Sunday, November 29, 2015

Lifestyle - Books

  • Books | November 30, 2013

    Being different can be a strength

    Temple Grandin’s latest book, “The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum” examines autism in various ways. Perhaps one person in eighty-eight has the syndrome to some degree, which means that someone you know or are related to has it. The first part of the

  • Books | November 24, 2013

    Another ‘Custer’ killed in re-enactor tale

    This seventeenth and latest installment in Margaret Coel’s Wind River Mystery series will delight faithful readers of the series and win new adherents to this fascinating series of murder mysteries in the multicultural (white and American Indian) world of central Wyoming. Although an accomplished

  • Books | November 24, 2013

    Former spy writes what she knows

    It’s hard to tell whether credit for “Blowback,” which is an entertaining spy novel, should go to Valerie Plame or Sarah Lovett. Plame was the career CIA agent, and the protagonist not only is a woman but also has a name that calls Plame’

  • Books | November 24, 2013

    Crichton’s early books return

    We knew the late Michael Crichton as the author of “Jurassic Park,” “The Andromeda Strain,” and quite a list of other best sellers. We didn’t know his student work. Now Hard Case Crime, a paperback imprint, is bringing out the novels he wrote between 1966

  • Books | November 24, 2013

    Cookbooks provide recipes for tasty homemade gifts


    It’s that time of year when the non-procrastinators start thinking about gifts for family and friends. Some enjoy giving homemade treats as gifts in order to be more budget- friendly. Others like to give homemade gifts because they are more personal than buying a

  • Books | November 17, 2013

    Author tells of revolt and Lawrence’s role

    This book would be better called by its subtitle, “War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East” because it is more about World War I and what followed than Lawrence himself. During the first half or so, he plays a minor,

  • Books | November 17, 2013

    Grisham lawyer unravels case of man’s will

    In John Grisham’s newest book, “Sycamore Row,” the author spins another story involving Jake Brigance, a Mississippi lawyer featured in one of Grisham’s previous books, “A Time to Kill.” Jake is the attorney for the estate of Seth Hubbard, a rich and unpleasant

  • Books | November 17, 2013

    Classic children’s fiction still excites the imagination

    Do you remember being a child and having the time to curl up in a chair, spending the day lost in an adventure taking place in another time or world? Remembering those classic children’s fiction books take us back to those days. And re-reading

  • Books | November 10, 2013

    Tragedy in Wichita provokes racial tension

    On January 16, 1965, Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker 57-1442, familiarly called “Raggy 42,” took off at 9:26 am from McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, heading north on a routine refueling exercise.  Four minutes later, it crashed at the corner of 20th and North Piatt Street, about halfway

  • Books | November 10, 2013

    Crime leads to ‘Abomination’

    Abomination has multiple meanings in Christianity, but for the purposes of this story, it begins with the discovery of the body of a woman in priests’ clothing at the Santa Maria della Salute, one of Venice’s landmarks. The woman had been executed, shot twice

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