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  • Books | May 25, 2014

    Grill season is here… and so are some handy cook books

    Pecoraro

    Summertime is almost here. It’s the time of year when our thoughts turn to the smell of the open fire, the sizzling of grilled meat, and the joys of outdoor cooking. The word barbecue derives from “barabicu,” a word from the Taino people of

  • Books | May 25, 2014

    ‘The Giver’ finale intrigues

    In 1993, Lois Lowry wrote “The Giver,” which won a Newberry Medal. Since then, she has written three other books in the series. In 2012, Lowry wrote the last installment, “The Son,” which overlaps the time period in which Jonas, the protagonist of “The Giver,” lived. In “

  • Books | May 18, 2014

    Author argues Carthage was Civil War firestarter

    When did the fighting of the Civil War really start? The Kansas border wars in the latter 1850s? John Brown’s raid at Harper’s Ferry, Va., on Oct. 21, 1859? The attack on Fort Sumter, S.C., on April 12, 1861? The First Battle of Bull Run (also

  • Books | May 18, 2014

    Annual book fair showcased top picks for adult readers

    Marcia.allen1

    On May 8, area librarians took part in the North Central Kansas Libraries Systems Annual Book Fair. This was a grand opportunity for public librarians throughout the system to learn about and purchase some of the better books published during the last few months. While a

  • Books | May 18, 2014

    ‘Shadows’ hides from simplicity

    This book is the latest offering by the mother-son writing team of Charles and Caroline Todd (writing as “Charles Todd”).  Their 22 previous books are mostly murder mysteries set in Britain in the post-WWI period.  A majority of them, including the present one, are

  • Books | May 18, 2014

    ‘Exiles’ champions its setting

    “The Exiles Return” is a story about Austria, more specifically, Vienna, that begins in the spring of 1954 and ends in the spring of 1955. As its title suggests, it’s a story of individuals who fled Austria before or during World War II and, for a

  • Books | May 11, 2014

    ‘Forever Girl’ slowed by overthinking protagonist

    This is a new book by the prolific and wildly popular author of the “Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency” series set in Botswana, the “Isabel Dalhousie” and “44 Scotland Street” series set in Scotland, and the “Portuguese Irregular Verbs” series set in Europe.  This new book,

  • Books | May 11, 2014

    Back to reality: Books that tackle serious teen issues

    Keri.mills

    Many of you probably think that all Young Adult literature is fluff, with love triangles, mean girls, vampires, and overwrought drama. While there is plenty of fluff to go around, there are a number of books dealing with serious issues that many teens face today,

  • Books | May 11, 2014

    State history, day by day

    With his third episode of the “On This Day” series of daily devotionals, Paul Barkey has once again produced a truly fine and wonderfully readable blend of Scriptural meditations, historical people, events and episodes with his own thought-provoking commentary and observations. The book covers locations

  • Books | May 11, 2014

    ‘Stella’ a story of contrast

    Anita Shreve writes a novel, “Stella Baine,” that is part mystery and part romance, but is entirely entertaining. In 1916, a 40-year-old woman awakens in a hospital in northern France. She can’t remember her name or how she got there. She is wearing the uniform


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