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  • 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

  • Books | August 11, 2013

    Dealing with murder and Nazis; at least the countryside is really cool

    “The Light in the Ruins” has a lot going for it. It’s a murder mystery that takes place in Italy — not just Italy but Tuscany — that has its roots in World War II but is solved in 1955 and involves a once prosperous family that

  • Books | August 11, 2013

    Are the mentally ill really mentally ill?

    This is an important book by the psychiatrist who chaired the DSM-4 task force, which produced the 1994 edition of the “bible” of psychiatric disorders, a reference used almost universally by American psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, and health insurance companies.  The author has concluded that the

  • Books | August 11, 2013

    15 years into the wizarding world of Harry Potter


    When I came to Manhattan Public Library in June 1999, a steady buzz was rippling around the community…and the world. It sounded like this: harrypotterharrypotterharrypotter. I did not realize at the time that I had entered my new career in children’s librarianship at a

  • Books | August 11, 2013

    Listening to the voices of the Kansas pioneers

    With the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act in May, 1854, the two territories were open for American settlement. Each was to choose by popular vote whether it would be slave or free.  Congress assumed that Nebraska, being next to free Iowa would be free, and

  • Books | August 04, 2013

    How the Americans survived calamity in 1776 and lived to fight again

    It is a very short list of historians who know more about the American Revolution than Joseph Ellis. He is the noted author of the Pulitzer Prize winning book, Founding Brothers and of a Jefferson biography titled, “American Sphinx.” But Ellis’ fame has occasionally gotten

  • Books | August 04, 2013

    The next best effort from Neil Gaiman

    The “Ocean at the End of the Lane” is one of those books everyone should read, it is that good. The main character and narrator, whose name we never learn, returns to Sussex, England, for a relative’s funeral. It has been decades since he

  • Books | August 04, 2013

    Have you read these famous native Kansas writers?


    In anticipation of the Kansas Book Festival, scheduled in Topeka on Sept. 7, it’s time to consider a few well-known Kansas writers. Fans of western and historical fiction will be familiar with the works of Don Coldsmith. Born in Iola, Coldsmith trained as a family

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