Book reviews

New In the Stacks: Killing Jokes, Pit Bull Whisperers

The Flame Alphabet

Each week on KC Unbound, we hit the new books section at the Central Library and round up an omnivorous sampling of what’s new on the shelves.

Brandwashed by Martin Lindstrom

Brandwashed

Most of us think that our consumer decisions; the deodorant we use, the shoes we wear, the car we drive, are based on logic and reason.  Martin Lindstrom, a highly successful consumer product marketing consultant, disagrees. 

New In the Stacks: KC Restaurant Week Edition

Blood, Bones, & Butter

January 20-29 is Restaurant Week in Kansas City, a time when area foodies line up to taste off-menu offerings at dozens of local eateries. We’ve rounded up recent culinary memoirs that have arrived at a Kansas City Public Library near you.

Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick

Nothing to Envy - Barbara Demick

World events can trigger curiosity on a particular subject. With the recent death of the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il, a well-written book on the country is timely.

Classic Review: The Odyssey by Homer

Odyssey by Homer

For all of human existence, at least since humans gained language, stories have been a part of our world and they affect our perception of the world around us. In many ways, the Odyssey is Homer’s portfolio, a defense and a demonstration of the art of telling stories.