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  • Books | September 22, 2013

    Burglary and kidnapping in Bruges

    If you’re not familiar with Pieter Aspe, you’re not alone. He’s Belgian, lives in Bruges and writes in Flemish. Some of his novels, including “The Square of Revenge,” feature Pieter Van In, a divorced 40ish deputy police commissioner who also is a

  • Books | September 22, 2013

    Six simple skills can improve children’s early literacy


    Everyone knows that libraries have storytimes so young children can hear good stories read aloud.  People who have attended storytimes know that, in addition to stories, children will learn action rhymes, songs and even dance moves. It is all great fun and leads to

  • Books | September 22, 2013

    Author tells suspenseful tale of a man searching for lost love

    Several supporters of the Harlan Coben mystery fan club have been giving me demerits simply for my asking, “Who in the world is Harlan Coben?” Some remain speechless, while a few attack me with words that sting and chill, making me feel as if I

  • Books | September 14, 2013

    Author blends genres to paint literary picture of Haiti

    Roxane Gay’s collection Ayiti is a blend of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. While the poems and stories vary widely in genre and scope, they are all linked through their characters’ unyielding longing for satisfaction. They seek that satisfaction through sex, rum, zombie arts, a

  • Books | September 14, 2013

    Paradise might not be so perfect

    Be careful next time you choose to live the life of wealth, luxury and perfection on an island like “Demesne.” Demesne is the futuristic location featured in “BETA,” the first of four installations which is almost ‘perfectly’ presented by author Rachel Cohn.Cohn is no

  • Books | September 14, 2013

    Government threatened by ‘Brilliance’

    Sometimes you pick up a book on a hunch, or curiosity, without knowing what it’s about. So it was with “Brilliance.” There was no synopsis of the story. All that was on the back cover were cryptic reviews, good ones. “A brilliant writer,” said

  • Books | September 14, 2013

    Literature honors history of U.S. Constitution


    An important document in our nation’s history is having its 226th birthday this year. The supreme law of the land was adopted on September 17, 1787, and ratified on March 4, 1789. The United States Constitution has endured through flush times and recessions, through times of dynamic expansion

  • Books | September 14, 2013

    Life after Harry: Rowling expands her identity in the world of fiction

    This much-anticipated first post-Harry Potter “adult” novel by JK Rowling tells the interwoven stories of multiple characters in the small town of Pagford, England. After a member of the town council dies suddenly and unexpectedly in his early forties, this “casual vacancy,” as such an

  • Books | September 08, 2013

    Kansas man tells story of his father’s life in the Navy

    If you want to know what a war was really like, ask an enlisted man, not a general or admiral. In this case, we hear from Clyde resident, Russel F. Coash (1895-1959). He enlisted in the Navy on May 2, 1917, and was honorably discharged two years

  • Books | September 08, 2013

    The rough realities of rehab life

    Being in rehab is not always a pleasant experience. Even getting into the right rehabilitation clinic can be a struggle for those who suffer an addiction of any kind. After reading Anne M. Fletcher’s “Inside Rehab: The Surprising Truth About Addiction Treatment—And How

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