The Kansas City Star searches the shelves for pre- or early-teen reading as summer passes its apex. Reviewed are: Piers Torday’s “The Last Wild”; Rebecca Hahn’s “A Creature of Moonlight”; Paul Durham’s “The Luck Uglies”; John Rocco and Jay Primiano‘s “Swim that Rock”; and Adele Griffin’s “The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone.”
Denise Low, a former Kansas poet laureate, has published a new volume of verse, “Mélange Block,” in which she explores the Midwestern terrain of her home region. Parkville lawyer and freelance writer Tiffany Killoren describes her novel “Six Weeks in Petrograd” as a perfect “beach read.”
Two new memoirs involve two famous reclusive authors. Joanna Rakoff’s “My Salinger Year” features “The Catcher in the Rye” author as a surprisingly affable supporting character, and Marja Mills’ “The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee” takes an affectionate look at the woman who stopped publishing after her beloved debut, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
“The Hundred-Year House” is a puzzle-box of a story that moves backward in time as it peers in on three linked moments set at a turn-of-the-century estate north of Chicago that was once the home of an art colony. Sleuthing by the occupants of the carriage house takes an unexpected turn when they stumble upon a much bigger and stranger secret than lost manuscripts and old artists’ stories.
However conservative Barry Goldwater, the 1964 Republican Party presidential nominee, may have been, he also saw the need for environmental protections, says author Brian Allen Drake, who speaks at the Kansas City Central Library on Wednesday.
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Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, July 13, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan (c) 2014, The Nielsen Co.
On a Saturday afternoon that dripped with sticky June heat, author Ben Hoffman and his groomsmen readied for his impending nuptials in Chicago's West Loop by basking in his hotel suite's air conditioning and a few moments of tranquility, a respite from the wedding day frenzy. With just about four hours to go before the ceremony, the Harrisburg, Pa., native got a call from an unknown number with a Chicago area code.
Nadine Gordimer, who died Sunday at age 90, understood the power of writing as a moral force. Not only in terms of literature (although that too) but also politically, in a country - apartheid-era South Africa - where such commitment carried a high price.