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  • 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 .

  • Exercise book has everything health-conscious people need

    Once you feel energy slipping away, it can be a real struggle to get it back. Many people assume that physical activity by itself is the main solution to achieve a sense of total well-being. If this were true, then .

  • Book says state’s high court historically has leaned right

    Recently our Supreme Court has been on the front page because of issues like school funding and abortion. The Kochs and the Tea Party types have had the Court in their sights, not to mention Sam Brownback and our conservative .

  • Slow start builds toward suspenseful end

    Adina Rishe Gewirtz gives us a slow start to her debut novel, “Zebra Forest,” but it gradually becomes more intense and keeps us in suspense until the mystery makes sense.   Although “Zebra Forest” is not a classic mystery, Gewirtz .

  • Keep an eye out for these ‘best fiction’ nominees by genre Susan.withee.librarian1

    Hands down, the most popular books with adults in public libraries are what we in the biz call “genre fiction” — mysteries, romances, westerns, science fiction, and so on. And every spring and summer, various national writers’ organizations hold their conventions .

  • Fast marriage brings drama

    “Before We Met” is a riveting story, one that will make you wonder how well you know anyone, especially your spouse. Hannah and Mark, both British, met in New York and were married within eight months. Mark, 40, owns DataPro, a .

  • Middle America explained through a different Woodstock

    Who or what are Middle Americans? In “Woodstock: A Story of Middle Americans,” Bill Tammeus explores and celebrates the Middle America, which, historically, is roughly the area between the Appalachians and the Sierras. Middle Americans have life choices, values, and .

  • Grim life seen through the eyes of slavery in the South

    This is the story of early abolitionist and women’s rights advocates, the Grimke sisters of South Carolina. Grim was part of their name, some aspects of their lives, and their look when photographed. In addition to being the fashion .

  • Hop to it: A new bunny book, as well as old favorites Jennifer.adams.librarian1

    It’s Easter, and so I’m writing about bunnies. Bunnies are perhaps a little overdone in children’s literature, I’ll admit. They are so cute and cuddly and kind-looking. It seems the perfect match for our cute, cuddly, .

  • ‘Cruise’ is educational, fun and yes… enlightening

    You might not always be able to tell the book by its cover, but there are plenty of times when the cover wins over a reader. So it was with “A Cruise to Die For.” I haven’t been on .

  • ‘Lie Lay Lain’ draws off strength, voice of characters

    Bryn Greenwood, known to her old classmates in K-State’s Creative Writing graduate program as Sarah, has a strength that informs all her writing. In her first commercial novel, 2012’s “Last Will”, she showed how an imaginative writer would avoid .


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