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The Princess Bride

S. Morgenstern’s classic tale abridged by William Goldman

A tale of true love between Westley and Buttercup. High adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing and a frightening assortment of wild beasts abound.

Emma by Jane Austen

The story of a rich, clever and beautiful young woman who can’t resist orchestrating other people’s love lives. As her romantic plans go ridiculously wrong, it’s Emma herself who risks missing her perfect match. Read more about Reading Love

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True Crime Tales

Stolen from the Garden: The Kidnapping of Virginia Piper
By William Swanson

In July 1972, two masked men waving guns abducted 49-year-old Virginia Piper from her lakeside home in Orono, Minnesota. After her husband paid a $1 million ransom, Ginny was found chained to a tree. The couple lived through a media firestorm. Drawing on government documents, interviews with family, investigators, suspects and lawyers, Swanson presents a comprehensive account of the kidnapping. Read more about True Crime Tales

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St. Louis Park Author Gary Bush Launches Seafaring Trilogy with Sail Into Treachery

Gary Bush remembers the day he decided he was going to dedicate himself to writing full time. “I’d had it with the corporate world. I always wanted to write and I decided it was time.” In a 15-year writing career begun, therefore, somewhat later in life, Bush has gone on to publish short stories, co-edit (in 2009) a story collection called Once upon a Crime: An Anthology of Murder, Mayhem and Suspense, and that same year release a historically based middle-grade novel, Lost in Space: The Flight of Apollo 13. Read more about St. Louis Park Author Gary Bush Launches Seafaring Trilogy with Sail Into Treachery

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Aimee Jackson’s Book Bridge Press Delivers Premium-Quality Children’s Picture Books

If you’ve ever dreamed of producing a beautifully illustrated children’s book, your opportunity may be right around the corner in St. Louis Park. Book Bridge Press, co-owned by residents Aimee Jackson and her husband, Darrin Cullumber, is aptly named: it may be the bridge to making your book a reality. Read more about Aimee Jackson’s Book Bridge Press Delivers Premium-Quality Children’s Picture Books

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Local Chapters: Two Neighborhood Groups Bond Through Book Clubs

Westwood Hills resident Kim Sherman remembers when she first joined her local book club a decade ago. She was new to the neighborhood and didn’t know many people in the area. Meeting neighbors and relying on them as resources helped build a feeling of security. “[The book club] definitely forged new friendships,” she says. “We spend a good amount of time socializing as well as sharing ideas and thoughts about the book.”

Another book club has formed more recently in the Cedar Manor neighborhood. “We are just getting started,” says founder Debra Bohn. Read more about Local Chapters: Two Neighborhood Groups Bond Through Book Clubs

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St. Louis Park Resident and Later-Life Author Jim Evavold Publishes Science Fiction Exodus to Earth

The sun of distant planet Evion is dying. Solar flares pick off unwary survivors as they glide past crumbling buildings and deserted streets in the last inhabited city on the planet. Massive earthquakes follow. Dust and toxins pollute the air.

Sounds like Evion needs a hero.

And Jim Evavold—St. Louis Park business realtor and broker, science fiction movie lover, Joseph Campbell aficionado, and 55-year-old first-time writer—has come to the rescue. Read more about St. Louis Park Resident and Later-Life Author Jim Evavold Publishes Science Fiction Exodus to Earth

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Jo Nesbo's "The Snowman" Is Cold and Creepy

Gritty detective Harry Hole suspects serial murder when an ominous snowman appears at each of the homes of several women in Oslo who are later found dead. The cold creeps into the room as you are pulled into the full horror of this tale. You’re not even conscious of turning the page as the senses are teased. Author Jo Nesbo is better than Agatha Christie. Find this and other titles at hclib.org. Read more about Jo Nesbo's "The Snowman" Is Cold and Creepy

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