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Highlight: Kansas Notable Books
Posted on July 6, 2016 at 12:00 AM by Lianne Flax
The 2016 Kansas Notable Books were announced last month. Fifteen books by Kansans or about Kansans are selected by the committee each year. To see the full list of 2016 books, please see the
Notable Books page
. Libraries around Kansas will be purchasing many of these books soon in print.
Not all of the books were available to buy on digital, but these 6 were bought for 3M Cloud Library. See our
Cloud Library homepage for a special shelf
with these titles.
A Bitter Magic
by Roderick Townley (Leawood, KS)
Cisley’s mother vanished during a magic act in front of a packed theatre, and didn’t reappear. It’s up to Cisley to hunt for clues to her mother’s disappearance and learn the difference between what is real and illusion. Grades 4-8.
by Dana Bowman (Lindsborg, KS)
Unflinchingly humorous memoir about recovery from a mother with young children. Bowman chronicles hitting the bottom with drinking and moving towards sobriety. Practical suggestions on how to be a sober, present, one-day-at-a-time mom.
Diary of a Waitress: the Not-So-Glamorous Life of a Harvey Girl
by Carolyn Meyer (Albuquerque, NM)
When Kitty Evans answers an ad to work for the Harvey House restaurants, when did not expect to have the adventure of a lifetime. Kitty’s journal highlights interactions with a wide range of customers and the experiences the fellow waitresses endure. Primary source photographs. Grades 5-9.
Harvey Houses of Kansas: Historic Hospitality from Topeka to Syracuse
by Rosa Walston Latimer (Post, TX)
Fred Harvey’s iconic Harvey House was the first to set the standard for dining and hospitality across the west. The first of the restaurants opened in Topeka, Kansas, in 1876.
The Madman & the Assassin: the Strange Life of Boston Corbett, the Man Who Killed John Wilkes Booth
by Scott Martelle (Irvine, CA)
Union cavalryman Boston Corbett became a national celebrity after killing John Wilkes Booth, but as details of his odd personality became known, he also became the object of derision. Over time, he was largely forgotten to history, and yet Corbett led a fascinating life of his own. Ultimately Corbett ended up in Kansas where his shaky mental health led to his undoing.
Notorious Kansas Bank Heists: Gunslingers to Gangsters
by Rod Beemer (Minneapolis, KS)
Bank robbers wreaked havoc in the Sunflower State. Belle Starr's nephew claimed to have robbed twenty-one banks. The Dalton gang failed in their attempt to rob two banks simultaneously, but another gang did this in Waterville in 1911. Some 4,000 vigilantes were organized and armed by the Kansas Bankers’ Association. Woven throughout the narrative are excerpts taken from newspaper articles and witness accounts of the times.
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