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For those of you who enjoy the Warriors series by Erin Hunter, I would recommend reading “Riders of the Realm: Across the Dark Water” by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez.

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If you like aviation and its history, this is a great book. If you like the bygone era of flappers and Prohibition, this will be a fascinating read. If you like tales of adventure, danger and daring, this book will lure you in. If you like romance and a love triangle with a suicide—or a murd…

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“Sunburn,” recently released in paperback, is a great summer read set in the sand and sun along the eastern seaside. Laura Lippman’s sizzling suspense story kicks off with Polly Costello at the beach with her husband and young daughter, Jani. The family seems to be enjoying a relaxing week, …

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Monday Charles has gone missing. Vanished out of thin air. Not even her mother or sisters seem to care. So begins “Monday’s Not Coming,” by Tiffany D. Jackson.

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A memorandum from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California can be distributed and read in mere seconds today due to current electronic technology. What a contrast to April 1860, when citizens found it remarkable that a letter made it cross-country between these same two points in less …

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In the company of a curly-topped sprite, imagination blends with what-to-expect-facts in “Fairy’s First Day of School,” a helpful honey of a read by Bridget Heos.

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“Bella Figura” is a fast read, a memoir about finding love and discovering oneself. Kamin Mohammadi, the author, had a prestigious job as a glossy magazine editor in London. Kamin was stressed out and unhappy. When she lost her job, she decided to accept a friend’s offer to stay in her apart…

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Local color abounds in “The Amazing Adventures of Aaron Broom,” a coming-of-age story set in Depression-era St. Louis told by Aaron, an innocent 12-year-old who “dectifies” to unravel a jewelry store crime.

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White House Social Secretaries, Lea Berman and Jeremy Bernard have planned state dinners, celebrity musical performances, Congressional picnics and other state occasions. Bernard filled the position for Barack and Michelle Obama; Berman for George and Laura Bush.

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With neon bright art and a zany storyline, author/illustrator Claire Evans scores with “The Three Little Superpigs.” The tale begins where the classic story ended, the furious wolf being outfoxed by the porcine three.

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“Eden Conquered,” by Joelle Charbonneau, is an amazing sequel to the popular young adult “Dividing Eden” series, leaving you wishing for more. Darkness is descending upon Eden, and only Carys or Andreus can stop it; the whole book is a race to see which one of them will succeed.

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Mia Tang and her family came to America from China in the book “Front Desk,” by Kelly Yang. They are very poor, so when a man named Mr. Yao posts a job for working in a hotel, they are the first to take it.

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Today we welcome a first review from Megan Barrett, the mom of three with a new baby due in January. Megan works part time, but with the “expectations of another little one” she will be staying home more and “has grown an interest in writing for fun and blogs.”

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The title of the “The Address,” by Fiona Davis, refers to the Dakota, an elegant residence in New York City near Central Park. Built in the late 1800s, it was home to artists, musicians and actors, families with recognizable names, and the very rich. (Today, the Dakota is famous for being th…

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Erling Kagge is a Norwegian lawyer, adventurer, publisher and author whose book “Silence In the Age of Noise” draws, in part, from his experiences in reaching the world’s three “poles”; the North Pole, the South Pole, and the summit of Mount Everest.

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Today we welcome a new reviewer to MO Books, Patricia Miller, a third-generation journalist who was first published at age 11 when her father, then-editor of the “Washington Missourian” ran her letter to the editor complaining about the newspaper's bias against girls selling the newspaper on…

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“A Reaper at the Gates,” by Sabaa Tahir, is a painstakingly wrought, action-filled addition to “An Ember in the Ashes” series. This book shook my foundations, with enough action to keep me reading non-stop.

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The historical fiction novel “Love and Ruin” centers on the tumultuous love story between Ernest Hemingway and his third wife Martha Gellhorn; it reads like a memoir. The story is told by Marty Gellhorn and follows her from her roots in St. Louis, Missouri, through her travels as a journalis…

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For all of you Percy Jackson fans out there, check out Roshani Chokshi’s book based on Hindu mythology, “Aru Shah and the End of Time.” It is an interesting read.

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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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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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“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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