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  • Books | October 06, 2013

    ‘Cozy’ mysteries offer easier read without the violence


    Mysteries are a very popular literary genre. People think of mysteries as dark, scary thrillers full of graphic violence, sexuality, and strong language. “Cozy” mysteries are gentle reads, containing little violence, coarse language, or sexual themes. Death and criminal activity happen mostly off-stage. For a

  • Books | September 29, 2013

    19th-century writer and daughter hunt for serial killer

    Understanding that reading is vicarious experience, Morrell gives you the opportunity to travel back to 1854 London on the printed page, and from the nice, clean, sunny environment of 2013 Manhattan. While educational pioneers like the Frances and Joseph Denison were traveling west to begin Bluemont College (

  • Books | September 29, 2013

    Spies snoop for the truth

    John Le Carré, the master of espionage novels, is alive and well. And with “A Delicate Truth,” he proves yet again that though he is not just a 20th century or Cold War spy novelist. “A Delicate Truth” is about an operation named Wildfire that

  • Books | September 29, 2013

    Library offers many selections for military, families

    In recent years, as part of a unique university-military community partnership, Kansas State University and Fort Riley have collaborated each fall to celebrate “A Season of Service,” an annual effort addressing “mission critical needs of campus, military, family and community.”  Again this year, the

  • Books | September 29, 2013

    Poet paints picture of Spanish conquistador

    Forty-five years after the untimely death of John Keats, another famous British poet, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, attempted to correct a poetic error.  In one of Keats’s more famous sonnets, “On First Looking Into Chapman’s Homer,” the young Romantic poet was mistaken as

  • Books | September 22, 2013

    Former member of Congress tries to find common ground

    This important book was written by Olympia Snowe, former US Senator (1995-2013), representative (1979-95), and Maine state legislator (1973-79).  Snowe was for many years one of the dying breed of moderate Northeastern Republicans who regularly worked for compromise with Democrats.  She chose not to run

  • Books | September 22, 2013

    Exploring the growth of Earth Day

    The title seems at first exaggerated but the author quickly makes good on that premise and not just to my satisfaction. The New Yorker review by Nicholas Lehman ran three glowing pages (April 15,2013) and Michael Kazin is quoted on the book jacket: “Adam Rome has

  • 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

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