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  • Books | January 16, 2016

    Former MHS teacher writes of Flint Hills life

    Dru Clarke, former science teacher at Manhattan High, has published a highly readable, captivating book of 47 essays featuring keen observations about her Flint Hills experiences described in exquisite language and supplemented by relevant scientific facts. The essays, written over several years, are grouped by season, 10

  • Books | January 16, 2016

    Thriller addresses wealth, corruption, gender

    “One Way or Another” is a thriller about individuals who start out destitute but become wealthy, and the people they destroy along the way. The story centers on Ahmet Ghulbian, who grew up in poverty in Egypt but survived by taking advantage of people, eventually

  • Books | January 16, 2016

    Upcoming children’s activities at the library


    2016 marks the start of our second year in our expanded children’s space at Manhattan Public Library, and we are excited to offer several new programs this semester. January has already been a full month with Baby and Toddler Play Dates and Yoga Storytimes to

  • Books | January 16, 2016

    KSU grad sets stories in college town

    K-State’s creative writing program has turned out some notable writers including Sarah Bryn Greenwood, Darren Defrain, Derick Burleson, Amy Fleury and Susan Jackson Rodgers. Local poetry fans always seem surprised to hear that slam champion Taylor Mali and academic star Kevin Young both studied

  • Books | January 16, 2016

    Gough details music, government

    The Great Depression of the 1930s was a time of massive unemployment and resulting hardship for many people, including those in music. President Roosevelt tried to ameliorate this by establishing the Federal Music Project, part of the Federal Arts Project, which in turn was a

  • 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

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