Ma Barker and Pretty Boy Floyd once shot their way across the state, and Bonnie and Clyde were known to travel within its borders. From bank robbers to cattle rustlers to serial killers, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation has played a key role in the pursuit of some Kansas' most infamous criminals.
Blackbear Bosin by David Simmonds
Call Number: 730.92 SIM 2012
Publication Date: 2012-12-15
Blackbear Bosin was the self-taught Kiowa-Comanche artist best known for his majestic sculpture in Wichita, Keeper of the Plains. This book, written by his stepson, explores his life as well as his award winning paintings and murals.
The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
Call Number: F MORIARTY 2012
Publication Date: 2012-06-05
A captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and icon of her generation, fifteen-year-old Louise and her thirty-six year old chaperone, Cora, spend five weeks together that will change their lives forever.
The Dust Bowl by Ken Burns; Dayton Duncan
Call Number: 978.032 DUN 2012
Publication Date: 2012-10-17
In this riveting chronicle, which accompanies the documentary, the authors capture the profound drama of the American Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Terrifying photographs, along with firsthand accounts, bring to life this heart-wrenching catastrophe of the Great Plains.
Eisenhower in War and Peace by Jean Edward Smith
Call Number: AND 973.921 SMI 2012
Publication Date: 2012-02-21
Drawing on a wealth of untapped primary resources, author Jean Edward Smith begins in Abilene with Eisenhower as a young man and proceeds to his appointment to West Point, World War II, and provides the inside story of the 1952 Republican convention, ending with Ike's years in the Whitehouse.
Frontier Manhattan by Kevin G. W. Olson
Call Number: AND 978.128 OS 2012
Publication Date: 2012-04-18
When six New Englanders arrived at the junction of the Kansas and Big Blue rivers in March of 1855, they pitched a tent and launched a town. Kevin Olson's lively history of Manhattan's founding draws on town records and personal papers to illuminate the challenges settlers faced and the drama of building a town from scratch on the Great Plains Frontier.
Time's Shadow by Arnold J. Bauer
Call Number: AND 978.1 BAU 2012
Publication Date: 2012-05-24
Arnold Bauer grew up on his family's farm in Clay County. This coming-of-age memoir set in the 1930s and '50s, blends local history with personal reflection to paint a realistic picture of farm life from a now-lost world. He shares the trials of the Depression and drought, experiences the coming of electricity, and finds wonder in the commonplace of going to town on a Saturday night for a walnut ice cream cone.
Wide Open by Larry Bjornson
Call Number: F BJORNSON 2012
Publication Date: 2012-06-05
Based on actual events, Wide Open is a novel of family and coming of age set in 1871 Abilene, a place where good and evil are so evenly matched that no one knows which will triumph. Will Merritt finds himself torn between the Texas cowboys he and his friends idolize and the migrant settlers whose farms threaten to crowd out the cattle. Recently hired marshal, Wild Bill Hickok, struggles to control the streets of Abilene.
The Yard by Alex Grecian
Call Number: F GRECIAN 2012
Publication Date: 2012-05-29
Victorian London is a cesspool of crime and Scotland Yard has only twelve detectives, known as the Murder Squad, to investigate countless murders every month. No one can anticipate the brutal murder of one of their own ... one of the twelve. With masterful storytelling and meticulous attention to period detail, Grecian weaves multiple narratives that converge in a heart stopping climax.