• Sloan creates charming animal characters

    If an opossum happens to stroll your way, it just might grin, lift a paw and wave heartily. No other opossum in the animal kingdom would have the courtesy (and guts) to greet people in this manner, except “Appleblossom the .

  • ‘Spy Games’overcomes bland title with thrilling plot

    “Spy Games” is an idiotic title for an espionage novel. Its parallel is titling books in other genres “Murder Games” and “Adventures in Historical Fiction.” This particular espionage novel titled “Spy Games” certainly deserves better. It contains vastly more tension .

  • This season’s dark and twisted mysteries at the library

    I always look forward to the latest favorite mystery writers have to offer. Like so many readers, I anticipate what the next storyline might promise, and I thoroughly enjoy reading about my longtime favorite characters. That’s why the latest .

  • Swaby profiles impressive female scientists

    In the late ‘80s, a report by the U.S. Department of Education found the gap in the career aspirations of boys and girls in science or engineering fields existed as early as eighth grade. Within the eighth grade class .

  • Warfield presents Sousa’s early years

    “It takes 10 years of hard work to become an overnight success in show business.” So goes the old saying. In the case of the composer, arranger and conductor John Philip Sousa (1854-1932), it took considerably longer — he was 39 when he .

  • Bhutto writes powerful first novel set in Pakistan

    Americans might not know of Mir Ali, which is just a town on the other side of the world. But those who have paid even modest attention in recent years to the conflicts in Pakistan and Afghanistan, or followed the .

  • Developing early literacy skills at the library this fall Amber.keck

    As summer changes into fall, there are lots of opportunities to introduce literacy concepts to your children. At Manhattan Public Library, we encourage parents and caregivers to embrace organic ways to instill a love of reading in children. One key .

  • ‘Rosie Effect’ an unconventional love story

    In his 2013 novel “The Rosie Project,” author Graeme Simsion introduces readers to Don Tillman, a brilliant but socially awkward genetics professor whose highly analytical approach to life unintentionally puts him at odds with others. After countless disastrous dates, Don has .

  • Zakaria critiques modern education

    Fareed Zakaria, a popular commentator on CNN news and other media outlets, discusses the purpose, the present status, and criticism of the American educational system, all in this brief and highly readable book. Zakaria, who lived in India before attending .

  • Aziz Ansari successfully blends humor, research

    In the introduction to “Modern Romance,” author Aziz Ansari explains that he never wanted to be an author. Ansari, best known for his stand-up comedy and role on “Parks and Recreation,” always thought his best ideas would be wasted in .

  • Ample drama and action in ‘Constant Fear’

    Most of “Constant Fear” takes place in Pepperell Academy, a high-quality, high-cost prep school in a rural, East Coast community. One of its students is Andy Dent, a bright teenager who has a wide range of abilities but less money .

  • Getting the most out of the library catalog Pecoraro

    The Manhattan Public Library’s catalog is much more than a list of the books, DVDs, CDs and other types of materials in the library’s collection. If we dissect a catalog record, we find a treasure trove of information .


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