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INDEXES TO PAST STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS: BY TITLE | BY REVIEWER | TV SERIES/SPECIALS ON DVD/VHS

These recommendations were posted August 2004

I, Robot  I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

Don't fool yourself by thinking that this summer's hit movie is a direct adaptation of Isaac Asimov's original 1950 short story collection...it's not! Take a look at Asimov's stories for a brilliant exploration of the future of robotics and how it relates to human/machine interaction. A classic of the science fiction genre. [The library owns multiple editions of this title -- do a title search in our catalog (at left) for complete information; also now available in book-on-CD format.]

[ official Isaac Asimov Web site -- explains the ways in which the 2004 film differs dramatically from the original stories ]

Review Score - 6
Recommended by Scott C.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library

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When Montana and I Were Young  When Montana and I Were Young by Margaret Bell [917.86 Bel]

Amazing true story of a pioneer girl.

[ official When Montana and I Were Young Web site ]

Recommended by Andrea S.
Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries

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An Hour Before Daylight  An Hour Before Daylight by Jimmy Carter

A perceptive, clear-eyed picture of Carter's growing up in the rural South in the 1920s and '30s. The forces which formed a future president--religion, moral values, farming, race, the role of women, education.
[Also available in unabridged audiotape, unabridged book-on-cd, and Large Print formats.]

[ official An Hour Before Daylight Web site ] | [ official The Jimmy Carter Library & Museum Web site ]

Recommended by Bob B.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library

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The Flashman series  The Flashman series by George MacDonald Fraser

Read Flashman with two bookmarks -- one for the book, and one for the fascinating historical footnotes!

[ official Flashman series Web site ]

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

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Hummingbirds, My Winter Guests  Hummingbirds: My Winter Guests by Arnette Heidcamp [598.764 Hei]

An absolutely charming journal of the author's experiences with injured "hummers" that wintered over in her greenhouse. Humorous and touching!

[ official Arnette Heidcamp webpage at Random House Publishing ]

Review Score - 10
Recommended by Scott C.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library

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Eva Moves the Furniture  Eva Moves the Furniture by Margot Livesey

After a family tragedy, a young girl turns to imaginary friends.

[ official Margot Livesey webpage at Methuen Publishing ]

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

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Beatrix Potter's Art  Beatrix Potter's Art by Anne Stevenson Hobbs [741.642 Pot]

I am a fan of the artwork of Beatrix Potter, particularly her art that was not included in her childrens' books (Peter Rabbit, etc.).

[ official Beatrix Potter page about her life and art (on the official Peter Rabbit site ]

Review Score - 8
Recommended by Kim J.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library

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The Moon is Down  The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck

The Moon is Down is the story of a peaceful town that is one day taken over by another country that intends to create a new world order. Steinbeck wrote this story during World War II and it was banned in the occupied German countries. This is an enjoyable, well written story.
[Also available in Large Print format.]

Recommended by Patty L.
Walt Branch Library

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Rabbit, Run  Rabbit, Run by John Updike

This is the masterpiece of one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century. It is beautifully written, funny, and the insights into human nature are uncanny.

[ official Rabbit, Run page at Random House ] | [ official John Updike page at Random House ]

Recommended by Brendan M.
Walt Branch Library

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The Screening Room

Cover of Reilly Ace of Spies  This review is for the DVD format of this itemReilly: Ace of Spies by [Troy Kennedy-Martin] [DVD/Video Reilly]

Fascinating and chilling look at espionage in the early 1900s. Sam Neill captures the intelligence, charm, cunning and courageousness of a real-life spy.

[ official Internet Movie Database page for Reilly: Ace of Spies ]

Review Score - 8
Recommended by Scott C.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library

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