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Staff Recommendations – July 2004

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These recommendations were posted July 2004

brothersinarmsThe Miles Vorkosigan series
by Lois McMaster Bujold (Bujold)

Exciting, humorous and multi-layered series of science fiction novels, several of which have won the Hugo Award as Best SF Novel of the Year. Bujold’s far-future saga mixes strong elements of military SF with humorous dialog and plot twists, political court intriques with galactic civilizations, and centers them all on an ultimate anti-hero — the physically-disabled (but brilliant) son of a military dynasty, with a penchant for getting himself into and out of major crises with big-time bluffs. Should appeal to scifi/adventure fans, as well as those interested in political intrigues.

( official Vorkosigan Saga Web site ) | ( official Lois McMaster Bujold Web site )


Recommended by Scott C.
Bennett Martin Public Library

worldsofwonderWorlds of Wonder: How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy
by David Gerrold (808.388 Ger)

David Gerrold, a writer who made his first sale to the Star Trek TV series (“The Trouble With Tribbles”) and has since gone on to publish over 40 novels and non-fiction books, brings a love for the craft of writing and a passionate insider’s knowledge of the SF & Fantasy field to this handy writing guide.

( official David Gerrold Web site )


Recommended by Scott C.
Bennett Martin Public Library

aboutaboyAbout a Boy
by Nick Hornby (Hornby)

Will just wants to be left alone to pursue young, single moms in peace. His plans are thwarted by his funny relationship with the slightly odd Marcus and the boy’s struggling mother.

Recommended by Robin T.
Bennett Martin Public Library

wobegonboyWobegon Boy
by Garrison Keillor (Keillor)

The radio raconteur’s tale of a small-town boy coping with adulthood.

( official Prairie Home Companion Web site (NPR) )

Recommended by Scott S.
Bennett Martin Public Library

benjaminfranklinbioBenjamin Franklin
by Edmund S. Morgan (B F85mo)

Yale historian Morgan has written a book that analyzes Franklin’s impact on science, politics and history. Wonderful portrait of his human side.

( official Yale University Press webpage for this book )

Recommended by Rayma S.
Bennett Martin Public Library

staroftheseaStar of the Sea
by Joseph O’Connor (O’Connor)

Suspense story set on a ship with Irish immigrants heading for New York. O’Connor has a beautiful prose style which interweaves several life stories to reveal scandal and murder.

( official Star of the Sea Web site )

Recommended by Rayma S.
Bennett Martin Public Library

somersethomecomingSomerset Homecoming: Recovering a Lost Heritage
by Dorothy Spruill Redford (917.561 Red)

The author’s ancestors were slaves. How she solves the mysteries about here family — and the family who owned them — reads like a good detective novel. Reconciliation resulted as the families came together.

Recommended by Bob B.
Bennett Martin Public Library

touchingthevoidTouching the Void: The True Story of One Man’s Miraculous Survival
by Joe Simpson (796.522 Sim)

Incredibly inspiring story of Joe Simpson and Simon Yates’ experiences while climbing a 21,000-foot peak in the Andes. When an accident results in Simpson falling into a deep crevasse and Yates having to cut his believed-to-be-dead friend loose, the true adventure has just begun. Brutal, emotional, and highly lyrical, this true story was recently adapted into an award-winning documentary film.

( official Touching the Void book Web site )


Recommended by Scott C.
Bennett Martin Public Library

kitchengodswifeThe Kitchen God’s Wife
by Amy Tan (Tan)

Exciting book — Great storytelling!

( unofficial but detailed Amy Tan fan Web site )

Recommended by Andrea S.
Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries

Screening Room

by Daphne Dumaurier (DVD DuMaurier)

Faithful and atmospheric adaptation of the classic suspense novel. The psychological menace of Mrs. Danvers is captured very well by Diana Rigg.

The libraries own multiple different print and audio versions of this classic suspense novel.

( official Internet Movie Database webpage for this adaptation ) | ( official Daphne Dumaurier Web site )


Recommended by Scott C.
Bennett Martin Public Library

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