I am not ashamed to say that I love my crock pot. I am a busy person and I love the ability to just dump things in a pot and have something yummy to eat a few hours later. I was getting bored of my small selection of crock pot recipes so I checked out a stack of cookbooks and my kids and I went through them over the weekend. This was our unanimous favorite. I loved the variety and the choice to make a dish super-fast with prepared ingredients (cream of mushroom soup) or completely homemade. My kids liked the yummy recipes. We tried the chicken pot-pie with nummy success. Make It Fast, Cook It Slow is a great cookbook for busy families.
Tuberculous is a dreadful diagnosis any time but especially before antibiotics existed during the first half of the twentieth century. Queen of Hearts is a realistic and heartwrenching story of how this disease touched lives in a Canadian sanitarium at the beginning of World War II. This young adult book hooked me and kept me emotionally charged as I followed the story of Marie Claire and her family as they battled this disease. People of all ages and all stations in life spent months to years in TB sanitariums. This historical novel does what I love in any good novel set in a prior time; it made me want to find out more about the history of tuberculosis. In the nineteenth century it was named the romantic disease because people suffering from tuberculosis were thought to have been bestowed with heightened sensitivity. The slow progress of the disease allowed for a “good death” as sufferers could arrange their affairs. It wasn’t until the development of streptomycin in 1944 that cures became the norm. Now with multidrug resistant strains there has been a resurgence of the disease. Every year, nearly half a million new cases of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis are estimated to occur worldwide.
The Fault in Our Stars was chosen by Time Magazine as the Best Fiction Book of 2012. This compelling novel tells the story of Hazel, a 16-year-old girl who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer when she was 13 years old. With her lungs riddled with tumors that she and her family are hoping to keep at bay with a new experimental drug, Hazel is forced to carry an oxygen tank everywhere and is isolated from friends her own age. She attends a cancer support group, where she meets Augustus Waters, a young man in remission with osteosarcoma but has had to have part of his leg amputated to survive. Both are intelligent, sarcastic, funny and mature and they form a strong friendship then a romantic bond. This is a touching, at times humorous and at times heart-wrenching , brilliantly written story about young people wanting to be remembered and wondering what legacy they will leave behind. Although categorized as a Young Adult book, this is a novel for anyone who loves exceptional writing and beautifully drawn characters. A truly amazing story and one that will linger with you for a long time. A favorite quote from Hazel about the many platitudes that cancer patients must endure hearing: “Without pain, how could we know joy?’ This is an old argument in the field of thinking about suffering and it’s stupidity and lack of sophistication could be plumbed for centuries but suffice it to say that the existence of broccoli does not, in any way, affect the taste of chocolate”.
February is “Love Your Library” month! There are lots of ways to love your library, but one of the best is just to come in and see what Manhattan Public Library has to offer to the Manhattan community. From free meeting rooms to children’s programs such as story times, Read to a Dog and free films; from Teen programs such as gaming days and the Teen Advisory Board to materials such as Video Games, music CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays, magazines and newspapers, internet access, and of course, books (print and eBook versions), Manhattan Public Library has something for everyone.
Adults can liven up the dreary February days by participating in our Adult Winter Reading Program. Sign up beginning February 1 on our web site or in person. Read what you enjoy and record your books for chances to win a prize in our weekly drawings. Earn extra drawing chances by visiting Rosie’s Corner in the library, by suggesting a book to a friend, by reading a book whose title you found in Great Reads on our web site, or by choosing among other opportunities to earn extra drawing chances. Our display, “Blind Date with a Book”, will give you a chance to read something unexpected. Select a book wrapped in brown paper and check it out—it may be a book that you would not normally choose, but it may introduce you to a new author or a genre that you might enjoy. Inside each book will be a slip for you to “Rate your Date” and share your rating with other readers. A “Books you Love” display will give you a chance to tell other readers about a book you have enjoyed and also to pick up suggestions from others. Prize drawings will be held weekly and are provided by our sponsors Kitchen Capers, Ray’s Apple Markets and the Manhattan Library Association.
On Saturday, February 23 at 2:00, join us for a Book Lovers’ Social. This is a drop-in gathering in the Groesbeck Room to share your thoughts about books you’ve read and loved (recently or not!), and to hear from other readers about their favorite books.
Oscar-winning films for adults and teens will be shown in the Library Auditorium on the first three Saturdays in February at 2:00. These Academy Award winners include a film about the creation of a popular social networking web site (2/2/13) and a musical set in 1920’s Chicago which won six Oscars including Best Picture (2/9/13). The last film is about about a writer on a trip to Paris mysteriously traveling back to the 1920’s each night at midnight (2/16/13).
The popular annual TALK Program, sponsored by the Manhattan Library Association and the Kansas Humanities Council, begins the themed series “Between Fences” with a book discussion of “The Wire Cutter” by Mollie Davis on January 31 at 7:00 pm. Other titles include “Farewell to Manzanar” by Wakatsuki Houston (2/28/13), “Tortilla Curtain” by T.C. Boyle (3/28/13) and “Fences” by August Wilson (4/25/13). Pick up a copy of each of the books at the Information Desk and join us for the discussions.
Other events at the library include Read to a Dog each Sunday at 2:00, First Monday Gaming at 4:00 on Feb. 4, free films for children on Feb. 8 at 3:00 and Feb. 15 at 2:00 and two parties for children–a Sports Party on the 8th at 2:00 and a Valentines’ Party on the 14th at 2:00. Check our online events calendar for more information on the happenings at MPL this month and every month. Our web site is www.manhattan.lib.ks.us. Click on the “Events” tab to locate our calendar. On the MPL web site you can also find links for finding good books, stock values, how to repair your car, how to reach congressional representatives and more. Manhattan Public Library offers lots of services, materials and programs for all ages—join us and celebrate “Love Your Library” Month!
In the Big Sky Country of Montana, Sheriff Slade Barlow, the illegitimate son of a wealthy rancher, grew up in a trailer hitched to the Curly-Burly hair salon his mother ran. Suddenly, Slade has inherited half of the most prosperous ranch in Parable, Montana- Whisper Creek Ranch- owned by his father. His father never acknowledged Slade, and his half-brother, Hutch, is shocked and furious by the will his father has made. With a town to protect, a rebellious teenage step-daughter and the return of Joslyn Kirk, an old flame, and a furious half-brother, Slade has his hands full. This new western romance series from Miller continues with Hutch’s story in Big Sky Mountain.
Have you ever wanted to read the Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, or Green Lantern comics but didn’t know where to start? Well right now is a good time to jump into reading a number of comics, all labelled The New 52, which are part of a large reset DC Comics did of its superhero comics (basically this means they all started over again at issue 1).
Superman and the Men of Steel is part of that reset, and Superman is going back to his roots. The invincible Superman of recent years is back to being a man who can be hurt when hit by a bullet train. He bounces back from being shocked in an electric chair, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt. Without disregarding everything that came before, Grant Morrison and Rags Morales have taken the Man of Steel and started retelling his story for a new generation.
In this graphic novel, Superman has to save Earth from the beings who destroyed his home planet of Krypton. Lois Lane is doing her best to get the story, Lex Luthor is looking out for himself, and Superman is viewed with suspicion by the masses as a mysterious alien of unknown origins.
by Donna Mabry
Donna Mabry wrote an endearing book set in the late 1800′s about the Manhattan, KS area. The story starts with Emma, age 9, stumbling into Pillsbury Crossing and Akecheta, age 12, rescuing her. A bond is set between the two as they grow up. Akecheta, alias Isaac Matthew, heads to College in New York City and leaves Emma behind to finish her high school years. While in New York, Akecheta is exposed to a whole new world and falls in love with a beautiful woman there. Emma has her heart set on marrying Akecheta, so when she finds out he intends to marry another she is heart broken. Pillsbury Crossing tells the story of a country boy who is given the chance to see and be a part of a totally different world.
After undergoing plastic surgery to correct some severe facial defects, Lauren was looking forward to starting afresh. She is almost run down by a car outside her new print and frame shop, but figures it was just an accident. Arriving at her new rural farm home, she is attacked by a wild dog in the yard. Understandably uneasy, she checks the house and is sure some things have been moved around. Lauren is on alert when handsome Matt Kruger shows up at her shop, claiming to have been a close friend of her brother (who has been dead for over a year)…Is Matt involved in the strange happenings around her? Threats and Promises, a Delinsky classic, was first published as a Harlequin Intrigue in 1986.
Christmas in January? Well, I’m just catching up from an overly busy holiday season so that means that I’m just finishing my books that were intended to put me in the holiday mood. Marcia Willett’s Christmas in Cornwall easily can be enjoyed at any time of year. Her charcter-oriented novel overflows with interesting people, including a young widowed father, his endearing five year-old son, Jakey, a cast of nuns (some with halos and some without), and a widowed caterer who is always looking for love in the wrong places. The picturesque English countryside, descriiptions of quaint homes and decades old architecture add to the charm of this sweet story. There is a side story of unscrupulous real estate dealings that add a bit of mystery to this engaging cozy.
This DVD set from the History Channel reviews the history of mankind from the origins of the earth to today. This ambitious project details specific events in human history that became turning points in the evolution of man and societies. It includes the stories of many individuals whose influence and discoveries altered human history, from the discovery of fire and iron to the development of writing, architecture and warfare. Filled with interesting dramatizations, Mankind: The Story of All of Us, illustrates the connections between our past and present and links past events to how our world functions today. Not an in-depth account of human history, this set will tantalize with facts and descriptions of people and events and may prompt the viewer to do more detailed explorations of interesting subjects. Learn more about our world with this fascinating DVD series!
Samantha Jones is a young single mother struggling to make a life for herself and her young son. Taking EMT courses when she is able, she earns a living as a repo truck driver–going out in the night to repossess automobiles. As she is loading a BMW onto her truck, the trunk pops open and inside is a badly beaten man. Sam believes that the man in the trunk, Marco, is an informant waiting to testify against the cartel, whose safe house was found by the ruthless drug dealers and the federal agents guarding him were killed. As Sam, her son and Marco run for their lives, Sam must place her trust in Marco, not knowing if he is someone she can trust with her life and that of her son. Shiver is a fast-paced romantic suspense, filled with action, thrills and, of course, romance.
Finding Rapture Here On Earth a Memoir
by Brenda Peterson
Brenda Peterson tells her story of her love of this earth and all nature. She sat by the ocean and watched over seal pups. She went down the Colorado River in the depths of the Grand Canyon. She tells of many of her adventures in nature. She loved the earth and all it’s pleasure. She tells of her family of Southern Baptists and there ideas, which were ideas she had rather leave behind. Even her nieces and nephews called her Aunt Wuu Wuu, because of her strange ideas. I Want to Be Left Behind is told with much humor and you’ll grow to care about Brenda and her family.
Pamela Rdmond Satran has authored seven novels, a humor book which has been optioned by Amblin Entertainment called How Not to Act Old, and eight baby name books which she coauthored. Now she has given us a very funny book about people who are insane dog lovers. The fun of this book is the crazy stories, photos and doggie crazed items that people will buy or create for their pet. Included are chapters on Dog Therapists that prescribe chewable beef-flavored version of Prozac called Reconcile and the World’s Richest Dogs telling of dogs who have inherited fortunes and purchased mansions. This is a dog lover’s jem. Analyze just how dog crazy you are and enjoy the insane things people all over the world will do for their dogs when you pick up Rabid: Are You Crazy About Your Dog OR JUST CRAZY?
Beginning this month, Manhattan Public Library will again host the annual winter book discussion series, TALK: Talk About Literature in Kansas, sponsored by the Manhattan Library Association and the Kansas Humanities Council. Discussions will be held monthly from January through April, meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the library’s Groesbeck Room (exception: the February meeting will meet in the library’s lower atrium). Participants will discuss a different book each month and copies of the books featured are available for individual checkout at the library’s Information Desk. Feel free to attend any one, all four, or as many of the discussions as your schedule will allow.
The 2013 series theme is Between Fences and it was partially inspired by Robert Frost’s famous poem, “Mending Wall.” Frost wrote, “Good fences make good neighbors,” but in the same poem he also noted, “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall.” Fences and walls mark our territory, limit our movement, and convey our sense of property. We define ourselves and our space with fences. Metaphorically, fences and walls can mark different states of being—the familiar and the unfamiliar, the sacred and taboo, even life and death. Fences and walls establish the boundaries between the civilized and uncivilized. In the poem, Frost questions the building of barriers and walls, saying,
Before I built a wall I’d ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offense.
This year’s TALK series’ featured books are “The Wire-Cutters“ by Mollie E. Moore Davis, “Farewell to Manzanar” by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston, “The Tortilla Curtain” by T. C. Boyle, and “Fences” by August Wilson.
“The Wire-Cutters” by Mollie E. Moore Davis was first published in 1899 and is considered by many to be the first novel of the American Western genre, predating even Owen Wister’s “The Virginian.” In the 19th century, fencing off rangeland with barbed wire transformed the Great Plains and, in Texas, led to the 1880s wire-cutting wars between rancehers and farmers. Davis’s writing about this era reveals her “sharp ear for regional dialect, abundant sense of frontier humor, and keen grasp of historical detail” (Barnes & Noble). The discussion of “The Wire Cutters” is scheduled for Thursday, January 31, 2013.
Jeanne Wakatsuki was seven years old in 1942 when her family members were uprooted from their home and, along with 10,000 other Japanese-Americans, were sent to live behind barbed-wire fences at Manzanar internment camp in the high mountain desert country of California. Life in the camp combined the incongruities of high school sock hops, Boy Scouts, and baton twirling lessons with searchlight towers and armed guards. “Farewell to Manzanar” is Wakatsuki Houston’s memoir of this experience and a recounting of the years after internment when the family struggled to rebuild their lives. It will be discussed Thursday, February 28, 2013.
“The Tortilla Curtain” by T.C. Boyle is a powerful and timely novel that examines the parallel lives of a desperately poor, undocumented immigrant couple and a wealthy, comfortable, and politically correct suburban couple living in close proximity to each other in the southern California hills. By random accident, their lives intersect for a brief period and the encounter provokes difficult questions concerning immigration, unemployment, discrimination, and social responsibility, and the brutal inequities that separate them and expose the failed American Dream. “The Tortilla Curtain”will be featured Thursday, March 28, 2013.
“Fences,” a two-act play written by August Wilson, won the Tony Award for Best Play of 1987, the New York Drama Critic’s Circle award, and the Pulitzer Prize. Set in the 1950s-60s in an urban neighborhood in Pittsburgh, this play tells the story of a middle-aged African-American man, his wife and son, and visits some universal themes of American life that were going through great upheaval at that time – segregation and racism, changing moral boundaries and family values, baseball and the American Dream. The play will be discussed Thursday, April 25, 2013.
Again, programs will start at 7:00 p.m. and will be held in the Manhattan Public Library’s Groesbeck Room on the second floor of the west wing.
Malcolm Bannister is a lawyer that got caught-up in an unfortunate money laundering scheme. Never intending to help a client hide ill-gained money he now is in a federal prison camp in Maryland. As a lawyer and the camp librarian, Malcolm meets and helps many of the inmates challenging the system and hoping to find a loophole to get out. Now Malcolm is working the system as he applies the ‘rule of 35′. Rule 35 allows for the reduction of a sentence if a defendant provides “substantial assistance in investigating or prosecuting another person.”. Malcolm is put in a witness protection program after identifying the killer of a federal judge. Now known as Max, and with a new face courtesy of plastic surgery, we are lead on a wild storyline with unusual schemes never knowing if this is trickery or truth.