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"Femme: a "Nameless Detective" novella" by Bill Pronzini

 

Since discovering the Nameless series many years ago, I have been a fan of Bill Pronzini. "Nameless" is an old school private detective throwback ala Mike Hammer. He has starred in over 35 books. I have enjoyed them all including his latest two "Femme: a "Nameless Detective" novella" and "...

The 2013 Pulitzer Prizes were announced April 15. The winners include:

FICTION - "The Orphan Master's Son" by Adam Johnson
Set in modern-day North Korea, this novel traces the journey of Pak Jun Do from a work camp for orphans through the military ranks to the level of Kim Jong Il himself.
 
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Much of the news about the publishing industry these days concerns mergers and consolidation. The proposed merger between Penguin Group and Random House would create a publisher so big that the deal required the approval of the U.S. Department of Justice, European Union regulators, and other global anti-trust authorities.

All the talk about mega-publishers has me wondering - Can a reader still judge a book by its publisher? Large publishers often have separate divisions with individual imprints specializing in subject areas or formats. These smaller entities maintain distinct...

Faith Erin Hicks has written a graphic novel entitled "Friends with Boys" that is quite enjoyable.  The main character is Maggie, whose life is fraught with change, weirdness and loneliness. As the book begins, she is starting high school after a life of home schooling. Her mother recently abandoned the family which consists of Maggie, her father, her oldest brother, Daniel, and her twin brothers...

 

Jacob is a 16-year-old teetering on the edge. After witnessing his eccentric grandfather's murder by a monster he can't explain, he's in and out of hospitals searching for the right words to get his anxious parents off his back and out of his overly analytical shrink's office. Clues found in his grandfather's house lead him on a journey to Wales that test his abilities and his grasp on reality.  Jacob finds that sometimes the monsters that go bump in the night are real...and he's the only one who can see them. 

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"Cheaper, Better, Faster" by Mary Hunt

"Cheaper, better, faster: over 2,000 tips and tricks to save you time and money every day" by Mary Hunt is an excellent book to help with spring cleaning, organizing or saving money on household repairs. The author is the creator of the "Debt Proof Living" newsletter. This book is an updated version of a book published in 1997 under the title 'Tiptionary." It is a fascinating hodgepodge of...

 

On April 7 men and women throughout America will cheer as we celebrate an end to the tyranny of housework - at least for a day. Put down your brooms, forget dusting, let your clothes sit in the hamper, and save it all for the day after tomorrow. What could you do on a beautiful day like today? Go to the St. Louis County Library!

Read a romance novel and eat bonbons. Attend a program at one of our...

"Cold Mountain" by Charles Frazier

"Cold Mountain" by Charles Frazier is not a new book, but I downloaded and listened to the eAudiobook version for the first time recently. I can't say enough good things about this title. It is read by the author who gives a wonderful rendition with his...

"Breaking Point" by C.J. Box

 

"Breaking Point" is the latest Joe Pickett thriller by C.J. Box. For those of you unfamiliar with series, Joe Pickett is a Wyoming Game warden with a sense of honor and justice. He is caught up in a rigid bureaucracy that doesn't see the gray areas that make up life. Consequently, he has a reputation for questioning authority.

The book opens with Joe Pickett being drafted to assist in a manhunt for a local businessman, Butch...

"The Silence of Our Friends" by Mark Long, Jim Demonakos, and Nate Powell is a graphic novel that takes place in Houston, Texas in the late 1960s. The plot centers on the uncharted waters individuals ventured into as a result of the civil rights movement.

The novel depicts the chaotic nature of the times well. A TV journalist tries to overcome the race barrier by inviting an African...

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