Monday, May 30, 2016

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  • Books | May 14, 2016

    Key years in Washington’s life

    During this contentious time in the 2016 U.S. presidential nomination process, it is interesting to look back to our first presidential election. Only white males of property could vote and they were casting their ballots for other white males of which George Washington was by

  • Books | May 07, 2016

    Turkle details negative side of technology

    Sherry Turkle is the author of several books on people’s relations with electronic media, including “The Second Self” and “Alone Together.” Trained in sociology and clinical psychology, Turkle is the Abby Rockefeller Mauze professor of the social studies of science and technology at MIT.&

  • Books | May 07, 2016

    Little known scientist subject of new biography

    Alexander von Humboldt is perhaps the most influential person in modern times of whom most people are totally unaware. As the author of this book notes, “More places are named after Humboldt than anyone else.” We in Manhattan have our Humboldt Street. Cities and towns (

  • Books | May 07, 2016

    Books about sports for children and parents alike


    With only a few weeks left of school, the Youth Services Department at Manhattan Public Library is gearing up for the summer reading program and all the summer events planned for children of all ages.  Parents: you might be gearing up for summer in

  • Books | May 07, 2016

    More WWI spy shenanigans

    “One Man’s Flag” is just as its cover describes it, “A novel of espionage during the First World War.” It’s also a love story between individuals who can’t seem to be on the same side, and it’s something of an anti-war

  • Books | May 01, 2016

    Unlikely friends face trials of high school

    You know that high school classmate you wouldn’t be caught dead associating with? Given the right cocktail of bad choices, dangerous circumstances and shared terror, they just might become the person you’re clinging to for dear life. “Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah” takes four

  • Books | May 01, 2016

    Alter takes readers on Himalayan spy adventure

    Mussoorie, an anonymous town along the Indian border with Tibet, has a curious population breakdown. It draws a modest number of tourists, has a military detachment and is home to a number of Brits, some of whom have been there for decades and call India

  • Books | April 30, 2016

    Read about plant, animal additions for your yard


    Gardening is a wonderful way to gain joy from the outside world. The visual beauty of flowers and plants is pleasing to the eye, but when a butterfly drops in for a visit, another dimension is added to heighten your gratification. It doesn’t matter

  • Books | April 23, 2016

    Exile leads to mystery for Chinese librarian

    Recently participants in the Manhattan Public Library’s BookTalk spring reading program discussed what keeps readers interested in mysteries. Three main elements were identified — the challenge of solving the crime, the fascination with the geographical, political or historical aspects of the setting, and growing investment

  • Books | April 23, 2016

    Inspiring heroine takes on pre-WWII rescue mission

    The year is 1938, and Maisie Dobbs, a British woman, is a widow whose husband was killed while test-flying an aircraft some years earlier. Maisie was pregnant at the time, and because of grief and trauma, lost her baby not long afterward. She’s been through

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