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  • Books | September 26, 2015

    Meyer tells story women behind historic Harvey Houses

    Wanted: Young women 18-30 years of age, of good character, attractive and intelligent, as waitresses in the Harvey Eating Houses on the Santa Fe Railroad in the West. Good wages with room and meals furnished. No experience necessary. To apply, write to: Miss Alice Steele,

  • Books | September 26, 2015

    Retired K-State professor pens 2nd novel, ‘Cottonwoods’

    Immigrant brothers Torval and Rolf Hauge believe their part of the American Dream has come true when they’re asked to become partners in a large cattle company in western South Dakota. It’s 1907 and the brothers — hard and earnest employees — have worked a variety

  • Books | September 26, 2015

    Biographical books to check out at the public library


    Have you ever noticed how many books are written about people? More than one-fifth of the Manhattan Public Library nonfiction collection is categorized with a biographical subject heading. Who reads these books? Our customers do! People are enamored with other people’s lives. We want

  • Books | September 26, 2015

    Ware provides plenty of mystery, suspense

    Ruth Ware has written a captivating suspense novel. The protagonist in this twisted story of love gone wrong is Leonora, sometimes known as Lee and sometimes known as Nora. The story opens with Lee waking up in the hospital with a policeman outside her room.

  • Books | September 19, 2015

    Sloan creates charming animal characters

    If an opossum happens to stroll your way, it just might grin, lift a paw and wave heartily. No other opossum in the animal kingdom would have the courtesy (and guts) to greet people in this manner, except “Appleblossom the Possum.” Kids and parents will

  • Books | September 19, 2015

    ‘Spy Games’overcomes bland title with thrilling plot

    “Spy Games” is an idiotic title for an espionage novel. Its parallel is titling books in other genres “Murder Games” and “Adventures in Historical Fiction.” This particular espionage novel titled “Spy Games” certainly deserves better. It contains vastly more tension than violence, but it’s

  • Books | September 19, 2015

    This season’s dark and twisted mysteries at the library

    I always look forward to the latest favorite mystery writers have to offer. Like so many readers, I anticipate what the next storyline might promise, and I thoroughly enjoy reading about my longtime favorite characters. That’s why the latest crop of new tales has

  • Books | September 19, 2015

    Swaby profiles impressive female scientists

    In the late ‘80s, a report by the U.S. Department of Education found the gap in the career aspirations of boys and girls in science or engineering fields existed as early as eighth grade. Within the eighth grade class of 1988, boys were more than

  • Books | September 19, 2015

    Warfield presents Sousa’s early years

    “It takes 10 years of hard work to become an overnight success in show business.” So goes the old saying. In the case of the composer, arranger and conductor John Philip Sousa (1854-1932), it took considerably longer — he was 39 when he established his own band and

  • Books | September 13, 2015

    Bhutto writes powerful first novel set in Pakistan

    Americans might not know of Mir Ali, which is just a town on the other side of the world. But those who have paid even modest attention in recent years to the conflicts in Pakistan and Afghanistan, or followed the rise, fall and renewal of

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