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Lifestyle - Books

  • Books | June 09, 2013

    A troubling story about social media in teenagers’ lives

    “Reconstructing Amelia” is a disturbing novel that illustrates the power of texting and the Internet in teenagers’ lives. Amelia is a 10th-grader at a private co-ed high school, Grace Hall, outside New York City. She lives with her mother, Kate, a lawyer who works long

  • Books | June 09, 2013

    Coastal life shows Gertrude Swann a captivating world that has been waiting for her

    When you think of the edges of our North American earth, you envision the oceans and in the 19th century that meant lighthouses. They were necessary and are still vital in all areas of the world. In the United States structures are now automated and

  • Books | June 02, 2013

    A family — and a country — survive financial crisis

    Gregg Easterbook packs a lot into this comparatively short novel. On one level, it’s the story of a family that lives the good life, courtesy of the financial industry, is subsequently ruined during America’s financial crisis, cries, copes, grows wiser and survives, mostly.

  • Books | June 02, 2013

    Artist eschews music to paint landscapes of Southwest

    Upon viewing the paintings of Ernest L. Blumenschein, one can see why this great German-American artist was so enchanted with the beauty and culture of New Mexico. His philosophy of life and art has been well-researched by Robert W. Larson and Carole B. Larson, the

  • Books | June 02, 2013

    Books, movies help those left behind heal, cope with death

    Mary.newkirk

    Manhattan Public Library offers a wealth of life-long learning opportunities. Manhattan itself is also replete with life-long learners. I have had the pleasure of becoming friends with many special life-long learners through the library’s outreach services. As an adult services librarian, I have met

  • Books | June 02, 2013

    Tragedy, self-discovery in story of disturbed high-school girl

    Claire, the smart girl gazing out the windows of the classroom, holds both all the best answers and enough self-belief not to have to seek affirmation by dominating the conversation. In her English class, where Emily Dickinson is the current topic, Claire daydreams her time

  • Books | June 02, 2013

    Profile of pioneer doctor shows state of sexual health care at the time

    In “The Notorious Dr. Flippin: Abortion and Consequence in the Early Twentieth Century,” Jamie Tallman integrates biography and social history to make a fascinating book. The first chapter tells of Charles Flippin’s life until 1910. He was born into slavery in 1844 to a white slave

  • Books | May 26, 2013

    Hildy’s alcoholism becomes an entertaining daily struggle

    St. Martin’s Press promotes Ann Leary’s “The Good House” as “funny.” Cover blurbs declare the novel to be “wickedly funny,” and “genuinely funny.” They also make it perfectly clear that the novel is about alcoholism. Readers familiar with the raging disease of alcoholism

  • Books | May 26, 2013

    A monk finds himself in the middle of a zombie war in 717 A.D.

    Brother Stephen is a young and talented artist who has become a monk in the year 717 A.D. in order to lead a simple life and to do what he loves best – paint Christian icons. Due to a shortage of iconographers and the recent change

  • Books | May 26, 2013

    Entertaining summer reads for Manhattan’s grown-ups

    Susan.withee.librarian1

    This coming Saturday, June 1, is the official kick-off for summer reading programs at Manhattan Public Library and the beginning of our busiest season.  Thousands of people come through the library’s doors every summer and hundreds of them - children, teens and adults -


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