Tomorrow, rights activists will take to the streets of downtown St. Louis for a Women's March. Even if you can't physically be there, you can support women's rights in many ways--even by reading. Make knowledge your power. I've compiled a brief reading list just for you that includes some great feminist literature, especially important if … Continue reading Five Books that Celebrate Feminism
Are you looking for some bargains? Do you need how-to books? Fiction? Children's titles? You'll surely find a bargain at the Friends of The O'Fallon Public Library Book Sale Saturday (9 AM - 4 PM) and Sunday (1-4 PM). You can find something for every interest and age group. You can't beat the prices: Hardcovers, large … Continue reading Book Sale This Weekend!
This unique book is a series of pictures of dogs in a ‘zen’ state. Even though I’m more of a cat than a dog person (gasp, I know!), I found it completely charming. See more of the photos here: http://www.boredpanda.com/relaxed-pet… Fun, aren’t they? As I enjoyed the pictures, I found myself becoming more relaxed. Cearns … Continue reading Zen Dogs by Alex Cearns
Full title: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis Intense memoir of J.D. Vance's childhood and eventual rise. It reminded me of Angela's Ashes except that instead of Ireland, it took place in Kentucky/Ohio and the drug of choice was prescription pills rather than alcohol. I was astonished that J.D. not only … Continue reading Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
Incredibly scary and a perfect read for the month of October, Colin Dickey examines ghosts, haunted buildings, and other urban legends throughout the United States. But, it’s not just about ghost stories, he also delves into the true histories of everything from cemeteries to asylums. When I picked up Ghostland I thought: how creepy can … Continue reading Ghostland by Colin Dickey
Waking the Spirit is a very educational and uplifting look at music therapy from a world class musician who, not only plays for a critical care unit at a hospital, but was also saved by music himself. I've always known about the healing power of music, for the spirit, but I didn't realize that it … Continue reading Waking the Spirit by Andrew Schulman
Excruciatingly honest memoir from Felicia Day about her quirky childhood, gaming addiction, cultural attitudes online, and life long struggle with anxiety and other mental health issues. She reminded me a great deal of Jenny Lawson in her straight forward presentation of difficult topics and also in her exuberant storytelling style. And, in many other ways, […] … Continue reading Guest Post: You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day — The Help Desk