• Making the most of giving for the hoilidays

    Jennifer Iacovelli’s compact manual, “Simple Giving, Easy Ways to Give Every Day,” is an invaluable resource for those seeking to understand the full impact and meaning of true generosity. Faced by the demands of the approaching Christmas season, readers .

  • ‘Gustav Sonata’ tells tale of unlikely friendship

    Gustav Perle was born in 1942 in Matzlingen, a small town in Switzerland, and lives most of his life there. His is not an exciting life; he’s not an exciting fellow. But he’s a good boy and a good .

  • DIY books can help keep cabin-fever away

    Winter break is approaching and although the weather has been mild, the fact remains: winter break means kids cooped up at home. To help keep cabin-fever at bay, come to the library and stock up on some of these fun .

  • Entertaining thriller stretches reality

    Steve Berry, who has a handful of bestselling thrillers on his resume, has quite an imagination. In ‘The 14th Colony,’ he weaves a story around five ‘suitcase nukes’ that date from Yuri Andropov’s brief tenure as General Secretary of .

  • A FATHER’S LOVE: Sparks gives honest account of divorce

    This latest offering by popular novelist Nicholas Sparks is his longest novel to date and definitely one of his best. It covers about a year in time from the point of view of thirtysomething Russell Green. At the beginning Russ .

  • ‘Lions’ celebrates complexity

    An increasing number of writing programs nationwide emphasize creating fiction and non-fiction that encourage readers to identify and explore the intricate confluences of place, the natural world, and the environmental imagination. Bonnie Nadzam’s newest novel, “Lions,” while not necessarily .

  • ‘Al Capone’ has info, lacks soul

    I’ve always had a fascination with the mafia. There was a period in my life where I read every mob biography I could find and watched all the classic movies. I also like reading biographies. So it fascinates me .

  • A woman torn between two worlds

    For most of the ‘Daughter of Albion,’ Ailia, the title character, doesn’t know who she is. She grew up an orphan left on a doorstep, and spent her youth working in the kitchen of the “tribequeen.” Home is a .

  • Library to host book talks on immigration

    This spring, Manhattan Library Association will partner with the Kansas Humanities Council to bring a series of Book Talk discussions to Manhattan, with experts helping to immerse readers in captivating stories. This spring’s topic is “Contemporary Immigration.” America is .

  • ‘Sleeping Giants’ is a casual read with scientific overtones

    Mankind has always looked to the stars for signs of alien life. But what if the signs we seek aren’t encoded in the sky, but buried beneath our feet? “Sleeping Giants” opens innocently enough — a young girl is taking .

  • ‘Dinosaurs’ provides readers a wealth of knowledge

    While dinosaurs may not be on everyone’s list of curiosities, these prehistoric creatures generate lots of interest, discussion and debate among many others. And the discoveries of fossils in all parts of the world continue to grow at an .

  • ‘Repo Man’ a good read with interesting characters

    Not many novels are set in Kalkaska, Michigan. It’s a small town, a village, really, of about 2,000 residents in the northern part of the state. The area offers other small towns as well as forests and farmland, streams, rivers .


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