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

These recommendations were posted September 2004

Strange Angels  Strange Angels by Jonis Agee

Nebraska author. Very good plot, with a nice picture of life in the Sandhills of Nebraska.

[ official Jonis Agee Web site ]

Recommended by Dorene O.
Administration -- Bennett Martin Public Library

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The Chili Queen  The Chili Queen by Sandra Dallas

If you liked the movie A Big Hand for the Little Lady, you'll love this!


[ official The Chili Queen Web site ] | [ official Sandra Dallas Web site ]

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

Average Customer Review Score - 7
Rated by -- Anonymous
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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America  Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich [303.564 Ehr]

Depressing yet illuminating look at what it takes to scrape a living from the bottom of the barrel. You'll never look at the service industry the same way again.
[Also available in Large Print format.]

[ official Nickel and Dimed Web site ]

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

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Carter Beats the Devil  Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold

Exciting blend of fact and fiction in the early 20th century.

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

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Rocket Boys: A Memoir  Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam [B H515h]

This is the inspiring story of a young boy pursuing his dreams in the small coal mining community of Coalwood, West Virginia. The author provides vivid descriptions which allow the reader a glimpse into the joys, struggles, and day to day lives of this small rural community.
[Also available in Large Print format.]

[ official Rocket Boys Web site ] | [ official Homer Hickam Web site ]

Recommended by Patty L.
Walt Branch Library

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Up the Down Staircase  Up the Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman

Up the Down Staircase is the funny and touching story of a committed, idealistic teacher whose clash with school bureaucracy is a timeless lesson for students, teachers, parents--anyone concerned about public education.

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

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The Boy and the Dog Are Sleeping  The Boy and the Dog Are Sleeping by Nasdijj [970.2 Nas]

It will open your eyes and break your heart.

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

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Lost Languages: The Enigma of the World's Undeciphered Scripts  Lost Languages by Andrew Robinson [411 Rob]

Lovers of historical mysteries who also have an interest in languages will find this book fascinating, as it describes the processes used to decipher such ancient languages as Egyptian and Mayan, and explores the difficulties in deciphering scripts that are still unknown, such as Etruscan and Meroitic.

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

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FlashForward  FlashForward by Robert J. Sawyer

Thought-provoking contemporary science fiction with a fascinating "what if" premise. The science is not too convoluted, and the thriller elements make this a good introduction to science fiction for non-SF fans.


[ official FlashForward Web site ] | [ official Robert J. Sawyer Web site ]

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

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The Screening Room

The Brother Cadfael mysteries on video  This review is for the DVD format of this itemThe Brother Cadfael mysteries [on video/dvd] by Ellis Peters

The videos in this series, starring Derek Jacobi as the intrepid Brother Cadfael, may even be better than the Ellis Peters books they are based upon. Absolutely gorgeous productions, with wonderful performances, especially Jacobi!
[At present, the libraries own 13 of the Cadfael stories in video format -- click the link above or the illustration at left and then "limit" the search by "videocassette".]

[ semi-official Edith Pargeter (a.k.a. Ellis Peters) Web site ]

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

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