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Updated Jul 21, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Since it was written by a colleague — Matthew Phillion, a fellow GateHouse Media journalist — I would have likely picked up “The Indestructibles” just as a show of support. But I challenge anyone to resist this plot description, whether you know Matt or not:“A solar powered girl. A ballerina vigilante. A boy with the alien sharing his brain. A werewolf. A girl with a black hole for a heart. This is the next generation of heroes Doc Silence has...

Updated Jul 21, 2014 at 9:40 AM

“Lobster Rolls of New England: Seeking Sweet Summer Delight” Written by Sally Lerman, “The Lobster Gal” at lobstergal.com. Photos by Sally Lerman and Jane Shauck. Published by American Palate, a division of The...

Posted Jul 17, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Whether  it’s measured by the minute, the page or general enthusiasm, the 2014 Girard Public Library summer reading program for children and young adults was a success."We had a very good response to the program...

Updated Jul 14, 2014 at 3:17 PM

By Rae Padilla FrancoeurMore Content Now“The Empathy Exams” By Leslie Jamison. Graywolf Press, 2014. 226 pages. Paperback. $15.In the title essay of Leslie Jamison’s book, “The...

Posted Jul 13, 2014 at 2:30 PM

It’s that time of year again when people are packing suitcases, loading up cars and hitting the road. Unless you’re like me and your money  has gone to pay for repairs rather than a vacation.But not to worry...

Posted Jul 13, 2014 at 7:30 AM

John Kekec’s childhood was filled with stories about the deep shaft coal mining days of southeast Kansas."My family was part of that era, and the story has been bottled up in me for years," he  said in a...

Updated Jul 8, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Emma Gatewood popularized, among other things, minimalist extreme hiking. To hike all 2,050 miles of the rough and immature Appalachian Trail in 1955, she hand-sewed a yard of denim to form a drawstring sack and filled it with Band-Aids,...

Updated Jul 1, 2014 at 10:26 AM

A generation ago youth sports was just about that, the youth.At practice, often the only adults at the ballpark, gridiron, ice rink or gymnasium were the coaches. On game days, players would ride their bike alone to the event. When...

Updated Jun 30, 2014 at 10:14 AM

“Boiled Over: The Maine Clambake Mystery Series” by Barbara Ross. Kensington Books, New York, 2014. Paperback. $7.99.The carefully planned, high-stakes Founder’s Day in Busman’s Harbor, Maine,...

Updated Jun 25, 2014 at 11:38 AM

By Rae Padilla FrancoeurMore Content Now“And the Dark Sacred Night,” by Julia Glass. Pantheon, New York, April 2014. 416 pages. $26.95Julia Glass’s new novel, “And the Dark Sacred...

Posted Jun 15, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Several associated with area libraries attended the  Southeast Kansas Library  System annual meeting and continuing  education day June 6 at Iola  High School.Library futurist Joan Frye Williams presented...

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