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"Holiday"

"Holiday" featuring Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn takes place during both Christmas and New Years, but what makes it worth watching year round is the biting dialog and terrific acting. Grant plays Johnny Case, a wage slave who takes his first holiday since he started working at age 10. While at Lake Placid he falls for gorgeous blond, Julia Seton, not realizing until he goes to her house on 5th...

"The Dead Celebrity Cookbook" by Frank Decaro

If you love Christmas movies and Hollywood trivia, check out Frank Decaro's "The Dead Celebrity Cookbook presents Christmas in Tinseltown: Celebrity Recipes and Hollywood Memories from Six Feet under the Mistletoe."

The tone of the book can be deduced from the title. It is irreverent, jokey, and chock-full of silly puns. He writes about the Christmas TV special "The Homecoming" that introduced the Walton family to America, "As squeaky-clean families go, they made the Bradys look like the Bundys." The only serious theme throughout is the author's sincere fascination with...

"St. Lou-isms : lingo, lore, and the lighter side of life in the Gateway City

In his latest book, "St. Lou-isms : lingo, lore, and the lighter side of life in the Gateway City," Dr. John Oldani includes tales and stories from the many ethnic groups that make our city special.

All our secrets are exposed from St. Louis pick up lines to our lingo to urban legends. For example, do you warsh your dishes and...

"NEpenthe" by Julianna Barwick

New music can be frustrating or joyous. Even artists who released a favorite CD the year before can change styles and their next outing may not be to your taste. One of the great benefits of the library is a chance to listen to the entire album. It's an opportunity to decide whether the CD is a "keeper" or just musical accompaniment on a long road trip.

Three new releases from female artists labeled "indie" by AMG are vastly different in style and texture. Julianna Barwick's CDs are usually just ethereal loops of her voice layered over itself. The new CD "...

News of the death of former South African president and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela may inspire some to learn more about this remarkable statesman.

The 2010 book "Conversations with Myself" contains archival material from Mandela's diaries, personal correspondence, notebooks, calendars, and an unfinished autobiography. The focus here is personal, rather than...

"The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride

Since 1950, the National Book Awards have celebrated the best in American literature. The winners for 2013 were announced November 20 at the annual National Book Award Ceremony and Gala in New York City.

James McBride won in the fiction category for his novel "The Good Lord Bird." In this action-packed historical novel, a young enslaved boy living in the Kansas Territory in 1857 disguises himself as a girl and travels the country with...

Dexter's Final Cut by Jeff Lindsay

Following the end of the TV show, Dexter Morgan, the serial killer that fans love to root for, makes one final appearance in the book series that started everything. Ironically, Dexter's last appearance in the books involves him being cast as a forensic analyst as an extra on a TV show. As he navigates the world of Hollywood he also finds himself pitted against another serial killer. Surrounded by celebrities and the media, he tries to track down his final opponent without being caught....

My Story by Elizabeth Smart

"My Story" by Elizabeth Smart with Chris Stewart describes the kidnapping and 9-month ordeal the author suffered at the hands of kidnappers. Taken from her home at the age of 14, Elizabeth Smart was subjected to every kind of abuse imaginable during her captivity. Now, as an adult, she is forthright about what happened and what she was forced to do to stay alive.

She...

American Kid by Patti Griffin

Patti Griffin's ability to pen a great tune isn't in question as so many other artists record her songs.  She's a fine singer in her own right, great for subtle nuances and heart aching laments. Her faster rocking tunes maybe a tad beyond her range, though on her release "American Kid" the song "Please Don't Let Me Die in Florida" is one of the stronger...

When the trees start looking bare, the landscape can seem dreary. But there is still plenty of natural beauty to enjoy. Autumn is a great time to try bird watching. With less leaves on trees it can be easier to spot birds, and fall migrations can bring different species to your backyard.

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