Library Blog

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Book Reviews

Book Review: The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

The Slow Regard of Silent Things

Patrick Rothfuss introduces The Slow Regard of Silent Things with a warning that it's not a proper story. It doesn't do the things a story is supposed to do. And it's wonderful. It's unlike most anything else I've read and I treasured every word of it.

Local History

Unionization Comes to the Slaughterhouse

Plant of Armour Packing, Co.

In the late 19th century, livestock and meatpacking industries had spurred Kansas City’s growth into an industrial giant. Almost 200,000 miles of railroad tracks covered the United States, and the refrigerator car had been nearly perfected.

Book Reviews

Yes, the Holidays are Upon Us Again.

Holidays on Ice

Have the holiday decorations and holly jolly music already put you in a decidedly Scrooge-ish spirit, and it's not even Thanksgiving? Then we have some reading suggestions for you, all completely saccharine- and schmaltz-free.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Vengeance is Mine by Mickey Spillane

Vengeance is Mine

Those of you who have been reading my classic mystery blogs must be scratching your heads about now. Mickey Spillane — Classics — what gives?

Book Reviews

Book Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

Ready Player One is a nostalgia trip like no other. It's an ode to the rise of gaming and geek culture, a recollection of the early history of geekdom, all crammed between the covers of a really good future dystopian Science Fiction novel.