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  • 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

  • Books | November 09, 2014

    Hope, mystery surround rare buffalo calf

    In August, a white buffalo calf was born at Armstrong Creek Bison, northeastern Wisconsin, and Native American peoples across the nation celebrated this portent of great blessings. According to Lakota Sioux legend, the white buffalo calf is a sacred omen representing the care and protection

  • Books | November 09, 2014

    What’s the big deal about the Big Read?

    Librarian.danielle.schapaugh.phatch

    In Manhattan, we are honoring veterans with this year’s Big Read program by choosing a Pulitzer Prize-winning book of short stories about the war in Vietnam, “The Things They Carried.” Though the days of the Vietnam War are long gone, that conflict remains a

  • Books | November 09, 2014

    Story of the ‘Evil’ side of Rome

    Michele Balistreri’s Rome is not the Rome tourists see. The Trevi Fountain, the Forum and the Spanish Steps get a few mentions, as do the Borghese Garden. Balistreri even pays several visits to the Vatican. But his Rome is much grittier, and includes not

  • Books | November 02, 2014

    Past and present, beauty and deterioration blur in ‘Unravished’

    A recurring theme within Hester Kaplan’s 2014 short-story collection, “Unravished,” is the disillusionment between an individual within a larger community and that which was once beautiful. In “Unravished,” the book’s title story, for instance, Alice, the protagonist, struggles between wanting and refusing the housing


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