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Staff Recommendations – July 2005

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These recommendations were posted in July 2005

demolishedmanThe Demolished Man
by Alfred Bester

Despite it being over 50 years since this novel originally came out, this is still one of the best science fiction novels ever published to deal with the subject of telepathy in a realistic way. And it’s not only a good SF novel…it’s also a good mystery novel at the same time! This is one of the absolute classics of speculative fiction!

See more books like this on our Hugo Award Winners booklist

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Recommended by Scott C.
Bennett Martin Public Library


cateringtonobodyThe “Goldy Bear” mystery series
by Diane Mott Davidson

An engaging combination of amateur sleuth stories and observations about running a catering business. Caterer Goldy Schultz is a strong, solid, believable character.
[The library system owns copies of all the books in this series, including many of them in downloadable and book-on-cd formats.] [ official Diane Mott Davidson Web site ]

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Recommended by Scott C.
Bennett Martin Public Library


gunsgermssteelGuns, Germs and Steel
by Jared Diamond [303.4 Dia]

A riveting exploration of the forces that move and shape the development of human societies. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Adapted into an excellent 3-part documentary for PBS in July 2005.

[ Guns, Germs and Steel page at Wikipedia ] | [ Jared Diamond page at Wikipedia ]

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Recommended by Scott C.
Bennett Martin Public Library


hiddenmessagesThe Hidden Messages in Water
by Masaru Emoto [615.5 Emo]

Author Masaru Emoto, presents his amazing theory showing how water is deeply connected to people’s individual and collective consciousness. This book contains photographs of water crystals whose formation was influenced by written word and sound. The author found that water exposed to positive, loving words created beautiful crystals when frozen. On the flip side, water that was exposed to hateful, ugly words or sounds, created muddy and incomplete crystal formations. The pictures are both beautiful and sad to look at, reminding us that our positive thoughts and intentions towards other human beings and the earth are essential in creating a peaceful and loving world.

[ official Masaru Emoto Web site ]

Recommended by Patty L.
Walt Branch Library


formatCDbook2skinnydipaudioSkinny Dip
by Carl Hiaasen [Compact Disc Hiaasen]

The reader (Stephen Hoye) does an excellent job of bringing to life the characters, especially the bimbo girlfriend who just might become your favorite. Hilarious in parts. Caution: sexual context and language, adult situations.
[Also available in unabridged book-on-cd, regular print, and Large Print formats.] [ official Carl Hiaasen Web site ]

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Recommended by Charlotte M.
Bennett Martin Public Library


americanwesthistoryThe American West: A New Interpretative History
by Robert V. Hine [978 Hin]

The “American West” began with the first steps of Europeans on American soil, and this book puts new perspectives on the history of the entire United States. I was struck by the important but little-known role business has played in our history.

Recommended by Bob B.
Bennett Martin Public Library


claratheearlyyearsClara, the Early Years: The Story of the Pug Who Ruled My Life
by Margo Kaufman [636.76 Kau]

This witty book sparkles with wry humor and the tremendous personality of Clara, the writer’s pug who definitely has “star” quality–and attitude! A treat for any dog lover, or someone just looking for a funny read.

[ official Clara the Early Years publisher’s Web site ]

Recommended by Elizabeth J.
Bennett Martin Public Library


thenamesakeThe Namesake
by Jhumpa Lahiri

Beautifully written story about Gogol, a first-generation American with Indian parents, who struggles to have his own identity while his family tries to make him realize his Indian heritage.
[Also available in unabridged downloadable audio, audiotape, book-on-CD, and Large Print formats.] [ Interview at Lahiri’s publisher’s Web site ]

Recommended by Andrea S.
Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries]

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Rated by — Anonymous
Visitor to the BookGuide site


mysisterskeeperMy Sister’s Keeper
by Jodi Picoult

Told from several different points of view, this story features excellent characterization and plot. The characters are real and relatable, as they grapple with tough issues of family, love, and death. If you like engrossing reads with very human characters, this is an excellent choice!
[Also available in unabridged audiotape, book-on-cd formats.] [ official Jodi Picoult Web site ]

Recommended by Elizabeth J.
Bennett Martin Public Library

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Rated by — Anonymous
Visitor to the BookGuide site


drowningruthDrowning Ruth
by Christina Schwarz

Was it an accident? Or was it murder? Read and find out! [A past Oprah Book Club selection] [Also available in unabridged audiotape, and Large Print formats.]

Recommended by Rayma S.
Bennett Martin Public Library


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