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Book Review: Brizzi examines life and love in '100 Days of Happiness'

"100 Days of Happiness" (Pamela Dorman Books/Viking), by Fausto Brizzi

Italian director, screenwriter and film producer Fausto Brizzi adds "author" to his list of credits with "100 Days of Happiness." In this novel, Brizzi encourages readers to analyze their lives, tackling tough questions about the realities of life, love and reconciliation.

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‘Grounded’ lands on Scene One stage

Scene One Theatre in Jefferson City is presenting the drama “Grounded” by George Brant.

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LU, Downtown Association to again host ‘Blue Tiger Fest’

Lincoln University students are in the spotlight again this year, in the annual “Blue Tiger Fest” co-sponsored by LU and the Downtown Jefferson City Association.

Electronic dance music festival offers ‘break from the norm’

A Jefferson City man’s love for electronic dance music spurred his motivation to bring a festival celebrating the genre to the area.

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From the Stacks: ‘The Martian’ resurrects stranded-on-Mars thriller

“The Martian” is nothing new. Astronauts land on Mars, something goes wrong, problem must be fixed. Yet, from the start, this book is fresh and different.

19 hospital workers to share $1 million Powerball prize

A $1 million Powerball prize will be split 19 ways — $52,631 before taxes for each — after a group of workers at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis shared a winning ticket for the Aug. 12 drawing.

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Movie Review: 'American Ultra' offers Eisenberg as stoner who can smoke 'em down

The likably awkward chemistry of Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg remains intact in "American Ultra," a violent stoner action-comedy that's half "Pineapple Express," half "The Bourne Identity," and not as good as either.

Book Review: Schoolteacher urges parents to let kids fail

"The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed" (Harper), by Jessica Lahey

A new book written by a schoolteacher has a simple yet compelling message for parents: Back off.

Stuff you didn’t know you could do on Facebook

Did you know you can add a pronunciation guide to your name on Facebook?

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Movie Review: 'Mistress America' charms with slick dialogue

The first year of college is an anxious time for anybody. The predictable framework of high school falls away, and a teenager who lived with her parents is suddenly a free-range semi-adult with her own dorm room and infinite decisions to make about who she will become.

Book Review: Felicia Day embraces her geek stardom status in 'Weird'

"You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)" (Simon & Schuster), by Felicia Day

Felicia Day fills her memoir with stories of her wacky childhood and a handful of bizarre circumstances that led her down the path to becoming an online media mogul.

Book Review: 'In the Dark Places' has solid, multilayered plot

"In the Dark Places" (William Morrow), by Peter Robinson

In addition to its solid, multilayered plot, "In the Dark Places" also works as an adroit look at isolation.

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Game Review: 'Her Story,' 'Contradiction' revive motion games

A trio of recently released downloadable games is looking to bring the full motion video game genre back to life.

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From the Stacks: Baking book is sweet find sans sugar, gluten

I found a book that has inspired me. It is titled “The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking: 80 Low-Carb Recipes that Offer Solutions for Celiac Disease, Diabetes and Weight Loss” by Peter Reinhart.

Book Review: 'Safari' memoir from founder of Abercrombie & Kent

"Safari: A Memoir of a Worldwide Travel Pioneer" (Harper), by Geoffrey Kent

Geoffrey Kent, founder of the Abercrombie & Kent luxury tour company, grew up in colonial Africa and hunted an elephant at age 15 in 1957. After killing "the most beauteous and magnificent beast" he'd ever seen, he vows, "If I ever shoot an elephant again, it will be with a camera."

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