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George Harrison: Living in the Material World

Considered by many to be the "quiet" Beatle, George Harrison was both an excellent guitarist and songwriter penning "Somewhere," "Here Comes the Sun," "Taxman" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." In many ways he came into his own with his solo albums like "Dark Horse" and "...

Many of your favorite authors are releasing new books next month. Whatever your preferences, February will be good month for readers.

Alexander McCall Smith's stand-alone novel "The Forever Girl" tells...

Kicking It by aith Hunter and Kalayna Price
I'm not a big fan of short story anthologies as a rule. They usually leave little room for character or plot development. I picked up "Kicking It" because it reminded me of the Nancy Sinatra song from the mid 1960s "These Boots Were Made for Walkin." I must say the editors Faith Hunter and Kalayna Price surprised me with this collection.                  ...
The Wild Feathers

If you miss the guitar driven rock n roll of Tom Petty and the Black Crowes, the Wild Feathers' new self-titled release will make you nostalgic. In addition to having multiple vocalists, this is not a band limited by three chord capabilities. Instead of each song following a formula and sounding the same, these guys have a wide array of musical styles. Reminiscent...

"Holiday"

"Holiday" featuring Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn takes place during both Christmas and New Years, but what makes it worth watching year round is the biting dialog and terrific acting. Grant plays Johnny Case, a wage slave who takes his first holiday since he started working at age 10. While at Lake Placid he falls for gorgeous blond, Julia Seton, not realizing until he goes to her house on 5th...

"The Dead Celebrity Cookbook" by Frank Decaro

If you love Christmas movies and Hollywood trivia, check out Frank Decaro's "The Dead Celebrity Cookbook presents Christmas in Tinseltown: Celebrity Recipes and Hollywood Memories from Six Feet under the Mistletoe."

The tone of the book can be deduced from the title. It is irreverent, jokey, and chock-full of silly puns. He writes about the Christmas TV special "The Homecoming" that introduced the Walton family to America, "As squeaky-clean families go, they made the Bradys look like the Bundys." The only serious theme throughout is the author's sincere fascination with...

"St. Lou-isms : lingo, lore, and the lighter side of life in the Gateway City

In his latest book, "St. Lou-isms : lingo, lore, and the lighter side of life in the Gateway City," Dr. John Oldani includes tales and stories from the many ethnic groups that make our city special.

All our secrets are exposed from St. Louis pick up lines to our lingo to urban legends. For example, do you warsh your dishes and...

"NEpenthe" by Julianna Barwick

New music can be frustrating or joyous. Even artists who released a favorite CD the year before can change styles and their next outing may not be to your taste. One of the great benefits of the library is a chance to listen to the entire album. It's an opportunity to decide whether the CD is a "keeper" or just musical accompaniment on a long road trip.

Three new releases from female artists labeled "indie" by AMG are vastly different in style and texture. Julianna Barwick's CDs are usually just ethereal loops of her voice layered over itself. The new CD "...

News of the death of former South African president and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela may inspire some to learn more about this remarkable statesman.

The 2010 book "Conversations with Myself" contains archival material from Mandela's diaries, personal correspondence, notebooks, calendars, and an unfinished autobiography. The focus here is personal, rather than...

"The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride

Since 1950, the National Book Awards have celebrated the best in American literature. The winners for 2013 were announced November 20 at the annual National Book Award Ceremony and Gala in New York City.

James McBride won in the fiction category for his novel "The Good Lord Bird." In this action-packed historical novel, a young enslaved boy living in the Kansas Territory in 1857 disguises himself as a girl and travels the country with...

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