• Friends learn about themselves, others on Muir Trail

    Elizabeth Dodd Contributing writer When three young women, just finished with college, set out to hike 240 miles of California’s John Muir Trail in 1993, they travel in a wilderness with very few other women backpackers.  Instead, author Suzanne Roberts .

  • A last visit from varied Gold Star mothers

    “A Star for Mrs. Blake” is a charming story of a group of women who would never have met unless their sons had not been killed in World War I. They were brought together because Congress passed a law in 1929 .

  • Disease epidemics create common string through past Pecoraro

    When Army cook Albert Gitchell reported to sick call at Fort Riley on March 4, 1918, little did anyone suspect that the world was in the midst of an epidemic that would kill nearly five percent of the world’s population. The .

  • K-State graduate releases second book of art, poetry

    K-State grad Mark A. Chapman is probably best known in Manhattan as a significant donor to his alma mater, but his second book of poetry and images provide evidence that in addition to being a businessman and philanthropist, he is .

  • Student confounds investigators after roommate dies

    “Cartwheel” is a murder mystery and story of family heartbreak that is eerily similar to the Amanda Knox case in Italy. In this novel, Lily Hayes, an American, is on a study abroad semester in Buenos Aires. She lives with .

  • Family remains close-knit despite struggles

    This novel relates the adventures over a two-plus-year period 2010-2013 of an extended Italian-American family who own and operate a shoe business in New York City, told through the eyes of one of its members, Valentine Roncalli, a 35-year-old woman. .

  • Book sale offers choices for every reader’s interests Marcia.allen1

    Feb. 28 is a very important date at Manhattan Public Library. That’s the scheduled kick-off for the Manhattan Library Association’s annual book sale. For those unfamiliar with the event, it’s a three-day sale of gently used books, DVDs, .

  • Armchair traveler can escape winter through books Susan.withee.librarian1

    Suffering from cabin fever?  Losing your fight with this winter’s weary dismals?  It’s a perfect time to dream of exotic destinations and distant adventures and to imagine the trip of a lifetime.  Armchair travelers and .

  • Kansans work together for ‘Common Good’

    “The Common Good.” That’s a desirable, if sometimes amorphous, concept. The common good is something that should be good for everyone. But in our modern, polarized society, how can we achieve the common good? The answer is, it will .

  • Series about Botswanan detective agency continues

    The many worldwide fans of Alexander McCall Smith’s “No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency” books will be delighted with this latest book in the series. This series of books, set in Botswana’s capital of Gaborone, follows the adventures of Mma (“.

  • Journalist’s death in Russia sparks investigation

    Arkady Renko is a veteran police detective in Moscow. He’s a keen investigator, and had he played office politics as well as others on the force, he might well have had the rank many thought he would have by .

  • Woman leaves comfort of England home for Africa

    “The Fever Tree” is a saga about Frances Irvine, an English woman who moves to South Africa in the late 1800s to escape near poverty in England and marry a doctor she doesn’t love. The contrast between her privileged .


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