A strikingly original tale about coming to America by Cristina Henriquez is plucked from the sea of immigrant narratives — endless sagas of acclimatization that glut the Hispanic American experience — and displays love, loyalty and a longing to be accepted.
Fearless verbally and on paper, William Wells Brown in his time equaled Frederick Douglass as a well-known person of color. Ezra Greenspan’s new biography reintroduces us to this former Missouri slave who became an important abolitionist author.
Barbara Stuber’s story of growing up and finding where one fits in is set in Kansas City. Lily Firestone, an adopted Chinese girl, battles prejudice, discovers art at the Nelson-Atkins and finds first love.
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.”
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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.”
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.
Less than a week after the publication of Marja Mills' memoir, "The Mockingbird Next Door," her story of befriending famously reclusive 88-year-old author Nelle Harper Lee, the book remains embroiled in controversy.