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

These recommendations were posted April 2004

The Sweet Potato Queens Book of Love - Cover  The Sweet Potato Queen's Book of Love by Jill Conner Browne

Advice on love and life and how to enjoy both, from the famous Sweet Potato Queens.

[Also available in unabridged audiotape format.]

[ official Web site for both Jill Conner Browne and The Sweet Potato Queens ]

Recommended by Kaye A.
Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries

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Nebraska Moments - Cover  Nebraska Moments: Glimpses of Nebraska's Past by Donald R. Hickey

I'm currently reading this and enjoying it very much. The writing flows well and the chapters are very digestible, containing facts both familiar (to Nebraskans or students of frontier history) and surprising. Good illustrations, too. Makes me even prouder to be a native Nebraskan.

Recommended by Becky W.C.
Walt Branch Library

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Seabiscuit: An American Legend - Cover  Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand

Even though I'm not a horse lover, this was a fascinating tale of American history from 1938. This horse received more press than President Roosevelt!

[Also available in unabridged audiotape, book-on-cd, and DVD formats.]

[ official Web site for both Laura Hillenbrand and the book Seabiscuit ]

Recommended by Sheila W.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library

Average Customer Review Score - 10
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The Rockford Files: The Green Bottle - Cover  The Green Bottle by Stuart Kaminsky

This book and Devil on My Doorstep capture the tone of the classic Rockford Files tv series perfectly, with engaging mystery plots, snappy dialogue and fun, quirky characters. It's just too bad these are the only two Rockford books Kaminsky authored. [Interested in more info about the television series The Rockford Files itself? Then check out This Is Jim Rockford... in our non-fiction collection.]


[ official Stuart Kaminsky Web site ]

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

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The Gallery of Regrettable Food - Cover  The Gallery of Regrettable Food by James Lileks [641.5 Lil]

Like a traffic accident you can't look away from, the hypnotic images here will haunt you. The scathing bits of commentary are hilarious. This unique, horrifyingly illustrated book by humorous columnist James Lileks is for readers with strong stomachs and twisted senses of humor. The official Web site below includes even more images which Lileks couldn't fit in the book!

[ official Gallery of Regrettable Foods Web site ] | [ official James Lileks Web site ]

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

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The Lord of the Rings - Cover  The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

Racism, greed and lust for power are themes throughout this timeless tale of the triumph of good over evil. Worth reading over and over!

[The library owns the three titles in the Lord of the Rings trilogy (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King plus the lead-in story The Hobbit) in a variety of different printings, editions and formats. If you're looking for the complete trilogy in one package, in addition to the print version linked above it is also available in the following formats: audiotape [abridged excerpts], audiotape [13-hour radioplay], book-on-cd [13-hour radioplay]. Or, search the entire listings for J.R.R. Tolkien to see the other versions and formats, plus all the ancillary titles associated with this fantasy saga.]

[ official J.R.R. Tolkien Web site ] | [ Encyclopedia of Arda: A Reference Guide to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien ]

Review Score - 10
Recommended by Kim J.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library

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The Story of Lucy Gault - Cover  The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor

The story of a missing child in Ireland during the 1920s and the effect that her absence has on her family.

[Also available in unabridged audiotape format.]

[ official Story of Lucy Gault Web site ]

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

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The Warden - Cover  The Warden by Anthony Trollope

This is the first book in Trollope's "Barsetshire" series. A good introduction to Trollope's work!

Recommended by Peter J.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library

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The Justin Wilson Gourmet and Gourmand Cookbook - Cover  The Justin Wilson Gourmet and Gourmand Cookbook by Justin Wilson [641.5 Wil]

How y'all are? Long before chef Emeril Lagasse popularized Louisiana cuisine, Justin Wilson [1914-2001] was the King of Cajun cooking and humor, complete with his own PBS cooking show in the 1980s. Need to know how to make an authentic roux? Look no further. Like spicy, flavorful food? You'll love these recipes...I garontee you dat! [The libraries also own Justin Wilson's Easy Cookin': 150 Rib-Tickling Recipes for Good Eating.]

[ official Justin Wilson Web site ]

Review Score - 8
Recommended by Scott C.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library

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Cosmos - Cover  This review is for the DVD format of this itemCosmos -- [DVD 523 Sag] by Carl Sagan

A fascinating 13-episode/7-disc science series based on Carl Sagan's groundbreaking book. Recently digitally-remastered for its DVD release, Cosmos is still one of the most outstanding and engaging science and space exploration documentary series ever produced. Come learn about the billions and billions of stars in the known galaxy!

[Also available on videotape, as well as the original book the series was based on.]

[ official Carl Sagan Web site, encompassing both the tv series and the book ]

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

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