Left Behind


Have you ever left something inside a returned library book? Given the amount of things we find in our books, you may have. Michael Popek became fascinated with the things he found in the pages of the books he sorted for his family's used book store. Popek began sharing with friends descriptions of some of the more unusual things he found. He then started a blog and now has a new book titled "Forgotten Bookmarks: A Bookseller's Collection of Odd Things Lost Between the Pages." The book is organized by the type of object found, from photographs to razor blades. Popek does not comment on the found items. He simply reproduces an image of the letter, recipe, drawing, or object with a transcription if needed. He also includes an image of the book in which the items were found. The entries range from the amusing to the heart-wrenching. This delightful book will please any reader who wonders "Who read this book before me?"

--Jennifer A., Headquarters

The Naughty List Doesn’t Have to Include Your Diet

As much as I dislike the thought, I have resolved this holiday season to make at least one dessert that I can eat without guilt. That way I can also have some of my full fat, full sugar delights without a qualm, because hey, those other things were low-fat! It's all about the rationalization, and in that spirit I present several healthier recipes from the St. Louis County Library collection that not only will excuse that late night dessert plate on Christmas Eve, but also will taste fabulous. These two recipes you see below I even made myself, to make sure of just that.

Staff Review: "Double Dexter" by Jeff Lindsay


Dexter Morgan, America's favorite "good guy serial killer" returns in his fifth book. This time, he is spotted early on in his "hobby" and must deal with being seen as well as raising a family and doing his job for the police department. He juggles all of this while trying to keep what he calls his "Dark Passenger" as secret. Jeff Lindsay keeps the continuity flowing by weaving in references to his previous four Dexter novels. A good story and it keeps the reader excited for Dexter's next adventure.

--Michael B., Jamestown Bluffs Branch


Good Graft with “The Gallows Thief”


Looking for a a gritty, historical police procedural full of highwaymen and hangings? Then check out "The Gallows Thief." The author, Bernard Cornwell, provides a full complement of eccentric characters while the CDbook's narrator, Sean Barrett, brings them to life.  

Rider Sandman is a former soldier and a hero of Waterloo. Due to a family scandal, he scrounges for employment. Given the opportunity to investigate a case for the Home Secretary, Sandman has too much integrity to confirm a corrupt conviction. Intending to find the real culprit, he questions both lowly servants and distinguished gentlemen. Sandman takes some wrong turns, proving he's human while still being a champion of truth and justice. He's assisted by an 'actress' named Sally and a veteran, Sgt. Berrigan, who are both cagey and well-versed in the seedy side of England.

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