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  • 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 .

  • ‘One Small Step’ discusses ancient ‘Kaizan way’

    Finally, somebody “gets it.” Author Robert Maurer, Ph.D., thinks that Americans had better slow down and not fret so much about setting big goals to accomplish something that would have only challenged them to take small and sensible steps. .

  • Take a moment and revisit the subtle joy of poetry Pecoraro

    When was the last time you read a poem, and why? If it was in grade school, and you had to memorize it and recite it to the class, you’re not alone. I think many of us of a .

  • ‘Shame and the Captives’ tells Cowra story through fiction

    For most Americans, World War II doesn’t often conjure thoughts of Australia. Nor does it elicit thoughts of Japanese prisoners of war. “Shame and the Captives,” a work of historical fiction by Australian writer Thomas Keneally, shines a light .

  • ‘Murder on the Ile Sordou’ tracks eclectic cast of visitors

    The island of Sordou is an imaginary place in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Marseilles. But the fact that the island isn’t real doesn’t detract from this enjoyable murder mystery. Judge Antonio Verlaque and his girlfriend, .

  • Funny tale told through recommendation letters

    This highly original novel is a hilarious story conveyed entirely through letters of recommendation written by one man, Jason (“Jay”) Fitger, a professor of creative writing and literature at the fictitious Payne University. Fitger is a middle-aged, rather cynical professor .





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