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Madan Mohan Malaviya: As secular as Gandhi (IANS Book Review)
He had his differences with Gandhi on some issues but the two had deep respect for each other. Malaviya did not live to see a free India. Pneumonia killed him in November 1946, at age 86. Malaviya was a patriot who, says the book, 'was misunderstood as ...

Book Review: All Tied Up in Love
Something of this can be seen in the astounding success of a recent novel, "Fifty Shades of Gray: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy," by EL James (Vintage, 2012), which tells of a woman's desire to be taken care of by someone who can offer security ...

Book Review: The Cabin In The Woods: The Visual Companion Guide & Novelization
The buzz on the Internet is to go into this movie knowing as little about it as possible, so I'll direct you to our spoiler-free movie review for now. But The Cabin In The Woods is the kind of movie where once you've seen it, you want to know more ...

Levees.org Book Review: "Facing Catastrophe: Environmental Action for a Post ...
Levees.org Book Review: "Facing Catastrophe: Environmental Action for a Post ...

"THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE" (Book Review)
At seven volumes, one novella and several thousand pages, Stephen King's DARK TOWER series is the definition of epic. Unfolding on the grandest of multi-world scales and incorporating recurring characters from throughout King's almost forty-year ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Marked for Death': Dutch Legislator Geert Wilders Guarded Round ...
BOOK REVIEW: 'Marked for Death': Dutch Legislator Geert Wilders Guarded Round ...

Book Review: Oath Of Office by Michael Palmer
By The Dirty Lowdown, BLOGCRITICS.ORG Oath of Office is only peripherally a "medical thriller," Michael Palmer has managed to write a gripping and topical political/science thriller revolving around the controversial subject of genetically engineered ...

Book review: Robert A. Caro's 'The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson'
He will make a book, or chapter, or anecdote as long as it has to be to achieve his desired effect — elongating even a single sentence, if necessary, and then stitching it together with a passel of colons, semicolons and dashes, as if scooped by the ...

Book review: 'These Girls' by Sarah Pekkanen
After her first two novels, “The Opposite of Me” and “Skipping a Beat,” Chevy Chase writer Sarah Pekkanen has traded the Beltway for New York in her newest book, “These Girls.” Unfortunately, she hasn't traded up. Two of her characters work at a ...

Book Review : Between Clay and Dust
Like Widow, it could be considered almost banal in its narrative and stylistic simplicity, but that would be a gross miscall: The book works like an ache in the heart, evoking cultures and values that, while not necessarily perfect, ...

To-Do List: Newt's Exit; Bill Clinton's Book Review
Federal prosecutors filed a civil suit against the Princeton Review, saying its employees tried to cheat the government out of money meant to pay for tutoring underprivileged students. In sparkling detail, Caro shows the new president's genius for ...

Book Review: No Regrets: The Life of Edith Piaf by Carolyn Burke
Carolyn Burke had access, for this book, to documents and sources that had not been used before, and she uses her resources well, weaving Piaf's songs and professional appearance together with her remarkable and amazing story in a way that is an ...

Book Review: It Chooses You, by Miranda July, Photographs by Brigitte Sire
It's an invasive and potentially condescending adventure, but participants received fifty bucks, and what July got in return was a terrific, moving book that is better than the sum of its parts. It Chooses You selects thirteen subjects who answered the ...

Book review: The Deep Zone: A Novel by James M. Tabor
He returns here to the underground world of Blind Descent, and readers of that book will recognize features of Cheve and Huautla, real mammoth caves in Mexico. But it would be impossible to confuse Tabor's sober nonfiction with The Deep Zone, ...

Bill Clinton writes glowing review of Robert Caro's LBJ book for New York Times
Former president Bill Clinton has penned a glowing review of "The Passage of Power," Robert Caro's newest book on Lyndon B. Johnson, for the New York Times. In his review, which comes out in the May 6 "Book Review" section, but was published online ...

Book Review: Lies Told Under Oath by Beth Lane
By Richard R. Blake, BLOGCRITICS.ORG Author Beth Lane takes the reader back to Saturday, September 12, 1912 to carefully establish the setting and events leading up to the discovery of the brutal murders of Charles, Mathilda, and Blanche Pfanschmidt, ...

Book Review: Norwegian Cakes and Cookies
This book features fresh interpretations of traditional Norwegian recipes that include cakes, tarts, candied fruit, and puddings. Norwegian Cakes and Cookies also includes a chapter on basic dessert recipes that includes pie and tart crusts, ...

Book Review: The Book of Transformation: Open Yourself to Psychic Evolution ...
Book Review: The Book of Transformation: Open Yourself to Psychic Evolution ...

Book Review: In Pursuit of the Unknown by Ian Stewart
When I was slogging my way through math lessons at high school, and cursing the folks who invented things like logarithms, I would never have dreamed that I would one day read a book on equations "Just for the fun of it!" But things change as you grow ...

Book review: Toni Morrison's 'Home'
A Mercy managed to conjure up a convincingly imagined, richly populated universe in approximately the same number of pages, but this book never approaches that sort of resonance. For Morrison newcomers, it's a fine introduction to her work, ...

Book Review: Spirit of the North by Tyler R. Tichelaar
It draws the reader in quickly, and although large portions of the book deal with relatively minor events and observations, the pull of the story persists. I particularly liked the "frame" of the story, namely the explanation of automatic writing as ...

Book Review: Man At a Machine by Stef Wertheimer
My father has always admired Mr. Wertheimer, unfortunately he did not live long enough to read this book which I'm sure he would have loved. The book is more than just a biography, it is an important document of what can be achieved with dedication and ...

Book Review and Interview: Vegan is Love, the Newest Children's Book ...
Book Review and Interview: <i>Vegan is Love</i>, the Newest Children's Book ...

Book review: 'Fifty Shades Freed' offers nothing more to trilogy
by Katie Piper | May 3, 2012 | 0 comments Editor's Note: This is the third review of a three-part novel series by EL James. To read the first two reviews, visit OUDaily.com. At this point, I just had to know the ending. I know I've been droning on ...

Book Review | The Passage Of Power: Ascent of LBJ detailed
The first two, The Path to Power (1982) and Means of Ascent (1990), won National Book Critics Circle awards; the third, Master of the Senate (2002), won the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize. To write them, Caro — along with wife and researcher ...

Book Review: Lady, Go Die!
That book, I, The Jury, was an instant success, selling over 6.5 million copies in the first two years. Spillane spearheaded an explosion in pulp fiction popularity. It is estimated that he sold over 200 million books. I, The Jury also established Mike ...

Book Review: The 'Call' of Shaykh Muhammad bin Abdal-Wahhab
COM Sultan Ghalib Al-Quaiti, the last Sultan of Hadramaut and a leading expert in Arabian history, has published a book which Prince Muhammad Al-Faisal in his preface considers “a valuable scholarly addition to the paucity of material on the subject in ...

Book Review: 'Insurgent' by Veronica Roth
On Tuesday, May 1st, the much awaited sequel to New York Times Best Selling Divergent hit store shelves and e-readers all over the world. Insurgent is the second title in Veronica Roth's Divergent Trilogy, the story of a 16-year-old named Tris who ...

Book Review: The Fear Index by Robert Harris
Every chapter had a hook, something that would make the reader think twice whether he would want to put the book down, or find out what happens next given the current chapter. In that sense, I commend the author for knowing what makes a reader push ...

Book Review: Simple Secrets to a Happy Life by Luci Swindoll
ORG The title of Luci Swindoll's latest book, Simple Secrets to a Happy Life, does a good job of describing this inspiring and practical volume. In it the almost-octogenarian author shares fifty of those secrets under the broad headings of The Basics, ...

Book Review: Best Women's Erotica 2012, Edited by Violet Blue
By Lucy Felthouse, BLOGCRITICS.ORG Best Women's Erotica edited by Violet Blue is one of the best known erotica series out there. Writers clamour to get between the pages of these books, and rightly so. Best Women's Erotica 2012 is a collection of 18 ...

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The book's timing, released a month before the Olympics, makes it an appropriate read. Finn is an editor at The Guardian and writes articles for Runner's World. He also won a few races at school and was part of a running club before he got swept up in ...

Book review: Nice guy Marshall recalls 'Happy Days'
There isn't much explanation in the book about why Marshall chose "Eden" as a project. It was one of the rare times he ignored the advice of his wife of 50 years, Barbara Sue Wells, who warned him, "You're going to get killed by the press when they ...

Book Review: 'American Canopy,' by Eric Rutkow
By Tal McThenia on May 03, 2012 By Eric Rutkow In 1852, a California hunter chased a wounded bear into a stand of trees bigger than any European-American had ever seen. Thirty feet wide at the base, with trunks stretching hundreds of feet into the sky, ...

friday preview | Book review 'My Cross To Bear' by Gregg Allman
Unlike Keith Richards who used his book “Life” to reinforce the persona we have come to appreciate, Allman gives a seemingly honest appraisal of an extraordinary life led by a guy who, by all appearances, would have happily settled for normal; ...

Book Review: Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong
The book serves as a source of individual inspiration and as a handbook for compassionate community building and discussion. The 12-step format intentionally mirrors the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to drive home the point that our future survival ...

Book Review: The Unfoldment:The Organic Path to Clarity, Power, and ...
Book Review: The Unfoldment:The Organic Path to Clarity, Power, and ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Sacre Bleu'
Without even reading a single sentence in this book, you still could see from the way it's packaged that this time out, Mr. Moore and publisher William Morrow were going for different and way better. From the cover art with half-wraparound to the end ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Escape Artist'
This is an important book that voters of all political persuasions should read between now and November. It is lucidly written, and Mr. Scheiber, a Rhodes scholar who took his economics degree from Oxford, brings solid analysis backed by thorough ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Walter Rathenau'
Although Shulamit Volkov, professor emerita of Modern European History at the University of Tel-Aviv, begins her book with Rathenau's assassination, the focus of her brief but incisive and probing study is on his contributions: “It was his life, ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Calico Joe'
By John Grisham By Rob Miech One of the great taboos in baseball - at any level, from the sandlot to the major leagues - is the beanball. The game accepts the occasional brush-back pitch to keep a batter from jamming the plate, or to chastise him for ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Manhunt'
For this book, Mr. Bergen interviewed the key players involved in hunting for bin Laden and was granted access to some of the “treasure trove” of materials collected by the SEAL team from bin Laden's compound. Mr. Bergen's gripping account begins with ...

Book review 'Private Empire': the secretive world of ExxonMobil
Steve Coll's latest book, "Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power" is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's in-depth look at what he calls "a corporate state within the American state." Coll discusses his book at 7 pm Wednesday at the Seattle ...

Book Review: Except The Queen By Mydori Snyder And Jane Yolen
By Richard Marcus, BLOGCRITICS.ORG Once upon a time fairy stories were things told to children and had very little to do with fairies. Oh, there were spells and other enchantments would make appearances, but by the twentieth century most of the ones my ...

Book Review Podcast: LBJ in the White House
By JOHN WILLIAMS In the New York Times Book Review, Bill Clinton reviews “The Passage of Power,” the latest volume in Robert Caro's epic series about Lyndon Johnson. The book includes a portrait of Mr. Johnson during his time as vice president, ...

Book Review: 'How to Sharpen Pencils'
As might be expected in a 218-page book on properly sharpening pencils, it is precise. There are eight pages on warming up for a proper sharpening. There is advice on what kind of smock to buy. There is a careful examination of multiple-hole pencil ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Infamous Players': The Glory Years of Paramount Pictures ...
BOOK REVIEW: 'Infamous Players': The Glory Years of Paramount Pictures ...

Book Review: Palliative to global hysteria —by Afrah Jamal
Now, it is the subject of a book. At the launch of Fatal Faultlines: Pakistan, Islam and the West, veteran columnist Irfan Husain briefly touched upon these incongruities. In the book, he delves deeper into a cheerless terrain where reason has been ...

Book review: 'Cookbook Library' traces an amazing evolution in cuisine
The above is from this week's book review on "The Cookbook Library" by Anne Willan with Mark Cherniavsky and Kyri Claflin. Food editor Russ Parsons wrote an earlier cookbook watch on Willan's new book for Daily Dish, and when I first picked it up, ...

Book Review: Sikander by M. Salahuddin Khan
ORG Sikander by M. Salahuddin Khan is a fictional book which chronicles the life of a Pakistani man and how it changed after 9/11. While this book could be considered a coming of age story, I believe it is more. Seventeen year old Sikander is studious ...


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