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  • Books | January 10, 2016

    ‘Sweet Salt Air’ depicts complex friendship

    This book is author Barbara Delinsky’s latest novel. Some of her previous works include “Escape, Not My Daughter,” “The Secret Between Us,” “While My Sister Sleeps” and Family Tree. Delinsky is well known for her spot-on portrayals of the emotional lives of middle-aged women,

  • Books | January 10, 2016

    DeWitt’s novel offers whimsical, engaging story

    “Undermajordomo Minor” is a hoot. It’s the mostly whimsical story — almost a folk tale — of Lucian Minor, a young man who’s not particularly good at anything. Set about 100 years ago, perhaps in Northern Europe, the story begins when Lucian leaves his hometown of

  • Books | January 10, 2016

    Digging into Manhattan’s history at the library


    In 1855, the Hartford, the first little steamboat built specially to travel the Kansas River, beached on a sandbar near the mouth of the Little Blue River. Little could these new visitors to Kansas imagine their legacy: a rich history of people and unique accomplishments! First

  • Books | January 10, 2016

    Wilde creates elaborate fantasy

    Vivid and engaging science fantasy writing depends upon world-building that is complete, complex and unobtrusive. Successful short story writer Fran Wilde, in her first novel-length publication, “Updraft,” easily meets those expectations. High above toxic clouds that smother the living planet trashed and abandoned below, spires

  • Books | January 03, 2016

    ‘Wild Child’ adds to Collins’ legacy after her death

    Overly critical English professors and some book reviewers didn’t really consider Jackie Collins a serious, literary writer. But Collins didn’t take the harsh comments too seriously. Instead, she sported great confidence and a terrific sense of humor. Collins, who died of breast cancer

  • Books | January 03, 2016

    ‘Silent Boy’ paints vivid picture of 18th century Paris

    Paris in the last decade of the 18th century was no place for a boy to grow up. Yet Charles was 10 years old living in Paris on Aug. 10, 1792, when the masses stormed the Tuileries Palace and blood ran in the streets in one of the

  • Books | January 03, 2016

    Books to help you keep your 2016 resolutions


    Every Jan. 1, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions, and every Jan. 2 or 3, millions of people forget about them. According to, 45 percent of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions, but a mere 8 percent of them actually manage to achieve their goals.

  • Books | December 19, 2015

    Author tells of prairie dog in children’s book

    Larry Haverfield stood up for the underdog. In his new children’s book, “Larry Saves the Prairie,” author and elementary school teacher Matt Bergles tells the story of Haverfield’s efforts to save one of the Kansas prairie’s most important residents:  the black-tailed

  • Books | December 19, 2015

    Pair make plan to rescue Jewish children in 1942

    “A Master Plan for Rescue” is a powerful tale of two individuals, Jack and Jakob, who have both suffered the loss of loved ones. They come together to collaborate for an amazing accomplishment. In New York City in 1942, 12-year-old Jack Quinlan is an only child.

  • Books | December 19, 2015

    Book club to focus on Native American mysteries


    Manhattan Public Library’s monthly book discussion group, the Good Books Club, will again host a winter-spring series of programs from the Kansas Humanities Council’s Talk About Literature in Kansas program. Our theme for this series will be Native American Mysteries. The series will

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