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  • Books | March 24, 2013

    Haidt defines social and political topics

    This is an important book to help us understand the divisive political and social climate in the country today. Several writers have tackled this topic in recent years but Haidt’s analysis is the most thorough, most research-based and most convincing I have read. Currently

  • Books | March 24, 2013

    Books to help grow knowledge and your garden


    Throughout the year, Manhattan Public Library is the recipient of a great many gifts. Often, donors will designate a determined amount to be spent and allow staff to make selections. Other times, the donors have specific titles in mind and provide lists of materials they

  • Books | March 24, 2013

    Short stories explain connection and need for human approval

    It’s undeniable that a strong female voice underscores Danielle Evans’ eight-story collection, Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self. In “Harvest,” Angel is a student at Columbia who watches white girls sell their eggs to fertility clinics. “Robert E. Lee Is Dead” follows Crystal,

  • Books | March 24, 2013

    African-American face of Civil War comes alive in collection of profiles

    While we can easily find any number of books about the white troops on both sides in the Civil War, information on the colored troops, as they were called, is harder to come by. “African American Faces of the Civil War: An Album” helps to

  • Books | March 17, 2013

    The Queen has quite the journey once she leaves her palace wearing a hoodie

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    A common plot in today’s successful novels portrays a graying woman who wakes up and walks away from a life of supposed satisfaction. Often the impetus is divorce, life-changing illness, challenges by adult children or loss of intimacy, job or relevance. Unexpectedly a protagonist

  • Books | March 17, 2013

    The U.S. Constitution from a libertarian view

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    At the heart of Andrew Napolitano’s latest book, “Theodore and Woodrow,” is the question of how the U.S. Constitution is to be interpreted. Is it to be taken in the sense in which it was written in 1787, together with the first ten amendments,

  • Books | March 17, 2013

    Tips on how to spend your spring break nerd-style


    For those of you lucky enough to get a few days off from work or school, spring break is a great time to relax with a stack of books or have a movie marathon. Why not celebrate your inner nerd by focusing on techie books

  • Books | March 17, 2013

    Krauss tackles how we got here and where we’re going

    Can something be created from nothing? The author boldly titles his book “A Universe from Nothing” where the first law of dynamics states energy and matter cannot be created or destroyed. This begs the question. If our spirit contains something, what happens to it at

  • Books | March 17, 2013

    ‘Giving 2.0’ discusses the options of philanthropy and local involvement

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    A friend of mine contacted me recently, wanting to know the steps she needed to take to begin fundraising efforts for a relative who is wheel chair bound and struggles daily to care for her two children. Her boy suffers from muscular dystrophy and her

  • Books | March 10, 2013

    Much can be learned about people’s health from focusing on the health of animals


    For most of us, a trip to the veterinarian’s office and a doctor’s appointment are regarded as two unrelated experiences, just as we assume our health has no relation to the animals we visit at Sunset Zoo. “Zoobiquity” however, challenges the notion of

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