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Staff Recommendations – November 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 November 2004

rooneamemoirRoone: A Memoir
by Roone Arledge [791.452 Arl]

Roone Arledge is the man behind ABC Wide World of Sports and the broadcasts of the Olympics. Interesting behind-the-scenes stories of how he began his career and won the contracts to broadcast the various sporting events. He pioneered “slow-motion replay” and other sports broadcasting techniques that are now standard. Especially interesting, and poignant, is the chapter on the Munich Olympics when the terrorist group Black September took over the athletic compound to take the Israeli athletes hostage. He also discusses his tenure as head of ABC News.

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Recommended by Charlotte M.
Bennett Martin Public Library


darwinsradioDarwin’s Radio
by Greg Bear [SF]

Extremely compelling “Hard SF” novel, with a chillingly realistic plot. Dense scientific theory, involving evolution, genetics and biology. A Hugo nominee! Followed by a sequel, Darwin’s Children.

[Also available in unabridged audiotape format.] [ official Darwin’s Radio Web site ] | [ official Greg Bear Web site ]

See more books like this on our Hugo Award Winners booklist

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Recommended by Scott C.
Bennett Martin Public Library


dirtywickedtownA Dirty Wicked Town: Tales of 19th Century Omaha
by David L. Bristow [978.225 Bri]

Who knew that Omaha had such a sordid past? Bristow’s book is a page-turner, full of curious and comical stories of Omaha’s younger years.

Recommended by Robin T.
Bennett Martin Public Library


purplecaneroadPurple Cane Road
by James Lee Burke [M]

Burke is a very descriptive author — both with his characters and settings.

[Also available in unabridged audiotape, unabridged book-on-cd and Large Print formats.] [ official Purple Cane Road on the official James Lee Burke Web site ]

Recommended by Mary C.
Bennett Martin Public Library


girlwithapearlearringGirl With a Pearl Earring
by Tracy Chevalier

A beautifully written novel about the model for the Vermeer painting.

[Also available in abridged audiotape and book-on-cd, as well as unabridged audiotape and book-on-cd and Large Print formats.] [ official Girl With a Pearl Earring Web site ] | [ official Tracy Chevalier Web site ]

Recommended by Rayma S.
Bennett Martin Public Library

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Rated by — Anonymous
Visitor to the BookGuide site


nowinnovemberNow in November
by Josephine Johnson

Good summer read!

Recommended by Andrea S.
Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries


ithoughthewasaspeedbumpI Thought He Was a Speed Bump
by Terry Marotta [817 Mar]

Funny, sad, poignant. Short anecdotes on modern life.

[ official I Thought He Was a Speed Bump! Web site ] | [ official Terry Marotta Web site ]

Recommended by Evelyn D.
Technical Processes Department


tealoverstreasuryTea Lover’s Treasury
by James Norwood Pratt [641.3 Pra]

Although now somewhat dated, this is still an excellent introduction to fine tea!

[ biographical blurb about James Norwood Pratt at the teamuse.com Web site ]

Recommended by Peter J.
Virtual Services Department


skinnylegsandallSkinny Legs and All
by Tom Robbins

You don’t read Tom Robbins for the plot — You read him to hear that wonderful authorial voice talking to you!

[ 2000 Interview with Tom Robbins at the Salon.com Web site ]

Recommended by Scott S.
Bennett Martin Public Library

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Rated by — Anonymous
Visitor to the BookGuide site


Screening Room

fullcirclepalindvdformatdvdFull Circle with Michael Palin
by Michael Palin [DVD 911.823 Pal]

This 5-video series is a marvelous adventure with Monty Python’s Flying Circus alum Michael Palin as he travels around the Pacific Rim. Filled with beautiful views, intriguing history, and a silly sense of humor about the pitfalls of travel.

[Also available in unabridged book-on-cd and Companion Book formats.] [ official Full Circle page on the official Michael Palin’s Travels Web site ]

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Recommended by Scott C.
Bennett Martin Public Library

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