Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Lifestyle - Books

  • Books | September 01, 2013

    Russian oil creates English intrigue

    If you enjoy espionage and international intrigue in your recreational reading, you might be familiar with Daniel Silva. These days, nobody does it better. His novels feature an upper-middle-aged Mossad agent named Gabriel Allon, who’s not particularly tall or particularly good looking, though people

  • Books | August 25, 2013

    How the Jeopardy champ learned to profit from geography

    Ken Jennings is quite forthrightly one of the “Geography Wonks” he writes about in this book. Jennings is perhaps best known for his record performance on the TV quiz program “Jeopardy” some years ago. This is a book about maps, and Jennings’ love of maps.

  • Books | August 25, 2013

    The trouble with small details

    Michael Crichton, who died while writing “Micro,” had no peer when it came to conjuring up complicated plots around scientific themes. That was the case with his first novel, “The Andromeda Strain,” it was the case with “Jurassic Park, and it was the case with “

  • Books | August 25, 2013

    Who’s knocking picture books?

    Children can teach their parents a thing or two about art appreciaton. When children look at a sketch, drawing, painting or photograph, they don’t think too long about what they see. They do not analyze, tackle or pick apart every little detail in that

  • Books | August 25, 2013

    A statewide history of mom

    In the early days of the twentieth century, because of poverty, low population density, and poor communication, all of which resulted from geographic conditions, women in Arizona were isolated, travel was difficult, and health care and education in general, but especially concerning reproductive issues, were

  • Books | August 25, 2013

    Assistive technology is an empowering tool


    The word for today is empowerment!  “Empowerment is not giving people power, people already have plenty of power, in the wealth of their knowledge and motivation, to do their jobs magnificently. We define empowerment as letting this power out.” (Blanchard, Kenneth H., John P.

  • Books | August 18, 2013

    The telling short stories of a former K-State graduate student

    For short story lovers, the only thing more engaging than reading this former K-Stater’s collection is hearing her read her stories aloud as she did on campus several months ago. Usually, I seek out short stories while traveling, quick reads to be recycled to

  • Books | August 18, 2013

    The battle of the castle

    Imagine German and American troops joined together in a fire-fight against Nazi SS soldiers, to protect a handful of French political prisoners. That’s the story of “the last —and arguably the strangest — ground combat action of World War II in Europe.” At a thirteenth

  • Books | August 18, 2013

    A girl alone in Minnesota

    Christina Kline’s novel is an uplifting story of a 91-year-old woman, Vivian, and a troubled teenager, Molly, who discover that despite the difference in their ages, they have much in common. Vivian Daly was sent on an orphan train from New York to Minnesota

  • Books | August 18, 2013

    Recommendations on surprising new books


    In the summertime, readers often look for books that are light and easy — vacation reads, beach reads — like the latest in suspense series, escapist romances, and bestselling potboilers.  Ordinarily, I’m there, as well, but this year brought many unusual and unique new books

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