Scott County Library System staff chose their favorites to recommend to you in 2014. Each chose a few words to say about their favorites that they read, watched or listened to in the past year.
Check them out at your library! Starred reviews are titles chosen by more than one staff person.
Linda says: Honor, Loss & Love
the Land of Painted Caves – Jean Auel
Kim says: Ancient American Indian culture
Girls of Atomic City: the Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II – Denise Kiernan
Christine B. says: Radioactive, readable, and well-researched
Maggie says: Unsung WWII female workforce in Oak Ridge, TN
Gravity’s Engines: How Bubble-blowing Black Holes Rule Galaxies, Stars and Life in the Cosmos – Caleb Scharf
Paul says: An excellent overview of the state of black hole research…a good read not demanding mathematics to explain the key points.
Here is Where: Discovering America’s Great Forgotten History – Andrew Carroll
Christine B. says: Bizarre, interesting, meandering
Home Sweet Home: Rediscovering the Joys of Domesticity – Sarah Tomczak
Penne says: Only book you’ll need starting out in life with your first place
the Midwife: a Memoir of Birth, Joy and Hard Times – Jennifer Worth
Christine B. says: Pregnancy has changed!
One Doctor: Close Calls, Cold Cases, and the Mysteries of Medicine – Brendan Reilly
Penne says: The changes and treatments in the USA in one doctor’s lifetime
Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-first Century – Orville Schell
Paul says: I studied Chinese and Japanese history as an undergraduate, but this book puts things into an understandable perspective.
Where the Peacocks Sing – Alison Singh Gee
Penne says: A true global romance
Sarah says: Realistic teenage love story
Christine G. says: See life through the eyes of your crayons
Christine B. says: Hilarious for kids and parents
I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love – Nancy Tillman
Christine G. says: Sweet story about unconditional love
Movies & TV
Adventures of Merlin
Christine B. says: Young Camelot knights
Christine B. says: Edge of your seat!
Christine B. says: History, action, drama
Christine B. says: Excellent acting, storytelling
Call the Midwife (Seasons 1 & 2)
Sherry says: Midwifery in post-WWII England
Kim says: Best movie of the year!
Downton Abbey (all seasons)
Joan says: PBS WWI Drama
Christine B. says: Hilarious fun
Christine B. says: Peter Jackson delivered!
Linda says: Family caught in Tsunami
Wreck it Ralph
Christine B. says: Retro videogames!
Flabbergasted – Ray Blackston
Nancy says: Lite, funny, touching