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Book Review: The PEN / O. Henry Prize Stories 2012, Edited by Laura Furman
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Book review: 'You Shall Have My Word' a good tool for teachers
Book review: 'You Shall Have My Word' a good tool for teachers. Print; Font [+] [-]. Leave a comment ». By Shelby Scoffield. For the Deseret News. Published: Tuesday, Jan. 1 2013 5:15 a.m. MST. "You Shall Have My Word: Exploring the Text of the ...

Book Review 262: The Arabists
Not much more complicated, on the evidence of this 1993 book, whose hopeful conclusions – that the State Department's Arabists were going to become better – turned out to be a bad prediction. Arabists seem to have had a love-despise attitude toward ...

Book Review: A Chinese Salt Free Diet Cookbook by Merle Schell
A Chinese Salt Free Diet Cookbook by Merle Schell covers the essential elements of recipes throughout China with a healthy twist, and a lively geographical flavour. The author describes fully regional specialties such as Yunnan Curried Mushrooms, Pork ...

Book Review: "A Murder at Rosamund's Gate"
A Murder at Rosamund's Gate is Susanna Calkins's absorbing debut novel. Just a warning that time WILL easily slip away as you become engrossed in this historical fiction mystery. I was pleasantly surprised that this is deemed Book 1 of the Lucy Campion ...

New History Puts Cartographers' Art 'On The Map'
On the Map delivers a loose narrative of cartographic history, but this book is better read as a collection of marvelous anecdotes that explore the role maps have played in shaping human culture since ancient times. The author tells us, for example ...

BOOK REVIEW Off the Rocks, Volume 16
A potpourri of poems, prose and essays, Off the Rocks, Volume 16, addresses the questions of identity—"How do you identify, do you ident-defy, what are your identities, do you identi-tease?"—as editor Fradkin states on the back cover. NewTown Writers ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Making of a Patriot'
In this tautly written account of one of the most dramatic moments in Benjamin Franklin's many-faceted life, there is enough to engage one's interest that a number of its imperfections can be overlooked. Author Sheila L. Skemp is a University of ...

Book review: New book nicely supplements lessons about President Lorenzo ...
Book review: New book nicely supplements lessons about President Lorenzo ...

Book review: 'Latter Leaves in the Life of Lorenzo Snow' is a hefty, carefully ...
Book review: 'Latter Leaves in the Life of Lorenzo Snow' is a hefty, carefully ...

Book Review: Nature Wars
Here's something you might already know: Connecticut is the fourth most densely populated state in the US. Here's something you may not know: Sixty percent of the Constitution State is covered in trees. John Gordon, former dean of the of the Yale ...

Book Review: Unexpected Return
Thirty years ago, I don't think Ina Claire Gabler's collection Unexpected Return would have been self-published. It would have been published, but not by the author. A small press with a solid backlist, or a university press affiliated with a literary ...

Book Review: Aldo's Fantastical Movie Palace
Jonathan Friesen's fourth novel, Aldo's Fantastical Movie Palace (you can watch the trailer below), begins like this: Fourteen-year-old Chloe Lundeen has a scar. It's a big, ugly scar given to her by her father, Crazy Ray, while testing out one of his ...

Book Review: The Crossing by Mandy Hager
The Crossing by Mandy Hager is the first installment in the Blood of the Lamb series. Hager's novel is a dystopian young adult story set in a post-apocalyptic world controlled by Bible-toting caucasian survivors. The novel's protagonist is both weak ...

The Third Bullet
22 yields a stunningly plausible theory that will have readers holding the book in one hand and Googling satellite photos of Dealey Plaza and the Texas School Book Depository with the other. Fans of the Swagger series will revel in the ghosts from 1992 ...

Poems 1962-2012
But she should have thought of that before she wrote her elegiac 1990 book Ararat, about an inert Long Island father affixed to the couch and a mother permanently wounded by the loss of a child. From such beginnings, Glück managed to extract just ...

Tenth Of December
But much of the book finds Saunders toning down his trademark weirdness — most notably in a pair of stories that bookend the collection, both featuring kids faced with crucial decisions when tested by life-and-death situations. While some fans might ...

Book Review: Diana Krall: Glad Rag Doll: Piano / Vocal / Guitar [Music Book]
Diana Krall is primarily known as a jazz singer. But for her 11th studio album, Glad Rag Doll, she also ventured into a bit of Americana. This companion book of the music for Glad Rag Doll will delight keyboard players with an interest in jazz and ...

Book Review: The Long Road Home: The Death and Birth of America by Nick West
In this story, we follow the lives of the same characters from book 1 as they traverse the difficult and painful years of the American Civil War. Four people, four lives: two men--one white, one black--join the Union; one joins the Confederacy, one ...

Book Review: The Viral Video Manifesto: Why Everything You Know is Wrong ...
Book Review: The Viral Video Manifesto: Why Everything You Know is Wrong ...

Book Review: Cue Cards for Life: Thoughtful Tips for Better Relationships by ...
Book Review: Cue Cards for Life: Thoughtful Tips for Better Relationships by ...

Book Review: False Friends by Stephen Leather
False Friends was my first Dan Shepherd book, and it was a pleasant surprise. Even though I haven't read any of the other books in the series, it did not interfere with this story. The author, through his characters, really doesn't like the US ...

Book Review: Stick with Exercise for a Lifetime: How to Enjoy Every Minute of ...
Book Review: Stick with Exercise for a Lifetime: How to Enjoy Every Minute of ...

Book Review: Love and Other Subjects by Kathleen Shoop
Kathleen Shoop's Love and Other Subjects begins with an immature young woman, staring down a double barreled shotgun at her life. In the left barrel is her intimate desire for a loving relationship with a man other than the male she currently beds ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'When America First Met China'
For centuries, the United States and China have had a multifaceted relationship. These two countries, with different histories, political systems and traditions, have traded goods, traveled the high seas and increased their economic and military might ...

Book review – The Ethics of Climate Change
We often have trouble accepting hard truths. While most of us agree that global temperatures have increased at a very rapid rate in the last century or so, many of us don't like to admit we've caused it. However, the debate about the existence of ...

Book review: Escaping the past in Jim Harrison's novellas
In an early scene in “The Land of Unlikeness,” one of two novellas in Jim Harrison's collection “The River Swimmer,” the central character thinks back to a time in graduate school when he had been told in quick succession no one really liked the ...

INDIE BOOK REVIEW: Don't bother trying to get...
INDIE BOOK REVIEW: Don't bother trying to get...

'The Lost Carving' by David Esterly
David Esterly's memoir, “The Lost Carving,'' is ostensibly about woodcarving, but there is more to it than that. There are precedents, of course: Robert M. Pirsig's “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance'' (1974) called itself “An Inquiry Into ...

Book Review: Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome and the ...
Book Review: Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome and the ...

Book review: 'Twelve Tribes of Hattie' rips at heartstrings
Book review: 'Twelve Tribes of Hattie' rips at heartstrings. Posted: January 3, 2013 - 6:01pm. Photos. Back | Next. In her novel "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie," author Ayana Mathis. ELENA SEIBERT. In her novel "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie ...

Book Review: Turning Rants Into Raves: Turn Your Customers on Before They ...
Book Review: Turning Rants Into Raves: Turn Your Customers on Before They ...

Book Review: 'The Fate of Zhuangzi in Modern China' by Liu Jianmei
It was not until the 1980s that the Chinese rediscovered their love for Zhuangzi as the mainland finally emerged from the mania of the Cultural Revolution and embraced the open-door policy. Individualism, freedom and transcendence beyond good and evil ...

Book Review: Little Annoying Updates: Windows Update Guide by Brian Wayne ...
Book Review: Little Annoying Updates: Windows Update Guide by Brian Wayne ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Marseille Caper'
If you like descriptions of food, people eating and drinking champagne and an attractive portrait of Marseille with bits of plot sprinkled in, then Peter Mayle's new novel, “The Marseille Caper,” may be for you. The book is a bit of froth, rather on ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Al Qaeda'
Compiled by Paul Cruickshank, a New York-based investigative journalist and one of CNN's top correspondents on terrorism, this monumental five-volume collection of previously published articles by leading analysts on al Qaeda is, to date, the most ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Inventing Elsa Maxwell'
At the beginning of his lively, revealing and insightful biography, Sam Staggs assembles a group of delicious quotes about his subject. The one that provides the best jumping-off point for the extraordinary life of this American force of nature who ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Mafia Prince'
Nicodemo “Little Nicky” Scarfo, the boss of the Philadelphia-South Jersey La Cosa Nostra crime family in the 1980s, has been described by law enforcement officers and former criminal associates as ruthless, homicidal, greedy and paranoid — even by ...

Book review: Kel Gilligan's Daredevil Stunt Show
Kel Gilligan is a daredevil (You haven't heard about him? Really?). He tells us he is called “the boy without fear,” and as any good daredevil would do, he laughs in the face of danger. However his stunts are a little more daring than jumping a big ...

A Liberal Who Preached Restraint
The book traces Hand's intellectual journey through the words of Hand himself and those of his correspondents, especially his friends Felix Frankfurter and Walter Lippmann. It becomes clear, over the course of these letters, that ... preached by the ...

Behind the Birth of the Cool
The book also ends on a slightly unsatisfying note, as he offers no narrative related to the decline of recorded jazz's peak quite as compelling or logical as that related to its rise. Probably the best explanation is that as rock music captured the ...

Book Review: 'Tenth Of December'
January 04, 2013 3:00 PM. Audio for this story from All Things Considered will be available at approximately 7:00 p.m. ET. January 4, 2013. Critic Alan Chese reviews George Saunders' new story collection, Tenth of December. Share. Facebook; Twitter ...

Book Review: Upgrade for Brett King's Bank2.0
Reviewed by Jane Haskin, president & CEO, First Bethany Bank, Okla. Jane Haskin is a frequent reviewer for ABA BJ. See the end of this review for other books she has written about. A member of ABA's Community Bankers Council, Haskin also recently ...

'In My Home There Is no More Sorrow' by Rick Bass
Rick Bass took his wife and teenage daughter to Rwanda in 2011; they went with their friend Terry Tempest Williams. Bass and Williams taught a two-day writing seminar at Rwanda's last remaining national university, in Butare. Following that, the group ...

Book Review: Secret Amsterdam by Marjoljn van Eys and Delphine Robiot
Like the other books in this series, Secret Amsterdam offers a great deal of information on Dutch history and the history of Amsterdam as well. You will learn of dikes and locks, ships and commerce. Some of the history is dark, of course, as with any ...

Book Review: Media, Home, and Family by Stewart M. Hoover, Lynn Schofield ...
Book Review: Media, Home, and Family by Stewart M. Hoover, Lynn Schofield ...

Book review | 'The World Until Yesterday'
Book review | 'The World Until Yesterday'. 8:08 PM, Jan 4, 2013 |. Comments · Tweet. Email; Print; Share. LinkedIn; Tumblr; StumbleUpon; Reddit; Del.icio.us; Digg. A; A. The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond. Scanned from the cover December 17, ...

Book Review: Search for Higgs boson given elementary appeal
Home · Life & Entertainment · Books; Book Review: Search for Higgs boson given elementary appeal. Book Review: Search for Higgs boson given elementary appeal. View Larger. Books. Book Review: Search for Higgs boson given elementary appeal ...

Book review: 'Tales from the World Tour' is historical treasure
Book review: 'Tales from the World Tour' is historical treasure. Print; Font [+] [-]. Leave a comment ». By Rosemarie Howard. For the Deseret News. Published: Saturday, Jan. 5 2013 5:00 a.m. MST. "Tales from the World Tour: The 1895-1897 Travel ...

Book review: 'Pro Bono' is story of Fugate defender
Jeff McArthur, author of "Pro Bono: The 18-Year Defense of Caril Ann Fugate," will speak at 3 p.m. Jan. 6 at Bennett Martin Library. His talk, which is free and open to the public, will be in the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors, on ...


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