books http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Author Brings Story Of Disney Characters Saving His Autistic Son To STL http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/author-brings-story-disney-characters-saving-his-autistic-son-stl <p>Washington, D.C. author <a href="http://ronsuskind.com/">Ron Suskind </a>and his wife Cornelia Kennedy were devastated when 2-year-old Owen stopped talking and began walking with a drunken gait.</p><p></p><p></p><p>When, how did their son’s regression begin? “It’s like reviewing clues to a kidnapping,” Suskind writes in <a href="http://www.left-bank.com/book/9781423180364">“Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism.”</a></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 04:12:50 +0000 Nancy Fowler 35197 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Author Brings Story Of Disney Characters Saving His Autistic Son To STL Reflection On A Pastor Who Ministered To Nazis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/reflection-pastor-who-ministered-nazis <p>When I saw that Tim Townsend had written a book centered on the Lutheran chaplain at the Nuremberg trials, I knew I would read it.</p><p>The Rev. Henry Gerecke ended his career in Chester, Ill. There he was assistant pastor of St. John Lutheran Church and the chaplain at the state prison and mental hospital. I graduated from the church’s grade school and relatives work at that prison.</p><p>But I have no personal memory of Gerecke. He died the year before we moved from the farm into town. And when we lived on the farm, we went another direction to church.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 02:43:38 +0000 Donna Korando 34576 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Reflection On A Pastor Who Ministered To Nazis Poetry's Magic Sparked St. Louis Author's Return To Writing http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/poetrys-magic-sparked-st-louis-authors-return-writing <p>Local children’s authors, who explore topics ranging from Thomas Jefferson to tattletales, will be on hand to discuss and sign their books at two sessions&nbsp;this month at the St. Louis Central Library.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 03:59:46 +0000 Mary Delach Leonard 32861 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Poetry's Magic Sparked St. Louis Author's Return To Writing Folklorist Publishes Book On St. Louis Christmas Traditions http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/folklorist-publishes-book-st-louis-christmas-traditions <h4>St. Louis folklorist John Oldani has published a new book on the region's folklore and traditions, this time about the Christmas holiday.</h4><p>The book, <em>Christmas in St. Louis,</em> includes more than 200 iconic St. Louis Christmas photographs by Mark S. Abeln, as well as historic photos from the archives of the <em>St. Louis Post-Dispatch</em>.</p><p>Among the book's highlights are:</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 21:55:02 +0000 Camille Phillips 32021 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Folklorist Publishes Book On St. Louis Christmas Traditions New Novel by 'Joy Luck Club' Author Amy Tan Explores Love And Abandonment http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-novel-joy-luck-club-author-amy-tan-explores-love-and-abandonment <p><em>Recorded Saturday, November 16 at the St. Louis County Library</em>.</p><p>Amy Tan, author of <em>The Joy Luck Club </em>and other novels centered on the mother-daughter relationship, visited St. Louis as part of a tour for her new book, <a href="https://www.amytan.net/valley-of-amazement-1.html" target="_blank"><em>The Valley of Amazement</em></a>.</p><p>In front of an audience of several hundred fans, she spoke with <em>St. Louis on the Air</em> host Don Marsh about the novel, her writing, her life, and her belief in ghosts.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 21:31:56 +0000 Camille Phillips 31596 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Novel by 'Joy Luck Club' Author Amy Tan Explores Love And Abandonment A Lively Mind: Your Brain On Jane Austen http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/lively-mind-your-brain-jane-austen At a recent academic conference, Michigan State University professor <a href="http://www.english.msu.edu/people/faculty/natalie-m-phillips/">Natalie Phillips</a> stole a glance around the room. A speaker was talking but the audience was fidgety. Some people were conferring among themselves, or reading notes. One person had dozed off.<p>Phillips, who studies 18th-<sup></sup> and 19th-century literature, says the distracted audience made something pop in her head. Distractability is a theme that runs through many novels of Jane Austen, whom Phillips admires. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 06:31:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 5169 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A Lively Mind: Your Brain On Jane Austen Poverty Informs J.K. Rowling's New Novel For Adults http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/poverty-informs-jk-rowlings-new-novel-adults <em>The extended interview above includes parts one and two of the </em>Morning Edition <em>interview, plus additional material. </em><p><hr /><p>J.K. Rowling has a new novel. She's moved away from Harry Potter, the boy wizard whose stories prompted millions of kids to obsess over books big enough to serve as doorstops. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 19:34:24 +0000 4708 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Poverty Informs J.K. Rowling's New Novel For Adults Best-selling books in St. Louis for the week ending June 24 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/best-selling-books-st-louis-week-ending-june-24 <p>Below is the top-ten list of the St. Louis region&#39;s best-selling adult and children&#39;s books, according to the <a href="http://www.stlindiebook.com/">St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance</a>.</p><p>For the week ending June 24:</p><p>Adult:</p> Sat, 30 Jun 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Madalyn Painter 4023 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Best-selling books in St. Louis for the week ending June 24 Best-selling books in St. Louis for the week ending May 20 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/best-selling-books-st-louis-week-ending-may-20 <p>Below is the top-ten list of the St. Louis region&#39;s best-selling adult and children&#39;s books, according to the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance.</p><p>For the week ending May 20:</p><p>Adult:</p> Sat, 26 May 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Madalyn Painter 3790 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Best-selling books in St. Louis for the week ending May 20 Best-selling books in St. Louis for the week ending May 13 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/best-selling-books-st-louis-week-ending-may-13 <p>Below is the top-ten list of the St. Louis region&#39;s best-selling adult and children&#39;s books, according to the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance.</p><p>For the week ending May 13:</p><p>Adult:</p> Fri, 18 May 2012 23:40:42 +0000 Madalyn Painter 3741 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Best-selling books in St. Louis for the week ending May 13