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  • Books | July 07, 2013

    Award-winning books build summer reading lists for all ages

    Susan.withee.librarian1

    If you like your summer reading on the lighter side, you may want to search out some of the year’s best in genre fiction - mysteries, science fiction, romance, horror, or westerns. Every spring, various fiction writers’ organizations hold their annual conventions and hand

  • Books | July 07, 2013

    Unlikely pair team up to solve a string of grisly murders in the 1890s

    This is the 15th and latest installment of Victoria Thompson’s Gaslight Mysteries, telling of a series of murders in 1890s New York City, ingeniously solved by the fairly odd couple of widowed midwife Sara Brandt and Police Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy. Rich in historical

  • Books | July 07, 2013

    A neurosurgeon seeks revenge on God for taking his wife by going on a killing spree

    Mark Weis’ mystery novel “Lead Me Into Temptation” is a Christian apologetic and a witnessing tool for the author. This doesn’t diminish a fast paced, sinuous plot and some interesting character development, but it may leave some readers feeling it’s too didactic. The

  • Books | June 30, 2013

    ‘Suspect’ shines light on an unlikely friendship after individual tragedy

    “Suspect,” the latest book by award-winning mystery novelist Robert Crais, is the story of Scott and Maggie. Scott is officer Scott James, a seven-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department who was seriously wounded in a shootout eight months earlier that killed his partner,

  • Books | June 30, 2013

    ‘Containment’ questions the future of living for humans

    “Containment” takes place in the future, a time when Earth’s population, lack of resources and rapidly rising CO2 levels force interplanetary exploration. The story takes place at V1, an enormous dome that is home to the first two generations of pioneers to Venus. Venus

  • Books | June 30, 2013

    Manhattan Public Library gives youth chance to learn about dinosaurs

    Jennifer.adams.librarian1

    Dinosaur stories have been a big hit this summer with our Dig Into Reading theme, from Mo Willems’s tongue-in-cheek “Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs” to David Bergen’s awesome “Life-Size Dinosaurs” book. Kids are invited to a paleontology party at 2 p.m. July 13 for

  • Books | June 30, 2013

    ‘Sandalwood Death’ centered around inhumane Chinese punishment

    We know from the beginning of “Sandalwood Death” that Chinese regional opera star, Sun Bing, is going to be executed in a horrible way for leading a part of the Boxer Rebellion in northern China against the extraterritorial German government and the Chinese dynastic government.

  • Books | June 30, 2013

    America copes, moves on after Yellowstone supervolcano explosion

    “Ten months have passed since I’ve last seen the sun,” begins 16-year-old Alex Halprin, narrator of Mike Mullin’s “Ashen Winter.” The book is the second entry of a dystopian saga trilogy set in the upper Midwest. North America is suffering the devastating aftermath

  • Books | June 23, 2013

    ‘Wool’ takes a look at what it takes to survive post apocalyptic life

    The story of how Hugh Howey’s dystopian novel “Wool” earned the author seven figures before it even had a publisher is so compelling that’s it’s surpassed only by the plot contained in the book itself. The book started as a short story

  • Books | June 23, 2013

    A summer hospital job puts things into perspective for teen

    “At Loomis Hospital we respect the differences of the people who come here for treatment. There are certainly lots of differences, believe you me. I’ve seen all kinds of folks over the years, especially in the summer when it seems like the entire city


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