Spotlight Archive

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1/9/23 Tom Frye shares true stories that shaped his life and inspired the books he wrote in Behind the 8-Ball: A Memoir Of Scratchin' On the Eight Ball and Other Stories from Havelock. Growing up in Havelock, 45 years of youth work, a wild imagination—this is the story behind the stories he tells, the non-fiction true stories of his Life and Times, DBC01988.

1/3/23 David Hunt grew up on a farm near Palisade, Nebraska, population 350. His grandfather and cousin were practical jokers, and he learned his sense of humor from them. David recorded humorous stories about family, friends, and pranks in his book, “Welcome to Pallywonkersville: My Irreverent, But Humorous, Memories Of Growing Up In Rural Midwestern Town Of Palisade, Nebraska”, DBC 01990.

11/8/22 William Kloefkorn’s personal memoir is an artfully assembled collection of reminiscences, each having to do with water. Check out This Death by Drowning, DBC 02002.

10/20/22 Not By the Sword: How a Cantor and His Family Transformed a Klansman by Kathryn Watterson is now available for checkout, DBC 01995. Larry Trapp, Grand Dragon of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan of Nebraska, led a campaign of fear against Jews from his apartment in Lincoln. After receiving death threats from Larry, Cantor Michael Weisser and his wife Julie extended friendship to him and later offered to take him into their home.

9/14/22 Hugh Glass was by turns a pirate, a captive of the Pawnee, and a mountain man who dragged himself 2,000 miles after being left to die in the wilderness. Check out The Saga of Hugh Glass: Pirate, Pawnee and Mountain Man by John Myers Myers, DBC01996

9/2/22 Grace Snyder grew up on the high plains of Custer County, Nebraska and lived in western Nebraska all her life. No Time On My Hands is her autobiography, a full life in which, "I have been blessed by having no time on my hands." The book number is DBC 01997. Abandoned Prayers by Gregg Olsen is now available, DBC 01998, this true crime story set in Ohio Amish country contains strong language, violence and explicit descriptions of sex.

8/23/22 George Norris, Going Home : Reflections of a Progressive Statesman by Gene A. Budig and Don Walton, preface by George W. Norris is now available to TBBS borrowers. Nebraska statesman returns home in 1942 to McCook, Nebraska, after losing his bid for re-election to a sixth term in the U.S. Senate. Known nationally as the prairie populist, Senator Norris is best remembered for his central role in creating the Tennessee Valley Authority which brought electricity to farmers and rural communities. Check out or download this book from our recording studios using the number DBC 01907.

8/10/22 More than 40 years after the dismembered bodies of Edwin and Wilma Hoyt were found near McCook, Nebraska in 1973, author James W. Hewitt uncovers new details about the crimes that shocked the small town. Harold Nokes, later convicted of the murders, gives the author his first and only interview. Adult. Some descriptions of sex. Violence and some strong language. Now available for TBBS borrowers to checkout or to download from BARD, DBC 01892.

6/7/22 In The Bridge We Built, two residents of Yankton, South Dakota, detail the building of Meridian Bridge, which crosses the Missouri River and connects Yankton with Cedar County, Nebraska. Through newspaper stories, historical correspondence, and interviews, they examine the planning, construction, and impact of the bridge that was completed in 1924. Now available for TBBS borrowers to checkout or download from BARD, DBC 01989.

6/1/22 Bill Rush was not able to use his arms, hands, and voice due to cerebral palsy. Yet that was not as troubling to him as society’s prejudices. As a person who can think, feel, remember, see, and hear, he earned a journalism degree at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, used his persuasive writing skills in his jobs, and authored a book about his experiences. Check out his autobiography, Journey Out of Silence by William L. Rush, DBC 01985.