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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...

Heat Wave

 

Do you enjoy watching ABC's "Castle"? Is there something about the chemistry between Richard Castle and Kate Beckett that glues you to your television? Is the hiatus just too long before the next week rolls around again and you can indulge your addiction?

Fortunately for people like us, the St. Louis County Library has a solution to this horrible dilemma. In case you didn't know already, Hyperion Publishing has released three books written by Richard Castle starring our favorite New York detective, Nikki Heat. When the first came out,...

About that Night

These authors will make you chuckle and then peeking around to see if anyone heard you.


"About That Night" by Julie James comes out on April 3rd. Ahh, nothing like giving the guy who stood you up on your first date a hard time, especially when he's a handsome, billionaire, genius. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rylann Pierce gets that chance, when her star witness in no other than Kyle...

Dead Man's Bones

 

You know that guy with "photshopped abs" in the film "Crazy, Stupid, Love"? No? Even if you missed last fall's comedy hit, you should know his name is Ryan Gosling. The former Mickey Mouseketeer has a band called Dead Man's Bones. The self-titled debut is a...

The Ultimate Cake Mix Cookie Book

 

"The Ultimate Cake Mix Cookie Book: more than 375 delectable cookie recipes that begin with a box of cake mix ," by Camilla V. Saulsbury, makes baking cookies a piece of cake. Literally. Over 375 cookie recipes that start from cake mix, add a little twist, and hey presto! Delicious cookies that don't require starting all the way from square one and also have both the benefit...

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