Thursday, October 8, 2015

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  • Books | September 19, 2015

    Sloan creates charming animal characters

    If an opossum happens to stroll your way, it just might grin, lift a paw and wave heartily. No other opossum in the animal kingdom would have the courtesy (and guts) to greet people in this manner, except “Appleblossom the Possum.” Kids and parents will

  • Books | September 19, 2015

    ‘Spy Games’overcomes bland title with thrilling plot

    “Spy Games” is an idiotic title for an espionage novel. Its parallel is titling books in other genres “Murder Games” and “Adventures in Historical Fiction.” This particular espionage novel titled “Spy Games” certainly deserves better. It contains vastly more tension than violence, but it’s

  • Books | September 19, 2015

    This season’s dark and twisted mysteries at the library

    I always look forward to the latest favorite mystery writers have to offer. Like so many readers, I anticipate what the next storyline might promise, and I thoroughly enjoy reading about my longtime favorite characters. That’s why the latest crop of new tales has

  • Books | September 19, 2015

    Swaby profiles impressive female scientists

    In the late ‘80s, a report by the U.S. Department of Education found the gap in the career aspirations of boys and girls in science or engineering fields existed as early as eighth grade. Within the eighth grade class of 1988, boys were more than

  • Books | September 19, 2015

    Warfield presents Sousa’s early years

    “It takes 10 years of hard work to become an overnight success in show business.” So goes the old saying. In the case of the composer, arranger and conductor John Philip Sousa (1854-1932), it took considerably longer — he was 39 when he established his own band and

  • Books | September 13, 2015

    Bhutto writes powerful first novel set in Pakistan

    Americans might not know of Mir Ali, which is just a town on the other side of the world. But those who have paid even modest attention in recent years to the conflicts in Pakistan and Afghanistan, or followed the rise, fall and renewal of

  • Books | September 13, 2015

    Developing early literacy skills at the library this fall


    As summer changes into fall, there are lots of opportunities to introduce literacy concepts to your children. At Manhattan Public Library, we encourage parents and caregivers to embrace organic ways to instill a love of reading in children. One key part of learning to read

  • Books | September 12, 2015

    ‘Rosie Effect’ an unconventional love story

    In his 2013 novel “The Rosie Project,” author Graeme Simsion introduces readers to Don Tillman, a brilliant but socially awkward genetics professor whose highly analytical approach to life unintentionally puts him at odds with others. After countless disastrous dates, Don has almost given up on finding

  • Books | September 12, 2015

    Zakaria critiques modern education

    Fareed Zakaria, a popular commentator on CNN news and other media outlets, discusses the purpose, the present status, and criticism of the American educational system, all in this brief and highly readable book. Zakaria, who lived in India before attending college in the United States,

  • Books | September 06, 2015

    Aziz Ansari successfully blends humor, research

    In the introduction to “Modern Romance,” author Aziz Ansari explains that he never wanted to be an author. Ansari, best known for his stand-up comedy and role on “Parks and Recreation,” always thought his best ideas would be wasted in a book. Anything interesting he

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