Library Staff Favorites… Recommended Reading May 2010

The month of May… when flowers are in bloom and thoughts turn to summertime reading. For this month’s recommended reading, I asked library staff to send me some of their favorite library items. They are listed by individual, so you can get a feel for what we:

  • curl up with (Books),
  • eat popcorn with (Movies),
  • tap our feet to (Music),
  • or click on (Web sites)

-when we are not at work.



Dana (Reference)

A Pilgrim at Tinker Creek / Dillard, Annie. 508.755 D578p 1975

Empire Falls / Russo, Richard. 813.54 R969e 2002

Room with a view / E.M. Forster. 823.912 F733r

Harry Potter and the deathly hallows / by J.K. Rowling ; illustrations by Mary GrandPré. 823.914 R884hd 2007

Handmaid’s tale / Margaret Atwood. 813.54 A887h 1998

Poisonwood Bible : a novel / Barbara Kingsolver. 813.54 K55po 1999

Dana (Circulation)

In the Lake of the Woods / Tim O’Brien. 813.54 O13i 2006

Call of the wild and White Fang / by Jack London ; with an introduction by Abraham Rothberg. 813.52 L847c 1981

Wonderful Wizard of Oz / L. Frank Baum ; with illustrations by W.W. Denslow. 813.4 B347w 1992

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn / by Mark Twain ; afterword by Alfred Kazin. 813.4 T969a 1984  And all Mark Twain.

Tinker, tailor, soldier, spy / John Le Carré. 823.914 L456t 1975  And all John LeCarre.

Curious facts preceding my execution, and other fictions, by Donald E. Westlake. 813.54 W529c 1968  And all Donald Westlake.

To kill a mockingbird / Harper Lee. 813.54 L478t 2006

One flew over the cuckoo’s nest, a novel. Kesey, Ken.  813.54 K42o 1964

Dune / Frank Herbert. 813.54 H536d 1990  The entire Dune series.

Lord of the rings / by J.R.R. Tolkien. 823.912 T649L 1994

Cold mountain / Charles Frazier. 813.54 F848c 1997

Grapes of wrath / John Steinbeck. 813.52 S819g 2002  And all John Steinbeck.

In watermelon sugar / Richard Brautigan. 811.54 B825i 1968  And all Richard Brautigan.

Tales of ordinary madness / by Charles Bukowski ; edited by Gail Chiarrello. 813.54 B932t 1983  And all Charles Bukowski.

Cortés and Montezuma. 972.02092 C713c

Endurance; Shackleton’s incredible voyage. 919.9 S524L

Handmaid’s tale / Margaret Atwood. 813.54 A887h 1998

Complete poems of Carl Sandburg / Carl Sandburg. 811.52 S213c 1970

Complete poems of Emily Dickinson / edited by Thomas H. Johnson. 811.4 D553c 1961

David (Reference)

You are not a Gadget/Jaron Lanier 303.4833 L287y 2010

American Prometheus : the triumph and tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer / by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin. 530.092 O62a 2006

Magic mountain = Der Zauberberg / Thomas Mann ; translated from the German by H.T. Lowe-Porter. 833 M282m

Tin drum. Translated from the German by Ralph Manheim. 833 G768t

Less than one : selected essays / Joseph Brodsky. 809.1 B864L

Complete poems of Marianne Moore. 811 M823c

Deanna (Reference)

Tale of two cities / by Charles Dickens 823.8 D548t 1949

Einstein’s dreams / Alan Lightman. 813.54 L724e 2004

You get so alone at times that it just makes sense / Charles Bukowski. 811.54 B932y 2002

New Larousse gastronomique : the encyclopedia of food, wine & cookery / by Prosper Montagné ; original preface by Auguste Escoffier and Philéas Gilbert 641.03 M758L

On the beach / Nevil Shute. 823.912 S562o 1974

Street with no name : a history of the classic American film noir / Andrew Dickos. 791.43655 D553s 2002

Prophet / by Kahlil Gibran. 811.52 G447p 1951

Sherlock Holmes mysteries / by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ; with an introduction by Frederick Busch. 823.8 D754s 1985

Deb (Reference)

One hundred years of solitude / Gabriel Garcia Márquez ; translated from the Spanish by Gregory Rabassa. 863.64 G216o 1971

Poisonwood Bible : a novel / Barbara Kingsolver. 813.54 K55po 1999

Room with a view / E.M. Forster. 823.912 F733r

Fran (Circulation)

Midnight’s children / Salman Rushdie. 823.914 R953m 1991

Between two fires : Europe’s path in the 1930s/David Clay Large 940.52 L322b 1991

George (Technical Services)

In the shadow of no towers / Art Spiegelman. 741.5973 S755i 2004

White noise : text and criticism / Don DeLillo ; edited by Mark Osteen. 813.54 D353zw 1998

In the Lake of the Woods / Tim O’Brien. 813.54 O13i 2006

War reporting for cowards / Chris Ayres. 070.4499567 A977w 2006

Gerie (Circulation)

Amrita / Banana Yoshimoto ; translated from the Japanese by Russell F. Wasden. 895.635 Y65a 1997

Asleep / Banana Yoshimoto ; translated from the Japanese by Michael Emmerich. 895.635 Y65a 2000

I sweep the sun off rooftops / stories by Hanan al-Shaykh ; translated by Catherine Cobham. 892.736 S538i 1998

Bowling alone : the collapse and revival of American community / Robert D. Putnam. 306.0973 P992b 2000

Hara (Reference)

Best of watercolor / compiled by Betty Lou Schlemm and Tom Nicholas. 751.422 B561 1995

Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything / Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. 330 L666f 2005

Fatal harvest : the tragedy of industrial agriculture / edited by Andrew Kimbrell. 577.55 F252 2002

Life of Pi : a novel / Yann Martel. 813.54 M376L 2003

My father’s paradise : a son’s search for his Jewish past / Ariel Sabar. 05.8924092 S113m 2009

Predictably irrational : the hidden forces that shape our decisions / Dan Ariely. 153.83 A698p 2009

“Surely you’re joking, Mr. Feynman!” : adventures of a curious character / Richard P. Feynman as told to Ralph Leighton ; edited by Edward Hutchings. 530.092 F435s 1997

Best American short stories. 813.01 B561 1978

Harafish / Naguib Mahfouz ; translated by Catherine Cobham. 892.736 M214h 1995  And anything by Naguib Mahfouz.

Under the red flag : stories / by Ha Jin. 813.54 J61 1997  And anything by Ha Jin.

Jack (Reference)

Killer angels : a novel of the Civil War / Michael Shaara. 813.54 S524k 2004

Catch-22, a novel. 813.54 H477c 1961

Miracle at Philadelphia; the story of the Constitutional Convention, May to September, 1787. 342.73 B786m

Dune / Frank Herbert. 813.54 H536d 1990

I, Claudius / from the autobiography of Tiberius Claudius born B.C. 10 murdered and deified A.D. 54. 823.912 G776i 1961

Jonathan (Reference)

Ecotopia: the notebooks and reports of William Weston / Ernest Callenbach. 813.54 C157e 1975

A History of God : the 4000-year quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam / by Karen  Armstrong. 202 A736h 1994

Slaughterhouse-five, or, The children’s crusade : a duty-dance with death / by Kurt Vonnegut. 813.54 V947sL 2005

The healing heart–communities [electronic resource] : storytelling to build strong and healthy communities / edited by Allison M. Cox and David H. Albert. 808.5/43

Lynne (Technical Services)

Circle of quiet / Madeleine L’Engle. 813.092 L566c 1972

Irrational season / Madeleine L’Engle. 813.092 L566i 1977

Summer of the great-grandmother / Madeleine L’Engle.  813.092 L566s 1974

Malia (Circulation)

Lonesome Dove : a novel / by Larry McMurtry. 813.54 M478L 2000

Count of Monte Cristo / Alexandre Dumas ; illustrated by Mead Schaeffer. 843 D886c

Giants in the earth; a saga of the prairie, by O. E. Rölvaag … translated from the Norwegian. 813.52 R755g 1927

Marie (Reference)

Watership Down / Richard Adams 823.914 A216w

The stand / by Stephen King 813.54 K54s

A wrinkle in time / Madeleine L’Engle 813 L566w

Robyn (Circulation)

Anne of Green Gables / L.M. Montgomery ; illustrated by M.A. and W.A.J. Claus ; with an afterword by Margaret Atwood. 813.52 M787a 1992

Language of the robe : American Indian trade blankets / Robert W. Kapoun with Charles J. Lohrmann. 746.9 K17L 1992

Pride and prejudice / by Jane Austen. 823.7 A933pr 1931

Sense and sensibility / Jane Austen ; edited by James Kinsley and Claire Lamont. 823.7 A933s 1980


Dana (Reference)

Syriana [videorecording] / Warner Bros. Written and directed by Stephen Gaghan. 791.4372 S995 2006

Pride and prejudice [videorecording] / a co-production of BBC Television and BBC Worldwide Americas, Inc. in association with A & E Network. 791.4372 P9476 2005

Lone star [videorecording] / Castle Rock Entertainment presents a Rio Dulce production ; written, directed and edited by John Sayles. 791.4372 L847 1999

The secret of Roan Inish [videorecording] / First Look Pictures releasing; written for the screen, directed and edited by John Sayles. 791.4372 S4463 1993

Good night, and good luck [videorecording] / Warner Independent; screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov ; directed by George Clooney. 791.4372 G6465 2006

Pete Seeger [videorecording] : the power of song / directed by Jim Brown. 782.421620092 S451 2008

Dana (Circulation)

Dr. Strangelove, or, How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb [videorecording] / Columbia Pictures. 791.4372 D756 2001  And all Kubrick.

Amarcord [videorecording] / Federico Fellini ; Franco Cristaldi presenta un film di Federico Fellini ; soggetto e sceneggiatura, Federico Fellini, Tonino Guerra. 791.4372 A485 1998  And all Fellini.

GoodFellas [videorecording] / Warner Bros.; directed by Martin Scorsese ; screenplay by Nicholas Pileggi & Martin Scorsese. 791.4372 G651 1997 And all Scorsese.

Godfather DVD collection [videorecording] / Paramount Pictures and The Coppola Company and Zoetrope Studios ; director, Francis Ford Coppola. 791.4372 G583 2001  And all Coppola.

Alfred Hitchcock’s rear window [videorecording] / a Paramount Pictures release ; screenplay by John Michael Hayes ; directed by Alfred Hitchcock. 791.4372 R2887 2001  And all Hitchcock.

Blade runner [videorecording] / Warner Bros. Pictures ; screenplay by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples ; directed by Ridley Scott. 791.4372 B632 1999 And all Ridley Scott.

Being there [videorecording] / Warner Bros. Pictures; screenplay by Jerzy Kosinski ; based on the novel by Jerzy Kosinski ; directed by Hal Ashby. 791.4372 B422 2001  And all Ashby.

Man and a half [sound recording] : the best of Wilson Pickett. 781.644 P597m 1992

Miles Davis & John Coltrane [sound recording] : the complete Columbia recordings 1955-1961. 781.65 D263m 2004

Passions of a man [sound recording] : the complete Atlantic recordings, 1956-1961 / Charles Mingus. 781.653 M664p 1997

Birth of soul [sound recording]. Charles, Ray, 1930-  781.644 C476b 1991

Bill Evans, the complete Village Vanguard recordings, 1961 [sound recording]. Bill Evans Trio.  781.65 B596b 2005

Deanna (Reference)

Sunset Boulevard  [videorecording] Paramount Pictures ; writers, Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder and D.M. Marshman, Jr. ; director Billy Wilder. 791.4372 S958 2002

Fargo [videorecording] / PolyGram Filmed Entertainment in association with Working Title Films; written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen ; directed by Joel Coen. 791.4372 F223 1996

M. [videorecording] / directed by Fritz Lang ; producer, Nero Film. 791.4372 M111 1980

Double indemnity [videorecording] / Paramount Pictures ; screenplay by Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler; directed by Billy Wilder. 791.4372 D7272 2006

Karen Blixen’s Babette’s gæstebud [videorecording] = Babette’s feast / Just Betzer, præsenterer ; en film af Gabriel Axel ; A-S Panorama Film International. 791.4372 B113 1999

Touch of evil [videorecording] / Universal International ; produced by Albert Zugsmith ; screenplay by/directed by Orson Welles. 791.4372 T722 2000

Bout de souffle [videorecording] = Breathless / UGC/D.A. International ; [written and directed by Jean-Luc Godard ; from a treatment by François Truffaut ; produced by Georges de Beauregard]. 791.4372 B778 2001

Chocolat [videorecording] / Alain Belmondo et Gerard Crosnier ; Marin Karmitz, MK2 ; un film de Clair Denis. 791.4372 C545 2000

Deb (Reference)

To kill a mockingbird [videorecording] / screenplay, Horton Foote; directed by Robert Mulligan ; a Pakula-Mulligan, Brentwood Productions picture. 791.4372 T6274 1998

Beauty and the Beast = La Belle et la bête [videorecording] / an André Paulvé production ; directed and written by Jean Cocteau. 791.4372 B384 1989

George (Technical Services)

Apocalypse now redux [videorecording] / Paramount Pictures ; produced & directed by Francis Ford Coppola ; written by John Milius and Francis Ford Coppola. 791.4372 A643 2001

Crumb [videorecording] / David Lynch presents a Superior Pictures production ; produced by Lynn O’Donnell & Terry Zwigoff ; directed by Terry Zwigoff. 741.5092 C956 2006

Gerie (Circulation)

7 secrets of savvy students [videorecording] : study smarter, not harder / produced and hosted by Justin Baer. 378.198 S497 2006

Ancestors in the Americas [videorecording] : coolies, sailors, settlers / a film by Loni Ding. 325.73 A538 1996    all -Series: Ancestors in the Americas

Remembering slavery : African Americans talk about their personal experiences of slavery and freedom / edited by Ira Berlin, Marc Favreau, and Steven F. Miller. 306.362 R282 1998

Patricia (Instructional Resources)

(Cinema paradiso) Nuovo cinema paradiso [videorecording] / un film di Giuseppe Tornatore. 791.4372 N973 2003

Robyn (Circulation)

Scarlet Pimpernel [videorecording] / London Film Productions Ltd. ; produced by David Conroy ; directed by Clive Donner ; teleplay by William Bast. 791.4372 S286 2004

Metropolis [videorecording] / an UFA production ; director, Fritz Lang ; screenplay, Thea von Harbou. 791.4372 M594 2002

Freedom Writers [videorecording] / Paramount Pictures ; produced by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher ; screenplay by Richard LaGravenese ; directed 791.4372 F8539 2007


Dana (Circulation)

Internet Movie Database “IMDb has 1,302,366 titles and 2,755,559 names just waiting to be queried.”

Allmusic “A place for music fans to indulge their passion. All genres and styles of music are covered here, ranging from the most commercially popular to the most obscure.”

Sky and Telescope “The essential magazine of Astronomy.”

National Weather Service National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service


Deanna (Reference)

National Public Radio

American Memory “A digital record of American history and creativity.”

History Link “The free online encyclopedia of Washington State History.”

Wikipedia “the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit”

Gerie (Circulation)

SpanishDict A Spanish learning website

Lumosity “Reclaim your brain.” A general brain fitness program.

The Awesome Highlighter A web site that lets you to highlight text on web pages and then gives you a small link to the highlighted page.

Chow. Food Drink Fun.

Hara (Reference)

Book Lust A community for people who love books.

BBC British Broadcasting Company

New York Times

Skin Deep is a safety guide to cosmetics and personal care products.”

Jack (Reference)

Darryl Cagle’s Political Cartoon Index

Jonathan (Reference)

Grist “A beacon in the smog. Environmental news and commentary with a wry twist.”

Intentional communities “Providing people with the information and resources needed to find, create, maintain and support intentional communities of all kinds.”

efolkMusic “ has a mission, to get more folk music into more ears.”

Seattle Raging Grannies “The mission of the Seattle Raging Grannies is to promote global peace, justice, and social and economic equality by raising public awareness through the medium of song and humor.”

Marie (Reference)

Esty “Buy, Sell, and Live Handmade.”


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