Suburban Library Cooperative - Library Staff Recommendations 2014




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Book Girl’s Guide to Cocktails for Book Lovers / Tessa Smith-McGovern
This collection features 50 original and classic cocktail recipes based on the works of famous authors and popular drinks of their times. Among the authors are Charlotte Bronte, Willa Cather, Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway, Wally Lamb, Alice Munro, Matthew Quick, and Anne Tyler.
(Suzanne Kent from HPW)

Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet / John Bradshaw
With his common-sense approach, Anthrozoologist Bradshaw, author of Dog Sense also, educates us about the science behind the world's most popular pet - the cat.
(Jackie from RSV)

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America / Erik Larson
This is nonfiction that reads like a great mystery/thriller. You will race through the pages to find out what happens next: A fascinating look at late 1800s America.
(Ed Mandel from CHE)

Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book / Diane Muldrow
This charming book is a "guide to life" for adults based on the popular series of children's books called The Little Golden Books. Baby Boomers will love it!
(Suzanne Kent from HPW)

The Five Love Languages / Gary Chapman
This book is a great way to learn how to effectively communicate and interact in professional, personal, family, and intimate relationships. It also gives you a greater insight into yourself and why you react to certain behaviors.
(Monique Jones from RSV)

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal / Mary Roach
Learn about what is happening in the digestive track in this highly entertaining and enjoyable book that may or may not influence your dietary behavior.
(Ed Mandel from CHE)

Internal Medicine: A Doctor’s Stories / Terry Holt
Wonderfully written, absorbing stories that stay with you long after the book is closed. Holt may be writing from real experiences but it reads like terrific fiction.
(Bill at RSV)

The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War / Richard Rubin
The author spends the first part of the 2000's traveling the USA to speak with the last surviving veterans of WWI.
(Kristen from RSV)

BCD = Book on CD, BD = Blu-ray Disc, CD = Compact Disc, DVD = Digital Video Disc, EB = eBook, FIC = Fiction, LT = Large Type, MeLCat = MeLCat material, NONFIC = Non-Fiction, PL = Playaway, PS3 = Playstation 3 Game


Mona Lisa in Camelot: How Jacqueline Kennedy and Da Vinci's Masterpiece Charmed and Captivated a Nation / Margaret Davis
This engrossing book recounts the many incredible details of how the 1963 American exhibition of Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa came to fruition; and the incredible part First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy played in order to make it all possible.
(Amy from SLC)

My Accidental Jihad: A Love Story / Krista Bremer
This fascinating and touching memoir of an inter-cultural marriage will leave you hoping this couple succeeds and that the author writes a sequel!
(Katie from Shelby Township)

My Life in Middlemarch / Rebecca Mead
Whether you loved or have not yet read the novel Middlemarch (by George Eliot) you should pick up this dazzling memoir/literary analysis of a classic.
(Michelle from SCS)

One Summer : America, 1927 / Bill Bryson
A nostalgic look back on a pivotal period of early twentieth century America. The summer of 1927 was arguably the country at it’s most earnest and hopeful. What fascinated me was that many of the issues they struggled with then are still being debated present day.
(Ken SLC)

Privacy in the Age of Big Data: Recognizing Threats, Defending Your Rights, and Protecting Your Family / Theresa Payton
This book offers insightful and concrete tips for addressing technology and privacy concerns. It is recommended for inquirers concerned about the Snowden NSA disclosures and related affairs, as well as general technophiles.
(Dominic from ROG)

Saturday Night Widows: The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives / Becky Aikman
One of the most accurate portrayals of young widowhood: If you are a young widow, know a young widow or just want to understand widows, this book is a must read.
(Sheri from SBL)

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History / Elizabeth Kolbert
This is a fascinating investigation into why species have disappeared in the past, why they are disappearing now, and how humans factor in significantly.
(Beth from CMPL)

Surprise-Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion—With a Little Something Extra Inside / Amanda Rettke
This book is stuffed with cake recipes that feature creative and colorful surprises in the centers. The baking skill levels range from easy to difficult, and there are ideas for all occasions. The rainbow heart cake on the cover is my favorite!
(Bethany from SHL)

Travels with Casey / Benoit Denizet-Lewis
For dog-lovers, dog-admirers and the dog obsessed, this romp of a road-trip travelogue satisfies all your tail-wagging, slobbery kisses and furry happiness needs.
(Katie from Shelby Township)