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Staff Recommendations
One of our April 2014 Staff Recommendations "Mark Watney is a crew member on Ares 3, the third NASA mission to Mars. On the sixth day, a sudden wind storm hits and the crew must evacuate the surface, thus ending the mission. Mark is struck by flying debris and he is thought dead, forcing his crewmates to leave without him. Now Mark is stranded and alone, with no way to communicate with NASA, and not enough supplies to last him until the next mission arrives. Now what does he do? One does not need to be a sci-fi fan to enjoy this book. This is more of a fascinating story of one's determination to survive. By day 40 satellite photos of Mars shows NASA he's alive. Told from both Watney's point of view and that of NASA staff members, this is an exciting story of a r..."  [full comments]

Updated with ten (or more) new entries every month, including novels, non-fiction, audio/CD adaptations, DVDs and music-related items. Check out the April 2014 recommendations right now, submit your own review scores on our recommended titles, or browse the archive of all past Staff Recommendations, either by author/title or by reviewer!

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Customer Reviews
A new customer-reviewed title ">Hope. Remember the name. It's important to both the main character and to those whom she meets in the realistic novel Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer. This Newbery Honor book is about sixteen-year-old Hope, who seeks a permanent place to call home. It's also about the townsfolk Hope meets, whot need hope in the face of political corruption. Stories of parent desertion are not uncommon in the world of literature for young people. What sets Hope Was Here apart is the quirky details. For example, Hope is the new legal name chosen by the main character to replace her birth name of Tulip. Hope's mom had seen a movie in which an actress was running happily through a field of tulips. Hope Was Here also contains its own unique twists. For example, after bestowing her daughter with the questionable name of Tulip, Hope's mom made an even more serious choice. She leaves Hope with her older sister, Addie, and then takes off to find her own life. Addie's presence, therefore, provides Hope with a m..."  [full comments]

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Guest Reviews
A new customer-reviewed title Leta Powell Drake, Lincoln's star of television and stage, provides our latest Celebrity Guest Review...of the 2007 One Book One Lincoln finalist, Water for Elephants. Visit our Guest Reviews page, to see her review, plus a list of past Guest Reviewers. Go to the Guest Reviews page
Reader Lists
Time Magazine's Top 10 Fiction and Non-Fiction Titles of 2013
-- submitted in January by BookMan

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Podcasts image book coverWant to listen to our weekly book review podcast -- 'Casting About? How about sitting in -- virtually -- on one of our past Books Talk book discussion groups? Then visit our Podcasts page for to sign up to receive our Podcats via RSS feed, and to browse our archive of recent and past podcast releases!

Latest Podcasts: 'Casting About Episode #54: One Book - One Lincoln Genealogy Program and Bethany BooksTalk - May 3 2013 - Susan's Selections
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Books, Movies and More!
Visit our new Books, Movies & More web pages, powered by BookLetters! Sign up to receive booklist newsletters in a wide variety of genres, check out the latest bestseller lists and view over 50 award-winner lists for adults and teens! Go to the BookGuides Blogs
Index to Sunday A.M. book reviews
book coverLooking for a listing of the books reviewed in the Lincoln Journal Star's The (402) 411 and/or Sunday A.M. literary section? Look no'll find a list of them right here! We post the new ones at the beginning of each week, and we also have an index archive dating back to June 2004!
Archives: Current 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004
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Books talked about on KFOR Book Chat episodes
book coverWant to track down the books talked about by library staff on the Book Chat episodes of KFOR 1240 A.M.'s popular Problems & Solutions talk show? We also still have an online archive covering March 2002 through the present!
Archives: Latest Episode 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004
2003 2002 INDEX
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Books talked about on NET Radio All About Books episodes
book coverTrying to find books talked about on recent episodes of NET Radio 91.1 F.M.'s weekly All About Books review and discussion show show? Check our All About Books page. We've got an archive of listings starting in 2012, plus some advance listings as they become available.
Archives: 2012
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Books talked about on KZUM BookTalk episodes
Interested in the books talked about by library staff (and others) on episodes of KZUM 89.3 F.M.'s popular Wednesday evening (6:30 p.m.) BookTalk talk show? Check our KZUM BookTalks page. We've got an archive of listings going back to 2006, plus some advance listings as they become available. [Note: KZUM discontinued Book Talk in October 2009 -- however we will keep this archive up for reader interest.]
Archives: 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
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