“Undermajordomo Minor” is a hoot. It’s the mostly whimsical story — almost a folk tale — of Lucian Minor, a young man who’s not particularly good at anything. Set about 100 years ago, perhaps in Northern Europe, the story begins when Lucian leaves his hometown of
In 1855, the Hartford, the first little steamboat built specially to travel the Kansas River, beached on a sandbar near the mouth of the Little Blue River. Little could these new visitors to Kansas imagine their legacy: a rich history of people and unique accomplishments! First
Vivid and engaging science fantasy writing depends upon world-building that is complete, complex and unobtrusive. Successful short story writer Fran Wilde, in her first novel-length publication, “Updraft,” easily meets those expectations. High above toxic clouds that smother the living planet trashed and abandoned below, spires
Overly critical English professors and some book reviewers didn’t really consider Jackie Collins a serious, literary writer. But Collins didn’t take the harsh comments too seriously. Instead, she sported great confidence and a terrific sense of humor. Collins, who died of breast cancer
Paris in the last decade of the 18th century was no place for a boy to grow up. Yet Charles was 10 years old living in Paris on Aug. 10, 1792, when the masses stormed the Tuileries Palace and blood ran in the streets in one of the
Every Jan. 1, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions, and every Jan. 2 or 3, millions of people forget about them. According to Statisticbrain.com, 45 percent of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions, but a mere 8 percent of them actually manage to achieve their goals.
Larry Haverfield stood up for the underdog. In his new children’s book, “Larry Saves the Prairie,” author and elementary school teacher Matt Bergles tells the story of Haverfield’s efforts to save one of the Kansas prairie’s most important residents: the black-tailed
“A Master Plan for Rescue” is a powerful tale of two individuals, Jack and Jakob, who have both suffered the loss of loved ones. They come together to collaborate for an amazing accomplishment. In New York City in 1942, 12-year-old Jack Quinlan is an only child.
Manhattan Public Library’s monthly book discussion group, the Good Books Club, will again host a winter-spring series of programs from the Kansas Humanities Council’s Talk About Literature in Kansas program. Our theme for this series will be Native American Mysteries. The series will
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, Carlson’s novel is not