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A friend of a friend--that is, a complete stranger--posted a comment on my Facebook wall. In French. I never studied French and can't even fake it. Nonetheless, my curiosity was piqued. I highlighted the phrase and held down Ctrl then typed C on my keyboard. From the SLCL homepage, I clicked on the link to Research and then clicked on the link to Language & Multinational databases. The Mango Languages...

500 Places to Take Your Kids Before They Grow Up

 

Remember the days when you and your partner would throw together a suitcase, hop in the car, and drive off on a whim for a little unplanned weekend getaway? Or that wine-addled backpacking adventure through Italy that you shared years ago? All that was before the kids, and let's face it, traveling with kids lacks the glamour that it did in pre-parenthood days. But don't worry--travel with children can be fun, it just requires a different approach... and a lot more preparation.  

Thankfully, St. Louis County Library has some great resources to help you plan the...

The Three Richards: Richard I, Richard II and Richard III

The Three Richards:  Richard I, Richard II and Richard III by Nigel Saul.

On first glance, the title of this book would leave the reader wondering how three English kings, each separated by decades from the next and of different dynasties, could be combined into one book based solely on their names; it...

The Pale King by David Foster Wallace

 

The Pulitzer board announced on Monday that, for the first time since 1977, there would be no award for fiction this year. The jury for the fiction prize selected three finalists for the 2011 award out of a group of roughly 300 novels. But the board failed to get a majority vote for any of the three selections. Jury members interviewed insist that this does not reflect poorly on the novels selected. What do you think? The three finalists are:

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The Poet for Poetry Haters

Billy Collins is the poetic everyman. He writes poems about lingerie catalogs coming in the mail or deciding not to own a gun because his neighbor's dog won't stop barking. In spite being one of the most acclaimed living poets, he is easy to like, understand, and enormously funny. He doesn't pen metaphors about mending walls or snowy woods, or compare body parts to nature like Byron or Song of Solomon. Collins' poems make you chuckle or make you muse, but won't frustrate you.

The poem "Revenant," is written from the perspective of his dead dog. Here is an excerpt:

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Unpredictable Destiny

 

Author Candice Millard was working on a book about Alexander Graham Bell when she found a fascinating connection between Bell and President James Garfield. Garfield, as you know, was shot soon after his inauguration and died in office. What you may not have known was how Garfield suffered in the weeks after being shot and how his medical treatment may have contributed to his demise.

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Snowdrops by A.D. Miller

 

Snowdrop. n.)
An early-flowering bulbous plant, having a white pendent flower.
Moscow slang. A corpse that lies buried or hidden in the winter snows, emerging only in the thaw.
 
Long-listed for the Booker prize in 2011, "Snowdrops" by A.D. Miller is...
Missouri Harvest

The local food movement has exploded in recent years, and St. Louis has jumped on board this trend in a big way. Farmer's markets featuring everything from organic produce to cage-free eggs to local honey are weekly events in most St. Louis neighborhoods, and stores like Local Harvest in South City sell products made or produced locally. On April 16, the library will host the authors of "Missouri Harvest," a new book showcasing Missouri's agricultural diversity...

The Great Movies

 

Roger Ebert, known for his trademark "Two Thumbs Up" movie reviews, was the first person ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for film criticism. The esteemed film critic, who writes regularly for the "Chicago Sun Times," may be best known, not for his writings, but for his long running television show "Siskel & Ebert" (1986-2006). Movie buffs who only know Ebert from his television series may enjoy his cinematic essays, entitled,...

Prague Fatale

 

This month readers will see new growth on several long-running popular mystery series.

Donna Leon's "Beastly Things" is the 21st novel in her Commissario Guido Brunetti series. Venetian police inspector Brunetti's case involves an unidentified murdered corpse found in a canal. The investigation leads him to a nearby slaughterhouse and to contemplation of human kindness.
Anne Perry began her Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series...

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