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  • ‘Still Life’ hits heart like a tornado

    Hannah Ens Contributing writer Sarah can’t draw anymore. She can’t pin down a single cause; all she knows is that she arrives in class one day and can’t bring herself to create anything. Is it something the .

  • ‘Been There’ a candid take on family life

    It always seems a tumultuous time when raising children and dealing with family life, but somehow we do muddle through. In “Been There, Done That: Family Wisdom for Modern Times,” one power couple share their thoughts and experience on the .

  • ‘Rising Man’ a familiar but engaging mystery

    After a lifetime of extensive reading I am always quite pleased to find a new, promising mystery series — as seen in “A Rising Man,” by Abir Mukherjee. Born in London, Mukherjee was raised in western Scotland, returned to work in .

  • Self-help books to improve yourself without getting bored

    I am an unabashed fan of self-help books. What better way to spend your time than by improving yourself and your life? Here are a few of my favorite self-help books that are guaranteed not to bore you with platitudes. .

  • Poet tries to make sense of past

    When I picked up a copy of “Memories” by Lang Leav, I had no idea how I would react to her poetry and prose. Once I started reading her collection, I noticed how many of her words hurt. Her sorrow .

  • Faculty members join forces in library program

    Four members of the Kansas State University music faculty joined forces Friday evening, January 27, to offer a nearly full-house library Hemisphere Room audience a varied sampling of the chamber works of the American composer Amy Marcy Cheney Beach (1867-1944). Billed .

  • Characters are backbone of ‘Homegoing’

    ‘Homegoing’ is a big story told in a mere 300 pages. It’s about native people on West Africa’s Gold Coast, more specifically Ghana, that begins on the eve of the American Revolution half a world away and advances to .

  • Pine makes science accesible to everyone

    This is the story, written for the general public, about the discovery of seven major fossil finds in the history of human and hominid evolution, with particular focus on the social and historical matrix and impact of these discoveries. Author .

  • Teaching children about immigration

    This year’s three-part TALK program (Talk About Literature in Kansas) at the library will focus on books about contemporary immigration. It is a timely topic that many adults struggle to fully understand. When it comes to children, explaining what .

  • ‘Charles Dickens: An Introduction’ is informative, but title is deceiving

    “Charles Dickens” is not what I expected it to be. A title like “Charles Dickens: An Introduction” gives the impression that you are being introduced primarily to the person of Charles Dickens and that prior knowledge of said person and .

  • Wright highlights exploitation of art

    One often takes a chance on a book simply by the artwork on the cover. I was drawn to “Dancing with the Tiger,” a debut novel by Lili Wright, because of the colors and vivid imagery of tigers and masks .

  • Story documents mountain lion’s trek

    Skirting the edges of major metropolitan areas, a killer walks out of the Black Hills of South Dakota, leaving a two-year trail of DNA evidence at numerous kill sites across the northern Midwest, into Canada and, eventually, on to Connecticut. .


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