Friday, July 3, 2015



Lifestyle - Books

  • Books | March 28, 2015

    ‘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 the Reed family, who were

  • Books | March 28, 2015

    ‘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 place then; the rest unfolds

  • Books | March 28, 2015

    ‘Reader’ features collection of magazine editor Richard Peabody’s stories, poems

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    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 and poetry. The name of

  • Local |Fort Riley |Books | March 26, 2015

    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 Infantry Division, which is the

  • Books | March 21, 2015

    ‘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, maps, photos and drawings done

  • Books | March 21, 2015

    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 when the story begins, flees

  • Books | March 21, 2015

    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 fiction you would read? A

  • Books | March 21, 2015

    ‘Hundred Pieces of Me’ tracks woman through heartbreak and cancer fight

    Talented and well-known women’s fiction writer Lucy Dillon has produced another engaging story where a vulnerable female protagonist contemplates the fine line and bittersweet differences between tragedy and opportunity. In “A Hundred Pieces of Me”, Georgina “Gina” Bellamy has reached a crossroads in life.

  • Books | March 15, 2015

    ‘Deep Down Dark’ relays Chilean miners’ harrowing tale

    This is the true story of the 33 Chilean miners trapped in a collapsed mine for 69 days from August to October 2010, near Copiapó in northern Chile’s Atacama Desert. The story made considerable international news, due to massive worldwide rescue efforts and the fact that all 33

  • Books | March 15, 2015

    French siblings resist Germans during WWII

    “The Nightingale” is a superbly written story of two sisters who fight Germans in World War II in different but admirable ways.  One of the sisters, Vianne Mauriac, lives with her husband and young daughter Sophie in the village of Carriveau in France. World


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