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  • Books | February 27, 2016

    Science fiction films that are out of this world

    Pecoraro

    Back in 1977, in a galaxy not so far away, “Star Wars” captured the imaginations and the dreams of billions. In the six additional films in the series, as in the many incarnations of “Star Trek” and in the hundreds of motion pictures both good and

  • Books | February 27, 2016

    Martel links generations in Portugese village

    “The High Mountains of Portugal” is not a travelogue, but it’s journey through great loss and great discovery. (The highest point in Portugal, in fact, is about 6,500 feet.) Rather, this engaging, even powerful, novel is a reminder that for all the wonderful things life

  • Books | February 27, 2016

    Gibney explores race in thought-provoking book

    Shannon Gibney is blessed. She has a wonderful attitude, a unique writing style that might appeal to people of all ages and a strong sensitivity to and knowledge of racial heritage and injustice. I can think of lots of other ways to describe this author:

  • Books | February 14, 2016

    ‘After You’ examines sadness, joy of lost love

    In real life, love stories don’t always end with “happily ever after.” Sometimes people drift apart, or circumstances — or tragedies — cut the relationship short. Perhaps that’s why Jojo Moyes’ novel, “Me Before You,” seemed to resonate with so many readers. It’s a

  • Books | February 14, 2016

    Sociologist studies religious, nonreligious lives

    Relying upon U.S. census data and similar nationwide profiling tools and research, nationally preeminent sociologist Phil Zuckerman observes, “the number of nonreligious Americans has increased by well over 200 percent over the last twenty-five years, making (secularism) the fastest growing ‘religious’ orientation in the country.”

  • Books | February 14, 2016

    Celebrating Shakespeare at the public library

    Susan.withee.librarian1

    Manhattan and KSU are in the throes of a full-out Shakespeare First Folio frenzy this month. Joining in that spirit, Manhattan Public Library invites you to share the genius, joy and fun of Shakespeare with us at three different events — a Shakespeare Faire here at

  • Books | February 14, 2016

    Family illuminated in ‘The Past’

    This novel recounts a three-week gathering of an extended family at the old country home of their late parents in the west country of England (“the present”).  There are 44ish siblings: Harriet, Roland, Alice and Fran as well as Roland’s new (and third)

  • Books | February 14, 2016

    Tips for exploring Kansas

    Do you want to get out and enjoy nature but don’t know where to go? You don’t need to travel to some far distant place, for lots of good, interesting, pleasurable state parks exist right here in Kansas. “Kansas Trail Guide” tells you

  • Books | February 06, 2016

    Famous friendship illuminated in ‘Andy and Don’

    Lots of books have been written about “The Andy Griffith Show,” one of the most popular and familiar sitcoms in TV history. Daniel de Vise’s book, “Andy and Don,” focuses on the long and strong friendship between the show’s two principals, Andy Griffith,

  • Books | February 06, 2016

    ‘Good story well told’ by ‘Game of Thrones’ author

    “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” isn’t part of George R.R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones” saga, but anyone who has enjoyed those books will take to this one as well. It takes place in the same fictional world of the Lannisters, the


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