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March 2007 Recommendations

book cover  In the Garden of Iden
by Kage Baker

A spectacular introduction to a popular science fiction series! In the Garden of Iden introduced The Company, a powerful organization that has combined time travel with the scientific advances necessary to turn humans into immortals. Since you can only travel backwards in time, The Company has used its scientific prowess to alter inconsequential humans from ages gone past, making them into immortal agents who can plant the seeds for scientific, technological and cultural harvesting far in the future.
In the Garden of Iden follows the experiences of Mendoza, a young Spanish lass who's been transformed into a Company agent, who is sent to England of the 1500s to locate and get genetic samples of some rare plants that will otherwise become extinct. The interactions between Mendoza (and her fellow agents) and the "primitive" locals provide for plenty of wry observations on culture, religion, history and the basic nature of humanity. All packaged in a fast-moving historical SF novel!

[ In the Garden of Iden page on the official Kage Baker web site ]

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


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book cover  The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers
by Lilian Jackson Braun

This is the latest in The Cat Who series. Although her last few had been very formulaic, this one will renew your interest in the series! Polly decides to go to France for a vacation with one of her friends, leaving Qwill behind. The usual mischief occurs: Koko yowls, a body is found, and Qwill is left to ponder the crime. Will they find out who the killer is? Then come two startling twists that will change everything! What are they? You'll have to read to find out
[Also available in unabridged book-on-cd and Large Print formats.]

[ publisher's official page for this book ] | [ official Lilian Jackson Braun web site ]

Review Score - 8
Recommended by Julie H.
Walt Branch Library


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book cover  The Girl Who Walked Home Alone: Bette Davis, a Personal Biography
by Charlotte Chandler [791.432 DavYc]

The Girl who Walked Home Alone" is a combination personal interview and biography with Bette Davis, the movie star whose career dominated the movie industry in the 1930s. Davis's personality really comes through and some of her comments about co-stars are priceless.

[ publisher's page for this book and for this author ]

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


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book cover  The Handybook for Genealogists
by George B. Everton [929.1 qEve10]

"The Handybook for Genealogists" [10th edition] is a must for anyone doing family history. Organized by state, you will find maps, histories, and the location/address for respositories of local records. The Everton family has been active in genealogy publishing for decades and their expertise is apparent.
[Also available in 1999 9th edition ]

[ publisher's web site for this book at the official Everton Publishing web site ]

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


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book cover  We Are All Fine Here
by Mary Guterson

Julia is pushing 40, pregnant and not sure if the father is her cheating husband or her college love who has reappeared. She is in a serious mess but describes her life with a lot of humor. It will make you laugh and cry. How will she finally find peace?

[ official Mary Guterson web site ]

Review Score - 8
Recommended by Ann F.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library


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book cover  West With the Night
by Beryl Markham [B M336]

This is the autobiography of a young girl who grows up in East Africa with her father. The Author provides vivid descriptions of an Africa during the early 20th Century that no longer exists. Later in life she turns her attention to aviation and describes her life as a bush pilot. In 1936 she become's the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west.

[ Wikipedia entry on Beryl Markham ]

Recommended by Patty L.
Walt Branch Library


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book cover  The Rubber Stamper's Bible
by Francoise Read [761 qRea]

Confused by all the accessories and design possibilities for stamping cards? Here's an excellent primer that illustrates and explains the basic tools for stamping cards, then shows some basic card designs using those tools. Each chapter covers a specific method of stamping so after reading about the basic tools, just go to the chapter that piques your interest. Lots of good illustrations and step-by-step instructions.

[ official Publisher's page for this book ]

Review Score - 9
Recommended by Charlotte K.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library


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book cover  This review is for a music CDCalifornication
by Red Hot Chili Peppers [Compact Disc 781.66 Red]

Although not a new release, it is new to the library's collection. Check out the catchy tunes of one of America'smost popular bands! Bring back the memories of the 1990s as you find yourself singing along as you play it over and over again at home, in your car, or even at your desk at work! (And come on, you gotta love a musician who calls himself Flea!).

[ official Red Hot Chili Peppers web site ]

Review Score - 8
Recommended by Julie H.
Walt Branch Library


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book cover  Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
by Patrick Suskind

This book was a European besteller in the 80's and has since been made into a movie. The book tells the story of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born in the gutter of a fish market in 18th century Paris. He is a unique baby, in that he possesses no smell. Perhaps that is why his own sense of smell is so well developed. The reader is transported through the streets and alleys of an olfactory affront--that which is Paris during the life of Jean-Baptiste. Perfume, is a suspense novel with liberal doses of horror and mystery. It is an entirely unusual tale of an outcast with a spectacular gift of smell. The reader will follow his life while figuratively peeking through the cracks of their fingers, curiously and guiltily wanting more. This book is recommended for those who love eccentrics and original stories. Sure to be like nothing you've ever read before.

[ Wikipedia page for this book ] | [ official website of the 2006 movie adaptation ]

Review Score - 10
Recommended by Sean S.
Eiseley Branch Library


Review Score - 8
Rated by -- Epsie F.
patron of the Gere Branch library

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The Screening Room

book cover  This review is for the DVD format of this itemThe Old Curiosity Shop
by Charles Dickens [DVD Dickens]

This is an excellent production of one of Dickens'novels that has been hard to find in film until now. This production appeared as a mini-series in 1979 starring Natalie Ogle as Little Nell and Sebastian Shaw as her grandfather. This production does a wonderful job of portraying the dark side of gambling addictions. If you prefer stories with happy endings, this is definitely not the series for you!
[The original novel version of this story by Dickens is also available in several different editions.]

[ Internet Movie Database page for this mini-series ]

Review Score - 9
Recommended by Kim J.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library


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