This summer's best book-based movies

Here are four fictions for film fanatics.


Read this: The Beast

The 21st installment to the Decker/Lazarus series hits the new release section

(Web Exclusive) St. Louis native Faye Kellerman’s 21st novel in her New York Times best-selling Decker/Lazarus series, The Beast, follows LAPD detective Peter Decker’s investigation of his career’s most bizarre murder.

Q&A with author Curtis Sittenfeld

The best-selling novelist's "Sisterland" was inspired by an erroneously predicted earthquake in Missouri

In 1990, a climatologist named Iben Browning predicted that an earthquake would take place along the New Madrid Fault in Missouri on Dec. 2 or 3 that year. Although Browning’s prediction never came true, Sittenfeld’s latest novel, "Sisterland," materialized from his erroneous forecast.

Get Lost Bookshop gets new owners and new name

One of Columbia's few bookshops hands over the keys to local couple, Joe Chevalier and Kelsey Hammond

(Web Exclusive) When the couple came to Columbia in 2006, fate intervened. The yellow dog of Yellow Dog Bookshop is Scout, their rescue pup from Second Chance. Hammond says Scout solidified her and Chevalier’s life in Columbia. In exchange, the yellow dog came to be the namesake and design inspiration for the bookshop.

Local chefs and the cookbooks that inspire them

Kitchen pros dish on their favorite culinary reads

Talented chefs find ideas in their favorite cookbooks that have inspired recipe revisions and flavor fusions at their restaurants. From family recipes to Irma S. Rombauer’s time-honored culinary bible, inspiration flows abundantly from the pages of these chefs’ recommended cooking manuals.

Recipe: Jina Yoo's chicken fried rice

Cook like a pro

Follow this recipe for a tasty bowl of chicken fried rice from chef Jina Yoo. Enjoy!

Read This: Blue Plate Special

Food is a central character in this new memoir by Kate Christensen

Kate Christensen, author of the PEN/Faulkner Award-winning The Great Man, as well as five other novels, has cooked up another book, this time a memoir titled Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites. Modeled after her popular blog,, the memoir proves Christensen is a connoisseur of both hearty food and hearty literature.

Book review: Turbulence

Indian comic book author debuts his first U.S. novel

In his U.S. debut, Indian author Samit Basu takes on the challenge of the modern superhero story. Set primarily in India, Turbulence is the author’s first novel that is set in his native country. 

Read This: Fantasy Life

Matthew Berry pens a cultural study on the history of fantasy sports

For a memoir on fantasy sports, you can trust Matthew Berry, the man who has based his profession on one of America’s favorite pastimes. In his new book, the senior fantasy sports analyst for ESPN channels his passion for the game into an anecdote-packed cultural study that details the history and his own entry into fantasy sports.

Adolf Schroeder helped remind German-Americans of their heritage

German memoir translated to English by MU scholar

Longer Than a Man’s Lifetime in Missouri, a memoir by German immigrant Gert Goebel, was released by The State Historical Society of Missouri on June 1. First published in 1877, it recounts events dating back to the 1830s when one of the first waves of German immigrants settled in Missouri. Adolf translated the memoir from German to English.

Read This: Second Honeymoon and 11th Hour

James Patterson teams up with Howard Roughan and Maxine Paetro to continue two detective series

(Web Exclusive) Patterson peppers the summer season with new and reprint versions of two of his most popular detective series.

Read This: Joyland and The Ocean at the End of the Lane

A thriller and fantasy novel are two of summer's highly anticipated reads

Stephen King pens a new thriller, and Neil Gaiman produces his first adult novel since 2005. Find out why they're two of summer's highly anticipated reads.

The Guide: Dating book matrix

Your friends tire of hearing about your dating woes; let these books be your guide

Whether you are a man or a woman looking for classy or trashy dating advice, books cover relationships to the nth degree. The more no-nonsense self-help books are, the more popular they become, especially when it comes to dating. It all depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re into serious relationships, life partners, marriage or casual fun, we have the right reads for you.

Review: A Curious Man

Neal Thompson explores the life of Robert "Believe It or Not!" Ripley

Thompson was inspired to write the book in 2007 after reading an article in The New York Times about Ripley and realizing little had been written about the man whose escapades captivated a nation. Yes, believe it or not, a single person inspired the endless coffee table books and museums in tourist-filled cities.

Reading guide for your summer book list

Let Vox guide you to your perfect summer read

Time getting in the way of your reading escapades? Whether you pore over thick novels or opt to skim short stories, Vox has the book for you.

Amanda Knox memoir, Waiting to be Heard, released

A personal account of being convicted of murder in Italy

Amanda Knox's study abroad roommate, Meredith Kercher, was murdered on Nov. 1, 2007. Knox was arrested and convicted of murder in 2009. Her conviction was overturned, but the story seems far from over.

Read This: Theodore Boone: The Activist; And The Mountains Echoed

A legal thriller and a love story through the generations are this week's must-reads

A legal thriller by John Grisham and a love story by best-selling author of The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini, are two options to start off summer reading.

Read This: Inferno

In Dan Brown's latest novel, Robert Langdon journeys to Italy

Dan Brown's latest novel follows the adventures of Robert Langdon once again.

Playwright's 10-minute performances inspired by tragedy and drama

Hartley Wright draws on other's experiences to create short plays

Hartley Wright writes 10-minute plays, among other things, which are performed by student-run groups in Missouri and Wisconsin. He tends to write plays about tragedy and brokenness people experience in their lives.

Read This: Forty-One False Starts: Essays on Artists; Pacific

New books by Janet Malcolm and Tom Drury

Malcolm and Drury have written for The New Yorker, but their similarities stop there. Malcolm writes essays about artists, and Drury's novel is a long-awaited follow-up.

Julia Falkner-Tompkins' memoir shares her wartime childhood

The author found solace in the U.S. after Hitler threatened her homeland