• ‘Repo Man’ a good read with interesting characters

    Not many novels are set in Kalkaska, Michigan. It’s a small town, a village, really, of about 2,000 residents in the northern part of the state. The area offers other small towns as well as forests and farmland, streams, rivers .

  • In addition to great food, Italy of fers plenty of mystery

    Say Italy, and people think beautiful women (ala Sophia Loren), great food, and romance. Oh, and one more thing, mystery. Mysteries by Italian authors, or taking place in Italy, have all the pleasant things one associates with Italy, plus a .

  • ‘China Rich’ tells tale of extreme wealth, gluttony

    ‘China Rich Girlfriend,’ authored by Kevin Kwan, is his second novel, following his bestselling Crazy Rich Asians, where he introduced readers to the moneyed elite of Singapore, China, and Hong Kong. Crazy Rich Asians received critical acclaim, and his second .

  • ‘Wars of the Roses’ inspiration for GoT

    Although HBO’s wildly popular “Game of Thrones” TV series (and the original books it is based on) may be a fantasy, it’s no idyllic fairy tale — rather, it’s a world filled with violence,betrayal, political maneuvering, family .

  • Alternative comics have something for everyone

    Never been into comics? Don’t worry—I wasn’t, either. I’d always felt there was a barrier between me and comics, like you had to be part of an “in club” to understand them, and there was no .

  • ‘The Autumn Calf’: K-State educator writes children’s book

    K-State’s environmental educator is giving schools, teachers and librarians copies of ‘The Autumn Calf,’ an educational children’s book about a tiny bison calf and the tallgrass prairie ecosystem. ‘The Autumn Calf’ is a true story about a newborn .

  • Musician finds unity in the midst of tension

    When I initially picked up Moscow Nights from the library’s “New” section, I had my doubts. I was staring at a fairly long book about a Texas piano player named Van Cliburn. I was concerned it would turn out .

  • Books to help readers avoid ‘bad romance’

    I am an unabashed romance reader. In the midst of a crazy world, romance novels can offer a bit of escape, even reassurance. I love how author Kristan Higgins put it in Publishers Weekly, “Our books affirm faith in humanity .

  • Former KSU hurdler to have book signing

    Former Olympic hopeful and Kansas State track standout Julius Mercer is back in Manhattan this week for a reunion in the track and field program, and he’s taking time to sign his book, “A New Fire In You.” Mercer, .

  • Nation building: Fenster’s book shows all sides of Jefferson

    Julie M. Fenster in “Jefferson’s America” tells us of his many interests, activities, and political situations. He saw himself more as a generalist and a scientific gentleman farmer than a politician and international operator. Fenster shows us all sides .

  • Exploring earth science fiction in ‘Trees’

    If ‘The Trees’ is science fiction, it’s earth science fiction. Sometimes the story is compelling, other times it’s just strange, though occasionally in a captivating way. It opens in England on a fall night like any this week. .

  • Fall a great time to discover these nonfiction titles

    Fall is such a great time for discovering new book titles. This season’s abundant offerings for adults present a wonderful assortment of debut authors, as well as a nice array of books from longtime favorites. Here are some of .


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