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  • ‘The Giver’ finale intrigues

    In 1993, Lois Lowry wrote “The Giver,” which won a Newberry Medal. Since then, she has written three other books in the series. In 2012, Lowry wrote the last installment, “The Son,” which overlaps the time period in which Jonas, the protagonist .

  • Author argues Carthage was Civil War firestarter

    When did the fighting of the Civil War really start? The Kansas border wars in the latter 1850s? John Brown’s raid at Harper’s Ferry, Va., on Oct. 21, 1859? The attack on Fort Sumter, S.C., on April 12, 1861? The First .

  • Annual book fair showcased top picks for adult readers Marcia.allen1

    On May 8, area librarians took part in the North Central Kansas Libraries Systems Annual Book Fair. This was a grand opportunity for public librarians throughout the system to learn about and purchase some of the better books published during the .

  • ‘Shadows’ hides from simplicity

    This book is the latest offering by the mother-son writing team of Charles and Caroline Todd (writing as “Charles Todd”).  Their 22 previous books are mostly murder mysteries set in Britain in the post-WWI period.  A majority of them, .

  • ‘Exiles’ champions its setting

    “The Exiles Return” is a story about Austria, more specifically, Vienna, that begins in the spring of 1954 and ends in the spring of 1955. As its title suggests, it’s a story of individuals who fled Austria before or during World .

  • ‘Forever Girl’ slowed by overthinking protagonist

    This is a new book by the prolific and wildly popular author of the “Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency” series set in Botswana, the “Isabel Dalhousie” and “44 Scotland Street” series set in Scotland, and the “Portuguese Irregular Verbs” series set in .

  • Back to reality: Books that tackle serious teen issues Keri.mills

    Many of you probably think that all Young Adult literature is fluff, with love triangles, mean girls, vampires, and overwrought drama. While there is plenty of fluff to go around, there are a number of books dealing with serious issues .

  • State history, day by day

    With his third episode of the “On This Day” series of daily devotionals, Paul Barkey has once again produced a truly fine and wonderfully readable blend of Scriptural meditations, historical people, events and episodes with his own thought-provoking commentary and .

  • ‘Stella’ a story of contrast

    Anita Shreve writes a novel, “Stella Baine,” that is part mystery and part romance, but is entirely entertaining. In 1916, a 40-year-old woman awakens in a hospital in northern France. She can’t remember her name or how she got there. .

  • Ready for summer reading? The library is here to help Alphild.dick

    For me, the fast-approaching summer calls up childhood memories of lounging on my jungle gym, drinking gallons of sweet, sticky lemonade, and devouring book after book. I’ve since traded the jungle gym for a porch swing and lemonade for .

  • Horan strong again with romance in ‘Starry Sky’

    Horan, who brought Frank Lloyd Wright and his wives to life in “Loving Frank” (2007) , has now done the same for Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) and Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne Stevenson (1840-1914). Their life together was tumultuous and passionate; they .

  • A more realistic spy novel

    “The Cairo Affair” differs from a lot of espionage novels in that the good guys, if they win at all, don’t win cleanly. Perhaps that’s why the story feels more real, more plausible, than the tales in which .


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