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Gilbert Puts A Novel Spin On Love And 'All Things' Botanical
... of course, of the phenomenon that was her memoir "Eat, Pray, Love" — from the movie starring Julia Roberts, if nothing else — which turned Gilbert into a kind of phenomenon herself, the kind of writer whose fans tearfully clutch books at signings ...

The Apple Orchard Riddle: A book review
Silver Spring, MD, October 1, 2013 — It is field trip day for Mr. Tiffin's class, and it is off to the apple orchard. Once at the orchard the class meets Farmer Hills who gives them a riddle to solve as they tour the orchard, “Show me a little red ...

Collected Ghost Stories by MR James
The typical James ghost story kicks off when someone discovers an old manuscript or a valuable or rare book, often with a religious connection or theme. Having seemingly set up a scene of remarkable dustiness, it turns out that evil resides in the ...

Book review: 'From Scratch: Inside the Food Network'
In the early days of the Food Network, chefs taped shows in kitchens where sinks emptied into buckets that had to be carted out between takes. One chef's original set had no oven, so he improvised by lowering the dish out of view, then stamping his ...

Book review: 'The Truth' by Michael Palin
Everyone over a certain age who was lucky enough to see “Monty Python” remembers Michael Palin and his adventures with a very dead parrot . Then there was his amazing work in “A Fish Called Wanda,” which almost single-handedly made that film into a ...

The New York Times Book Review Wants to Hear About Your First 'Illicit' Book
What was the first illicit or forbidden novel you read? Flowers in the Attic? Forever...? Fifty Shades of Grey? The New York Times Book Review wants to know. In honor of its upcoming Sex issue, the Book Review will be publishing the best responses on ...

San Sebastian Film Review: 'Wolf'
Apart from an unexpected opening scene, there's barely an original frame in Jim Taihuttu's well-made but by-the-book immigrant boxer pic, “Wolf.” Toughened Moroccan parolee hanging with the wrong crowd? Check. Unforgiving father? Check. Slutty g.f. who ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Savage Will'
Although this amazing story did not receive much press during or after World War II, Timothy M. Gay's book informs us of the courage and “savage will” of the men and women of the 807th Medical Air Evacuation Squadron after their Dakota C-53 aircraft ...

Book Review: Epidemiologists saving the world
This is the first in a series of occasional reviews of books about public health. For those who are fascinated by House, Contagion, or simply real-life medical mysteries like SARS and swine flu, the new book Deadly Outbreaks: How Medical Detectives ...

Margaret Drabble Spins A Mother-Daughter Yarn Into 'Gold'
Love, infidelity, accidental pregnancy, intellectual awakening, all of it took place against a backdrop of 1960s and 1970s social change, particularly feminism. Her books made me feel like I was much more sophisticated than I really was; I loved them ...

BOOK REVIEW: A summer to remember: America in 1927
Bill Bryson, the best-selling author of humorous accounts of his hike along the Appalachian Trail and his travels in Australia, has captured the zeitgeist of the Roaring Twenties in this entertaining and informative book that focuses on what he calls ...

The Art of Juan Ortiz Star Trek Book Review
The Art of Juan Ortiz Star Trek is the story of how Juan Ortiz came to create posters for each episode of the original series, including The Cage. The book begins with a biography of Ortiz, leading up to his decision to make the posters. The majority ...

BOOK REVIEW: Children of Alcatraz: Trilogy provides entertaining historical ...
BOOK REVIEW: Children of Alcatraz: Trilogy provides entertaining historical ...

Dragon Fantasy: Book II Review
I worry that we're reaching a point where the identity of classic games will be defined by the remakes, mimics, and mockeries aiming to recreate their magic. Memorable Japanese roleplaying games such as Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger were exciting ...

'Wilson' by A. Scott Berg, a huge, fascinating biography; book review
His study of literary editor Maxwell Perkins captured a National Book Award, his biography of Charles A. Lindbergh won a Pulitzer Prize. His biographical studies of movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn and actress Katharine Hepburn also attracted widespread ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Book of Ages'
There's precious little material to go on, and what there is, the author presents twice — once in the narrative and again in the last two-fifths of the book, which is devoted to detailing her sources. Every known letter between Jane and her brother is ...

Solo by William Boyd
Several unusual incidents occur during the course of Solo, the latest attempt to prolong the literary existence of James Bond. The secret agent pays his first recorded visit to the cinema, to see Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (this is 1969), although he ...

Book Review: 'At Her Feet' by Rebekah Weatherspoon
At-Her-Feet If you are like me, the title At Her Feet announces in large bold letters that at the very least this book is a femdom story that involves a beta male and an alpha female. Wrong! The only correct parts of that assumption are that it's a ...

'The Rosie Project' Will Charm You With Science
The book wouldn't work, of course, if we couldn't see the sweetness and charm beneath Don Tillman's geekiness. But Simsion's hyper-efficient, fastidious 39-year-old narrator endears us from the moment he starts explaining his Wife Problem, which of ...

'Darling' Makes Unfussy Peace With Religion And Sexuality
Richard Rodriguez begins his latest book, Darling, with an unfussy dedication to the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, a Catholic women's group committed to helping the sick and destitute. This Baptism, if you will, is the first and surely the most ...

Book Review: 'The Fear Inside' by Ralph Morrison
With The Fear Inside, Ralph Morrison has written a touching recount of his disastrous past. From the very start, Morrison made it very clear that he is not a success story, coming out of the dark places he has been. It is very hard for me to be ...

Comic Book Review: 'Forever Evil' #2
Forever Evil #2 The Crime Syndicate is settling into their new home world nicely, while the rumblings of resistance are starting to arise, in the unlikely form of Lex Luthor. With the Justice Leagues (all three of them) supposedly dead, it looks like ...

Book Review: The Circle by Dave Eggers
There's a long tradition of sci-fi horror that cleverly plays on contemporary social trends. The “pod people” trope of the 1950s exploited fears of spreading Communism. In the early '70s, as women found new freedom in the workplace, The Stepford Wives ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Runaway Man'
That “Runaway Man” is funny, scary and (mildly) prurient will come as no surprise to readers already familiar with the work (20 previous novels) of David Handler, who has won the Edgar Allan Poe Award, aka the Edgar, the prize awarded annually by the ...

'Radio Free Boston' by Carter Alan
The first two-thirds of “Radio Free Boston: The Rise and Fall of WBCN” reads almost like a fairy tale: Once upon a time there was a radio station in Boston where a bunch of like-minded lunatics who loved music ran the show, joyously playing and saying ...

Book Review: 'Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince' by Nancy Atherton
Nancy Atherton has written 16 Aunt Dimity books before this one, but Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince is the first one I've read. This was not a problem, as Atherton does a very good job of explaining the characters and their backgrounds. It is a light ...

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants by ...
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants by ...

Book Review: 'Churchill's Bomb' by Graham Farmelo
Frederick Lindemann was Churchill's close friend and scientific adviser during the war. He was a physics don at Christ Church College, Oxford. When he was elevated to the peerage in 1941, he took the name Lord Cherwell, after a stream that flowed near ...

Book Review: 'Dreams of Other Worlds' by Chris Impey and Holly Henry
Book Review: 'Dreams of Other Worlds' by Chris Impey and Holly Henry. Manned missions attract the most attention, but much of what we know about the universe comes from probes without people. Article; Comments. more in Books | Find New ...

Book Review: 'Becoming a Londoner' by David Plante
Sir John Betjeman once wrote a poem called "How to Get On in Society" ("Phone for the fish-knives, Norman, as Cook is a little unnerved. . . .") The advice it tenders is, of course, ironic. An upper-class Englishman of the time would have "telephoned ...

Book Review: 'The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography' by Alan Jacobs
In 1549, the results of Cranmer's work were published as a "Book of Common Prayer," and initially, as Alan Jacobs, a professor of humanities at Baylor, observes in his "biography" of the book, it pleased almost no one. Cranmer would update it in 1552 ...

Book Review: 'The Tragedy of Liberation' by Frank Dikötter
Liberation, a tragedy? The more we discover about the catastrophes that Mao Zedong inflicted on his country, it sometimes seems, the greater the determination of apologists to relativize the chairman's record. The last three books I have read on China ...

Book Review Dave Eggers' 'The Circle' tackles social media
"It's like snack food," Mercer says to ex-girlfriend Mae Holland — a rising star at the Circle, a Silicon Valley behemoth that has bought Facebook, Twitter and Google. "You're not hungry, you don't need the food, it does nothing for you," he adds ...

Book Review: 'Why Teach?' by Mark Edmundson
Picture a day in the life of an ambitious American undergrad. Morning starts with a pre-law course that does little to nourish his soul but that has been commended to him by an adviser. After an internship interview with an investment firm, he'll spend ...

Book Review: 'Ten Billion' by Stephen Emmott | 'Countdown' by Alan Weisman
The two aspiring sages under review here focus primarily on the coming calamities that they predict will result from overpopulation, resource depletion and global climate change when our planet's inhabitants number 10 billion rather than the current ...

Book Review: 'O My America!' by Sara Wheeler
The British author Sara Wheeler has been traveling around the U.S since she was a girl, but only as she approached the age of 50 did she decide to make it the subject of a book. As a way in, she settled on the stories of a group of 19th-century English ...

Book Review: 'The Mountain' by Ed Viesturs
Book Review: 'The Mountain' by Ed Viesturs. For professionals, Everest is still a peril—even more so for amateurs with summit lust. Article; Comments. more in Books | Find New $LINKTEXTFIND$ ». smaller; Larger. By; GREGORY CROUCH. Mount Everest ...

Book Review: 'The Letters of C. Vann Woodward'
No designation could be more misleading, as a brief inventory of his major books shows. To begin with, there stands "Tom Watson: Agrarian Rebel" (1938), his biography of the Georgia populist, journalist and radical, which began as Woodward's ...

Book Review: 'One Soufflé at a Time' by Anne Willan
She is a food-world celebrity of an old-fashioned kind: someone who learned how to cook really well—French food especially—and went on to share her knowledge with others. The means included magazines and newspapers, some 40 books large and ...

Book Review: Eric Schlosser's 'Command and Control'
Book Review: Eric Schlosser's 'Command and Control'. By Julia Holmes Oct 2013 Eric Schlosser's new book tells the story of an Armageddon that almost was – and the need to control the "nation killer" weapons still among us. Facebook just added to your ...

Comic Book Review: 'Earth 2′ #16
Earth 2 #16 The World Army had declared war on Steppenwolf who has seized control of Dheran. Unfortunately, with “The Wonders” temporarily out of commission, the World Army doesn't stand a chance as Steppenwolf and just three operatives, the fear ...

Comic Book Review: 'The Star Wars' #2
The Star Wars #2 cover This week, 'Star Wars' fans can continue to look into the world of “What If?” as the second issue of 'The Star Wars' has finally hit shelves. Dark Horse's newest book from the Lucasverse written by J.W. Rinzler adapts George ...

Book review: 'Doctor Sleep,' by Stephen King
For just about everyone who's read it, Stephen King's 1977 novel The Shining is an all-time horror high: a visceral, destined-for-nightmares orgy of ghosts, gore and all-around nastiness set in a haunted Colorado hotel. King revisits that book's ...

Book Review: 'Jack London' by Earle Labor
In 1903, emulating Jacob Riis's "How the Other Half Lives," he went to London to report on conditions in the East End, the most notorious slum in the Western world. But while Riis only reported on conditions in the New York slums, London actually lived ...

Comic Book Review 'All-New X-Men Special' #1
all-new-x-men-special-1 Well it looks like the All-New X-Men's time traveling isn't related to the 'Battle of the Atom' crossover event. What we have here is the first of 3 special issues that will tie in the 'All-New X-Men', 'The Incredible Hulk', and ...

Book review (nonfiction): Surgeon in Blue
Here's what a real Washington scandal looks like: Many Union soldiers wounded at Bull Run, the Civil War's first major battle, had to walk some 20 miles to the nation's capital in search of medical care. Hundreds too badly hurt remained behind, some ...

Book review: 'The Dig' by Sheldon Russell
“The Dig,” the newest book by Oklahoma's Sheldon Russell, tells parallel tales separated by centuries. The modern story involving Hunt and Eva is interwoven with Spanish conquistador Francisco Vasquez de Coronado's desperate search for New World ...

Book Review: 'I Painted the Light' by Jeanne Grimes
Grimes begins her book with a gripping story of a five-year old Grimes entering kindergarten where she learns to finger paint. In one of her first works of art, she uses one color, yellow, to paint the entire canvas. She writes that the color was ...

Book review: William Winter's life a history of state
Gov. William F. Winter's biographer manages daunting task: telling story of complex life still underway. It is difficult to write a biography of a living person. It is more daunting to write a biography of a living person as complex as William F ...

Book review: Elizabeth Gilbert's sprawling, enchanting "Signature"
Elizabeth Gilbert is wildly famous in an unusually intimate way: "Eat, Pray, Love," her personal memoir about a global, post-relationship search for understanding, was a massive best seller. Book clubs devoured it, Hollywood cast Julia Roberts in the ...


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