• ‘Orphan Train’ is compelling, informative

    This incredibly engrossing novel opens in 1929 and follows the adventures of Niamh Power, a 9-year-old Irish girl who has recently immigrated to America with her family.  Her family is already barely surviving on the streets of New York when .

  • Frank details history of giant squid

    Have you ever felt that an author was spending too much time and too many pages teasing his readers with excessive babble about unrelated objects and strange people exchanging a variety of versions of the same story? Perhaps all you .

  • Former MHS English teacher publishes first novel

    Former Manhattan High School English teacher Kelly Seiler took the back road to realizing her lifelong dream of becoming a published author. A variety of experiences as a writer, editor and teacher allowed Seiler to develop the skills and connections .

  • Stories of spooky creatures provide perfect Halloween reading

    “Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales” is not an ordinary collection of spooky stories. A quick read of these stories will never do. The monsters within won’t let you off the hook that easily. Before jumping in, you .

  • Romance unfolds within WWII-era perfume industry

    “Scent of Triumph” is a good story, a tale of love and loss and, as the title suggests, triumph during World War II. It would be a terrific book but for the generous dose of Harlequinesque romancing. Doubtless that’s .

  • Bring diversity to your reading list at the public library Librarian.amber.keck

    The act of reading is a beautiful thing to observe. Different people have different motives and end goals when they participate in reading. For some, it is done in order to gain knowledge and facts. For others, reading is a .

  • Fictionalized biography explores role of art in British provinces during World War I

    In 1914, Thomas Maggs, a young local lad, and Mac, a visiting Scot, ramble along the Suffolk coast. Strangers when the story opens, the two meet and build on shared experiences and interests — they both have a twisted foot and significant .

  • ‘Two Across’ offers unconventional love story

    “Two Across” is a love story involving two brainy, likeable individuals, Stanley Owens and Vera Baxter. They met in 1960 at the national spelling bee and tied for first place. They continued to meet year after year at subsequent national spelling .

  • Author to speak about development of home economics Susan.withee.librarian1

    The Manhattan community is in for a treat when Linda Przybyszewski, associate professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, visits this Thursday and Friday, Oct. 22 and 23, to talk about her book, “The Lost Art of Dress: The Women .

  • Smith presents poignant addition to series

    “The Novel Habits of Happiness” is the tenth and latest installment in the author’s series about philosopher Isabel Dalhousie, her musician husband Jamie, and their son Charlie that takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland.  One of the world’s .

  • Baker tells compelling story of wine enthusiast’s journey

    “Vintage” is a wonderful story about a man — a husband, a father and a writer — who’s lost his way; it’s about his voyage of rediscovery and, as the title suggests, it’s about wine. Bruno Tannenbaum is a .

  • Lagercrantz follows in footsteps of ‘Millenium Trilogy’

    Billed as a Lizbeth Salander novel, David Lagercrantz’s “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” purports to continue the late Stieg Larsson’s international best-selling “Millennium Trilogy” beginning with “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” Lagercrantz’s novel presents .


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