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  • Books | June 23, 2013

    A story of journalist Philip Meyer’s journey in the news world

    Noted journalist and professor Philip Meyer’s path through journalism started with a paper route at the Clay Center Dispatch and went through a writing stint at the Manhattan Mercury-Chronicle, Topeka Daily Capital and the Topeka State Journal. Although his first job at the Dispatch

  • Books | June 23, 2013

    ‘1816’ tackles how people reacted to the weather change in the 1800s and how their lives changed

    This is a fascinating look at how weather drastically changed the world almost two centuries ago, although the people at the time did not realize the cause.  We now know that the massive eruption of the Indonesian volcano Tambora in 1815 was the cause of

  • Books | June 16, 2013

    Japanese women sold as brides get more than they bargain for

    Japanese “picture brides” had visions and dreams of a much better life prior to their arduous voyage to San Francisco during the early 20th century. Many of these young women had never ventured outside of Japan. It was an uncomfortable journey. They possessed little and

  • Books | June 16, 2013

    Robert Ingersoll’s agnosticism didn’t interfere with aspirations

    This brief and readable book is a fascinating biography of a once-famous but now largely forgotten historical figure from the late 19th century. Robert Ingersoll was a very prominent American public and political intellectual of the post-Civil War period and one whom many thought might

  • Books | June 16, 2013

    Good books that haven’t made the New York Times best-seller list

    Marcia.allen1

    Avid fiction readers are well aware of some of this summer’s noted bestsellers. Enthusiasm is high for Dan Brown’s latest thriller, “Inferno” and for Khaled Hosseini’s “And the Mountains Echoed.” But what about those less publicized titles that are equally promising? For

  • Books | June 16, 2013

    15th-century Borgia family draws fascination, curiosity of history centuries later

    As a historical reclamation project, the Borgia family of 15th Century Italy is a mighty tall order. There is Rodrigo, also known as Alexander VI, the pope widely credited with having led Vatican orgies attended by one or both of his alleged mistresses. There is

  • Books | June 16, 2013

    ‘Inferno’ good but subpar to other Dan Brown titles

    It didn’t take long for Dan Brown’s latest novel, “Inferno,” to reach the top of national bestsellers lists. And no wonder. As he involved Leonardo da Vinci and the Illuminati in previous blockbusters, “Inferno” draws its plot from a section of Dante Alighieri’

  • Books | June 09, 2013

    Pathologist finds a love for animals after father’s death

    For me, summertime reading selections require a lighter tone, readily likable characters, an easily followed plot and lots of emotional reward when everything turns out okay in the end. Nick Trout’s “The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs” fully satisfies these criteria. This story brings

  • Books | June 09, 2013

    Scholarly book covers Archibald Wavell’s war-filled life

    This well-researched and very scholarly book will find its readership among those who specialize in military science and especially those who concentrate on World War II studies. Archibald Wavell is a somewhat overlooked figure in the histories of World War II, perhaps in a large

  • Books | June 09, 2013

    Teens have plenty of rewarding options for reading at library

    Keri.mills

    The summer is an exciting time at the library. As you have seen from previous articles, kids and adults have their own separate summer reading programs. Teens, too, have their own program with fun events going on throughout June and July. Teens going into 7th


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