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"Frost Burned" by Patricia Briggs

"Frost Burned" by Patricia Briggs is the seventh book in the Mercy Thompson series.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with this series, Mercy is a mechanic by trade and a Native American "walker," a shapeshifter who shifts to the form of a coyote.

The book opens with Mercy still adjusting to her new role as the wife of the local werewolf pack's Alpha. Mercy and her stepdaughter, Jesse,  ...

"Fever" by Mary Beth Keane

 

As I was browsing the books headed for library shelves, I noticed two books with the title "Fever." The books could not be more different.

Mary Beth Keane's "Fever" is a historical novel about the Irish immigrant Mary Mallon who became known as "Typhoid Mary." She was the first person to be diagnosed as a healthy carrier of typhoid fever, and was eventually imprisoned to keep her from spreading disease. Keane attempts to...

 

"My Friend Dahmer" by Derf Backderf is a very powerful graphic novel about serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Using his own memories of encounters in middle school and high school, Backderf looks into the formation of one of America's most notorious murderers.

Backderf was one of the founding members of the Dahmer Fan Club, a group of teen boys who used their classmate's bizarre behavior for their amusement and as a motif for their...

"Seraphina" by Rachel Hartman

Author Rachel Hartman has conjured a unique world in Seraphina. Humans and dragons are struggling to keep a negotiated peace from exploding due to the overheated tempers of many factions. An accomplished musician, Seraphina accepts a position as assistant to the court composer. Almost as soon as she begins, a prince is decapitated on the eve of a great festival. Seraphina discovers a conspiracy she...

Lately I've been reading a lot of articles about the publishing industry and the future of print books. It seems pretty gloomy, but there are a lot of people who wouldn't trade a glowing, sleek eReader for the weight and smell of a "real" book any day. Still, sale numbers make it quite clear that eBooks are here to stay. According to Publisher's Weekly ...

Bob Marley and the Wailers, "Legend"

Celine Dion, Bob Marley and Linkin Park walk into a bar...

No it's not a joke. Even to the trained ear, Celine Dion, Bob Marley and Linkin Park may not have much in common beyond being musicians. Creed, Britney Spears and Metallica may seem unlikely list mates as well. But when Adele's "21" sold over ten million discs, Billboard Magazine printed a shockingly...

The Queen of Versailles

"The rich are very different from you and I.."

  ~ F Scott Fitzgerald
 
During the 90-minute documentary, "The Queen of Versailles"  Harvard educated and award winning documentarist Lauren Greenfield  follows the daily lives of billionaire David Siegel and his wife Jackie as they attempt to build the biggest house in America.
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"The Round House" by Louise Erdrich

I got a copy of "The Round House" by Louise Erdrich for Christmas, but haven't had the heart to pick it up until now. Although I've long been a fan of Erdrich's writing, I knew the content matter would not make for light reading. The story revolves around the sexual assault of the narrator's mother, and his attempts to seek vengeance. "The attack," as it comes to be known, happens in 1988 when Joe is 13. He and his family live on the on the Ojibwe...

"Lawn Gone" by Pam Penick

If you've ever toyed with the idea of replacing or reducing your lawn, you will appreciate the practical advice and beautiful photography in Pam Penick's book "Lawn Gone! Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives for your Yard."

Penick makes a strong case for exploring alternatives to the traditional American lawn. While a lush green lawn is attractive and provides space for play, there are drawbacks. In addition to the regular...

Checkout the newest and soon to be released romance titles from St. Louis County Library. Reserve your copy today!

"Edge of Dawn: A Midnight Breed Novel" by Lara Adrian--Vampires, war, bloodshed and a dark passion. Need I tell more?

"Heart of Atlantis"...

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