Thursday, August 27, 2015



Lifestyle - Books

  • Books | September 14, 2014

    ‘Wilder Rose’ has plenty of ‘zippiness’

    For die hard “The Little House on the Prairie” fans, Susan Wittig Albert has given us some great insight into the largely untapped information from correspondence between Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. Using these letters, Rose’s unpublished diaries, and adding

  • Books | September 14, 2014

    ‘Tearling’ a good start to new series

    First-time author Erika Johansen tells a fantastic tale, and one that is part of multi-book effort. The story has elements of a medieval society, but it is set three centuries into the future after a worldwide disaster. The protagonist, 19-year-old Kelsea Raleigh, was raised in

  • Books | September 07, 2014

    ‘Quiet Streets of Winslow’ offers thought-provoking drama

    Two brothers, Travis and Damien Aspenall, up early before school, walk their dog through the washed out arroyos behind their small, stucco house in central Arizona. The dog leads them to the body of a dead woman. Travis thinks she looks familiar; her cowboy boots

  • Books | September 07, 2014

    Fall children’s books full of festive illustrations, stories and pumpkins

    Jennifer.adams.librarian1

    The new school year always brings with it a barrage of children’s book publications. It’s a wonderful time to fill shelves and backpacks with brand new books. Here are a few seasonal picture books that arrived just in time for falling leaves, pumpkin

  • Books | September 07, 2014

    Dalai Lama speaks on spiritual insight

    If you are worried about the state of the world today, you are not alone. If you feel sad or perhaps even fed-up with all of the wars, kidnappings and slaughterings of children and adults, you might turn to the Dalai Lama to help ease

  • Books | September 07, 2014

    ‘Warburg’ fueled by WWII aftermath

    The first week of June 1944 was pivotal for multiple reasons in Western Europe. D-Day, of course, came June 6, and it’s a date every American should remember and honor for its triumph and its sacrifices. That week held another important occasion: the Allied liberation of

  • Books | August 31, 2014

    ‘Plots Against the President’ shows there’s no pleasing everyone

    This fascinating book on the rise of Franklin Delano Roosevelt during his 1932 campaign and his first months in office in 1933 offers a fascinating look at some largely unknown aspects of this revered but controversial President. Author SallyDenton covers some familiar ground, such as the rapidly

  • Books | August 31, 2014

    ‘Smith Blue’ offers deep, complex poetry about natural world

    Camille T. Dungy is a poet known for her attention to the complex relationship humanity has with the natural world. Her writing is both personal and political and she an outspoken advocate for African American nature poets. In a past interview for the Oakland Tribune,

  • Books | August 31, 2014

    Library features plenty of options for looking at World War I

    Pecoraro

    One hundred years ago on July 28, 1914, the Great War, the War to End All Wars, started in Europe. By the time of the armistice, signed on Nov. 11, 1918, the conflict was worldwide, and over 9 million soldiers, sailors, and Marines had been killed. This is the war

  • Books | August 31, 2014

    Parks paints tragic picture of local history

    “The Darkest Period” tells the tragic story of the 27 years of the Kanza Indians’ life on the reservation along the Neosho River as perhaps nobody else could. Author Ronald Parks’ years as administrator of the Kaw Mission State Historic Site in Council Grove gave him


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