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Book Review: The Last Gunfight by Jeff Guinn
When I saw the subtitle of this book I was immediately hooked. I never knew much about the shootout at the OK Corral, except what pop culture told me, and this seemed as good as opportunity as ever to learn more. Mr. Guinn doesn't join the hero worship ...

Book Review: Helen of Troy by David Wroblewski
By FeatheredQuill, BLOGCRITICS.ORG In the small town of Troy, Tennessee, population less than 300, it's hard for Helen Ramsey to keep her business to herself, and even harder to live with the wild blood of scandalous ancestors running through her, ...

Book Review: The Four Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the ...
Book Review: The Four Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the ...

Book review: “The Rope: An Anna Pigeon Novel” by Nevada Barr
BY BETTY LYTLE Comments “The Rope: An Anna Pigeon Novel” (Minotaur Books, $25.99) by Nevada Barr is the prequel to the first 16 books of the series. The author goes back in time to tell how Pigeon became a park ranger. The story takes place at Lake ...

Book review: Beyond the beautiful forevers
We find our own selves reflected in the people who inhabit the rat-infested huts around a rapidly growing India, opines author of this book. Negative capability is a literary term we associate with stalwarts such as William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens ...

Book Review | Anatomy of Injustice: Law student's efforts reveal botched case
Sign up for home delivery of The Columbus Dispatch and find out What's In It for You. Enroll in EZPay and get a free gift! Enroll now. By Margaret Quamme Anatomy of Injustice is both a fascinating and disturbing study of a single case in which a man ...

Book review: 'Soul Searching' offers some insight into Eleanor Roosevelt's ...
Book review: 'Soul Searching' offers some insight into Eleanor Roosevelt's ...

Book review: Good morning revolution
The book's final section, “Came a Black Swan called Revolution,” contains pieces written since last January's events, and Shukrallah has also contributed a long introduction that sets out his views on Egypt's revolution. Entitled “The Flood, Finally ...

Book Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
ORG Since The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo recently came out in the theaters, I thought I would review the book for those who haven't read this entertaining novel. The story starts when Mikael Blomkvist, the editor of an investigative financial magazine ...

Book Review: I'm Not Leaving by Carl Wilkens
Carl Wilkens has written a book about his experiences in Kigali during the genocide and the decision he made to stay behind when most foreign nationals left. I'm Not Leaving is based on Wilkens's recollections and almost 8 hours of cassette recordings ...

Book Review: October Girls: Book I Crystal & Bone by L. C. Glazebrook
In October Girls: Book I Crystal & Bone by LC Glazebrook, we follow the strange and bizarre, and get a peep into the life and decisions that put Crystal in the situation she finds herself. Her family has a responsibility that has been handed down ...

Reviewer Criticized for 'Chick Nonfiction' Remark
By Marc Tracy|February 19, 2012 3:46 PM|4comments In a largely positive review of Jodi Kantor's book The Obamas in the New York Times Book Review, Douglas Brinkley—an historian who has published books about several presidents—wrote, “Call it chick ...

Book Review: Spartacus: Swords and Ashes by J.M. Clements
Honestly I wasn't sure what to think of the book at first. I watched the first episode of Spartacus: Blood and Sand and quickly decided that the stylized blood and combat was not my cup of tea back in 2010. I was sad to hear of star Andy Whitfield's ...

Book review: Beginning Android 4
By PC Advisor staff | PC Advisor | 20 February 12 Beginning Android 4 is a book by Grant Allen that will be useful for Android app developers. Android 4, otherwise known as Ice Cream Sandwich (or ICS), is that latest iteration of Google's mobile ...

Book review: WATERGATE
So readers who deem the book's liberties too free can stick to the tonnage of Watergate memoirs, transcripts, investigative reports and marginalia. More fun-loving types can take Watergate as lively, witty drama and give Mallon a pass on the grueling ...

Book review: 'The House I Loved' is ode to a Paris lost
AP Photo/St. Martin's Press In this book cover image released by St. Martin's Press, "The House I Loved," by Tatiana DeRosnay, is shown. By Kim Curtis The Associated Press “The House I Loved” (St. Martin's Press), by Tatiana De Rosnay: The French ...

Book Review: 'The Darlings'
It's called The Darlings, and Alan Cheuse — writing professor at George Mason University — has a review. It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish. A career as a financial analyst hasn't kept Christina Alger from moonlighting as a ...

Book Review: Synchronicity: The Art Of Coincidence, Choice, And Unlocking Your ...
Book Review: Synchronicity: The Art Of Coincidence, Choice, And Unlocking Your ...

Book Review: The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by ...
Book Review: The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by ...

Book Review: All Things Wicked
By Sandy Amazeen Feb 21, 2012, 2:50 GMT Life is tough in the New Seattle Underground and Caleb Leigh has done a lot of things he's not proud of, killing Juliet Carpenter's sister is just one of them. Juliet vowed revenge for her sister's death and if ...

Book review: Top choice from Random House Children’s Books
From colourful picture books to sophisticated suspense novels for young adults, there's a book with your child's name written all over it! Top of the teenage selection must be the hard-hitting and mesmerising Desert Angel by US author Charlie Price ...

Book review: A literary treasure by Abderrahman Munif
The letters, which were addressed to his Syrian friend, the painter Marwan Qassab, have been collected in a new book titled Adab Al-Sadaqa (Literature of Friendship). Abderrahman Munif, who was born in 1933 and died in 2004, is one of the most ...

Book Review: The Quantum Universe (And Why Anything That Can Happen, Does) by ...
Book Review: The Quantum Universe (And Why Anything That Can Happen, Does) by ...

Book Review: “Steve Jobs” Explores Complex Legacy of Technology Legend
Incredibly, Jobs did just the opposite of what people expected of him; he refused even to read the book before it was published, even though he was incredibly forthcoming in his more than 40 interviews with Isaacson. This decision, along with ...

Book Review: Humour, pathos as racial politics unfold
Minny's talking her thoughts as she thinks them is ideal for Skeeter's book. By now Skeeter has enough material for a book, with a promise of support from a New York publisher, and she's ready to go ahead despite raising many hackles once the book is ...

'The Lifespan of a Fact,' by John D'Agata and Jim Fingal
This book review would be so much easier to write were we to play by John D'Agata's rules. So let's try it. (1) This is not a book review; it's an essay. (2) I'm not a critic; I'm an artist. (3) Nothing I say can be used against me by the subjects of ...

Book Review: "Quiet"
This may surprise you, since the term “introvert” has held a negative connotation for quite some time; however, “one out of every two or three people you know” are introverts, according to Susan Cain in her book, “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'It's Murder, My Son': Mac Faraday's Good Fortune Followed by ...
BOOK REVIEW: 'It's Murder, My Son': Mac Faraday's Good Fortune Followed by ...

Book Review: The Hunger Games, starving for success
74 years ago (this book shows the 74th Hunger Games Events) the 13 districts rebelled against the Capitol, so, after the Capitol viciously beat them and nuclear-bombed District 13, they imposed The Hunger Games to remind the survivors of the absolute ...

Book Review: It Chooses You
As the book progresses, July's own character becomes more obtrusive, especially as she realises that she wants one of the characters in her screenplay to encounter the kinds of people she has met through her PennySaver quest, and that those people ...

Book review: 'Enemies: A History of the FBI' by Tim Weiner
Like his bestselling last book, "Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA," which documented misdeeds at the CIA, this is a mordant counter-history. It is a compendium of illegal arrests and detentions, break-ins and burglaries, wiretapping and ...

Book Review: Laura Hillenbrand's "Unbroken"
While reading this book, I cannot remember how many times my jaw dropped, my head shook and I thought, "You have GOT to be kidding me. Another bad thing cannot possibly be happening to this man." When you think you're reading the worst of it, ...

Book Review: Zona
By John Gardner The sales pitch to the literary agent or publisher for this book must have been entertaining. "I want to write a book that is a sort of summary of a wilfully ambiguous science fiction movie made by a Russian director more than 30 years ...

Book Review: Watergate
Thomas Mallon offers a series of diverting, occasionally out-there character sketches that chart the debacle's toll on the bit players. By Drew Bratcher If you were to become a DC heavyweight whose life merited a novelist's attention, you'd be lucky to ...

Book Review: The Gospel Story Bible: Discovering Jesus in the Old and New ...
Book Review: The Gospel Story Bible: Discovering Jesus in the Old and New ...

Book review: 'The Darlings,' by Christina Alger
Alger introduces quite a few characters in this 338-page book -- there are folks with the media and the SEC and there's a juicy affair. It keeps the action lively, but opportunities were missed to hone in on Paul and Merrell, to have readers connect ...

Book Review: Pretty Dolls by Kimberly Dana
ORG Pretty Dolls by Kimberly Dana, a finalist in the Children's Picture Book category at the 2011 Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest, is a delightful story about overcoming jealousy and the love a girl can share with her special ...

Book Review: The Three Secrets of Reiki Tao Te Qi: The Original Teachings of ...
Book Review: The Three Secrets of Reiki Tao Te Qi: The Original Teachings of ...

Book Review: "Hilarity Ensues" by Tucker Max
Tucker Max, now 35 years old, is the undisputed king of the dick-lit scene. With books like “I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell” and “Assholes Finish First” under his belt, he's the favorite author of fratty lads everywhere. He has fun and does what feels ...

Book Review: A Patient's Guide to Liposuction: How to Make an Informed ...
Book Review: A Patient's Guide to Liposuction: How to Make an Informed ...

Book Review: A Satan Carol by Alan Steven Kessler
Not having read in this horror subcategory before, I was intrigued when I received a copy of this ebook for review. The story begins in 1848 Ireland during a time of intense famine. A poor, nearly starved boy dies in the countryside, ...

Book Review: Touchpoints by Sally Shirley
I think Ms. Shirley has written a book that could possibly be a piece of her personal diary. That is what I sensed as I read page after page of this emotional volume. I was very happy to give Touchpoints a high B rating for her well written, ...

Book Review: 1861: The Civil War Awakening by Adaqn Goodheart
Perhaps he should have called the book "1861: The First Half Plus One." He ends with an analysis of Lincoln's message showing how it was essentially a foreshadowing of where he wanted to take the country and a demonstration to those who considered him ...

Book Review: Divorce Proof Your Marriage Before You Say I Do by Lee A. Bower ...
Book Review: Divorce Proof Your Marriage Before You Say I Do by Lee A. Bower ...

Book Review: 'The Ellington Century' by David Schiff
by John Scott G Music Industry Newswire REVIEW: Edward Kennedy 'Duke' Ellington's music is not often discussed alongside the work of Igor Stravinsky, Bela Bartok, and Arnold Schoenberg, but Reed College professor David Schiff convincingly makes a case ...

PokerNews Book Review: Poker With A Purpose
With so many authors, there are way too many styles to address in a simple book review. Overall, I thought the contributors did an amazing job and were admirable writers. With that said, here are a few of the quotes that resonated with me in Poker With ...

Book Review: Mad Women, by Jane Maas
Drawing from her own experience and more than two dozen interviews, Maas answers the question, all right, but in such a rambling way that the reader wishes show runner Matthew Weiner had edited the book. Maas began her career in 1964 as a copywriter at ...

Book review: 'Zona' by Geoff Dyer
These, roughly, are the conditions constructed by novelist and essayist Geoff Dyer in "Zona," a book-length effort to summarize Andrei Tarkovsky's 1979 film "Stalker" from opening shot to fade-to-black. Dyer's mission sounds impossible on the surface, ...

Book review: 'By Blood' by Ellen Ullman
"I did not cause her any harm," he tells us in the book's first line, a defensive dissimulation. Of course he's hiding something — what exactly has he done? The unnamed professor is beset by terrible thoughts; he imagines them as crows, descending on ...

Book Review: The Spy That Who Jumped Off The Screen by Thomas Caplan
By The Dirty Lowdown, BLOGCRITICS.ORG The Spy Who Jumped Off the Screen: A Novel opens with a home invasion in one of rural Kansas City's wealthiest homes belonging to one of the wealthiest men in the world. But this is no ordinary home invasion nor ...


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