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  • Books | February 14, 2016

    Family illuminated in ‘The Past’

    This novel recounts a three-week gathering of an extended family at the old country home of their late parents in the west country of England (“the present”).  There are 44ish siblings: Harriet, Roland, Alice and Fran as well as Roland’s new (and third)

  • Books | February 14, 2016

    Tips for exploring Kansas

    Do you want to get out and enjoy nature but don’t know where to go? You don’t need to travel to some far distant place, for lots of good, interesting, pleasurable state parks exist right here in Kansas. “Kansas Trail Guide” tells you

  • Books | February 06, 2016

    Famous friendship illuminated in ‘Andy and Don’

    Lots of books have been written about “The Andy Griffith Show,” one of the most popular and familiar sitcoms in TV history. Daniel de Vise’s book, “Andy and Don,” focuses on the long and strong friendship between the show’s two principals, Andy Griffith,

  • Books | February 06, 2016

    ‘Good story well told’ by ‘Game of Thrones’ author

    “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” isn’t part of George R.R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones” saga, but anyone who has enjoyed those books will take to this one as well. It takes place in the same fictional world of the Lannisters, the

  • Books | February 06, 2016

    Read about con artists to avoid being scammed


    Have you ever heard of Ferdinand Waldo Demara? How about William Franklin Miller? Chances are, you are unfamiliar with those names, as was I. It turns out that they rank among the most gifted of con artists. Demara, for example, was posing as Dr. Joseph

  • Books | February 06, 2016

    Dallas writes of strong women

    According to a recent article in the Kansas City Star, more millennial moms are turning to midwives for an alternate approach to maternity care. “They are very educated consumers, the millennials, and so they come really knowing what options are available to them,” reporter Megan

  • Books | February 06, 2016

    Doctor sees success, service

    “He was an early riser, and he did not stop. He always had multiple, multiple, multiple things going on.” That is how Julia Mitchell described her boss, John P. McGovern, MD. John “Jack” Phillip McGovern (1921-2007) was a hard worker who wanted to be successful

  • Books | January 30, 2016

    Novel highlights Civil War prison conditions

    In Tracy Groot’s book, “The Sentinels of Andersonville,” thousands of Union prisoners crowd into a Confederate prison named Andersonville 10 miles from Americus, Georgia, during the last part of the Civil War.  Emery Jones, a Confederate soldier, captures a wounded Union soldier, and escorts

  • Books | January 30, 2016

    Mitch Albom tells poignant story of music man

    Readers might know Mitch Albom as an author, but many don’t know that he is also a musician. His newest novel, “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto,” shows his love of music through the fictional Frankie Presto — “the best musician there ever was.” The

  • Books | January 30, 2016

    Feminist worthy romance novels at the library


    The romance novel industry has a notoriously bad reputation for producing predictable and unrealistic literature. I’ve recently been on a romance-novel-a-week kind of binge, and after awhile, I became seriously jaded with the lack of creativity that I was encountering. There are certain staple

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