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Meet Your Favorite Author at the Library

 

SLCL has one of the best author series in the country. Where else can you meet the country's best-selling writers, for free? This spring and summer we're bring a variety of literary talent to St. Louis, including young adult and children's authors, historians, suspense writers and award-winning novelists. You can view the full line-up of events on the Meet the Author blog. Unable to attend? You can view pictures from author events on our...

101 Things You Thought You Knew About the Titanic

 

As we approach the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, readers may want to brush up on facts or enjoy a story inspired by the tragic events of April 15, 1912.

"101 Things You Thought You Knew about the Titanic - But Didn't!" by Tim Maltin and Eloise Aston addresses myths and misconceptions about the sinking of the Titanic. The book is a collection of brief chapters on individual questions, rather than a narrative history....

Tamara Drewe

 

"Tamara Drewe" is a breezy English film that resembles a French farce. Tamara returns to the village of her youth to sell the family home. Now a well-known journalist with a nose job, Tamara has evolved from the plain girl-next-door to hot chic up the street with her choice of men. The options include an ex-boyfriend who saw beyond her former big nose, but now has a chip on his shoulder. A...

The Pirate

 

 

I'm a fan of rom coms, well done ones that is, so a couple of years ago out of desperation I started to watch some of the classics. I was hooked, and couldn't believe I hadn't watched them before.  If you try a couple of these classics on for size, you won't regret it, and you might just discover some new movies worth watching over and over. Or you could rediscover movies you've seen and loved, but just haven't watched in years.

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Tina's Mouth

 

Not all young adult lit is vampires and dystopian future worlds. Some deal with plain old-fashioned teen angst.  Case in point: "Tina's Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary" by Keshni Kashyap. Even adult readers will enjoy this trip back to the tumultuous world of teenage drama. Tina is a 15-year-old Indian-American, living in California, dealing with all the usual teenage afflictions--...

Elizabeth the Queen

 

Anyone interested in Queen Elizabeth II should pick up "Elizabeth the Queen : the life of a modern monarch" by Sally Bedell Smith. SLCL has it in multiple formats (book, large print book, book on CD...

Howl's Moving Castle

Dianne Wynne Jones, who passed away last year, published "Howl's Moving Castle" in 1986. In 2004, the animated film "Howl's Moving Castle," based on the book and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, was...

I Am Legend

 

Since being published in 1954, Richard Matheson's novella "I Am Legend" has been adapted for film four times. Most recently, Will Smith thrilled audiences in the 2007 film by the same name. We also delighted in Charlton Heston's 1971 performance in ...

Honey: Nature's Golden Healer

 

The next time you enjoy a bit of honey in your tea or drizzled across a freshly baked biscuit, take a moment to consider where it came from. In case you missed it, honey bees are under attack. A mysterious diseased called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has been killing hundreds of thousands of them each year, with no cure or explanation in sight. Why should you care about an insect that has the power to inflict painful stings? Without bees there would be very little food. In fact, author and beekeeper Gloria Havenhand tells us that one out of every three mouthfulls of food is...

Butch Bakery Cookbook

 

David Arrick's and Janice Kollar's "The Butch Bakery Cookbook" is full of unique cupcakes to make your desserts a little, well, manlier. Cupcakes made with beer, frosting with a dash of Jack Daniels, and of course two cupcake recipes topped with bacon bits. And don't worry--all the recipes that do use alcohol have virgin alternatives if that's your preference. Clear instructions make...

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