• Icons in the world of music: The latest in unforgettable biographies Marcia.allen1

    Hard times were a daily reality for Elmo and Mamie Lewis in the state of Louisiana during the 1930s.  Elmo made a living sharecropping and sometimes cooking whiskey, until he was caught and sentenced to five years in prison.&.

  • ‘Out To Lunch’ features romance based on companionship

    When holidays become overly hectic and pressured, I retreat to the pages of light fiction—happy ending assured. Stacey Ballis’ “Out to Lunch” brings gentle laughter and possibly a few tears as main character Jenna Stewart deals with an odd .

  • Preheat the oven and grab the rolling pin: it’s holiday cookie season Keri.mills

    It’s already time to get started on your holiday baking if you haven’t already. Many of us have favorite, traditional family cookie recipes, but if you are looking to switch things up a little bit, the library has .

  • ‘Atlantia’ a world of underwater mystery

    This is a young adult novel about two sisters, twins Rio and Bay, who live in the underwater city of Atlantia. This story is about the sisters’ love for each other, but it also a good mystery. In an annual .

  • There’s more to food writing than just cookbooks and recipes Rhonna.hargett

    ‘Tis the season for merry-making, generosity, sentimentality, and most importantly, gathering together to eat. The food we eat is an important part of our stories and our cultural identity. It is a vital way through which we build community, bond .

  • ‘American Mission’ a story about Africa

    “The American Mission” is a story about Africa. More specifically, given Africa’s vastness in surface and cultures, it’s a story about the Democratic Republic of the Congo, once known as Zaire. It borders Congo, an entirely separate country, .

  • ‘Cat Tales’ essential for KSU fanatics

    Here’s a fine collection of work for K-State sports fans: Mark Janssen’s writing on the Wildcats over the past four decades. For most longtime readers of The Mercury, the stories will sound familiar: They’re largely drawn from .

  • 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 .


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