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Staff Recommendations – March 2004

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INDEXES TO PAST STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS: BY TITLE | BY REVIEWER | TV SERIES/SPECIALS ON DVD/VHS | AGATHA CHRISTIE | STAR TREK | STAR WARS

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These recommendations were posted March 2004

timeandchanceTime and Chance
by Alan Brennert

Two divergent paths that a man’s life might have taken, end up crossing fifteen years later, giving two versions of the same man each the chance to experience what “might have been.” This emotionally-engaging exploration of a classic “What If” should appeal to fans of The Twilight Zone and the movie Somewhere in Time.

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


practiceeffectThe Practice Effect
by David Brin

A fun, fast-paced, Hard SF story by a multiple Hugo-winner. Brin’s sense of humor and lightly drawn characterizations pull the reader into the story. This novel explores the adventures of a scientist thrust into a reality in which the laws of physics he’s accustomed to appear to be running in reverse.

[ Practice Effect page on the David Brin website ] | [ official David Brin Web site ]

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


kavalierandclayThe Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
by Michael Chabon

This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel uses the early comic-book industry as background for a resonant human story.

[Also available in abridged audiotape format.] [ official Michael Chabon Web site ]

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


walkingegyptWalking Across Egypt
by Clyde Edgerton

In this novel, you will feel like you have met Edgerton’s characters and know them very well.

[ official Clyde Edgerton Web site ]

Recommended by Mary C.
Circulation Department — Bennett Martin Public Library


eyreaffairThe Eyre Affair
by Jasper Fforde

Humorous but mind-bending journey into an alternate reality, where authors hold positions of superstardom, and the possibility of killing famous literary characters is all too real. Join literary detective Thursday Next, as she attempts to prevent the assassination of Jane Eyre. This has now turned into a series, with subsequent volumes Lost in a Good Book and The Well of Lost Plots and more.

[ official Thursday Next Web site ] | [ official Jasper Fforde Web site ]

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


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Rated by — Anonymous
Visitor to the BookGuide site

coldcomfortfarmCold Comfort Farm
by Stella Gibbons

Nineteen-thirties novel following Flora on her adventures at Cold Comfort Farm. Complete with crazy lady in the attic and stereotypical rural characters!

[ semi-official Stella Gibbons Web site created by her nephew and biographer ]

Recommended by Robin T.
Reference Department — Bennett Martin Public Library

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Rated by — Anonymous
Visitor to the BookGuide site

 


battlefieldearthBattlefield Earth
by L. Ron Hubbard

Perhaps better known for founding the Church of Scientology, this noted science fiction author was originally from Nebraska.

[Also available in unabridged audiotape format.] [ official Battlefield Earth Web site ] | [ official L. Ron Hubbard Web site as an author ]

Recommended by Curtis I.
Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries

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Rated by — Anonymous
Visitor to the BookGuide site


goodgermanThe Good German
by Joseph Kanon

Life and death, love and loss in post-WWII Berlin. Who is the true enemy?

[Also available in abridged book-on-cd format.] [ official Good German webpage ] | [ official Joseph Kanon Web site ]

Recommended by Kaye A.
Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries


secretlifeofbeesThe Secret Life of Bees
by Sue Monk Kidd

A young runaway girl is taken in by some eccentric sisters who run a beekeeping business. Rich in the lore of beekeeping and the many uses of honey.

[Also available in audiotape, book-on-cd [both unabridged], and Large Print formats.] [ official Web site for both Sue Monk Kidd and The Secret Life of Bees ]

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

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Rated by — Anonymous
Visitor to the BookGuide site


autobioofmymotherThe Autobiography of My Mother
by Jamaica Kincaid

A powerful, beautiful and thought-provoking novel.

Recommended by Andrea S.
Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries


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