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Staff Recommendations – August 2004

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These recommendations were posted August 2004

irobotI, Robot
by Isaac Asimov

Don’t fool yourself by thinking that this summer’s hit movie is a direct adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s original 1950 short story collection…it’s not! Take a look at Asimov’s stories for a brilliant exploration of the future of robotics and how it relates to human/machine interaction. A classic of the science fiction genre.

[ official Isaac Asimov Web site — explains the ways in which the 2004 film differs dramatically from the original stories ]


Recommended by Scott C.
Bennett Martin Public Library

whenmontanaWhen Montana and I Were Young
by Margaret Bell [917.86 Bel]

Amazing true story of a pioneer girl.

[ official When Montana and I Were Young Web site ]

Recommended by Andrea S.
Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries

hourbeforedaylightAn Hour Before Daylight
by Jimmy Carter [Biography Carter]

A perceptive, clear-eyed picture of Carter’s growing up in the rural South in the 1920s and ’30s. The forces which formed a future president–religion, moral values, farming, race, the role of women, education.

[ official An Hour Before Daylight Web site ] | [ official The Jimmy Carter Library & Museum Web site ]

Recommended by Bob B.
Bennett Martin Public Library

flashmanThe Flashman series
by George MacDonald Fraser

Read Flashman with two bookmarks — one for the book, and one for the fascinating historical footnotes!

[ official Flashman series Web site (site: — appears to be inactive) ]

Recommended by Scott S.
Bennett Martin Public Library

hummingbirdsmywinterguestsHummingbirds: My Winter Guests
by Arnette Heidcamp [598.764 Hei]

An absolutely charming journal of the author’s experiences with injured “hummers” that wintered over in her greenhouse. Humorous and touching!

[ official Arnette Heidcamp webpage at Random House Publishing ]


Recommended by Scott C.
Bennett Martin Public Library

beatrixpottersartBeatrix Potter’s Art
by Anne Stevenson Hobbs [741.642 Pot]

I am a fan of the artwork of Beatrix Potter, particularly her art that was not included in her childrens’ books (Peter Rabbit, etc.).

[ official Beatrix Potter page about her life and art (on the official Peter Rabbit site ]


Recommended by Kim J.
Bennett Martin Public Library

evamovesthefurnitureEva Moves the Furniture
by Margot Livesey

After a family tragedy, a young girl turns to imaginary friends.

[ official Margot Livesey webpage at Methuen Publishing (now in active) ]

Recommended by Rayma S.
Bennett Martin Public Library

moonisdownThe Moon is Down
by John Steinbeck

The Moon is Down is the story of a peaceful town that is one day taken over by another country that intends to create a new world order. Steinbeck wrote this story during World War II and it was banned in the occupied German countries. This is an enjoyable, well written story.

Recommended by Patty L.
Walt Branch Library

rabbitrunRabbit, Run
by John Updike

This is the masterpiece of one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century. It is beautifully written, funny, and the insights into human nature are uncanny.

[ official Rabbit, Run page at Random House ] | [ official John Updike page at Random House ]

Recommended by Brendan M.
Walt Branch Library

Screening Room

formatdvdreillyaceofspiesdvdReilly: Ace of Spies
by [Troy Kennedy-Martin] [DVD Reilly]

Fascinating and chilling look at espionage in the early 1900s. Sam Neill captures the intelligence, charm, cunning and courageousness of a real-life spy.

[ official Internet Movie Database page for Reilly: Ace of Spies ]


Recommended by Scott C.
Reference Department — Bennett Martin Public Library

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