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  • Books | April 04, 2015

    ‘Murder on the Ile Sordou’ tracks eclectic cast of visitors

    The island of Sordou is an imaginary place in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Marseilles. But the fact that the island isn’t real doesn’t detract from this enjoyable murder mystery. Judge Antonio Verlaque and his girlfriend, law professor Marine Bonnet, are

  • Books | April 04, 2015

    Funny tale told through recommendation letters

    This highly original novel is a hilarious story conveyed entirely through letters of recommendation written by one man, Jason (“Jay”) Fitger, a professor of creative writing and literature at the fictitious Payne University. Fitger is a middle-aged, rather cynical professor in a department and university

  • Books | April 04, 2015

    Spring (cleaning) is in the air: The library can help


    I’ll admit it. I may not be the most ... tidy ... person in the world. While I strive to keep my home clean and in good repair, sometimes I feel like my belongings have a secret plot to take over my living space. Books, shoes,

  • Books | April 04, 2015

    ‘Once a Hussar’ recalls fighting in North Africa, prisoner camp

    Like the best-seller, “Unbroken,” about aspiring Olympic athlete, Louis Zampirini’s imprisonment by the Japanese in the Philippines, “Once a Hussar,” is another soldier’s account of his World War II experiences. Unlike Zampirini, Ellis was a British artilleryman who tells of the desert battles

  • Books | April 01, 2015

    Awful ‘Get Hard’ is not even weird funny


    Moviegoers need to know that the new film “Get Hard” was directed by Etan Cohen, not by Ethan Coen, who helped his brother Joel give us “Fargo,” “O, Brother Where Art Thou,” “The Big Lebowski,” and the re-make of “True Grit,” among other successes. If

  • Books | March 29, 2015

    Ishiguro’s ‘The Buried Giant’ a fable for our times


    I just finished reading Kazuo Ishiguro’s new novel, “The Buried Giant,” and I was stunned by the superb quality of the writing, and the subtle levels of meaning within the story. I am sure I will return to this book again and again, because

  • Books | March 28, 2015

    ‘Love and Sacrifice’ follows Kansas Army officer, his family

    What was the life of an Army officer and his family like, and how did it change during the period from World War I through World War II? Dennis Whitehead’s “Love and Sacrifice” tells us about the experiences of the Reed family, who were

  • Books | March 28, 2015

    ‘Train to Warsaw’ packed with history, emotion

    “The Train to Warsaw” is a short novel packed with history and emotion. Its chief characters are Jascha and Lilka Krazniewski, who are in their early 60s when we meet them in the 1980s. About half of the story takes place then; the rest unfolds

  • Books | March 28, 2015

    ‘Reader’ features collection of magazine editor Richard Peabody’s stories, poems


    We may not be able to think of much that suggests that our nation’s capital city has an artistic culture. For years, though, its literary scene has been represented by a bulky, attractive, and irregular magazine of short fiction and poetry. The name of

  • Local |Fort Riley |Books | March 26, 2015

    Author chronicles Big Red 1 on D-Day

    ABILENE — John McManus said one piece of the 1st Infantry Division’s well-documented history is sometimes overlooked. “Army historians who interviewed survivors in the weeks and months after the Normandy invasion prepared about 372 pages of historical material on the 29th Infantry Division, which is the

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