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  • Books | November 07, 2015

    ‘Feral Cities’ explores human-animal relationships in urban environments

    Coyotes, wolves, cougars, baboons and bears are watching us. For many years, they have sharpened their vision, kept their ears in tune and their noses quivering. These animals and many others do not seem so timid anymore as they continue to make themselves right at

  • Books | October 31, 2015

    Vignettes examine war from various perspectives

    Unlike many authors who rely on a single first-person narrative to pierce through the so-called “fog of war,” Phil Klay instead attempts to lift that fog with a series of tightly wound vignettes that together create “Redeployment,” a collection of short stories that won the 2014

  • Books | October 31, 2015

    New librarian to launch programs specifically for tweens

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    Across the far reaches of the Internet are articles, surveys and studies about how to raise children to be reasonable, functioning human beings (some day). Children approach learning differently, and those approaches differ depending on their age, attentiveness, activity level, etc. New research is constantly

  • Books | October 31, 2015

    ‘Orphan Train’ is compelling, informative

    This incredibly engrossing novel opens in 1929 and follows the adventures of Niamh Power, a 9-year-old Irish girl who has recently immigrated to America with her family.  Her family is already barely surviving on the streets of New York when a tragic fire claims the

  • Books | October 31, 2015

    Frank details history of giant squid

    Have you ever felt that an author was spending too much time and too many pages teasing his readers with excessive babble about unrelated objects and strange people exchanging a variety of versions of the same story? Perhaps all you ended up with was a

  • Books | October 31, 2015

    Former MHS English teacher publishes first novel

    Former Manhattan High School English teacher Kelly Seiler took the back road to realizing her lifelong dream of becoming a published author. A variety of experiences as a writer, editor and teacher allowed Seiler to develop the skills and connections necessary to publish her debut

  • Books | October 24, 2015

    Stories of spooky creatures provide perfect Halloween reading

    “Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales” is not an ordinary collection of spooky stories. A quick read of these stories will never do. The monsters within won’t let you off the hook that easily. Before jumping in, you had best put on your

  • Books | October 24, 2015

    Romance unfolds within WWII-era perfume industry

    “Scent of Triumph” is a good story, a tale of love and loss and, as the title suggests, triumph during World War II. It would be a terrific book but for the generous dose of Harlequinesque romancing. Doubtless that’s an asset for many readers —

  • Books | October 24, 2015

    Bring diversity to your reading list at the public library

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    The act of reading is a beautiful thing to observe. Different people have different motives and end goals when they participate in reading. For some, it is done in order to gain knowledge and facts. For others, reading is a pleasurable activity, meant to allow

  • Books | October 24, 2015

    Fictionalized biography explores role of art in British provinces during World War I

    In 1914, Thomas Maggs, a young local lad, and Mac, a visiting Scot, ramble along the Suffolk coast. Strangers when the story opens, the two meet and build on shared experiences and interests — they both have a twisted foot and significant limp; they both love to


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