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  • Alan Cummings tracks his lineage in ‘Not My Father’s Son’

    The author, acclaimed Scottish actor Alan Cumming, is a well-known stage (“Macbeth,” “Cabaret”), film (“Spy Kids,” “X2,” “Eyes Wide Shut”) and television (“The Good Wife,” “Masterpiece Mystery” host) actor. This is far from your typical celebrity biography, however. Rather, it .

  • Appealing new titles for readers at the library

    There’s always a bounty of wonderful new adult books at the library in the spring. With so many to choose from, it’s difficult to narrow your picks to just a special few. Here’s a very limited sampling .

  • ‘Blue Warrior’ tackles geopolitics in the Sahara

    Troy Pearce is a restless, disillusioned soul. He’s a former CIA agent who served his country honorably, even heroically, in Afghanistan and who has lost faith in his government. He now owns a successful civilian drone company with top-notch .

  • ‘The Death of Caesar’ recalls history’s famous assassination

    In his account of one of history’s best-known and dramatic episodes, Barry Strauss has written a narrative that reads as fluidly as historical fiction. The story begins in 45 B.C., several months before the fateful Ides of March 44 B..

  • Dig into a good book at your local public library Susan.withee.librarian1

    The tulips, redbuds and forsythia of early spring have given way to lilacs, bridal wreath and iris. It’s time to clean out the planting beds, wander through home stores and nurseries, and browse catalogs in search of plants and .

  • Danielle Steel’s ‘Prodigal Son’ pits brother against brother

    “The Prodigal Son” is the story of two very different twin brothers who grow apart as adults and who surprise not only the people they know, but each other as well. Peter McDowell lives a life to be envied. He .

  • Book traces Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson’s life

    At the First Battle of Manassas, Virginia - also called the First Battle of Bull Run - Confederate General Barnard Bee said of General Thomas J. Jackson, “Yonder stands Jackson like a stone wall.” Thus began the legend of Stonewall .

  • ‘The Fifth Gospel’ takes readers inside the Vatican

    “The Fifth Gospel” is the story of two brothers who are priests and whose father, an Orthodox priest, spent years as a liaison at the Vatican. The older brother, Father Simon Andreau, is a Roman Catholic priest; the younger, Father .

  • The secrets for safekeeping digital information Danielle Schapaugh

    There’s a secret group of people out there (code name: everyone) who can sometimes feel intimidated by technology. It almost seems as if technology has constructed a new culture with a set of encrypted rules and customs that are .

  • ‘The Great Zoo of China’ elicits Crichton’s ‘Jurrasic Park’

    In Matthew Reilly’s interview in the endnotes of “The Great Zoo of China,” the writer acknowledges his love of Michael Crichton’s science thriller “Jurassic Park.” Reilly describes deliberate moves he made to differentiate the two novels even though .

  • ‘Inherit Midnight’ elicits thoughts of reality TV

    “Inherit Midnight” is a thrilling novel that takes members of the VanDemere family on a worldwide competition for the family’s sizable fortune. Avery VanDemere is 17 years old and the black sheep of the family. She has lived her life .

  • Manhattan’s library can be a playful destination Jennifer.adams.librarian1

    The new layout of the Children’s Room has provided opportunity for more interactive features to engage children while they are at the library looking for books, learning about something new or just playing. Having time to play and pretend .





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