• ‘Crenshaw’ tells heartwarming story

    “Crenshaw.” When pronounced it has a nice ring to it, but this huge, seven-foot-tall imaginary cat can be intimidating even to Jackson who gave him that name.  Ten-year-old Jackson knows his family is in deep trouble. And it looks as .

  • Smith brings Victorian classic into present day

    This novel is a modern updating of Jane Austen’s “Emma,” brought forward to the 21st century.  It is very faithful, perhaps excessively so, to Austen’s original story and text, including all the same characters and even most .

  • ‘The Ice Queen’ presents compelling WWII mystery

    “The Ice Queen” is a compelling contemporary mystery with roots in Nazi Germany at the end of World War II. It begins with German Detective Oliver Bodenstein and his team investigating the first of many puzzling murders near Frankfurt. The .

  • Library to host variety of children’s programs this month Brian ingals

    October is already behind us, and our lives seem to get more eventful as the holidays draw near. Manhattan Public Library is no exception. Throughout the month of November, the Youth Services Department has a wide variety of programs and .

  • ‘Feral Cities’ explores human-animal relationships in urban environments

    Coyotes, wolves, cougars, baboons and bears are watching us. For many years, they have sharpened their vision, kept their ears in tune and their noses quivering. These animals and many others do not seem so timid anymore as they continue .

  • Vignettes examine war from various perspectives

    Unlike many authors who rely on a single first-person narrative to pierce through the so-called “fog of war,” Phil Klay instead attempts to lift that fog with a series of tightly wound vignettes that together create “Redeployment,” a collection of .

  • New librarian to launch programs specifically for tweens Screenshot 11

    Across the far reaches of the Internet are articles, surveys and studies about how to raise children to be reasonable, functioning human beings (some day). Children approach learning differently, and those approaches differ depending on their age, attentiveness, activity level, .

  • ‘Orphan Train’ is compelling, informative

    This incredibly engrossing novel opens in 1929 and follows the adventures of Niamh Power, a 9-year-old Irish girl who has recently immigrated to America with her family.  Her family is already barely surviving on the streets of New York when .

  • Frank details history of giant squid

    Have you ever felt that an author was spending too much time and too many pages teasing his readers with excessive babble about unrelated objects and strange people exchanging a variety of versions of the same story? Perhaps all you .

  • Former MHS English teacher publishes first novel

    Former Manhattan High School English teacher Kelly Seiler took the back road to realizing her lifelong dream of becoming a published author. A variety of experiences as a writer, editor and teacher allowed Seiler to develop the skills and connections .

  • Stories of spooky creatures provide perfect Halloween reading

    “Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales” is not an ordinary collection of spooky stories. A quick read of these stories will never do. The monsters within won’t let you off the hook that easily. Before jumping in, you .

  • Romance unfolds within WWII-era perfume industry

    “Scent of Triumph” is a good story, a tale of love and loss and, as the title suggests, triumph during World War II. It would be a terrific book but for the generous dose of Harlequinesque romancing. Doubtless that’s .


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