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  • Books | September 28, 2014

    ‘Redeployment’ shares collection of reality-inspired war tales

    The 12 stories in Phil Klay’s short story collection “Redeployment “ have two common themes. All have the specter of the United States’ recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as a backdrop (or, in many cases, a setting), and, like all great fiction which has war

  • Books | September 28, 2014

    Stumped by new gadgets? Consider the Assistive Technology Center

    Wandean.rivers

    Learning how to use new technology can be exciting, freeing, and totally frustrating all at the same time. If you find you need help, consider making an appointment for personal, one-on-one training in the Assistive Technology Center at the Manhattan Public Library. The best part

  • Books | September 28, 2014

    ‘Twisted’ ushers in scary Halloween fun

    In the real world most everyone wants to feel safe. Spiritually, we can debate the consequences of our existence and ponder the afterlife. Fear makes us feel threatened or paranoid. Dialing “9-1-1” and uttering a prayer may soothe our nerves. Then, again, the thunder

  • Books | September 28, 2014

    ‘Apprentice’ holds attention till the end

    “The Accidental Apprentice” catches your attention from the first chapter and keeps it all the way to the satisfying conclusion. Sapna Sinha, the protagonist, is a pleasant, earnest young woman. She lives in Delhi and is a salesperson at an electronics store. She’s also

  • Books | September 21, 2014

    ‘Flat Water Tuesday’ buoyant with character-driven drama

    As much as most readers could hope to learn about the sport of competitive rowing informs “Flat Water Tuesday,” a darkly dramatic debut novel by Ron Irwin. While the basic storyline follows past scholarship boy, Rob Carrey, revisiting Fenton, his prestigious prep school, equal narrative

  • Books | September 21, 2014

    More than meets the eye: Don’t overlook library’s graphic novels

    Librarian.amber.keck

    The concept of telling stories through images has been around since the beginning of time. The idea has evolved in many ways, including the introduction of the comic book. From superhero stories to biographies, one can find a graphic novel about almost any subject. In

  • Books | September 21, 2014

    ‘Lisette’s List’ crisp with great love/loss

    If you enjoy the south of France, particularly Provence, you’ll like “Lisette’s List.” If you like historical fiction in the period surrounding World War II, you’ll like the story. If you enjoy art, especially the work of Cezanne and Pissarro, you’ll

  • Books | September 14, 2014

    The library is here to help guide you through your learning adventure

    Librarian.danielle.schapaugh.phatch

    Wikipedia tells me that lifelong learning is the “ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons.” To me, it means becoming your own teacher, which I think is a wonderful and worthy thing to do. But why would a person

  • Books | September 14, 2014

    ‘Wilder Rose’ has plenty of ‘zippiness’

    For die hard “The Little House on the Prairie” fans, Susan Wittig Albert has given us some great insight into the largely untapped information from correspondence between Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. Using these letters, Rose’s unpublished diaries, and adding

  • Books | September 14, 2014

    ‘Tearling’ a good start to new series

    First-time author Erika Johansen tells a fantastic tale, and one that is part of multi-book effort. The story has elements of a medieval society, but it is set three centuries into the future after a worldwide disaster. The protagonist, 19-year-old Kelsea Raleigh, was raised in


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