This book offers 22 brief but compelling stories of real people who have been severely wronged by others but have come to forgive them. The transgressions here have usually been extreme, such as brutal rapes, abuse, kidnapping, and murders. However, this is a book written in love and is neve…

Some days I feel pulled in different directions. Probably lots of people feel that way these days. Today we’ll meet a company that finds its products are definitely being pulled in lots of different directions – but that’s a good thing. That’s because this company makes livestock trailers th…

Palmer Lynn Jones was born Nov. 6 to Lindsay and Brett Jones of Manhattan.

David and Ginger (McMaster) Denning of Manhattan celebrated their 50th anniversary on Nov. 14.

Friends may not be able to gather together in-person to celebrate Thanksgiving this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn’t mean the celebration has to stop.

According to the United States Census Bureau, in 2019, 6.9 million Americans identify as American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) persons, and this year there are 574 federally- recognized American Indian tribes.

Tana French is a highly-regarded Irish mystery writer. Books like “The Witch Elm,” which was lauded by The New York Times, and “In the Woods,” which NPR and The Washington Post praised, earned her a quick following. Typically, she writes of the investigations of the Dublin Murder Squad, in a…

Victoria Jamieson, author of “Roller Girl,” has written a new graphic novel for kids, “When Stars are Scattered.” It is co-authored with Omar Mohamed, and it tells Omar’s true story of living nearly his entire childhood in a refugee camp in Kenya. Jamieson’s humorous illustration style was t…

The New York Post recently published a story regarding Hunter Biden’s alleged emails documenting the financial connections the Biden family had with Ukraine, China and Russia and the extent to which the former vice president may have been involved. The article raised serious questions about …

Probably most Americans, in reflecting on our nation’s history, believe that writing the Constitution in 1787 assured the cohesion and continuation of the union for over 200 years. The single glaring exception, of course, was the 1861-65 Southern secession and the ensuing Civil War.

Donald and Sylvia (Horstman) Crubel will celebrate their 60th anniversary on Oct. 26.

Romalyn Tilghman, author of “To the Stars through Difficulties” a 2018 Kansas Notable book, grew up about two blocks from Lee Elementary School in Manhattan. Tilghman was born Romalyn Eisenstark in Stillwater, Oklahoma, in 1950. Her family moved to Manhattan in 1952 for her father Abraham’s …

Dr. Anne Clark, cello, and Dr. SongHwa Chae, piano, presented a program of works by Martinu, Ginastera and Tchaikovsky Friday evening in the Manhattan Arts Center’s Grosh Performance Hall for an audience limited by COVID-19 distancing necessities to 35 persons.

The 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, was ratified 100 years ago in August of 1920. Our unofficial history librarian in the children’s room, Ms. Rachel, has explored some great new titles for young readers on the topic. Here are some highlights from new publications this year.

The Mercury recently ran an editorial by the Pittsburg Post-Gazette Editorial Board titled “Traitor of Patriot? Rethinking the Case of Edward Snowden.” At the time, I had just finished reading “Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State” by Barton Gellman.

The lock-downs in some states have made movie producers unwilling to release new films in areas where movie theaters are open. But in MHK, at least, there are moviegoers when the multi-plex has something to offer them.

Twins Joshua and Naomi Ferrari Ferreol were born Oct. 8 at Ascension Via Christi Hospital to Marco Ferrari and Michael Ferreol.

Last year, in these pages, I reviewed “Vita Nostra,” a Russian dark fantasy novel about nonsense schoolwork. I loved everything about it. I especially loved how reading it felt trying to find your way around a busy open air market in Mumbai, only to realize when you looked back on your progr…

There is nothing better than reading a good mystery. That is, unless you are reading a mystery that takes place in another country. International mysteries add to the mystery of the story with the flavor of another country’s culture, customs and cuisine.