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  • Insistent friend’s book recommendations are hidden treasures

    Around my house, we call my friend “the book pusher.” I have several friends who exchange recommendations, but she takes it a step further. She starts with “You have to read this book.” I respond politely, putting it on my .

  • Graphic novel ‘Wires and Nerve’ is pure fun

    Hannah Ens Contributing writer Typically, when an author wants to continue a storyline, they’ll just write another book. Marissa Meyer took a slightly different approach when she decided to expand upon her bestselling Lunar Chronicles, abandoning traditional books for .

  • ‘Summerlong’ addresses selfishness, grief

    Carolyn J. Kelly Contributing writer Beloved fantasy writer, Peter S. Beagle, published his first novel at age nineteen. His second novel, “The Last Unicorn,” became an international bestseller and is considered foundational for the field of fantasy writing. Over the .

  • Author weaves science, history ‘crumbs’ in thriller

    James Rollins in notes at the end of his novel describes himself as “a collector of bread crumbs, all those bits of science and history that I use to build my stories.” “The Seventh Plague” has plenty of “bread crumbs,” .

  • Young adult books about mental health that get it right

    Let me start off by explaining that I have a lot of friends who are nurses and a disproportionate number of those nurses work in pediatrics. Recently, one of those nurses frustratingly ranted to me about how the number of .

  • ‘Old Age’ a humorous take on the inevitable

    From the very beginning of his book, Michael Kinsley insists that it is not about Parkinson’s disease. But, because Kinsley does suffer from Parkinson’s it would be hard for him to completely ignore this truth. In “Old Age: .

  • ‘Human Acts’ a look at historic uprising

    David Rathbun Contributing writer The oft-quoted line from Theodor Adorno, “To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric,” always seems to linger within the pages of “Human Acts,” Han Kang’s follow-up novel to “The Vegetarian,” winner of the Man Booker .

  • ‘Rogue’ tells story of unlikely British heroes

    Ashley Pauls Contributing writer You may not know them by name, but the members of Britain’s SAS unit — or Special Air Service — played a key role in the Second World War, their covert and often risky operations eroding the .

  • New Tom Calvin book chronicles life in Dodge City in the 1800s

    Tom Clavin’s latest non-fiction book, “Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterton, and the Wickedest Town in the American West,” has appeal on multiple levels. It’s a thrilling western, with all of the shootouts, heroes, and villains you’ll .

  • In ‘Russian Spy’ a civilian betrays his country, feeds Russians info

    Aaron Pauls Contributing writer Many people think the Cold War ended when the Berlin Wall came down. They assume a de-Sovietized Russia is friendlier to the United States. In a sense, they’d be right. Tensions aren’t quite as .

  • A child and a priest at odds about household spirits

    Hannah Ens Contributing writer It’s hard to fight a war when you’re the only one who can see your enemy. Vasya has always been able to see the Russian household spirits and wild guardians that few believe in .

  • Author asks readers to suspend judgment

    Aaron Pauls Contributing writer Television today is more riddled with crime dramas than a proverbial Sonny Corleone. The easy formula, simplicity of writing a script, built in drama, and moral validation the audience feels when a killer is caught makes .


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