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Staff Recommendations – September 2004

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These recommendations were posted September 2004

strangeangelsStrange Angels
by Jonis Agee

Nebraska author. Very good plot, with a nice picture of life in the Sandhills of Nebraska.

[ official Jonis Agee Web site ] [ Jonis Agee page on the Nebraska Authors website ]

Recommended by Dorene O.
Administration — Bennett Martin Public Library

chiliqueenThe Chili Queen
by Sandra Dallas

If you liked the movie A Big Hand for the Little Lady, you’ll love this!

[ official The Chili Queen Web site ] | [ official Sandra Dallas Web site ]

Recommended by Rayma S.
Bennett Martin Public Library


Rated by — Anonymous
Visitor to the BookGuide site

nickelanddimedNickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
by Barbara Ehrenreich [303.564 Ehr]

Depressing yet illuminating look at what it takes to scrape a living from the bottom of the barrel. You’ll never look at the service industry the same way again.

[Also available in Large Print format.] [ official Nickel and Dimed page on the official Barbara Ehrenreich web site ]


Recommended by Scott C.
Bennett Martin Public Library

carterbeatsthedevilCarter Beats the Devil
by Glen David Gold

Exciting blend of fact and fiction in the early 20th century.

Recommended by Scott S.
Bennett Martin Public Library

rocketboysRocket Boys
by Homer Hickam [B H515h]

This is the inspiring story of a young boy pursuing his dreams in the small coal mining community of Coalwood, West Virginia. The author provides vivid descriptions which allow the reader a glimpse into the joys, struggles, and day to day lives of this small rural community.

[Also available in Large Print format.] [ official Rocket Boys page on the official Homer Hickam Web site ]

Recommended by Patty L.
Walt Branch Library

upthedownstaircaseUp the Down Staircase
by Bel Kaufman

Up the Down Staircase is the funny and touching story of a committed, idealistic teacher whose clash with school bureaucracy is a timeless lesson for students, teachers, parents–anyone concerned about public education.

Recommended by Bob B.
Bennett Martin Public Library

boyandthedogaresleepingThe Boy and the Dog Are Sleeping
by Nasdijj [970.2 Nas]

It will open your eyes and break your heart.

Recommended by Mary C.
Bennett Martin Public Library

lostlanguagesLost Languages
by Andrew Robinson [411 Rob]

Lovers of historical mysteries who also have an interest in languages will find this book fascinating, as it describes the processes used to decipher such ancient languages as Egyptian and Mayan, and explores the difficulties in deciphering scripts that are still unknown, such as Etruscan and Meroitic.

Recommended by Peter J.
Bennett Martin Public Library

by Robert J. Sawyer

Thought-provoking contemporary science fiction with a fascinating “what if” premise. The science is not too convoluted, and the thriller elements make this a good introduction to science fiction for non-SF fans.

[ official FlashForward Web site ] | [ official Robert J. Sawyer Web site ]


Recommended by Scott C.
Bennett Martin Public Library

Screening Room

brothercadfaelvidsThe Brother Cadfael mysteries
by Ellis Peters [DVD Peters]

The videos in this series, starring Derek Jacobi as the intrepid Brother Cadfael, may even be better than the Ellis Peters books they are based upon. Absolutely gorgeous productions, with wonderful performances, especially Jacobi!

[ Wikipedia page for Edith Pargeter (creator of Brother Cadfael) ]


Recommended by Scott C.
Bennett Martin Public Library

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