• Christian comedian jokes about family life

    It seems as if everyone is drawn to Tim Hawkins. Just go online to YouTube or Facebook and you’ll spot hundreds, even thousands, of hits from viewers who swear he’s the most world-renowned comedian. Oh, I apologize. That’.

  • Mystery in Paris makes for compelling prequel

    Fans of Aimee Leduc — they’re abundant enough to have made at least some of the 16 novels she stars in bestsellers — already know what becomes apparent fairly quickly for the reader just after being introduced to her. Among other traits, .

  • Local sheriff unearths secrets in Amish town

    Set in Amish country near Columbus, Ohio, this series features Kate Burkholder, a small town sheriff, who was brought up in an Amish family but has taken another path. This background gives her a unique understanding of the culture, but, .

  • Growing up in a cruel world

    Fifteen-year-old Easton is disciplined at his job — he runs his own crew guarding the perimeters of an illegal drug house in South Central Los Angeles. When things go deadly awry, East finds himself headed out of LA and his comfort .

  • Modern folklore opens doors to other cultures

    Watching the Olympics always makes me curious about other cultures. What are their values? What bedtime stories do they tell? For answers, I turn to literature because I find storytelling more interesting than nonfiction, and because I think it’s .

  • Author weaves novel around airship crash

    The final flight of the Hindenburg, and particularly its eruption into a huge fireball as it was docking on May 6, 1937, in Lakehurst, New Jersey, is well known. That’s partly because of video footage and an unforgettable radio broadcast of .

  • Is religion under attack?

    Bob Funk Contributing writer In the midst of a presidential election, cultural issues seem to have taken a back seat with many voters. But for Christian conservatives and others of deeply held religious beliefs, Erick Erickson has written a book .

  • Family quest set in Victorian England has intrigue, hope

    Robin Farrell Edmunds Contributing writer A baby found in a snow bank by an 8-year-old girl in 1831 England is raised on the estate of the girl’s parents. Seventeen years later under dire circumstances, the foundling — named Amy Snow — must .

  • Books that can help with back to school blues

    For families with school age kids, this is the weekend when everything catches up to us. It’s time to clean up the room, set out the school supplies, get new shoes and a new haircut. Time to try to .

  • Why adult readers should read children’s books

    I have recently come across a few opinion pieces about how adults shouldn’t read children’s literature. They say it is too easy, that we should leave it for the kids; one columnist even went so far as to .

  • Political journalist writes on women in the workforce

    Given the huge increase of women in many formerly male-dominated domains of public life in recent decades, have you ever wondered how this change affects those domains? Have you ever wondered how many women are necessary to start to change “.

  • Jakab presents innovative, if confused, look at Wall St.

    In his book “Heads I Win, Tails I Win,” likeable Wall Street Journal columnist Spencer Jakab seems obviously confused about the shape of his own subject. In most chapters he takes space to tell what is coming in the book. .


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