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Display Name: Sarah Rodems
About me: I am the Public Service Assistant at Roosevelt Library.

Sarah Rodems's Book Lists
The Guilt List (31 titles)
Based on "The Guilt Display" at Roosevelt Library. Also known as: "books you should have read but haven't", or "books you read in high school and forgot"!
Books on LOST (39 titles)
Books that have both influenced and been featured on the show LOST. How cool is a TV show that shows characters sitting around reading? Not to mention the literary references! Thank you, Sawyer, for making reading cool again. Now if only we could get you a better looking pair of reading glasses.
DIY Fabulousness (15 titles)

Small-Space Living (9 titles)
Living in a small house or apartment can be a challenge. Here are some of my favorite decorating & organizing books that have helped me with my own small space.
Thought you weren't into graphic novels? Think again! (12 titles)
Graphic novels for the discerning reader.
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Sarah Rodems's Comments    
Cover ArtCandy girl : a year in the life of an unlikely stripper
by Cody, Diablo
Local girl leaves the office and takes off her clothes. Hysterical.   posted Jul 12, 2009 at 12:15PM

Cover ArtPersepolis
by Satrapi, Marjane, 1969-
Clean lines and a compelling coming-of-age story make this book an excellent introduction to both graphic novels and the recent political history of Iran.   posted Apr 28, 2009 at 1:43PM

Cover ArtAmphigorey : fifteen books
by Gorey, Edward, 1925-2000
Don't be fooled: Gorey's books are NOT for children! Bizarre, surreal, disturbing, and funny, I recommend this book to lovers of Shel Silverstein and Twin Peaks.   posted Apr 28, 2009 at 1:42PM

Cover ArtWatchmen
by Moore, Alan, 1953-
This novel is compelling, brilliant, and unpredictable. I missed my bus stop on several occasions because I was so absorbed!   posted Apr 28, 2009 at 1:40PM

Cover ArtLeadbelly
by Jess, Tyehimba
If you ever get a chance to see this poet perform, take it! The next best alternative is to read his poems out loud.   posted Apr 28, 2009 at 1:33PM

Cover ArtA walk in the woods : rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
by Bryson, Bill
This book made me want to go out and hike the Appalacian Trail!   posted Mar 26, 2009 at 6:55PM

Cover ArtLooking for the Mahdi
by Wood, N. Lee
This features a female protagonist, rare for cyberpunk; even rarer, Wood breaks from the sci-fi male-fantasy buxom babe tradition and makes the character plain. She even goes undercover as a man at one point; hooray for gender diversity!   posted Mar 7, 2009 at 4:37PM

Cover ArtNightwatch
by Luk'ianenko, Sergei
If the Russians made The Matrix but it was about magicians and vampires, this would be it. The following books in the series are Daywatch and Twilight Watch. I also recommend the movies (but as always, read the books first!)   posted Mar 7, 2009 at 4:32PM

Cover ArtRadio freefall
by Jarpe, Matthew
An excellent first novel. I can't wait to see what Jarpe produces next!   posted Mar 7, 2009 at 4:31PM

Cover ArtThe devil in the white city : murder, magic, and madness at the fair that change
by Larson, Erik
I recommend this book to both true-crime and architecture buffs. The chapters alternate between two parallel stories, that of the team of architects designing the 1893 Chicago World's Fair and a vicious serial killer.   posted Mar 1, 2009 at 3:58PM

Cover ArtIn the heart of the sea : the tragedy of the whaleship Essex
by Philbrick, Nathaniel
A must-read for fans of Moby-Dick. The then-famous story of the shipwreck of the Essex which partially inspired the events of Melville's novel. Nathaniel Philbrick is one of my favorite popular historians- he truly writes with the skill of a novelist.   posted Mar 1, 2009 at 3:40PM

Cover ArtOur cancer year
by Brabner, Joyce
I highly recommend everything in the American Splendor series by Harvey Pekar. This volume is co-written with his wife, about the year after Harvey was first diagnosed with cancer.   posted Feb 28, 2009 at 2:06PM

Cover Art500 essential graphic novels : the ultimate guide
by Kannenberg, Gene
An excellent catalog of what's currently out there in graphic novels. Organized according to genre.   posted Feb 28, 2009 at 2:03PM

Cover ArtAmerican born Chinese
by Yang, Gene Luen
Yang has a knack for wry humor, which I appreciate in memoir. Aimed at a teen audience but suitable for adults.   posted Feb 28, 2009 at 2:03PM

Cover ArtUnshelved
by Barnes, Bill, 1967-
You don't have to work in a library to find these comics funny, but it helps!   posted Feb 28, 2009 at 1:51PM

Cover ArtStrangers in paradise. Pocket book collection 1
by Moore, Terry, 1954-
This is the series that lured me into graphic novels. Even superhero comic fans agree this is one of the greatest achievements in the history of American comics.   posted Feb 28, 2009 at 1:51PM

Cover ArtCraftivity : 40 projects for the DIY lifestyle
by Carson, Tsia
I dream of making her plastic utensil chandelier...   posted Feb 17, 2009 at 7:37PM

Cover Art500 ideas for small spaces : easy solutions for living in 1000 square feet or le
by Seldon, Kimberley, 1961-
This book is heavy on Ikea; which works well for us, since we have one in the neighborhood!   posted Feb 17, 2009 at 7:32PM

Cover ArtDomino : the book of decorating : a room-by-room guide to creating a home that m
by Needleman, Deborah
I am so sad that this magazine is ceasing production. Enjoy the best of their four-year run in this lovely book.   posted Feb 17, 2009 at 7:28PM

Cover ArtApartment Therapy presents real homes, real people, hundreds of real design solu
by Gillingham-Ryan, Maxwell
I highly recommend surfing the website, where a lot of this material originated: apartmenttherapy.com. You can even enter submit your own design accomplishments, ideas, and questions!   posted Feb 17, 2009 at 7:28PM

Cover ArtSnow crash
by Stephenson, Neal
This is true cyberpunk, in that much of the action takes place in the landscape of the internet. It is also deeply funny.   posted Feb 3, 2009 at 6:09PM

Cover ArtAltered carbon
by Morgan, Richard K., 1965-
Gritty, futuristic, fun, and highly original. A cyberpunk detective novel that takes place in a fully-realized, richly-detailed future world. The first in a series.   posted Feb 1, 2009 at 3:51PM

Cover ArtThe world doesn't end : prose poems
by Simic, Charles, 1938-
This book is what resulted when someone suggested that Simic write a memoir. Instead of a straightforward memoir, he spun these mini poem-stories based only loosely on fact. By far my favorite book of Simic's.   posted Jan 29, 2009 at 4:54PM

Cover ArtDo androids dream of electric sheep?
by Dick, Philip K.
The basis for the film Bladerunner, this book stands on its own as a melancholy meditation on what it means to be human.   posted Jan 29, 2009 at 4:44PM

Cover ArtAltered carbon
by Morgan, Richard K., 1965-
Gritty, futuristic, fun, and highly original. A cyberpunk detective novel that takes place in a fully-realized, richly-detailed future world.   posted Jan 29, 2009 at 4:42PM

Cover ArtNightwatch
by Luk'ianenko, Sergei
If the Russians made The matrix but it was about magicians and vampires, this would be it. The following books in the series are Daywatch and Twilight Watch.   posted Jan 29, 2009 at 4:39PM


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