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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.  


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




"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...

Deadline Artists

Have you ever looked at a pile of unread newspapers and wished that someone would pull out the best of the lot for your reading pleasure? Good news! The book "Deadline Artists: America's Greatest Newspaper Columns" does just that. Editors John Avlon, Jesse Angelo, and Errol Louis present a selection of the best columns published in newspapers all over the country from 1757 to 2011.

The columns are...

Rules of Civility


First time author Amor Towles' "Rules of Civility" is a stylish and sophisticated novel reminiscent of the writings of  F. Scott Fitzgerald. It's a believable not-so-classic love triangle that makes excellent use of the written language.  

Set in late 1930s New York, Towels gives the reader a realistic feel for the lifestyle of this particular time and place. His depiction of Manhattan apartments, restaurants,...


After the Super Bowl ends, many St. Louis residents begin to think about the upcoming baseball season. In honor of Black History Month, you may be interested in reading the following  graphic novels to help pass the time until spring training.

"21" : the story of Roberto Clemente: a graphic novel" by Wilfred Santiago
For teens or adults, this graphic novel tells the story of Hall of Fame outfielder Roberto...

Romance Prepub Alert!


My top picks of upcoming new romance releases:
A sequel to "Me, Myself, and Why," it explores the continuing adventures of Cadence and her trio of personalities. If that...


Some of the information available in databases is fascinating. I've recently become enchanted by the Historical St. Louis Post-Dispatch [ProQuest] database. It has full text articles and images from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch from 1874 to 1922. I'm not a history buff, but you can get an idea of what life was like way back when if you take some time to search.

For example, I wanted to find out about the early days of the suburb I grew up in, so I entered...

Winter Hiking around St. Louis

Although most people prefer to hike in the warmer months, winter can be the best time to experience the tranquility of nature. The obvious benefits include the lack of bugs and the lack of crowds on the trails. But the starkness of the landscape makes for great wildlife viewing and birding.  Also, many of the small streams, springs, and waterways have frozen into beautiful ice sculptures.

If that makes you want to hit the trails, trek over to the library first and pick up a guide for your adventure. Several guides are small, pocket size books that offer a wealth of information...

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