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Pulitzer-Winner Robin Givhan Comes to the Library

Robin Givhan never planned to write fashion criticism. “I don’t know of any fashion writer — working for a newspaper, anyway — for whom becoming a fashion writer was their ultimate goal,” she says.

Local History

“Here a Lea, There a Lea - Everywhere a Lea, a Lea!” Part 2

Dr. Pleasant Lea's gravestone

Pleasant Lea seems to have become just as important to his new community in Missouri as he was when he lived in Tennessee. In January 1852 he was appointed as a US Postmaster.

Book Reviews

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Allie Brosh hasn't cured cancer, climbed Mount Everest while fighting a bear, or achieved any other accomplishments that society would find inspirational and uplifting. Instead, she wrote a blog.

Local History

“Here a Lea, There a Lea - Everywhere a Lea, a Lea!” Part 1

Lees Summit and TC Lea Crossroad sign

The Confederate general had nothing to do with it. Someone who’d been working on the railroad didn’t know how to spell. Lee’s Summit, Missouri, has an elementary school, a middle school, and a park, all bearing the name Pleasant Lea.

Book Reviews

The Diary of Samuel Pepys

The Diary of Samuel Pepys

Samuel Pepys was a man of somewhat humble beginning, but he also had family in the British government and that had gone to Cambridge. These connections provided him an entry into the Admiralty where Pepys spent much of his working life.