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

These recommendations were posted July 2004

TITLE - Cover  The Miles Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold

Exciting, humorous and multi-layered series of science fiction novels, several of which have won the Hugo Award as Best SF Novel of the Year. Bujold's far-future saga mixes strong elements of military SF with humorous dialog and plot twists, political court intriques with galactic civilizations, and centers them all on an ultimate anti-hero -- the physically-disabled (but brilliant) son of a military dynasty, with a penchant for getting himself into and out of major crises with big-time bluffs. Should appeal to scifi/adventure fans, as well as those interested in political intrigues.

[Several titles in the Vorkosigan series are also available on the paperback spinner racks at various branches.]

[ official Vorkosigan Saga Web site ] | [ official Lois McMaster Bujold Web site ]

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

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Worlds of Wonder - Cover  Worlds of Wonder: How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy by David Gerrold [808.388 Ger]

David Gerrold, a writer who made his first sale to the Star Trek TV series ("The Trouble With Tribbles") and has since gone on to publish over 40 novels and non-fiction books, brings a love for the craft of writing and a passionate insider's knowledge of the SF & Fantasy field to this handy writing guide.

[ official Worlds of Wonder Web site ] | [ official David Gerrold Web site ]

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

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About a Boy - Cover  About a Boy by Nick Hornby

Will just wants to be left alone to pursue young, single moms in peace. His plans are thwarted by his funny relationship with the slightly odd Marcus and the boy's struggling mother.

[Also available in unabridged audiotape and Large Print formats.]

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

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Wobegon Boy - Cover  Wobegon Boy by Garrison Keillor

The radio raconteur's tale of a small-town boy coping with adulthood.

[Also available in abridged audiotape format.]

[ official Prairie Home Companion Web site (NPR) ]

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

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Benjamin Franklin - Cover  Benjamin Franklin by Edmund S. Morgan [B F85mo]

Yale historian Morgan has written a book that analyzes Franklin's impact on science, politics and history. Wonderful portrait of his human side.

[Also available in Large Print format.]

[ official Yale University Press webpage for this book ]

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

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Star of the Sea - Cover  Star of the Sea by Joseph O'Connor

Suspense story set on a ship with Irish immigrants heading for New York. O'Connor has a beautiful prose style which interweaves several life stories to reveal scandal and murder.

[ official Star of the Sea Web site ]

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

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Touching the Void - Cover  Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man's Miraculous Survival by Joe Simpson [796.522 Sim]

Incredibly inspiring story of Joe Simpson and Simon Yates' experiences while climbing a 21,000-foot peak in the Andes. When an accident results in Simpson falling into a deep crevasse and Yates having to cut his believed-to-be-dead friend loose, the true adventure has just begun. Brutal, emotional, and highly lyrical, this true story was recently adapted into an award-winning documentary film.

[Also available in DVD format.]

[ official Touching the Void book Web site ] | official Touching the Void film Web site ]

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

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Somerset Homecoming - Cover  Somerset Homecoming: Recovering a Lost Heritage by Dorothy Spruill Redford [917.561 Red]

The author's ancestors were slaves. How she solves the mysteries about here family -- and the family who owned them -- reads like a good detective novel. Reconciliation resulted as the families came together.

Recommended by Bob B.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library

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The Kitchen God's Wife - Cover  The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan

Exciting book -- Great storytelling!

[Also available in Large Print format.]

[ unofficial but detailed Amy Tan fan Web site ]

Recommended by Andrea S.
Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries

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The Screening Room

Rebecca [Video] - Cover  This review is for the DVD format of this itemRebecca by Daphne Dumaurier [Video]

Faithful and atmospheric adaptation of the classic suspense novel. The psychological menace of Mrs. Danvers is captured very well by Diana Rigg.

The libraries own multiple different print and audio versions of this classic suspense novel.]

[ official Internet Movie Database webpage for this adaptation ] | [ official Daphne Dumaurier Web site ]

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

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last updated July 2007
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