Saturday, April 25, 2015



Lifestyle - Books

  • Books | April 19, 2015

    ‘The Great Zoo of China’ elicits Crichton’s ‘Jurrasic Park’

    In Matthew Reilly’s interview in the endnotes of “The Great Zoo of China,” the writer acknowledges his love of Michael Crichton’s science thriller “Jurassic Park.” Reilly describes deliberate moves he made to differentiate the two novels even though they share identical storylines of

  • Books | April 19, 2015

    ‘Inherit Midnight’ elicits thoughts of reality TV

    “Inherit Midnight” is a thrilling novel that takes members of the VanDemere family on a worldwide competition for the family’s sizable fortune. Avery VanDemere is 17 years old and the black sheep of the family. She has lived her life at either her grandmother’s

  • Books | April 19, 2015

    Manhattan’s library can be a playful destination

    Jennifer.adams.librarian1

    The new layout of the Children’s Room has provided opportunity for more interactive features to engage children while they are at the library looking for books, learning about something new or just playing. Having time to play and pretend is important to a child’

  • Books | April 11, 2015

    ‘One Small Step’ discusses ancient ‘Kaizan way’

    Finally, somebody “gets it.” Author Robert Maurer, Ph.D., thinks that Americans had better slow down and not fret so much about setting big goals to accomplish something that would have only challenged them to take small and sensible steps. Yes, it’s obvious. A

  • Books | April 11, 2015

    Take a moment and revisit the subtle joy of poetry

    Pecoraro

    When was the last time you read a poem, and why? If it was in grade school, and you had to memorize it and recite it to the class, you’re not alone. I think many of us of a certain age considered poems a

  • Books | April 11, 2015

    ‘Shame and the Captives’ tells Cowra story through fiction

    For most Americans, World War II doesn’t often conjure thoughts of Australia. Nor does it elicit thoughts of Japanese prisoners of war. “Shame and the Captives,” a work of historical fiction by Australian writer Thomas Keneally, shines a light on a place and a

  • Books | April 04, 2015

    ‘Murder on the Ile Sordou’ tracks eclectic cast of visitors

    The island of Sordou is an imaginary place in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Marseilles. But the fact that the island isn’t real doesn’t detract from this enjoyable murder mystery. Judge Antonio Verlaque and his girlfriend, law professor Marine Bonnet, are

  • Books | April 04, 2015

    Funny tale told through recommendation letters

    This highly original novel is a hilarious story conveyed entirely through letters of recommendation written by one man, Jason (“Jay”) Fitger, a professor of creative writing and literature at the fictitious Payne University. Fitger is a middle-aged, rather cynical professor in a department and university

  • Books | April 04, 2015

    Spring (cleaning) is in the air: The library can help

    Alphild.dick

    I’ll admit it. I may not be the most ... tidy ... person in the world. While I strive to keep my home clean and in good repair, sometimes I feel like my belongings have a secret plot to take over my living space. Books, shoes,

  • Books | April 04, 2015

    ‘Once a Hussar’ recalls fighting in North Africa, prisoner camp

    Like the best-seller, “Unbroken,” about aspiring Olympic athlete, Louis Zampirini’s imprisonment by the Japanese in the Philippines, “Once a Hussar,” is another soldier’s account of his World War II experiences. Unlike Zampirini, Ellis was a British artilleryman who tells of the desert battles


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