• A drug-ridden handshake

    LEAVING THE ATOCHA STATION. Ben Lerner. CoffeeHouse Press, 2011, 181 pages, paperback. Dick Seaton Contributing Writer Ben Lerner is a native of Topeka. He is the author of three books of poetry, one of which was a finalist for the National Book .

  • Trying to rekindle a past flame

    THE CHRISTMAS SINGING: A ROMANCE FROM THE HEART OF AMISH COUNTRY: (ADA’S HOUSE SERIES.) By Cindy Woodsmall. WaterBrook Press, publisher (a division of Random House, Inc.) 2011. 208 pp. $14.99, in hardcover. Grab a pillow and cozy quilt, get settled in a .

  • You’re never to old to to read a Western

    Every month, the librarians of Manhattan Public Library’s Adult Services Department read and discuss books from a different chosen fiction genre or subject area.  We do this in order to keep informed about good books to recommend to .

  • Preserving the union

    ZERO DAY David Baldacci Grand Central Publishing, 2011 434 Pages, $27.99 If you appreciate Sherlock Holmes’s knack for walking past someone and figuring out what he had for dinner, his health or where he grew up, then you will probably like “Zero .

  • America, the great might as well be renamed America, the hacked

    AMERICA THE VULNERABLE: INSIDE THE NEW THREAT MATRIX OF DIGITAL ESPIONAGE, CRIME, AND WARFARE. Joel Brenner. City: Publisher. 2011. 308 pp. $27.95 hard cover. How well do you keep a secret? Or rather, how well can you keep a secret in the modern-day “.

  • Heartwarming tales of refugee children

    Several books featuring refugee children have left me in awe of the rebounding spirit of children and their amazing ability to hope, dream and find their place in the world. Though these are all fictional accounts, several authors had personal .

  • The balance of chaos and order

    WE, ROBOT:  SKYWALKER’S HAND, BLADE RUNNERS, IRON MAN, SLUTBOTS, AND HOW FICTION BECAME FACT.  Mark Stephen Meadows. Guilford: Lyons Press. 2011. 227 pp. $19.95 soft cover. Mention robots and people may consider the faithful but fatal HAL in 2001:  A .

  • ‘A very lucky life’

    STEVEJOBS. Walter Isaacson. New York: Simon & Schuster. 2011. 630 pp. 35.00 hard cover. People live in a designed universe-from their houses to their cars to their computers. Walter Isaacson’s “Steve Jobs” introduces the man who co-founded Apple and whose singular vision .

  • Ghost town

    DEAD END IN NORVELT Jack Gantos D&M Publishers, 2011 $15.99, 341 pages If you are looking for a book that makes you laugh out loud, or you are simply tired of dystopian societies prevalent in novels for young adults, “Dead End .

  • A holy mission

    DOGS IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT (MAGIC TREE HOUSE #46: A MERLIN MISSION), by Mary Pope Osborne (with illustrations by Sal Murdocca); Random House, publisher. 2011. 128 pp. $12.99, in hardcover. Kids are hooked on the discovery of the Magic Tree House, and where .

  • Dwight the moderate

    EISENHOWER. The White House Years. Jim Newton. Doubleday. 2011. 357 pages. $29.95. I was a kid when Dwight Eisenhower was president. One of my earliest memories was of my father, a Roosevelt Democrat and a would-be intellectual, working our Chicago neighborhood for Adlai .

  • Living on a prayer

    40 PRAYERS THAT CHANGED AMERICA. Dr. Paul E. Barkey 257 pages $16 Chuck Henderson Contributing Writer Dr. Paul E. Barkey is a retired U.S. Army Chaplain and the current pastor of Ashland Community Church near Fort Riley and Manhattan, where he resides .


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