Sunday, July 24, 2016



Lifestyle - Books

  • Books | June 11, 2016

    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 24th child acquired from orphanages

  • Books | June 11, 2016

    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 to favor and reward extraverts.

  • Books | June 11, 2016

    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 of conjoined twins, told alternately

  • Books | June 05, 2016

    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 with famous artists at this

  • Books | June 05, 2016

    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 your summer reading list? 

  • Books | June 05, 2016

    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 and relevant stories for her

  • Books | May 29, 2016

    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 used on the tea harvest;

  • Books | May 29, 2016

    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 the future and entirely — almost —

  • Books | May 29, 2016

    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 violent sperm whale.  In

  • Books | May 22, 2016

    Putin up a fight: US, Russian spies subject of novel

    Robert Hanssen and Aldrich Ames are infamous in U.S. espionage community. The first was an FBI agent and the second was a CIA counterespionage agent. Both betrayed their colleagues and the United States by selling secrets to the Soviet Union and Russia — actions that


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