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Biblio File book review: A Chicoan in Paris
Prolific Chico writer and photographer Doug Keister went to Paris — to study its cemeteries. He got an Eiffel. (Gustave Eiffel is buried in the Levallois-Perret Cemetery, a towering figure indeed — whose mausoleum is "out of alignment with the other ...

A Return To Trollope: Did The Book Change — Or Did I?
It happened when I came at last to The Duke's Children, the final book in the series. Trollope slapped me first with the title of Chapter 1: "When the Duchess was Dead." And then again with the opening sentence: "No one, probably, ever felt himself to ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'A Bad Day on the Romney Campaign'
Not long ago, senior staff levels of presidential campaigns were made up of a mix of longtime staffers of the candidate, some political professionals and some specialists in issues. Today, professional political consultants rule, and their emphasis is ...

Book review: "The Telling Room"
What makes a great cheese? The skill of the cheesemaker, the freshness of the raw milk, or perhaps the variety of grass and herbs the animals ate? Michael Paterniti's "The Telling Room" suggests one more secret ingredient: weaving all those elements ...

Book review: "Afer Her"
Joyce Maynard's latest novel, "After Her," is loosely based on the 1980s Trailside Killer case, in which a serial killer targeted victims on hiking trails in Northern California, spreading terror through the region. The story is narrated some 30 years ...

Book Review - A More Excellent Way To Be In Health by Henry W. Wright
This is my review of Pastor Henry Wright's book “A More Excellent Way to Be in Health”. The book is a thick, almost scholastic sized text that was put together from recordings of the pastor's week-long teaching seminars. As a believer, I had originally ...

'The Cancer Chronicles' by George Johnson
... touches on a wide range of topics in his book, from the fact. KERRY SHERCK. George Johnson touches on a wide range of topics in his book, from the fact that dinosaurs got the disease to surprising statistics tied to residents of Love Canal and ...

Divergent by Veronica Roth - review
She is faced with meeting new friends, conquering her fears and this book follows her journey with learning to cope with being divergent and also how to decisions she makes effect her. This book is a highly anticipated film which is due to come out ...

Book review: The Power of Habit
(MoneyWatch) Charles Duhigg's "The Power of Habit" accomplishes what few books are able to do: educate (it's a serious look at the science of habit formation and change) while being entertaining (filled with incredible stories). It's thoroughly ...

What's Up With Jody Barton by Hayley Long - review
It's not what you expect when you start reading it but just like Lottie Biggs Is Not Desperate it was a bit strange but at the same time a really enjoyable book! I would recommend it to Hayley Long fans or someone wanting a book with a bit of an ...

Book Review: Polio – Paralysed by Politics?
Gareth Williams, in his new book Paralysed with Fear: The Story of Polio, offers an insightful history of this debilitating and frightening disease, which was only tamed by the development of an effective vaccine in the 1950s. With tragic consequences ...

Book Review: A Cuban redemption story
Adjust text size. Uploaded: Monday, September 2, 2013, 9:20 AM. Book Review: A Cuban redemption story. Copyright law, race, politics and music intersect in Stanford law professor's third novel. by Elena Kadvany Palo Alto Weekly Staff. Bookmark and ...

Book Review: 'Salinger' by David Shields and Shane Salerno
J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye" was acclaimed by William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway when it was published in 1951 and has sold more than 65 million copies world-wide—the book still sells half a million a year. Only "The Adventures of ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Endangering Prosperity'
We are now 30 years beyond the landmark government report “A Nation At Risk,” which warned the country that “the educational foundations of our society are presently being eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future.” Since ...

Comic Book Review: 'Justice League' #23
Justice League #23 'Trinity War' comes to its startling conclusion as the mystery of Pandora's box is revealed. The Outsider's true nature is revealed and it's quite a clever nod to the Silver Age, while his mole on the team is also unveiled. It's not ...

Comic Book Review: 'Captain Marvel' #15
Last issue, Captain Marvel flew into space in order to sever her mental connection to Kree super villain Yon-Rogg. On the recap page this issue, we're informed that she has subsequently lost her emotional connection to the past, so she is sort of a ...

Comic Book Review: 'Batman/Superman' #3
Batman/Superman #3 Set shortly after Batman and Superman began their careers, these fledgling heroes fumble their way through their first team up, which has thrown them to Earth 2, where they encounter their older, parallel universe selves, as well as ...

Comic Book Review: 'Captain America' #10
CAPA2012010_DC11_LR-1 Finally, all this Dimension Z nonsense is coming to a close. Despite issue nine and maybe one other issue of 'Captain America' being pretty good, as a whole, I've found that this Marvel NOW series has been pretty outlandish, ...

Book Review: 'Acknowledgements – a Cultural Memoir and Other Essays', by ...
Book Review: 'Acknowledgements – a Cultural Memoir and Other Essays', by ...

'The Great Dissent' by Thomas Healy
The Supreme Court had never ruled in favor of a free speech claim, and books and films, “soapbox” speeches, labor protests, and profanity had all been banned in various forms across the country. Coming at a time of heightened sensitivity to communist ...

Book Review: 'The Mystery of Revenge' by G.X. Chen
TheMysteryOfRevenge The Mystery of Revenge by G.X. Chen begins with the findings of a dead body, the dead body of Yi-yun Lin, a foreign student from China. With no signs of forced entry, detective Paul Winderman declares that this is indeed a murder by ...

Seizure by Kathy Reichs - review
I really enjoyed it but it really isn't what I was expecting; it's kind of a supernatural book rather than just normal forensic stuff like I imagine Kathy Reichs Temperance Brennan books are. If you are a fan of supernatural action books I would ...

An Alternate Universe Delights In Complex, Perplexing 'Duplex'
Really, I can't remember the last time I read a book so disorienting. Half the time I didn't know what was happening. Who was speaking. Whether or not they actually existed. But I can tell you, reading this book is a blast. Duplex is a traditional love ...

Book review (fiction): Bitter River
Not likely, but profoundly bloody, in "Bitter River" (386 pages, Minotaur Books, $25.99), the second mystery in Pulitzer Prize winner Julia Keller's series featuring Belfa "Bell" Elkins, the prosecuting attorney of Raythune County in southern West ...

Book review: Reporters look inside NYPD's spy unit
In their reporting on a vast police spying operation that targeted Muslim New Yorkers, journalists Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman homed in on a central challenge facing a post 9/11 America. They wrote in one of a series of stories in 2011: "One of the ...

Book Review: 'Necessary Errors,' by Caleb Crain.
Somewhere deep in the book—for me, it was page 302—the reader will realize that nothing much is ever going happen. There's some de-coupling and re-coupling, a few going-away parties, and a whole lot of meta-discussion centered on the question of ...

Book Review: Tampa
Within the first page of the book, Celeste has revealed not just the “screaming libido clawing” within her but also her disdainful dismissal of any other person in the world who isn't a) herself or b) a 14-year-old boy. She's a combo platter of the ...

New York Times Book Review Wants Writers to Talk It Out
The feature will appear in the Book Review but was posted on the Times website this afternoon. The inaugural post involves a debate between critic Adam Kirsch of The New Republic and novelist Zoë Heller. They debate whether "Novelists [Are] Too Wary of ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'JFK's Last Hundred Days'
A more appropriate title for this book, one of the first released to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, might have come from the last line of Ernest Hemingway's “The Sun Also Rises ...

Book review: 'Bait: A Novel'
And that's frustrating. What you want is just beyond your fingers. You can see it, but you can't make your arm longer or stretch your hands. You want something – and it's just out of reach, which makes you growl. It makes you grab a chair, stool, step ...

A Dying Man's Memory-Laden Search For Revenge In 'The Return'
Technically, I suppose, you have to call his books genre novels, because they are driven more by plot than character, and in one way or another focus on crime and its effects on people and society. As a genre writer he shows off that breadth of ...

Man ALIVE! A Book Review
Dr. Owen Lerner was not unhappy. In fact, he was quite satisfied. A healthy man in his early 50s, he had a lovely wife with a successful career of her own and three prospering children, twin boys in name colleges, and a loving daughter, an accomplished ...

Book Review - Thierry Henry: Lonely at the Top
There were a few titles about hockey that I thought about buying while my son and I were in Toronto a little more than a week ago. He was being as patient as he could while I looked through two shelves of books that I narrowed down to three titles that ...

Book review: Destiny or Chance Revisited
What have the recent discoveries of thousands of exoplanets told us about how we got here, and whether we are alone? In Destiny or Chance Revisited , Stuart Ross Taylor attempts to answer those two questions. The book provides an engaging summary of ...

Book Review: 'Enemies Within,' by Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman
Written by Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman, reporters with the Associated Press, the book tells two intertwined stories. One is an account of the 2009 attempt by Najibullah Zazi, an al Qaeda recruit, to bomb New York City's subways. The other is a ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'All the Dupes Fit to Print'
During the Cold War, the Soviets challenged the United States with the implied threat of nuclear warfare. Nonetheless, the United States and the Soviet Union were often treated by the U.S. media as moral equivalents. Why? At one point, the Soviets ...

Asus Transformer Book T300 is both Windows 8 laptop and tablet
BERLIN -- What's better than a Windows 8 tablet? Pipe down, whoever said "any other tablet." The correct answer is a Windows 8 tablet that's also a Windows 8 laptop -- like the Asus Transformer Book T300. Revealed at top technology show IFA 2013 in ...

Book review | A glimpse inside 'A Firefighter's Tale'
It's been on a lot this summer because, without it, you'd probably melt. Yes, you're hot, and we're not talking wow-you're-looking-good-tonight hot. We're talking about sitting-in-front-of-the-a/c-vents-just-to-survive hot. Whew! And you know, there's ...

'Learning to Listen' by Gary Burton
By that time, he had already gradually revealed his sexuality to close colleagues and friends. Burton has gone on to a happy life as an out gay man, and he offers the book as the story of “a gay jazz musician or a jazz-playing gay man, whichever you ...

Book review | The Woman Who Lost Her Soul: Epic untangles roots of hatred
National Book Award winner Bob Shacochis begins his first book in 10 years — The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, a sweeping novel that spans five decades and several continents — in Haiti. Jackie Scott has been working as a photojournalist when her body is ...

Night Film by Marisha Pessl – review
Perhaps the book's most interesting character is a tall fake priest, once the victim of an eerie bed‑burning. There's something up with his eyes, though. "Abruptly, the man jerked his head up and stared right at me," Scott reports. In case those ...

Books of the Times
O n the Road" is the second novel by Jack Kerouac, and its publication is a historic occasion in so far as the exposure of an authentic work of art is of any great moment in an age in which the attention is fragmented and the sensibilities are blunted ...

New Kindle Paperwhite shows off new tricks in hands-on video
Think of Amazon's new Kindle Paperwhite as the iPhone 5S of e-readers -- it looks nearly identical to the original Paperwhite but it's zippier and better. On sale today for preorder and expected to ship at the end of the month, the new Paperwhite is ...

Book Review: The Firm by Duff McDonald
In the popular imagination, McKinsey, the global consulting firm, is a cross between the Pinkertons, the Men in Black, and Harvey Keitel's “cleaner,” Mr. Wolf, in Pulp Fiction. They arrive in suits and cuff links and make your problems disappear. They ...

Book Review: 'MaddAddam,' by Margaret Atwood
The Crakers may be dim, but their ability to communicate with the pigoons makes them vital aides in the struggle against the Painballers. A running theme in the book is Toby telling the Crakers stories in the form of myths in order to reassure and ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Claire of the Sea Light'
The news from Haiti is invariably bad. It spotlights corrupt and brutal politicians, frequent coups and regular interventions by foreign powers — usually the United States. Recently, there was the 2010 earthquake that devastated the country, leaving ...

Book review: Unusual 'chilling' romance unfolds in 'The Curiosity'
Personally, you've grown, matured in mind and body, formed opinions, taken knocks, bounced back, and endured. From outside, you've seen the advent of Internet, cellphone, social media, and a whole new century, maybe more. It's a world your ...

Stay Up With Me (2013)
Sometimes it's hard to pinpoint the thread that binds stories in a collection together, but in the case of Stay Up With Me, it's enough to say that each story is very, very good. For the most part, Barbash seems drawn to characters — male and female ...

After Tragedy, Lost Live On In 'Maid's Version' Of The Story
The book begins when its young narrator is sent to spend a summer with his grandmother. Alek is 12 years old and full of curiosity; Alma is eccentric in both appearance and manner, with hair growing beyond her waist to reach the floor, and memories ...

Book reviews roundup: The Tragedy of Liberation, Expo 58 and The Bone Season
Frank Dikötter's The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chinese Revolution 1945-57 (Bloomsbury) – a prequel to his 2011 Samuel Johnson prizewinning Mao's Great Famine – was much admired. Julia Lovell in the Financial Times explained how many ...


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