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Upcoming Bookish Events, Evenings of Drama and Culture:

Staceyann Chin will present in Mass Media Auditorium at 7:00 on February 25, 2014. Book Signing will follow.







Terry Bisson will present in Cherry Hall at 7:00 p.m. March 26, 2014.  Book Signing will follow.


Daily News (Bowling Green, KY)  

Roosevelt or O’Conner?

On the Bookshelf: What Jim Sears of the WKU Store is reading
Published: July 10, 2011
Finding a new title isn’t that difficult for Jim Sears, operations director of the WKU Store. Being able to walk right outside his office to the trade books, he says, “I might linger around for a bit but I always find a title that gets my attention.”

With such a variety of books to choose from, Sears says he typically reads at least two books at a time. His favorite genres are Southern literature and history and his favorite author is William Faulkner.

“If a biography about Teddy Roosevelt isn’t what I am in the mood to read, I can reach over and pick up a title by Flannery O’Conner.” After he has found a book, Sears says that he loves to read outside at the end of the day. “If the book is too good to set down, I bring out a lamp.” He also says that on occasion he enjoys reading in the morning before work with a cup of coffee on his deck.

Sears says that as a child, the first book he can remember reading was “The Bears of Blue River” about a young frontier boy hunting a one-eared bear in early southern Indiana. He remembers sitting on the edge of his bed with his mom while she helped him sound out the words. Sears is currently reading “Crunchy Cons” by Rod Dreher and “The First World War” by Jon Keegan. He says, “ ‘Crunchy Cons’ is about the folks that belong to the Republican Party but do not fit into the peg hole of traditional party politics.” He chose this title saying, “I thought it would be an interesting twist.”

He chose “The First World War” because he says, “I am starting to get into World War I and Keegan’s work is considered by many as the seminal work in the field.” If you are looking to add to your summer reading, some titles that Sears would recommend are: “Absalom, Absalom!” by William Faulkner; “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis; “War and Peace” by Tolstoy; “Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole; and “Lanterns on the Levee” by William Percy.

Sears was born in Evansville, Ind., and now lives in Bowling Green, where he has resided off and on for 24 years. He is a Western Kentucky University graduate.

— By Sharon Burns, Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

Copyright 2011 News Publishing LLC (Bowling Green, KY)


                               Book Clubbing

Park Readers

Do you have a book club or are you interested in starting one?  You pick the book.  You pick the pace.  If you need a book supplier, give me (Sarah @ 745-5798) a call and I’ll get you a Book Corner discount.  Don’t neglect one of life’s simple pleasures: reading good books with good folks.

Happy Reading,

Sarah Fricks

By the way, what books would you recommend for book groups?  Have you read any thing that you thoroughly enjoyed lately?

Available at the WKU Store


One response »

  1. Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Schaffer, Thread that Runs so True by Kentucky’s Jesse Stuart, Roosevelt Family of Sagamore Hill (out of print but still in circulation through online sources), and the ever-beloved To Kill a Mockingbird by Ms. Harper Lee–these are all ones that my book club has enjoyed over the years.


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