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  • ‘Christmas Cat’ offers a festive, heart-warming story about felines

    It won’t take readers long to empathize with Garrison Brown and his plight once they discover all the circumstances and details that make his holiday seem so unusual and sad in Melody Carlson’s “The Christmas Cat.” Then again, .

  • Essays help readers come to terms with aging

    Editor Kathleen “Kay” Montgomery, retired executive vice president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, a fellowship known for respecting and promoting diversity, tapped 19 mature writers to provide thought-provoking essays for her anthology, “Landscapes of Aging and Spirituality.” Montgomery and her fellow .

  • Adventurous books to escape holiday stress Danielle Schapaugh

    Because this time of year is extra stressful (plus the weather is getting bleaker and the days ever shorter), it’s the perfect time to escape into a can’t-put-it-down fantastic story. The books below will whisk you away to .

  • Unconventional teenage love story deals with illness, family, growing up

    Madeline Whittier has spent her entire life in a bubble — a fully sealed house with an industrial air filter and circulation system designed so absolutely nothing gets in. Extremely sickly during her first few months of life, she was soon .

  • After slow start, ‘Watchmaker’ tells delightful story

    Thaniel Steepleton, a decent sort, leads a boring life in 1880s London. He works six days a week as a telegrapher at the Home Office, lives in a drab flat, has few friends outside of work and shares his modest .

  • Automobile pollution a top concern in Oge’s book

    This book explains the environmental consequences of climate change caused by exhaust from both gasoline and diesel engines and discusses how to reduce or eliminate those effects in the future. From time to time, Oge also mentions health issues. “Driving” .

  • Former MHS teacher writes on addiction, recovery

    Dana Bowman has taken two serious subjects — alcoholism and parenting — and created something funny. In her new memoir, “Bottled: A Mom’s Guide to Early Recovery,” Bowman presents her struggle to come to terms with her recovery in a way .

  • Graphic novels present compelling characters

    Ever since I discovered Renee Telgemeier’s graphic novel “Smile” and Hope Larson’s “Chiggers,” I’ve been scanning our new graphic novels for more great stories of girls growing up. This year brought some wonderful surprises. Picture book author .

  • New book adds to mystery series

    This book is the 19th and latest installment in Margaret Coel’s “Wind River Mystery” series set in the multicultural (white and Native American) world of central Wyoming. As well as writing gripping mysteries, Margaret Coel is a historian and .

  • Zoologist presents reptiles in new, favorable light

    Alligators and crocodiles often receive a bad rap. To some, they are notorious killers, not friendly and not so pretty, either. It’s easy to see why people detest these monstrous creatures and prefer adorable puppies and kittens. In addition, .

  • ‘The Swede’ poses questions of identity, crime

    A lot goes on in “The Swede.” Among its salient events are the catastrophic Indian Ocean tsunami that took place the day after Christmas 2004, a bank robbery in Topeka in which innocent people are killed and an interrogation of one .

  • Books on time travel to spark your imagination Pecoraro

    People talk about having time, making time and wasting time. We’re anxious about time all the time. It’s no surprise that we’re fascinated by the idea of time travel. After all, who hasn’t dreamed about going .


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