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Lifestyle - Books

  • Books | December 14, 2014

    Icons in the world of music: The latest in unforgettable biographies

    Marcia.allen1

    Hard times were a daily reality for Elmo and Mamie Lewis in the state of Louisiana during the 1930s.  Elmo made a living sharecropping and sometimes cooking whiskey, until he was caught and sentenced to five years in prison.  Son Elmo, Jr., who

  • Books | December 07, 2014

    ‘Out To Lunch’ features romance based on companionship

    When holidays become overly hectic and pressured, I retreat to the pages of light fiction—happy ending assured. Stacey Ballis’ “Out to Lunch” brings gentle laughter and possibly a few tears as main character Jenna Stewart deals with an odd inheritance incurred through the death

  • Books | December 07, 2014

    Preheat the oven and grab the rolling pin: it’s holiday cookie season

    Keri.mills

    It’s already time to get started on your holiday baking if you haven’t already. Many of us have favorite, traditional family cookie recipes, but if you are looking to switch things up a little bit, the library has plenty of cookie cookbooks to

  • Books | December 07, 2014

    ‘Atlantia’ a world of underwater mystery

    This is a young adult novel about two sisters, twins Rio and Bay, who live in the underwater city of Atlantia. This story is about the sisters’ love for each other, but it also a good mystery. In an annual ceremony, Atlantia adolescents choose between

  • Books | November 30, 2014

    There’s more to food writing than just cookbooks and recipes

    Rhonna.hargett

    ‘Tis the season for merry-making, generosity, sentimentality, and most importantly, gathering together to eat. The food we eat is an important part of our stories and our cultural identity. It is a vital way through which we build community, bond as families, and demonstrate love.

  • Books | November 30, 2014

    ‘American Mission’ a story about Africa

    “The American Mission” is a story about Africa. More specifically, given Africa’s vastness in surface and cultures, it’s a story about the Democratic Republic of the Congo, once known as Zaire. It borders Congo, an entirely separate country, and although it’s not

  • 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


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