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  • Books | May 12, 2013

    Man gets a surprise when he’s arrested for his sister’s death

    “The Beggar King” is a tale of late 17th century Germany, mostly Regensburg, and it offers a little of everything. Its central characters are Jakob Kuisl, the hangman in the Alpine village of Shonghau; his headstrong adult daughter, Magdalena; her beau, Simon; Silvio Cantarini, an

  • Books | May 12, 2013

    Books to help get you in the mood for a summer road trip


    With summer just around the corner, our thoughts naturally turn to that vacation ritual, the road trip. Load the car, load the map, then forget the map but don’t forget the kids, for the gleaming highway awaits you. North, south, east or west, all

  • Books | May 12, 2013

    ‘Kicking and Dreaming’ showcases the hard work of Heart

    “All my life, I’ve been told girls can’t do this. If girls can play cello in a symphony, they can play guitar,” said Joan Jett. Jett and her Blackhearts weren’t the only group that struggled with discrimination. Jett fought back and eventually

  • Books | May 12, 2013

    Father, daughter give collaborative argument on language, literature and Jewish identity

    With the claim, “Ours is not a bloodline, but a textline,” premier Israeli novelist, Amos Oz, and his daughter, esteemed academic historian, Fania Oz-Salzberger open their collaborative argument on language, literature and the eternal question of Jewish identity. Addressing current claims that hold there is

  • Books | May 05, 2013

    Basketball serves as outlet, escape for friends in ‘Boy21’

    It’s hard to feel any degree of self-worth, to set goals and be happy in a town where dope dealers have the upper hand, prostitutes walk the streets, poverty lurks everywhere and the mob has the authority to either spare a life or end

  • Books | May 05, 2013

    ‘Shadow of Freedom’ latest in futuristic series

    “Shadow of Freedom” is the latest installment in a series begun by science-fiction writer David Weber in 1993. The novels take place 2,000 years in the future when a diaspora from Earth has led to the colonization of more than a 1,000 planets and the founding of numerous “

  • Books | May 05, 2013

    Book describes conflicts between Apaches and U.S. Army

    William S. Kiser has written a fine scholarly account of the conflicts between the Apaches of southern New Mexico and the U.S. Army in the pre-civil war period. The U.S. acquired the area as an outcome of the Mexican-American War. While the Apaches

  • Books | May 05, 2013

    Character returns to solve bingo-night burglaries in resort town

    In “The Skeleton Box,” author Bryan Gruley returns for a third mystery set in Starvation Lake, a small, faded resort town at the northern end of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Recurring protagonist, Gus Carpenter, editor of the local paper, the Pine County Pilot, runs a

  • Books | April 28, 2013

    Man’s release from mental facility gives him a fresh start

    Pat is a likeable 34-year-old just released from a mental institution whose entire goal is to win back his wife, Nikki. But just as football plays don’t always go the way the X’s and O’s are drawn up, Pat’s playbook has

  • Books | April 28, 2013

    Celebrate National Hamburger Month with these cookbooks


    I had to laugh when I found out that May is National Hamburger Month. However, when you think about the role the hamburger has played in American culture and cuisine, maybe it should be recognized on the calendar. If you are interested in knowing more

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