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  • Books | November 28, 2015

    ‘The Swede’ poses questions of identity, crime

    A lot goes on in “The Swede.” Among its salient events are the catastrophic Indian Ocean tsunami that took place the day after Christmas 2004, a bank robbery in Topeka in which innocent people are killed and an interrogation of one Swede by another. The interrogation

  • Books | November 28, 2015

    Books on time travel to spark your imagination


    People talk about having time, making time and wasting time. We’re anxious about time all the time. It’s no surprise that we’re fascinated by the idea of time travel. After all, who hasn’t dreamed about going into their past, and maybe

  • Books | November 28, 2015

    ‘Dreamland’ exposes opiate industry

    Reading Sam Quinones’s “Dreamland” is akin to awakening from an oblivious, drug-induced stupor. The book is a heart wrenching and nauseating awakening to the doping of America. Quinones brilliantly describes the relentless and shameless marketing of pain medication within our vulnerable society. At times

  • Books | November 21, 2015

    KSU grad publishes poignant short story collection

    Christopher Linforth’s short story collection, “When You Find Us We Will Be Gone,” is a curation of short fiction that exemplifies the aesthetics of contemporary realism. Linforth, a KSU Master’s graduate (who also holds an M.F.A. from Virginia Tech), elegantly crafts 12

  • Books | November 21, 2015

    Books to help you deal with fun, stress of holidays


    The song claims that it is the most wonderful time of the year, and in many ways it is, but we would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge that for many it is also a time of great stress. Social media sites give us

  • Books | November 21, 2015

    Nicholas Sparks’ latest novel will delight old and new fans alike

    This latest novel from Nicholas Sparks will delight his regular fans and may also win some new ones. Three aspects of this book differ from most of this popular author’s previous works. On the one hand, at 486 pages, it is considerably longer than any

  • Books | November 14, 2015

    Walker’s protagonist investigates local murder

    Bruno Courreges is the chief of police — and about half of the police department — in St. Denis, a fictional village on the River Vezere in the Perigord, a charming region of southwestern France that specializes in good wines, good food and good people. Not all

  • Books | November 14, 2015

    Friends reunite to solve mystery in ‘Girl Next Door’

    When workers digging up the foundation of a house in a London suburb discover a metal biscuit box with two severed hands within, the discovery sets off a ripple effect that brings together a group of childhood friends who played in that location in the

  • Books | November 14, 2015

    A list of books to curl up with on a cold winter’s night


    With summer activities but a memory and colder weather looming in the near future, it’s time to return to indoor activities. Fortunately for us, these changes coincide with the release of new fall book titles. And this season’s releases offer some intriguing topics

  • Books | November 14, 2015

    ‘Crenshaw’ tells heartwarming story

    “Crenshaw.” When pronounced it has a nice ring to it, but this huge, seven-foot-tall imaginary cat can be intimidating even to Jackson who gave him that name.  Ten-year-old Jackson knows his family is in deep trouble. And it looks as if they are soon to

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