Kansas notable books list released for 2009

Fifteen books written in the past year have been selected for the 2009 Kansas Notable Books List.

The list was announced last week by State Librarian Christie Brandau and Roy Bird, director of the Kansas Center for the Book.

Here’s the list:

• “Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator,” by Shelley Tanaka and illustrated by David Craig.

• “Artfully Done Across Generations: An Art Cookbook,” by Friends of the Wichita Art Museum.

• “Burn,” by Kathleen Johnson.

• “Charlatan: America’s Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him and the Age of Filmflam,” by Pope Brock.

• “A Curse Dark as Gold,” by Elizabeth Bunce.

• “The Guide to Kansas Birds and Birding Hot Spots,” by Bob Gress and Peter Jenzen.

• “Hometown Appetites: The Story of Clementine Paddleford, the Forgotten Food Writer Who Chronicled How America Ate,” by Kelly Alexander and Cynthia Harris.

• “Kansas Opera House: Actors and Community Events 1855-1925,” by Jane Rhoades.

• “Making History Quilts and Fabric from 1890 -1970,” by Barbara Brackman.

• “Marco Polo Didn’t Go There: Stories and Revelations from One Decade as a Postmodern Travel Writer,” by Rolf Potts.

• “The Nature of Kansas Lands,” by Beverly Worster.

• “A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir,” by Donald Worster.

• “The Pizza Hut Story,” by Robert Spector.

• “Seeding Civil War: Kansas in the National News 1854-1858,” by Craig Miner.

• “Survival of Rural America: Small Victories and Bitter Harvests,” by Richard E. Wood.