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  • Books | March 12, 2016

    Science, politics come together in ‘Pacific’

    While perusing the new books section in the Manhattan Public Library, I happened to glance at “Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World’s Superpowers,” by Simon Winchester.  Having spent half of

  • Books | March 12, 2016

    Mystery takes readers on thrilling journey

    The skeleton road in Val McDermid’s bestselling mystery is a long one. It takes readers from Edinburgh to Oxford and to Croatia and back, and it does so over the course of more than 20 years. It also features compelling characters, some of whom are

  • Books | March 12, 2016

    Books provide satisfying spring break activities

    Spring break officially begins tomorrow, and most — if not all — of our children are ready for a full week of relaxation. What will they do with that week? If they’re like me, they’ll spend the first few days splurging on all of their

  • Books | March 12, 2016

    Novel is compelling, imaginative

    There are a lot of planets in the Solar League, and Solara Brooks is convinced there’s a better one for her than Earth. She’s a talented mechanic but with no family to speak of, and with felony tattoos freshly inked across her knuckles,

  • Books | March 12, 2016

    Lynn explains secularism

    According to the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Sounds simple enough. Just sixteen words written in 1791. What did the words “establishment,” “free exercise” and “religion” mean 225 years

  • Books | March 05, 2016

    Author traces political battles back to roots

    With the intriguing subtitle “The Battles That Define America from Jefferson’s Heresies to Gay Marriage,” this book clearly takes a historical approach to the culture wars.  When considering issues like gay marriage, abortion, education funding, school prayer or religious freedom, it is easy

  • Books | March 05, 2016

    Novel combines vivid description, bland plot

    For readers who can’t afford a vacation in the south of France, Peter Mayle’s novels might be an acceptable substitute. Mayle’s best-known novel may be “A Year in Provence,” largely because it was the basis a few years back for the movie “

  • Books | March 05, 2016

    March is a good month to read about women

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    March is Women’s History Month. Many women who had a hand in changing or making history have been overshadowed by the men of their era. We are all familiar with Clara Barton, Betsy Ross and Amelia Earhart, but there are many other women who

  • Books | March 05, 2016

    Banjo research underlying musician’s intriguing story

    While we associate the bright and twangy sounding five-string banjo of today with bluegrass, country music and virtuoso Bela Fleck, the banjo that originated in Africa with a gourd body was quite a different creature.  It was a folk instrument first played in America

  • Books | February 28, 2016

    One of 2015’s most popular books continues to impress

    A story of superstition, of piety, of unanswerable questions, the Salem witch trials of 1692 have long enthralled us. It may be difficult to believe that anything original could be published regarding these events more than 300 years after they took place; however, Stacy Schiff easily refutes

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