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  • Books | March 31, 2013

    Wheat farming has come a long way in Kansas but still provides challenges

    People today like to talk about the good old days on the family farm. Actually, before the coming of mechanization, daily farm life was a lot of unrelenting, often heavy and isolated work all day long. This made occasional social and other activities all the

  • Books | March 31, 2013

    Mary Todd Lincoln’s seamstress pens tell-all

    Jennifer Chiaverini writes a historical novel rich with details of the relationship between President Lincoln’s wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, and her personal “modiste,” Elizabeth Keckley. Elizabeth was a freed slave who moved to Washington, D.C., after living in several other cities. Through hard

  • Books | March 31, 2013

    6 by 6: Six skills children should know by age 6


    Everyone knows that libraries have storytimes so young children can hear good stories read aloud.  People who have attended storytimes know that, in addition to stories, children will learn action rhymes, songs and even dance moves.  It is all great fun and leads

  • Books | March 31, 2013

    Tale follows kidnapping plot in African refugee camp

    Afghanistan has been the setting for volumes or espionage fiction in recent years and small wonder. It’s got terrorists, warlords, drug and arms dealers, corruption, countless hiding place and untold treachery. And for at least five years ending in May 2011, it was home to

  • Books | March 31, 2013

    Former K-State professor’s collection of stories examines relationships

    If you think you have an idea what life is all about and you’re pretty sure you’re making all the right choices, “Ex-Boyfriend on Aisle 6” sets out to challenge that notion. Susan Jackson Rodgers illuminates the everyday lives of everyday people in “Ex-Boyfriend

  • Books | March 24, 2013

    In ‘Crewel,’ eliminating lives is as effortless as cutting a piece of thread

    Gennifer Albin has crafted this clever young adult novel about Adelice Lewys, a teenager who has been chosen to be a Spinster — someone who weaves the world everyone lives in. Adelice lives in a community called Romen in the country of Arras with her 12-year-old

  • 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

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