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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...

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

 

Many believe the modern environmental movement began with the 1962 publication of Rachel Carson's book "Silent Spring." Carson's influential book linked the use of pesticides with diminished bird populations, human illness, and loss of habitat for aquatic life. While her arguments were not universally accepted, Carson popularized the notion of a web of connections between human activity and the natural world.

Recent books echo...

Calvin Coolidge By David Greenberg

 

"Calvin Coolidge" by David Greenberg , part of the American Presidents series, illustrates the story of another lesser-known president. Greenberg details Coolidge's rise to political power from Governor of Massachusetts to Vice President to President. Known as "Silent Cal," Greenberg shows how Coolidge's silence worked to his advantage, even citing an instance when Coolidge states that a president's words are powerful and should be used infrequently. His approach to the presidency is also shown fascinatingly in his decision not to run for reelection in 1928 because it would...

Teen Summer Reading Club

 

The Adult Reading Club kicked off earlier this week, but the clubs for babies, kids and teens kick-off today. Summer reading is a great time to share books and conversation with the whole family. As an added incentive to get your kids signed-up, the library is waiving fines for preschoolers-teens entering 12th who register for summer reading club!  Details about the library's summer reading clubs can be found here. Not sure what to read? Ask a staff member or check our blogs for...

The Forge of Christendom by Tom Holland

 

The years following the collapse of the Roman Empire were stressful ones for Europe, leading many to think that the end of the world was quickly approaching. In "The Forge of Christendom," Tom Holland describes how this feeling of imminent apocalypse drove the development of medieval Europe over a period of several centuries. He discusses political, military, and religious developments and how each affected the others,...

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection

 

Some movies are so bad they're good and some movies are so bad they're just laughable. The long lamented television show, "Mystery Science Theater 3000" made an art form out of mocking bad movies. Under the premise of being trapped in space and forced to watch bad movies, the show's host and his robot pals would verbally pick apart some of the worst movies ever filmed. Some bad movies are a bit more ripe for the riffing and four of the classic shows are found on...

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