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

These recommendations posted in September 2005

Griffin and Sabine - Cover  Griffin & Sabine by Nick Bantock

An epistolary novel with mystical/mythical overtones; It is intriguing and at times disturbing.

[ official Nick Bantock Web site ]

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


Review Score - 8
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Cold Sassy Tree - Cover  Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns

This appealing coming of age story features an early 20th century Southern setting, plenty of humor, and thoughtful observations of life.
[Also available in unabridged audiotape format.]

[ official Internet Movie Database page for the 1989 TV-movie adaptation of the book ]

Recommended by Elizabeth J.
Circulation Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library


Review Score - 7
Rated by -- Grant M.
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The Missing Man - Cover  The Missing Man by Michael Cassutt

The space program and NASA are not sacred cows in this telling of a fictional murder of an astronaut by another astronaut to forward his own career and agenda. Knowledge of NASA's history and key personnal is not required but would add to the reader's enjoyment since the space program is the setting. Interesting behind-the-scenes information about training and the career ladder of astronauts.

[ official Michael Cassutt Web site ]

Review Score - 7
Recommended by Charlotte K.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library


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Lincoln City Guide - Cover  Lincoln City Guide by Federal Writers Project [917.82 F31]

If you enjoy reading about historical neighborhoods and buildings here in Lincoln, then this book is for you! Produced in 1937 as part of the Federal Writers Project, a WPA program.

[ Wikipedia page about the Federal Writers Project ]

Review Score - 8
Recommended by Kim J.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library


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Radical Evolution - Cover  Radical Evolution by Joel Garreau [599.938 Gar]

Radical Evolution by Joel Garreau is a great book for getting us to think about what humanity is and what it may become. As more and more technological change occurs at an ever-increasing rate, humans will have to cope with these changes or we may indeed perish as a species. Will we follow the Heaven Scenario, the Hell Scenario, or the Prevail Scenario? Will nanobots take over the world and turn everything into a gray goo? Or will we be able to embrace the new technology and bring health and happiness to all? I found this book to be incredibly thought-provoking and some of the research currently being done is just astounding. If you are interested in the future, this is a must read.

[ article about and interview with the author on GBN Web site ]

Recommended by Cindy C.
Technical Processes -- Bennett Martin Public Library


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Murder on the Yellow Brick Road - Cover  Murder on the Yellow Brick Road by Stuart Kaminsky

Detective Toby Peters responds when actress Judy Garland finds a murdered Munchkin on the set of "The Wizard of Oz." If you like this one, you'll probably also like all of the other celebrity-themed Toby Peters mysteries by Kaminsky.

[ official Stuart Kaminsky Web site ]

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


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No Mountain High Enough - Cover  No Mountain High Enough: Raising Lance, Raising Me [B K2878] by Linda Armstrong Kelly

Bicyclist Lance Armstrong's mother tells about her hard-knocks life, making clear her love for her son and the take-no-holds determination which helped her and Lance succeed in overcoming the challenging difficulties in their lives. If you like this book, of course you need to read Lance's book, It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life, 796.62 Arm. He also wrote Every Second Counts, 796.62 Arm. For photos, see Lance Armstrong; Images of a Champion, 796.62 qArm. If you like bicycle racing: Major Taylor: The Extraordinary Career of a Champion Bicycle Racer, by Andrew Ritchie. 796.6 TayYr.
[Also available in Large Print format.]

[ official No Mountain High Enough page on the official Linda Armstrong Kelly Web site ]

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


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A Right to be Hostile - Cover  A Right to be Hostile by Aaron McGruder [741.5 qMcG]

Shockingly funny yet still thought-provoking, McGruder's "Boondocks" comics series does for young suburban African-Americans what "Doonesbury" did for angry liberals and anti-establishment types in the 1960s. While they may appear to be one dimensional, Huey -- the "angry black man" in a pint-sized body, and Riley -- the disaffected rap-addict street playa -- are actually quite multi-dimensional when you can follow their growth over the course of a large anthology of strips like this. Surrounded by a colorful and extensive supporting cast of characters, Huey and Riley's observations about the state of contemporary ethnic culture and wholesale American society are both bitingly funny and depressingly accurate. A must for the serious comic-strip fan or anyone interested in political humor that pokes fun at figures on both sides of the political divide.

[ official Boondocks Web site ] | [ official ucomics.com page featuring Boondocks ]

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


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The Butter Did It - Cover  The Butter Did It by Phyllis Richman

A fun mystery story of murder, food, and restaurants in Washington, D.C. Did the chef die of high cholesterol? Or did someone do him in? And why? If you like food, romance, and mystery, this book's for you!

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

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Nero Wolfe mysteries on DVD - Cover  This review is for the DVD format of this itemNero Wolfe: The Complete First Season by Rex Stout

The classic Nero Wolfe mysteries by Rex Stout were brought to glorious full-color life on television's A&E network in 2001 and 2002, starring Maury Chaykin as Wolfe, and Timothy Hutton as loyal legman Archie Goodwin. With excellent production values, superb performances, a stylish musical soundtrack and energetic pace and editing style, these episodes are a can't-miss for true Nero Wolfe enthusiasts. At present the library only has the episodes from season one in our DVD collection.
[Two first-season episodes are also available in our collection on VHS: The Doorbell Rang, and The Golden Spiders.]

[ complete Episode Guide to the 2001-02 series at EpGuides.com ] | [ complete Episode Guide at the A&E Web site ] | [ The Wolfe Pack -- The official Nero Wolfe fan club ]

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


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last updated July 2007
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