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"STL Scavenger" | Reviewed by Bill Schwab

“STL Scavenger” is a clever, witty rhyming book now available that provides a new way to see St. Louis. Author Dea Hoover sends the reader to 17 Gateway City neighborhoods to identify notable sites, armed with photos and puzzle-like clues.

The format of this spiral-bound book is user-friendly for individuals, families or groups as they pursue this outdoor trivia game. The clues are smartly written and the photos extremely helpful in meeting the challenge. Besides the fun it elicits, the book is also an effective way for scavengers to educate themselves about the hidden treasures of the region.

Hoover was raised in Vandalia, Missouri and visited St. Louis annually as a treat. “Until I was five, our vacation was the zoo and Six Flags and, God bless Mom, she'd forget Grant’s Farm was closed on Monday.” Hoover became more acquainted with St. Louis’ gems while a student at Washington University and since then by living and working in the community.

This book would make an enjoyable gift for anyone, but especially for new arrivals to the area, business clients and those who would like to be more informed about the history and culture of the Gateway to the West.

Hoover will present on her book Wed, July 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Washington Public Library, an event sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Neighborhood Reads Bookstore. There is no cost to attend and copies of her book will be available for purchase.

Buy the Book.

About the Author.

Dea Hoover is a travel consultant who was challenged to write this book during the pandemic. Her “Time to Travel” business was almost nil, yet many people were anxious to find ways to be outdoors and active. This book is the result of that challenge.



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