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Book Review: Strout's new novel a Maine family saga
Jim and Bob Burgess, the brothers who are the title characters of Elizabeth Strout's new novel, "The Burgess Boys," grew up fatherless in a small Maine town after an accident in the family car when they were young. They were smart, though, and became ...

Book Review: 'Ice Cold Kill' is hot thriller
Dana Haynes departs from his previous thrillers involving the aeronautics industry and takes on the alphabet agencies in "Ice Cold Kill," a surprising and intriguing page turner. Daria Gibron, a minor character in both "Crashers" and "Breaking Point ...

Amazon Purchase of Goodreads Book-Review Site Irks Authors
Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) is gaining too much control in the publishing industry with its purchase of Goodreads Inc., a social network for readers and a competitor in online book reviews, an authors' group says. Goodreads, which allows users to add titles ...

Book Review: Retrieving Isaac and Jason by Elliot and Kenneth Flies
This book uses a dog's voice to tell the story of love, commitment, international adoption, gay marriage, parental love and the father-son writing team avoids cuteness while encouraging readers to form their own packs. The book subtlety shares the ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Adventures of Little Nutbrown Hare'
Yet while there are a great many books written for children, there isn't an equal measure of many great children's books. For every classic story written by Maurice Sendak (“Where The Wild Things Are”), Robert McCloskey (“Make Way for Ducklings”) and ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Patton's Oracle': Setting the Record Straight on Gen. Oscar ...
BOOK REVIEW: 'Patton's Oracle': Setting the Record Straight on Gen. Oscar ...

Book review: 'The Diary of AS Potter'
The new narration style is at first jarring, as Albus Severus' voice tends towards the whiny in the first half of the book, and series veterans may wish that the third-person narrator of the original books would return. But as Albus Severus grows, so ...

Book Review: The Black Stiletto: Stars & Stripes by Raymond Benson
Even more so than for Black and White, readers of Stars and Stripes will need to know the origin story and what followed to get into the new grooves of the third book. For example, in Stars and Stripes, Martin Talbot is so plagued with the secret ...

Book Review: 'Odds Against Tomorrow'
April 01, 2013 3:00 PM. Audio for this story from All Things Considered will be available at approximately 7:00 p.m. ET. April 1, 2013. Critic Alan Cheuse reviews the novel Odds Against Tomorrow by Nathaniel Rich. Cheuse says Rich is a young writer to ...

GQ's Read of the Month: James Salter's All That Is
We had been talking about his solitary male characters—fighter pilots, climbers, skiers; people, as he put it, living "a life out of the ordinary"—when he mentioned the new book then about two-thirds completed. My ears perked up. "I'm writing a novel ...

Book review: 'The Secrets of Happy Families'
These days, though, everything's changed. One of your kids has practice, another has friends over, and it's rare that you do anything together at all. Families are just different now, but in the new book, “The Secrets of Happy Families” by Bruce Feiler ...

'Mary Coin' by Marisa Silver
For a book about the loss, poverty, and alienation of the Great Depression, “Mary Coin” is a lovely and deeply satisfying read. Silver's third novel was inspired by “Migrant Mother,” the iconic and heartbreaking Dorothea Lange photograph of a deeply ...

In 'Life After Life,' Caught In The Dangerous Machinery of History
What she's done in her masterful new book, Life After Life, is prove that what makes a long piece of fiction succeed might have very little to do with the progression of its story, and more to do with something hard to define and even harder to produce ...

Minks, Perfume And Beastly Beauty In 'Shocked'
Although more than six years have passed since Audrey Morgen Volk's death, her daughter refrains from revealing her mother's age: "There's enough in this book that violates her confidence already." To facilitate the tricky business of capturing both ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Saving Justice'
BOOK REVIEW: 'Saving Justice'. Comment(s); Size: + / -; Print. By John R. Bolton - Special to The Washington Times. Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Enlarge Photo. Story Topics. Politics · Robert H. Bork · Richard Nixon · Supreme Court · William O. Douglas ...

Book Review: 'Fear Itself,' the New Deal from Roosevelt to Eisenhower
At the core of the book is the New Deal's heavy reliance upon “partnerships with discomforting individuals” – mostly notably racist members of Congress from southern states. When the New Deal began, Katznelson notes, the South was by far the poorest ...

Book Review: Cosmochemistry, by Harry McSween and Gary Huss
But McSween and Huss make it worth my while to read even this most basic review. They slice and dice the periodic table in ways different from a standard chemical textbook, comparing properties of the elements that are more meaningful in geological or ...

Book review: "Nature's Compass: The Mystery of Animal Navigation”
Better understanding of how birds migrate is helping in efforts to restore some endangered species, such as the whooping crane and the cahow. As this book clearly shows, we don't have all the answers, but the better we understand how songbirds, whales, ...

Book Review: Machine Head: Inside The Machine
British author Joel McIver has written books about almost every metal icon: from Slipknot to Slayer, Motorhead to Tool, with Metallica and Black Sabbath to boot. His latest work, Machine Head: Inside the Machine, is an interesting, honest and ...

Book Review: The Kashmir Shawl by Rosie Thomas
This book will make you cry. It will thrill you and shake you and ultimately satisfy you. Most of all it will make you care about these characters so that by the end of the book you will feel that they are old and dear friends and you will be grateful ...

Book Review: Curtis Stone's What's For Dinner?
CurtisStone When I saw on Facebook that Curtis Stone was coming to New Jersey to promote his new book “Whats for Dinner?” I quickly tracked down “his people” and scored a shiny new copy to review. As much as I love the web, and you know I do, there's ...

Book Review: Captured by Moonlight by Christine Lindsay
That rescue gets Captured by Moonlight — Christine Lindsay's second book in the "Twilight of the British Raj" series — off to a riveting start. Just days later Laine finds herself on a train to a less prominent posting until the brouhaha dies down ...

Real Writing, Real Life In Salter's 'All That Is'
Reading this novel — and rereading it as I've been doing in preparation for this review — I found myself in a state that Salter's work, as with the finest writers we know, often induces. The writing is not breathtaking, but breath-enhancing. One ...

Book review (mysteries): Oak and Dagger, End Me a Tenor
Book review (mysteries): Oak and Dagger, End Me a Tenor - Richmond Times Dispatch: Books · Subscribe | Manage Subscriptions | Contact Us · News · Archives · Columnists & Blogs · Crime · Data Center · Education · Local News · National & World News ...

Book Review: Blender Master Class by Ben Simonds
The book uses three projects as examples. These are a bat-man creature, a scary looking robotic spider, and some temple ruins. They look mighty impressive, especially the robot spider that adorns the cover. By working “with” Simonds on creating these ...

Book Review: Bad Data Handbook by Q Ethan McCallum
The book outlines how data obtained from various sources needs to be analysed and processed for targeting specific requirements. In such analysis and processing data analysis objectives need to be kept in focus. Important things to consider is choosing ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Those Angry Days'
Perhaps that is why Ms. Olson's previous books about World War II as experienced in Britain — “Citizens of London” and “Those Troublesome Young Men” — bore more of a sense of immediacy and poignancy. They imprinted a human face on war, turned ...

'Burgess Boys' Family Saga Explores The Authenticity Of Imperfection
I bet Poe would've preferred Strout's book Olive Kitteridge, given that it's a collection of interlocking short stories, and Poe always had a thing for short poems and stories over novels. The Burgess Boys is not only a novel — it's a big, floppy ...

Paleo author reviews anti-paleo book
Many people who follow the paleo regimen have reviewed the book on their blogs, but my favorite review so far is by Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint (my favorite paleo book). He says the problem with the book is that no one who follows paleo ...

Book Review: All-star Dodger catcher Mike Piazza was a 'Long Shot'
Ross Atkin is a staff writer for The Christian Science Monitor, where this book review was first published. Republished with permission. Related: Book review: 'Stalin's Curse' · Watch out Yankees and Red Sox, it's a new era in baseball. Email Print ...

Passing the Intelligence Test
He was part of the small team sent to aid anti-Taliban forces in Afghanistan in the days after 9/11 and then, in January 2002, was appointed second-in-command of the CIA's new Office of Terrorism Analysis, the division of the Counterterrorism Center ...

Book Review: How to Disappear: Erase Your Digital Footprint, Leave False ...
Book Review: How to Disappear: Erase Your Digital Footprint, Leave False ...

Book review: Michael Dirda reviews Mary MacLane's 'I Await the Devil's Coming'
Yet even renamed, the book sold 100,000 copies within a month. How could it not? In its sensational pages, the 19-year-old Mary MacLane proudly described her strong young body, her love for another woman and utter indifference to her family, the deep ...

Book review: A swaddle more than teen angst
The novel lends itself to being more than a book about teenage angst and issues such as early-teen pregnancy. The results are honest and realistic portrayals of emotion and experience, touching the heart as with similar teen pregnancy books, such as ...

Book Review: Listen to What He Does, Watch What He Says by A. H. Carlisle, III
With Listen to What He Does, Watch What He Says, A. H. Carlisle, III has written one of the most down-to-earth, honest books on how men respond in relationships. The underlying theme is that if you want to understand a person's actions, you must first ...

Racing From Art To Revolution And Back Again In 'The Flamethrowers'
Kushner wrote earlier this year in The Paris Review that, looking back on the iconography and images of the revolutions of late '70s New York City, she found mostly guns and naked women. In writing a book true to the era, she said, "I was faced with ...

Book review: 'Father, Son, and Constitution'
“Given their roots in Texas and their embrace of that state and much of its culture, Thomas Campbell Clark and his son William Ramsey Clark probably could have become oil men, ruthless and wealthy.” So begins Alexander Wohl's biography of Tom and ...

Book Review: The Trauer Complex by Stanley Nass
The Trauer Complex by Stanley Nass was quite the interesting read. There isn't any synopsis on Amazon or any writing on the back of the book. Going into this review, I was very blind. I had no idea what the story was about, not even a clue. I only knew ...

AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: 'The Raj Quartet' by Paul Scott
Continued ... As I noted in my last column about listening to all 80-plus hours of "The Raj Quartet" by Paul Scott, it's going to take a while. Here's what I've found as I've continued through the 20 hours of the first volume, "The Jewel in the Crown ...

A Troubadour On the Moors
The book taking shape in his mind would also be, he decided, "about the North," the Pennine Way serving as "a perfect platform: a sort of gantry running down the backbone of the country." But his chief stroke of originality—or perhaps of gimmickry ...

Book review: 'The Five Acts of Diego Leon,' by Alex Espinoza
“If only those who dream about Hollywood would know how difficult it is,” Greta Garbo admonished. But admonitions have never stopped the dream. Especially in Garbo's day, when Hollywood was inhabited by giants: Rudolph Valentino, Gloria Swanson, ...

'Facing Ted Williams' by Dave Heller
Given that there's enough top-grade baseball literature to buckle the shelf a bit more than is customary with sports writing, it is no mean feat that of all baseball players, Ted Williams is arguably best represented in that canon. His autobiography ...

Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder
BOOK REVIEW: Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder. Review by Bruce Bower. By Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Web edition: April 4, 2013. Print edition: April 20, 2013; Vol.183 #8 (p. 30). Buy this book. A+ A- Text Size. Review by Bruce Bower. By Nassim ...

The Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics
BOOK REVIEW: The Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics. Review by Tom Siegfried. By Leonard Susskind and George Hrabovsky. Web edition: April 4, 2013. Print edition: April 20, 2013; Vol.183 #8 (p. 30). Buy this book ...

Book Review: Mike Bond's "Saving Paradise" a must read thriller
If you are in the Hawaiian Islands next month, Bond will be a featured speaker at the Hawaii Book and Music Festival on Sunday, May 18 at 3pm in the Mauka Author's Pavilion. More information about Mike Bond and his other novels is available on his ...

Book Review:It's Your Business by J.J. Ramberg with Lisa Everson and Frank ...
Book Review:It's Your Business by J.J. Ramberg with Lisa Everson and Frank ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Forged'
BOOK REVIEW: 'Forged'. Comment(s); Size: + / -; Print. By John Taylor and John M. Taylor - Special to The Washington Times. Friday, April 5, 2013. Enlarge Photo. Story Topics. Jonathon Keats · Thomas Hoving · Alceo Dossena · Han Van Meegeren · Oxford ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Selected Letters of William Styron'
Styron the man did not seem any more appealing than his books, until I read the letters in this volume, lovingly and carefully edited by his widow. They break through the received image of a pillar of East Coast liberal litterateur to reveal someone ...

Book Review Podcast: Planet of the Ape
This week in The New York Times Book Review, David Quammen reviews Monte Reel's “Between Man and Beast,” the story of the 19th-century explorer Paul Du Chaillu, who returned from Africa with evidence that a creature of myth — the gorilla — actually ...

Book Review: The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
I was wearied by his obsessive self-analysis--and his faulty analysis of others. I was turned off by his sexual passivity, and his passive aggressive relationship with the former girlfriend, Veronica, which forms the core narrative of the book. And ...


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