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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...

"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 ...

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