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American Gun by Chris Kyle

Books open doors to familiar places that look new.  I enjoyed such an experience between the covers of "American Gun: A History of theU.S. in Ten Firearms" by Chris Kyle. In the context of firearm innovations, Kyle examines historical events where guns played pivotal roles. The people who wielded the famous weapons were figures of fame...

Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side by Jim Merkel

St. Louisan Jim Merkel's books "Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side" and "Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans" both offer an entertaining, light-hearted look at St. Louis history. Now Merkel turns his...

Department 19
There were two defining moments in Jamie Carpenter's life. The first occurred when he saw his father shot by government forces for betraying his country. The second happened two years later when his mother was kidnapped by vampires and Jamie was aided by Victor Frankensten's creation. Jamie was introduced to a mysterious agency called "Department 19". The agency was created in 1892 to combat the supernatural creatures among us.
 
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The Goldfinch

The 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced this week. This is the 98th year for the prizes established by the former owner of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Joseph Pulitzer. Check out these winners to see if you agree with the Board's choices.

Fiction - "The Goldfinch" by...

"The man he became : how FDR defied polio to win the presidency" by James Tobin

"The man he became : how FDR defied polio to win the presidency"  by James Tobin delves into the battle Franklin Roosevelt waged to overcome polio and fulfill his life's goal of becoming president. This is not new ground, as FDR's...

How I Live Now

Saoirse Ronan never shies away from an acting challenge. Her roles in "Atonement" and "Lovely Bones" shows she tackles literary masterpieces with verve. "...

"The Hot Zone" by Richard Preston

Recent disturbing news of an outbreak of Ebola virus in Guinea has got me thinking about Richard Preston's chilling book "The Hot Zone." Preston presents what his subtitle calls "a terrifying true story." In 1989 a strain of Ebola appeared in a Virginia laboratory, and a military biohazard SWAT team worked frantically to identify and contain the virus. I read it many years ago and still remember the gruesome...

"I, robot: to protect" by Mickey Zucker Reichert
"I, robot: to protect" revisits the world created by the master of science fiction, Isaac Asimov. Although Asimov passed away in 1992, the three laws of robotics he created lives on in books and movies. This book was authorized by the estate of Isaac Asimov. It is written by Mickey Zucker Reichert.
 
This book is a prequel to Asimov's work. It tells the back story of Susan Calvin before she becomes involved with...
"The Accursed" by Joyce Carol Oates

Twined through the ivied walls of Princeton University, vampirism spread like a virus in 1905. Though not all fell prey, no one escaped exposure.

Who better to invent this contagion than Joyce Carol Oates, Princeton professor since 1978? She knows the streets, the customs, the genealogies and secrets both chronicled and disavowed. In "The Accursed," an unnamed fictional narrator...

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