Holiday Gift Guide 2011, Books by Local Authors, Part 2

For the booklover in your life, we have discovered some of the most interesting books by local authors.

This is part 2 of a two-part series, Holiday Gift Guide 2011, Books by Local Authors.

Books make wonderful gifts for any occasion, especially for Christmas with so many published just in time for holiday shopping. To ease the pain of deciding which ones to buy your friends and family, we bring you our Holiday Book Guide.

In our search for greatness, we decided to focus on several local authors who live or have lived in Ladue. This guide showcases some of the most interesting books of the year which cover a wide range of subjects and genres.

Within the pages of these well-written books you will find biographies of noteworthy individuals buried in the historic Bellefontaine Cemetery, the making of a ballet, a photographic look at the Mississippi River, the history of Ladue, a tour guide of St. Louis, and how to better navigate your health care.

The books included in the guide highlight people, places, and histories of St. Louis and beyond.

The New Prescription, How to Get the Best Health Care in a Broken System
ritten by Dr. Cynthia Haines with Eric Metcalf, M.P.H
Available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com

A leading doctor, Dr. Cindy Haines, and health journalist, Eric Metcalf, offer a riveting expose on what medical consumers need to know to get the health care they deserve, with tips about how spending less can actually make you healthier. 

Other countries can show us that more medical care doesn’t mean better health. The authors, Cynthia Haines, M.D., and health writer Eric Metcalf, reveal some of the most egregious problems with a medical system gone awry, opening readers’ eyes to how to better navigate the changes underway. Using solid research, insiders’ insights, and patient anecdotes, they offer cost-effective and potentially life-saving ways to get more out of health care while using less of it.

Key Features

  • Why people with good primary physicians have lower health costs and the ways to get the most out of your time with your doctor
  • How to avoid falling into the ‘do something’ trap—which health concerns require a wait-and-see approach and which ones people ignore when proactivity is in order
  • Preventative tips to avoid costly chronic conditions
  • How to treat chronic conditions with less money 

Ladue Found, Celebrating 100 Years of the City’s Rural-to-Regal Past
ritten by Charlene Bry
Available at
http://www.laduefound.com/ Left Bank Books, History Museum, Service Bureau, Ladue Pharmacy, and Barnes and Noble

Charlene Bry will be signing her books at St. Louis County Library at Lindbergh Boulevard and Clayton Road Thursday, Dec. 7, 2011 at 7 p.m. and at Neiman Marcus at Plaza Frontenac, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 at 2 p.m.

Before $10 million Colonial-style brick homes, 70-foot oak trees shading promenades, and six private clubs, there were immigrant farmers and shacks in what is today one of the nation’s wealthiest communities. This documented history of Ladue not only tells the story of the city’s transformation from a rural to regal locale, but also features stories of charming characters including a madame, bands of Gypsies, Peter A. Ladue and notorious residents whose names grace the community’s streets. An extensive collection of original photographs and documents illustrate the work throughout, transporting the reader back in time to explore Ladue’s fascinating first 100 years of history as the city celebrates its 75th Anniversary.

Snippets of Saint Louis
Written by Aldibert K. Dietz
Available at http://reedypress.com/bookstore.php?pg=0 Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble

This is a reference tour guide booklet containing attractions you can visit with your family and guests. It also contains "historical snippets" for background information, such as the founding of St. Louis, the Missouri Compromise, the Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark, Dred Scott, Thomas Hart Benton and Charles Lindbergh.

DevinLopez December 07, 2011 at 10:32 AM
My dad told me about "Penny Medical" or something which helped him to find a lower priced health insurance (with ALMOST similar benefits) he is recommending this to me. Any suggestion? What do you think of them?
James Baer December 08, 2011 at 12:42 AM
I personally don't know anything about this company. If you go to Dr. Cynthia Haines' website she has a place for you to ask her questions.


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