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  • W.E. Self seeks to expose Junction City’s past

    Why did the community powers in Junction City destroy a flourishing economic and social area by leveling the 200 block of East 9th Street in 1974? William E. Self examines the history as well as the social and economic natures of that .

  • WWII novel seamlessly blends history, fiction

    Col. Noel Macrae is a British diplomat who’s been transferred from Vienna to Berlin in 1938. This is before Hitler annexed Austria but well after observers who weren’t wearing blinders could see that the Fuhrer was determined to take .

  • A family history starts in Africa

    This impressive epic first novel by Ghanaian-American author Yaa Gyasi depicts the lives of descendants of two half-sisters in mid-18th century Gold Coast (later Ghana) over the next 300 years. Although the two women, Effia and Esi, never meet and .

  • Friendship between man, robot central to Install’s novel

    Deborah Install’s title, “A Robot in the Garden,” may mislead readers into thinking this clever little English comedy is science fiction. True, lots of androids inhabit the story, but they are simply side dressing for a highly entertaining buddy .

  • A mystery series for your summer reading list Rhonna.hargett

    Several years ago, I randomly picked up “The Cold Dish,” by Craig Johnson, and I was never able to look back. Ever since, I’ve waited anxiously for each installment in this brilliant mystery series. Johnson weaves the tales of .

  • Books detail how ISIS grabbed foothold in Iraq, Syria

    Together, two important books published the past year provide a window into the ISIS crisis now infesting Iraq and Syria. Emma Sky’s “The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq” and Joby Warrick’s “Black Flags: The Rise .

  • ‘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 .

  • ‘The Defense:’ A top-notch summer suspense title Marcia.allen1

    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 .

  • 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 .

  • 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’.

  • 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 .

  • 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 .


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