This book follows a handful of characters, the main one being a young man who had run away from his cop stepfather in recent years, all of whose lives converge for a day at the protest. Told through alternating chapters, we find out each of their motivations for being at the trade meetings, on the job, on the streets, or with friends. By learning more about the humans behind such caricatures, it helps us understand how such a large event, built for the benefits of many, so quickly crumbled into a giant mess. This book contains violence. One reader might find the ending beautiful and poetic, another might find it incredibly heartbreaking. I hope you enjoy it.

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try How It Went Down, by Kekla Magoon, The Rock and the River, by Kekla Magoon or Nineteen Minutes, by Jodi Picoult] [ Official website for both this book and author ]


Recommended by Naomi S.
Eiseley Branch Library

Screening Room

[j DVD Coco]

Winner of the Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Animated Feature Film for films released in 2017. Also winner of the Best Song at the Academy Awards for “Remember Me”, by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (previous winners for “Let It Go” from Frozen).

This charming 2017 animated film from Pixar, released by the Walt Disney company, is a celebration of the Mexican culture’s holiday “Dia de Los Muertos” (the Day of the Dead). A young boy (12-year-old Miguel) in a Mexican village wishes to pursue music as his life’s passion, but is forbidden from being involved with music by his elders, as a result of a heartbreaking story involving his Great-Great-Grandmother Coco, who was abandoned by a musician. Miguel is headstrong, and obsessed with a legendary Mexican troubadour and film star (Ernesto de la Cruz), and Miguel’s actions lead him to “borrow” de la Cruz’s guitar to perform in a talent competition. One thing leads to another and ultimately the “living” Miguel finds himself having crossed over the land of the dead. Miguel then needs the help of a charming but untrustworthy trickster spirit, as he navigates his way through the extensive community of passed-on souls who await The Day of the Dead each year for the chance to reunited with living loved ones. Miguel must earn his way back to the land of the living or be trapped among the dead forever…along the way he develops bonds with some of the passed-on spirits he encounters on the other side.

The music in this film was marvelous, the storytelling and the animation and character voice work were all top-notch. This was easily my favorite animated film in 2017, and overall was one of my 3 or 4 favorite films which I saw in a movie theater last year. I look forward to owning this one in my own collection, and highly recommend you check it out from the libraries if you haven’t had a chance to see it yet yourself!

[Various tie-in books associated with this film are also available in traditional print format.] [ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ] | [ official Coco web site ]


Recommended by Scott C.
Bennett Martin Public Library

formatdvdHappy Death Day
[DVD Happy]

Tree Gelbman is a college sorority girl forced to live her birthday over and over when she gets murdered and stuck in a time loop. With each new life she tries to figure out who her murderer is in order to make it stop. Along the way she meets Carter – over and over – and realizes that maybe she’s not the nicest person and begins to change her ways. So really it’s a “feel good horror movie.”

I waited patiently for this to come out on DVD and I wasn’t disappointed. There aren’t really any big name actors in it, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth a shot. I really enjoyed it. There were moments of comedy and lots of drama. Plus it’s a horror movie so get ready to be freaked out.

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try It (2017) – same creepy vibe, Scream – series of 4 movies, or Groundhog Day – living the same day over and over.] [ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ] | [ official Happy Death Day Facebook page ]


Recommended by Carrie R.
Bennett Martin Public Library

formatdvdMurder on the Orient Express
[DVD Murder]

I am a huge Agatha Christie fan, having been introduced to Dame Agatha’s novels back in my teen years by my mother. I am also a hugh Kenneth Branagh fan — his Henry V and Dead Again are two of my all-time favorite movies! So, you’d think this was a slam dunk for being a film that I would love. While I did enjoy this 2017 version of Murder on the Orient Express, I was ultimately a bit disappointed in it.

Not because it isn’t a good film — it is a very good film, with many good performances in it. It’s just that the 1974 version with Albert Finney as Poirot is one of my all-time favorite films, and this didn’t quite match up to it. Branagh as Poirot gives a decent enough performance, but he physically does not resemble the character as described by Agatha Christie in her novels and stories. And his interpretation of the fussy little Belgian detective’s mannerisms just felt “off”. And don’t get me started on the mustache! That was just wrong in every way. Still…this version of the film (like the 1974) features an all-star cast, including Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Leslie Odom Jr., Josh Gad, Derek Jakobi, Judy Dench, Willem Dafoe, Penelope Cruz, and Michelle Pfeiffer (and more). The backgrounds of several of Christie’s characters are tinkered with in order to accomodate some of these “star castings”, sometimes in ways that pay disservice to the original story.

The setting of the Orient Express train is done very well, though the extensive use of CGI effects to show the train in motion is sometimes painfully obvious. A sequence involving an action-adventure chase on scaffolding is added, which wasn’t in the book, and feels unnecessary. However, another scene that differs from the book turns out to be one of the best in the film, as Poirot angrily confronts the tableau of suspects in a train tunnel at the film’s climax.

Christie purists may have lots of problems with this film. I came into it wanting to love it, and left wishing I liked it more than I did. As a film, on its own merits, its perfectly fine. It just suffers in comparison to other versions of Murder on the Orient Express. I do, ultimately, recommend it…but I also recommend viewing what’s come before!

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try Murder on the Orient Express (the 1974 version with Albert Finney), Murder on the Orient Express (the 2010 2-hour version with David Suchet) or Murder on the Orient Express] [Also available in traditional print format.] [ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ] | [ official Murder on the Orient Express (2017) web site ]


Recommended by Scott C.
Bennett Martin Public Library

[DVD Spaceballs]

I found this movie really funny, even though I’m sure I didn’t get all the in jokes, as I’ve only seen the original Star Wars movies once and this is a parody of them. The plot is basically a princess being forced into a marriage because a planet is running out of air, she runs away from her wedding, two buddies find her and hope her father will give them lots of money for her return. The planet running out of air hires Dark Helmet to get the princess back, so the two buddies are being chased by him. It’s a really goofy movie with spoken and unspoken jokes. I thought it was pretty funny and like action movies, sometimes the action or comedy in this case matters more than the story (which itself is overly absurd). It’s good if you want a comedy movie with some sci-fi in it, just like Spam-a-lot is good it you want comedy with some British folklore in it.

[ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ] | [ official Mel Brooks web site ]


Recommended by Kristen A.
Gere Branch Library

formatdvdThe West Wing: Complete Third Season
[DVD West]

The third season of the West Wing starts with staff in a lock-down at the White House, with high school students who were touring it at the time, and ends with the president deciding if he should or should not assassinate a terrorist. Some character highlights include: President Jed Bartlet calling the Butterball Hotline on Thanksgiving, Sam being followed and interviewed by his reporter ex-fiance, Toby arguing with the team who were hired to get Bartlet re-elected, Leo dating his attorney, Josh becoming obsessed with a website that’s devoted to him, Donna finding out that due to a cartography error she was actually born in Canada, CJ learning the lyrics to “I’m Too Sexy” and singing them around the White House when the majority leader flubs a question on camera, and Charlie getting into a prank war with CJ after a copy of the President’s schedule goes missing. While there were a lot of funny moments throughout the season there was also a lot of tension because of the terrorist attack and also the staffers being subpoenaed and having to testify in court.

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try The American President, Veep, Madam Secretary or other political dramas.] [ Internet Movie Database entry for this series ] | [ official The West Wing page on the NBC web site ]


Recommended by Carrie R.
Bennett Martin Public Library

last updated March 2018
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