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  • 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

  • Books | January 05, 2014

    Photog helped American Indian culture live on

    Shadow Catcher is the name Edward Curtis, given by the Native Americans whom he photographed.  The title refers to his atypical circadian rhythm when feeling driven. The Apache warrior Geronimo was quoted as saying, “We are vanishing from the earth, yet I cannot think

  • Books | January 05, 2014

    Much anticipated films based on young adult fiction

    Keri.mills

    With the popularity of the movie franchises of “Harry Potter” and “Twilight,” there has been a boom in young adult books being turned into movies. Several YA books were released as movies in 2013, with more to come in 2014. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” was one

  • Books | December 29, 2013

    Daughter continues father’s line of Navajo books

    If the name Hillerman is familiar you are probably a fan and are glad to see the saga continued.  Spider Woman’s Daughter is identified as a Leaphorn and Chee novel as these are the main characters of the series. Begun by Tony Hillerman

  • Books | December 29, 2013

    Psychoanalyst had his own childhood demons

    Albert Camus said “You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.” Talk about a paradox: Lowe’s Home Improvement is excellent in breaking down all the “how-to’s” that make any project comprehensible to many individuals. But when it comes

  • Books | December 29, 2013

    Spark of interest can start long journey into books

    Janet.ulrey.librarian

    The saying goes “One thing leads to another,” and so it is with reading: “One story leads to another.” When reading a book, I find topics that intrigue me and instill a hunger for more information. This leads me to discover other books about the

  • Books | December 29, 2013

    Agent hunts most wanted with help from adolescent

    It’s been 40 years since Frederick Forsyth wrote “The Day of the Jackal,” a classic that vaulted him to the upper ranks of espionage-suspense writers. The times and the villains have changed, but Forsyth’s talent remains, as is evident in his latest novel, “The

  • Books | December 22, 2013

    Philosopher tries to come to terms with age

    Daniel Klein knows is a student of philosophy. He has a degree in it from Harvard. Though the philosophy of Epicurus is the focus of his book, its pages are generously sprinkled with the thoughts of other philosophers, ancient and contemporary, household names (including Plato,

  • Books | December 15, 2013

    Orphans bond over similar childhood experiences

    Much has been written about the orphan train phenomenon, from first person accounts to children’s books, fact and fiction.  And since Kansas was part of this history, we even have The Orphan Train Museum located in our state.  It resides in Concordia,


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