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Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man by Mark Kurlansky

 

Two new biographies present the stranger-than-fiction true tales of men who changed the food industry.

In "Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man" Mark Kurlansky introduces Clarence Birdseye (1886-1956) who developed the fast-freezing process that made frozen vegetables a staple of the American diet. Birdseye was an inventor and tinkerer with a huge thirst for knowledge and adventure. In addition to his accomplishments in freezing...

"Chasing Lincoln's Killer" by James L. Swanson

 

Introducing a new book club just for guys! The Guys Read book club will meet on the third Thursday of each month at Library HQ starting July 19 at 6:30 p.m. The club is open to males ages 11-14 and an accompanying adult (brothers, fathers, grandfathers, etc). The club's first selection is "Chasing Lincoln's Killer" by James L. Swanson.

The idea for the club came from...

Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe

 

Brat Pack member Rob Lowe has written an autobiography entitled, "Stories I Only Tell My Friends." I checked out the eAudiobook version which is read by the author. In the beginning, the strongest part of the biography, Lowe discusses his difficulties getting started in show business. You might think that his undeniable good looks made his an easy life, but such is not the case.  Young Rob...

American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin

Are you suffering from "Downton Abbey" withdrawal? Spending sleepless nights worrying if Matthew and Lady Mary will overcome their past and find true love? If so,
"The American Heiress" by Daisy Goodwin may be just the tonic to assuage your Gilded Age malaise.

Cora Cash -as in cash, money - is the richest heiress in Newport. Beleaguered by tons of dough but not so much social standing,...

The 50 Funniest American Writers

 

Help, I've fallen into a pit of literary despair and can't get out. After four works of murder, mayhem and mystery by Richard Matheson, appropriately collected as "Noir," I turned to another favorite author, Joyce Carol Oates. The title of her book, too, should have warned me off: ...
Nightworld by F. Paul Wilson

 

The end of the world begins when the sun rose late one morning.  Scientists are baffled by this celestial phenomenon. The next disturbance occurs when bottomless sinkholes began to appear. When night fell, flesh-eating monsters appeared to attack the New York populace. The following pages are filled with intense action, terror, loss of hope as the world is bombarded with attacks from "The Otherness."

Mankind is doomed unless a small band of fighters led by centuries old, Glaeken, can reforge an ancient weapon to combat the evil. This is a classic battle of good...

Iago by David Snodin

 

If you haven't already seen the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis production of Othello in Forest Park, there's still time to read or reread the play before you go. The library has several editions of this unsettling tragedy, including one that features the original text displayed side-by-side with a translation into contemporary English. Many of these books have introductory essays and notes throughout to make the...

Always Hit on the Wingman

 

Seeking a little help in the romance department? SLCL carries a wide selection of books on every topic. Don't forget to sign up Literary Speed Dating on June 16 and Literary Speed Dating for Boomers on July 14 @ the Thornhill Branch. Find the literary love of your life and some new book recommendations.

Want to know are men really thinking? America's most trusted...

Rules of Civility

Readers across the country have been swept away by Amor Towles' debut novel, "The Rules of Civility."  Set in New York City in 1938, "Rules of Civility" tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising 25-year-old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society...

 

Tired of all those awful pickup lines, like "Can I have your number? I seem to have lost mine."Well, on Saturday, June 16, 6:00 p.m. lit loving singles will gather at the Thornhill Branch for Literary Speed Dating. Participants are invited to bring a book, one which they enjoyed, hated, or are simply mystified by, and discuss it. Each participant will have 4-5 minutes to chat, and then move on to the next "mini-date." While this event is aimed at adults in their 20s and...

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