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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...

"Can dogs climb trees? Evidently," writes Susan Orlean. "At least certain dogs can. And they can climb down, too." 

A staff writer for The New Yorker, Orlean's work has been snatched up by Hollywood in the movies "Adaptation" and "...

 

"God's Secretaries" by Adam Nicolson is the story of the development of the King James Bible.  The author tells of the efforts and struggles to produce an English translation of the Bible, especially with competing religious factions in the wake of the Reformation. For readers who do not have a background in British history, the book does give a sufficient summary of the religious and political...

 

Bob Seger is touring  again after a hiatus. His career has lasted for decades and part of his longevity is due to his songwriting. Raunchy anthems like "Fire Down Below" and "Her Strut," are only part of his repertoire. His Silver Bullet Band spent excessive time on the road, and the lyrics for "Katmandu," "Travelin' Man," and "Turn the Page" are ripe for a doctoral thesis on the effects of endless touring.

Seger also wrote plenty of story songs. "Mainstreet" and "Hollywood Nights" evoke a sense of place and desperation.  The late 80's was an unfortunate...

Peter Mountford's debut novel, "A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism," follows Gabriel de Boya, a young, overeducated freelance writer who lucks into a perfect job with a high-power New York hedge fund. His first assignment is to cover the elections in La Paz, Bolivia, but not as a journalist--the fund wants to know what the president-elect will do with the oil pipeline so they can bet accordingly profit at any expense. All he has to...

Whether I'm making gifts or just passing the time, I enjoy making crafts. I've tried my hand at a couple, and most recently have ventured into the world of jewelry making, inspired by the steampunk necklace design of "World of Geekcraft," seen below. These books are some fun ones I like for making distinctive handmade gifts for this holiday season.
 

Animated movies have long had the reputation of being only kiddie fare. Yet with the rise of studios such as Pixar and Dreamworks, animated movies have been moving more towards appeasing parents who are dragged to the theater by their children. Animated movies have always had a special place in my heart, they have the ability to tug at the heart strings, make the kid inside and the adult laugh, make us look at our own lives through a new lens, and simply delight us for ninety or so minutes. Here are a few recommendations to get you started:

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