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Book review: "King and Maxwell"
David Baldacci brings back former Secret Service agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell to investigate yet another bizarre case in his new book, "King and Maxwell." King and Maxwell are private investigators now. They have a knack for poking around for ...

For Anjelica Huston, The 'Story' Starts Long Before Los Angeles
Huston writes, "Her letters are like affidavits, as if she had made an oath to report dutifully." The same can be said for a couple of faithful descriptions in this book of things we don't necessarily need to know about, like the names of the different ...

Movie review: 'The Book Thief'
The new "Hunger Games" movie isn't the only adaptation of a monster young-adult bestseller in theaters at the moment. Buried deep in its box-office shadow is "The Book Thief," whose source novel by Markus Zusak is enormously popular. The film version ...

ASUS Transformer Book T100 review: a Windows tablet with netbook roots
We generally don't have time to review low-end products, but sometimes we see something at such an aggressive price we just have to take it for a spin. That pretty much describes our feelings about the ASUS Transformer Book T100, a 10-inch Windows ...

JFK Violated the CIA's Civic Religion (BOOK REVIEW)
Duluth , Minnesota (OpEdNews) November 30, 2013 : Media coverage recently reminded us that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on November 22, 1963 . The conspirators set up Lee Harvey Oswald as the patsy to take the blame for ...

Book review: Michael Connelly's terrific Lincoln Lawyer novel, 'The Gods of Guilt'
At the start of Michael Connelly's terrific new Lincoln Lawyer novel, Mickey Haller is way, way down in the dumps. A year earlier, he had blown a winnable race for district attorney amid “scandal and self-destruction.” He had used a legal technicality ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Empire Antarctica'
Emperor penguins, and birds in general, fascinate Gavin Francis, the intrepid thirty-something Scottish physician who wrote this book some years after spending 14 months on the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) station known as Halley, 12 miles from the ...

Comic Book Review: 'The Walking Dead' #117
The Walking Dead 117 “All Out War” carries on here, after Holly “threw herself on a grenade” taking Rick's place in driving their truck through Negan's fence, allowing the “roamers” in. Negan mistakenly takes Holly for Andrea, despite her protests, but ...

Book review: 'Mixter Max' kicks off 3-book series
Readers who wish their families were more interesting will be hooked, as I was, on Cynthia Voigt's "Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things," the first of a planned three-book series featuring an inventive and endearing boy named Max. Max's parents are ...

Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation (book review)
I've never thought of what I do in the kitchen each day as being particularly revolutionary, but after reading Michael Pollan's newest book, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, I'm now convinced that the act of cooking is actually very ...

Book Review: 'A Cruel and Shocking Act: A Secret History of the Kennedy ...
Book Review: 'A Cruel and Shocking Act: A Secret History of the Kennedy ...

Book review: 'He Held My Heart: A Love Story'
Tinky Weisblat is the author of The Pudding Hollow Cookbook (www.merrylion.com) and Pulling Taffy (www.pullingtaffy.com). She is always looking for new books from Franklin County-related authors to review for this paper. If you have a book suggestion, ...

For Anjelica Huston, The 'Story' Starts Long Before Los Angeles
Huston writes, "Her letters are like affidavits, as if she had made an oath to report dutifully." The same can be said for a couple of faithful descriptions in this book of things we don't necessarily need to know about, like the names of the different ...

Book review: “Nuclear Forces: The Making of the Physicist Hans Bethe” by ...
Book review: “Nuclear Forces: The Making of the Physicist Hans Bethe” by ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Unintimidated'
Thank goodness for federalism. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's timely book clearly demonstrates the essentials of talent and character in the ranks of state executives. Perhaps only a governor can appreciate what Mr. Walker wrought. I do. And it was ...

Book review: 'Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock' by Matthew Quick
Matthew Quick's fourth novel, "Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock" (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $18, ages 15 and up), ventures into the mind of the title character, a precocious, angst-ridden, confused young man. Leonard is determined to kill ...

'The Explorer Gene' by Tom Cheshire
A very tall man, with an interminable neck, who wore round spectacles and a Basque beret, Auguste Piccard became the model for Professor Cuthbert Calculus, the head-in-the-clouds scientist in the popular “The Adventures of Tintin'' comic books, written ...

Book review: El Cerrito's 'NewsPoet' takes us on an exploration
EL CERRITO -- In August of last year, poet Tess Taylor of El Cerrito spent a day in the studios of NPR as a "NewsPoet," a writer-in-residence observing the development of news and programs from around the world. In conclusion, she ties together the ...

Moving Fables Of Gods, Men, Love And Monsters In 'Early Earth'
Despite its title, British writer and illustrator Isabel Greenberg's The Encyclopedia of Early Earth is not mere history, with its assiduous accounting of dusty facts, but is instead a compendium of funny, sad and surprisingly moving fables from the ...

Book review: Definitive portrait of baseball's greatest hitter
"The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams" (Little, Brown and Company), by Ben Bradlee Jr. Ted Williams would have loved to see his Boston Red Sox go from worst to first and capture their third championship in a decade. Arguably baseball's greatest ...

Review: Menaker's 'My Mistake' Is Enjoyable Book
Daniel Menaker worked for 26 years as an editor at The New Yorker, then for another 15 years in book publishing. When he was 66, he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He's now in remission and at 72, he published this memoir. But he only shares as much ...

Book Review and Giveaway: Astronomy Photographer of the Year Collection 2
astronomy photographer of the year We have another book review and giveaway for you! Just in time for the holidays. Book review by David Dehetre of Universe Today. Astronomy Photographer of the Year Collection 2 is a large format, glossy book that ...

The triumphs and tragedies of Stax Records | Book review
The triumphs and tragedies of Stax Records | Book review. Posted by Gillian G. Gaar. “Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion”. Robert Gordon. Bloomsbury, $30. As an author and documentarian who's steeped in Memphis music, Robert ...

Book Review: 'Turn Down the Lights' Edited by Richard Chizmar
I could easily recite every story in this book and sing their praises – there are contributions by Jack Ketchum, Steve Rasnick Tem, Ed Gorman, Peter Straub, Brian James Freeman and Bentley Little in addition to the ones I've discussed here – but enough ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'George Washington's Secret Six'
One of the more telling — and accurate — statements to emerge from the American Revolution came from a British intelligence officer, Maj. Gen. George Beckwith: “Washington did not really outfight the British, he simply outspied us!” Such was ...

BOOK REVIEW: Menaker's 'My Mistake' is enjoyable book
Daniel Menaker worked for 26 years as an editor at The New Yorker, then for another 15 years in book publishing. When he was 66, he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He's now in remission and at 72, he published this memoir. But he only shares as much ...

Bond, James Bond: A Book Review of SOLO, by William Boyd -- in the Ian ...
Bond, James Bond: A Book Review of SOLO, by William Boyd -- in the Ian ...

Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus Review
In the Samsung ATIV Book series, the company comes to a point in their history with notebooks that they're ready to go to battle with the highest-quality units in the industry. In the ATIV Book 9 Plus with 13.3-inch LED QHD+ (3200 x 1800 pixel ...

Book Review: Retirement GPS
This book encourages you to invest most of your savings abroad, away from the imperfect but good protections offered by US law. I wrotea piece on this idea a few years agothat pointed out the problems with this idea. (Note to those reading this at ...

Book Review - The Game by Ken Dryden
When I first sat down to write a review of The Game, by Ken Dryden, I was excited. Here is a book that has meant so much to me, a book that is so beautifully written, that puts you there in his final season with the Canadiens, that explains so much ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Writing From Left to Right'
Catholic theologian, social thinker, diplomat, political speechwriter, journalist, influencer of prime ministers and popes, author of dozens of important books — Michael Novak has lived an extraordinary public life. “Writing from Left to Right” is his ...

Book Review: 'The Way of the SEAL' by Mark Divine
A new leadership book, The Way of the SEAL: Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed by Mark Divine with Allyson Edelhertz Machate is one of those books that should jump right off the shelve and into the reader's hands. It is a remarkable look ...

'Vatican Waltz' by Roland Merullo
Books · Movies · Music · Television · Theater & Art · Holiday Arts. In this section : Books. Book Review. 'Vatican Waltz' by Roland Merullo. By Matthew Gilbert. | Globe Staff. December 04, 2013. Article · Comments · Subscribe · Reprints; E-mail. Share ...

'Autobiography' by Morrissey
From the first rueful lines of his band's first rueful album — “It's time the tale were told of how you took a child and you made him old” — we knew Morrissey and his Smiths would have little good news to report. Manchester had so much to answer for ...

Book review: Johnny Cash The Life
To no surprise, Cash's first marriage was not one for the record books, due in part to an evolving romance with June Carter, also married at the time. The turmoil was hard not only on Vivian and their four daughters, but on the local wildlife as well ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Still Dreaming'
The new memoir by Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, Illinois Democrat, is a page-turner. While the partisan sniping is there — and unflattering Gutierrez items from the Chicago press are not there — the basic thrust of this man's life story is inspiring, funny ...

Review: 'Book Thief' tells inside story of life in Nazi Germany
Before it started chronicling Christmases in Connecticut, the Hallmark Hall of Fame might have made something like "The Book Thief," a noble, uplifting film that unearths the goodness in people. Set in Germany during World War II, it follows a young ...

“Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to ...
“Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to ...

Book Review Podcast: The 100 Notable Books of 2013
This week, The New York Times Book Review publishes its annual Holiday Books issue. In addition to roundups of the season's cookbooks, travel books, gardening books and more, the issue includes the 100 Notable Books of 2013 — fiction, poetry and ...

The Slate Book Review Top 10 of 2013
The book, Alice Gregory wrote in May, matter-of-factly highlights “the fraudulence of profiles in general: The subject and the journalist construct an event together for the sake of retroactively describing it.” “Bleeding Edge,” by Thomas Pynchon “Who ...

Book review: 'To the Letter: A Celebration of the Lost Art of Letter Writing ...
Book review: 'To the Letter: A Celebration of the Lost Art of Letter Writing ...

Dumbing Down the Courts | Dr. John Lott, Jr. | Book Review
“Dumbing Down the Courts: How Politics Keeps the Smartest Judges Off the Bench” (2013) is the most recent of Dr. John Lott Jr.'s excellent books applying economics to better understand the societal dynamics around controversial issues. Gun owners will ...

Book Review: 'Things Slip Through' by Kevin Lucia
Kevin Lucia's Things Slip Through is a collection of short stories that reads more like a novel due to the importance of the wrap-around story and the way the tales interconnect. There's a bit of the tone of The Twilight Zone and Amazing Stories in ...

Book Review: Something more than a mystery
I'm a fan of mystery novels. Fictional detectives bring order to our chaotic world, and following their exploits enables readers to deal with the daunting prospect of mortality at a distance. These books also give us the opportunity to solve the puzzle ...

Book review | 'Country Girl'
Edna O'Brien, Irish author of more than two dozen books and five plays, now gifts her audience with a glimpse into the dazzling, multifaceted prism of her own life in “Country Girl: A Memoir.” Readers would be hard pressed to escape the mesmerism ...

Book review | 'Light of the World'
James Lee Burke's 20th Dave Robicheaux novel is arguably the best of his prolific career. In “Light of the World,” Burke continues his study of good and abject evil in even greater depth. Dave Robicheaux, the New Iberia, La., deputy sheriff continues ...

Book Review: 'Midnight Symphony' Edited by Robert Swartwood
When going through the new eBook releases this week, I ran into the anthology Midnight Symphony: 10 Novellas of Horror & Suspense edited by Robert Swartwood. I read through the contents of this huge book and immediately hit the buy button. It is an ...

Furious Cool: Book Review
Other tidbits are sprinkled throughout -- notably that Pryor admitted to having had relationships with about ten men during his life. But this book isn't about gossip; it's about making the case for Pryor as the most important and gifted comedian of ...

Book review: 'How to Read a Novelist,' by John Freeman
We arts journalists can get a little weird around great novelists. We write for a living. So do they. But that shred of similarity can make us envy and idolize what they do. They're like us, but bigger, better and more imaginative. I've always enjoyed ...

Book review: 'Christmas Bliss' a fluffy Christmas offering
Editors note: These recently released Christmas books include nonfiction and fiction, historical and contemporary, romance and history and each carries with the spirit of the season. "CHRISTMAS BLISS," by Mary Kay Andrews, St. Martin's Press, $16.99 ...


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