Books

  • Native American life central to Smith’s book

    The historian Page Smith left a manuscript unpublished at the time of his death in 1995. Fortunately, it was published in 2015 by his trust. “TragicEncounters:ThePeople’sHistory of Native Americans” is a companion work to his influential series, “A People’s .

  • Big city intrigue in small-town France

    On the Vezere River, which flows for about 150 miles before entering the Dordogne River in southwestern France, is St. Denis. It’s a charming town of not quite 3,000 people that exists in the imagination of Martin Walker, a wonderful storyteller. .

  • Novel based on podcast builds rich fantasy world

    “Welcome to Nigh Vale” is a book that is based on the identically titled podcast, which achieved wild popularity a couple years prior to the book’s release. The podcast is formatted like a public radio news bulletin but is .

  • History, management, but no major revelations in Wefald’s account of his time at the KSU helm

    First things first: There are no major revelations in this book by former Kansas State University President Jon Wefald. We don’t learn anything new about secret deals with Ron Prince, or Tim Weiser, or Michael Beasley. There’s no .

  • K-State grad writes compelling mystery

    One of the ways writers have of getting power out of the arts is to take readers into circumstances just a little beyond the borders of what they would conventionally accept. We see this work out in a commercial way .

  • Patterson’s latest release full of action

    Anyone who’s read an Alex Cross novel or one involving the Women’s Murder Club or a Witch & Wizard novel has read a book written or co-written by James Patterson. He’s a prolific author with a successful .

  • Memoirs exploring childhood, parenthood

    Recently I picked up Nadja Spiegelman’s “I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This,” a memoir about generations of mothers and daughters, and it immediately pulled me in. Now, for readers of alternative comics, Nadja Spiegelman is famous .

  • Morality from child’s view

    Psychiatrist Joanna Cannon’s first novel, “The Trouble with Goats and Sheep” is an exploration of morality with elements of coming-of-age, mystery and quest. Fortunately, the clever playfulness of curious children offsets these more serious themes as a decade’s .

  • A heartwarming take on first dog story

    It’s the kind of novel with historical facts and lots of action that will immediately grab the attention of young people, their parents and teachers. In “The Wolf’s Boy,” author Susan Williams Beckhorn introduces readers to the Paleolithic .

  • War, heroism, forbidden love in ‘Castle’

    “The Castle of Kings,” is an entertaining and educational work of historical fiction. Set in 1524 and 1525 in the Wasgau region of Germany, near where the Queich River flows into the Rhine, the story is dominated by the German Peasants’ War, .

  • Social justice through tea

    “The Way of Tea and Justice, Rescuing the World’s Favorite Beverage from Its Violent History” is a personal account by Episcopalian priest, Rev. Becca Stevens, of how she lives her faith through exceptional social justice action. In 2001, in conjunction .

  • Don’t take reading too seriously; enjoy books

    Not surprisingly, in my work as a librarian I spend a lot of time discussing books: what people are reading, how people select books and how they experience books. Reading is one of the few activities that has stood the .





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