New Release from The Jayhawks

The Jayhawks released their latest offering "Mockingbird Time" on September 20th. Customers of the library have shown much interest, with multiple holds on the copies owned by the library.

Cranky Agnes

"Agnes and the Hitman" by Jennifer Cruisie is a funny romance that avoids a formulaic plot. Agnes is an engaging character who's found uses for frying pans beyond cooking. Agnes isn't a typical heroine. She has curves like a real woman and has difficulty paying her mortgage just like normal people.

Recharge Your Book Group

If picking a book for your group makes you anxious or stressed out, then a book discussion kit may be just what you need. Don't have a title in mind? The library can help with that too. We'll help you find that perfect book.

When Creativity Kills

The only kind of book I enjoy more than a cozy mystery is a cozy crafting mystery. In Lois Winston's "Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun," Anastasia Pollack, the crafts editor of a women's magazine, is in the hot seat after a disliked co-worker is found murdered in Anastasia's office. The murder weapon, her trusty hot glue gun.  

Irreverent Adventure

"The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making" by Catherynne Valente is "A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" for tweens, but is also recommended for adventurous adults who like British wit.

December Romances Worth Waiting For

Below are some pre-pub picks for December romances. You can reserve your copy now, then check out my recommendation while you wait!

Modern Fables

Fairy tales for older teens and adults. Urban fantasy. Metafiction. Fables can be a hard series to categorize, but once started, it is even harder to put down. Created and written by Bill Willingham, Fables is an ongoing comic published by DC Comics' Vertigo since 2002. The overarching storyline stars reinterpreted characters from legends and folklore escaping from "The Adversary" and traveling to Earth, forming communities in New York City and upstate New York.  Within each graphic novel, readers will be introduced to characters such as Snow White, who is divorcing Prince Charming because of his infidelity, or the Big Bad Wolf, who is their community's sheriff. Crisp and witty dialogue matches the beautiful artwork, which changes depending on the mood of a particular storyline.

Kinky Friedman Live in St. Louis

On December 2, Kinky Friedman will be appearing at Off Broadway in St. Louis. Mr. Friedman is a prolific writer, musician, and 2006 gubernatorial candidate in Texas. Over the past few years Friedman has gained notoriety for his outspoken political views and his cutting sense of humor, which he delivers through his books and web-based columns.

Bittersweet and 90 Proof

"Lorraine" by Lori McKenna is full of songs that tell the sad but sweet tale of an ordinary life. Lori McKenna is a singer songwriter with an emotionally charged voice. She can be considered a folk artist, but she has a heavy twang which makes her sound country. However, some of the songs on "Lorraine" have more of a pop sound like "You Get a Love Song" and "American Revolver."
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