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  • A FATHER’S LOVE: Sparks gives honest account of divorce

    This latest offering by popular novelist Nicholas Sparks is his longest novel to date and definitely one of his best. It covers about a year in time from the point of view of thirtysomething Russell Green. At the beginning Russ .

  • ‘Lions’ celebrates complexity

    An increasing number of writing programs nationwide emphasize creating fiction and non-fiction that encourage readers to identify and explore the intricate confluences of place, the natural world, and the environmental imagination. Bonnie Nadzam’s newest novel, “Lions,” while not necessarily .

  • ‘Al Capone’ has info, lacks soul

    I’ve always had a fascination with the mafia. There was a period in my life where I read every mob biography I could find and watched all the classic movies. I also like reading biographies. So it fascinates me .

  • A woman torn between two worlds

    For most of the ‘Daughter of Albion,’ Ailia, the title character, doesn’t know who she is. She grew up an orphan left on a doorstep, and spent her youth working in the kitchen of the “tribequeen.” Home is a .

  • Library to host book talks on immigration

    This spring, Manhattan Library Association will partner with the Kansas Humanities Council to bring a series of Book Talk discussions to Manhattan, with experts helping to immerse readers in captivating stories. This spring’s topic is “Contemporary Immigration.” America is .

  • ‘Sleeping Giants’ is a casual read with scientific overtones

    Mankind has always looked to the stars for signs of alien life. But what if the signs we seek aren’t encoded in the sky, but buried beneath our feet? “Sleeping Giants” opens innocently enough — a young girl is taking .

  • ‘Dinosaurs’ provides readers a wealth of knowledge

    While dinosaurs may not be on everyone’s list of curiosities, these prehistoric creatures generate lots of interest, discussion and debate among many others. And the discoveries of fossils in all parts of the world continue to grow at an .

  • ‘Repo Man’ a good read with interesting characters

    Not many novels are set in Kalkaska, Michigan. It’s a small town, a village, really, of about 2,000 residents in the northern part of the state. The area offers other small towns as well as forests and farmland, streams, rivers .

  • In addition to great food, Italy of fers plenty of mystery

    Say Italy, and people think beautiful women (ala Sophia Loren), great food, and romance. Oh, and one more thing, mystery. Mysteries by Italian authors, or taking place in Italy, have all the pleasant things one associates with Italy, plus a .

  • ‘China Rich’ tells tale of extreme wealth, gluttony

    ‘China Rich Girlfriend,’ authored by Kevin Kwan, is his second novel, following his bestselling Crazy Rich Asians, where he introduced readers to the moneyed elite of Singapore, China, and Hong Kong. Crazy Rich Asians received critical acclaim, and his second .

  • ‘Wars of the Roses’ inspiration for GoT

    Although HBO’s wildly popular “Game of Thrones” TV series (and the original books it is based on) may be a fantasy, it’s no idyllic fairy tale — rather, it’s a world filled with violence,betrayal, political maneuvering, family .

  • Alternative comics have something for everyone

    Never been into comics? Don’t worry—I wasn’t, either. I’d always felt there was a barrier between me and comics, like you had to be part of an “in club” to understand them, and there was no .


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