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INDEXES TO PAST STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS: BY TITLE | BY REVIEWER | TV SERIES/SPECIALS ON DVD/VHS

These recommendations were posted March 2004

Time and Chance by Alan Brennert - Cover  Time and Chance [1990] by Alan Brennert

Two divergent paths that a man's life might have taken, end up crossing fifteen years later, giving two versions of the same man each the chance to experience what "might have been." This emotionally-engaging exploration of a classic "What If" should appeal to fans of The Twilight Zone and the movie Somewhere in Time.

Review Score - 10
Recommended by Scott C.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library

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The Practice Effect by DavidB Brin - Cover  The Practice Effect [1984] by David Brin

A fun, fast-paced, Hard SF story by a multiple Hugo-winner. Brin's sense of humor and lightly drawn characterizations pull the reader into the story. This novel explores the adventures of a scientist thrust into a reality in which the laws of physics he's accustomed to appear to be running in reverse.

[ sample from The Practice Effect ] | [ official David Brin Web site ]

Review Score - 7
Recommended by Scott C.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library

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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon - Cover  The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay [2000] by Michael Chabon

This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel uses the early comic-book industry as background for a resonant human story.

[Also available in abridged audiotape format.]
[ official Michael Chabon Web site ]

Recommended by Scott S.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library

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Walking Across Egypt by Clyde Edgerton - Cover  Walking Across Egypt [1987] by Clyde Edgerton

In this novel, you will feel like you have met Edgerton's characters and know them very well.

[ read a sample ] | [ official Clyde Edgerton Web site ]

Recommended by Mary C.
Circulation Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library

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The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde - Cover  The Eyre Affair [2001] by Jasper Fforde

Humorous but mind-bending journey into an alternate reality, where authors hold positions of superstardom, and the possibility of killing famous literary characters is all too real. Join literary detective Thursday Next, as she attempts to prevent the assassination of Jane Eyre. This has now turned into a series, with subsequent volumes Lost in a Good Book and The Well of Lost Plots and more.


[ official Thursday Next Web site ] | [ official Jasper Fforde Web site ]

Review Score - 9
Recommended by Scott C.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library

Average Customer Review Score - 8
Rated by -- Anonymous
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Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons - Cover  Cold Comfort Farm [1932] by Stella Gibbons

Nineteen-thirties novel following Flora on her adventures at Cold Comfort Farm. Complete with crazy lady in the attic and stereotypical rural characters!

[ semi-official Stella Gibbons Web site created by her nephew and biographer ]

Recommended by Robin T.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library

Average Customer Review Score - 9
Rated by -- Anonymous
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Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard - Cover  Battlefield Earth [1982] by L. Ron Hubbard

Perhaps better known for founding the Church of Scientology, this noted science fiction author was originally from Nebraska.

[Also available in unabridged audiotape format.]
[ official Battlefield Earth Web site ] | [ official L. Ron Hubbard Web site as an author ]

Recommended by Curtis I..
Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries

Average Customer Review Score - 9
Rated by -- Anonymous
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The Good German by Joseph Kanon - Cover  The Good German [2001] by Joseph Kanon

Life and death, love and loss in post-WWII Berlin. Who is the true enemy?

[Also available in abridged book-on-cd format.]
[ official Good German webpage ] | [ official Joseph Kanon Web site ]

Recommended by Kaye A.
Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries

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The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd - Cover  The Secret Life of Bees [2002] by Sue Monk Kidd

A young runaway girl is taken in by some eccentric sisters who run a beekeeping business. Rich in the lore of beekeeping and the many uses of honey.

[Also available in audiotape, book-on-cd [both unabridged], and Large Print formats.]
[ official Web site for both Sue Monk Kidd and The Secret Life of Bees ]

Recommended by Rayma S.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library

Average Customer Review Score - 7
Rated by -- Anonymous
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The Autobiography of My Mother by Jamaica Kincaid - Cover  The Autobiography of My Mother [1995] by Jamaica Kincaid

A powerful, beautiful and thought-provoking novel.

Recommended by Andrea S.
Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries

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