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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...

 

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...

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