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I don’t know about you, but for me there is nothing like opening up a brand-new book for the first time. Not just a new book to me, but one that has barely been read before and has that hot of the presses shiny cover and the new book smell. I still prefer print books for this very reason; th…

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The fourth “Ghostbusters” movie, “After Life,” brings in Paul Rudd, Olivia “13” Wilde, Finn Wolfhard, McKenna Grace, and J.K. Simmons to hold the cinematic fort until the late introduction of cast members from the first couple of movies. That should be enough.

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With Thanksgiving coming up and the pandemic still affecting our family gatherings, I’ve started thinking about my plans. My partner and I decided that we’ll have a small dinner for us and our toddler and maybe video chat our families throughout the day. I don’t want to do the “traditional” …

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You might not have been aware of it, but this past weekend our Little Apple’s Art Center Acting Company participated in a really big project. When I say big, I mean a hearty band of our local troupers in the MAC’s Grosh Performance Hall joined over 2,500 other live stage groups across all fi…

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If you want to read about wild adventures with fireflies, narwhals, vampire squids, corpse flowers, dragon fruits, dancing frogs, axolotls and other astonishing denizens of this earth, then pick up a copy of Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s “World of Wonders.”

Miriam “Mimi” Keith will celebrate her 100th birthday on Nov. 14.

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In mid-August 1989, after Mike Matson was arrested for DUI, and later was back in his red Camaro, the author contemplated the journey that had brought him to this point. A news story came on mentioning it was the 12th anniversary of Elvis’ death and Matson recalled where he was on that exact…

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ReadMHK is Manhattan Public Library’s community-wide reading program. November’s theme, books by Native authors, was inspired by American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. What began in the early 1900s as an attempt to get a day of recognition, became a weeklong celebration in the mid…

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Charles Dickens, in the pantheon of English writers, is in lofty company, often having his name mentioned in the same breath as William Shakespeare. Everyone who knows anything about English literature (so about 15% of the U.S. population) at least knows his name. The references, tributes to…

Leighton Ann Philpott was born Oct. 04, 2021 to Aaron and Rawley Philpott of Manhattan.

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The Riley County Historical Society, in response to a suggestion by Dave Baker, the director of the Douglass Center, offers this historical information about Manhattan’s early South Side.

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Death isn’t a topic that typically goes along with humor. However, there are a number of books that could be categorized as both. In fact, there’s a not insubstantial number of books that use humor to challenge the social conversation around death and funerals. If that seems interesting, her…

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As its subtitle indicates, “A Grip of Time: When Prison Is Your Life” is a book about prison life. “Grip of Time” is slang for being in prison, as in “doing time.” The author, Lauren Kessler, has written at least 10 works of narrative nonfiction. I first encountered her work in her award-win…

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If you ask me, one of the best things about living in Manhattan is the excellent selection of local restaurants. For a long time, I rarely went to a chain; I was probably a bit of a snob about it. It’s great to find a perch at cozy, busy spots like Taco Lucha, Coco Bolo’s or Bourbon and Bake…

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Several years back (beginning with the Colin Firth “Pride and Prejudice” era), I was obsessed with all things Jane Austen. I read all the books, all the biographies and spinoffs, and watched all the movies. I think I burnt myself out a bit. When I picked up “The Jane Austen Society” by Natal…

“Figure out where north, south, east and west are before you go in,” says Shawn Stolworthy, whose company, based in Firth, Idaho, designs and builds corn mazes across the United States and Canada. Basic directional awareness can help you find your way through tortuous, branching paths even w…

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As the sidewalk’s decorations change from discarded fireworks wrappings and grass clippings to yellowed leaves and cracked walnut husks, I begin to reflect on the year behind me. Yes, there are still about 100 days left in 2021 — some hope for our “to read” list — but we can also begin to ev…