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  • YA novel gives glimpse into WWII Holland

    “Girl in the Blue Coat” is a compelling historical novel of survival, bravery and love set in Amsterdam during World War II. The story is narrated by Hanneke, a Dutch teenager who is adept at finding items through the black .

  • Summer book reviews from MHK library guests Screenshot 11

    Every summer a magical thing happens. Like the Monarch butterflies that migrate to Mexico, crowds converge in the library in June and July to craft, to play video games and to read. It’s a wonderful time of year that .

  • Essays explore gender, race in country music

    “Teaching jazz at a university? What is next? Teaching comic books?” This remark is attributed KSU President James McCain, a former English professor. The performance and scholarly study of jazz and, yes, of comic books (now dignified by the term “.

  • Unlikely defender of justice in ‘Orphan X’

    Orphan X is Evan Smoak. Actually, Smoak isn’t his last name; it’s one he and Jack Johns, an agent of an off-the-books agency of the U.S. government, agreed on. Evan is Orphan X because he was the 24.

  • In follow-up to ‘Quiet,’ Cain addresses introverted teens

    This book is a follow-up of the author’s hugely successful book “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.” In that book Cain talked about how society, especially mainstream American culture, is strongly structured .

  • Books that will stretch your mind in a good way Danielle Schapaugh

    I know a Canadian novelist who can take your heart places it never wanted to go while still making you happy you took the journey. The first book I read by Lori Lansens, simply called “The Girls,” is the story .

  • Intrigue, romance, art in ‘The Last Painting’

    Even readers who are not fans of Dutch art will be intrigued by this work of historical fiction. In the 17th century, the Guild of St. Luke controlled every part of artistic life in Low Countries. Readers may be familiar .

  • Brainstorm your summer reading list at MPL Jennifer.adams.librarian1

    On your mark, get set…READ!  The library’s annual summer reading program has begun. Everyone, from babies to seniors, can participate by keeping track of reading and earning prizes or tickets for prize drawings. So, what is on .

  • Rupi Kaur explores gender through poetry, prose, art

    The first heartbreak a young girl encounters will sting and feel like death from the poisoned tip of a backstabbing arrow. As she matures, there will be more traumas, loves and lost loves, sad music, violent themes and additional painful .

  • Digging into the history of a popular drink

    Following water, tea is the number two drink consumed globally.  Most people have some general knowledge about tea: varieties come in black, green, oolong, white and red, with the differences usually determined by degree of fermentation. No chemicals are .

  • The ultimate thriller: a murder mystery in space

    “The Ark” is a murder mystery that unfolds in an environment in which a murder hasn’t been committed for decades, perhaps a couple centuries. “The Ark” is a science fiction tale that takes place at some unspecified point in .

  • Author Nathaniel Philbrick brings history alive Marcia.allen1

    Though it was published some 15 years ago, Nathaniel Philbrick’s “In the Heart of the Sea” has remained a terrific account of 19th century whaling adventures, complete with day-to-day details of the hardship, cannibalism and mayhem c used by a .


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