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Wild Nights by Joyce Carol Oates

 

When you encounter the obsessions of an aged, fictional Mark Twain, you realize you've entered the unsettling twilight zone of Joyce Carol Oates. Frightening danger lurks throughout her novel, "Wild Nights," subtitled as "stories about the last days of Poe, Dickinson, Twain, James and Hemingway."

However, she isn't recreating the last days of their historic lives; instead, she's imagining a...

The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

Charlotte Rogan's debut novel "The Lifeboat" is a good bet for readers who enjoy psychological drama. As the book opens Grace Winter is on trial for murder. Readers learn how she arrived in this situation from her recollections and her trial.

Newlyweds Grace and Henry were crossing the Atlantic on a luxury ocean liner....

Warren G. Harding by John Dean

No stranger to presidential politics himself, John Dean's biography of Warren G. Harding illustrates the life and presidency of one of the 20th century's least-known presidents. Dean traces Harding's life from childhood to his rise to power through Ohio politics and ultimately, the presidency. Frequently considered one of the most corrupt presidents, Dean's biography gives a different take,...

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Katherine Boo's " Behind The Beautiful Forevers' is a non-fiction narrative detailing life in a Mumbai undercity. She spent four years following the inhabitants of Annawaddi, an unexceptional slum, one of so many in India.    

In this parallel universe, located just steps away from the modern and prospering New India, we are introduced to unimaginable levels of...

[Bad Island by Doug TenNapel

Graphic novels are more popular than ever. Readers of all ages are picking them up, especially kids! Below are several recent and soon-to-be-released graphic novels that everyone should check out.

 
"Bad Island" -Reese is shipwrecked during a family vacation on a bad island with strange inhabitants and fantastical creatures. How will he escape?
 
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Gone by Mo Hayder

 

The Mystery Writers of America hold a banquet each Spring to recognize achievement mystery and crime writing. The nominees for the Edgar awards, named for the founding father of detective fiction Edgar Allan Poe, were announced on January 19, the 203rd anniversary of Poe's birth. The awards banquet was held Thursday, April 26. Mystery fans ordering tickets for the awards gala online were advised about appropriate attire: Dress to Kill.

Mo Hayder's...

Adult Reading Club at St. Louis County Library

Mark your calendars, the 2012 Adult Reading Club will kick-off on May 29. This year's theme encourages participants to "Step Into New Worlds." Here's how it works: complete either 10 books or 50 hours and you'll be entered into a drawing to win great prizes. Not sure where to start? Reading logs will be available in all 20 branches later this month, inside you'll find great sci-fi reading suggestions. Staff can also help you pick your next read, and of course checking this blog will offer plenty of ideas! Prizes this year include gift cards from Nordstrom, Barnes & Noble, Starbucks,...

Meet the Author

 

The St. Louis County Library Foundation's author series is one of the best in the country. Where else can you meet bestselling writers at the top of their game, for free? The Foundation recently announced its summer line-up, which includes something for everyone--mystery fans, historians, teen readers, children and more. My top pick is Chris Cleave who will be at Library HQ on July 14. Cleave first visited SLCL in 2010 as part of Read St. Louis. His novel, "...

Weight Loss Made Logical

Charles D'Angelo spoke at Headquarters on April 25 to an audience hungry for tips on how to diet successfully. What they got was an inspiring pep talk about how to think of eating not as a diet, but as a part of a commitment to health, intelligence and purposeful living. "Think and grow thin : the revolutionary diet & weight-loss system that will change your life in 88 days" is D'Angelo's book,...

Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors by Molly Harper

 

In celebration of librarians, below is a list of romances featuring book crazy babes and the hunky men who love them.

If you enjoy a light romp, try the newest release from Molly Harper, "Nice Girls Don't Bite their Neighbors." This series focuses on a former children's librarian turned vamp, Jane Jameson, and her adjustment to nocturnal living. As she plans her wedding to Gabriel, she must deal...

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