by Debbie Monterrey dcmonterrey@cbs.com

What’s with the “St. Louis rolling stop” at intersections?

Why do St. Louisans use “hoosiers” as an insult (having nothing to do with Indiana)?

Is St. Louis an incubator for soft drink development?

Valerie Battle Kienzle’s new book, “What’s With St. Louis: The Quirks, Personality, and Charm of the Gateway City” is a fun, easy, breezy read with plenty of photos and facts.

Photo courtesy of Reedy Press

Photo courtesy of Reedy Press

Whether you’re a lifelong St. Louisan or a recent transplant, you’ll enjoy reading about mostaccioli (why’s it pronounced MUSK-a-cholee anyway), pork steaks and one-way streets.

Another book that’s captured my attention this holiday season is the latest from my friend, Joe Sonderman. Just when I thought his colorful book of postcards from Route 66 couldn’t be beat, he presents this even more colorful book of Route 66 signs!

Photo courtesy of Joe Sonderman

Photo courtesy of Joe Sonderman

I’m kind of obsessed with old signs and there’s a bevy of them here in “Route 66 Roadside Signs and Advertisements” from motels, gas stations, roadside attractions, restaurants, strip clubs and more.

Photo from Joe Sonderman's "Route 66 Roadside Signs and Advertisements"

Photo from Joe Sonderman’s “Route 66 Roadside Signs and Advertisements”

And finally, a book that can answer questions like, is that a grave in Tower Grove Park? What’s St. Louis’ smallest municipality? What’s with the dove at West County Center?

Photo courtesy of Reedy Press

Photo courtesy of Reedy Press

David Baugher’s “Secret St. Louis: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure” is full of fun facts and answers to questions you never knew you had.

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