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  • Books | April 13, 2014

    ‘Identical’ freshens up the murder-mystery genre

    Lawyer and best-selling author Scott Turow has done it again. His latest mystery-thriller has some of the most unexpected and surprising, yet still believable, plot twists I have ever encountered in the hundreds of murder mysteries I have read. In this book Turow explores the

  • Books | April 13, 2014

    ‘The Girl You Left Behind’ tells time-spanning love story

    “The Girl You Left Behind” is a love story that spans the decades from World War I to present day. Sophie and Edouard Lefevre live in a small town in France. Edouard, an artist by trade, is drafted into the French army. Sophie, her sister

  • Books | April 06, 2014

    K-State grad draws from theater memories in grueling tale

    It turned out to be the tour from hell. Ann Gulbrith had acted for three summers in civic theater productions in her home town, Kalamazoo, Michigan, and one summer in the Seaplace Barn Theater on Long Island, when her friends, Silvia And Josh Wilson obtained

  • Books | April 06, 2014

    ‘Cathedral of the Wild’ brings optimism about the world


    What seems to be a simple memoir of a youth spent in Africa is so much more. Boyd Varty’s “Cathedral of the Wild” recounts some incredible tales of encounters with wild animals and a sometimes harsh environment, but that’s just the beginning of

  • Books | April 06, 2014

    ‘Whistling’ talks music, race

    “Whistling Past the Graveyard” is powerful novel reminiscent of “To Kill a Mockingbird” or “Huck Finn.”  In 1963, the protagonist and storyteller, 9-year-old Starla Claudelle, lives with her grandmother, Mamie, in Cayuga Springs, Miss. Starla hasn’t seen her momma since she was 3 because her

  • Books | April 06, 2014

    ‘Windfall’ cuts through the business of climate change

    Did you know that because arctic ice is melting, five countries will control a fourth of the world’s petroleum reserves? That U.S. submarines already use the Northwest Passage to travel between the Atlantic and the Pacific? That as the Greenland icecap melts, the

  • Books | March 30, 2014

    K-Stater chronicles women caught in civil war

    In 1995 Jocelyn Viterna (as an undergraduate at Kansas State University) made her first trip to El Salvador as part of a delegation from the Manhattan Alliance for Peace & Justice and its sister-city relationship with El Papaturro. That experience led to Viterna’s future research

  • Books | March 30, 2014

    ‘The Ascendant’ thrills with cyber conflict, adventure

    Garrett Reilly is a bright twentysomething who works in one of the financial firms on Wall Street. He’s arrogant, obnoxious, reserved, loves making money, drinking alcohol, smoking pot and chasing skirts, and hates the military. The latter is because his older brother, whom he

  • Books | March 30, 2014

    Celebrate 50th year of ‘Dr. Who’ with other time-travel tales


    Doctor Who just celebrated its 50th anniversary last year and is still going strong. If you or your teens are Dr. Who fans, here are some ‘young adult’ books you might enjoy: “TimeRiders” by Alex Scarrow   Liam, Madeline, and Saleena were each saved from

  • Books | March 30, 2014

    ‘Burn’ shows complexity

    Julianna Baggott’s “Burn” — final book in her best-selling Pure trilogy — is not the kind of book you can’t put down. It’s the kind of book you must put down, but only because you need to process the complexity of the world and

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