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"The Patrick Taylor Irish Country Doctor series is a favorite escape from my own stresses. The series is based on the life of a country doctor in a rural village in Ireland. The series spans several decades and often goes back in time to develop a character’s story. There are plenty of fun characters and amusing scenes coupled with real-life dramas that almost always have a happy ending.
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series (by Alexander McCall Smith, author of more than one series) is another favorite escape from my own life. This series is set in Botswana, on the edge of the Kalahari Desert. This series is full of interesting and charming characters and the mysteries that arise in a small village to be solved by the only female-owned detective agency in all of Botswana. The mysteries are not typical murder mysteries but they are just as intriguing and the solutions often rely on a profound understanding of human nature by the lead character.
The Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley is a favorite series because it is from the perspective of a young girl in an eccentric family in England who is a serious amateur chemist and detective! Flavia and I would have been good friends I feel certain. Throughout the series, we meet many colorful characters and follow in suspense as young Flavia solves the murder mysteries before the local detectives".
Staff Recommendations: Melissa Whitesell
Staff Recommendations: Barbara Jones
A couple of old favorites & a great government document
The Princess Bride by William GoldmanOnce upon a time came a story so full of high adventure and true love that it became an instant classic and won the hearts of millions. What reader can forget or resist such colorful characters as Westley . . . handsome farm boy who risks death and much, much worse for the woman he loves; Inigo . . . the Spanish swordsman who lives only to avenge his father's death; Fezzik . . . the Turk, the gentlest giant ever to have uprooted a tree with his bare hands; Vizzini . . . the evil Sicilian, with a mind so keen he's foiled by his own perfect logic; Prince Humperdinck . . . the eviler ruler of Guilder, who has an equally insatiable thirst for war and the beauteous Buttercup; Count Rugen . . . the evilest man of all, who thrives on the excruciating pain of others; Miracle Max. . . the King's ex-Miracle Man; The Dread Pirate Roberts . . . supreme looter and plunderer of the high seas; and, of course, Buttercup . . . the princess bride, the most perfect, beautiful woman in the history of the world. S. Morgenstern's timeless tale--discovered and wonderfully abridged by William Goldman--pits country against country, good against evil, love against hate. From the Cliffs of Insanity through the Fire Swamp and down into the Zoo of Death, this incredible journey and brilliant tale is peppered with strange beasties monstrous and gentle, and memorable surprises both terrible and sublime.
Publication Date: Originally 1973
Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean WebsterAn orphaned girl named Judy Abbott and an unknown, unseen benefactor who sends her to college and whom she refers to as "Daddy-Long-Legs" are the two principals in this immensely popular modern-day fairy tale. Told through Judy's letters and illustrated by her own quaint drawings, DADDY-LONG-LEGS is a profound and tender homage to the power of awakening love.
Publication Date: Originally 1912
National Individual Tree Species Atlas by U.S. Forest ServiceThis reference volume covers each tree species in the United States and precisely where each species is likely to grow or not grow. This illustrated work will benefit silviculturists, foresters, geneticists, researchers, botanists, wildlife habitat biologists, landscape ecologists-essentially anyone involved in natural resources management, monitoring impacts of climate change, or visiting America's forests and landscapes.
If you garden and have a gap between the time of obsession with garden catalogs and actual spring, you may enjoy Beverley Nichols garden books. I read them every February for a few years. ""Merry Hall" is the account of the restoration of a house and garden in post-war England. Though Mr. Nichols's horticultural undertaking is serious, his writing is high-spirited, riotously funny, and, at times, deliciously malicious."
The Scent of Water by Elizabeth GoudgeJust a good book!
Mary Lindsay is a born and bred Londoner who has enjoyed her city life. But fleeting memories of a childhood visit to her father's elderly cousin out in the country are revived with the news that the woman has willed her home, the Laurels, to Mary. She makes an uncharacteristically sudden and life-changing decision to leave London for the country.
The books that inspired Grantchester. They are a good read even without James Norton!
One Corpse Too Many by Ellis PetersI love a good British crime novel!
Brother Cadfael discovers a murder amid the wreckage of Shrewsbury Castle. Ninety-four traitors were set to hang, but Brother Cadfael finds 95 corpses - one that has been strangled.