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Graham and Jet Get Wet: The Wonders of Weather
Janis and Dave Murray, Reedy Press, 32 pages, hardcover, fiction, $16.95
After a spring hail storm, Graham and his new friend, an eagle named Jet, take flight to explore a storm system in this children’s story. Dave Murry, a St. Louis meteorologist, and Janis Murray, a former CNN correspondent, craft an informative and enjoyable tale that educates children on storm safety and the anatomy of a storm. The book describes types of clouds, the jet stream, gust fronts, water vapor, hail, thunder, and lightning outside of the narrative to provide more understanding of how Mother Nature works.
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Images of America: Atchison County
Kim A. Evans, Arcadia Publishing 128 pages, soft cover, nonfiction, $21.99
Located in the northwest corner of the state, Atchison County has a rich history of farming, ranching, and families who made this part of the state their home. Having once been a crossroads for westbound settlers, this county was a hub along the then-burgeoning rail lines that spread across the country. Take a look into the past of Atchison County through the photography and detailed captions of the author, and gain a better understanding of what it means to be a Missourian.
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Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Volume 2
Susan Swartwout, Southeast Missouri State University Press, 318 pages, softcover, personal essays, $15
Produced by the Missouri Humanities Council and Warriors Arts Alliance, a second volume of letters and essays gives readers an inside look at the lives of war veterans. Members of the nation’s armed forces from Missouri and other states recount stories of daily military life that give the ordinary citizen insight into experiences that might seem unimaginable for those who haven’t served.
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Some Kinds of Love: Stories
Steve Yates, University of Massachusetts Press, 258 pages, soft cover, fiction, $19.95
Throughout the twelve stories of this book, Yates explores the complicated nature of love and what it does to the human spirit. A variety of characters are contained within the stories, as well as different settings, including the Missouri Ozarks. Find out what it really means to love and to overcome the obstacles that life throws at us.
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Tamara Hart Heiner, Dancing Lemur Press, 252 pages, softcover, nonfiction, $15.95
The nation has watched Joplin recover after a mile-wide tornado ravaged the town in the early evening hours of May 22, 2011. Seven women who all lived in the path of destruction recount that day of the storm: the usual, routine mornings, the afternoon warnings, and the thirty-six minutes of sheer terror—and then piece everything back together in the months and years hence. The book’s author, Tamara Hart Heiner, provides a clear look at how the tornado evolved and the steps taken by the weather service to warn those in its path.
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Chas: Foreshadowing Destiny
Mike Arthur, Westbow Press, 165 pages, soft cover, religious fiction, $13.99
After the United States is hit by an electromagnetic pulse, Chas Anders must find his way home from Colorado to Missouri without cars and modern technology. On his journey, he faces outlaws and other challenges that test his inner strength and faith. Drawing heavily on the events of Revelations in the Bible, the main character must overcome trying circumstances to reunite with his family.