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  • Books | March 03, 2013

    Wolf packs and human families have more similarities than one would think

    Next time family members need to know how to strengthen ties, solve problems, cope with tragedy and be able to forgive, they would be wise to read Jodi Picoult’s novel, “Lone Wolf.” After that’s been said, some people might understandably raise their flag

  • Books | March 03, 2013

    Immigrants: Are Muslims different from others?

    If you have ever worried about Muslim immigration overwhelming Europe or North America or worried about how to respond to people concerned about such immigration, then this is the book for you. Written by London-based Canadian journalist Doug Sanders, this is a highly readable but

  • Books | March 03, 2013

    Young adult books continue to succeed when others fail

    At a time when adult publishing is suffering from deep inroads by many forms of electronic competition, the number of titles in young adult literature has risen sharply over the past decade. While youth literature once was heavily characterized by “coming of age” stories, today’

  • Books | March 03, 2013

    Explore the birthplace of Creole Jazz and Kid’s success in ‘Creole Trombone’

    John McCusker’s biography of the early New Orleans jazz trombonist, Edward “Kid” Ory, his family called him “Dutt,” is interesting and enjoyable because he tell us of both Kid’s life and of what was going on in the musical, social and racial scenes

  • Books | February 24, 2013

    ‘Baseball State by State’ compiles the best of the best across the country

    Who is the best baseball player ever to come from Kansas? Most experts readily agree that would be Walter Johnson, the early 20th Century pitcher from Humboldt who won 414 games, more than anybody except Cy Young. But who was the best shortstop? The best catcher?

  • Books | February 24, 2013

    The aging Buck pushes limits in ‘Don’t Ever Get Old’

    There’s a lot to like about “Don’t Ever Get Old,” starting with Baruch “Buck” Schatz, who has gotten old. He’s 87, he’s Jewish, he’s a retired homicide detective in the Memphis Police Department and he still smokes Lucky Strikes. He and

  • Books | February 24, 2013

    Book sale brings bargains, steals for book lovers


    Dr. Seuss advised everyone to “fill your house with stacks of books, in every cranny and every nook.” Lucky us, we can celebrate Dr. Seuss’s 109th birthday by filling bags with cheap books at the library’s annual book sale next weekend.  The

  • Books | February 17, 2013

    Book tells how stitched works of art tell stories, preserve history


    A quilt is not just something to keep you warm at night. In 2002, Sandi Fox, curator of quilts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, staged an exhibition of thirty-nine quilts, bed covers and comforters from the period 1840 to 1940 that had been made in

  • Books | February 17, 2013

    Parents’ murder uncovers long history of bizarre parental control

    It’s only right that parents want their children to excel. But is it fair to force a child to perform like another Bach, Beethoven or Chopin? What about shaping a young prodigy’s artistic skills to the point where his parents and art critics

  • Books | February 17, 2013

    Highlighting African-American literature through history


    African American literature has a long history, tracing its roots to 18th-century writers such as Phillis Wheatley. In addition to being the first African American to publish a book, “Poems on Various Subjects Religious and Moral,” 1773, Wheatley was the first person of African descent to

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