Kansas Day may have passed, but that doesn't mean you can't still celebrate our great state by visiting the library and seeing our Kansas Notable Books of 2017! This collection is made up of the fifteen best books written by, for, or about Kansans (published in 2016). This list is determined by a committee of academics, librarians, and authors of previous Kansas Notable Books. The final fifteen are decided by the State Librarian of Kansas. Johnston Public Library's collection was made possible by the State Library of Kansas and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

1. Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape

and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard

2. Fast-Food Sonnets: Poems by Dennis Etzel Jr.

3. Green City: How One Community Survived a Tornado and Rebuilt for a Sustainable Future by Allan Drummond

4. Hurt People: A Novel by Cote Smith

5. Ghost Sign: Poems From White Buffalo by Al Ortolani, Melissa Fite Johnson, Adam Jameson, and J.T. Knoll

6. Ioway Life: Reservation and Reform, 1837-1860 by Greg Olson

7. The Last Wild Places of Kansas: Journeys into Hidden Landscapes by George Frazier

8. Lost and Gone Forever: A Novel of Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad by Alex Grecian

9. The Memory of Lemon: A Novel by Judith Fertig

10. Mike Torrez: A Baseball Biography by Jorge Iber

11. A Nest of Hornets by Robert Krenzel

12. Never Enough Flamingos by Janelle Diller

13. Phog: The Most Influential Man in Basketball by Scott Morrow Johnson

14. Presenting Buffalo Bill: The Man Who Invented the Wild West by Candace Fleming

15. The Small-Town Midwest: Resilience and Hope in the Twenty-First Century by Julianne Couch

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