Reading List: Nebraska Book Festival

The Nebraska Book Festival is tomorrow at the University of Nebraska Omaha Weitz Community Engagement Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The festival is free and open to the public. UNP will be displaying a number of books with a Nebraska topic or Nebraska author. Here are a few notable Nebraska books to add to your shelf. The Ordinary Spaceman: From Boyhood Dreams to Astronaut Nebraska native Clayton Anderson’s memoir chronicling his quest to become an astronaut.                     The Naked Mountaineer: Misadventures of an Alpine Traveler Creighton University law professor Steve Seiberson recounts a series of global … Continue reading Reading List: Nebraska Book Festival

Off the Shelf: Valentines by Ted Kooser

Read "A Perfect Heart", a poem from Valentines by Ted Kooser: To make a perfect heart you take a sheetof red construction paper of the typethat’s rough as a cat’s tongue, fold it once,and crease it really hard, so it feelsas if your thumb might light up like a match, then choose your scissors from the box. I likethose safety scissors with the sticky bladesand the rubber grips that pinch a little skinas you snip along. They make you careful,just as you should be, cutting out a heart for someone you love. Don’t worry that your curvewon’t make a valentine; … Continue reading Off the Shelf: Valentines by Ted Kooser

Off the Shelf: Local Wonders by Ted Kooser

Kooser Read an excerpt from the 2011 One Book One Nebraska selection, Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps by Ted Kooser:

"In the weeks just before Christmas, my father’s store was busiest, its narrow aisles crowded with shoppers, its carefully arranged displays rumpled and disarrayed, and its floors slippery with melting snow. On Saturdays and when school let out in the afternoons, my sister and I helped out. She worked on the sales floor, and I made bows for the women in the gift-wrap booth.

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