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  • Doctor sees success, service

    “He was an early riser, and he did not stop. He always had multiple, multiple, multiple things going on.” That is how Julia Mitchell described her boss, John P. McGovern, MD. John “Jack” Phillip McGovern (1921-2007) was a hard worker .

  • Novel highlights Civil War prison conditions

    In Tracy Groot’s book, “The Sentinels of Andersonville,” thousands of Union prisoners crowd into a Confederate prison named Andersonville 10 miles from Americus, Georgia, during the last part of the Civil War.  Emery Jones, a Confederate soldier, captures a .

  • Mitch Albom tells poignant story of music man

    Readers might know Mitch Albom as an author, but many don’t know that he is also a musician. His newest novel, “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto,” shows his love of music through the fictional Frankie Presto — “the best .

  • Feminist worthy romance novels at the library Librarian.rachel.schmidtlein

    The romance novel industry has a notoriously bad reputation for producing predictable and unrealistic literature. I’ve recently been on a romance-novel-a-week kind of binge, and after awhile, I became seriously jaded with the lack of creativity that I was .

  • Story of fictional mountain village explores deafness, power of senses

    There is not a single quotation mark in “Soundless” because there is not a single line of dialogue. Spoken dialogue, that is. Every member of Fei’s tiny mountaintop village is born deaf. It has been generations since hearing disappeared, .

  • Book brings to life history of Catholic Church

    When you open the “The Relic Master,” you are dropped into Europe in the early years of the 16th century. The Roman Catholic Church is as corrupt as its leader, Pope Leo X, a Medici who holds the office because .

  • North Dakota travel guide focuses on history

    Are you looking for the perfect gift for your favorite traveler? Or, maybe you would just like to treat yourself to seeing some historical sites next summer. If so, “A Traveler’s Companion” might be just the thing for you. “.

  • Award-winning children’s books to check out Jennifer.adams.librarian1

    If you would like a list of good reads with a huge range of styles, topics and diverse characters, the children’s book award winners list is where it’s at. Every year, the Association for Library Service to Children, .

  • Novel explores friendship, romance

    Consider yourself lucky if you have had the opportunity to read any novels by Kent Haruf. It’s hard to believe and quite sad that the creator of “Plainsong,” “Benediction,” “Eventide,” “Where You Once Belonged” and other literary works put .

  • Seamon explains human brain

    This engaging book, written by a cognitive psychologist at Wesleyan University who has studied memory for his whole career, examines various aspects of memory and how they are portrayed in popular movies. Each chapter focuses on different aspects of memory .

  • Former MHS teacher writes of Flint Hills life

    Dru Clarke, former science teacher at Manhattan High, has published a highly readable, captivating book of 47 essays featuring keen observations about her Flint Hills experiences described in exquisite language and supplemented by relevant scientific facts. The essays, written over several .

  • Thriller addresses wealth, corruption, gender

    “One Way or Another” is a thriller about individuals who start out destitute but become wealthy, and the people they destroy along the way. The story centers on Ahmet Ghulbian, who grew up in poverty in Egypt but survived by .


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