Books

  • U.S. regions have distinct cultural, historical divides

    This fascinating and provocative book makes the argument that, to truly understand the history of North America since the European colonization, one must identify the 11 “nations,” each of which were founded by different peoples with different cultures and goals.  .

  • Patterson ventures back into kids’ literature

    ARRRGH! Now listen up maties. ‘Ave ye herd the news? Pirate James Patterson ‘as sailed the six seas…err…wait a minute…better make that seven seas, and ‘as brought back tales of the lost ship ‘Lost,’ treasure hunting, island .

  • Area youth honor civil rights leader with original works Keri.mills

    Manhattan Public Library hosted and sponsored the 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Art and Writing Contest. The theme for this year’s contest was “Live Together as Brothers and Sisters,” which was taken from one of Dr. King’s most famous .

  • Croatian man helps family understand pain of war

    Duro Kolak is Croatian, a lifelong resident of the small town of Gost. Like others in the town, Duro has seen things he can’t forget, done things he can’t undo and lost things he cannot get back. Duro .

  • Boy travels across the country after losing his family

    Chris Banner Contributing writer “Golden Crossroads” has all of the things you expect in a Western romance — handsome men and beautiful women; good guys and bad guys, with the good guys winning in the end; Indians; violence; a wise old .

  • Race ends in different levels of fame for women

    The two Elizabeths singularly raced around the world in opposite directions to beat the eighty-day record boasted by Jules Verne’s fictional character, Phileas Fogg, in “Around the World in Eighty Days.” Elizabeth Bisland (1861-1929) was a literary critic for “.

  • Remembering Winnie the Pooh for author’s birthday Pecoraro

    Since January 18 was A. A. Milne’s birthday, this is the perfect opportunity to enjoy Winnie the Pooh and friends. Alexander Alan Milne, creator of the loveable Pooh bear, took inspiration from his young son, Christopher Robin Milne. Christopher Robin .

  • Thriller author’s latest novel proves thought-provoking

    Do I possess such a naive innocence in thinking that Dean Koontz has all the time in the world to send me a letter, post card or even a simple sticky note? It’s always a pleasure to read his .

  • Boy answers questions about living with autism

    When he was 13 years old, Naoki Higashida wrote a different sort of book on autism. Most books on the subject are written by neurotypical (normal) adults, typically a specialist writing in a technical idiom, or a relative or friend; each .

  • Family struggles through issues to grow together

    This novel deals with a most intriguing situation that pulls in the reader from the very beginning.  Eccentric but aging business tycoon Gloria Garrison is CEO of Glory, Inc., which she had founded many years earlier and built into .

  • TALK series offers chance to interact with readers Marcia.allen1

    Winter days getting to you?  If so, there’s an upcoming library tradition that can get you past the bleak cold days we’ve yet to face. Whether you’ve participated in the TALK (Talk About Literature in Kansas) .

  • Rowing team wins gold after surmounting obstacles

    This has to be among the best non-fiction books of the year. It weaves two stories seamlessly: the personal saga of Joe Rantz, a rower for the University of Washington; and the unlikely success of the University of Washington eight, .





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