Book reviews

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit book cover

Tolkien wrote The Hobbit as a children’s book. It provides a much less grand vision than The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but that doesn't mean it lacks seriousness or that it fails to raise some serious questions.

Holy Bones, Holy Dust by Charles Freeman

Holy Bones, Holy Dust book cover

Charles Freeman in Holy Bones, Holy Dust examines the long use and veneration of items from Biblical times and from those considered to be saints after that, an interesting perspective outside of a traditional historical narrative.

Kansas City Noir by Steve Paul, editor

Kansas City Noir

If you’re a fan of shadowy crime fiction, local authors, and well-written literature, then Kansas City Noir is a book you’ll definitely want to add to your library reading list.

Sweet Invention by Michael Krondl

Sweet Invention

Most people enjoy eating sweets, especially around this time of year. Michael Krondl in Sweet Invention: A History of Dessert shows how sweets have been a part of our diet since ancient times.

Carter's Big Break by Brent Crawford

Carter's Big Break

No one ever said high school was easy, and Will Carter found that out the hard way in 2009's Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford. But did Carter really learn anything? We find out in the sequel, Carter's Big Break.