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  • Books | September 08, 2013

    Meandering through SoCal while finding solace in music

    Charlie Davis is a talented but disturbed middle-aged man. For the past nine years he’s lived with and been taken care of by his father due to a mental breakdown. All that changes in the book’s first few pages because Charlie’s father

  • Books | September 01, 2013

    Story of Lincoln’s dressmaker told from her perspective

    This historical novel, by the author of the Elm Creek Quilt series, is the story of Elizabeth Keckley, dressmaker to Mary Todd Lincoln during her White House years. Keckley, though not a well-known historical figure, will be familiar to many from her appearance as a

  • Books | September 01, 2013

    Re-examining everyday choices

    Mary Margaret Masters, also known as Maggs, is generally happy with her well-to-do life as a wife and mother in Mobile, Alabama, but is beginning to feel “that something was definitely missing. She thought the something might be herself.” Maggs, 52, loves caring for Stephen, her

  • Books | September 01, 2013

    Trading fur (and words) across generations

    This well-researched and finely crafted book will appeal to readers with an interest in the history of the American West, especially the years when fur trade was the major economic engine of the Northern Rockies. The book consists of three sections. The first is a

  • Books | September 01, 2013

    Book Network to host events on “Ready Player One”


    Each year the K-State Book Network (KSBN) chooses one common book for the whole university to read. The book that KSBN chose for this year is “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline. “Ready Player One” is an award-winning science fiction novel set in the dystopian

  • Books | September 01, 2013

    Seeking spiritual answers to life’s questions

    What do you do when things go seriously wrong with your life? For disease or physical suffering, you might see a traditional western physical healer. For mental, work, social, or family related problems, you might see a western trained mental healer or councilor, or take

  • Books | September 01, 2013

    Russian oil creates English intrigue

    If you enjoy espionage and international intrigue in your recreational reading, you might be familiar with Daniel Silva. These days, nobody does it better. His novels feature an upper-middle-aged Mossad agent named Gabriel Allon, who’s not particularly tall or particularly good looking, though people

  • Books | August 25, 2013

    How the Jeopardy champ learned to profit from geography

    Ken Jennings is quite forthrightly one of the “Geography Wonks” he writes about in this book. Jennings is perhaps best known for his record performance on the TV quiz program “Jeopardy” some years ago. This is a book about maps, and Jennings’ love of maps.

  • Books | August 25, 2013

    The trouble with small details

    Michael Crichton, who died while writing “Micro,” had no peer when it came to conjuring up complicated plots around scientific themes. That was the case with his first novel, “The Andromeda Strain,” it was the case with “Jurassic Park, and it was the case with “

  • Books | August 25, 2013

    Who’s knocking picture books?

    Children can teach their parents a thing or two about art appreciaton. When children look at a sketch, drawing, painting or photograph, they don’t think too long about what they see. They do not analyze, tackle or pick apart every little detail in that

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