Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Lifestyle - Books

  • Books | November 14, 2015

    ‘Crenshaw’ tells heartwarming story

    “Crenshaw.” When pronounced it has a nice ring to it, but this huge, seven-foot-tall imaginary cat can be intimidating even to Jackson who gave him that name.  Ten-year-old Jackson knows his family is in deep trouble. And it looks as if they are soon to

  • Books | November 07, 2015

    Smith brings Victorian classic into present day

    This novel is a modern updating of Jane Austen’s “Emma,” brought forward to the 21st century.  It is very faithful, perhaps excessively so, to Austen’s original story and text, including all the same characters and even most of the minor happenings. The

  • Books | November 07, 2015

    ‘The Ice Queen’ presents compelling WWII mystery

    “The Ice Queen” is a compelling contemporary mystery with roots in Nazi Germany at the end of World War II. It begins with German Detective Oliver Bodenstein and his team investigating the first of many puzzling murders near Frankfurt. The victim is David Goldberg, a

  • Books | November 07, 2015

    Library to host variety of children’s programs this month

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    October is already behind us, and our lives seem to get more eventful as the holidays draw near. Manhattan Public Library is no exception. Throughout the month of November, the Youth Services Department has a wide variety of programs and parties that will keep you

  • Books | November 07, 2015

    ‘Feral Cities’ explores human-animal relationships in urban environments

    Coyotes, wolves, cougars, baboons and bears are watching us. For many years, they have sharpened their vision, kept their ears in tune and their noses quivering. These animals and many others do not seem so timid anymore as they continue to make themselves right at

  • Books | October 31, 2015

    Vignettes examine war from various perspectives

    Unlike many authors who rely on a single first-person narrative to pierce through the so-called “fog of war,” Phil Klay instead attempts to lift that fog with a series of tightly wound vignettes that together create “Redeployment,” a collection of short stories that won the 2014

  • Books | October 31, 2015

    New librarian to launch programs specifically for tweens

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    Across the far reaches of the Internet are articles, surveys and studies about how to raise children to be reasonable, functioning human beings (some day). Children approach learning differently, and those approaches differ depending on their age, attentiveness, activity level, etc. New research is constantly

  • Books | October 31, 2015

    ‘Orphan Train’ is compelling, informative

    This incredibly engrossing novel opens in 1929 and follows the adventures of Niamh Power, a 9-year-old Irish girl who has recently immigrated to America with her family.  Her family is already barely surviving on the streets of New York when a tragic fire claims the

  • Books | October 31, 2015

    Frank details history of giant squid

    Have you ever felt that an author was spending too much time and too many pages teasing his readers with excessive babble about unrelated objects and strange people exchanging a variety of versions of the same story? Perhaps all you ended up with was a

  • Books | October 31, 2015

    Former MHS English teacher publishes first novel

    Former Manhattan High School English teacher Kelly Seiler took the back road to realizing her lifelong dream of becoming a published author. A variety of experiences as a writer, editor and teacher allowed Seiler to develop the skills and connections necessary to publish her debut

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