• Wilde creates elaborate fantasy

    Vivid and engaging science fantasy writing depends upon world-building that is complete, complex and unobtrusive. Successful short story writer Fran Wilde, in her first novel-length publication, “Updraft,” easily meets those expectations. High above toxic clouds that smother the living planet .

  • ‘Wild Child’ adds to Collins’ legacy after her death

    Overly critical English professors and some book reviewers didn’t really consider Jackie Collins a serious, literary writer. But Collins didn’t take the harsh comments too seriously. Instead, she sported great confidence and a terrific sense of humor. Collins, .

  • ‘Silent Boy’ paints vivid picture of 18th century Paris

    Paris in the last decade of the 18th century was no place for a boy to grow up. Yet Charles was 10 years old living in Paris on Aug. 10, 1792, when the masses stormed the Tuileries Palace and blood ran in the .

  • Books to help you keep your 2016 resolutions Pecoraro

    Every Jan. 1, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions, and every Jan. 2 or 3, millions of people forget about them. According to, 45 percent of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions, but a mere 8 percent of them actually .

  • Author tells of prairie dog in children’s book

    Larry Haverfield stood up for the underdog. In his new children’s book, “Larry Saves the Prairie,” author and elementary school teacher Matt Bergles tells the story of Haverfield’s efforts to save one of the Kansas prairie’s most .

  • Pair make plan to rescue Jewish children in 1942

    “A Master Plan for Rescue” is a powerful tale of two individuals, Jack and Jakob, who have both suffered the loss of loved ones. They come together to collaborate for an amazing accomplishment. In New York City in 1942, 12-year-old Jack .

  • Book club to focus on Native American mysteries Susan.withee.librarian1

    Manhattan Public Library’s monthly book discussion group, the Good Books Club, will again host a winter-spring series of programs from the Kansas Humanities Council’s Talk About Literature in Kansas program. Our theme for this series will be Native .

  • ‘Christmas Cat’ offers a festive, heart-warming story about felines

    It won’t take readers long to empathize with Garrison Brown and his plight once they discover all the circumstances and details that make his holiday seem so unusual and sad in Melody Carlson’s “The Christmas Cat.” Then again, .

  • Essays help readers come to terms with aging

    Editor Kathleen “Kay” Montgomery, retired executive vice president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, a fellowship known for respecting and promoting diversity, tapped 19 mature writers to provide thought-provoking essays for her anthology, “Landscapes of Aging and Spirituality.” Montgomery and her fellow .

  • Adventurous books to escape holiday stress Danielle Schapaugh

    Because this time of year is extra stressful (plus the weather is getting bleaker and the days ever shorter), it’s the perfect time to escape into a can’t-put-it-down fantastic story. The books below will whisk you away to .

  • Unconventional teenage love story deals with illness, family, growing up

    Madeline Whittier has spent her entire life in a bubble — a fully sealed house with an industrial air filter and circulation system designed so absolutely nothing gets in. Extremely sickly during her first few months of life, she was soon .

  • After slow start, ‘Watchmaker’ tells delightful story

    Thaniel Steepleton, a decent sort, leads a boring life in 1880s London. He works six days a week as a telegrapher at the Home Office, lives in a drab flat, has few friends outside of work and shares his modest .


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