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  • Author digs into Puritan history in ‘Storm of Witchcraft’

    We have read about it all before: It is early 1692. In the town of Salem, Mass., teenaged girls are twitching and screaming that they are possessed by the Devil — someone in the community has cast a spell on them. People .

  • ‘Auschwitz Escape’ historical fiction at its best

    “The Auschwitz Escape” is the story of two men, a German Jew named Jacob Weisz and a French assistant pastor named Jean-Luc Leclerc. It’s also the story of the loss of Jacob’s family and almost everyone he has .

  • Remembering Charles Dickens 203 years after his birth Pecoraro

    Saturday marked the 203rd birthday of Charles Dickens. Born in Portsmouth, England on Feb. 7, 1812, Dickens is considered by many to be one of the greatest authors in the English language. In addition to writing some of the most popular novels .

  • ‘Boy on the Porch’ loaded with surprise

    Expecting the unexpected is only one lesson that Sharon Creech teaches her readers. And she does exactly this in such a clever, honest and humane way that readers can’t help but get totally absorbed with her characters. This time, .

  • ‘Good Spy’ sheds light on CIA politics

    Ongoing revelations of CIA torture tactics in the so-called war on terrorism may make this book’s title appear to be a contradiction in terms. As the subtitle indicates, the book is a biography of Robert Ames, who joined the .

  • Valerie Plame’s ‘Burned’ falls short of memorable

    “Burned” is Valerie Plame’s second novel, and like her first one, “Blowback,” it was co-written by Sarah Lovett. Lovett is a more experienced novelist; Plame is a former CIA counterespionage agent married to a former U.S. ambassador, Joseph .

  • The Hillerman Prize: The best of Western mysteries Marcia.allen1

    I still miss having a fresh, new Tony Hillerman mystery to read. I never tired of reading the latest adventures of law officers Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee as they patiently sorted out the facts of murders and thefts that .

  • Art, writing contest important part of MLK events

    Manhattan Public Library hosted and sponsored the 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Art and Writing Contest, which has been an important part of MLK Day events for more than 15 years. The theme for this year’s contest was “Only Love Can .

  • Book explores humans’ use of maps through history

    “On the Map: A Mind-Exploding Exploration of the Way the World Looks” is a fascinating book about the history of maps, or, perhaps more accurately, the history of how people interact with maps. British author Simon Garfield is best known .

  • Witnesses, motives abound in ‘Big Little Lies’

    “Big Little Lies” is a sometimes humorous, sometimes sad novel that focuses on three women in Australia who have children in the same kindergarten class. The women don’t know it, but they and their children are in for a .

  • ‘Jesus Feminist’ aims to energize women

    Gender roles in the church, hotly debated for centuries, remain a current hot topic of public discourse—partly because so much positive change has occurred with regard to encouraging women’s voices and in utilizing their leadership, but also because .

  • ‘Raging Blaze’ a riveting story about intelligence operations

    It isn’t often the opportunity arises to view the world from the perspective of Sweden’s intelligence apparatus, but that’s part of what Andreas Norman offers in “Into a Raging Blaze,” and it’s fascinating. He does so .





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