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Thursday 07/28/2016
Review: "The Black Widow"

ISIS is the timely subject of Daniel Silva’s latest spellbinding novel, “The Black Widow.” As current as today’s headlines, it is well-researched and authenticated with data collected from working intelligence officers.

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Chris Stuckenschneider of MO Books

No matter what the time of day or night, you'll find Chris Stuckenschneider paging through the latest novel or immersed in a stack of picture books for Book Buzz consideration. A longtime literacy advocate, Chris will keep you in the know about books. Page on with The Missourian's book editor--news, reviews and more for book lovers of all ages. To read her blog entries, click HERE.

Mo Books Blog

  • Review: "The Fall of Butterflies"

    “The Fall of Butterflies” by Andrea Portes, is a beautifully written novel about culture shock and teenage adjustment. Willa Parker, a social …

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  • Review: "The Letter Writer"

    Set during the wartime atmosphere of 1942 New York, and featuring two likeable heroes, Dan Fesperman’s “The Letter Writer” is a complex, smart…

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  • Review: "The Court and the World, American Law and the New Global Realities”

    Justice Stephen Breyer’s new book reveals his perspective on how the role of the Supreme Court has changed over the last 20 years. “The Court …

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  • Good Summer Reads: "The Excellent Lombards" and "The Nest"

    Sometimes there are books you are happy to share with your friends because the book is so good that you can’t imagine anyone not liking it. Th…

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  • Review: "The Penderwicks in Spring" by Jeanne Birdsall

    “The Penderwicks in Spring,” by Jeanne Birdsall, is a story about Batty, a girl with a large family. Her family is made up of her dad and step…

    • icon Updated: July 21
  • Review: "Waypoint Kangaroo"

    Curtis C. Chen’s first novel, “Waypoint Kangaroo,” has a solid premise, a zippy plot, and some intriguing world-building. This is a promising …

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  • Review: “Unearthed, How an Abandoned Garden Taught Me to Accept and Love my Parents"

    Alexandra Risen’s garden chronicle began as a collection of 20 personal short stories. After taking a memoir course at the University of Toron…

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  • "Homegoing," by Yaa Gyasi

    Today we welcome a new MO Books reviewer, Washingtonian Maria Brady-Smith. She recently retired from the School District of Washington where s…

    • icon Updated: July 18
  • Review: "Shoe Dog"

    Nike co-founder Phil Knight has hung up his metaphorical track shoes and officially retired as chairman of the athletic company, according to …

    • icon posted: July 14
  • Review: "The Mad Woman Upstairs"

    This novel is perfect for the Brontë lover in all of us and is especially appealing to those who have read the author’s three famed works.

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  • Review: "The Genius of Birds"

    Our language reflects our disrespect. Something worthless or unappealing is ‘for the birds.’ An ineffectual politician is a ‘lame duck.’ To ‘l…

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  • Review: "Unbecoming"

    Katie is a 17-year-old girl who feels trapped in her family and in her own skin in the novel “Unbecoming,” by Jenny Downham. Katie’s always be…

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  • Review: "The Bricks That Built the House"

    “The Bricks That Built The Houses,” by Kate Tempest, is a story of relationships and how they frame the lives of Leon, Becky and Harry. The st…

    • icon Updated: July 08
  • Review: "Underground Airlines"

    “Underground Airlines,” by Ben Winters, is a brave and gripping hardboiled-detective story that poses some tough questions about modern Americ…

    • icon posted: July 07
  • Review: "Return to the Isle of the Lost"

    “Return to the Isle of the Lost,” by Melissa de la Cruz,
 is the witty tale of four children who turn from bad to good. The sons and daughters…

    • icon Updated: July 06
  • Review: "A Hero of France"

    Alan Furst's, “A Hero of France,” is a spellbinding novel that raises many uncomfortable ethical questions for the reader. Set during the Nazi…

    • icon posted: July 05
  • Review: "Reliance, Illinois"

    “Reliance, Illinois,” is both the title and the setting for a second novel from author Mary Volmer. This Mississippi river town in 1875 is hom…

    • icon posted: July 04
  • Review: "The Medusa Chronicles"

    “The Medusa Chronicles” is a refreshing throwback to the vast, sprawling space sagas of science fiction’s golden age. It succeeds both as an h…

    • icon posted: July 01
  • Review: "The Oodlethunks--Oona Finds An Egg"

    Oona Oodlethunks is the main character in “The Oodlethunks.” She has a brother Bonk, “he smells like grass and mud!” Her parents are Dave &…

    • icon Updated: June 30
  • Review: "Into the Dim"

    Hope Walton has an eidetic memory, which means anything she sees or reads is permanently stored in her brain for later use. Because of her int…

    • icon posted: June 28