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  • Books | January 26, 2014

    Croatian man helps family understand pain of war

    Duro Kolak is Croatian, a lifelong resident of the small town of Gost. Like others in the town, Duro has seen things he can’t forget, done things he can’t undo and lost things he cannot get back. Duro is the hired man and

  • Books | January 19, 2014

    Boy travels across the country after losing his family

    Chris Banner Contributing writer “Golden Crossroads” has all of the things you expect in a Western romance — handsome men and beautiful women; good guys and bad guys, with the good guys winning in the end; Indians; violence; a wise old man; the hero suffering great

  • Books | January 19, 2014

    Race ends in different levels of fame for women

    The two Elizabeths singularly raced around the world in opposite directions to beat the eighty-day record boasted by Jules Verne’s fictional character, Phileas Fogg, in “Around the World in Eighty Days.” Elizabeth Bisland (1861-1929) was a literary critic for “The Cosmopolitan” magazine while Elizabeth

  • Books | January 19, 2014

    Remembering Winnie the Pooh for author’s birthday

    Pecoraro

    Since January 18 was A. A. Milne’s birthday, this is the perfect opportunity to enjoy Winnie the Pooh and friends. Alexander Alan Milne, creator of the loveable Pooh bear, took inspiration from his young son, Christopher Robin Milne. Christopher Robin had received a stuffed bear

  • Books | January 19, 2014

    Thriller author’s latest novel proves thought-provoking

    Do I possess such a naive innocence in thinking that Dean Koontz has all the time in the world to send me a letter, post card or even a simple sticky note? It’s always a pleasure to read his novels, novellas, critical reviews, e-Books,

  • Books | January 12, 2014

    Boy answers questions about living with autism

    When he was 13 years old, Naoki Higashida wrote a different sort of book on autism. Most books on the subject are written by neurotypical (normal) adults, typically a specialist writing in a technical idiom, or a relative or friend; each discusses it from their particular

  • Books | January 12, 2014

    Family struggles through issues to grow together

    This novel deals with a most intriguing situation that pulls in the reader from the very beginning.  Eccentric but aging business tycoon Gloria Garrison is CEO of Glory, Inc., which she had founded many years earlier and built into a highly successful beauty business.

  • Books | January 12, 2014

    TALK series offers chance to interact with readers

    Marcia.allen1

    Winter days getting to you?  If so, there’s an upcoming library tradition that can get you past the bleak cold days we’ve yet to face. Whether you’ve participated in the TALK (Talk About Literature in Kansas) series before, or you’re

  • Books | January 12, 2014

    Rowing team wins gold after surmounting obstacles

    This has to be among the best non-fiction books of the year. It weaves two stories seamlessly: the personal saga of Joe Rantz, a rower for the University of Washington; and the unlikely success of the University of Washington eight, which won gold at the 1936

  • Books | January 05, 2014

    Author examines politics of executing women in the U.S.

    At 11:31 a.m. on June 3, 1955, 31-year-old Barbara Elaine Ford Graham died a horrible, lingering, eight minute long death in San Quentin’s gas chamber for a murder she may not have committed. Behind the title, “Proof of Guilt: Barbara Graham and the Politics of Executing


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