Books

  • Valerie Plame’s ‘Burned’ falls short of memorable

    “Burned” is Valerie Plame’s second novel, and like her first one, “Blowback,” it was co-written by Sarah Lovett. Lovett is a more experienced novelist; Plame is a former CIA counterespionage agent married to a former U.S. ambassador, Joseph .

  • The Hillerman Prize: The best of Western mysteries Marcia.allen1

    I still miss having a fresh, new Tony Hillerman mystery to read. I never tired of reading the latest adventures of law officers Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee as they patiently sorted out the facts of murders and thefts that .

  • Art, writing contest important part of MLK events

    Manhattan Public Library hosted and sponsored the 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Art and Writing Contest, which has been an important part of MLK Day events for more than 15 years. The theme for this year’s contest was “Only Love Can .

  • Book explores humans’ use of maps through history

    “On the Map: A Mind-Exploding Exploration of the Way the World Looks” is a fascinating book about the history of maps, or, perhaps more accurately, the history of how people interact with maps. British author Simon Garfield is best known .

  • Witnesses, motives abound in ‘Big Little Lies’

    “Big Little Lies” is a sometimes humorous, sometimes sad novel that focuses on three women in Australia who have children in the same kindergarten class. The women don’t know it, but they and their children are in for a .

  • ‘Jesus Feminist’ aims to energize women

    Gender roles in the church, hotly debated for centuries, remain a current hot topic of public discourse—partly because so much positive change has occurred with regard to encouraging women’s voices and in utilizing their leadership, but also because .

  • ‘Raging Blaze’ a riveting story about intelligence operations

    It isn’t often the opportunity arises to view the world from the perspective of Sweden’s intelligence apparatus, but that’s part of what Andreas Norman offers in “Into a Raging Blaze,” and it’s fascinating. He does so .

  • Winter book series set to tackle four British classics Susan.withee.librarian1

    With the holiday season behind us and 2015 ahead, Manhattan Public Library is happy to resume monthly readers’ events for adults and will again host our annual winter series of TALK book discussion programs. The TALK series, “Talk About Literature in .

  • Guide taps into historic accounts of Manhattan-area grasslands

    The tallgrass bluestem prairie, of which the Manhattan area is a part, has been viewed and valued in many different ways and by many different people over the centuries. Its area extends roughly from southern Manitoba to southern Texas and .

  • Full charge: Workshops new and old return for library’s ‘Tech Tuesdays’ Alphild.dick

    As the new year gets underway, so does the new season of Tech Tuesdays at Manhattan Public Library. This year’s winter/spring lineup will include everything from how to get started with your iPad to in-depth classes on genealogy .

  • ‘Outcast Dead’ a treat for mystery lovers

    “The Outcast Dead,” the sixth mystery in a series authored by Elly Griffiths, places heroine Ruth Galloway, a Norwich University lecturer and forensic archaeologist, in the middle of twin story lines of mothers accused of killing children. The novel’s .

  • ‘Young Elites’ a good start to a new series

    Marie Lu is best known for her bestselling “Legend” series, but she has a new young adult series, of which the first installment is “The Young Elites.” It’s a good start to the series. The protagonist is Adelina Amouteru, .


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