At Your Service

How do I love thee, PBS costume drama? Let’s start with Downton Abbey. I don’t need to understand whatever weird wistfulness is going on in the American psyche to make this series such a post-recession hit. I just know that it is, and because it’s British and it’s historical nobody watching feels guilty about making this must-see-TV (or DVD or Netflix selection…). Patrons who can’t bear to say goodbye to their small screen friends can relive  Edwardian dysfunction with these 20th-century gems.


  • Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier
  • The Shooting Party by Isabel Colegate
  • Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford
  • Howard’s End by E.M. Forster
  • The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy
  • The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford
  • No Angel by Penny Vincenzi
  • Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
  • Night and Day by Virginia Woolf



About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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