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The Warrior

By Judith E. French
Rated by Margaret O.
Jan 23, 2017

Much is expected of Alexander, the only son of Alexander the Great, but he's more than ready for the task. His skills on the battlefield are well known, and he's charming, yet cautious when it comes to social and political affairs. His search for a wife worthy of the noble lineage of his family finds him engaged to Princess Mereret, the daughter of the Egyptian King Ptolemy. While waiting for the wedding date to arrive, a slave girl named Kiara is sent to entertain him. Although Alexander is stunned and enchanted by her beauty, his responsibility is clear. 

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The Atomic Weight of Love

By Church, Elizabeth J.
Rated by Kari E.
Jan 22, 2017

The Atomic Weight of Love is an outstanding debut novel. Meridian Wallace puts her dreams of a Masters and PhD. on hold and follows her husband, Alden Whetstone, to Los Alamos, New Mexico where he helps develop the atomic bomb. Meridian’s unfinished scholarly work in ornithology leads her to question her life with Alden, who becomes more interested in his work and must lead a rather secretive life.

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Local Writers
Saturday, Jan 21, 2017

According to William Zinsser in On Writing Well, "the secret to good writing is to strip every sentence to its cleanest components." He is suggesting we edit out every unnecessary word, making the words you do choose of utmost importance. Today, we're asking you play with words you may not know, or don't use very often.

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Ed Frazier Davis
Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017

Ed Frazier Davis is an accomplished Kansas City composer, bass-baritone singer and conductor (among other pursuits) whose work has been commissioned and performed locally and internationally. His range of musical styles is staggering, covering everything from solo piano to choral, orchestral work and electroacoustic work. Currently the Composer-in-Residence for the William Baker Festival Singers, Davis's influences are all over the map, citing Stravinsky, Sweet Honey in the Rock and Iron Maiden as a few of his favorites. Davis was kind enough to share his thoughts on being a composer and performer in Kansas City and his eclectic list of book and music recommendations.

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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