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The Staff Recommends

Here's where you'll find suggestions from the Pendleton Community Public Library staff. Books, movies, magazines, TV series, cds...we've got it all, and the staff is happy to share what they've enjoyed!



Chris B 11/9/2012 6:25:00 AM
Life of Pi by Martel, The Collective by Lee, The Thirteenth Tale by Setterfield...all wonderful stories/all highly recommended.
Chris B 8/9/2012 6:18:00 AM
The new fiction work, The Collective, has been receiving rave reviews, and now that I'm reading it, I can see why. Riveting, engaging, energetic prose... I love this story by Don Lee. Highly recommended.
chrissy 6/30/2012 11:19:00 AM
Reasons to Conquer the World, by the Indiana band TitusRodes, has created its own genre: 21st century Motown at its finest. TitusRodes is comprised of talented songwriters & vocalists Fernando & Georgie Rodriguez, renown percussionists George Buck and Kiki Ventura, vocalist & keyboard player Geoff Watkins, bassist Frank Plaza , & keyboard player/vocalist Jenny Ostrowski. The variety contained in this 10 song cd is evidence of this band’s musical flexibility. Reasons to Conquer the World has the power to bring listeners into a new season: it is impossible to remain motionless when listening to this fresh sound; it is just the stuff to create new memories of a dance, a kiss, a new love. It is just the stuff to lift the spirit & energize the soul.
Chris B 6/17/2012 6:34:00 AM
Wool by Hugh Howey is fantastic! The library has books 1-5 in a bound omnibus version, & we'll have book 6 soon. Highly recommended sci fi series.
Chris B 6/5/2012 9:33:00 AM
Great series by H. Kunstler: The World Made by Hand and its sequel, The Witch of Hebron. Great dystopic novels that surprisingly provide hope in human nature.
Chris B 5/4/2012 4:36:00 PM
Highly recommend the documentary If a Tree Falls, and its fascinating story & delicious soundtrack. Then...get the cd Cherry Tree by The National. Ahhhh...heavenly! Perfect Sunday afternoon music...
Chris B 5/4/2012 4:34:00 PM
I'm finishing up the very fun The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie by W. McClure. I never read any of L. I. Wilder's books, so I'm learning a ton about this author and her famous books. Turns out the TV show's plot lines were made up by Little Joe from Bonanza!
Chris B 4/10/2012 6:30:00 AM
I just finished the National Book Award winner, Just Kids, by Patti Smith. This is a memoir of artist/punk rocker Patti Smith, describing her time/relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorp. Anyone who enjoys Ms. Smith's music (like Dylan, she seems to mean every syllable) would enjoy this, though I had to skim through some of the mundane details such as what everyone was wearing for various occasions. Recommended to fans only.
Chris B 4/3/2012 7:04:00 AM
Music cd from The National- I'm hooked on High Violet and looking forward to the library getting Cherry Tree. This band's music will evoke yearnings you didn't even know you had while soothing your soul. Amazing stuff. Oh, and they're originally from Cincinnati!
Sara H. 3/31/2012 12:37:00 PM
I just finished reading the Luxe series by Anna Godbersen in YA. Great series about socialites during the early 20th century. Filled with scandal, I loved to follow these four girls throughout the series.
Jenny H 3/27/2012 7:46:00 AM
Naked Mole Rat by Mo Willems should be at the tip-top of your checkout list ~ the name says it all. I can imagine a book with the word "naked" in the title might cause people to shy away, but I took a chance on it, and I have to say it tru~ly may be the best book ever written on the subject of fictional naked mole rats. I wholeheartedly recommend.
Chris B 3/19/2012 8:55:00 AM
One of the best documentaries I've seen in a while, since Exit Through the Gift Shop actually, is If a Tree Falls. The story of the Environmental Liberation Front (ELF), sure doesn't sound that exciting, but it is mesmerizing. Nominated for an Oscar this year...great music by The National. Amazing film!
Christy 3/9/2012 10:30:00 AM
For all of you Crafters and DIYers, check out B Organic with Michele Beschen. This is a t.v. series shown locally on PBS. Michele is a hip chic, who take us into the current world of diy. She shows a variety of projects for everyone, and refurbishes items into something useful.
Librarian 3/7/2012 9:16:00 AM
Yes, The Invention of Hugo Cabret is a wonderful book; thanks for recommending it, Sara!
Sara H. 3/6/2012 6:14:00 PM
I highly recommend the Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. They recently made this into an award winning movie. The book is told in words and pictures. The illustrations are amazing and beautiful and tell so much of the story that words never could.
Chris B 3/6/2012 3:27:00 PM
Any and all of the PJ Harvey cds. (in Rock cds under Har) A friend put a few songs from this musician on my birthday mix tape & I've been Harvey-fied. What a talent..haunting, moving, rocking!
Chris B 3/2/2012 6:20:00 AM
Half Broke Horses, by Jeannette Walls, is the adult book club selection for the March 8th discussion; it is a wonderful "true life novel" of the author's grandmother's life as an impoverished ranch resident-turned-teacher. Walls wrote The Glass Castle-non-fiction about her crazy parents, & Horses is about her maternal grandmother. Wonderful!

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