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March 2006 Recommendations

book cover  Guitar: An American Life by Tim Brookes [Music 787.87 Bro]

Brookes alternates chapters describing the building of his custom-made guitar with chapters on the social history of the guitar in America. Fascinating reading for anyone interested in music, and especially for guitar players.

Recommended by Peter J.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library


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book cover  A Venetian Affair by Andrea DiRobilant [B M5105d]

A Venetian Affair is DiRobilant's account of the "impossible love" between his young patrician ancestor, Andrea Memmo and the half-English beauty Giustinana Wynne. To the Venetians of the 18th century, love was a consummate game. The rules were meant to be broken, and the more obstacles there were to happily-ever-after, the more attention they paid. Giustiana and her Memmo play out their personal drama against a backdrop of intrigue, war, duty and a Venice fading into its long twilight. This is an absorbing and emotionally involving love story-and it's all true! For added impact, get both the book and the Compact Disc so you can hear the beauty of the Italian names and phrases when they're properly spoken. A Venetian Affair is like a tragi-comic opera, and may leave you shopping for a Carnival mask and dreaming of gondola rides on the Grand Canal.
[Also available in unabridged audiotape, book-on-cd formats.]

[ official Venetian Affair and Andrea DiRobilant pages at the Random House site ]

Recommended by Lisa V.
Gere Branch Library


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book cover  Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman [028.9 Fad]

This is a small but delightful book. It contains essays or vignettes describing Ms. Fadiman's lifelong love of books and reading as well as strange but interesting facts about other booklovers in history. She brings in tidbits about growing up in an erudite family. In the acknowledgement section at the back of the book I discovered that she had originally written parts of these essays for a column in the Library of Congress' magazine "Civilization." It's a quick but charming read, especially for bibliophiles.

[ official Anne Fadiman website ]

Recommended by Cindy C.
Technical Processes Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library


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book cover  How to Be a Successful Cartoonist by Randy Glasbergen [741.5 Gla]

A fun, fast-paced tour through the basics of designing your own print cartoons, with a strong focus on single-panel one-shots and daily newspaper comic strips. Filled with step-by-step artistic and business advice, the best part of this book for me was the many examples from Glasbergen's own work and from the work of numerous well-known comic artists. Also included are numerous short interviews with successful cartoonists, exploring their stories of how they got into the business. If you like this volume, you're likely to appreciate his follow-up volume, too: 'Toons: How to Draw Wild and Lively Characters for all Kinds of Cartoons.

[ official Randy Glasbergen website ]

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


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book cover  Feng Shui...for Dummies by David Daniel Kennedy [133.333 Ken]

Learn how to transform the energy of your surroundings both at home and at work to benefit all areas of your life. This book was recommended to me by a local Feng Shui teacher as the most comprehensive and accurate account of the Black Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui teachings.

[ Feng Shui for Dummies website ] | [ official David Daniel Kennedy website ]

Recommended by Patty L.
Walt Branch Library


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book cover  Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader by James Luceno

An awesome book by one of the better Star Wars writers around: James Luceno. Set during the end of the Clone Wars, the book details the story of Anakin Skywalker's transformation into Darth Vader. It also provides some clues about why Vader never ventured back to Tatooine and Naboo. This is a stand-alone title that fans of the Expanded Universe will enjoy as well as those who have seen the movies but haven't read many, if any, Star Wars novels.

[ official Expanded Universe page at the official Star Wars Web site ]

related lists See more books like this on our Star Wars booklist
Review Score - 9
Recommended by Corey G.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library


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book cover  Witch of the Palo Duro by Mardi Oakley Medawar

Tay Bodal is a Kiowa healer who end up embroiled in a murder mystery involving his Kiowa band. Eschewing the traditional warrior ethic and behavior, Tay Bodal chooses to perfect his doctoring skills instead by studying dissection, the effect or herbs and diet, and illnesses of the mind. The humor and humanity of the Native American are what makes these mysteries special.

[ Mardi Oakley Medawar page at the Internet Public Library ]

related lists See more books like this on our Sweetgrass and Desert Sage booklist
Review Score - 8
Recommended by Rayma S.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library


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book cover  Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson

A beautifully written story about sibling rivalry and coming of age.
[Also available in unabridged book-on-cd and DVD formats.]

[ Jacob Have I Loved page at the official Katherine Paterson website ]

Recommended by Evelyn D.
Technical Processess Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library


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book cover  Singularity by William Sleator

What if there were a place you could go to, where you could spend all day, yet only a few seconds would pass in the outside world? This is what is called a singularity. If you had a twin who always seemed smarter, faster, and superior to you, how might you use it?

[ extensive collection of William Sleator links ] | [ semi-official William Sleator Web site ]

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


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book cover  The Repairman Jack series by F. Paul Wilson

This is an excellent batch of books! Jack is an unusual man with a way for fixing problems. He isnt your traditional repairman if you have a leaky pipe or a broken TV, hes not your man. He fixes problems like blackmailers and kidnappers in sometimes less-than-legal ways. Unfortunately, hes attracted the interest of the Others, a supernatural force that is working on the destruction of all humankind. Will Jack defeat them? Well have to see the series is still going strong!

[ official Repairman Jack series Web site (a.k.a. the official F. Paul Wilson site) ]

Recommended by Julie H.
Walt Branch Library


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