Friday, July 1, 2016

Lifestyle - Books

  • Books | April 09, 2016

    Books to read with your children this spring


    Spring weather has blown into Manhattan. It’s a time to appreciate Earth’s beauty, head out on the nature trail or spend an evening at the ball diamond. Here are some children’s books that pair nicely with the season. Greensburg, Kansas is celebrated

  • Books | April 09, 2016

    Fox’s Bill O’Reilly presents legends, lies of old west

    Was there an infamous outlaw of the old west who was too scared to use a horse? Was the original “Lone Ranger” an African-American? Was Daniel Boone a traitor to his country? These startling contentions are examined in “Bill O’Reilly’s Legends and Lies:

  • Books | April 03, 2016

    Author traces genius through time, place

    What constitutes a genius? The word is widely used in many different ways. Where do we find such exalted beings? Some say that they are created genetically; others say nurture and education; still others say, in the manner of the Gold Rush ‘49ers, “Genius is

  • Books | April 03, 2016

    Multiple subplots make for busy murder mystery

    “The Absolution” is a busy, convoluted murder mystery. It’s a tale of intrigue involving legitimate and unsanctioned Freemason groups, Italy’s left-wing Red Brigade terrorists of the 1970s and ‘80s, right-wing extremists, NATO, the CIA, radical Islamic terrorists, a group that wants Venice to

  • Books | April 03, 2016

    Combining fact, fiction in biographical novels


    I’ve always been fond of fictional books like Nancy Horan’s “Loving Frank,” the story of Mamah Borthwick Cheney’s affair with and influence on Frank Lloyd Wright.  Equally appealing to me was Paula McLain’s “The Paris Wife,” which vividly conveyed the

  • Books | April 03, 2016

    Author uses psychology to shed light on rock-‘n’-roll musicians

    Please bear with me, all you aging rock and rollers. Maybe I was thinking along the same lines when I glanced at the front cover of the paperback, “It’s Not Only Rock ‘n’ Roll: Iconic Musicians Reveal the Source of Their Creativity.” I stood

  • Books | March 26, 2016

    Biography explores Washington’s character

    “He lived in a patriarchal society, as one of the patriarchs,” but George Washington believed in the rights of American colonists, as British citizens, to govern and tax themselves. And it was only when he understood that both King George and Parliament had a totally

  • Books | March 26, 2016

    Heartbreak, solace central to Steel’s new novel

    “Blue,” which reflects Danielle Steel’s tightly woven style, is the story of an unlikely friendship between a heartbroken woman and a homeless boy. Ginny Carter once had a perfect life. She was a TV newscaster and her husband was an anchorman. They had a

  • Books | March 26, 2016

    Online resources to help you pick good books


    Are you a reader who goes beyond the bestseller lists? Are you looking for new books that will enthrall you, that will keep you reading far into the night? Books that will whisk you to faraway places and times, that will expand your mind and

  • Books | March 19, 2016

    Feminist undertones surface in ‘Gilded Hour’

    Donati’s historical saga is the unforgettable story of two bold, intrepid female physicians in 19th-century New York. Cousins Anna and Sophie Savard are of a rare breed, both highly educated and successful in the medical field, unmarried and childless in their late 20s and

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