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"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....

As someone who came of age in the mid-1980s, I was all too familiar with Andrew McCarthy, the actor. He starred in such movies as "St. Elmo's Fire," "Pretty in Pink," and "...

Read St. Louis

St. Louisans love to read. The city was recently ranked the ninth most literate city in the U.S. So it's no surprise that Read St. Louis, the community wide reading intiative, is back for 2013. The program was developed by St. Louis County Library, St. Louis Public Library, and St. Charles City-County Library to encourage St. Louisans to read and discuss great books. 

Each year, Read St. Louis showcases books selected by the libraries...

"Ever After" by Kim Harrison

"Ever After" is Kim Harrison's newest entry in the Hollows/Rachel Morgan series. It is her most ambitious book to date. It opens with a psychotic demon trying to have Rachel killed by the demonic collective because their home, the ever after, is shrinking. The demons blame Rachel for the problem, and she struggles with her confidence and growing powers.

I don't want to give away too many details of the plot. It's convoluted to say the least....

"A Working Theory of Love" by Scott Hutchins

Neill is a divorced, mid-30s guy living in San Francisco and stumbling though life. He works for a start-up company that is attempting to create the first truly intelligent computer. The computer is modeled on his father, who committed suicide in 1996 and left more than 20 years of journals. Using these journals as a starting point, Neill and his partners begin to develop a computer that has a back story and can, hopefully, look forward.

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"Ragtime" by E.L. Doctorow

Seeing Elizabeth McGovern on "Downton Abbey" lately reminded me of how good an actor she is. I remember seeing her in the movie,...

Given the success of Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" and Jennifer Chiaverini's new novel "Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker," some may be eager to learn more about Elizabeth Keckley (1819-1907), the actual woman who purchased her freedom from slavery, worked as a seamstress in Washington D.C., and became a friend to Mary Todd Lincoln.

Elizabeth Keckley published her memoir "...

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