• 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 .

  • Read and relax: Melt away the stress with a library visit Pecoraro

    Stress is everywhere in our lives. It seems that the world has grown smaller, time has grown shorter, we try to do more with less, and the stress piles up. What can we do about it? Techniques for relieving stress .

  • ‘Identical’ freshens up the murder-mystery genre

    Lawyer and best-selling author Scott Turow has done it again. His latest mystery-thriller has some of the most unexpected and surprising, yet still believable, plot twists I have ever encountered in the hundreds of murder mysteries I have read. In .

  • ‘The Girl You Left Behind’ tells time-spanning love story

    “The Girl You Left Behind” is a love story that spans the decades from World War I to present day. Sophie and Edouard Lefevre live in a small town in France. Edouard, an artist by trade, is drafted into the .


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