Thursday, June 30, 2016

Lifestyle - Books

  • Books | May 21, 2016

    Exploring origins of rock ‘n’ roll through the life of a music icon

    Clive Davis once said that music is the soundtrack of your life. Had not an 18-year-old boy walked into a small, non-descript recording studio in Memphis in the summer of 1952 and asked to cut a “personal” record for his mother, much of the music that

  • Books | May 14, 2016

    Author presents theory of Earhart’s ‘death’

    On May 20, 1937, the prominent aviatrix from Atchison, Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, left Oakland, California, on a round-the-world trip. They never made it. On July 2, they disappeared somewhere between Lae, New Guinea, and Howland Island, 2,556 miles to the east. What became of them

  • Books | May 14, 2016

    Novel focuses on victims of Nazi medical research

    Don’t let the number of pages discourage you from reading this riveting historical fiction account about a group of prisoners in Ravenbruck, a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, a German female doctor at the camp and an American socialite. In 1942, Reinhard Heydrich,

  • Books | May 14, 2016

    Satisfy your sweet tooth with cookie cook books


    May 15 is National Chocolate Chip Day. Ruth Graves Wakefield’s creation of the original chocolate chip cookie was a happy accident. Ruth intended to bake chocolate cookies for her guests, but she ran out of baker’s chocolate. When she substituted chopped up semi-sweet chocolate,

  • Books | May 14, 2016

    Key years in Washington’s life

    During this contentious time in the 2016 U.S. presidential nomination process, it is interesting to look back to our first presidential election. Only white males of property could vote and they were casting their ballots for other white males of which George Washington was by

  • Books | May 07, 2016

    Turkle details negative side of technology

    Sherry Turkle is the author of several books on people’s relations with electronic media, including “The Second Self” and “Alone Together.” Trained in sociology and clinical psychology, Turkle is the Abby Rockefeller Mauze professor of the social studies of science and technology at MIT.&

  • Books | May 07, 2016

    Little known scientist subject of new biography

    Alexander von Humboldt is perhaps the most influential person in modern times of whom most people are totally unaware. As the author of this book notes, “More places are named after Humboldt than anyone else.” We in Manhattan have our Humboldt Street. Cities and towns (

  • Books | May 07, 2016

    Books about sports for children and parents alike


    With only a few weeks left of school, the Youth Services Department at Manhattan Public Library is gearing up for the summer reading program and all the summer events planned for children of all ages.  Parents: you might be gearing up for summer in

  • Books | May 07, 2016

    More WWI spy shenanigans

    “One Man’s Flag” is just as its cover describes it, “A novel of espionage during the First World War.” It’s also a love story between individuals who can’t seem to be on the same side, and it’s something of an anti-war

  • Books | May 01, 2016

    Unlikely friends face trials of high school

    You know that high school classmate you wouldn’t be caught dead associating with? Given the right cocktail of bad choices, dangerous circumstances and shared terror, they just might become the person you’re clinging to for dear life. “Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah” takes four

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