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  • Books | November 30, 2014

    ‘Cat Tales’ essential for KSU fanatics

    Here’s a fine collection of work for K-State sports fans: Mark Janssen’s writing on the Wildcats over the past four decades. For most longtime readers of The Mercury, the stories will sound familiar: They’re largely drawn from Janssen’s 28 years as sports

  • Books | November 23, 2014

    Supernatural tales, a dog’s point of view highlight adult fiction picks

    Marcia.allen1

    The fall book season always provides a nice helping of new fiction surprises.  This year’s list of standouts includes many offerings by bestselling favorites, but it also includes some unusual stories from authors who may not be familiar.  I invite you to

  • Books | November 23, 2014

    ‘Six Feet’ a great debut for young author

    It’s hard to believe that “Six Feet Over It” is Jennifer Longo’s debut novel. Her stylistic assuredness and authoritative voice usually belong to more experienced writers, and it will be well worth readers’ time to watch her career as it progresses. Longo’s

  • Books | November 23, 2014

    ‘Sleep in Peace’ thrives on WWII history

    “Sleep in Peace Tonight” is a novel about a period in American history almost lost —at least to the general public — to what came after it: America’s involvement in World War II.  The story begins in January 1941 — almost a year before the Japanese

  • Books | November 16, 2014

    Local author writes personal account of son’s suicide

    This first book by a gifted local author is the searing account of her journey to understand her son’s death by suicide. This is both intensely personal and also immensely profound and full of wisdom and potential for helping others. Beth St. Amand has

  • Books | November 16, 2014

    Ready for fun? Celebrate ‘Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week’

    Laura Ransom

    “Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week” is an annual event that promotes reading to all Kansas children from birth through age five. Parents, librarians, and caregivers are encouraged to read the chosen book during the week of Nov. 16-22. I am especially excited about this year’

  • Books | November 16, 2014

    ‘Hostess’ answers all the party questions

    Family, friends and co-workers who love to cook and socialize could be entertaining company during the holidays. Whether it’s a party of two, eight, 15 or 30, they can acquire some sensible guidelines and etiquette from Susan Spungen’s “What’s a Hostess to Do?: 313 Ideas

  • Books | November 16, 2014

    New Grisham novel tackles coal industry

    As in his novel “Runaway Jury,” in which John Grisham exposed the deceit of the tobacco industry, Grisham’s “Gray Mountain”  portrays the Appalachian coal industry as a moneymaking machine that is destroying the pristine beauty of the mountains while neglecting the miners and

  • Local |Business |Books | November 16, 2014

    Book inspires program for future entrepreneurs

    “Who Owns the Ice House?” That’s not a question one hears every day. This unusual question is the name of a book that has helped inspire the creation of an entrepreneurship program being utilized in Kansas and beyond. Jim Correll is facilitator of the

  • Books | November 09, 2014

    Gates expands PBS ancestry show with new book

    “Finding Your Roots” is the companion volume to the PBS series of the same name hosted by author Henry Louis Gates Jr. It contains stories of Gates and his staff searching for the roots of some (more-or-less) famous people, as well as giving lots of


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