Books

  • Funny tale told through recommendation letters

    This highly original novel is a hilarious story conveyed entirely through letters of recommendation written by one man, Jason (“Jay”) Fitger, a professor of creative writing and literature at the fictitious Payne University. Fitger is a middle-aged, rather cynical professor .

  • Spring (cleaning) is in the air: The library can help Alphild.dick

    I’ll admit it. I may not be the most ... tidy ... person in the world. While I strive to keep my home clean and in good repair, sometimes I feel like my belongings have a secret plot to take over .

  • ‘Once a Hussar’ recalls fighting in North Africa, prisoner camp

    Like the best-seller, “Unbroken,” about aspiring Olympic athlete, Louis Zampirini’s imprisonment by the Japanese in the Philippines, “Once a Hussar,” is another soldier’s account of his World War II experiences. Unlike Zampirini, Ellis was a British artilleryman who .

  • Awful ‘Get Hard’ is not even weird funny G.w.clift1

    Moviegoers need to know that the new film “Get Hard” was directed by Etan Cohen, not by Ethan Coen, who helped his brother Joel give us “Fargo,” “O, Brother Where Art Thou,” “The Big Lebowski,” and the re-make of “True .

  • Ishiguro’s ‘The Buried Giant’ a fable for our times Marcia.allen1

    I just finished reading Kazuo Ishiguro’s new novel, “The Buried Giant,” and I was stunned by the superb quality of the writing, and the subtle levels of meaning within the story. I am sure I will return to this .

  • ‘Love and Sacrifice’ follows Kansas Army officer, his family

    What was the life of an Army officer and his family like, and how did it change during the period from World War I through World War II? Dennis Whitehead’s “Love and Sacrifice” tells us about the experiences of .

  • ‘Train to Warsaw’ packed with history, emotion

    “The Train to Warsaw” is a short novel packed with history and emotion. Its chief characters are Jascha and Lilka Krazniewski, who are in their early 60s when we meet them in the 1980s. About half of the story takes .

  • ‘Reader’ features collection of magazine editor Richard Peabody’s stories, poems G.w.clift1

    We may not be able to think of much that suggests that our nation’s capital city has an artistic culture. For years, though, its literary scene has been represented by a bulky, attractive, and irregular magazine of short fiction .

  • Author chronicles Big Red 1 on D-Day

    ABILENE — John McManus said one piece of the 1st Infantry Division’s well-documented history is sometimes overlooked. “Army historians who interviewed survivors in the weeks and months after the Normandy invasion prepared about 372 pages of historical material on the 29th .

  • ‘Elephant Company’ follows man through World War II jungles

    The New York Times named Croke’s account of J.H. Williams, or “Elephant Bill” as he came to be known, one of its 100 Notable Books for 2014. It is extremely well researched and includes interviews with his surviving family members, .

  • Three ‘China Dolls’ in 1930s San Francisco

    “China Dolls” is the story of three young women whose backgrounds are about as different as they could be. They become friends, rivals, enemies and friends again over a decade that begins in 1938 in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Grace Lee, 17 .

  • Abundant nonfiction options for young book readers

    When you think about your reading life as a child, do you remember going through phases? Maybe you couldn’t get enough of the Berenstain Bears as a preschooler? Maybe there was a time when Nancy Drew was the only .





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