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  • Supernatural tales, a dog’s point of view highlight adult fiction picks Marcia.allen1

    The fall book season always provides a nice helping of new fiction surprises.  This year’s list of standouts includes many offerings by bestselling favorites, but it also includes some unusual stories from authors who may not be familiar.&.

  • ‘Six Feet’ a great debut for young author

    It’s hard to believe that “Six Feet Over It” is Jennifer Longo’s debut novel. Her stylistic assuredness and authoritative voice usually belong to more experienced writers, and it will be well worth readers’ time to watch her career .

  • ‘Sleep in Peace’ thrives on WWII history

    “Sleep in Peace Tonight” is a novel about a period in American history almost lost —at least to the general public — to what came after it: America’s involvement in World War II.  The story begins in January 1941 — almost .

  • Local author writes personal account of son’s suicide

    This first book by a gifted local author is the searing account of her journey to understand her son’s death by suicide. This is both intensely personal and also immensely profound and full of wisdom and potential for helping .

  • Ready for fun? Celebrate ‘Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week’ Laura Ransom

    “Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week” is an annual event that promotes reading to all Kansas children from birth through age five. Parents, librarians, and caregivers are encouraged to read the chosen book during the week of Nov. 16-22. I am .

  • ‘Hostess’ answers all the party questions

    Family, friends and co-workers who love to cook and socialize could be entertaining company during the holidays. Whether it’s a party of two, eight, 15 or 30, they can acquire some sensible guidelines and etiquette from Susan Spungen’s “What’s .

  • New Grisham novel tackles coal industry

    As in his novel “Runaway Jury,” in which John Grisham exposed the deceit of the tobacco industry, Grisham’s “Gray Mountain”  portrays the Appalachian coal industry as a moneymaking machine that is destroying the pristine beauty of the mountains .

  • Book inspires program for future entrepreneurs

    “Who Owns the Ice House?” That’s not a question one hears every day. This unusual question is the name of a book that has helped inspire the creation of an entrepreneurship program being utilized in Kansas and beyond. Jim .

  • Gates expands PBS ancestry show with new book

    “Finding Your Roots” is the companion volume to the PBS series of the same name hosted by author Henry Louis Gates Jr. It contains stories of Gates and his staff searching for the roots of some (more-or-less) famous people, as .

  • Hope, mystery surround rare buffalo calf

    In August, a white buffalo calf was born at Armstrong Creek Bison, northeastern Wisconsin, and Native American peoples across the nation celebrated this portent of great blessings. According to Lakota Sioux legend, the white buffalo calf is a sacred omen .

  • What’s the big deal about the Big Read? Librarian.danielle.schapaugh.phatch

    In Manhattan, we are honoring veterans with this year’s Big Read program by choosing a Pulitzer Prize-winning book of short stories about the war in Vietnam, “The Things They Carried.” Though the days of the Vietnam War are long .

  • Story of the ‘Evil’ side of Rome

    Michele Balistreri’s Rome is not the Rome tourists see. The Trevi Fountain, the Forum and the Spanish Steps get a few mentions, as do the Borghese Garden. Balistreri even pays several visits to the Vatican. But his Rome is .


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