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While I’m Falling by Laura Moriarty

Veronica Von Holten’s life is falling apart.  A pre-med student at KU, she normally leans on her mother Natalie for support.  Only problem is, Natalie’s life is spiraling out of control even worse than Veronica’s.  During her marriage to Veronica’s … Continue reading

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The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

The Chaperone is Laura Moriarty’s fourth novel and her first historical fiction. As the title suggests, Moriarty created an unforgettable heroine in an ordinary and conservative chaperone, Cora Carlisle. Cora is a respectable and sensible mother and wife of a … Continue reading

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Bent Road by Lori Roy

Described as an American Gothic Suspense thriller, this story centers around Arthur Scott’s childhood home on Bent Road  in western Kansas.  He left in the 1940’s following the tragic death of his beloved older sister. In 1967 when racial tensions … Continue reading

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Flyover People: Life on the Ground in a Rectangular State by Cheryl Unruh

Author Cheryl Unruh revels not just in the expansive Kansas landscape but also its people and places. In Flyover People: Life on the Ground in a Rectangular State, she explores Kansas through perceptive vignettes that show her affection for the … Continue reading

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Addie of the Flint Hills: A Prairie Child During the Depression By Adaline Sorace

      Addie of the Flint Hills is the autobiography of Adeline Sorace, born in the Flint Hills of Kansas in 1915.  Now, while overlooking New York city from her high-rise apartment, Adeline recounts her life.  Her grandparents were among the … Continue reading

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The Center of Everything by Laura Moriarty

Evelyn Bucknow is at the center of everything. From her vantage point, the ten year old narrator of local author Laura Moriatry’s richly nuanced novel sees all sides. She lives smack in the center of the United States with her … Continue reading

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Capote in Kansas: A Drawn Novel, written by Ande Parks and illustrated by Chris Samnee

As author Ande Parks points out in his afterword, Capote in Kansas is not entirely factual. This graphic novel does deal with the research Truman Capote did in composing In Cold Blood, but Parks has mixed in fictional elements as … Continue reading

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The Rest of Her Life by Laura Moriarty

Before heading straight to the self-help books when you come to the library looking for psychological insight, be aware that reading fiction can also have strong therapeutic benefits. One example to check out is Laura Moriarty’s The Rest of Her … Continue reading

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The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard

After reading Pickard’s first standalone suspense novel The Virgin of Small Plains, I have been impatiently awaiting her next novel. I have not been disappointed; Nancy Pickard has confirmed again that she can deliver a great mystery. The Scent of … Continue reading

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Our Boys A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen by Joe Drape

If this book doesn’t make you want to put your McMansion up for sale and load up your spoiled Johnson County children and head to Western Kansas for a slice of real life well I don’t know what will. Yes, … Continue reading

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