Tuesday, June 28, 2016



Lifestyle - Books

  • Books | March 19, 2016

    Teen and tween events at the library this spring

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    For several years now, the Manhattan Public Library has had increasingly strong teen programs. Teens have the opportunity to be a part of the Teen Library Advisory Board (TLAB), which makes decisions that directly affect the teen space at the library as well as what

  • Books | March 19, 2016

    Island research station sets scene for intrigue, mystery

    Iowa Writer’s Workshop graduate Abby Geni’s debut novel, “The Lightkeepers” is a successful mash-up of locked-room mystery and ecological thriller. Set among the ancient granite outcrops and pileups of the Farralon Islands marine preserve, a treacherous archipelago approximately 30 miles west of San Francisco

  • Books | March 12, 2016

    Science, politics come together in ‘Pacific’

    While perusing the new books section in the Manhattan Public Library, I happened to glance at “Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World’s Superpowers,” by Simon Winchester.  Having spent half of

  • Books | March 12, 2016

    Mystery takes readers on thrilling journey

    The skeleton road in Val McDermid’s bestselling mystery is a long one. It takes readers from Edinburgh to Oxford and to Croatia and back, and it does so over the course of more than 20 years. It also features compelling characters, some of whom are

  • Books | March 12, 2016

    Books provide satisfying spring break activities

    Spring break officially begins tomorrow, and most — if not all — of our children are ready for a full week of relaxation. What will they do with that week? If they’re like me, they’ll spend the first few days splurging on all of their

  • Books | March 12, 2016

    Novel is compelling, imaginative

    There are a lot of planets in the Solar League, and Solara Brooks is convinced there’s a better one for her than Earth. She’s a talented mechanic but with no family to speak of, and with felony tattoos freshly inked across her knuckles,

  • Books | March 12, 2016

    Lynn explains secularism

    According to the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Sounds simple enough. Just sixteen words written in 1791. What did the words “establishment,” “free exercise” and “religion” mean 225 years

  • Books | March 05, 2016

    Author traces political battles back to roots

    With the intriguing subtitle “The Battles That Define America from Jefferson’s Heresies to Gay Marriage,” this book clearly takes a historical approach to the culture wars.  When considering issues like gay marriage, abortion, education funding, school prayer or religious freedom, it is easy

  • Books | March 05, 2016

    Novel combines vivid description, bland plot

    For readers who can’t afford a vacation in the south of France, Peter Mayle’s novels might be an acceptable substitute. Mayle’s best-known novel may be “A Year in Provence,” largely because it was the basis a few years back for the movie “

  • Books | March 05, 2016

    March is a good month to read about women

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    March is Women’s History Month. Many women who had a hand in changing or making history have been overshadowed by the men of their era. We are all familiar with Clara Barton, Betsy Ross and Amelia Earhart, but there are many other women who


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