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.
I'm a fan of rom coms, well done ones that is, so a couple of years ago out of desperation I started to watch some of the classics. I was hooked, and couldn't believe I hadn't watched them before. If you try a couple of these classics on for size, you won't regret it, and you might just discover some new movies worth watching over and over. Or you could rediscover movies you've seen and loved, but just haven't watched in years.
Not all young adult lit is vampires and dystopian future worlds. Some deal with plain old-fashioned teen angst. Case in point: "Tina's Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary" by Keshni Kashyap. Even adult readers will enjoy this trip back to the tumultuous world of teenage drama. Tina is a 15-year-old Indian-American, living in California, dealing with all the usual teenage afflictions--being different, losing friends to the popular crowd, and of course, discovering and losing first love.
The book is written as a series of illustrated journal entries addressed to Jean-Paul Sartre. The diary is a project for Tina's English Honors elective on existential philosophy, in which she attempts to answer the weighty question "who am I really?"
Anyone interested in Queen Elizabeth II should pick up "Elizabeth the Queen : the life of a modern monarch" by Sally Bedell Smith. SLCL has it in multiple formats (book, large print book, book on CD and eAudiobook.) It's hefty at 600+ pages. Don't expect to hear anything shocking about her majesty, unless you find it shocking to know she stores her breakfast cereal in Tupperware. This is a decidedly pro-monarchy view of Queen Elizabeth that seems bent on making us believe she's just like you and me.
Well, she isn't and everybody knows it, so the author tries a bit too hard on that front. She may like to barbeque, but she still takes her own gold plates with her when she dines at the home of friends.
Dianne Wynne Jones, who passed away last year, published "Howl's Moving Castle" in 1986. In 2004, the animated film "Howl's Moving Castle," based on the book and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, was released. It was nominated for 12 awards and won nine, including the Nebula Award for Best Script and the Reader's Choice Award for Best Film. The film industry doesn't always accomplish the book to film conversion well, but in my opinion they did a good job with this one.