Friday, July 29, 2016

Lifestyle - Books

  • Books | July 10, 2016

    ‘Hero of France’ a snapshot of WWII resistance

    France had countless heroes during the Nazi occupation during World War II. There were, of course, collaborators as well as Nazi occupiers, and they’re part of this story. But mostly this is a glimpse of a network of quiet heroes under the direction of

  • Books | July 10, 2016

    ‘The Defense:’ A top-notch summer suspense title


    Ready for a suspense title that will keep you reading its 300 pages at lightning speed? If so, Steve Cavanagh’s “The Defense” might be your favorite thriller this summer.  This book, Cavanagh’s debut in this country, was nominated for the British Crime Writers’

  • Books | June 25, 2016

    Kolbert reports on effects of climate change

    Human beings, by nature, are religious. If they are not religious about religion, they are religious about something else, whether it is sports, guns, reproductive rights or global warming.  Elizabeth Kolbert, author of “The Sixth Extinction,” is a journalist and staff writer at The

  • Books | June 25, 2016

    Characters, readers travel back in history

    In 1692, Sir Isaac Newton, the preeminent scientist of his day, had a nervous breakdown. His colleagues feared he had lost his mind. He hadn’t, at least not permanently, but when he recovered, his interests had changed. As an editor’s note in “Time and

  • Books | June 25, 2016

    Books on food, travel, introspection at the library

    Memoir graphic novels form a backbone of alternative comics, from Art Spiegelman’s “Maus” and Marjane Satrapi’s “Persepolis” to Alison Bechdel’s “Fun Home” and Ellen Forney’s “Marbles.” The comic format is uniquely suited to detailing the inner thoughts of artists through the

  • Books | June 25, 2016

    Buzz words: How to grow shrinking bee populations

    Honeybee pollination is thought to contribute an estimated $15 billion to agricultural crops each year. Unfortunately, the Sierra Club is currently reporting that U.S. beekeepers suffered the loss of 44 percent of their bee colonies this past year. While science is reluctant to identify a definitive

  • Books | June 18, 2016

    ‘American exceptionalism’ and its effects

    This important and highly readable book examines how the unique history of the United States has caused us to see the world differently than residents of many other countries, and how those different perspectives impact foreign policy and international cooperation.  Most importantly, policy makers

  • Books | June 18, 2016

    YA novel gives glimpse into WWII Holland

    “Girl in the Blue Coat” is a compelling historical novel of survival, bravery and love set in Amsterdam during World War II. The story is narrated by Hanneke, a Dutch teenager who is adept at finding items through the black market and delivering them to

  • Books | June 18, 2016

    Summer book reviews from MHK library guests

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    Every summer a magical thing happens. Like the Monarch butterflies that migrate to Mexico, crowds converge in the library in June and July to craft, to play video games and to read. It’s a wonderful time of year that makes our librarian hearts expand

  • Books | June 11, 2016

    Essays explore gender, race in country music

    “Teaching jazz at a university? What is next? Teaching comic books?” This remark is attributed KSU President James McCain, a former English professor. The performance and scholarly study of jazz and, yes, of comic books (now dignified by the term “graphic novels”) are in academia;

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