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Who doesn't want to get more active in the New Year? Have you ever heard a song that you couldn't help moving around to? The library's collection of CDs will inspire you with multitudes of peppy tunes. "Pink Friday" by Nicki Minaj, "I am the Dance Commander + I Command You to Dance" by Ke$ha or...

Hannah Jesset is a life coach by profession and habit. So when her brother's company is endangered by a corporate shark, Gideon Cage, she rides to the rescue and gives the shark some advice along the way. Gideon Cage is tired of chasing blood in the water and so instead gives chasing the intriguing Hannah a try, as Hannah tries to decide whether to radically change the course of her life. Such a change is not without its difficulties or even danger as these two grow closer, and Hannah's new life may not have room for a man like Gideon.

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I thought Matt Kindt's graphic novel "Super Spy" would be along the lines of the "Spy vs. Spy" strip in Mad magazine. A fanciful cover encourages such a comparison by showing two stalking spies and their concealed tools. However, this graphic novel, in the likeness of Art Spiegelman's "...

 

Late in 2008 I was searching the catalog for an eAudiobook to download when I found Candice Millard's "River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's darkest journey." Although I am not much of a history buff, I had heard a radio interview of Ms. Millard. The topic sounded interesting enough and not much else was available, so I took a chance and downloaded it to my MP3 player.

The reader was Paul Michael, who does a very good...

 

Todd Snider has been penning witty, thoughtful, and at times hilarious songs for almost twenty years. While he falls into the category of folk singer/Americana, Snider's songs range from soulful ballads to angry, rocking numbers. All of his songs have the potential to stir your emotions.  Snider can range from a lovely song about a quiet drive with his wife to a hilarious song about a not-so-quiet drive with his wife ("All of My Life"), the ensuing road rage, and a trip to the county jail ("Tillamook County...

 

Three Observations on the Physics of Jason Statham Films
Discussed:  The Mechanic, Crank, Crank: High Voltage,...

 

With the NBA season finally in full swing, now might be the time to check out some new and classic basketball books from the St. Louis County Library. Here are just a few of the many titles available to read during the upcoming NBA season:

"Basketball's Greatest Stars" by Michael Grange is a...

This collection of short stories touches on the personal relationships of people on the verge of anguish and catastrophe. Ross' style is stripped-down and blunt.  In the opening story, an unemployed man is trying to mentor a young neighbor while going through the interview process for a new job.  Both end horrifically.  In another...

Michael Jackson, while once known as the most famous pop star on the planet, was also quite possibly the most eccentric and mysterious one. He had a pet chimp named Bubbles; there were leaked tabloid photos of him sleeping in an oxygen chamber; his children were rarely seen in public without a mask or disguise; his own appearance was greatly distorted over the years from numerous plastic surgeries and skin lightening treatments; he did not want to go grow up, often choosing child companions over adult ones and even naming his California ranch after J.M. Barrie's fictionalized...

 

2011 was a year of great change for the St Louis County Library. Among the projects that we completed in the past year were the following: self-check kiosks at all branches, credit card payment for fines, a new and more sophisticated Wi-Fi system at all locations, a new and improved library website, and the relocation of the existing Eureka Branch to a new facility more than twice the size of the old...

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