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.
The holidays are over, and you’ve just made a serious New Year’s resolution to eat healthier. You don’t really want to sacrifice flavor or give up all of your high-calorie favorites, so what’s the answer? Comfort Food Fix: Feel-Good Favorites Made Healthy by Ellie Krieger.
As we ring in a new year of adventures in reading, Kansas City Public Library staff members look back on their favorite books from the past year – not all of which were published in the past year.
From 19th century classics to modern experimental westerns – nothing was off limits for our staff readers in 2011. Check out 17 picks from our KC Unbound book review bloggers below, and share your favorites from the past year in the comments!
Absalom, Absalom - William Faulkner
More than anything, I am captivated by the nature of narrative and memory, and Faulkner, perhaps better than any other American author, explores this subject deeply and profoundly, coming ultimately to the conclusion (in Requiem for a Nun), ‘The past is never dead. It's not even past.’" – Bernard Norcott-Mahany