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Lisa Jewell has written a mesmerizing suspense novel about the disappearance of a teen girl and how her devastated family copes with their loss. Clues to the mystery are offered, and readers will be on the edge of their seats in anticipation of the outcome.

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In this dishy biography of the children of Donald Trump, 29-year-old Emily Jane Fox succinctly describes each: Ivanka, the media savvy mastermind; Don Jr., the attack dog who, of all the siblings, has the most contentious relationship with their father; Eric, the builder and real estate mogu…

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In 1776 Thomas Hickey, a member of George Washington’s elite Life Guard, was executed in New York City after his conviction for treason. Hickey had been tried for participating in a plot to assassinate Washington, ending the continental rebellion against George III, King of Great Britain.

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Here is a fast read about 89 of St. Louis’ little known corners, restored warehouses and famous landmarks. The city’s history is layered with Spanish, French, Swiss, German and other ethnic influences. Each wave of immigrants left its distinctive cultural imprint on the city.

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In “The Word is Murder,” wealthy widow Diana Cowper arranges her own funeral and is found murdered only six hours later. Is it coincidence or something far more sinister?

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One of the best deals for your summer enjoyment is the series of free classes on river safely and paddling basics being offered on the Current River every weekend in July.

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When I started reading “Reclaiming Conversation, The Power of Talk in a Digital Age,” I was alarmed and dismayed. By the book’s end, I was hopeful and optimistic.

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“Want,” by Cindy Pon, is a refreshing new novel that captures the very possible future in a new light. With pollution levels rising daily, the dystopian world created by Pon seems all too real. With Zhou and Daiyu, witty and relatable characters, Pon pulls us into a story the like of which h…

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The highly praised novelist, Michael Ondaatje, has written a transfixing mystery that begins with a family in bombed-out London near the end of World War II. As a British counterspy, the father goes on clandestine assignments for long periods of time. Even his family has no idea of his locat…

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There are 540 billionaires in the United States, with a combined net worth of $2.399 trillion, according to a 2016 list of the world's richest people. That is more billionaires and more combined net worth than any other nation in the world. Even as the U.S. economy grows and the number of wo…

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“Defy the Worlds,” by Claudia Gray, is an excellent addition to the “Defy the Stars” series. As a fan of the first novel, “Defy the Stars,” I was excited to get my hands on the second book. It returns to the fantastical future world of Abel and Noemi, where Genesis is still fighting for its …

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The title of this novel represents the author’s premise that everyone, somewhere along the line, has an optimistic decade in their lives.

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Most mothers expect that life will return to “normal” after the birth of their first child. Most anticipate there will be time to keep up with housework, maintain a cheerful attitude, stay well groomed, and look stunning for a night out on the town.

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Rain Thomas is a recovering drug addict, living in a run-down Manhattan apartment with her dog, Bug. Tormented by the loss of her lover in the Iraq War and the child she gave up for adoption, Rain spends her days in a hazy blur where she questions her grip on reality. Doctor Nine and The Sha…

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Tristram Korten tells the remarkable true story of two ill-fated ships lost in Hurricane Joaquin and the subsequent search-and-rescue efforts of skilled Coast Guard swimmers trained specifically for perilous ocean operations.

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“The Devil’s Half Mile,” by Paddy Hirsch, is the story of Justice "Justy" Flanagan who returns to New York City after a four-year absence. He’d been sent to Ireland by an uncle "to get some learning."

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It’s a diligent group — an organization and staff with a love of Downtown Washington at heart, a board of directors, who assure that DW Inc.’s mission is fulfilled and goals are met, and four working committees, promoting Washington and maintaining historical preservation through economic de…

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“Alternate Side” is a story about family life, providing insight into long lasting marriages and relationships. It’s a character-driven book that centers on Nora and Charlie Noland and is narrated by Nora.

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In “Little Do We Know,” by Tamara Ireland Stone, Hannah and Emory are next-door neighbors and former best friends who haven’t spoken in months, ever since their falling out, the one where they said things they can’t take back, the fight that caused a rift between them.

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It is not necessary to have read Elizabeth Smart’s first book, “My Story,” to benefit from her new book, “Where There’s Hope,” but understanding the torture that Elizabeth experienced during her famed 9-month-long time in captivity after being kidnaped in 2002 when she was 13, puts into pers…

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It is not necessary to have read Elizabeth Smart’s first book, “My Story,” to benefit from her new book, “Where There’s Hope,” but understanding the torture that Elizabeth experienced during her famed 9-months in captivity, after being kidnaped in 2002 when she was 13, puts her motivation fo…

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While Joe Kennedy was grooming his sons for political careers, his daughter Eunice, fifth of the nine Kennedy children, was dreaming up a civil rights movement on behalf of persons with cognitive/developmental disabilities.

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They might seem young and inexperienced, but kids sometimes are wiser than we give them credit for. A boy named Joe in “Hooked,” by Tommy Greenwald, is such a lad.

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The sweet, slow building romance in “Emergency Contact,” by Mary H. K. Choy, is both heartwarming and humorous, twisting your heart in sync with the characters as their love grows. This isn’t just a romance though, it has humorous notes that you can’t help but laugh about.

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The experience of finishing a story in Dino Buzzati’s weird, witty and gloomy collection “Catastrophe and Other Stories” is like waking from an unsettling dream.

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Today we welcome a new reviewer to MO Books, Joan Kletzker. She’s an avid reader of history, current events, commentary, and well written literary fiction. Joan also enjoys mysteries, with a great spy novel thrown in. She’s a retired early childhood teacher and lives with her husband in Wash…

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“American Eden” is a captivating homage to botanist and physician David Hosack (1769-1835). In this previously untold story of Alexander Hamilton’s and Aaron Burr’s physician, Johnson revives a forgotten scientist and major benefactor of New York City and the early republic.

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It's been 150 years since the town of Eminence was founded on the banks of the Jacks Fork River in Shannon County. The river town is celebrating its Sesquicentennial with events throughout the year.

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“Restore Me,” by Tahereh Mafi, is the fourth installment in the “Shatter Me” series. Juliette, the main character, is now the Supreme Commander with Warner and Kenji by her side. It's been two weeks since she took over Sector 45 and there is peace, or so she thinks, but Juliette and Warner a…

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Caroline Fraser won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Biography with her book, “Prairie Fires: the American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder.” It describes Laura’s life from before her birth to years after her death.

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As the U.S. approaches a possible diplomatic engagement with North Korea, author D. B. John has released a timely tour-de-force set in that opaque and mysterious country.

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Books suck you in like whirlpools, spinning round as they weave you tightly into the story. “Lies You Never Told Me,” by Jennifer Donaldson, is definitely a whirlpool. Complete with mysterious characters, romance, and murder, this young adult story will leave you breathless and yearning for more.

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Two sisters have adventures and grow close on a family getaway in “Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea.” It’s a quiet, atmospheric read by Lynne Rae Perkins that places our feet squarely in the sand, our sights on mesmerizing waves as we relax under colorful beach umbrellas.

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Historian and journalist Jon Meacham has compiled a series of turning points in United States history to define and characterize the soul of America. To ascertain this essence, he uses the words and acts of Presidents and other past leaders who were major players in effecting the politics an…

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This legal mystery thriller has twists, some predictable, others a bit weird. Like all Lisa Scottoline books it was an engaging, quick read.

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“Moral Combat,” by St. Louisan Marie Griffith will be the subject of a book discussion at Neighborhood Reads this Thursday, May 24, at 3 p.m. MO Books reviewer Bill Schwab will present on the book in the shop’s continuing American Culture Topics series. Following is Bill’s review of “Moral Combat.”

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Seventeen-year-old Daisy Wilcox, known as Willie, is practically the mom of the house in the novel “Devils Unto Dust.” With her mother dead from the disease running rampant, and her father not helping or caring about the family, Willie will have to protect her siblings by herself.

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This book is the story of a tragedy and how the trauma and the secrets surrounding it will test a family’s bonds and bring a small town to its demise.

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Kids have a fascination with creatures — a clever new series for 6- to 9-year olds features a honey, a huge, furry guy with a big heart. Meet Hugo the Sasquatch, the star of “Big Foot and Little Foot,” by Ellen Potter.

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“Plant blindness” is the botanists’ term for the tendency of people to take plants for granted. Plant blindness is an epidemic, which leads to clear cutting forests and plowing over meadows everywhere. Many people are unaware that these ill-fated practices directly lead to our own destructio…

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“We’ll Fly Away,” by Bryan Bliss, is the story of two boys growing up in abusive families, with no love, no respect, and, at times, no happiness. This novel really tugs your heartstrings, and though I realized what happened in the end, it still shocked me to the core to actually read it. Thi…

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Today we welcome reviewer Jennifer Wirthwein to MO Books Blog. She is a middle school language arts teacher and a freelance writer. Her hobbies include cooking, playing piano, and reading. Her favorite genres include true crime, horror, mystery, and realistic fiction. She enjoys spending tim…

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It took six strong White House employees to lift William Howard Taft out of the bathtub. That humiliating, apocryphal story is the only recollection many people have about the 27th President and 10th Chief Justice of the United States. But Jeffrey Rosen suggests the often derided Taft deserv…

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An island mansion. Priceless stolen artwork. Biological weapons. Umbrella making. A humanistic dog. Interdimensional travel. A gala swimming with art thieves and double agents. No story is quite so intricate or unique as Kristin Cashore’s “Jane, Unlimited.”

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“Dread Nation” by Justina Ireland, is a historical fiction/zombie novel about a young black woman stuck in a world where the dead walk.

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Wow. Tom Sweterlisch’s second novel, “The Gone World,” is an engrossing literary mashup of crime fiction and mind-blowing science fiction. This is a complicated brew that demands and rewards your attention as it twists and turns through multiple timelines, multiple destinies, and the violent…

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