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  • 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

    The marseille.phatch

    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

  • Books | November 25, 2012

    Native American History Month gives readers many options


    During the last census, over 5.2 million Americans identified themselves as American Indian in combination with one or more races. 2.9 million Americans identified themselves as American Indian or Alaskan Native alone. Contrast these numbers to the estimated 18 million indigenous people living in North America at the

  • Books | November 25, 2012

    Names have changed but the stores stay the same

    Drug stores aggieville.phatch

    Quick quiz: How many drug stores are there in Aggieville? Dan Walter in his “The Drug Stores of Aggieville…and a few other tangents along the way” answers that question. He also tells us of the comings and goings of drug stores in the Manhattan

  • Books | November 25, 2012

    Rocker Rod Stewart shares his life’s joys, struggles in new autobiography

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    Candy canes might be sweet. The scent of winter snow mixed with smoke rising from the chimney can be inspiring. Carolers always seem to sing in perfect harmony. Fragile porcelain dolls look too beautiful to hold. For me, just having Rod Stewart in my home

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