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"NW" by Zadie Smith

Three great authors have new books coming out in September.

"This is How You Lose Her," a collection of short stories by Junot Diaz is scheduled to be released on September 11. The stories focus on Yunior, a Dominican-born writer living in New Jersey, a character who was introduced in Diaz's first short story collection and was the principal narrator of "...

"Planet Barbecue" by Steven Raichlen

Labor Day marks the end, or at least the twilight, of grilling season, so why not go out with a bang? When I really want to wow barbeque guests, I always turn to the book "Planet Barbecue!" for interesting recipes and advice from grilling expert Steven Raichlen. "Planet Barbecue!" is a survey of the...

"Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City" by Guy Delisle

Illustrator Guy Delisle has lived in some of the world's most politically charged locales, including North Korea, Burma and China. His latest graphic novel, J...

A Lifetime of Romance

The Romance Writers of America is a national nonprofit association founded in 1981 to assist career romance writers. RWA hosts an annual conference and sponsors several literary awards to promote excellence in the romance genre. The RITA Awards recognize outstanding published romances in multiple categories. The Golden Heart Awards choose unpublished manuscripts of merit. The RWA also offers a lifetime achievement award named for romance powerhouse...

"Gunmetal Magic" by Ilona Andrews

 

Ilona Andrews is the husband/wife author team of the successful urban fantasy series featuring Kate Daniels. Their new offering, "Gunmetal Magic," continues in Kate's world. However, it features shapeshifter Andrea Nash who is still reeling from being kicked  out of the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid. She is hired by Kate Daniels to do investigative work for the Cutting Edge. Both...

Romance is in the Air

Are you suffering from the following maladies?

  • Smell the roses-this isn't just a phrase to you, it's a way of life, a mantra. You can sniff the breed of flower from a thousand paces.
  • Head in the clouds-there's no fog except the one in your brain. You keep sighing and staring off into space.
  • Hot Flush-you get all warm when you think of your beloved, like you're standing at the mouth of a volcano.

If you responded "Yes!" to any one of these, romance is in your life. August is National Romance Awareness Month, and it's time to educate yourself...

"Kasher in the Rye" by Moshe Kasher

Kasher in the Rye : The True Tale of a White Boy From Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16, is unlike any biography I've ever read. 

Moshe was born the Jewish hearing child of deaf parents. His early life experiences include the struggle of religious differences, sign language translations and crushing humiliation when his mother spoke aloud to...

Recapturing dinner? I'm not talking about the running down the turkey that's just jumped off the table. I'm talking about sitting down to eat with your family, which can be a difficult thing to accomplish in our overscheduled and hectic lives. Even if we do manage to gather together, technology invades in the form of television and smart phones. It's time to reclaim mealtime!

The benefits of eating with those close to you are countless. It slows down our eating, and this aids in digestion and feelings of fullness. Children who eat with their families perform better in school, learn...

Learn About the Presidents

 

Take a break from the partisan monologues and learn more about the presidency with these neat resources.

http://millercenter.org
This is a remarkable site that contains an astounding collection of transcripts, summaries and recordings of the presidents. Of course, the recordings only go back to FDR, but transcripts go all the way back to George Washington. Some of the recordings include phone calls from Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson aboard the plane carrying them and the body of John Kennedy from Dallas....

This time of year Walmart and Target are filled with parents and kids rushing around to get their school supply shopping done. On average, families spent over $600 to outfit their children with all the things they need for back-to-school. Among the Dora backpacks, Angry Bird folders, pencils and paper is something you can get for nothing...a library card.

A card from the St. Louis County Library is your child's personal passport to academic success and a break for your budget. We have...

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