• Exile leads to mystery for Chinese librarian

    Recently participants in the Manhattan Public Library’s BookTalk spring reading program discussed what keeps readers interested in mysteries. Three main elements were identified — the challenge of solving the crime, the fascination with the geographical, political or historical aspects of .

  • Inspiring heroine takes on pre-WWII rescue mission

    The year is 1938, and Maisie Dobbs, a British woman, is a widow whose husband was killed while test-flying an aircraft some years earlier. Maisie was pregnant at the time, and because of grief and trauma, lost her baby not long .

  • All that jazz at the Manhattan Public Library Pecoraro

    Celebrate International Jazz Day this April 30. In 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), designated April 30 as International Jazz Day. Its purpose was to bring communities, schools, artists, historians, academics and jazz enthusiasts from all over the world .

  • ‘Criminal’ yet another interesting Kevin Costner film

    The new spy movie “Criminal” is the latest in a run of interesting films featuring Kevin Costner. It is the latest entertainment to use the story some of us know as “Flowers for Algernon” and some of us know as “.

  • Memory loss leads to unlikely romance

    “The Things We Keep” is an unlikely story of new beginnings. Anna Forster, 38, has early onset Alzheimer’s, and because of her disease, it has become too dangerous for her to live on her own. She now is a resident .

  • ‘Weirdo fiction’: meaning, humor, complexity Danielle Schapaugh

    Not often will you find a witty, southern gothic, heartfelt, fiercely loving, mystery story featuring Hindu mythology, but that’s just what Joshilyn Jackson’s latest novel “The Opposite of Everyone” has to offer. Jackson is one of my favorite .

  • Klassen examines hippie culture, legacy

    This fascinating book is both a history of the San Francisco hippie movement of 1965 to ‘67 and, more importantly, an argument that this movement was the genesis of several multimillion-dollar industries as well as fashion and lifestyle trends.  The author .

  • Espionage, travel writing collide in ‘The Travelers’

    As its title suggests, “The Travelers” is a novel about travel and travel writers. It’s also a novel of espionage. Will Rhodes writes for Travelers magazine in what many scribes would consider a perfect job. He’s paid to .

  • Books to read with your children this spring Jennifer.adams.librarian1

    Spring weather has blown into Manhattan. It’s a time to appreciate Earth’s beauty, head out on the nature trail or spend an evening at the ball diamond. Here are some children’s books that pair nicely with the .

  • Fox’s Bill O’Reilly presents legends, lies of old west

    Was there an infamous outlaw of the old west who was too scared to use a horse? Was the original “Lone Ranger” an African-American? Was Daniel Boone a traitor to his country? These startling contentions are examined in “Bill O’.

  • 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 .


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