Book: The Man Who Wasn't There

The bland title of Judy Nedry’s new book doesn’t tell readers much about the unique setting or the charming characters they’ll meet inside. But “The Man Who Wasn’t There” ...

Book: A Lost Lady

Marian Forrester is both the life of the party and a curiosity in Sweet Water, a small town on the railroad that runs between Omaha and Denver in the 1890s. The pretty young wife of a railroad baron, she ...

Book: Church of Marvels

The main characters in "Church of Marvels" seem to have little to do with one another at first, and that's part of the intrigue of this delightful novel. Author Leslie Parry introduces her to Odile Church, ...

DVD: Narcos

Cocaine is a relatively unknown substance when Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura) begins smuggling it from Colombia to the United States in the mid-1970s. The money is soon pouring in — Americans can’t ...

Book: People of the Book

Hanna, an expert (and unbelievably prolific) book conservator, studies and repairs medieval manuscripts to keep them from being lost to the ravages of time. We meet her in 1996, when she is called in to ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##“Everything’s up to date in Kansas City,” sings Will (Robert Salberg, right) in a number featuring fellow cowboys (such as Erik Svec, left) and Aunt Eller (Pam Harris).

Review: Gallery's 'Oklahoma' is much better than OK

From the moment Curly (well-played and well-sung by the versatile Lance Nuttman) enters the theater, there’s a bright golden haze on Gallery Theater’s production of “Oklahoma!”  Director ...

Book: Crooked Heart

"Crooked Heart" is the funniest book about the horrors of war you'll ever read. Author Lissa Evans has created a charming set of characters she plays against the London Blitz. Young Noel, whose 11th birthday ...

DVD: Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Prehistoric people painted the walls of a cave in France 32,000 years ago. A landslide blocked the entrance about 25,000 years ago, leaving it untouched until French scientists discovered it in 1994.  The ...

Book: Loving Frank

It's almost hard to tell what's fact and what's fiction in "Loving Frank," a novel about the relationship between Mamah Borthwick Cheney and her lover, Frank Lloyd Wright. Both were married with ...

DVD: Carlos

Carlos (Edgar Ramirez) is a Marxist living in Western Europe in the 1970s. The son of Venezuelan communists, he travels to the Middle East to support the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. While ...

Book: Missoula

No one would call "Missoula" a fun book to read; it deals (very) graphically with rape, drunkenness, group think and appalling miscarriages of justice. But Jon Krakauer's fluid style and strong research ...

Book: Breaking Blue

“Breaking Blue” is the true story of a murder, a culture of corruption and coverups, the Great Depression, remote Northeast Washington and, most of all, an interest that becomes a passion that ...

Book: The Wilderness of Ruin

The vague title, “The Wilderness of Ruin,” tells readers nothing about this nonfiction book. The subtitle tells them too much — or rather, misleads them into thinking this is ...

Book: Go Set a Watchman / Harper Lee

I didn’t plan to read “Go Set a Watchman.” I figured I was completely satisfied by author Harper Lee’s earlier, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” “Go ...

Book: The Photograph

"The Photograph" is a small bell of a novel that rings loudly and resonates long after the last page is read. Penelope Lively raises big questions here: What would we do if we discovered something about ...

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