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Book Review: Painted Dresses by Patricia Hickman

Book Review:  Painted Dresses by Patricia Hickman by Julie Failla Earhart I recently reviewed Patricia Hickman’s eighth novel, The Pirate Queen, remarking that I couldn’t wait to read her other works. Thanks to the Saint Louis Public Library, I was able to follow through on this intent with her seventh novel, Painted Dresses. Gaylen Syler-Boatwright…

Book Review: The Pirate Queen by Patricia Hickman

Book Review: The Pirate Queen by Patricia Hickman by Julie Failla Earhart, Walrus Contributor Normally I don’t shop in chain bookstores, but Borders was going out of business and my husband gave me a hundred dollars and told me to knock myself out. I actually spent one-fifty and came home with thirty books. At the…

Bestsellers for March

1. The Way I See It by Temple Grandin 2. Finally a Locally Produced Guidebook to St. Louis, by Amanda Doyle (See our interview with Amanda!) 3. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James 4. Bossypants by Tina Fey 5. Grace and Grit by Lily Ledbetter 6. The Elements of F***ing Style by Chris Baker…

Gloria Feldt Takes “No Excuses” at Left Bank Books

Gloria Feldt Takes “No Excuses” at Left Bank Books by Jaime Kelley, Walrus Contributor “No Excuses. Sounds harsh, right?” Feminist icon Gloria Feldt openly shared her unfettered opinions with the audience at her March 8 appearance at Left Bank Books. Feldt never intended her new release to be called No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can…

Book Review: Lucky Break by Esther Freud

Book Review: Lucky Break by Esther Freud by Julie Failla Earhart Esther Freud’s seventh novel, Lucky Break has a number of promising reviews. With a black and white cover, I was attracted and immediately drawn in. The story starts with several students on their first day at Drama Arts school. Based on the cover blurbs…

A Night with J.A. Jance

A Night with J.A. Jance by Tiffany Sweeney, Walrus Contributor On the last Friday night of February, I once again headed out to the Saint Louis County Library Headquarters for yet another one of their amazing author events.  For this night, it was the best-selling author of more than 40 suspense novels, J.A. Jance, complete…

Claire Applewhite – Mystery Writer

Claire Applewhite – Mystery Writer by Jaime Kelley, Walrus Contributor Local Mystery Author, Claire Applewhite, recently launched Candy Cadillac, the third book in her ‘Nam Noir Series. I had the pleasure of talking with Claire about her work and her success, and she shared some excellent pointers for writers aspiring to publish. Thank you for…

Book Review: The Accidental Demon Slayer by Angie Fox

Book Review:  The Accidental Demon Slayer by Angie Fox by Tif Sweeney, Walrus Contributor During the first-ever bookstore cruise hosted by the Saint Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance, I had the pleasure of meeting a multitude of local authors, including Angie Fox.  Fox welcomed the cruise-goers with a bright smile in the quaint Main Street Books,…