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  • Books | September 30, 2012

    Library hosts movies, hunt

    Along with our customarily full calendar of stellar activities for kids and youth, Manhattan Public Library and its co-sponsors will offer some unusual opportunities for fall fun to families and individuals of all ages this October.  The beauty of the season and the crisp,

  • Books | September 30, 2012

    Atlanteans rejoin surface to help save planet from pollution

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    Will flying machines, flaming chariots, old maps, Mayan codes, temples and ancient gods predict the future of our world? Can lost civilizations rise again to restore our faith in humanity and nature, or will they lead to our demise? These were only some of the

  • Books | September 30, 2012

    Author offers theories on debate surrounding existence of God

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    When and how did the universe begin? Why are we here? Why are the laws of nature so fine tuned as to make possible the existence of human self awareness and intelligence? Then is the “grand design” of our universe evidence of a benevolent creator-or

  • Books | September 22, 2012

    Biography of Thomas Becket unearths new material

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    I purchased a copy of “Becket” almost by mistake, and began reading more or less out of a sense of duty, firm in the anticipation that I had wasted my money. What could one make of a 900-year-old murder case? How much in the way

  • Books | September 22, 2012

    Book of essays highlights writers of Midwest literature

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    These essays will add to Low’s legacy as a Kansas writer and as a Kansas teacher of writing. This is a book for teachers of literature, students of literature and those who want to know more about the literature of Kansas and the greater

  • Books | September 22, 2012

    Novel capitalizes on resurgence of interest in railroads

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    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be hit by a train? Well “Dead Man’s Tunnel” instantly gives you that vicarious experience. Since there has been a resurgence of interest in railroads, the Hook Runyan series fits right in exploring the

  • Books | September 22, 2012

    Librarian reflects on life at MPL as her career moves on


    When starting a book, the anticipation can be tremendous. Who will these characters be? Which ones will I like/love/despise? Where will the story take me? Will there be adventure? Tragedy? Laughter? Tears? If we are lucky, a few chapters in we have settled

  • Books | September 22, 2012

    Keys includes good, bad times in rock-‘n’-roll autobiography

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    Bobby Keys just doesn’t like rock and roll; he lives and breathes it each day and night. If Keys could, he would bathe in it. He knows it’s just rock ‘n’ roll, but he loves it. Keys is quite a storyteller. While some

  • Books | September 16, 2012

    One man’s imagining of a post-apocalyptic Kansas

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    In his most recent book, Kansas native Steven Church navigates the end of the world. From the tornadoes that tear through the fields of Kansas to the threat of nuclear war, it is easy to feel the fear of impending doom on every page of

  • Books | September 16, 2012

    Youthful computer hacker caught up in Arab Spring


    “Alif the Unseen” is an Arab Spring novel — and a good one. It takes place in the “City,” part of an unidentified Arab country that more closely resembles one of the tiny emirates than, say, Egypt, Libya or Syria. In the City, Alif, a peasant

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