Books

  • Heartbreak, solace central to Steel’s new novel

    “Blue,” which reflects Danielle Steel’s tightly woven style, is the story of an unlikely friendship between a heartbroken woman and a homeless boy. Ginny Carter once had a perfect life. She was a TV newscaster and her husband was .

  • Online resources to help you pick good books Susan.withee.librarian1

    Are you a reader who goes beyond the bestseller lists? Are you looking for new books that will enthrall you, that will keep you reading far into the night? Books that will whisk you to faraway places and times, that .

  • Feminist undertones surface in ‘Gilded Hour’

    Donati’s historical saga is the unforgettable story of two bold, intrepid female physicians in 19th-century New York. Cousins Anna and Sophie Savard are of a rare breed, both highly educated and successful in the medical field, unmarried and childless .

  • Teen and tween events at the library this spring Screenshot 11

    For several years now, the Manhattan Public Library has had increasingly strong teen programs. Teens have the opportunity to be a part of the Teen Library Advisory Board (TLAB), which makes decisions that directly affect the teen space at the .

  • Island research station sets scene for intrigue, mystery

    Iowa Writer’s Workshop graduate Abby Geni’s debut novel, “The Lightkeepers” is a successful mash-up of locked-room mystery and ecological thriller. Set among the ancient granite outcrops and pileups of the Farralon Islands marine preserve, a treacherous archipelago approximately 30 .

  • Science, politics come together in ‘Pacific’

    While perusing the new books section in the Manhattan Public Library, I happened to glance at “Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World’s Superpowers,” by Simon Winchester.&.

  • Mystery takes readers on thrilling journey

    The skeleton road in Val McDermid’s bestselling mystery is a long one. It takes readers from Edinburgh to Oxford and to Croatia and back, and it does so over the course of more than 20 years. It also features compelling .

  • Books provide satisfying spring break activities

    Spring break officially begins tomorrow, and most — if not all — of our children are ready for a full week of relaxation. What will they do with that week? If they’re like me, they’ll spend the first few days .

  • Novel is compelling, imaginative

    There are a lot of planets in the Solar League, and Solara Brooks is convinced there’s a better one for her than Earth. She’s a talented mechanic but with no family to speak of, and with felony tattoos .

  • Lynn explains secularism

    According to the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Sounds simple enough. Just sixteen words written in 1791. What did the words “establishment,” “free .

  • Author traces political battles back to roots

    With the intriguing subtitle “The Battles That Define America from Jefferson’s Heresies to Gay Marriage,” this book clearly takes a historical approach to the culture wars.  When considering issues like gay marriage, abortion, education funding, school prayer or .

  • Novel combines vivid description, bland plot

    For readers who can’t afford a vacation in the south of France, Peter Mayle’s novels might be an acceptable substitute. Mayle’s best-known novel may be “A Year in Provence,” largely because it was the basis a few .





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