Monday, July 25, 2016

Lifestyle - Books

  • Books | March 05, 2016

    Novel combines vivid description, bland plot

    For readers who can’t afford a vacation in the south of France, Peter Mayle’s novels might be an acceptable substitute. Mayle’s best-known novel may be “A Year in Provence,” largely because it was the basis a few years back for the movie “

  • Books | March 05, 2016

    March is a good month to read about women

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    March is Women’s History Month. Many women who had a hand in changing or making history have been overshadowed by the men of their era. We are all familiar with Clara Barton, Betsy Ross and Amelia Earhart, but there are many other women who

  • Books | March 05, 2016

    Banjo research underlying musician’s intriguing story

    While we associate the bright and twangy sounding five-string banjo of today with bluegrass, country music and virtuoso Bela Fleck, the banjo that originated in Africa with a gourd body was quite a different creature.  It was a folk instrument first played in America

  • Books | February 28, 2016

    One of 2015’s most popular books continues to impress

    A story of superstition, of piety, of unanswerable questions, the Salem witch trials of 1692 have long enthralled us. It may be difficult to believe that anything original could be published regarding these events more than 300 years after they took place; however, Stacy Schiff easily refutes

  • Books | February 27, 2016

    Science fiction films that are out of this world


    Back in 1977, in a galaxy not so far away, “Star Wars” captured the imaginations and the dreams of billions. In the six additional films in the series, as in the many incarnations of “Star Trek” and in the hundreds of motion pictures both good and

  • Books | February 27, 2016

    Martel links generations in Portugese village

    “The High Mountains of Portugal” is not a travelogue, but it’s journey through great loss and great discovery. (The highest point in Portugal, in fact, is about 6,500 feet.) Rather, this engaging, even powerful, novel is a reminder that for all the wonderful things life

  • Books | February 27, 2016

    Gibney explores race in thought-provoking book

    Shannon Gibney is blessed. She has a wonderful attitude, a unique writing style that might appeal to people of all ages and a strong sensitivity to and knowledge of racial heritage and injustice. I can think of lots of other ways to describe this author:

  • Books | February 14, 2016

    ‘After You’ examines sadness, joy of lost love

    In real life, love stories don’t always end with “happily ever after.” Sometimes people drift apart, or circumstances — or tragedies — cut the relationship short. Perhaps that’s why Jojo Moyes’ novel, “Me Before You,” seemed to resonate with so many readers. It’s a

  • Books | February 14, 2016

    Sociologist studies religious, nonreligious lives

    Relying upon U.S. census data and similar nationwide profiling tools and research, nationally preeminent sociologist Phil Zuckerman observes, “the number of nonreligious Americans has increased by well over 200 percent over the last twenty-five years, making (secularism) the fastest growing ‘religious’ orientation in the country.”

  • Books | February 14, 2016

    Celebrating Shakespeare at the public library


    Manhattan and KSU are in the throes of a full-out Shakespeare First Folio frenzy this month. Joining in that spirit, Manhattan Public Library invites you to share the genius, joy and fun of Shakespeare with us at three different events — a Shakespeare Faire here at

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