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As much as I dislike the thought, I have resolved this holiday season to make at least one dessert that I can eat without guilt. That way I can also have some of my full fat, full sugar delights without a qualm, because hey, those other things were low-fat! It's all about the rationalization, and in that spirit I present several healthier recipes from the St. Louis County Library collection that not only will excuse that late night dessert plate on Christmas Eve, but also will taste fabulous. These two recipes you see below I even made myself, to make sure of...

 

Bon Iver's "For Emma, Forever Ago" is a sparse collection of deeply personal songs on mostly guitar that weave together the story of love lost. There are unexpected moments of harsh vocal phrasing like on "Skinny Love" dispersed with lovely baritone. There's a jazzy drum mash up on "The Wolves (Act I and II)" that, to me, sounds like...

 

Dexter Morgan, America's favorite "good guy serial killer" returns in his fifth book. This time, he is spotted early on in his "hobby" and must deal with being seen as well as raising a family and doing his job for the police department. He juggles all of this while trying to keep what he calls his "Dark Passenger" as secret. Jeff Lindsay keeps the continuity flowing by weaving in references to his previous four Dexter novels...

 

In the spirit of those "Best of" lists that pop up during this time of year, I thought readers might be interested to know the ten highest circulating CDs of 2011 by St. Louis County Library customers. There's four "Now That's What I Call Music!" compilations, three bands (Bruno Mars, Black Eyed Peas and Lady Antebellum), but it's the female artists who take the top three: Taylor Swift's "Speak Now," Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" and the indelible Adele with her record breaking "21" in the number one spot. Taylor Swift's...

 

When librarians are getting ready to host a program or plan a story time, we start researching months in advance. People must have laughed when people saw me carrying around a stack of holiday books back August. Whether you're looking for a fun craft or neat gift idea or a new recipe, try out some of these festive favs:

"Martha Stewart's Handmade...

 

The tenth book in Ms. Adrian's Midnight Breed series tells the story of Sterling Chase. Chase is a character that has shown up several times in previous books, most notably in "Midnight Awakening," where he gets his heart broken by the heroine and joins the Breed...

 

Looking for a a gritty, historical police procedural full of highwaymen and hangings? Then check out "The Gallows Thief." The author, Bernard Cornwell, provides a full complement of eccentric characters while the CDbook's narrator, Sean Barrett, brings them to life.  

Rider Sandman is a former soldier and a hero of Waterloo. Due to a family scandal, he scrounges for employment. Given the opportunity to investigate...

 

Brrr it's cold outside. St. Louis County Library's book discussion kit collection has some titles for the season. So get the fireplace going, make some hot chocolate and discuss one of these with your book group friends. If you think it's cold outside, you ain't seen nothing yet.

"Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster" by Jon Krakauer.
Krakauer, an accomplished climber and writer for Outside magazine, went to the Himalayas to report on the commercialization of Mount Everest. He gives an account of the risks, expenses and physical...

 

The U.K. isn't known for food or dentistry, but when it comes to miniseries they set the standard. Political thrillers "State of Play" and "The State Within" stand out for acting and action.

"State of Play" was remade as a feature film in the U.S. Though the political drama is...

With the recent release of Martin Scorsese's film, "Hugo," based on Brian Selznick's Caldecott Award winning novel "The Invention of Hugo Cabret,"  in theaters and generating Oscar buzz, some may wish to delve deeper into the movie's rich cinematic history, accessible via the SLCL database page. The story centers around an...

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