• ‘My Old Dog’ makes case for adopting older animals

    It’s incredible how a dog like ‘Stacie’ has such a strong will to survive. Stacie, now 10, had been in trouble before being rescued. Bravely facing complicated surgery, the tan cocker spaniel almost died had it not been for quick .

  • ‘Tribe’ tackles military, PTSD issues

    “Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging,” by Sebastian Junger, examines the consequences of mankind’s social evolution from small, hunter and gathering tribes to the modern world. This book grew out of an article Junger wrote in the June 2015 issue of .

  • Love story covers immigration, family

    “The Sun Is Also a Star” is a new book from author Nicola Yoon, whose debut novel “Everything, Everything” became a New York Times bestseller. Although “The Sun Is Also a Star” is technically classified as a young adult novel, .

  • Finding a diet after the holiday feasts

    First there was Thanksgiving with its turkey and pumpkin pie (and everything else), and a few short weeks later, there was Christmas. And the feasting hasn’t let up for a moment between the two. But now it’s over. .

  • ‘Naturalist’ explores Roosevelt’s life as a scientist, outdoorsman

    While we tend to regard Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919, President 1901-08), as a brilliant politician and warrior, he also had a strong bent as an outdoorsman and natural scientist. Darrin Lunde concentrates on exploring these latter facets from his childhood through .

  • Well-researched novel shows conflict between spirituality and personality

    ‘Conclave’ is the story of a dramatic but little- known event: the selection of arguably the most powerful spiritual person on earth: the pope of the Roman Catholic Church. It takes place in the near future in the aftermath of .

  • Novel features librarians as spies, thieves

    Most of us had at least one lesson in elementary school analyzing how fairy tales change across cultures — Cinderella with a slipper of glass, or fur, or gold, or any number of things. The same principle holds true in “The .

  • Library staff recommends favorite books

    What makes a great reading experience? Is it the author, the subject matter, the style? For most of us, it’s some combination of factors that makes a book truly memorable. We all have favorites, and while others may not .

  • ‘Everyone Brave’ a powerful story of war and friendship

    I am not sure how a book about the ravages of war can be called delightful, but it is the first adjective that comes to mind when I think of Cleave’s novel. It is filled with British humor, making .

  • Divided Americans focus of book

    Working class whites have been the subject of much interest and speculation this presidential election year. Reliably Democratic voters in the past, their political allegiance had been slowly shifting over the past decades. J. D. Vance, in “Hillbilly Elegy: A .

  • ‘HEARTLESS’? : Queen of Hearts a complex character

    There are a lot of fairytale retellings on the market today — the Queen of Hearts alone has gotten two within the last year. Regardless, “Heartless” is well worth picking up, even for those who aren’t big Alice in Wonderland .

  • Novel based on real Native massacres

    This fictionalized history novel is based on the real massacres of the Southern Cheyenne peoples at Sand Creek, Colorado, in 1864 and Washita, Oklahoma, in 1868. Although Chief Black Kettle believed in peace with the white men and tirelessly negotiated for that, .


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