• ‘Libertarians’ examines the Wilders, Little House books

    Aaron Pauls Contributing writer Through their iterations as genre-defining children’s books and a popular television series, the Little House books are and have always been popular works. Five of the books were named Newbery Honor Books, one of the .

  • In ‘Wealthy,’ author gives the ‘financial’ talk

    Some things we just do not talk about except under special circumstances. Two are our sexual practices and our financial affairs. “I Want to be Wealthy” is the financial analog of “the talk” about sexual matters that our parents gave .

  • ‘Uprooted’ offers magical, multi-faceted message

    Hannah Ens Contributing writer The Wood is dark. The Wood is dangerous. The Wood is corrupt, and above all else, vengeful. Its fruit and water are contaminated. Strange, brutal creatures drag innocents in and creep out to destroy crops and .

  • New, inspirational true story of determination a must-read

    New to the library is a nonfiction book that speaks of unbelievable determination and courage. Author Cara Brookins wrote the book to chronicle an experience she shared with her four children. “Rise: How a House Built a Family” is an .

  • Whodunit keeps readers guessing

    Robin Farrell Edmunds Contributing writer Laura Blacklock, a writer for a British travel magazine, has just landed the plum assignment she’s waited her entire career for. She’s one of only a handful of press members covering the maiden .

  • ‘One Man’ not just another Auschwitz novel

    It would be easy to dismiss “The One Man” as just another novel about Auschwitz. But that would be improper for a couple of reasons, the first of which is that it’s hard to imagine dismissing anything that has .

  • Biography tells interesting story of espionage

    Aaron Pauls Contributing writer The life of people in espionage is often romanticized, notably in the popular James Bond films. The life of the real people who trade in secrets and lies is very different, a fact “Adolfo Kaminsky” gives .

  • Killer post-apocalyptic books for ‘Walking Dead’ fans

    A post-apocalyptic story at its finest, “The Walking Dead” tells the story of sheriff ’s deputy Rick Grimes, after he wakes from a coma to find the world infested with “walkers.” Survival becomes tantamount to Rick and the people he .

  • ‘Still Life’ hits heart like a tornado

    Hannah Ens Contributing writer Sarah can’t draw anymore. She can’t pin down a single cause; all she knows is that she arrives in class one day and can’t bring herself to create anything. Is it something the .

  • ‘Been There’ a candid take on family life

    It always seems a tumultuous time when raising children and dealing with family life, but somehow we do muddle through. In “Been There, Done That: Family Wisdom for Modern Times,” one power couple share their thoughts and experience on the .

  • ‘Rising Man’ a familiar but engaging mystery

    After a lifetime of extensive reading I am always quite pleased to find a new, promising mystery series — as seen in “A Rising Man,” by Abir Mukherjee. Born in London, Mukherjee was raised in western Scotland, returned to work in .

  • Self-help books to improve yourself without getting bored

    I am an unabashed fan of self-help books. What better way to spend your time than by improving yourself and your life? Here are a few of my favorite self-help books that are guaranteed not to bore you with platitudes. .


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