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It's getting time for me to think about buying my next car. This one is 13-years-old. It has served me well, but if I want to get anything for it in trade, I need to act. Unfortunately, I still have books to read.

I shouldn't say read, I should say, I still have books to listen to. On tape. My car has a tape player which a new car will not have because the medium is quite obsolete.

Why do I have books on tape? Well, since the medium is obsolete, books on tape are easy to obtain! At garage sales and estate sales they are very inexpensive. In fact, I...

Justinian's Flea

 

Justinian's Flea by William Rosen chronicles the Byzantine Empire under Emperor Justinian. From his collection of law into the Justinian Code to the military victories under his general Belisarius, the author gives a detailed history of an era under one of the few...

Find a Romance in February

 

What do you do when you're waiting for the next book in you favorite series? Bite your nails, eat chocolate, pull out your hair? I'm reserving my copy from SLCL now and brushing up on my fav series and trying a few new ones

"Rainshadow Road" by Lisa Kleypas
Set on gorgeous San Juan Islands, the second novel in the Friday Harbor series is filled with magic. Lucy's frog of a boyfriend dumps her for another woman...

"Wayward Saints" by Suzzy Roche

 

Suzzy Roche, youngest sister in the trio known as The Roches, has written "Wayward Saints" her first literary offering. Roche has...

The Way We Were

 

Two major literay awards in 2011 were won by novels exploring themes of memory and time. Jennifer Egan was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2011 for "A Visit from the Goon Squad." This unusual novel is comprised of interconnected stories featuring record producer Bennie Salazar, his assistant Sasha, and various other people they know through their lives. Egan depicts her characters as teenagers, young adults, and...

The Long Night by Steve Wick

 

In "The Long Night," author Steve Wick tells us what it was like to be a broadcast journalist in Europe, and chiefly Berlin, during the 1930's rise of Adolf Hitler. But Wick wasn't born until 1951. So instead, he examines the work of William Shirer to capture a foreign correspondent's view of a Germany gone mad.

The first time I read Shirer's "...

Shadow Divers

 

Does the word "non-fiction" scare your book discussion group? Does it sound boring, dry, like reading a text book? Well, then you need to take a look at St. Louis County Library's non-fiction book discussion  kit titles. These books read like fiction and guess what; you may learn something along the way. My book discussion groups read at least one non-fiction title per year. It's "required reading. "Here are a few that have been successful.  

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Lord of the Rings

 

I've always found that any mundane task, such as studying, cleaning, or the aforementioned laundry, always goes faster set to some really good music. Luckily for those of us who get stuck with drudgery, SLCL has some grand scores to make your next annoying chore feel like an epic quest.


"Lord of the Rings" scores, composed by Howard Shore

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Rubber

 

"I think you might want to watch this movie," a co-worker told me.

"What's it about?"

"Well, it is about a tire that comes to life and goes on a killing spree."

(Insert chirping noises representing the crickets in my head as I stare dumbfounded at said co-worker.) "OK...a tire. That comes to life. And kills people."

A week later I bring home my DVD copy of "Rubber" and...

Marvel 1602

 

How would the modern superheroes we have come to know and love have lived in the 17th century? Prolific author Neil Gaiman gives us his vision in "Marvel 1602," which collects an eight-part mini-series from Marvel Comics. Branching from the courts of Queen Elizabeth to a colony in the New World, this critically acclaimed series mixes historic settings with vivid art to create a tale worth reading. Instead of spandex-wearing...

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