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Book Review | 'You'll Know When You Get There'
Herbie Hancock is one of the few jazz artists to have achieved name recognition outside the world of hardcore jazzers. From his early hit “Watermelon Man,” to “Maiden Voyage,” on through the Head Hunters, and, more recently, “The Imagine Project,” ...

Book Review: Damn Good Advice (for People with Talent) by George Lois
Damn Good Advice (for People with Talent): How to Unleash Your Creative Potential by America's Master Communicator, George Lois, is a collection of pearls of wisdom derived from famous persons, as well as the author himself. For instance, Lois explains ...

Book Review: Why Dads Leave
Review by J. Steven Svoboda. Australian social worker and wellness expert Meryn Callander has written a truly fascinating and valuable book. Why Dads Leave: Insights & Resources for When Partners Become Parents stemmed from an original idea by ...

Book Review: Goals That Lead to Success: Bible Bites, Personal Devotions by ...
Book Review: Goals That Lead to Success: Bible Bites, Personal Devotions by ...

Book Review: The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus
Near the end of The Flame Alphabet, Ben Marcus's rhapsodic apocalyptic novel of a world where language has become toxic, Sam, the narrator, commenting on a fable of a young bird blindfolded as a rite of passage, says: "I am no fan of stories, perhaps ...

Obama Foreign Policy - Book Review Edition
For everyone wondering what the foreign policy junkie in their lives wants for Christmas or Hanukkah, I've written a review of two recent books bound to be of interest. Oh let's face it, the only people who read this blog are foreign policy junkies ...

Book Review: Achebe writes of Nigeria's civil war horrors
Book Review: Achebe writes of Nigeria's civil war horrors. The Associated Press; Posted December 2, 2012 at 4 a.m.. Discuss; Print; A; A; A. Share this on Facebook · Tweet this · Email this to a friend · This book cover image released by The Penguin ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Natanz Directive'
Conlan, a veteran clandestine operative, is called back to duty to take on one of America's most sensitive missions: penetrating the Iranian nuclear program. Well over the hill, he finds himself a bit creakier, perhaps a step slower, but not a whit ...

Seymour reviews 'Elizabeth the Queen'
At a recent luncheon, longtime contributor to the Newark Public Library book review series , Jean Richards Seymour described Bedell's latest work, “Elizabeth the Queen”. The war years played a major role in Elizabeth's preparation for becoming Queen in ...

Book Review: Weiwei-isms by Ai Weiwei
We live in a time when things have taken a noticeable turn for the longer and shorter at the same time. In the explosion of blogging and numerous other forms of online publication, people have greater access than ever before to make their voices heard ...

Book Review: The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide (Second Edition) by Allan ...
Book Review: The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide (Second Edition) by Allan ...

Comic-Book Review: FF #1 from Marvel Now!
FF1-Review-http://geeksmash.com I run a Marvel NOW! Fanpage on Facebook and over there, ahead of its release, FF (a.k.a. Future Foundation) proved to be the most polarizing of the proposed Marvel NOW! launches. Michael Allred's pop art-influenced ...

Book Review: Skinny by Donna Cooner
However once I started the book I found the basic storyline messy and all over the place. I found things to be a little too rushed. Possibly if the book was longer there would be more time to elaborate on subjects such as the gastric bypass surgery and ...

Book Review: Farewell to Freedom by Sara Blaedel
The book is very well written, and it seemed to me that the author has upped a notch her research and storytelling. I was surprised that Ms. Blædel examined the issues objectively and inserted them into her novel: for example, the point that few ...

Red Country Joe Abercrombie
That violence became almost overwhelming in his last book, 2011's dark, sarcastically titled The Heroes—even as Abercrombie laced his lovingly rendered savagery with a keen analysis of why human beings are so damn horrible. That dynamic is so central ...

Book Review: Hearing His Whispers: A Journey Through Cancer and Divorce by ...
Book Review: Hearing His Whispers: A Journey Through Cancer and Divorce by ...

Book review: October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard
When you wake up in the morning, there are certain things you expect to be the same. You'll have a brand-new day, of course, but it'll start where you ended last night. Your alarm will be the same, set at a time you probably know all too well. A ...

Wonderbook: Book of Spells review: Inter-house unity
Pottermore is an official, browser-based supplement to the Harry Potter series, inspired by social networks. Each member has a profile and travels through the Harry Potter books in a series of active illustrations, collecting trinkets, learning more ...

Book Review: The Atlas Economic Research Foundation's "Roads To Sound ...
Book Review: The Atlas Economic Research Foundation's "Roads To Sound ...

Marvin Reader App Dives Deeper Into E-books [Review]
Once it has “read” a book for you, it can also seek out relevant information about it online, taking you to articles and reviews about the book. View these in a browser, and if you like, save them as pinned annotations to the book itself, so that they ...

Book review: Bartender Shad Myers returns in Gillian Royes' new Jamaican ...
Book review: Bartender Shad Myers returns in Gillian Royes' new Jamaican ...

Comic Book Review: 'All-New X-Men' #2
When we last left Brian Michael Bendis and his new team book, Beast had just traveled back in time to bring the younger version of himself and the rest of Professor Charles Xavier's first class of students to the present. All of this was in order to ...

Book Review: 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 by Nick Montfort et al
I guess a good point to start the review would be to explain the title of the book (written by 10 brainiacs). The single line of Basic code produces a mesmerizing scrolling maze on your screen. A word of warning… Some assembly required if attempting ...

Book Review: The Last Policeman
Winters poses this question to us constantly throughout the book, as Detective Palace keeps answering it for himself. He's not the only one who keeps doing his job even though the apocalypse is most definitely coming. We wants Palace to succeed anyway ...

Comic Book Review: 'New Avengers: End Times'
However, there was still one last book left in the run for the longest consecutive writer of The Avengers in history. While the focus was firmly placed on the main Avengers title, Bendis still had to wrap up his duties on 'New Avengers' as well. So in ...

Book Review: Revenue Matters: Tax the Rich and Restore Democracy to Save ...
Book Review: Revenue Matters: Tax the Rich and Restore Democracy to Save ...

Book Review: Detroit City Is the Place to Be: The Afterlife of an American ...
Book Review: Detroit City Is the Place to Be: The Afterlife of an American ...

Book Review: Wanted: Gentleman Bank Robber by Dane Batty
Wanted: Gentleman Bank Robber: The True Story of Leslie Ibsen Rogge, One of the FBI's Most Elusive Criminals is a true crime book about the criminal career of its elusive subject. Author Dane Batty wrote the book when he heard the stories his uncle ...

'Stranger to History' by Aatish Taseer
This root problem, the “violent imposition of religious perfection on the modern world, driven to illogic,” forms the core of Taseer's illuminating book, one in which questions of religion, culture, and history undergird the author's absorbing quest ...

Melanie Schaller: Book review misses meaning of Christmas
I sat shaking my head in disbelieve as I read Terri Schlichenmeyer's book review of “Krampus the Yule Lord” (Sunday's Tribune). The review starts with the sentiment that some people wish Christmas was over already. “There's too much faux-merry, too ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Last American Diplomat'
The world is changing but diplomats such as John Negroponte, who spent much of his career working in some of the world's worst hotspots, still matter. Historian George Liebmann has written a friendly biography, though he says his book is about a ...

Book Review: Better Angels (A Gray Harbor Novel)
I first became aware of Geoff Thorne's writing through his work on the TNT series Leverage. I was completely un-aware that I had already praised his fiction in a review of a Star Trek anthology. So having the opportunity to read another aspect of ...

Book Review: Lowrider Coloring Book
Book Review: Lowrider Coloring Book. News of the Lowrider Coloring Book, published by Sweden's Document Press and Illustrated... See more. CAR NEWS HEADLINES. Carroll held hostage by Tesla Model S · Are you asleep at the wheel? Detroit designs ...

Book Review: Shades of Souls Passed by Teresa Andrews
Some books on the subject are sensational, while others attempt a scientific approach. But the best simply tell their tales as plainly and in as clear a fashion as possible and leave the reaction to the reader. Teresa Andrews has taken this approach in ...

Book Review: Tax Cheating: Illegal--But Is It Immoral? by Donald Morris
Tax Cheating: Illegal--But Is It Immoral? is one of the most informative and interesting nonfiction books I've read in a long time. From tax fairness, to cheating, to fraud, to evasion, to the complexity of moral and legal dilemmas and much, much more ...

Book Review: 'Everyone Leaves'
Add to Playlist; Download. text size A A A. December 4, 2012. Cuban writer Wendy Guerra has just had her autobiographical novel translated into English. Critic Alan Cheuse has a review of Everyone Leaves. Twitter; Facebook; Share. Stumble Upon · Reddit ...

Book Review: "Gone Girl"
I strongly suggest to author Gillian Flynn that she lock herself in a room with puppies, rainbows, apple pie, and other happy things. The bestselling author of Sharp Objectsand Dark Places has done it again with the enormously successful, grotesque (in ...

Book Review - Understanding Human Pain
This book is about pain, not the pain of others that we comfortably reflect on but don't feel, but OUR pain. Here Eugene Kennedy, a psychologist, deals with those things mothers could not warn us about and no-one could prepare us for, but which are ...

Book Review: Your Ultimate Life Plan: How to Deeply Transform Your Everyday ...
Book Review: Your Ultimate Life Plan: How to Deeply Transform Your Everyday ...

Book Review: Unusual Uses for Olive Oil by Alexander McCall Smith
After a hiatus of some eight years in which the prolific Alexander McCall Smith devoted his attention to his many other popular series, Unusual Uses for Olive Oil marks the return of the hapless hero of his Portuguese Irregular Verbs Series, Professor ...

Book Review: Exposure by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes
Exposure by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes is the second installment in the Twisted Lit series. It is also an adaptation of William Shakespeare's Macbeth. The prologue offers a unique introduction into the story, while the protagonist is a smart twist to ...

Feminism Turns Fatal In A 1970s Classic
I don't know if she would have objected to Lois Duncan — after all, her books were shelved in Young Adult — but to me, Duncan's books felt subversive, and none more so than my personal favorite, Daughters of Eve. The novel tells the story of a group ...

Book Review | Federation: The First 150 Years
Book Review | Federation: The First 150 Years. 'Trek' tome boldly notes rich history of franchise. Books. Book Review | Federation: The First 150 Years · More Books. Subscribe to The Dispatch. Sign up for home delivery of The Columbus Dispatch and find ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Joy of Hate'
Many comedians whose strong suit is observational humor have become incredibly wealthy simply by stating the obvious — with a twist. You hear one of their jokes and say, “It's funny because it's true.” If, after “funny,” you add “and annoying,” you ...

Book Review: “Hubble's Universe: Greatest Discoveries and Latest Images”
The Hubble Space Telescope has been the subject of several books and articles, and certainly much more will be written about it in the future, as its status as the world's most successful science experiment will guarantee that. And though breathtaking ...

The year in reviews: Five books that stood out in 2012
Last year, we ran the first installment of our "year in reviews," a roundup of the most broadly intriguing and generally positive book reviews that appeared in Physics Today. This year, I've used the same criteria in highlighting below five of the ...

Book Review: Over the Alps on a Bicycle (1898!)
I absolutely loved this short book, in part for a glimpse of what it was like to be an alpine cycle-tourist over a hundred years ago, but also for Pennel's fearless, amusing approach to a very difficult challenge. I am no book reviewer, but I thought I ...

The Real Father Christmas
Drug Firms, Universities Team Up on Stem Cells. Ten drug companies and 23 universities are banding together to create one of the world's largest repositories of adult stem cells in order to tackle difficult-to-treat diseases. Search Book Reviews ...

Book Review: J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2013
The J. K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2013 for Preparing Your 2012 Tax Return (John Wiley & Sons, Inc) is a mega book filled with step-by-step instructions, tips and expert analysis of tax return filing. The front cover of the book touts it as the number ...

Book Review: The Journals of Spalding Gray edited by Nell Casey
Casey defends her choices in the “Introduction” and “Editor's Notes” sections of the book. She makes the valid point that Gray was very open about his life. She also points out that Gray had indicated at different times that he thought his journals ...


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