Book reviews

All Kansas City Public Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, and will remain closed all day Thursday, November 27, for Thanksgiving.

The Naughty List: 5 Snarky Christmas Reads

There’s something about this season that brings out a little misanthrope in some readers. They’re not Scrooges, just a little cynical regarding the forced merriment. For those readers, I’ve got a list of books that fall on the not-so-nice side.

Kaite Stover's Top 11 Books of 2011

Walter Mosley Ptolemy Grey

At the end of each year I review my book log to see what I’ve read this year. All I write down is the year, month and the title and author of the book I finished and in what format I read the book, print, electronic or audio.

The Forgotten Founding Father by Joshua Kendall

Forgotten Founding Father cover image

The Founding Fathers of the United States had a vision of how the government should work for the new country. Another American felt the same way regarding the English language.

14 Books on Celebrating the Holidays Artfully

Winter Solstice

From time immemorial, humans have eased the encroaching darkness of winter with gatherings and celebrations involving light, food, and sacred rituals. Holidays and traditions vary from culture to culture, but often these traditions involve recipes, crafts, and decorations for the home.

Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Sarah's Key cover

As French police force their way into her family’s Paris apartment, a frightened 10-year-old Sarah desperately locks her little brother, Michel, in the secret bedroom cupboard and shoves the key deep into her pocket.