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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...

The Ending Changes Everything

 

Ann Patchett's new novel, "State of Wonder" starts slowly, but picks up speed soon enough. The author of "Bel Canto," "The Patron Saint of Liars," and...

The Hold Steady

 

For fans of The Hold Steady, the upcoming solo show by front man Craig Finn is met with eager anticipation.  Finn and his cohorts in The Hold Steady arrived on the music scene with "Separation Sunday" in 2005, an album met with critical praise for its power pop sound and dense lyrics reminiscent of 1970s Bruce Springsteen.    

The library has several of their more recent discs in the collection, including 2008's "...

Get Connected

 

Interested in personal networking, blogging to promote your business or looking for a job? Social networking skills can help! Not sure how to get started? The library has a variety of resources to introduce you to the world of social media.

"Get connected: the social networking toolkit for business" by Starr Hall, Chadd Rosenberg

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While lurching toward middle age, I expected my hard rock, mosh pitted past to mellow, and that I would have better appreciation for James Taylor and Carole King's "Troubadours:  The rise of the Singer-Songwriter" CD, which was wildly popular. Instead, "Appeal to Reason" by Rise Against...

Gabrielle Hamilton's outstanding memoir "Blood, Bones & Butter" traces the crooked path she followed to her current success as chef and owner of Prune restaurant in New York City. Although Hamilton is a celebrated chef, readers should not assume that this is simply a foodie book. It is much more a literary memoir about how one woman's life is formed by a combination of her experiences...

 

Want to make food from your favorite restaurant at home and at your own convenience? Try Todd Wilbur's "Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2" and "Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3," the easy way to satisfy your cravings without actually having to go back to the...

 

"Crossfire" is a film gem directed by Edward Dmytryk, who was later blacklisted as a communist sympathizer. He garnered intense performances from all the actors, especially Robert Ryan. Dmytryk also knew how to create striking film noir in all its smoke laden, deep shadowed glory.

Robert Young...

 

"War Made New" by Max Boot is a book about military history from the technological standpoint. The author states early in the book that the losing side in military campaigns has typically been the side that learns the most about military technology. The book describes dozens of historical battles from the last five centuries illustrating such trends as firearms against swords and...

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