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In his new historical novel, "Something in Madness," St. Louis author Ed Protzel takes readers to 1865 Mississippi, when newly freed slaves struggled to begin their lives in a south still run by unregenerate Confederates. The novel was just released by TouchPoint Press.

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Many claim that reading fiction can be a reliable, if temporary, escape from daily problems. For those St. Louisans whose troubles include lingering disappointment over the cancelled St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dogtown, a new novel by Wm. Stage may be just the diversion they need.

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Lee Ann Sandweiss, who describes herself as a St. Louisan currently living in Indiana, has written a memoir about life with her dog titled “Lock Ness! And Other Tales of Nessie the Scottie.” Sandweiss adds to a long-standing and growing genre of books about dogs and the people who love them.

The vintage-postcard-inspired cover of Bill Geist’s new book, “Lake of the Ozarks: My Surreal Summers in a Vanishing America,” calls out to readers “Greetings from Yesteryear.” Geist writes a nostalgic love letter recalling his teenage summers working at Arrowhead Lodge, a Lake of the Ozarks…