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.

Adult Fiction
Adult Non-fiction
Young Adult
Juvenile
Picture Books
Movies & TV
Audio

Adult Fiction

Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society Darien Gee
Christine B. says: Small-town kooky Midwesterners
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Come to the Table - Neta Jackson
Christine B. says: Not your mother’s Christian fiction
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Ender’s Game - Orson Scott Card
Paul says: A book I have enjoyed for some time now. The movie does a creditable job in bringing Ender to life.

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Ender’s Shadow - Orson Scott Card
Paul says: This book follows Bean growing up.

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First Phone Call from Heaven - Mitch Albom

Joan says: Is this Heaven?
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Freud’s Mistress - Karen Mack
Sherry says: Fictionalized account of Freud’s affair with his wife’s sister

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His Majesty’s Hope (3rd in series) - Susan Elia Macneal
Maggie says: English historical fiction during WWII

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Home Front - Kristin Hannah

Linda says: Honor, Loss & Love

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the House Girl - Tara Conklin
Maggie says: Intertwining story of 1852 slave and contemporary lawyer

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the Land of Painted Caves - Jean Auel
Kim says: Ancient American Indian culture

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the Last Templar - Raymond Khoury

Dawn says: Follow clues, secrets kept, amazing ending
lasttemplar

the Light Between Oceans - M.L. Stedman
Sherry says: Heart-breaking parental conflict

lightbetweenoceans

the Longest Ride - Nicholas Sparks
Maggie says: Love stories intersect

longestride

Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe – Jenny Colgan
Christine B. says: Delicious, sweet, fun
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Nightshade Ronie Kendig
Christine B. says: Love romantic suspense!
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One Thousand White Women - Jim Fergus
Dawn says: Fiction or not?

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the Prayer Box - Lisa Wingate
Christine B. says: Moving story!
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the Silver Star - Jeannette Walls
Maggie says: Challenging the injustice of the adult world

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Snow on the Tulips - Liz Tolsma
Christine B. says: Amazing WWII story!
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Still Alice - Lisa Genova
Sherry says: College professor suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s

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the Sweetest Hallelujah - Elaine Hussey
Maggie says: Risking everything for love of a child

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a Turn in the Road - Debbie Macomber
Nancy says: Generational, engaging, cross country trip

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Adult Non-fiction

STARRED REVIEW:

the Astronaut Wives Club - Lily Koppel
Penne says: Rock stars of the 1950s-60s
Sarah says: Out of this world gossip

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STARRED REVIEW:
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

girlsofatomiccity

STARRED REVIEW:
Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead 
- Sheryl Sandberg
Christine B. says: For all women…
Christine G. says: Inspirational read for women and men alike

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Art of Love - Ovid
Paul says: I read this book in Latin while a high school student. I found it interesting then, but so much more today.

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the Boys in the Boat - Daniel James Brown
Maggie says: 1936 U.S. Olympic rowing team

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Carrie and Me - Carol Burnett
Sherry says: A mother’s memoirs of her deceased daughter

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Dallas 1963 - Bill Minutaglio
Maggie says: Politics, treason and the assassination of JFK

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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.

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Here is Where: Discovering America’s Great Forgotten History – Andrew Carroll
Christine B. says: Bizarre, interesting, meandering

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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

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Hyperbole and a Half - Allie Brosh
Sarah says: Funny illustrated memoir

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Killing Lincoln – Bill O’Reilly
Dawn says: History thriller

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Manson the Life and Times of Charles Manson - Jeff Guinn
Penne says: A time capsule of change in America

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the Midwife: a Memoir of Birth, Joy and Hard Times – Jennifer Worth
Christine B. says: Pregnancy has changed!

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On the Nature of Things - Lucretius
Paul says: Long celebrated as the greatest expression of faith in Epicurean philosophy…

onthenatureofthings

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

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Quantum Enigma - Bruce Rosenblum
Paul says: This is a book learned from and enjoyed fully

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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.

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Where the Peacocks Sing – Alison Singh Gee
Penne says: A true global romance

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Young Adult

STARRED REVIEW:
 
Death Cloud - Andy Lane
Christine B. says: Teenage Sherlock Holmes!
Maggie says: Sherlock Holmes, the legend beings

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Eleanor and Park - Rainbow Rowell
Sarah says: Realistic teenage love story
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Healer’s Apprentice - Melanie Dickerson
Christine B. says: Creative fairy-tale retelling
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Juvenile

Above World - Jenn Reese
Christine B. says: Hunger Games-esque

aboveworld

 

Flora & Ulysses: the illuminated adventures - Kate DiCamillo
Christine G. says: Original superhero adventure

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Frogged - Vivian Vande Velde
Christine G. says: An atypical, but charming, fairytale

FROGGED

 

Have You Filled a Bucket Today? - Carol McCloud
Kim says: Best book for teaching children empathy & compassion

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a Little Book of Sloth - Lucy Cooke
Christine B. says: Soooo cute!

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a Long Walk to Water - Linda Sue Park
Maggie says: Young refugee in search of a safe haven

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Luck of the Buttons - Anne Ylvisaker
Maggie says: 1929 Iowa girl with a camera

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the Real Boy  – Anne Ursu
Christine G. says: A magical mystery

realboy

Shadows (Books of Elsewhere) - Jacqueline West
Christine B. says: Magical adventures

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Timmy Failure: Mistakes were Made - Stephan Pastis
Christine G. says: Hard not to laugh out loud

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Picture Books

STARRED REVIEW:
the Day the Crayons Quit - Drew Daywait

Christine G. says: See life through the eyes of your crayons
Christine B. says: Hilarious for kids and parents

daythecrayonsquit


123 Versus ABC - Mike Boldt
Christine G. says: Hilarious and educational

123

Crankenstein - Samantha Berger
Sarah says: Book for grouchy kids

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Dig, Dogs, Dig - James Horvath
Sarah says: Kids love dogs, kids love construction equipment

dig dogs dig

I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love - Nancy Tillman
Christine G. says: Sweet story about unconditional love

I'DKNOWYOU

I’m a Frog - Mo Willems
Christine G. says: Make believe has never been this funny!

i'ma frog

 

the Kissing Hand - Audrey Penn
Linda says: A Mother’s love

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Secret Pizza Party  – Adam Rubin
Christine G. says: Deliciously cute story

SECRETPIZZAPARTY

Tap the Magic Tree - Christie Matheson
Christine G. says: Interactive, educational book

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Movies & TV

Adventures of Merlin
Christine B. says: Young Camelot knights

MERLIN

 

Alex Cross
Christine B. says: Edge of your seat!

alexcross

 

Argo
Christine B. says: History, action, drama

argo

 

Bible miniseries
Christine B. says: Excellent acting, storytelling

BIBLE

 

Call the Midwife (Seasons 1 & 2)
Sherry says: Midwifery in post-WWII England

callmidwife

 

Catching Fire
Kim says: Best movie of the year!

catchingfire

 

Downton Abbey (all seasons)
Joan says: PBS WWI Drama

downton abbey

Epic
Christine B. says: Hilarious fun

epic

 

Hobbit
Christine B. says: Peter Jackson delivered!

hobbit

 

the Impossible
Linda says: Family caught in Tsunami

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Wreck it Ralph
Christine B. says: Retro videogames!

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Audio

Burning Lights  – Chris Tomlin
Christine B. says: The hits just keep coming

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Doo-wops & hooligans - Bruno Mars
Kim says: Contemporary pop – all hits on 1 CD

doowops

Flabbergasted – Ray Blackston
Nancy says: Lite, funny, touching

flabbergasted

 

From Here to Now to You - Jack Johnson
Joan says: Jack’s mellow music

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Homemade Worship by Handmade People - Rend Collective Experiment
Christine B. says: Makes you want to dance

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Like Clockwork - Queens of the Stone Age
Sarah says: Solid rock

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Tape Deck Heart  – Frank Turner
Sarah says: Folk punk

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