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These recommendations were posted in January 2006

The Citadel - Cover  The Citadel by A.J. Cronin

The story of a young doctor who starts his career working as an assistant in the Welsh mining valleys, then moves on to try and realize his dream of private practice in London. Along the way there are many moral decisions he must face.


[ brief on-line annotation of The Citadel ] | [ Wikipedia entry on A.J. Cronin ]

Recommended by Patty L.
Walt Branch Library


Review Score - 10
Rated by -- Marilyn M.
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The Inner Voice - Cover  This review is from the staff of the Polley Music LibraryThe Inner Voice: The Making of a Singer by Renee Fleming [782.109 Fle]

Opera singer Renee Fleming writes frankly about her path to becoming the acclaimed artist who appears at opera houses and in televised concerts. Of interest to the musician and fan alike.


[ official Renée Fleming website ]

Recommended by Meredith C.
Polley Music Library


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Transitive Vampire - Cover  The Transitive Vampire: A Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager and the Doomed by Karen Elizabeth Gordon [428.2 Gor]

A fun, entertaining approach to learning grammar.


[ on-line interview with the author ]

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


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The Widow of the South - Cover  The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks

Set during the Civil War, a young woman loses her husband but gains a vocation when she becomes the caretaker of the military cemetery established on her land. It's based on a true family story and is a first novel by this author. If you like genealogy, family history, or the history of the Civil War you should enjoy this.
[Also available in unabridged book-on-cd format.]

[ official Book and Author website ]

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


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They Died in Vain - Cover  They Died in Vain: Overlooked, Underappreciated and Forgotten Mystery Novels by Jim Huang [809.387 Hua]

A fun read to browse through short synopses and reviews of mystery books. You get an idea about each book without anything being given away. The library owns over half of the titles discussed and most of the authors. A good way to get ideas for your next mystery read!

Review Score - 8
Recommended by
Charlotte K.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library


Review Score - 9
Rated by -- Scott C.
Customer of the Bennett Martin Public LIbrary

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Dating Dead Men - Cover  Dating Dead Men by Harley Jane Kozak

This engaging premiere novel by a native Lincolnite who's successfully entered the Hollywood scene is a fun read. With a frenzied pace, readers follow the adventures of heroine Wollie Shelley as she juggles a blind-dating project, the promotion of the greeting card store she manages, and her eccentric relatives. Things get even crazier when she gets involved in a bizarre murder plot, which may or may not involve her institutionalized brother, but which most definitely involves the hunky mystery man who keeps popping up to pull her out of dangerous situations. Or...is that to put her into those situations? A fun, fast read filled with likeable characters.
[Also available in unabridged downloadable audio and book-on-cd formats.]

[ official Harley Jane Kozak website ]

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


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And Ladies of the Club - Cover  ...And Ladies of the Club by Helen Hooven Santmyer

I was sorry to see this book end. It was wonderful to feel that I was so close to these folks, their joys and sorrows. If you like Thornton Wilder, if you like to read about the daily life of ordinary people, their struggles and triumphs, you'll like this wonderfully written book!


[ Wikipedia pages for the: Book and Author ]

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


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Driving Over Lemons - Cover  Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Andalucia by Chris Stewart [914.68 Ste]

For some reason, possibly the weather, a fair number of Brits move each year to warmer climates on the continent. Chris Stewart was no exception. Having experienced a number of different occupations, including rock group drummer, sailor, and sheep shearer, he was ready to take on the mountains of Andalucia in southern Spain. However, the wily peasants and their local customs brought various challenges to this new life style. Getting rid of Pedro, the previous owner of their house, proved to be extremely tricky. If you want to know where the title of the book came from you'll find out in the very first pages of the book.
[Also available in unabridged book-on-cd format.]

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


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Sophie's Choice - Cover  Sophie's Choice by William Styron

Beautiful, sad story. The book is even more powerful than the movie. I was sad when it ended!

Recommended by Andrea S.
Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries


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Stone Cold - Cover  This review is for the DVD format of this itemStone Cold by Robert B. Parker [DVD Parker]

Gritty, atmospheric and filled with great performances, this TV-movie adaptation of Parker's novel trims the story somewhat but is stilly highly watchable. For anyone who's still got Selleck's performance as Thomas Magnum stuck in their head, this is a fine, multi-layered portrayal of author Parker's newest series character. Additional adaptations of other books in the Jesse Stone series are planned.
[Also available in the original hardback, and unabridged audiotape and book-on-cd [both unabridged], and Large Print formats.]

[ official IMdB page for the TV-movie ]

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


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