Friday, July 31, 2015



Lifestyle - Books

  • Books | February 09, 2014

    Book recounts struggles to cope with avalanches

    If life on the frontier could be harsh and uncertain, life in avalanche country could be far, far worse. Snow and ice would build up on a steep slope, until it suddenly released and went racing downhill, burying and destroying anything in its path, including

  • Books | February 02, 2014

    Biography shows all sides of Led Zeppelin frontman

    When I first heard Robert Plant belt out “Heartbreaker,” I was in a car being driven by one of my high school girlfriends. We were tooling around town on a mellow Saturday afternoon, taking a break from decorating a gymnasium for our junior prom, which

  • Books | February 02, 2014

    Guilt over Kennedy sends man into spiral

    Millions of Americans know Jim Lehrer as a PBS news anchor. Fewer are aware that he is also the author of 21 novels, the most recent of which is “Top Down.” This book offers insight to how intensely Secret Service agents take the job of protecting

  • Books | February 02, 2014

    New addition means more room, storytime and creativity

    Jennifer.adams.librarian1

    Bulldozers arrived on the scene three weeks ago.  A few young library patrons watched in delight from the storytime room windows as a digger piled up dirt and chunks of concrete. The much-awaited expansion of the Children’s Library had begun! Since the last

  • Books | January 26, 2014

    U.S. regions have distinct cultural, historical divides

    This fascinating and provocative book makes the argument that, to truly understand the history of North America since the European colonization, one must identify the 11 “nations,” each of which were founded by different peoples with different cultures and goals.  The basic argument is that

  • Books | January 26, 2014

    Patterson ventures back into kids’ literature

    ARRRGH! Now listen up maties. ‘Ave ye herd the news? Pirate James Patterson ‘as sailed the six seas…err…wait a minute…better make that seven seas, and ‘as brought back tales of the lost ship ‘Lost,’ treasure hunting, island hopping, children on a mission,

  • Books | January 26, 2014

    Area youth honor civil rights leader with original works

    Keri.mills

    Manhattan Public Library hosted and sponsored the 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Art and Writing Contest. The theme for this year’s contest was “Live Together as Brothers and Sisters,” which was taken from one of Dr. King’s most famous quotes: “We must all learn

  • Books | January 26, 2014

    Croatian man helps family understand pain of war

    Duro Kolak is Croatian, a lifelong resident of the small town of Gost. Like others in the town, Duro has seen things he can’t forget, done things he can’t undo and lost things he cannot get back. Duro is the hired man and

  • Books | January 19, 2014

    Boy travels across the country after losing his family

    Chris Banner Contributing writer “Golden Crossroads” has all of the things you expect in a Western romance — handsome men and beautiful women; good guys and bad guys, with the good guys winning in the end; Indians; violence; a wise old man; the hero suffering great

  • Books | January 19, 2014

    Race ends in different levels of fame for women

    The two Elizabeths singularly raced around the world in opposite directions to beat the eighty-day record boasted by Jules Verne’s fictional character, Phileas Fogg, in “Around the World in Eighty Days.” Elizabeth Bisland (1861-1929) was a literary critic for “The Cosmopolitan” magazine while Elizabeth


Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | The Manhattan Mercury, 318 North 5th Street, Manhattan, Kansas, 66502 | Copyright 2012

Reproduction of any kind is prohibited without written consent.