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BOOK REVIEW: 'Engines of Change'
These cars, and the cultural trends that they helped define, are the subject of this book.” His underlying premise, he tells us, is that “modern American culture is basically a big tug-of-war … a yin-versus-yang contest between the practical and the ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Sea is My Brother'
It now turns out that he had written a much earlier book, a novel that had not found a publisher (if it had been submitted, which is not clear) and then was lost. Years later, students of Kerouac got wind of it, but when the book failed to surface, ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Easy Money'
By Joseph C. Goulden - Special to The Washington Times By Jens Lapidus Perhaps author Jens Lapidus, described in a cover blurb as “a criminal defense lawyer who represents some of Sweden's most notorious underworld criminals,” was writing about his own ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Passing of a Profit'
In a review in “The Smart Set,” Mencken noted: “It seems easy to spin such droll … such simple plots. But those of us who have poured out our sweat upon the making of short stories know just how much careful planning, just how much effort, ...

Book review 'The Newlyweds': an American-Bangladeshi coupling
Freudenberger reads Wednesday, June 6, at Seattle's Elliott Bay Book Co. By Agnes Torres Al-Shibibi The author of "The Newlyweds" will discuss her book at 7 pm Wednesday, Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; free (206-624-6600 or ...

Book Review: What Dies in Summer by Tom Wright
For the first half of the book, I typically only read one chapter at a time; they were each filling little stories within themselves. I also was often filled with foreboding that made me apprehensive about what was next. It has plenty of sweet and ...

BOOK REVIEW: China to Me by Emily Hahn
He arranged access to the famous Soong sisters, and in 1939 she went to Chungking to meet them and write a book of their life and times. She never returned to Shanghai. While she was there Chungking was carpet bombed by the Japanese and her manuscript ...

Book review: 'Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)' by ...
Book review: 'Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)' by ...

Book review: 'Steamship to Zion' shows unbreakable spirit of one pioneer family
The characters are likeable and believable and the readers will find themselves rooting, crying and cheering for them by the end of the book. Borrowman, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Sandy, has coauthored several ...

Book Review: Drowning in the Dark: My Descent into Hell and the Long Road Back ...
Book Review: Drowning in the Dark: My Descent into Hell and the Long Road Back ...

Book Review: The Bitchographies: Random Commentaries About Life, Love and ...
Book Review: The Bitchographies: Random Commentaries About Life, Love and ...

Book Review: How to Build an Android: The True Story of Philip K. Dick's ...
Book Review: How to Build an Android: The True Story of Philip K. Dick's ...

Book Review: John Scalzi's Redshirts (GeekDad Weekly Rewind)
It's a brilliantly funny book with an unexpected amount of emotional heft, and I liked it an awful lot. In terms of content, Redshirts faithfully adapted for the screen would earn a solid 'R' for language and some sexual references, but the truth is ...

Book review: "Groupon's Biggest Deal Ever"
Frank Sennett's new book about Groupon opens with a scene so stale it has twice been shown on a national CBS news program. Just inside the entrance to the company's River North headquarters hang nine magazine covers. In the center is a Forbes cover ...

Comic Book Review: 'Amazing Spider-Man Annual' #39
The problem with Annual editions of comics is that, while they can sometimes feature cool stories, they're often expensive and, since they don't usually have much to do with the regular series' storylines, they get ignored. Sadly, that's probably what ...

Book Review 'The Mansion of Happiness' by Jill Lepore
From conception to death, Jill Lepore's book takes us on a journey through life — one game-bard square at a time. By Buzzy Jackson In her new book, “The Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death,” Jill Lepore begins with the history of the ...

Comic Book Review: 'The New Deadwardians' #3
This issue, vampire detective George Suttle ventures into Zone-B, home of the “Bright” or the lower class, otherwise known as humans. (It was revealed last issue, that the upper class had agreed to “take the cure,” that is to say, become vampires, ...

Book review: 'Operation: Montauk' is a time-traveling adventure
By James Foy A new book imagines characters traveling back in time, only to land in the wrong time period. This is the premise of local author Bryan Young's new book “Operation: Montauk." Imagine traveling back in time in a military personnel track ...

Book Review: Executive Severance by Robert K. Blechman
Almost comic book style you can visualize the characters with the ever present bubble from our days of reading them; the flow is along the same lines. The prose is written in a steady and even pace, with the 149 or less characters needed in order to be ...

Book Review: They Shoot Horses, Don't They? by Horace McCoy
He confesses that he "killed her," and that he doesn't "have a leg to stand on" alluding to the title of the book. In his youth, he saw the favorite family horse break its leg, after which it was shot and put out of its misery, also leading to the ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Engines of Change': How Motor Vehicles Created the American ...
BOOK REVIEW: 'Engines of Change': How Motor Vehicles Created the American ...

Book Review 'Mozart at the Gateway to His Fortune' by Christoph Wolff
By David M. Shribman He composed first with his mind, then with his hand. He sought “a clear head and a peaceful spirit'' but lived in turmoil and financial trouble. He altered the form of opera and sacred music. He produced a dazzling repertoire of ...

Book review: The Man Who Would Be Queen
But this book is no easy confessional. Merchant foregrounds the role of memory, accepting it's “tricks” and therefore also drawing attention to the inherent fiction in any reminiscence and recounting. In the end therefore, the term autobiographical ...

Book review: And All Is Said: Memoir Of A Home Divided
By Alpana Chowdhury | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA At one level, this book is a cathartic outpouring of a lifetime of repressed feelings. Though the writer Zareer Masani was showered with love as a child, being the son of two tempestuous personalities ...

Book Review 'The Right-Hand Shore' by Christopher Tilghman
The book chronicles the rise and fall of a family retreat on the Chesapeake Bay. As we begin, the family's matriarch, Miss Mary Bayly, is about to pass her home and grounds to a distant relative. Only someone ignorant of its past would entertain its ...

Book review: The Lost One by Ace Atkins
For AP The second Quinn Colson thriller in the new series by Ace Atkins, The Lost Ones (GP Putnam's Sons), opens with gunrunning and a haunting crime afoot in the rural Mississippi county where Colson is now sheriff. Colson must sort out the villains ...

Book Review | I Suck at Girls: Dating don'ts display his dad's touch, too
By Margaret Quamme Justin Halpern is best-known for S*** My Dad Says, a collection of his father's pithy comments that started as a Twitter feed and led to a best-selling book and short-lived TV series. Halpern started compiling his dad's sayings when ...

Book Review | Gone Girl: Troubled marriage frames thriller
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 The self-aware, hyper-clever and emotionally twisted characters of Gillian Flynn have studied ...

Book review: 'Beach House Memories' more than a summer read
On a rating scale of one to five stars with five being the highest, it's a clear and definite five and much more than a summer read. — Reviewed by Linda Hitchcock, a Friend of Warren County Public Library and member of the Book Review Crew who writes ...

Book review Richard Ford's 'Canada': mistakes and missed chances
No comments have been posted to this article. by Richard Ford What a bleak book. And long. But in this novel, his first in six years, Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Ford has again crafted what his readers know to expect: characters down on their luck ...

'Istanbul Passage:' A book review - The Star-Ledger
Critics are favorably comparing Kanon's historical fiction to Graham Greene's works and it is well-deserved of that praise. This is a great book for your summer reading list. Jim Farrington, retired director of news operations for The Star-Ledger, ...

Book Review: The Lost Ones by Ace Atkins
This is the second book in "The Ranger" series, which was also the name of the first book. Quinn Coloson resigned from the Army Rangers to become Sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi, his uncle's old job. A Mexican cartel appears to be getting guns ...

Book Review: The Thing About Thugs by Tabish Kahir
In the case of the former he populates the book with recognizable character types from the period. Mathews is the well meaning and intentioned earnest hero type. Honourable, he actually steps forward and provides Ali with an alibi when he's arrested ...

Book Review: Microsoft Excel 2010 Formulas and Functions Inside Out by Egbert ...
Book Review: Microsoft Excel 2010 Formulas and Functions Inside Out by Egbert ...

Book review: 'Peculiars' an unusual historical-fantasy story
By Naomi Grant “The Peculiars” by Maureen Doyle McQuerry is a slightly … peculiar book, for lack of a better term. Peculiars are essentially goblins, but they look very similar to humans. The government in this alternative 1800s novel is in the midst ...

Book review: Second Quinn Colson novel features romance, dark family secret
By Kendal Weaver of AP The second Quinn Colson thriller in the new series by Ace Atkins, “The Lost Ones,” opens with gunrunning and a haunting crime afoot in the rural Mississippi county where Colson is now sheriff. Colson must sort out the villains ...

Book Review: 'My Life as a Mankiewicz: An Insider's Journey Through Hollywood ... - The Express Times
Book Review: 'My Life as a Mankiewicz: An Insider's Journey Through Hollywood ...

Book review: Midnight In Peking, Paul French
In this brilliant book, Paul French has researched and reconstructed with verve a crime story that turns out to owe nothing to the supernatural. Through the eyes of Inspector Dennis and his Chinese colleague, Colonel Han, we descend into the Badlands ...

Book Review: Vital Voices
That is something Vital Voices president and CEO Alyse Nelson makes us aware of in a leadership book that hits bookstands tomorrow, Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World. It too has five elements: mission, community, ...

Book Review: "They Call Me Oil Can," by Dennis Boyd
by lone1c on Jun 4, 2012 12:00 PM EDT in Book Reviews They Call Me Oil Can, by Dennis Boyd with Mike Shalin. Triumph Books, 240 pages. Now available. Whatever your expectations for a "standard" sports autobiography, you can rest assured thatThey Call ...

Book Review: London Unfurled by Matteo Pericoli
That's the case with Matteo Pericoli's London Unfurled-it's somewhere in that indefinable space between coffee-table book, a work of art to hang on the wall, or a map to explore. Automatically, the question of its use, its purpose, and therefore the ...

Book Review: Hacksaw: The Jim Duggan Story by Hacksaw Jim Duggan with Scott E ...
Book Review: Hacksaw: The Jim Duggan Story by Hacksaw Jim Duggan with Scott E ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Island Practice': Quirky, Controversial Nantucket Doctor Timothy ...
BOOK REVIEW: 'Island Practice': Quirky, Controversial Nantucket Doctor Timothy ...

Book Review: The Final Curtsey
By Linda Herrick Margaret Rhodes, a self-confessed "publishing sensation", takes the cake for what must be one of the worst book covers ever: an out-of-focus photo of her with the Queen, both wearing knitted woollies, tartan skirts and sensible padded ...

Book Review: What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
It is an engaging book with interesting characters and an intriguing premise. Note: I received a copy of this book for review purposes. Chaos Mandy lives in the mountains of NC with her daughter and husband. You can find her on Twitter (@ChaosMandy) ...

Book Review: 'Hollywood Movie Stills' A Beautiful Look Back At The Golden Age ...
Book Review: 'Hollywood Movie Stills' A Beautiful Look Back At The Golden Age ...

Book Review:Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Pocket Consultant by William R Stanek
The book under review has a section on Windows Powershell for SQL Server Management. There are examples of SQL Server Management Studio as well as powershell scripts. It also gives the method for managing columnstore indexes using SQL Server Management ...

Book Review: The Transits of Venus Down The Centuries
By Rebecca Boyle Posted 06.05.2012 at 3:06 pm 0 Comments Historical View "Observations made by appointment of the Royal Society at King George's Island in the South Sea by Mr. Charles Green, formerly assistant at the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, ...

End of American Jewish Romance with Israel – Book Review
One of his fiercest opponents is Alan Dershowitz, law professor at Harvard University, whose book, “The Case for Israel”, Finkelstein not only ridiculed but also exposed in many parts as plagiarism. Dershowitz returned this compliment by pursuing a ...

BOOK REVIEW: Harry Crews
It was after receiving a copy of A Feast of Snakes in a care package from a friend (a book that, not too long ago, could probably not be circulated legally through the US Mail) that I was first left wondering what could possibly compel a man to write ...


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