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"Benediction" by Kent Haruf

Kent Haruf's new book "Benediction" is his third novel set in the fictional town of Holt, Colorado. It is the poignant story of a dying man looking back on his life. Dad Lewis faces his last days at home with his wife and adult daughter. He considers his good fortune as well as some unresolved regrets. His family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors offer what help they can as they struggle with...

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"One Good Earl Deserves a Lover: The Second Rule of Scoundrels" by Sarah MacLean--I love snuggling up with one of Sarah MacLean's books on a cold day, with a cup of hot chocolate. In her latest book, the owner of Fallen Angel gaming club finds himself propositioned by scientist Lady Phillipa Mabury.

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"The Rime of the Modern Mariner" by Nick Hayes uses Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem about the ancient mariner to describe our environmental folly. Hayes' graphic novel is a worthy update and adequately infuses the tale with modern horrors like oil spills, sludge, floating garbage fields and rotting whales.

As a graphic novel, the art is very important. In...

The Other F Word

 

The documentary "The Other F Word" takes an inside look at parenting by punk and hardcore musicians. Bands known for their raucous, anti-establishment stance find themselves family men with play dates and school outings alongside world tours and endless partying.

The DVD focuses on Jim Lindberg from Pennywise, a father of three daughters, but there are plenty of other musicians with cameos. Lindberg gets a tattoo for his youngest...

"Samurai's Garden" by Gail Tsukiyama

 

Spice up your book club with some of these titles from the SLCL Book Kit Collection. Many of these selections are what I like to call "a diamond in the rough," books that may have passed under your radar.  
 
"Montana, 1948" by Larry Watson: Twelve-year-old David Hayden's family is comfortable and familiar. He admires his father, the modest town sheriff, and his charming uncle, the local doctor. He loves his gentle, perceptive mother. But when their Sioux housekeeper shares her darkest fears in the heat of a fever, these statements, and the...
"Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn

I just finished Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl," which was one of the library's most checked-out book of 2012. I read it because my book group chose it. It's not something I would pick, but the point of being in...

"Under the Jolly Roger" by LA Meyer

Out of the Napoleonic era, LA Meyer brings us a swashbuckling young woman who conquers the high seas and all other formidable obstacles, whether natural or of human design. The series of novels features Mary "Jacky" Faber, a waif orphaned in London who must live by her wits, of which she has considerable in supply.


The action-packed adventures of a girl at sea was not what I expected when I requested ...

 

"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith is a classic worth exploring or re-exploring if it's been a while. I picked up the spoken version read by...

Does your book discussion group have difficulty coming up with titles? Does your group spend too little time talking about the book and too much time deciding what to read the next month? Is your group having a five minute book discussion followed by 55 minutes of talk about other things?

The St. Louis County Library's Book Discussion Kit collection may be just the fix. The book kit collection has over 300 titles consisting of historical fiction, current fiction, non-fiction (that reads like fiction) and mysteries. The kit includes not only books but a readers' guide. The guide...

"Mrs. Bridge" by Evan S. Connell

 

Most readers by now have heard about Gillian Flynn's huge bestseller "Gone Girl," in which the bizarre story of a difficult marriage is told from wildly different perspectives. In this suspenseful page-turner, readers hear from Nick in the days following his wife's disappearance and from his wife Amy's diaries. The novel has many twists and turns, and Flynn uses the multiple voices effectively....

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