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  • 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


    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

  • Books | August 31, 2014

    ‘One Plus One’ equals a fun read

    “One Plus One” is a delightful story about the Thomas family, hard workers who just need something good to happen in them. Anyone who roots for the underdog will be cheering this British family on. Jess Thomas, whose husband, Marty, has abandoned the family, is

  • Books | August 24, 2014

    ‘Wedding Bees’ delivers on science info and a story with buzz

    Honey bees are a recurring motif in popular literature nowadays, perhaps reflecting how entomologists, agronomists, and biologists across the nation are concerned with the inexplicable collapse of high numbers of bee colonies. With greatly reduced numbers of pollinators come equal production losses to farm crops,

  • Books | August 24, 2014

    Former Royals catcher breaks down diamond in ‘Throwback’

    Jason Kendall is one of those guys you probably love if he played for your team. If he played for your opponent, you undoubtedly hated him. In this entertaining and fascinating nitty-gritty examination of modern-day baseball, Kendall, for instance: • Extols the virtue of fighting and

  • Books | August 24, 2014

    K-State Common Book ‘Ghost Map’ takes on 1854 cholera outbreak


    Each academic year, the K-State Book Network (KSBN) selects an exceptional book for a common reading experience. In conjunction with that all-university read, campus activities, classroom experiences, and community programs are offered share additional insights into the reading. In past years, enthusiastic participants have been

  • Books | August 24, 2014

    ‘The Orenda’ captures a different era

    “The Orenda” is a story about Huron Indians — the Wendat — in the first half of the 17th century. It’s told through the eyes of three individuals: Bird, a great “war-bearer” of the Bear Clain who rises to the role of chieftain; Snow Falls, a

  • Books | August 24, 2014

    Beaton’s ‘Hamish’ a likable lead

    This is the latest in a long series of murder mysteries written by prolific British writer M. C. Beaton over the last 20 years or so and features the Highland Scottish police constable Hamish Macbeth.  In spite of an amazing ability to solve mysteries and

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