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

These recommendations were posted in February 2006

book cover  J.M. Barrie and the Lost Boys by Andrew Birkin [B qB268b]

For many years, I have been a fan of the story of "Peter Pan," but knew little about its author. This book gave me insight into the family that served as the inspiration for the character of Peter Pan.

[ official J.M Barrie Web site ]

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


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book cover  Shogun by James Clavell

Engaging and emotional historical saga set in feudal Japan, about an English sailor marooned in Japan, who must learn and and integrate with the drastically different Japanese society in order to survive. Sharply drawn characters and an exotic setting make for adventurous reading. I first read this in high school, borrowed from the teacher when I finished all the assigned reading for the class, and I was enthralled by the cultural descriptions. The Richard Chamberlain television mini-series did a good job of adapting the story, but there's nothing quite like the book!

[ Wikipedia page about the novel Shogun ]

Review Score - 9
Recommended by Scott C.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library


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book cover  This review is from the staff of the Polley Music LibraryChronicles, Vol. 1 by Bob Dylan [Music 781.64 Dyl]

Eminent storyteller Dylan looks at the people and events that shaped his life and music.
[Also available in abridged book-on-cd, unabridged book-on-cd and Large Print formats.]

[ official Bob Dylan website ]

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Recommended by Carolyn D.
Polley Music Library -- Bennett Martin Public Library


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book cover  Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor

This book contains funny, thoughtful sketches of small town life and the bonds of family. Though set in Minnesota, its observations ring true no matter the reader's setting.
[Also available in book-on-cd, and Large Print formats.]

[ official Prairie Home Companion website ]

Recommended by Elizabeth J.
Circulation Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library


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book cover  Zeke & Ned by Larry McMurtry

A look at the last Cherokee warriors during the Civil War, as only McMurtry can write it!
[Also available in unabridged audiotape format.]

[ Publisher Simon & Schuster's Larry McMurtry webpage ]

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


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book cover  We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese by Elizabeth Norman [940.547 Nor]

Anyone interested in women's roles in the military, in the history of nursing, or in the history of World War II in the Pacific would find this a good read. It tells the story of Army and Navy nurses interred by the Japanese in the Philippines during the early years of the war. They spent three years in a prison camp trying to run a hospital with few supplies and little food. Taken from diaries and first hand accounts it's a very realistic look at a remarkable group of women and their sacrifice for the war.

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


Review Score - 9
Rated by -- Marilyn M.
Customer of the Bennett Martin Public Library

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book cover  Yonnondio: From the Thirties by Tillie Olsen

Excellent style -- Be sure to read the intro!

[ Tillie Olsen page at the Nebraska Center for the Writer ]

Recommended by Andrea S.
Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries


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book cover  What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship and Love by Carole Radziwill [B R116

Carole is a small-town, working class girl and an award-winning producer at ABC where she meets and marries fellow-producer Anthony Radziwill, son of Polish Prince Stanislas Radziwill and Lee Bouvier, nephew to Jackie Kennedy Onassis. She discusses her family background, education, job experiences, their courtship, and married life – which mostly involved dealing with Anthony’s cancer. Carole, Anthony, John Kennedy, Jr. and his wife Carolyn Bessette are best friends. She also discusses the weekend John and Carolyn’s airplane disappeared and the impact their deaths had on her and Anthony just three weeks before his death. Interesting behind-the-scenes look at famous names and people we’ve all read about in the papers. During times of family crisis, most of us have to deal only with family, friends, and the medical establishment. The “upper crust” also are burdened with privacy issues, paparazzi, and keeping up appearances. Little foul language and no sex or violence. General overtone of sadness and inevitability, yet compelling. I couldn't put it down and it stayed with me for weeks.

[ transcript of 10-5-05 Larry King Live interview with Carole Radziwill ]

Review Score - 8
Recommended by
Charlotte K.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library


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book cover  That Quail, Robert by Margaret Stanger [636.6 St2t]

When a family takes in a quail, it finds that a bird can be a real character!

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


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book cover  The Pastures of Heaven by John Steinbeck

Set in the central valley of California, John Stienbeck describes a community of rural families who each have there own private problems to deal with. The author creates a community in the reader’s mind with the introduction of another family in each chapter. For those who like short stories this book is a plus because most chapters can easily stand alone as their own story.

[ The National Steinbeck Center ]

Recommended by Patty L.
Walt Branch Library


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DVD cover  This review is for the DVD format of this itemThe Prisoner [DVD 791.437 Pri]

This is one of my favorite British television series from the 1960s. Patrick McGoohan plays a man who angrily resigns from a top-secret government position only to be kidnapped from his London home and imprisoned in a vacation resort known as "The Village." McGoohan's character, known as "Number 6," spends the rest of the series attempting to escape. Favorite quote: "I am not a number. I am a free man!"
[This set is available as 10 separate discs: One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, and Ten.]

[ Six of One -- the official Prisoner Appreciation Society ] | [ official BBC Cult Classics page for The Prisoner ]

Review Score - 9
Recommended by
Kim J.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library


Review Score - 10
Rated by -- Anonymous
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