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  • Books | December 08, 2012

    Awkward teen falls in love with a troubled ghost


    The mystery of a ghost girl whose watch ticks backwards, the perks and pains of a son and father vacationing together and wishes for a family to be happily reunited will delight readers who enjoy the paranormal in Edward Hogan’s first novel for young

  • Books | December 08, 2012

    Carson’s story comes alive in ‘On a Farther Shore’

    On the 50th anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring,” she and her writings are largely forgotten, but at the time that they appeared, they were translated into several languages and widely read. “Silent Spring” was tremendously influential and in some ways,

  • Books | December 08, 2012

    Local author delights readers with short, imaginative stories about his life

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    In his preface to “Where I Am Now,” a collection of seven short stories, Robert Day provides an anecdote about a time when he came upon two African American boys shooting baskets while he was walking across the campus where he was teaching. Day, who

  • Books | December 08, 2012

    Manhattan librarian suggests reading gifts for the upcoming holidays


    Whether you’re looking for holiday gift ideas for the people on your list or planning your own post-holiday winter hibernation, here are a couple of suggestions for no-fail great reading from Manhattan Public Library. First, for those who enjoy reading as an intellectual adventure,

  • Books | December 08, 2012

    ‘El Iluminado’ opens imagination about New Mexico’s crypto-Jews


    Halfway into the graphic novel “El Iluminado,” a Spanish literature professor in an Indiana Jones hat wanders into a cafe in Santa Fe, N.M., and receives a pearl of wisdom from a gray-haired woman. “A Jewish soul is a Jewish soul,” the woman says. “

  • Books | December 02, 2012

    A competitive building plan digs up plenty of dirt

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    The word “caper” has airy overtones. A caper carries plenty of adventure but precludes truly dreadful things like serial killers or natural catastrophes. So it is with “The Marseille Caper,” the most recent novel of the south of France by Peter Mayle, a Francophile of

  • Books | December 02, 2012

    Holidays bring many snuggle stories for children


    Hanukkah is just around the corner and several new books will be fun to share with little ones. Jane Yolen’s popular dinosaur series has a double entry for the season this year. “How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah?” and “How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry

  • Books | December 02, 2012

    How America compares with other nations


    America is, and has always been, exceptional in so many ways. It is, and always has been, superior to all other nations. Or so we have been led to believe. Howard Steven Friedman says in “The Measure of a Nation” that this strongly held belief

  • Books | November 25, 2012

    Character struggles to deal with reality in ‘Arcadia’


    In a world full of inescapable responsibility, Lauren Groff’s novel “Arcadia” asks us to consider a search for simplicity. Like Groff’s short story collection, “Delicate Edible Birds,” “Arcadia” invokes the magic inherent in fairy tales. Combine these fantastic elements with the reality of

  • Books | November 25, 2012

    Love challenges immortal teens’ obligation to science


    “Origin” is a wonderful science fiction story that’s geared for young adults but also will appeal to an adult audience. It features Pia, a genetically engineered teen-age girl who is being hidden away in a fenced and guarded compound in the Amazon rainforest. She

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