Roger Ebert, known for his trademark "Two Thumbs Up" movie reviews, was the first person ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for film criticism. The esteemed film critic, who writes regularly for the "Chicago Sun Times," may be best known, not for his writings, but for his long running television show "Siskel & Ebert" (1986-2006). Movie buffs who only know Ebert from his television series may enjoy his cinematic essays, entitled, "The Great Movies."
This month readers will see new growth on several long-running popular mystery series.
Donna Leon's "Beastly Things" is the 21st novel in her Commissario Guido Brunetti series. Venetian police inspector Brunetti's case involves an unidentified murdered corpse found in a canal. The investigation leads him to a nearby slaughterhouse and to contemplation of human kindness.
Anne Perry began her Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series in the 1980s. The mysteries are set in Victorian England. In "Dorchester Terrace" (no. 27) a newly-promoted Thomas Pitt investigates a possible mole within Britain's Special Branch.
Do you enjoy watching ABC's "Castle"? Is there something about the chemistry between Richard Castle and Kate Beckett that glues you to your television? Is the hiatus just too long before the next week rolls around again and you can indulge your addiction?
Fortunately for people like us, the St. Louis County Library has a solution to this horrible dilemma. In case you didn't know already, Hyperion Publishing has released three books written by Richard Castle starring our favorite New York detective, Nikki Heat. When the first came out, "Heat Wave," I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised. I had no idea that the books of a fictional character would be published outside of the show, much less come into my local library. Reading it and "Naked Heat" was a great way to fill in the time between seasons this summer.
These authors will make you chuckle and then peeking around to see if anyone heard you.
You know that guy with "photshopped abs" in the film "Crazy, Stupid, Love"? No? Even if you missed last fall's comedy hit, you should know his name is Ryan Gosling. The former Mickey Mouseketeer has a band called Dead Man's Bones. The self-titled debut is a well-composed record, and an intriguing one.
The record is haunting, filled with gospel like call-and-response patterns and gothic undertones. While the spooky eclectic sound provides haunting imagery throughout the album, the children's choir provides hope and light. The best track, in my opinion, is "Buried in Water." Give it a listen!
--Scar S., Sachs Branch
"The Ultimate Cake Mix Cookie Book: more than 375 delectable cookie recipes that begin with a box of cake mix ," by Camilla V. Saulsbury, makes baking cookies a piece of cake. Literally. Over 375 cookie recipes that start from cake mix, add a little twist, and hey presto! Delicious cookies that don't require starting all the way from square one and also have both the benefit of being mostly homemade as well as the advantage of being different from many of the cookies you'd buy from a store. Inside the book you'll find recipes for not only your typical drop cookies, but also for form cookies and cookie bars. The book even suggest twists on its recipes by using different ingredients or cake mixes, should you want something a bit different when you don't feel like having to be creative on your own.
SLCL has one of the best author series in the country. Where else can you meet the country's best-selling writers, for free? This spring and summer we're bring a variety of literary talent to St. Louis, including young adult and children's authors, historians, suspense writers and award-winning novelists. You can view the full line-up of events on the Meet the Author blog. Unable to attend? You can view pictures from author events on our Flickr page or read a recap over on Tumblr. Make sure you never miss an event announcement by signing up for our eNews list. St. Louis County Library is proud of to serve one of America's most literate cities. We hope to see you at an upcoming event!
--Jennifer M., Headquarters
As we approach the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, readers may want to brush up on facts or enjoy a story inspired by the tragic events of April 15, 1912.
"101 Things You Thought You Knew about the Titanic - But Didn't!" by Tim Maltin and Eloise Aston addresses myths and misconceptions about the sinking of the Titanic. The book is a collection of brief chapters on individual questions, rather than a narrative history. For a more traditional historical account, readers may try "Titanic Tragedy: A New Look at the Lost Liner" by John Maxtone-Graham.