Sunday, July 24, 2016

Lifestyle - Books

  • Books | July 23, 2016

    Egan presents story of unlikely Civil War hero

    This is a biography of Thomas Francis Meagher (pronounced “Mar”), an Irishman who was born in 1823, became involved in the Irish rebellion of 1848, was banished to Tasmania, escaped to New York, led an Irish regiment of Union soldiers in the American Civil War and became

  • Books | July 23, 2016

    Unlucky horoscope causes problems in ‘Queen’

    In the kingdom of Bharata, every newborn child’s horoscope is read from the stars, imparting a determination of fate that can raise fortunes or curse lives. For Maya, it is the latter; her future is said to harbor a marriage of death and destruction.

  • Books | July 23, 2016

    Pokémon GO: Millennials’ new favorite pastime

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    By now you’ve probably heard the news: Pokémon is back and with a bang. Pokémon GO has rekindled the nerd flame for anyone who grew up dreaming of training their own creatures to battle others. To be honest, for millennials of all

  • Books | July 23, 2016

    KS author uses fluid prose


    Chad Sanborn lives in Kansas City these days. But during his time at K-State he edited the Collegian, among other things. And before that he was an Arkansas City kid. The novels (available as ebooks from Amazon) that he’s written about a former major

  • Books | July 17, 2016

    W.E. Self seeks to expose Junction City’s past

    Why did the community powers in Junction City destroy a flourishing economic and social area by leveling the 200 block of East 9th Street in 1974? William E. Self examines the history as well as the social and economic natures of that area in “9th Street Chronicles.”

  • Books | July 17, 2016

    WWII novel seamlessly blends history, fiction

    Col. Noel Macrae is a British diplomat who’s been transferred from Vienna to Berlin in 1938. This is before Hitler annexed Austria but well after observers who weren’t wearing blinders could see that the Fuhrer was determined to take the world to war. Unfortunately,

  • Books | July 17, 2016

    A family history starts in Africa

    This impressive epic first novel by Ghanaian-American author Yaa Gyasi depicts the lives of descendants of two half-sisters in mid-18th century Gold Coast (later Ghana) over the next 300 years. Although the two women, Effia and Esi, never meet and are not even aware of

  • Books | July 16, 2016

    Friendship between man, robot central to Install’s novel

    Deborah Install’s title, “A Robot in the Garden,” may mislead readers into thinking this clever little English comedy is science fiction. True, lots of androids inhabit the story, but they are simply side dressing for a highly entertaining buddy road trip. Considering our culture’

  • Books | July 16, 2016

    A mystery series for your summer reading list


    Several years ago, I randomly picked up “The Cold Dish,” by Craig Johnson, and I was never able to look back. Ever since, I’ve waited anxiously for each installment in this brilliant mystery series. Johnson weaves the tales of Walt Longmire, an overweight, middle-aged,

  • Books | July 10, 2016

    Books detail how ISIS grabbed foothold in Iraq, Syria

    Together, two important books published the past year provide a window into the ISIS crisis now infesting Iraq and Syria. Emma Sky’s “The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq” and Joby Warrick’s “Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS” easily stand as

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