• Author traces genius through time, place

    What constitutes a genius? The word is widely used in many different ways. Where do we find such exalted beings? Some say that they are created genetically; others say nurture and education; still others say, in the manner of the .

  • Multiple subplots make for busy murder mystery

    “The Absolution” is a busy, convoluted murder mystery. It’s a tale of intrigue involving legitimate and unsanctioned Freemason groups, Italy’s left-wing Red Brigade terrorists of the 1970s and ‘80s, right-wing extremists, NATO, the CIA, radical Islamic terrorists, a .

  • Combining fact, fiction in biographical novels Marcia.allen1

    I’ve always been fond of fictional books like Nancy Horan’s “Loving Frank,” the story of Mamah Borthwick Cheney’s affair with and influence on Frank Lloyd Wright.  Equally appealing to me was Paula McLain’s “The Paris .

  • Author uses psychology to shed light on rock-‘n’-roll musicians

    Please bear with me, all you aging rock and rollers. Maybe I was thinking along the same lines when I glanced at the front cover of the paperback, “It’s Not Only Rock ‘n’ Roll: Iconic Musicians Reveal the Source .

  • Biography explores Washington’s character

    “He lived in a patriarchal society, as one of the patriarchs,” but George Washington believed in the rights of American colonists, as British citizens, to govern and tax themselves. And it was only when he understood that both King George .

  • 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 .


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