Friday, August 28, 2015



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  • Books | February 08, 2015

    ‘Boy on the Porch’ loaded with surprise

    Expecting the unexpected is only one lesson that Sharon Creech teaches her readers. And she does exactly this in such a clever, honest and humane way that readers can’t help but get totally absorbed with her characters. This time, Newbery Medal winner Creech introduces

  • Books | February 08, 2015

    ‘Good Spy’ sheds light on CIA politics

    Ongoing revelations of CIA torture tactics in the so-called war on terrorism may make this book’s title appear to be a contradiction in terms. As the subtitle indicates, the book is a biography of Robert Ames, who joined the CIA in 1960, focused his work

  • Books | February 01, 2015

    Valerie Plame’s ‘Burned’ falls short of memorable

    “Burned” is Valerie Plame’s second novel, and like her first one, “Blowback,” it was co-written by Sarah Lovett. Lovett is a more experienced novelist; Plame is a former CIA counterespionage agent married to a former U.S. ambassador, Joseph Wilson. Their names were in

  • Books | February 01, 2015

    The Hillerman Prize: The best of Western mysteries

    Marcia.allen1

    I still miss having a fresh, new Tony Hillerman mystery to read. I never tired of reading the latest adventures of law officers Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee as they patiently sorted out the facts of murders and thefts that took place in the Southwest.

  • Books | January 25, 2015

    Art, writing contest important part of MLK events

    Manhattan Public Library hosted and sponsored the 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Art and Writing Contest, which has been an important part of MLK Day events for more than 15 years. The theme for this year’s contest was “Only Love Can Drive Out Hate,” which was

  • Books | January 25, 2015

    Book explores humans’ use of maps through history

    “On the Map: A Mind-Exploding Exploration of the Way the World Looks” is a fascinating book about the history of maps, or, perhaps more accurately, the history of how people interact with maps. British author Simon Garfield is best known for his best-selling book “Just

  • Books | January 25, 2015

    Witnesses, motives abound in ‘Big Little Lies’

    “Big Little Lies” is a sometimes humorous, sometimes sad novel that focuses on three women in Australia who have children in the same kindergarten class. The women don’t know it, but they and their children are in for a volatile year, one in which

  • Books | January 25, 2015

    ‘Jesus Feminist’ aims to energize women

    Gender roles in the church, hotly debated for centuries, remain a current hot topic of public discourse—partly because so much positive change has occurred with regard to encouraging women’s voices and in utilizing their leadership, but also because so many opportunities for growth

  • Books | January 18, 2015

    ‘Raging Blaze’ a riveting story about intelligence operations

    It isn’t often the opportunity arises to view the world from the perspective of Sweden’s intelligence apparatus, but that’s part of what Andreas Norman offers in “Into a Raging Blaze,” and it’s fascinating. He does so with two strong female characters.

  • Books | January 18, 2015

    Winter book series set to tackle four British classics

    Susan.withee.librarian1

    With the holiday season behind us and 2015 ahead, Manhattan Public Library is happy to resume monthly readers’ events for adults and will again host our annual winter series of TALK book discussion programs. The TALK series, “Talk About Literature in Kansas,” is a service of


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