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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...

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...

 

The Oscar awards are coming up. The red carpet and movies are on a lot of our minds. I started thinking about the St. Louis County Library's book discussion kit titles that have an Oscar nomination. Listed are those nominated for Best Picture:

1937: "The Good Earth" by Pearl Buck.
1939: "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck.
1947: "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens.
1962: "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee.
2003: "Seabiscuit" by Laura Hillenbrand.
2009:"Precious" based on "Push" by Sapphire.
2010: "Winter's Bone" by Daniel...

Frugal Gardener

Whether you have a large garden plot or just a few pots on the patio, you can get a jump on the gardening season by starting seeds inside. If you've never done it before, starting seedlings inside is easy and inexpensive.  And the Library is here to help you do it! We have a massive collection of books to aid you in all of your gardening endeavors.  

"The Frugal Gardener" has a great section on how to start seeds indoors for very...

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