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Book Review Podcast: Brain Gain
In The New York Times Book Review's Tech Issue, Walter Isaacson reviews “Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better,” by Clive Thompson. Mr. Isaacson writes: Thompson avoids both the hype and the hand-wringing so ...

Book review: 'Backwards' by Todd Mitchell a new look at teen tragedy
Troubled-teen tropes grow like weeds in young adult literature: Troubled kid finds inner strength, troubled kid softens with romantic partner, troubled kid meets violent end, troubled kid exacts revenge. Bullying, isolation, hopelessness — it can all ...

A new JFK conspiracy: Was book review unfair?
To the editors: David Greenberg's review of my book “The Kennedy Half Century” in The Washington Post on Oct. 27 was highly inaccurate and misleading. While I don't ordinarily respond to criticism, I am compelled to do so in this instance. The Books of ...

Book Review 'American Mirror' an artful portrait of Norman Rockwell
"The Problem We All Live With," a 1964 painting by Norman Rockwell, depicts young Ruby Bridges heading into an all-white public school in New Orleans as part of the racial integration process. The famous image first appeared as a centerfold in a ...

Book Review: 'The Nest' by Mary Flinn
Now Flinn has published a new novel with completely new characters, and without the comforting romance feeling of her earlier books. Not that there isn't some romance in this book, but The Nest is a bit grittier of a read, making me wonder whether ...

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK.B): Buffett's "40 Chances" Book Review
If you had access to an abundance of resources to accomplish a massive improvement in the world, what, exactly, would you do? The "Oracle of Omaha", Warren Buffett (BRK.B) posed this challenge to his son in 2006, when he decided to leave a large ...

Comic Book Review: 'Infinity' #5
Infinity #5 cover We haven't been contributing to the 'Infinity' discussion in a while, but we jumped back in the game with 'Avengers' #21. Since the last time we reviewed an issue of the main series of Jonathan Hickman's insanely epic event, the ...

Book review: 'The Rock Island Line,' by Bill Marvel
The many photographs in this book show the Rock Island's diesel and steam locomotives both dolled up and drab. The text meanwhile takes the reader on a comfortable walk down the tracks with a clear-eyed view of a company that never quite seemed to get ...

Book review: 'Assisted' is an inspiring book about Jazz guard's life (+photo ...
Book review: 'Assisted' is an inspiring book about Jazz guard's life (+photo ...

Review: 'Double Down,' on the 2012 election, by Mark Halperin and John ...
Review: 'Double Down,' on the 2012 election, by Mark Halperin and John ...

Comic Book Review: 'Superior Spider-Man' #20
Superior Spider-Man #20 cover At this year's New York Comic Con, 'Superior Spider-Man' writer Dan Slott teased that issues number twenty and twenty-one would be the start of some pretty big things happening in Peter Parker's world. Well, now we can ...

Comic Book Review: 'Ultimate Comics: 'Cataclysm' #0.1
cataclysm-01 Usually we don't tend to cover the Ultimate Universe line of comics from Marvel. It has its own continuity and the two tend to not play with one another that much. After the events of 'Age of Ultron' though, we found Galactus in the ...

Book review (fiction): The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion
Fannie Flagg spins another charming tale of the peaks and valleys of everyday life and the healing properties of courage. Book review (fiction): The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion. 11.03.2013 The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by ...

Book review: 'Dallas 1963' is mesmerizing look at JFK assassination
As you'll see in the new book “Dallas 1963” by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis (2013, Twelve, $28, 373 pages), that's a recipe for changing history. When the holiday cards arrived at the homes of Dallas' “most influential residents,” there was ...

Book Review: Sad pieces of Idaho's past
Despite the beautiful photography, this book, with its wealth of data and documentation, reads more like a report, and was saved only by the personal stories that put heart in the book. My rating: Both are beautiful books, well worth owning, if for no ...

Book review: "Stitches" by Anne Lamott helps us cope, with laughter
If Anne Lamott were sarcastic (and we know she never is that), she might have titled this book "Deal With It." Because that is what "Stitches" is about, dealing with loss. She doesn't have all the answers, but she has some. "Helping one another stand ...

'Fallen Women' book review: Mystery showcased in story of 'soiled doves'
Sandra Dallas, who has made a name for herself with accurate historical fiction, has done it again in “Fallen Women.” This time she's crafted a murder mystery that simultaneously showcases her fine ability to portray human relationships. The vicious ...

Biblio File book review: The Book In Common: War's aftermath
His novel, "The Yellow Birds" ($14.99 in paperback from Little, Brown and Company/Back Bay Books; and in Amazon Kindle format), is the searing tale of John Bartle, fighting in Northern Iraq, pledged to help his buddy Daniel Murphy, just 18. Bartle was ...

Book review: Sara Paretsky's 'Critical Mass' packs energy
There must be something inspiring about dating a classical musician: Since private investigator V.I. Warshawski took up with double bassist Jake Thibaut in 2009's "Hardball," her creator, author Sara Paretsky, seems to have renewed creative energy ...

Comic Book Review: 'Forever Evil: ARGUS' #1
This book focuses on two of Wonder Woman's classic supporting characters, Steve Trevor and to a slightly lesser degree Etta Candy. The story jumps around in time and actually shows the beginning of Wonder Woman's origin as Trevor crashes on Paradise ...

Book review | 'Scenes from the Common Wealth'
Scenes from the Common Wealth,” edited by Shan R. Ayers, a professor of theater at Berea College, is an important new reference work by Kentucky women. As more productions surface into the mainstream, gender and place specific labels become ...

Book review: “The Frackers”
Book review: “The Frackers”. “The Frackers” by Wall Street Journal reporter Gregory Zuckerman describes the beginning of the nation's shale energy boom with portraits of industry executives who weren't given much respect by their rivals or the large ...

Book Review: 'S.'
In a keynote address at the London Book Festival in 2013, best-selling author Neil Gaiman said, "one of the things that we should definitely be doing in digital in the world of publishing is making books—physical books—that are prettier, finer, and ...

Comic Book Review: 'Teen Titans Annual' #2
TeenTitansAnnual1 The current series started out pretty rough and I dropped it after just a few issues. But since it was a slow week for DC Comics, I opted to check out this annual which kicks off a new storyline. In 'Forever Evil' #2, Johnny Quick ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Shaping Our Nation'
Mr. Barone takes issue with this analysis and notes how none of the migrations can be simply explained by this framework. They start and stop suddenly, and often not in response to a clear economic change. Sometimes they don't happen at all. Mr. Barone ...

Book review: 'The Abominable,' by Dan Simmons
But one quality they all demanded of their books was size. Volume. She might suggest titles they could finish in an afternoon, but they always refused. Finally, Angie asked why the big books were in high demand. The kids waved the tomes as if the ...

Book Review: The App Generation
The fundamental question of education technology was posed by one of its seminal figures, Seymour Papert: will children program computers or be programed by them? In a new book, The App Generation, Katie Davis and Howard Gardner revisit that ...

Book Review: The Reason I Jump
The Reason I Jump is a masterful piece on living with autism, but it's missing just one thing—how to fix it. OK, OK—there is the very logical, and even emotional argument that people with autism don't need to be fixed. Of course they don't. It doesn ...

Book review (mysteries): Freezer I'll Shoot, The Quotient of Murder, Words ...
Book review (mysteries): Freezer I'll Shoot, The Quotient of Murder, Words ...

Book review; Devoted
From the back of the book, “ Devoted fills your heart with 38 true life tales that prove the strongest bonds are measured not by words but by tail wags, barks and nose nuzzles.” There seems to be an increase in the number of books about our beloved ...

The Girl Who Wouldn't Brush Her Hair: Book Review
Silver Spring, Md, November 4, 2014 – “There once was a girl who wouldn't brush her hair.” The unnamed girl has long wavy hair that she let go wild. While she washed her hair, she refused to brush it, claiming “It's just my way.” One night she ...

Female Friendship Puts 'New' Angle On Italian Classism And Machismo
Narrated by a 60something writer named Elena, the book feels like Ferrante's personal origin myth, her Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman. This seems even clearer in volume two, The Story of a New Name, just out in a keen English version by ...

Jeff Bezos' wife gives a one-star review to the new Amazon book
MacKenzie Bezos is Jeff Bezos' wife, and Amazon has confirmed that it is in fact she who posted the review. In a 900-word write-up criticizing the book, MacKenzie Bezos asserts that the book leads off with an inaccuracy -- that Jeff Bezos read "Remains ...

Book About Amazon Is Reviewed on Amazon, by Founder's Wife
In a scathing 922-word review posted on Monday, Ms. Bezos described the book, written by Brad Stone, as “a lopsided and misleading portrait of the people and culture at Amazon.'' “I have firsthand knowledge of many of the events,” Ms. Bezos wrote, ...

Amazon Founder's Wife Writes 1-Star Review for Book About Husband
MacKenzie Bezos criticized a new book about Amazon.com (AMZN) the best way the wife of founder Jeff Bezos could -- she gave it a one-star review on Amazon. The book, called “The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon,” was published last ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Never Trust a Liberal Over Three'
Ann Coulter is back, as brash and delightful as ever in her takedowns of liberals, hypocrites and Republicans bent on defeat. In “Never Trust a Liberal Over Three — Especially a Republican,” Miss Coulter collects and updates about 90 of her columns ...

Book Review: Li, Tiger Woman On Wall Street
Junheng Li has written a smart, compelling book. Tiger Woman on Wall Street: Winning Business Strategies from Shanghai to New York and Back (McGraw-Hill, 2014) moves seamlessly between autobiography and analysis to create a finely chiseled portrait ...

Transformer Book T100 review: This hybrid fills both its tablet and notebook ...
Transformer Book T100 review: This hybrid fills both its tablet and notebook ...

'Boy Detective' Walks Down Memory Lane, But Doesn't Get Anywhere
Replacing Kayak Morning's watery metaphors about floating along the surface and plumbing the depths, The Boy Detective compares writing with the detective work that enthralled Rosenblatt as a somewhat solitary, imaginative boy, "more book-storeish than ...

Book Review Double Down: Game Change 2012
Double down, as most people know, is a blackjack term. It's when you raise the stakes — and the risk — based on the cards in your hand. In Mark Halperin and John Heilemann's blistering insider account of the 2012 presidential race, Double Down: Game ...

Bezos' wife gives 1-star review for 'The Everything Store' book
The wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos expressed her dissatisfaction with a recent book about the company's history in an appropriate fashion: She wrote a one-star customer review on the book's product page on Amazon. MacKenzie Bezos, a published author ...

Jeff Bezos' wife gives Amazon book a one-star review
On Monday, MacKenzie Bezos posted a one-star review on the Amazon page for Brad Stone's The Everything Store, which came out last month and has been received positively by critics and Amazon readers. Bezos wrote that the book was filled with ...

Book Review: The Manual Of Ideas
I'm a value investor, and one that is not doctrinaire about a narrow set of principles. Yes, I like my eight rules, but they are broad principles that admit a lot of flexibility. The Manual of Ideas introduces readers to a wide number of ways to source ...

Jeff Bezos's wife gives one-star review to Amazon book
The Reliable Source. Jeff Bezos's wife gives one-star review to Amazon book. By The Reliable Source. November 5 at 10:23 am. More. Comments. Jeff Bezos and his wife, Mackenzie Bezos (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images). Don't like a book? Amazon lets ...

Book review: Hatching Twitter resulted in wounded birds
SAN FRANCISCO – There's time, and then there is serendipity. On the cusp of Twitter's first day of trading Thursday comes Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal, a fast-paced book by Nick Bilton, a columnist and ...

Amazon's First Employee Disses MacKenzie Bezos' Review That Disses New ...
Amazon's First Employee Disses MacKenzie Bezos' Review That Disses New ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Implosion'
As explained by Ilan Berman in his important book, “Implosion: The End of Russia And What It Means For America,” despite such official posturing, “the Russian Federation is fast approaching a massive social and political upheaval that promises to be as ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Mud Season' is lighthearted, but flawed, memoir
This book cover image released by Countryman Press shows, "Mud Season: How One Womanís Dream of Moving to Vermont, Raising Children, Chickens and Sheep, & Running the Old Country Store Pretty Much Led to One Calamity after Another," by Ellen ...

Asus Transformer Book T100TA (64GB)
The era of compromise seems to have come to an end with the Asus Transformer Book T100TA ($399), a fully functional Windows 8.1 PC that can act like either a tablet or as a clamshell netbook equally well. It's the first hybrid tablet we've seen that ...

Review: 'Book Thief' a Heart-Stealing Triumph
Rarely has a story about an angelic schoolgirl been narrated by Death. But such is the case in the dark, yet wondrous Nazi Germany-set "The Book Thief." ''Here's a small fact: You are going to die," we're told via voiceover by the Grim Reaper as we ...


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