Life of a Pretty Boy

Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe


Brat Pack member Rob Lowe has written an autobiography entitled, "Stories I Only Tell My Friends." I checked out the eAudiobook version which is read by the author. In the beginning, the strongest part of the biography, Lowe discusses his difficulties getting started in show business. You might think that his undeniable good looks made his an easy life, but such is not the case.  Young Rob Lowe had trouble until his parents divorced and the family moved from Ohio to Malibu, California. Living in the same neighborhood as Martin Sheen and his roustabout sons, Rob Lowe started catching breaks. He gradually became a movie star but the dysfunction of his early life manifested itself in adulthood with scandals, dissolution, profligacy and, luckily, rehab.

Downton Abbey Withdrawal

American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin

Are you suffering from "Downton Abbey" withdrawal? Spending sleepless nights worrying if Matthew and Lady Mary will overcome their past and find true love? If so,
"The American Heiress" by Daisy Goodwin may be just the tonic to assuage your Gilded Age malaise.

Cora Cash -as in cash, money - is the richest heiress in Newport. Beleaguered by tons of dough but not so much social standing, Mama Cash is intent on marrying off her only daughter to a titled Englishman, thereby snagging the credibility to rule the scene. Enter Lord Wareham, a dark and brooding Duke with a threadbare estate and shadowy past. He and Cora meet cute, marry and produce an heir, all the while battling cultural differences and scheming ex-lovers.

Humor 911

The 50 Funniest American Writers


Help, I've fallen into a pit of literary despair and can't get out. After four works of murder, mayhem and mystery by Richard Matheson, appropriately collected as "Noir," I turned to another favorite author, Joyce Carol Oates. The title of her book, too, should have warned me off: "Sourland." In one of Matheson's stories, a series of murders is committed by ice pick to the cranium. In Oates, a widow's trip to probate court morphs into a thorough gynecological exam by a uniformed guard.

Suddenly, nothing was funny anymore and I began waking to nightmares. So, I searched the SLCL catalog with the keyword, "humor."

Staff Review: "Nightworld" by F. Paul Wilson

Nightworld by F. Paul Wilson


The end of the world begins when the sun rose late one morning.  Scientists are baffled by this celestial phenomenon. The next disturbance occurs when bottomless sinkholes began to appear. When night fell, flesh-eating monsters appeared to attack the New York populace. The following pages are filled with intense action, terror, loss of hope as the world is bombarded with attacks from "The Otherness."

Mankind is doomed unless a small band of fighters led by centuries old, Glaeken, can reforge an ancient weapon to combat the evil. This is a classic battle of good versus evil or order versus chaos. Who will fall? Who will be victorious? You'll have to read this suspenseful book to find out.

Brush Up Your Shakespeare

Iago by David Snodin


If you haven't already seen the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis production of Othello in Forest Park, there's still time to read or reread the play before you go. The library has several editions of this unsettling tragedy, including one that features the original text displayed side-by-side with a translation into contemporary English. Many of these books have introductory essays and notes throughout to make the play more readable for the non-academic.

Seeking Help in the Romance Department?

Always Hit on the Wingman


Seeking a little help in the romance department? SLCL carries a wide selection of books on every topic. Don't forget to sign up Literary Speed Dating on June 16 and Literary Speed Dating for Boomers on July 14 @ the Thornhill Branch. Find the literary love of your life and some new book recommendations.

Book Trailer: "Rules of Civility"

Rules of Civility

Readers across the country have been swept away by Amor Towles’ debut novel, “The Rules of Civility.”  Set in New York City in 1938, “Rules of Civility” tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising 25-year-old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.

Watch the “Rules of Civility” book trailer below and make plans to meet the author when he visits Library Headquarters on July 9.

Find a Date @ Your Library


Tired of all those awful pickup lines, like "Can I have your number? I seem to have lost mine."Well, on Saturday, June 16, 6:00 p.m. lit loving singles will gather at the Thornhill Branch for Literary Speed Dating. Participants are invited to bring a book, one which they enjoyed, hated, or are simply mystified by, and discuss it. Each participant will have 4-5 minutes to chat, and then move on to the next "mini-date." While this event is aimed at adults in their 20s and 30s, all are welcome to attend. Matches will contacted after the event. It's a safe way to meet people without the hassle of dating sites or bad pick up lines. We will be hosting another event, Literary Speed Dating Event for Boomers on Saturday, July 14.

--Joni H., Thornhill Branch

Silent Spring – Fifty Years Later

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson


Many believe the modern environmental movement began with the 1962 publication of Rachel Carson's book "Silent Spring." Carson's influential book linked the use of pesticides with diminished bird populations, human illness, and loss of habitat for aquatic life. While her arguments were not universally accepted, Carson popularized the notion of a web of connections between human activity and the natural world.

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