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“Swipe Right For Murder,” by Derek Milman, follows rebellious, hotheaded Aidan. The 17-year-old is in New York City for spring break and things are about to get even more interesting than his experiences with spontaneous hookups.

Shy, sensitive, emotionally wounded Elizabeth Bishop travels to Paris with three friends the summer after her graduation from Vassar in 1937. An avid keeper of journals, Elizabeth atypically keeps no notes while she is away from her traveling friends for several weeks.

Lisbeth Salander, the punk-style hacker who came to prominence as “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” in Stieg Larsson’s best-selling Millennium Trilogy, is back to continue her mission of ridding the world of injustice in this newest installment of the series, a series continued by David Lag…

Kids can reel off Raina Telgemeier books like baseball fans spouting stats: “Smile,” “Sisters,” Drama,” Ghosts” and “Share Your Smile: An Interactive Journal.”

Having earned accolades worldwide for his TV and film contributions, including the television series “The Killing,” and the feature film “The Snowman,” Søren Sveistrup has crafted another sinister psychological crime drama with his debut novel “The Chestnut Man.”

Today we welcome a new reviewer to the MO Books Blog, Caroline Miller, a junior at Washington High School. Caroline enjoys reading fantasy, mystery and romance. Her favorite series is “Throne of Glass,” by Sarah J. Maas.

Many medical school graduates claim the speaker at their graduation ceremony said something like this: “In five years fifty percent of what you have just learned will be obsolete.” Although this story may be apocryphal (no one remembers their graduation speaker!) the statement is largely cor…

Luke Ellis is a smart kid, a prodigy who at age 12 is poised to graduate from his gifted program in Minneapolis and move on to dual college enrollment, his intelligence and thirst for knowledge far more than can be quenched by one institution of higher learning.

Fans of Cardinal Nation will find Sally and Rob Rains’ latest book informative if they plan to visit the major and minor league affiliates of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Ella is a graduate art student nearing age 30. She lives in Minneapolis with her partner Alix, also an artist, who is more successful commercially than Ella. Both women consider their art important, but it is Ella who has to work at outside jobs to pay for rent and living expenses.

“Breaking Bailey”, an anonymously written young adult book, pulls you in from page one and leaves you not only questioning the characters actions and morals, but also your own as teen Bailey attempts to move on from her mother's sudden death, makes new relationships, and becomes a manufactur…

Connecticut Yankee Frederick Law Olmsted spent 14 months traveling through the South in the early 1850s as a reporter for a little-known newspaper, "The New York Times." His 64 dispatches were eventually combined and published in 1953 by Alfred A. Knopf as a single volume, “The Cotton Kingdo…

Vincent van Gogh’s paintings are the subject of this absorbing book about art forgery. The setting is Berlin between the years of 1923 and 1933. The spector of Nazism hangs heavily over the city and its inhabitants.

“Tin,” by Padraig Kenny, is a book of friendship and courage.

Orphaned as a baby after the slaughter of her family by her father, Dixie Wheeler longs for the family she never knew. Dixie was found by her eldest brother’s friend Rory in a blood-soaked kitchen, Badfinger’s “Baby Blue” blaring on the stereo; Dixie lost her family and got the nickname “Bab…

The title of Ruth Ware’s most recent book, “The Turn of the Key,” provokes a comparison to Henry James’ novella, “The Turn of the Screw,” which was written over 100 years ago. Both books have elements common in scary stories: phantoms or delusions of ghosts; overgrown, dark, gardens; creakin…

“Considering how old you are…,” “If you were my father, I would…,” “Given your age…,” are just three of the phrases my doctors use now when I have annual checkups. I walk out of their examining rooms with a long list of “don’ts”, the feeling that I am wearing out and the sense that from this…

If you like hilarious and sweet books, then read “Pie in the Sky,” by Remy Lai immediately!

In March 1975, sisters Sheila and Kate Lyon, ages 10 and 12, vanished from a suburban Maryland shopping mall. Despite massive search efforts and thousands of hours of police investigation no trace of the girls was ever found. Eventually the disappearance was assigned to the Cold Case file, w…

“Deep River” by Karl Malantes, intimidated me at first because it's 700 pages. However, I could not stop reading the historical fiction novel that begins in 1893 and concludes in 1932.

Sometimes a picture book can provide a pathway to talk about something a child has on his/her mind. “Ruby Finds a Worry,” by Tom Percival introduces young readers to a girl with a problem dogging her, a swirl of yellow representing a worry.

David Maraniss has written a riveting account of his family’s history during the 1950s Red Scare. During that era many ordinary families were disrupted because the House Un-American Activities Committee was obsessed with ridding the United States of anyone with communist leanings. The HUAC w…

“Lady in the Lake,” by Laura Lippmann, takes place in Baltimore in 1966 and focuses on a middle-aged housewife who decides to leave her family so she can focus on herself.

In 1983, Mary Cregan gave birth to a baby girl full term who died shortly thereafter from an undetected heart condition. In “The Scar,” Cregan writes about the severe and unrelenting depression she experienced following this tragedy and her effort to understand what happened to her mind duri…

There’s a lot to chew on in “Once Upon a Goat,” by Dan Richards — just ask the main character, a sweet 4-footer with nubs for horns and the sweetest expression you’ve ever seen. Kids will get a kick out of this fun read. A bite out of the page greets them when they open the book, the culprit…

In Yoko Ogawa’s stirring novel “The Memory Police,” not only are items disappearing, but their absence is enforced through the ruthless work of the Memory Police.

The Beckoning Shadow,” by Katharyn Blair, will knock you off your feet thinking that Blair has written many other books, but surprisingly this is her debut.

Rates of anxiety, depression and suicide are on a meteoric rise in the United States, especially among the demographic that includes college students. Hibbs and Rostain who specialize in treating adolescents with mental health disorders, have written a guidebook for parents and their childre…

If you like funny and adventurous fiction, then “The Library of Ever,” by Zeno Alexander, is a must-read.

Elin Hilderbrand’s latest book will resonate with late baby boomers (myself included) who experienced cultural and political challenges in the late 1960’s.

After the 1960 publication of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” (Nelle) Harper Lee went into near seclusion, publishing only a handful of articles and rarely granting interviews. Many readers are aware that less than a year after “Mockingbird” exploded onto the literary scene Lee accompanied her chil…

With her musician husband David away on another tour, Molly struggles to juggle her responsibilities as a mother with those of her professional life. Engaged in a dig for plant fossils at a nearby quarry, Molly and her paleobotany team have unearthed several curious items from the pit, all s…

In school, the last thing a child wants is to be different. “A Normal Pig,” by K-Fai Steele, tackles this issue with humor and clever cartoons, as it introduces young readers to a porker with a problem.

This historical fiction novel is the story of a 20-year friendship between two women in the 1950s. Most of “The Chelsea Girls” takes place at the iconic Chelsea Hotel in New York City’s theater district. The hotel has historically been home to the creative: artists, musicians, actors, poets …

“The Ghost Clause,” by Norman Howard, offers a truly unique take on events told from the perspective of Simon, a ghost residing in his own Vermont house following his unexpected death from a heart attack in his 40s.

Willa lives with her dad and little brother in New York City. Her parents are divorced; Willa’s mom and her second husband live a couple of hours away. The 11-year-old in “Not If I Can Help It” by Carolyn Mackler certainly has a lot on her plate.

“The Library of Lost and Found” by Phaedra Patrick, resonated with me on so many levels. Who doesn’t love a mystery you can picture yourself in?

Jon Meacham, Pulitzer prize-winning biographer of U.S. Presidents, and Tim McGraw, popular country music artist, team up to chart the American story from the founding of the nation to the Obama era by reporting and commenting on patriotic and protest songs of the United States. This impressi…

In “If You Want to Make God Laugh,” Bianca Marais draws the reader into daily life in a transformational time in South Africa through the lives of three women, two white, one black. Told from alternating perspectives, the story traces how the lives of Delilah, Ruth, and Zodwa intersect as th…

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first manned spaceflight to the moon. Worldwide, millions listened and watched the grainy live television broadcast of Neil Armstrong stepping down from the lunar lander Eagle’s ladder as he uttered the words, “That’s one small step for (a) man, on…

An innocent mistake is all it takes to derail the life of Elwood Curtis, a black boy being raised by his grandmother in Tallahassee. That mistake lands him in a Florida juvenile reformatory, the Nickel Academy. There, he makes friends and enemies, and learns that no amount of goodwill and go…

“Giants of the Monsoon Forest,” is a well-researched, detailed account of elephants. The author concentrates on the threatened Asian elephants and touches briefly on African elephants that far outnumber their Asian cousins.

Jason D lives with his Afghan mother in an apartment in New Jersey. One night, on his mother’s birthday, she tells Jason that she is living illegally in the United States. Jason is surprised, but promises not to tell anyone. The next day, Jason goes to his mother’s work. He sees her getting …

Marie-Madeline Fourcade, a convent-educated, upper class Frenchwoman, was raised by her parents to be independent and socially aware. She was by nature adventuresome, not one to limit herself to the traditional role of French women.

Münchausen syndrome by proxy is a mental health disorder in which a caregiver seeks medical attention for an illness or injury they construe in a person under their care. This syndrome most often occurs in mother/child relationships—the child often not really sick.

Seventy-five-year old Miss Judith Kratt lives in a dilapidated ancestral home modeled after the famous Biltmore mansion in North Carolina. The white woman’s home is 7,000 square feet on four acres; the largest house in Bound, South Carolina, population 400 in 1929, now 200 in 1989. Miss Judi…

Charles Jenkins has a big problem. His wife is expecting a new baby and his security consulting firm is struggling to make payroll. He’s worried about his growing family’s financial solvency. Then Carl Emerson, his former CIA boss, shows up with a new mission that could solve Jenkins’ financ…

In the teen novel, “Call It What You Want,” by Brigid Kemmerer, the main character Rob was once the most popular boy in school. He was a star lacrosse player and the guy everyone wanted to be. But ever since his father was caught stealing money from half the people in the community, Rob has …

For Dan and Bea, life in London is simple. While Dan is constantly reminded of his discontent—the monotony of his tedious estate job, his inability to make a career from his art—Bea is happy with her work as a psychotherapist and satisfied with their limited means.

“Becoming Dr. Seuss: Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American Imagination,” is an interesting biography of Dr. Seuss.

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