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A 'Bargain Basement Molly Bloom' Looks Back On Eight Decades
Why was it only in books that I could find the utter outlet for my emotions?" This is one of many, many telling moments in Country Girl, O'Brien's exquisite account of her dashing, barrier-busting, up-and-down life — eight decades filled with famous ...

Moneyball by Michael Lewis
I had to read this book for my English class and ended up learning so much about how statistics can help us understand things about the world. Being a math geek, this totally appeals to me. I hope you enjoy my book review and take my recommendation to ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Regional Disorder'
The Spratlys and the Paracels would hardly seem to be worth fighting over. Consisting of a few small islands and a few dozen rock outcroppings, many of which are underwater at high tide, they lack a source of fresh water and have never been inhabited ...

Book review: Back to basics with Michael Pollan
The book opens with an exploration of North Carolina whole-pig barbecue (Fire), then returns to Berkeley to unravel the mysteries of stews and braises (Water) with a local chef. Next up, we follow Pollan's quest to make the perfect loaf of bread (Air ...

Book review: 'The Blind Man's Garden'
The blind man of the book's title is Rohan, Jeo's father. Aslam lyrically combines Rohan's degenerating eyesight with his continuing grief over his late wife, who used to sketch drawings of their beloved garden. “Preparing himself for blindness he ...

Living in a Housing Bubble
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Book Review: Love lives on in 'Requiem'
After many tears and screams of agony, the conclusion to the “Delirium” trilogy by Lauren Oliver is finally here. “Requiem” is Oliver's fourth young-adult novel, behind “Before I Fall” (2010), as well as “Delirium” (2011) and “Pandemonium” (2012 ...

Book Review: God's Favorite Place on Earth - Patheos
Frank Viola, who blogs at Rediscovering the Supremacy of Jesus Christ, is offering 25 free books or audios to those who buy his newest book, God's Favorite Place on Earth, in the next week. To learn more, go here. That offer makes a good book a good ...

Book Review: Wake Up: A Simon's Cat Book by Simon Tofield
One of the best examples of this today, in both live action and print, are Simon Tofield's series of books and videos featuring the animal simply known as Simon's Cat. Wake Up: A Simon's Cat Book, published by Penguin Canada and Canongate Books, the ...

Book Review: Best Lesbian Erotica 2013 edited by Kathleen Warnock
Needless to say, though, nestling between this book is some serious hot Sapphic action. The stories are different, quirky, exciting, and sensual. I like the fact that the women are different ages, colours, and shapes. A couple of my particular ...

Book Review: The Print And The Process by David duChemin
The Print and the Process: Taking Compelling Photographs From Vision To Expression is the fifth book in David duChemin's Vision series. This book began as a small series of digital books that were published under the Craft & Vision banner. It is a book ...

Book Review: Blood Pressure Down by Janet Bond Brill
Blood Pressure Down: The 10-Step Plan to Lower Your Blood Pressure in 4 Weeks Without Prescription Drugs is a new book by Janet Bond Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN. Not only does the book have the potential to save lives, it could possibly win the longest ...

Niffenegger Lets Fly With An Adult Fairy Tale In 'Raven Girl'
In The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger married her gently wry sensibility to a classic science-fiction conceit, and the result became a literary sensation — as much a tried-and-true staple of book-club culture as cheap malbec. Now, with Raven ...

Book review: 'The Favored Daughter' is a touching memoir
Book review: 'The Favored Daughter' is a touching memoir. Print; Font [+] [-]. Leave a comment ». By Shelby Scoffield. For the Deseret News. Published: Thursday, May 2 2013 3:18 p.m. MDT. "The Favored Daughter: One Woman's Fight to Lead Afghanistan ...

Book Review: Beyond the Ego
Sometimes a self-help book tries to be too many things. Beyond the Ego: Where Love, Joy, and Peace of Mind Await You, may be one of them. Written by David Mutchler, an author described as having earned an overwhelming number of degrees in education ...

Characters lacking, but thriller delivers
BOOK REVIEW: Characters lacking, but thriller delivers. By Jeff Ayers Associated Press; Posted May 2, 2013 at 3:55 p.m.. Discuss; Print; A; A; A. Share this on Facebook · Tweet this · Email this to a friend. “No Way Back” by Andrew Gross (William ...

'End of the Good Life' by Riva Froymovich
It's this last group that gets the attention in “End of the Good Life,” a new book by Riva Froymovich, a business and economics reporter. Froymovich, a member of the demographic known as Generation Y, argues that no group got hit as hard by the ...

Book Review: The Surf Trip Survival Guide
Broken down into seven chapters, the book addresses dealing with local crowds, natural disasters, dangerous animals, surviving as a girl surfer, unpleasant surprises, avoiding scandal, and thorough preparation for lengthy journeys. It contains details ...

Sequential Stark: Wired Reviews Iron Man 3 — In Comic Book Format
Thomas Orzechowski is an award-winning comic book letterer with notable credits including Uncanny X-Men and Wolverine, and also designed logos for the 1982 Wolverine mini-series and Spawn. After lettering thousands of pages of Chris Claremont's ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Daily Rituals'
How do writers and other artists create their work? Our library of mental images includes visions of poets communing with nature, novelists burning the midnight oil whilst scribbling away in cold and lonely attics, composers tinkling phrases on the ...

AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: More on 'The Day of the Scorpion,' Vol. 2 in 'The Raj ...
AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: More on 'The Day of the Scorpion,' Vol. 2 in 'The Raj ...

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
BOOK REVIEW: Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal. Review by Erika Engelhaupt. By Mary Roach. Web edition: May 3, 2013. Print edition: May 18, 2013; Vol.183 #10 (p. 30). Buy this book. A+ A- Text Size. Review by Erika Engelhaupt. By Mary Roach ...

Book Review Podcast: An Invisible Woman
This week in The New York Times Book Review, Liesl Schillinger reviews Claire Messud's new novel, “The Woman Upstairs.” Ms. Schillinger writes: Reading the title of Claire Messud's latest novel, anyone of a literary turn of mind will immediately think ...

Book Review New children's book illuminates life, art of Mary Nohl
Books. Book Review. New children's book illuminates life, art of Mary Nohl. Authors of earlier biography offer virtual tour of Fox Point artist's world. By Jim Higgins of the Journal Sentinel. May 3, 2013. Tweet · Pin it; submit to reddit; Email; Print ...

Book review: 'The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari' by ...
Book review: 'The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari' by ...

On Sylvia Plath
The following is an extract from Elizabeth Hardwick's review of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar and Crossing the Water, which appeared in The New York Review in August 1971. It can be read in full at www.nybooks.com/50/plath. In Sylvia Plath's work and in ...

The Legend of Zelda
Written over two months in a psychiatric hospital, the book generated mixed reviews and scant sales and was not the vindication of creative prowess she had promised herself. Admirably resilient in the circumstances, she began a new novel straight away, ...

What Fiction Can and Can't Teach Us
Sam Sacks reviews Anthony Marra's "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena"; Bill Cheng's "Southern Cross the Dog"; and Christopher Hacker's "The Morels." Article; Comments. more in Books | Find New $LINKTEXTFIND$ » ... The intrigue and discomfort in ...

'Mom & Me & Mom' by Maya Angelou
There is a slightly frustrating lack of chronology in this book, and several odd lacunae in the narrative — but life is messy, and so is memory. What matters is that “Mom & Me & Mom” is a superb account of reconciliation, forgiveness, and survival ...

Book review | 'Running the Rift'
If this reviewer had to select just one book as the best she read in 2012, Naomi Benaron's “Running the Rift,” now released in trade paperback, would be it. Winner of the Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction and one of Publishers Weekly's Top ...

A different kind of dream
EVEN before Xi Jinping's began his dreamy sloganeering in earnest, the notion of a “China dream” or a “Chinese dream” was bobbing along the surface of the oceanic conversation about what China is today, where it is going, and so on. The tidal surge of ...

Book review: 'The Art of Motherhood' shares experiences from, about moms
Authors Include: Kathryn Jenkins Gordon, Jennie Hansen, Traci Hunter Abramson, Anita Stansfield, Lucille Johnson, Ed J. Pinegar, Kitty De Ruyter-Bons, Jack R. Christianson, Jeri Gilchrist, Betsy Brannon Green, Gale Sears, Deanna Buxton, Jennette ...

'A Delicate Truth' is vintage le Carre
But don't miss the author's "Acknowledgments" at book's end. He thanks representatives of the legal charity Reprieve "for instructing me in the British Government's latest assaults on our liberty, whether implemented or planned." He also thanks a ...

Book Review 275: Thunder on the Dnepr
THUNDER ON THE DNEPR: Zhukov-Stalin and the Defeat of Hitler's Blitzkrieg, by Bryan Fugate and Lev Dvoretsky. 415 pages, illustrated. Presidio paperback, $22.95. My usual practice is to read a book completely before reviewing it, but rarely one is so ...

'Children of the Days' by Eduardo Galeano
Galeano has assembled a book of days, with one brief entry for each day of the year. Largely it is a dull year. Most are written as straightforward historical snippets: names of a half-dozen women who fought in Mexico's civil wars, Chinese mothers ...

'Flora' by Gail Godwin
In “Flora,'' her 14th novel, Gail Godwin returns to the nuances of Southern Catholic girlhood in the mid-1900s. Encompassing eight summer weeks during which 10-year-old Helen Anstruther precipitously grows up, the novel, narrated by the adult Helen ...

Book review: 'Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame'
Regardless, the scorecard, which later was signed by Hodges and his radio booth partner Ernie Harwell, is part of the collection at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., and is among the featured items in the new book “Inside the Baseball ...

Book review: 'Rogue' by Mark Sullivan
Book review: 'Rogue' by Mark Sullivan. BY JOHN HARRINGTON | Published: May 5, 2013 Oklahoman. email. Robin Monarch is not your normal CIA operative. His father was an American cat burglar, and his mother was an Argentine con artist. Both parents ...

Book review: 'The Woman Upstairs' by Claire Messud
That would be Sirena Shahid, an Italian-born installation and video artist on the cusp of fame, and her Lebanese-born husband, Skandar, an academic at Harvard for a year to write a book. Their 8-year-old son, Reza, is enrolled in Nora's class at a ...

Book review: 'By Some Miracle' details actor's battle with drugs
Bottomline: Readers interested in a behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood's machinations will love Sizemore's book, but it's not for everyone. It's written in a plain, sometimes coarse prose. And the subject matter can at times be difficult to stomach ...

Book review: 'The Hit' is another winner from David Baldacci
This book cover image released by Grand Central Publishing shows "The Hit," by David Baldacci. (AP Photo/Grand Central Publishing). “The Hit” by David Baldacci. Will Robie, a government assassin seen in last year's “The Innocent,” returns in a bigger ...

Book review: 'The Woman Upstairs' about obsessive love, lies
That would be Sirena Shahid, an Italian-born installation and video artist on the cusp of fame, and her Lebanese-born husband, Skandar, an academic at Harvard for a year to write a book. Their 8-year-old son, Reza, is enrolled in Nora's class at a ...

A Chatty, Pensive, 'Rude As A Goat's Beard' Child Soldier
Why should you read this book rather than the surplus of other works engaging the same subject? Here's why: the completely complete absence of sentimentalism and exoticism in Kourouma's narrative. Better still, read it because there is so much to ...

Book review: How to Catch a Star
From there Oliver Jeffers has gone on to publish nine more picture book in both the UK and the US, and having been translated into several other languages, Jeffers work has captured audiences internationally. He has won numerous awards for his children ...

Book Review: Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
In the author's note at the end of the book she begins by explaining that the history of the period is both complex and controversial. She is not "claiming authority" for her version. She is attempting to look at events as she imagines Cromwell might ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'How the West Was Really Won'
In her deeply insightful new book, “How the West Really Lost God,” Ethics and Public Policy Center scholar and author Mary Eberstadt suggests that there is a more fundamental cause underlying the cultural loss of religion — a cause that all the ...

The Rule of Lawyers
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Book review: "How It Ends"
After reading Laura Wiess' “How It Ends,” I need to schedule an immediate phone appointment with my grandmother. The novel begins with Helen Schoenmaker entertaining her five-year old neighbor, Hanna, with fake childhood stories of mischievous ...

'The House at Belle Fontaine' by Lily Tuck
Not surprisingly, all of the stories were previously published in respected literary journals, such as The American Scholar and The Yale Review. Also not surprising is Tuck's National Book Award, in 2004 for her historical epic novel, “The News From ...

Book Review: 'The Devil in Her Way' by Bill Loehfelm - The Express Times
book review devil AP Photo. BY BRUCE DESILVA. When we first met Maureen Coughlin in 2011's “The Devil She Knows,” the petite Staten Island, N.Y., cocktail waitress was drifting through life, fearful that she lacked the gumption to ever become anything ...


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