books http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Discussion: Akin Pushes Book, Defends ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/discussion-akin-pushes-book-defends-legitimate-rape-comment <p><em>This story was updated following St. Louis on the Air.</em></p><p>Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin is back, and he’s not sorry.</p><p>Two years after losing a contest for U.S. Senate and igniting a “war on women” debate with a comment about rape, Akin has written a book that offers behind-the-scenes details about how he, his campaign and his family coped.</p><p>In an August 2012 interview with Charles Jaco on KTVI (Channel 2), Akin was asked about abortion and rape. Akin, who is staunchly anti-abortion, said that a pregnancy from rape “is really rare.”</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:17:30 +0000 Erica Smith 38243 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Discussion: Akin Pushes Book, Defends ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment Twenty-Four Things To Do In St. Louis This Summer http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/twenty-four-things-do-st-louis-summer <p>Summer in the city. There’s nothing like it, and no shortage of things to see, do and experience in St. Louis. From parks to concerts and festivals, frozen custard to marionettes, farmers markets to museums, there’s an event (or 20) for everyone.</p><p></p><p>Author Amanda Doyle has written a second St. Louis guidebook. She said being an outsider affects her view of St. Louis.</p><p>“You can’t be born in a place and appreciate everything about it,” she said.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Erica Smith 38102 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Twenty-Four Things To Do In St. Louis This Summer 'Alex's Wake' Author Shares Story Of Ill-Fated MS St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/alexs-wake-author-shares-story-ill-fated-ms-st-louis <p>Author Martin Goldsmith is no stranger to St. Louis: Not only was he born here, but his mother was a longtime violinist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. But it was a different St. Louis and a different family connection that recently caught his attention.</p><p>In <a href="http://www.alexswakebook.com/" target="_blank">“Alex’s Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and Journey of Remembrance,”</a> Goldsmith traces the journey of his grandfather, Alex Goldschmidt, and uncle, Helmut Goldschmidt, Jewish refugees who tried to escape Nazi Germany aboard the MS St. Louis.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:36:22 +0000 Erica Smith 38087 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 'Alex's Wake' Author Shares Story Of Ill-Fated MS St. Louis St. Louis Author Ridley Pearson On Poaching, Publishing And His New Book 'The Red Room' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-author-ridley-pearson-poaching-publishing-and-his-new-book-red-room <p>St. Louis author Ridley Pearson is no stranger to the <em>New York Times</em> Bestseller List. But in writing his books (of which there are many) he aspires to more than popularity.</p><p>“I try to always put a social issue under my novels without getting on a soap box so that when you end my novel there’s also something you want to go Google or go learn about,” said Pearson. By introducing his readers to social issues such as poaching or the illegal art trade, he hopes he inspires his readers to get involved, talk to their senators or donate money to a good cause.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 22:12:04 +0000 Camille Phillips 37257 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Author Ridley Pearson On Poaching, Publishing And His New Book 'The Red Room' 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