• 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 .

  • ‘Dreamland’ exposes opiate industry

    Reading Sam Quinones’s “Dreamland” is akin to awakening from an oblivious, drug-induced stupor. The book is a heart wrenching and nauseating awakening to the doping of America. Quinones brilliantly describes the relentless and shameless marketing of pain medication within .

  • KSU grad publishes poignant short story collection

    Christopher Linforth’s short story collection, “When You Find Us We Will Be Gone,” is a curation of short fiction that exemplifies the aesthetics of contemporary realism. Linforth, a KSU Master’s graduate (who also holds an M.F.A. .

  • Books to help you deal with fun, stress of holidays Rhonna.hargett

    The song claims that it is the most wonderful time of the year, and in many ways it is, but we would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge that for many it is also a time of great stress. .


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