“Running the Rift” by Naomi Benaron (Algonquin, $24.95). A naturally-gifted athlete, Jean Patrick Nkuba sprints over the thousand hills of Rwanda and dreams of becoming his country’s first Olympic medal winner in track. But he is a Tutsi in a world that has become increasingly restrictive and violent for his people. Winner of the Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, Naomi Benaron has written a stunning and gorgeous novel. The author, Naomi Benaron, will be at Watermark for a reading/signing on January 19th at 7:00 p.m.
“Pity the Billionaire” by Thomas Frank (Metropolitan Books, $25.00). An insightful and sardonic look at why the worst economy since the 1930s has brought about the revival of conservatism. Using firsthand reporting, a deep knowledge of the American Right, and a sense of humor, Frank provides the first full account of the political alchemy that transformed disillusionment into orthodoxy, changed despair into profit, and enlisted the powerless in a fan club for the prosperous. Thomas Frank will be at Watermark on January 13th at 7:00 p.m.
1. "Radiating Like a Stone" edited by Myrne Roe
2. "Pinches & Dashes" by the Junior League of Wichita
3. "Wander the Kansas Flint Hills in Words and Images" by Stephen Perry
4. "Eight Wonders of Kansas" by Marci Penner
5. "Flint Hills" by Mark Feiden & Jim Hoy
6. "Rules of Civility" by Amor Towles
7. "On Canaan’s Side" by Sebastian Barry
8. "An Object of Beauty" by Steve Martin
9. "Home for Christmas" by Jan Brett
10. "Moon Over Manifest" by Clare Vanderpool
Source: Watermark Books & Cafe.