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Jubilee Manor

By Bethany Hagen
3
Rated by Katie S.
Oct 14, 2015

Madeline Landry's life has not gotten any easier since we last saw her in Landry Park. Her parents are still exiled; the Rootless are still angry with the Gentry, even though she and her uncle Jack are trying hard to reconcile the differences between the two classes; and now Uprisen heirs are being found dead on her estate. Madeline worries that these deaths are a sign from the Rootless that they will never work peacefully with the Gentry and that the future of Kansas City will be one of despair and not prosperity. As leader in the Uprisen community she is forced to work with the police and

The Rest of Her Life

By Laura Moriarty
4
Rated by Becky C.
Jun 16, 2010

Before heading straight to the self-help books when you come to the library looking for psychological insight, be aware that reading fiction can also have strong therapeutic benefits. One example to check out is Laura Moriarty’s The Rest of Her Life. Moriarty received a degree in social work from KU, which is excellent training for the themes she explores in her novel: social status and crime, parent/child relationships, and cyclical family dynamics. Moriarty’s prose is not clinical or didactic but flows as well as any good storyteller’s. Protagonist Leigh Churchill is a junior high English