Mary Ellen’s Top Ten

Mary Ellen is a member of our Reference Staff – you can find her working at the General Reference and Fiction desks. Check out the list below to read about some of her favorite items here in the library.

content.chilifreshScarf Style by Pam Allen: I like to knit scarfs and have made several from this book. I found it easy to follow and ordered the yarn suggested for the Midwest Moonlight scarf. I also made the more intricate Backyard Leaves. Great ideas as holidays approach.

Rick Steves’ Italy by Rick Steves: I used this book for hotel recommendations and found it superb. It has a real networking effect as you meet the locals, they introduce you to the sites and especially in Italy. the best restaurants and gelato in the neighborhood!

New Zealand by Lonely Planet: I like to read Lonely Planet guide books because they always give history (why go) and practical (when to go) information. These guides are eco friendly and have great sightseeing suggestions!

One for the Money by Janet Evanovich: This is the first in a long series (21 as of June, 2014) of Stephanie Plum Mystery novels. They are as much comedy as mystery as Stephanie juggles two boyfriends while trying to apprehend bail bond “skippees” in Trenton, New Jersey.

content.chilifresh-1Weep No More, My Lady by Mary Higgins Clark: Famous prolific mystery author writing about murder. She has a famous daughter who is also a mystery writer and another daughter who is a judge in New Jersey. These are good reads if you like to guess “whodunit” .

Casablanca: The classic movie with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

Play it again Sam: After you watch Casablanca, check out this Woody Allen movie. You will experience many references to Humphrey Bogart as well as the zany humor of Woody Allen and Diane Keaton. This may lead you to check out Annie Hall with these two actors.

The Graduate: Classic early Dustin Hoffman movie. After seeing this one, check out Midnight Cowboy, Little Big Man and Rain Man and enjoy this magnificent actor.

confessions-of-a-shopaholic1Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella: One of a series of funny, chick novels that are very light and fun.

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd: Bestselling novel based on true Southern women in the early 1800s. Story is told by a slave owner Sarah Grimke and her slave Hetty “Handful” Grimke.

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