2008 Notable Books

American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch: An Odyssey in the New China by Matthew Polly
Leaving college behind, Topekan Matthew Polly journeys to a storied temple in China where he undergoes two years of awe-inspiring physical and mental conditioning in this nonfiction true tale.

The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians, illustrated by Brad Sneed
This children's book follows the school-age years and beyond of a student named Melvin to show that there is no question too large or unusual that can't be answered by reference librarians, who sometimes inspire as well as inform

Can I Keep My Jersey? 11 Teams, 5 Countries, and 4 Years in My Life as a Basketball Vagabond by Paul Shirley
This lively nonfiction American-abroad insider pro-sports book traces the up-and-down career of Paul Shirley, a Kansas farm boy who becomes an Iowa State basketball starter and professional basketball player and sports analyst.

The Curse of Catunkhamun by Tim Raglin
In this children's book, feline villains plot to turn all dogs into zombies. Only two canine detectives can solve the mystery of the Golden Bone of Catunkhamun (pronounced cat-un-common) and thwart the evil scheme.

The Farther Shore by Matthew Eck
In this adrenaline-filled critically acclaimed novel, Matthew Eck puts readers inside the mind of a young man caught in the fog of the unexpected battle of Mogadishu, the most intense combat Americans had engaged in since Vietnam.

From Emporia: The Story of William Allen White by Beverley O. Buller
This book by a Kansas school librarian and chair of the William Allen White Children's Book Award selection committee shares the life of the man who helped shape Kansas history and literature for future generations. Written because there was no children's biography of Emporian William Allen White.

Hellfire Canyon by Max McCoy
This book, which has also won a Spur Award from the Western Writers Association, is based on the true story of Branson, MO, area serial killer Alf Bolin and follows a young man's quest for vengeance which makes him desperate enough to go undercover and join Bolin's gang during the troubled Civil War years.

Hunger for the Wild: America's Obsession with the Untamed West by Michael L. Johnson
A University of Kansas English professor offers a monumental cultural and historical analysis of how ideas of wilderness have shaped the ways Americans have perceived the West for nearly 500 years, from Disneyfied frontier to Ralphlaurenized range, from UFO fanatics to post-regional cowgirls.

The Kitchen Sink: New and Selected Poems, 1972-2007 by Albert Goldbarth
Wichita State University Distinguished Professor Albert Goldbarth has in a 35-year career created an erudite, copious, hilarious, and heartbreaking style, epitomized by his newest work with selections of earlier poetry, ranging from brief, flickering lyric to long, narrative sequences.

A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution by David A. Nichols
The former academic dean at Southwestern College in Winfield and leading authority on Eisenhower, David A. Nichols draws on archival documents including newly available material from the Eisenhower Presidential Library to take readers inside the Oval Office as Ike worked behind the scenes to desegregate the District of Columbia and complete the desegregation of the armed forces.

The Middle of Somewhere by J.B. Cheaney
See what happens when a 12-year-old girl hits the road on a jaunt across Kansas in an RV with her cantankerous, wind-prospecting grandfather and hyperactive little brother. She learns that there are some things that cannot be controlled, and sometimes a little chaos is just what a girl needs.

The Rest of Her Life by Laura Moriarty
Bestselling Lawrence author Laura Moriarty explores the complex moral dilemma of parents being sued for actions of a teenager, how all families involved cope with a terrible accident, and the tenuous mother/daughter relationship that remains.

Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Creatures of the Deep by Michael J. Everhart
Paleontologist Mike Everhart returns to Kansas Notable Books List with his second book, the official companion book to the National Geographic film "Sea Monsters." The book explores the relatively unknown world of marine reptiles that live at the same time dinosaurs roamed the land, the sea monsters depicted in the film, the paleontologists who discovered and studied their fossils, why they disappeared, and the making of the film.

Storm Chaser: A Photographer's Journey by Jim Reed
Wichitan Jim Reed shares his best photographic images and his experiences as he track severe weather across the country, while explaining why the weather that was once reported after the news is today often the news itself. A beautiful picture book about some of the most powerful and deadly phenomena in the US.

Writing in an Age of Silence by Sara Paretsky
Best known for her bestselling mysteries, including the V.I. Warshawski novels, the native of Lawrence turns her attention in this nonfiction work to five different periods of her life: the traditions of her childhood in Kansas, the political climate of the 1960s, the awakening of her own feminism, the attack on civil liberties, and our obsession with terrorism and biological warfare.

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