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  • 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

  • Books | August 04, 2013

    A look inside the intriguing science of memory

    This is a fascinating book on the everyday character and eccentricities of memory, written by a man who is both a professional researcher studying memory and an astute personal observer of memory in himself and those around him. That combination of skills in itself makes

  • Books | July 28, 2013

    The accomplishments, and failures, of our least-remembered presidents

    Dozens of books have been written on the greatest American presidents. Amazon has nearly 700 entries for FDR, and well past 1,000 for either Lincoln or Washington. Biographers of the stature of Doris Kearns Goodwin, Joseph Ellis, William Leuchtenberg and Edmund Morris make careers out of delving

  • Books | July 28, 2013

    Familial experiences in Paris across time

    Edward Rutherford, a most satisfying novelist, writes historical fiction, tending toward epics. “Sarum” is Exhibit A. Other of his books, which can approach 1,000 pages and aren’t long enough, include “London,” “The Forest” and “New York: The Novel.” His most recent endeavor, “Paris,” is another

  • Books | July 28, 2013

    Getting familiar iwth prolific author Neil Gaiman


    He’s won more awards and honors than most people could ever imagine. Among those honors are a World Fantasy Award, a Nebula Award, a Carnegie Medal, a Hugo Award, a Newbery Medal, a Ray Bradbury Award, and multiple Locus awards. He’s also the

  • Books | July 28, 2013

    The pursuit of an irreligious government

    The close relationship between the Christian religion and the government goes back to 314 when Roman Emperor Constantine made it the Empire’s official church.  Over the centuries since, Christianity and government have often been inseparable, mutually dependent and mutually reinforcing.  That is just

  • Books | July 21, 2013

    Author sets out to find the ‘common good’ between faith and politics

    This is the third recent book by Christian social activist and writer Jim Wallis. His earlier books “God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It” and “The Great Awakening” helped to reframe the use of faith talk

  • Books | July 21, 2013

    Jan Demir struggles to understand true love through travel and personal needs

    It’s 2004 and Lisbon-born Jan Demir at, 30, is a very successful businessman content with his jet-setting lifestyle and girlfriend of the moment. Then he travels to Iran to meet a business contact and discovers the opinionated and beautiful Golnaz, also known as Naz: “Was this

  • Books | July 21, 2013

    2013: year of the zombie book releases, makes for edgy summer reads


    Move over vampires, zombies are here to stay at least for awhile. Haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet? Now is as good a time as any to try out some zombie reads. Here are a few to get you started. One of the most

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