• Ghost town

    DEAD END IN NORVELT Jack Gantos D&M Publishers, 2011 $15.99, 341 pages If you are looking for a book that makes you laugh out loud, or you are simply tired of dystopian societies prevalent in novels for young adults, “Dead End .

  • A holy mission

    DOGS IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT (MAGIC TREE HOUSE #46: A MERLIN MISSION), by Mary Pope Osborne (with illustrations by Sal Murdocca); Random House, publisher. 2011. 128 pp. $12.99, in hardcover. Kids are hooked on the discovery of the Magic Tree House, and where .

  • Dwight the moderate

    EISENHOWER. The White House Years. Jim Newton. Doubleday. 2011. 357 pages. $29.95. I was a kid when Dwight Eisenhower was president. One of my earliest memories was of my father, a Roosevelt Democrat and a would-be intellectual, working our Chicago neighborhood for Adlai .

  • Living on a prayer

    40 PRAYERS THAT CHANGED AMERICA. Dr. Paul E. Barkey 257 pages $16 Chuck Henderson Contributing Writer Dr. Paul E. Barkey is a retired U.S. Army Chaplain and the current pastor of Ashland Community Church near Fort Riley and Manhattan, where he resides .

  • Martin Luther King Jr. contest focuses on theme of 50 years

    In 1962, Manhattan’s Douglass School was closed, allowing for the complete integration of Manhattan elementary schools. The 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Art, Writing, and Video contests focuses that 50-year anniversary with the theme:  Looking Back, Looking Forward:  50 Years .

  • A Siberian safari

    “Officially, there is no such place as Siberia. No political or territorial entity has Siberia as its name. In atlases, the word ‘Siberia’ hovers across the northern third of Asia unconnected to any place in particular, as if designating a .

  • A story about dealing with a daughter’s sudden death

    Shelby Sloan thought the Caribbean cruise she was giving to her daughter, Chloe, and her son-in-law, Rob, was a great present. Shelby was even taking care of her grandson, Jeremy, in their hometown of Philadelphia while the couple was on .

  • Howard’s legacy is conserved in ‘Conan’

    “Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing.”—Robert Ervin Howard. Fans of Robert E. Howard have always felt that he deserved more recognition and .

  • These bios about criminals are a must-read

    What makes an individual turn to crime?  Is it desperation? Might it be the promise of ill-gotten wealth, or could it be the lure of forbidden intrigue?  Why are some so successful at deception while others fail their .


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