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‘Street of Thieves,’ by Mathias Énard

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:41am
Mathias Énard’s novel follows an anguished young Moroccan coming of age during the Arab uprisings of 2011.

‘Thieves of State,’ by Sarah Chayes

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:41am
A former journalist and adviser in Afghanistan says corruption is undermining American foreign policy and breeding insurgency.

Open Book: Creature Lit

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:39am
A look at memoirs that explore the complicated relationships between humans and animals.

The Shortlist: Mark Doten’s ‘The Infernal,’ and More

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:37am
New books by Sarah Gerard, Norman Manea, Joe Amato and Mark Doten.

‘Fatherland,’ by Nina Bunjevac

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:36am
How the actions of the author’s father, a violent Serbian nationalist, shaped her family’s life.

‘Irritable Hearts,’ by Mac McClelland

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:29am
A journalist working in conflict zones becomes overwhelmed by the traumas she reports.

‘The Evil Hours,’ by David J. Morris

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:29am
An analysis of PTSD and how the culture responds to it shows effects that extend well beyond the individual sufferer.

‘West of Sunset,’ by Stewart O’Nan

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:28am
Stewart O’Nan imagines Fitzgerald in Hollywood.

Letters: ‘Founders’ Son’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:23am
Readers respond to recent reviews of “Founders’ Son,” “Ghettoside” and more.

Author’s Note: A Thankless Task

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:10am
Acknowledgments give up fantastic clues about writers.

‘Khirbet Khizeh,’ by S. Yizhar

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 9:37am
In this novel, an Israeli soldier wrestles with his conscience as Palestinians are driven from their homes.

An American Dream, A Cuban Soul: Poet Richard Blanco Finds 'Home'

NPR Books - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 5:33am

While immigration is a subject of some of the most intense political debates in this country, inaugural poet Richard Blanco says it also drives his art. He shares his journey of becoming an American.

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Fraser Valley teacher up for national award

Local News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 5:21pm
Fraser Valley Elementary physical education teacher Lynn Burrows is heading to Seattle in March for the SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Educators) National Convention and Expo. While she is there, Burrows will find out if she is being named the National Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year.“I am really excited about going,” said Burrows.She will attend thanks in part to the Winter Park/Fraser Valley Rotary Club Reba Ferguson Memorial Grant for educators.Last fall Burrows was nominated for the top elementary physical education teacher in Colorado, which she was awarded on October 17. Her application and additional letters of …

Volunteers seek to develop birding aides for blind kids

Local News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 5:21pm
For most of us who live and work in Grand County the mountains, and all they have to offer, are a fundamental part of our lives.From hiking to hunting, skiing to mountain biking, the high country provides ample opportunities to experience the natural wonders of our region. But for those who suffer from physical disabilities, enjoying the recreational abundance of the area can be a serious challenge.One local woman is working hard to make it easier for the visually impaired to enjoy the outdoors. Carol Hunter is developing the “Birding for All” program, creating birding lessons and materials for use …

Fraser Rec District residents weigh in

Local News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 5:21pm
Preliminary results from the Fraser Valley Recreation District’s community needs assessment point toward improvements at the Fraser Valley Sports Complex, Grand Park Recreation Center and Pole Creek Golf Club as top priorities for residents.The assessment, part of a process of revision for the district’s organizational master plan, included a focus group and survey to collect data from full-time and part-time residents.The preliminary results were presented at a recreation district board meeting in January.“I think the information is going to all be very helpful in allowing us to prioritize future potential capital improvement projects,” said Scott Ledin, director of parks, recreation …

Comments sought on Trail River Ranch Education Center proposal

Local News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 5:21pm
Just over a fortnight is left for folks to comment on the proposed Trail River Ranch Education Center.The National Park Service (NPS) is taking comments from the public regarding a proposal to establish Trail River Ranch in Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) as an education center for the west side of the park.Bonnie Severson provided some background details on the proposal. Severson was the Committee Chair for the Friends of Trail River Ranch until January, when she stepped down from the position and Grand Lake Mayor Judy Burke began her tenure.Trail River Ranch was the summer home of Betty Dick, …

From Iran To Comedy Central: Maz Jobrani's Path To 'Middle Eastern Funny Man'

NPR Books - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 3:53pm

The Iranian-American comic came to the U.S. when he was 6 years old, just before Iran's 1979 revolution. His new memoir is I'm Not a Terrorist, But I've Played One on TV.

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