Thursday, May 26, 2016



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  • Books | April 16, 2016

    ‘Weirdo fiction’: meaning, humor, complexity

    Danielle Schapaugh

    Not often will you find a witty, southern gothic, heartfelt, fiercely loving, mystery story featuring Hindu mythology, but that’s just what Joshilyn Jackson’s latest novel “The Opposite of Everyone” has to offer. Jackson is one of my favorite writers, always surprising readers with

  • Books | April 10, 2016

    Klassen examines hippie culture, legacy

    This fascinating book is both a history of the San Francisco hippie movement of 1965 to ‘67 and, more importantly, an argument that this movement was the genesis of several multimillion-dollar industries as well as fashion and lifestyle trends.  The author has spent years interviewing surviving

  • Books | April 10, 2016

    Espionage, travel writing collide in ‘The Travelers’

    As its title suggests, “The Travelers” is a novel about travel and travel writers. It’s also a novel of espionage. Will Rhodes writes for Travelers magazine in what many scribes would consider a perfect job. He’s paid to spend a few days in

  • Books | April 09, 2016

    Books to read with your children this spring

    Jennifer.adams.librarian1

    Spring weather has blown into Manhattan. It’s a time to appreciate Earth’s beauty, head out on the nature trail or spend an evening at the ball diamond. Here are some children’s books that pair nicely with the season. Greensburg, Kansas is celebrated

  • Books | April 09, 2016

    Fox’s Bill O’Reilly presents legends, lies of old west

    Was there an infamous outlaw of the old west who was too scared to use a horse? Was the original “Lone Ranger” an African-American? Was Daniel Boone a traitor to his country? These startling contentions are examined in “Bill O’Reilly’s Legends and Lies:

  • Books | April 03, 2016

    Author traces genius through time, place

    What constitutes a genius? The word is widely used in many different ways. Where do we find such exalted beings? Some say that they are created genetically; others say nurture and education; still others say, in the manner of the Gold Rush ‘49ers, “Genius is

  • Books | April 03, 2016

    Multiple subplots make for busy murder mystery

    “The Absolution” is a busy, convoluted murder mystery. It’s a tale of intrigue involving legitimate and unsanctioned Freemason groups, Italy’s left-wing Red Brigade terrorists of the 1970s and ‘80s, right-wing extremists, NATO, the CIA, radical Islamic terrorists, a group that wants Venice to

  • Books | April 03, 2016

    Combining fact, fiction in biographical novels

    Marcia.allen1

    I’ve always been fond of fictional books like Nancy Horan’s “Loving Frank,” the story of Mamah Borthwick Cheney’s affair with and influence on Frank Lloyd Wright.  Equally appealing to me was Paula McLain’s “The Paris Wife,” which vividly conveyed the

  • Books | April 03, 2016

    Author uses psychology to shed light on rock-‘n’-roll musicians

    Please bear with me, all you aging rock and rollers. Maybe I was thinking along the same lines when I glanced at the front cover of the paperback, “It’s Not Only Rock ‘n’ Roll: Iconic Musicians Reveal the Source of Their Creativity.” I stood

  • Books | March 26, 2016

    Biography explores Washington’s character

    “He lived in a patriarchal society, as one of the patriarchs,” but George Washington believed in the rights of American colonists, as British citizens, to govern and tax themselves. And it was only when he understood that both King George and Parliament had a totally


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