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"100 Things to Do in St. Louis Before You Die

A recent trend in guidebooks is the "before you die" list of things to do or see. Thus we have "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die," "1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die," and "...

"Immortal" by Dean Crawford

 

A body is delivered to the morgue in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The medical investigator, Lillian Cruz, is amazed to find smallpox scars on the body. There is a gunshot wound that has an embedded musket ball from the Civil War era. Further tests reveal that the body appears to be over 100 years old. A short time later Cruz is kidnapped. This brings the Defense Intelligence Agency to investigate.
 
What follows is a book that blends popular conspiracy theories and eugenics to deliver an action packed thrill read of the summer. "...
"The Fault In Our Stars" by John Green

Rarely has a book, teen fiction or otherwise, stayed with me the way this marvelous John Green novel has since completing it. Friend after friend recommended this book to me. Often this recommendation came with the warning, "the book is amazingly awesome. Get the tissues." Right away I began to empathize with characters to the point where I wondered...Did John Green know these families? Is this actually one of those non-fiction books that's been categorized as fiction with names changed in an effort to "protect the innocent?" The author's note assures us. No, this is fiction. The medicine...

Groundbreaking Reads

Many think that summer reading clubs are just for kids, but SLCL offers programs for all age groups, including adults. This year's Adult Reading Club asks participants to read six books over a 12-week period. Signing up is easy and can be done online.  

"Groundbreaking Reads" is the theme of the 2013 Adult Reading Club. Below are some of our favorite gardening and healthy eating selections to help you get...
"God's Jury" by Cullen Murphy

Mention of the Inquisition frequently brings up memories of Monty Python or Mel Brooks's singing portrayal of Torquemada in "History of the World." However, the real story, while arguably less entertaining, is much more fascinating. "God's Jury: The Inquisition and the making of the Modern World" By Cullen Murphy discusses the three separate operations of the Inquisition throughout history...

"My Ideal Bookshelf" by Jane Mount and Thessaly La Force

In "My Ideal Bookshelf," readers of every walk of life give us insight into what books would sit on their ideal bookshelf. Artist Jane Mount and Editor Thessaly La Force do a great job of making us see the titles on the shelves. Each page of the book is filled with hand drawn illustrations of book spines chosen by the contributors, which include Malcolm Gladwell, Michael Chabon, Alice Waters, James Patterson, Jennifer Egan and Dave Eggers among...

Many of us take a trip over the summer with family members or friends. Why not take a road trip with your book discussion group? A St. Louis County Library book discussion kit can take your book group on a journey and you never have to leave the city. The book kit has a copy of the book for each member plus a readers' guide in case you get lost along the way.

Here are a few "trips" that may be fun for you book group:

"Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral" by Kris Radish
Katherine Givens, a corporate attorney and divorced mother of one, finds her...

 

"Detroit: An American Autopsy" by Charlie LeDuff is a horrifying account of how one of the largest American cities of the 20th century has turned into a dysfunctional madhouse in the 21st. Do not read this book if you are depressed because you...

I picked up this book and replaced it on the shelf several times before I finally decided to give it a chance. I am so happy that I chose to read this particular book. "Up Jumps the Devil" chronicles Lucifer's existence since leaving Heaven and inhabiting Earth. He has been here since the dawn of creation, so he has seen and experienced all that humanity has endured.

The book mainly chronicles the Devil's interaction with three rock...

"What Now?" b y Ann Patchett

Graduation season means parties, tearful goodbyes, future plans, and speeches. Many graduates may not pay much attention to the content of their commencement address, but some speeches do attract notice. These days a graduation speech that is admired can be easily shared with a wide audience. Occasionally so much interest is generated that a speech is published in book form.

David Foster Wallace spoke to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon...

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