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[25 Feb 2010 | by Andrea Anglin | One Comment]
[read] Everything Matters

If you knew the exact date the Earth would be annihilated how would your life be different?  Now imagine having that knowledge literally from birth.  This is the position in which “Junior” finds himself in the novel Everything Matters! by Ron Currie, Jr.
This interesting book poses the philosophical question, “If the world is assured destruction, does anything really matter?”  Junior goes through his life, starting in the womb, hearing voices that inform him about events and people including the past, present and future.  He is told how his dad really lost part of …

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[16 Feb 2010 | by Bailey Ketterman | 48 Comments]
[read] Five Teen Lit Classics for Everyone

I know that “adolescent literature” sounds like an oxymoron to many, and conjures up images of vampires and werewolves to most. However, I have the luxury of reading many such gems as part of my job description, and I have to tell you – there is significantly more to this genre than meets the eye.
Tales of teen angst are nearly universal; we’ve all felt broken, abused, or put upon at some time, and stories that cater to adolescents are rife with this type of familiar pain. But the …

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[10 Feb 2010 | by Bailey Ketterman | 8 Comments]
[read] Five Books to Make You Sound Smart

I’m not going to say I sound like a genius all the time. I don’t know anything about technology, modern science, or theology. I can weigh in on politics and philosophy, but only because those only require offering an opinion, and I’m sure you all know by now I have plenty of those. However, as an English teacher, I am required to be well-read, and this has been my saving grace in many a conversation of the scholarly sort. True, it’s not every day that you find …

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[6 Jan 2010 | by Andrea Anglin | 6 Comments]
[read] Five Books to Read in 2010

If you are pressed for time (and face it, who isn’t?), you may not have time to read a book a month. But if you want to keep yourself entertained and informed, there are five books you should add to your list for 2010 (if you haven’t read them already):

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner – As someone who doesn’t like math, I think the concept behind this book and its sequel, Superfreakeconomics, is fascinating and even, dare …

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[16 Dec 2009 | by Karen Moore | 342 Comments]
[read] 20 Things You Didn’t Know About the Wichita Public Library

At least once a month, my daughters and I visit one or more of Wichita’s 9 library branches too stock up on fresh reading material for the upcoming weeks. With two voracious readers to keep satisfied and a budget so tight it makes a corset look roomy, I turned to the library a long time ago to help me avoid financial ruin. The kids look forward to our visits, and so do I, which is why I was more than a little shocked to hear a friend of mine …