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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...

 

Stewart O'Nan's latest slim novel "The Odds" portrays a married couple in crisis. After close to thirty years together Marion and Art Fowler are headed towards divorce. Severe financial distress and previous infidelities have brought the Fowlers to what O'Nan describes as "the final weekend of their marriage." They head to Niagara Falls where they spent their honeymoon. Art hopes to double...

 

I love stumbling across little-known historical true-crime stories and much to my macabre delight, I found an eBook version of Gregg Olsen's "Starvation Heights."

In 1911, Linda Hazzard presents herself as a doctor with the key to good health - fasting. Unfortunately, the patients at her sanatorium are so emaciated that the local townsfolk refer to it as "Starvation Heights." In addition to withholding food, Dr...

 

These days, most people turn to Google when they have a question. But finding information on the web can be tricky, and not entirely accurate. Next time you're stumped, consider asking a librarian. St. Louis County Library has trained librarians who can help with a variety of questions. Of course, librarians are best known for help with traditional research and homework topics, but these days librarians field a number of non-traditional inquiries too. Trying out a new recipe and need help with a measurement...

 

Much to my surprise, I am a member of a book group. I have always had enough titles on my "to do" list to last a lifetime. Furthermore, my choice in reading material is very personal and I don't much like to conform.  I have found that I can have those opinions and still be in a book group. Even after overcoming those issues, I had other concerns.

I was afraid that the responsibility to read a particular title would mean that I would neglect my own reading. In fact, I just read more.

I feared that the group's choices would not appeal to me. Sometimes...

 

I know what you're thinking. Many believe that Dracula is the original Twilight movie, and while the novel Bram...

 

Many of you are familiar, at least in passing, of the medium known as graphic novels or comic books. Some of you, myself included, might even read those on a semi-regular basis. In the era of the Internet, those of us with a taste for such things have found a new way to read and enjoy this medium: the webcomic. Webcomics are much like the strips found in the newspaper in that they are released on a sort of regular basis, depending on the author, and follow a general story arc. They are usually self-published, and as such they have a lot more freedom; there variety of...

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