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Big Mac book review: Wait on the new Dan Brown book
Don't do this nearly enough because there are rabid dogs that read quicker than I, but if you are a "book" person and don't mind slumbing the racks that the critics loathe you may end up purchasing the latest Dan Brown page turner. The popular author ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Across the Pond'
As one of those students, I am very excited to review his new book, but I can't quite escape the feeling that I'm breaking some sort of rule. After all, I have to squint in order to see him comfortably perched atop the ladder on which I am thrashing ...

From Islamist to Freethinker
Even I hate them and think they're giving Islam a bad name, but what about the Book, dude?" The Book is the Quran, and the dialogue makes it clear that Mr. Nasr and his friend, while pondering theology in Malaysia, have adopted personalities drawn from ...

Book Review: Flash Gordon On The Planet Mongo: The Complete Flash Gordon ...
Book Review: Flash Gordon On The Planet Mongo: The Complete Flash Gordon ...

Book review: 'Italian Ways'
In the last section of the book, in which Parks recounts his own solo train trip to Southern Italy, cranky passengers and antiquated transport methods are juxtaposed with with vibrant city centers, crumbling castles, and the ever-present ocean. Ah ...

"Fantasy Life" Book Review: Climbing the Fantasy Mountain
In his new book, "Fantasy Life," Berry goes back before that fateful day in suburban Chicago, to growing up in Texas as a somewhat nerdy Jewish kid (as one, I relate) slash tennis player slash fantasy geek, seeming much like Valentine Michael Smith of ...

Book review: 'Death Comes to Pemberley' not worth the trip back
Now that that is out of my system, I will step off my righteous book stack and say that I decided to give P.D. James and “Death Comes to Pemberley” a go, partly because James is a super cute little old lady and partly because this post-“P&P” tale is a ...

Room to grow in Zimmerman's 'Jungle Book'
In the very last scene of Mary Zimmerman's production of "The Jungle Book," when Mowgli the lost man-cub is safely back with his own people and his adventures with Bagheera, King Louie and Baloo have receded in his memory, a little visual trick brings ...

Book Review: These tales offer mysteries to solve
Looking for an intriguing summer read? Maybe one with a mystery or puzzles to solve? If so, you're in luck. Three new books offer a father abducted, a sister missing and presumed dead, and a puzzle contest in a futuristic library. Blue Balliett crafts ...

'The Engagements' by J. Courtney Sullivan
Diamonds, it turns out, haven't been forever. And if you have to ask “haven't been what forever,” then you probably have never read the nearly ubiquitous advertising slogan “A diamond is forever.” That marketing slogan, initially derided for its bad ...

You'll Want To Hang Up On These 'Secret Conversations'
Two decades later, Evans got permission from Gardner's estate to incorporate material from those interviews into a book about his abortive tenure as her co-writer. Not a book about her life, mind you, but a book about the working relationship they had ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'In the Clutches of the Law'
In 1991, Randall Tietjen, newly minted from law school, had the idea that a book of letters written by famed lawyer Clarence Darrow might make for an interesting project and began investigating collections at various libraries. Then an amazing thing ...

Book Review : ' Intermarket Analysis And Investing '
“Recognizing that the stock market is a difficult game to play and admitting that investing in securities is an art, we can only preface this book by saying, 'Good luck.'” So writes Michael E.S. Gayed in the forward to Intermarket Analysis and ...

Review: New Alex McKnight novel `Let It Burn' lives up to series standard
Now, in the tenth book in Steve Hamilton's fine crime-novel series, McKnight returns to the once great, now dying metropolis, propelled by a nagging fear that his last case there might have been a colossal mistake. The action begins when McKnight's old ...

Correction: Book Review-Let It Burn
Now, in the tenth book in Steve Hamilton's fine crime-novel series, McKnight returns to the once great, now dying metropolis, propelled by a nagging fear that his last case there might have been a colossal mistake. The action begins when McKnight's old ...

Review: 'Let It Burn' a well crafted mystery
Now, in the tenth book in Steve Hamilton's fine crime-novel series, McKnight returns to the once great, now dying metropolis, propelled by a nagging fear that his last case there might have been a colossal mistake. The action begins when McKnight's old ...

Book Review: 'Mother Daughter Me'
Weaving past with present, anecdote with analysis, Hafner's riveting account of multigenerational living and mother-daughter frictions, of love and forgiveness, is devoid of self-pity and unafraid of self-blame. “I…saw that by always trying to follow ...

Don't Think of a Tiger
Joe Studwell attempts a concise explanation of the Asian miracle in "How Asia Works," and his book comes across as a how-to of sorts: Make Your Own Economic Miracle in Just Three Steps. First, reform agricultural land ownership to encourage small-plot, ...

Book review: 'The Pink Hotel,' by Anna Stothard
'The Pink Hotel,” Anna Stothard's cinematic novel, set during a breathless summer of stifling heat and raging wildfires in Los Angeles, is more noir than rosy. Its unnamed narrator, a plucky but haunted 17-year-old waif, tells how her life changed ...

'Joe Moakley's Journey' by Mark Robert Schneider
In this section : Books. Book Review. 'Joe Moakley's Journey' by Mark Robert Schneider. By Michael Kenney. | Globe Correspondent. July 03, 2013. Article · Comments · Subscribe. Joe Moakley celebrating his election to Congress on Nov. 7, 1972, with his ...

Book Review: 'Looking for Me' finds a strong Southern heroine
Two weeks ago, a group of 15 women, all of us members of a chick-lit book club, had dinner together to discuss the book we selected the month before. The group consensus was that the book, by a fairly popular women's author, was "average," the ...

Better Off Without 'Em
Here's McPherson from his essay “The War of Southern Aggression” in The New York Review of Books (Jan. 19, 1989): “Whether or not they owned productive property, all southern whites owned the most important property of all—a white skin. This enabled ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Outsider'
In his classic tennis book “Levels of the Game,” John McPhee gave us the late, great Arthur Ashe competing against Clark Graebner. In “The Outsider,” tennis legend Jimmy Connors gives us himself against the world. The result, in its own very different ...

Chronicle Book Review: High Price
Chronicle Book Review: High Price. Post to: Twitter · Facebook · Digg · StumbleUpon · Reddit. by Phillip Smith, July 02, 2013, 03:37pm, (Issue #790). Posted in: Book Review · Education · Race · Science of Drugs. High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey ...

Book Review - 'The Value Investors: Lessons From The World's Top Fund ...
Book Review - 'The Value Investors: Lessons From The World's Top Fund ...

2013 TimeForKids summer book review
Basic story line: Queen Victoria lives in Buckingham Palace. But behind the walls and under the floorboards live the mice. And for every job a human does, a mouse is doing it too - and better. The smallest mouse in the palace, Mouse Minor, is ...

2013 Time For Kids summer book review
Basic story line: Queen Victoria lives in Buckingham Palace. But behind the walls and under the floorboards live the mice. And for every job a human does, a mouse is doing it too - and better. The smallest mouse in the palace, Mouse Minor, is ...

Book Review: Elizabeth Massie's 'Desper Hollow'
Back in November of last year, I reviewed an Apex Publications anthology called Appalachian Undead. It was one of my favorite books of 2012, but thanks to a strange set of circumstances the project was shelved, leaving me as one of the few who actually ...

Book review: 'Gettysburg' by Allen C. Guelzo
Parallel images and rich details enliven “Gettysburg,'' Allen C. Guelzo's masterful account of the battle to which skylarking, spirited men were unwittingly headed — fought out over three days, July first, second, and third. Guelzo's account captures ...

'Gettysburg' by Allen C. Guelzo
My Saved · Books · Movies · Music · Television · Theater & Art · Special Section: Gardner Museum. In this section : Books. Book Review. 'Gettysburg' by Allen C. Guelzo. By Michael Kenney. | Globe Correspondent. July 03, 2013. Article · Comments ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Founders' Key'
In the face of unbridled liberalism's latest push, conservatives stand confused. Some want to modify basic conservative positions and target spending and programs to appeal to demographic groups. Others insist on better tactics, louder advocacy and ...

Book Review 'Gettysburg' by Allen C. Guelzo
Book Review. 'Gettysburg' by Allen C. Guelzo. By Michael Kenney / Globe Correspondent / July 3, 2013. E-mail story; Print story; Buy reprints. On successive days in early July of 1863, the Union Army won two decisive victories — at Gettysburg on the ...

Ava Gardner tapes fuel memoir (book review)
The star of “The Barefoot Contessa” (1954) and dozens of other movies (she was nominated for an Oscar for 1953's “Mogambo”) hoped that a tell-all book would bring her hundreds of thousands of dollars — or at least enough cash to allow her to remain in ...

City, Comedy And Calamity In Cathleen Schine's New Novel
Neither as sparklingly funny as her most recent book, The Three Weissmanns of Westport, nor as brainy as her earlier Rameau's Niece, Fin & Lady is light, entertaining, and ultimately moving, but you can't help wondering what Schine hoped to achieve ...

A Tale Of The Estranged And The Just Plain Strange In 'New School'
As soon as we meet Danny, our young narrator, he informs us that his beloved Father "publishes 'Parkworld,' the quarterly journal of amusement park industry news and analysis." The year is 1994, but Danny's father's humorously stilted manner of speech ...

Samsung ATIV Book 6 Review
However, some users just need a traditional laptop that comes with performances and a clean look without any of the extra bells and whistles. The ATIV Book 6 is a good option in this category. It sports a 15-inch touchscreen display with a full-size ...

The Buddha's Apprentice: Children's Book Review
It's my fervent hope that the practice of reading stories at bedtime is not being superseded by the seductions of television and computers. There's an intimacy involved in sitting down with a book and reading aloud to a child that is missed in the more ...

A Battle Against Wayward Genes
In her book of the same title, Jessica Wapner chronicles the ensuing decades of laborious scientific inquiry and industrial ingenuity that led to the discovery of Gleevec, the first drug designed to attack cancer at the genetic level. Its success in ...

'The Universe Next Door' by Abelardo Morell
It's easy to think of photographs as records of what happened. Abelardo Morell's photographs are so much more capacious than that. They trace the labyrinths of perception, imagination, and repositories of knowledge. Like his best-known camera obscura ...

BOOK REVIEW: Gordonston Dog Walking Mystery fails to mystify
Okay, I admit it. I love a good mystery. I love intrigue plot turns, twist, and roller coaster action. I love characters that intrigue me, stump me, anger me. I just wished I had found it in The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club. If you plan to read ...

Book Review: 'Tarzan: The Complete Russ Manning Newspaper Strips, Volume ...
Book Review: 'Tarzan: The Complete Russ Manning Newspaper Strips, Volume ...

Book Review: 'Getting Up, Getting Over, Getting On: A Twelve Step Guide to ...
Book Review: 'Getting Up, Getting Over, Getting On: A Twelve Step Guide to ...

Book Review: '1776: Year of Illusions' by Thomas Fleming
Book Review 1776 Year of Illusions by Thomas Fleming 1776: Year of Illusions does not pull any punches when describing the political crisis and how each side was seeking victory. For every person who had committed their whole heart to a revolution ...

July 5, 2013 in Books & Art // Book Review: Bohjalian's 'The Light in the Ruins'
The Light in the Ruins is arguably Bohjalian's most accomplished work to date. Wendy Plotkin is a litigation attorney at a Boston area biotechnology company. Her book review and cooking blog can be found at www.bookcooker.blogspot.com. She also writes ...

Book review | William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Bard visits the dark side
Home · Life & Entertainment · Books; Book review | William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Bard visits the dark side. Book review | William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Bard visits the dark side. View Larger. Books. Book review | William Shakespeare's Star Wars ...

Book review | A 'looking-glass' tale of mental illness, family dysfunction ...
Book review | A 'looking-glass' tale of mental illness, family dysfunction ...

BOOK REVIEW : ' The Sweet Girl '
We know Aristotle both from museums that display him in those monumental curly-haired busts, and from textbooks that present him as the Greek polymath, whose ideas shaped our world. Now, in Annabel Lyon's masterful historical novel, “The Sweet Girl,” ...

Book Review Podcast: 'Lost Girls'
In The New York Times Book Review, Mimi Swartz reviews Robert Kolker's “Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery.” Ms. Swartz writes: In mid-December 2010, the Suffolk County police discovered the bodies of four women, each wrapped in burlap, on a ...

Book review: “My New Orleans, Gone Away” by Peter M. Wolf
Peter M. Wolf, now in his late 70s, is a widely respected architectural historian and authority on urban affairs. He has published several books on both subjects, but here he turns his attention to personal matters: the story of his own life, with ...

'Five Star Billionaire' Shows The Human Cost Of Progress
Yet Tash Aw's chosen setting of Shanghai, with the dynamic tumult of that nation's modernization and the sea of internal and external migrants seeking to claim a part of the new economy, delivers a book that goes beyond the bounds of the ordinary. The ...


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