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Joe Edwards | St. Louis Walk of Fame: 146 Great St. Louisans (s/r)

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Written by Marc Farr Monday, 11 May 2015 19:20

V6-WOF-Hardcover-2-2-15It is nice to have this connection to those who have made their own great history, with our city having played a part in that greatness.


James McCreath | Renaldo (Amazon Digital)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Wednesday, 25 March 2015 11:18

Renaldo 75I would not say Renaldo is a real page turner, but if you like to read over a span of time and not try to finish within a couple days, this is a good option.



Rebecca Newberger Goldstein | Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away (Vintage Books)

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Written by Jason Neubauer Wednesday, 04 February 2015 16:19

Plato_Googleplex_75In Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein offers some rather illuminating insight into why the same philosophy that was espoused by the ancient Greeks has survived these few millennia past the dark ages and the age of enlightenment, past the existentialists wearing big black shoes and speaking French for no apparent reason, and into today's curriculum for anyone who is looking to gain an understanding of philosophy in general.


David J. Haskins | Who Killed Mister Moonlight? Bauhaus, Black Magick, and Benediction (Jaw Bone)

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Written by Jim Dunn Wednesday, 14 January 2015 23:36

whokilledmrmoonlightWhile the book is David J.’s domain and may be painting Murphy with a black brush, some of the stories he tells are quite revealing.


Sakyo Komatsu | Virus: The Day of Resurrection (VIZ Media/Haikasoru)

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Written by Brent Mueller Wednesday, 07 January 2015 22:02

Over two-thirds of the book are spent telling the story of the dead and the dying, introducing and then killing his characters over the course of a few pages until it felt like you were reading an obituary while the more important characters watched from a safe distance.



Theresa Argie & Eric Olsen | America’s Most Haunted: The Secrets of Famous Paranormal Places (Penguin Group USA)

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Written by Jim Dunn Monday, 22 September 2014 18:47

book americas-most-hauntedAt its best, the book makes you want to visit these locations, and perhaps harass these restless spirits yourself.


Samit Basu | Resistance (Titan Books)

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Written by Brent Mueller Wednesday, 06 August 2014 20:56

It’s these details and many others of Basu’s story that draw the reader in and make them think, if only once, “Yeah, I probably would do that if I had superpowers.”



Vintage Books Roundup: Harding, Kimberling, & Yoshida | Spring 2014

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Written by Laura Hamlett Wednesday, 07 May 2014 12:50

book Harding2If you’re interested in the freedom of information, national security be damned, then Harding’s book should be on your reading list.




Makiia Lucier | A Death-Struck Year (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

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Written by Jamine Kille Wednesday, 05 February 2014 21:31

If you are prone to attaching to characters easily, I would suggest having a box of tissues close by; I certainly had some moments of wanting one.



Jessica Hendry Nelson | If Only You People Could Follow Directions (Counterpoint Press)

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Written by Jasmine Kille Sunday, 05 January 2014 09:34

Nelson’s memoir, although saddening at times, leaves us hopeful by the end.



Elysium: The Art of the Film; World War Z: The Art of the Film (Titan Books)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 29 August 2013 21:22

With the “art of” books, you have time to actually sit and contemplate said production design, while also learning something of the process that went into planning and making the film.



Ziggyology: A Brief History of Ziggy Stardust | Simon Goddard (Ebury Press)

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Written by Jim Dunn Tuesday, 27 August 2013 19:09

ziggyology 75The book is a joyous read and will transport you back to a time when rock giants like Bowie and Mark Bolan (from T-Rex) roamed the planet.


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