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Staff Review May 28, 2017

Deep in debt and seeking a major change in her life, author Elizabeth Greenwood becomes infatuated with the idea of faking her own death. Couldn't she just "die," and walk away from her student loans, her life, and her problems? Instead of actually committing pseudocide, as it's known, she delves into researching the idea instead, and the result is Playing Dead: A Journey through the World of Death Fraud.

Staff Review May 26, 2017

There's a long tradition of stories about children who stumble into another world, a fantastic world that works in completely different ways from our world. The children follow a talking rabbit down a rabbit hole or walk through the back of an old wardrobe or are swept up by a tornado and dropped onto an evil witch. At the end of the story, the child returns to our world a little wiser, but none the worse for wear.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Our Creative Writing Group meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. We are working through the exercises in Brian Kiteley's The 3 A.M. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises That Transform Your Fiction. The assignment for June 1st is "Life or Death - 157".

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Maggie Henehan
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

It's a pleasure to welcome Maggie Henehan to Listen Local. A gifted singer who counts Carole King and Lauryn Hill as major influences, Henehan is often found hosting regular open mics for aspiring songwriters at the Uptown Arts Bar and Davey's Uptown Rambler's Club. Her new band is named Pearl Allure and we're happy to share their debut song, the swinging jazz-folk "Breakin' Hearts". You can catch Pearl Allure this Saturday, May 27th, at the third annual Westport Roots Festival, a fundraiser for Kansas City Pridefest.

Still looking for a great read? Follow our Librarians in the catalog! We recommend JCLGreggW for all the hottest new fiction trends and JCLDebbieF for Teen books, feel-good fiction, and audiobooks!

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