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"Staring Down the Brilliant Dream" by the Indigo Girls

 

Folk fans already know the luscious harmonies and heart wrenching lyrics of the Indigo Girls, composed of Emily Saliers, Amy Ray and a variety of guest musicians. For those not familiar with these multi-talented ladies, "Staring Down the Brilliant Dream," a live double disc, is an excellent place to start.

Though the radio airwaves feature many female singer/...

"The Last Man" by Vince Flynn

 

Many readers will be saddened to hear that author Vince Flynn has died. They may also be surprised to learn that he was only 47 years old. Given the number of his bestsellers on library shelves, I pictured a much older man - perhaps a retired military officer who used his years of intelligence experience to craft successful espionage thrillers.

Actually Flynn was working in commercial real...

Suicide Kings

 

Dark humor is worth savoring like chocolate in "The Suicide Kings" with Christopher Walken. Some ivy leaguers kidnap a mafia don, but it's not just for money. While they wait for their ransom demands to be met, Denis Leary, the don's volatile lieutenant, goes searching for his boss. Featuring fine child actors that grew to be fine adult actors including Henry Thomas ("E.T."), Sean Patrick Flanery ("Young Indiana Jones"), and Johnny...

"Trains and Lovers" by Alexander McCall Smith

 

Alexander McCall Smith is a remarkably prolific writer, adding to several popular series each year. The "No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" follows the adventures of Precious Ramotswe, the first female private detective in Botswana. The thirteenth book in the series, "...

"Drift" by Rachel Maddow

 

Television commentator Rachel Maddow has transferred her skills as a broadcaster into writing a book, "Drift: The Unmooring of American MilitaryPower." This treatise covers presidential tenures from LBJ through the present, focusing on how the executive branch of government has taken over American military policy. I remember many of the events she describes, although not as many facts and...

"Cat Bearing Gifts" by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

I have a confession. I'm addicted to cat mysteries. Cats are natural sleuths. If they're connected to a library or bookstore, they are unstoppable. This summer if you're looking for a purrfect summer read, let me recommend a few of my favorite series.

The Cat Who mysteries by the late Lillian Jackson Braun are at the top of the list. She wrote 29 mysteries featuring KoKo and Yum-Yum and their two legged companion, James Qwilleran. The mysteries...

"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...
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