Thursday, May 28, 2015



Lifestyle - Books

  • Books | March 08, 2015

    Book examines Lincoln’s role in war for public opinion

    We are accustomed to our newspapers having two separate kinds of content: the unbiased news which presents the facts of both sides of an event or issue; and opinions, where the editor, readers, columnists and the like, present their own views on events and issues.

  • Books | March 08, 2015

    ‘Saint Brigid’s Bones’ journeys to sixth century Ireland

    This is a nice mystery involving Christians and Druids in the sixth century in what is now Ireland. Its protagonist is Sister Deidre, who is in probably in her 20s. She joined the convent after her young son died and she left her husband, who,

  • Books | March 08, 2015

    Upcoming library events include baseball, Dickens

    Susan.withee.librarian1

    What do Internet safety, the Kansas City Monarchs, Manhattan history, Charles Dickens and great books for sale all have in common? They’re all at Manhattan Public Library in the month of March. Last weekend, the Manhattan Library Association (the Friends of the Library) annual

  • Books | February 28, 2015

    ‘Dog Whistle Politics’ examines the language of race

    The author is the John H. Boalt, professor of law at the University of California-Berkeley and the author of two previous books on racism and the law. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School. This is an important work, though one with a fairly

  • Books | February 28, 2015

    ‘The Girl on the Train’ spins complex web

    For a debut novel, “The Girl on the Train” it is a winner. The protagonist, Rachel Watson, lives outside London and is divorced, but not happily. She longs to get back with her ex-husband, Tom, but he is now married to Anna and they have

  • Books | February 28, 2015

    Don’t let these free library services remain a secret

    Danielle Schapaugh

    Psst ... I have a secret to tell you. There are free services at the library that you don’t even suspect. For starters, Manhattan Public Library has a high-quality digital flatbed scanner. Users can scan documents, photos, articles or even maps in color at high

  • Books | February 21, 2015

    ‘Map of Betrayal’ offers sympathetic, sad story of spy

    “A Map of Betrayal” is a sympathetic, even sad, story of a Chinese man who was reasonably well placed in the CIA and spied for his country for decades. It’s also the story of his American daughter’s effort to learn about the family

  • Books | February 21, 2015

    ‘Small as an Elephant’ big on imagination

    Jennifer Richard Jacobson never fails to offer her readers hope, especially when the lives of an 11-year-old boy and his “spinning” mom couldn’t get more dangerous, unpredictable, ridiculously funny, complex and lonely. Jacobson has written a heart-warming story about Jack Martel, the intelligent and

  • Books | February 21, 2015

    Story suggestions for National Tell a Fairy-Tale Day

    Feb. 26 is National Tell a Fairy-Tale Day. I know you already know them, but in case you need some inspiration for your Thursday bedtime story, come visit our Fairy Tale and Folklore Neighborhood in the Children’s room. Look for the banner with the impressive

  • Books | February 15, 2015

    Elizabeth Warren’s book part biography, part manifesto

    This engaging book by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is part biography, part financial justice manifesto, part economic treatise, but always compelling. Unlike what one might expect from a New England senator and Harvard Law professor, Elizabeth Warren grew up poor in central Oklahoma as the


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