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The Collector of Dying Breaths by MJ Rose Book Review
Although I had not yet been introduced to the series, I was given the honor of previewing the latest work through Atria Books since it is not necessary to read these books in order. This book will be available to the general public in early April and ...

Book review: 'Simple Things' shares daily thoughts of gratitude, hope
“Simple Things: Daily Thoughts, Stories and Inspiration to Live Life More Fully” by Lori Nawyn is a small book packed with a lot of wisdom. Nawyn's book goes beyond the usual collection of inspiring thoughts for each day of the year. Each month's ...

Book Review: 'The Proteus Paradox' by Nick Yee
(Game worlds, he notes wryly, provide the perfect digital panopticon of which government surveillance programs can only dream.) The author has even conducted laboratory simulations with virtual reality, whose surprising results supply the book's title, ...

Business book review: Finding Allies, Building Alliances
Real-life examples can bring the effects of collaboration into clear focus. Surescripts, which was formed by two competitors, created an electronic prescription highway. Geoss, a global coalition of companies and countries, shares information about ...

Book review (nonfiction): Company Man
There is a moment in John Rizzo's new memoir when the longtime CIA lawyer has the chance to change history. It is March 2002, and Rizzo has just been briefed on the agency's proposals for interrogating suspected terrorists. Rizzo walks the grounds of ...

Book review (fiction): On Such a Full Sea
Inside the confines of B-Mor, a strictly regimented labor colony populated by the descendants of immigrant workers from Asia, the story of 16-year-old Fan carries the weight of legend. As recounted by the people of B-Mor, Fan's journey outside the ...

Book review (nonfiction): The Parthenon Enigma
Joan Breton Connelly will give the Sixth Annual Stuart L. Wheeler Gallery of the Ancient World Lecture on April 16 at 6 p.m., in the Keller Hall Reception Room at the. University of Richmond. Her talk, which will focus on the Parthenon, is free and ...

Book review: 'Cover of Snow'
Jenny Milchman's promising debut novel, “Cover of Snow,” signals the start of a good career, or it could herald the arrival of another run-of-the-mill thriller writer. From the plot and structure of “Cover of Snow,” it's hard to tell which, so it may ...

Book review: 'A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to ...
Book review: 'A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to ...

Children's Book Review column recommends 'Mummies'
The cover of the book shows a close-up of the face of a 1,600-year-old mummified warrior woman. If that is not enough to draw kids in, the subtitle of the book will: “Dried, Tanned, Sealed, Drained, Frozen Embalmed, Stuffed, Wrapped, and Smoked…and ...

Book review: A harrowing tale of piecing a life back together
This fear of relapse persists throughout the book and is perhaps the most frightening part of MacLean's predicament. What if, after all this work to cobble himself back together, he would have to do it all over again? “Each moment of happiness was now ...

Book review: 'Robert B. Parker's Bull River,” by Robert Knott
Book review: 'Robert B. Parker's Bull River,” by Robert Knott. Robert Knott leads Cole and Hitch — and the reader — on a long, twisting, turning ride. By Glen Seeber Published: February 2, 2014. Robert B. Parker's Bull River, by Robert Knott (G.P ...

Book review: 'Heir to the Empire City'
Book review: 'Heir to the Empire City'. Book looks at how growing up in New York City shaped President Theodore Roosevelt. By Dennie Hall, For The Oklahoman • Published: February 2, 2014. “Heir to the Empire City: New York and the Making of Theodore ...

Book Review: 'Vicious Circle' by Wilbur Smith
On her way home from the doctor's office, her car is deliberately broadsided and she is murdered. Cross begins his search for vengeance and thinks it's the Somali warlord he battled earlier who has come back seeking revenge. He gathers old comrades to ...

'The Book of Jonah': book review
Jonah Jacobstein is one of New York's anointed thirtysomethings, dazzlingly successful and about to become more so, when he has an unfortunate encounter with a Hasidic Jew in a subway station on a rainy night. “Wouldn't you rather be counted among the ...

Under Pressure
As children went from helping on the farm to being the focus of relentless cosseting, they shifted “from being our employees to our bosses,” Jennifer Senior observes in her trenchant and engrossing first book, “All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern ...

Biblio File book review: A Paradise Olympian
The Wikipedia article on Jack Yerman notes that the retired high school teacher, who lives in Paradise, "played football for Berkeley in the Rose Bowl." An extraordinary achievement, considering his origins. "When Jack was born on Feb. 5, 1939, his ...

Sunday Burgs book review
Reviewed by Alison M. Armstrong of Blacksburg. She is collection development librarian at Radford University and a member of the Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library Board of Trustees. Anyone who has read any of Carl Hiaasen's books won't be surprised ...

Comic Book Review: 'Superior Spider-Man' #26
Superior Spider-Man #26 cover With Venom in his rear view mirror, the Superior Spider-Man has shifted his focus to the Avengers in the latest issue of one of the most controversial comic books of 2013. After Otto Octavius has been living in the body of ...

'The Last Days of California' by Mary Miller
Continue reading below. The Last Days of California. Author: Mary Miller; Publisher: Liveright; Publication year: 2013; Number of pages: 256; Book price: $24.95. Jess is similarly powerless against her sister, Elise. Two years her senior, Elise is ...

Book Review: Modern heroine is missing from 'That Old Black Magic'
The "cozy" is a sub genre of the mystery novel that harks back to Agatha Christie's Miss Marple series and brings to mind the TV incarnations of Jessica Fletcher in "Murder, She Wrote." Most often, the author and the fictional sleuth are female, and ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an'
One of the problems with today's academic historians is that they tend to know more and more about less and less. Coming up with an “original” thesis, dissertation or book often means honing in on a piece of obscure trivia and then analyzing it to ...

Book Review: 'The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress' by Ariel Lawhon
The disappearance of New York State Supreme Court Judge Joseph Crater in 1930 led to tabloid headlines and gossip about underworld ties that made his vanishing act the most compelling mystery of the era. In time, it would become a national joke: “Judge ...

Lean Body, Fat Wallet Book Review
Surprisingly, these two pieces of the life puzzle fit together seamlessly and respond positively to the same uplifting habits -- or so the book proclaims. Its premise: four specific habits can help rid you of body fat and debt within one year and keep ...

Book Review: 'Sweet Expectations (A Union Street Bakery Novel)' by Mary Ellen ...
Book Review: 'Sweet Expectations (A Union Street Bakery Novel)' by Mary Ellen ...

Book review: 'The Lowland' by Jhumpa Lahiri
Lahiri's debut short story collection, "Interpreter of Maladies," won a Pulitzer in 2000, and since then she has received a number of awards, including a National Book Award nomination this year for "The Lowland." Her characters, often Bengali ...

'Cress' book review: 'Rapunzel''s new story is anything but a let-down
Marissa Meyer has tackled the tales of Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood in the first two books of The Lunar Chronicles, and in Cress, it's Rapunzel's turn for reinvention. A young Lunar hacker without her people's gift for casting glamours, Cress ...

Book Review – “The Pill Game” by Darryl Bollinger, Reviewed by Roberta Burton
THE PILL GAME is Darryl Bollinger's third medical thriller. I picked up the book late one afternoon and, unable to put it down, finished it the next. Besides the twists and turns that upped the stakes each time, Bollinger's descriptions of the Tampa ...

Book review | 'The Baby Boom' brings back memories of the good ol' days
Whenever you get together with old friends – no matter what the reason – it always ends up with “remember when…?” Remember piling in the station wagon, scrambling for a good seat in the back? And when your sister chased that bully away? He was ...

'Praying Drunk' by Kyle Minor
The book's strangest pair are two brief pieces titled simply “Q & A.” Neither one names its interlocutors, and the second creates a cartoon fantasy of heaven. This, too, features Dixie materials: God's grace, hard liquor, and violence. More importantly ...

Book Review: The Goldfinch
Though it appears at first to be a simple coming-of-age tale set in Manhattan, Donna Tartt's recent success, “The Goldfinch,” is a story that traverses continents and time periods. The story is one of deep emotional unraveling and eventual victory ...

Book Review: 'ClanDonnell' by David K. McDonnell
ClanDonnellAStoriedHistoryofIreland ClanDonnell: A Storied History of Ireland by David K. McDonnell is a historical piece of art and would be an asset to any library. The book is 926 pages long and thus not your choice for an on-the-go book. However ...

The Wizard and the Witch: A Book Review
Retail Price: $24.95 Out now as an e-book and in physical bookstores Saturday February 8. It's weird to write a review of what is essentially the memoir of Oberon and Morning Glory Zell. In my early Pagan days Oberon Zell was a near-legendary figure in ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'JFK, Conservative'
The scene: A Democrat in the White House is a supply-side tax-cutter (before Ronald Reagan, no less). Moreover, he goes out of his way to condemn communism, and not just the foreign left-wing dictators (That was easy then. Today's leftists brag about ...

'The Public School Advantage': the numbers add up: book review
In 2010, "Waiting for Superman" added momentum to the movement to privatize education. Featuring Geoffrey Canada, the founder of charter schools in Harlem, and Michelle Rhee, the former chancellor of the Washington, D.C. public school system, the ...

Is Parenting Really All Joy and No Fun? A Happily Childless Reviewer ...
Is Parenting Really All Joy and No Fun? A Happily Childless Reviewer ...

Book Review: 'The People Factor: How Building Great Relationships and Ending ...
Book Review: 'The People Factor: How Building Great Relationships and Ending ...

'The Perfect Theory' by Pedro G. Ferreira
Ferreira has a writer's sense for when he's getting a bit too technical (general readers will be fine but those possessing an entry-level grasp of relativity, cosmology, and quantum mechanics might get a bit more out of the book), and always leavens ...

Book review:'“Growing a Feast: The Chronicle of a Farm-to-Table Meal'
But the bucolic pages of Timmermeister's book belie the loss, worry, hard decisions, death and necessary destruction that come on a farm. We get mere peeks at the difficult things about agriculture-based life that may shock city readers, but of which ...

The Triple Package: What Really Determines Success – review
The Triple Package: What Really Determines Success – review. This book has stirred up a storm of controversy. But why shouldn't Tiger Mother Amy Chua and her husband investigate the success of certain cultural and ethnic groups? The question is: are ...

Book review: Smartphone app makes diagnosis in 'Cell'
Book review: Smartphone app makes diagnosis in 'Cell'. This book cover image released by Putnam shows "Cell" by Robin Cook. By Waka Tsunoda, Associated Press. Posted: 02/05/14, 8:54 AM EST |. “Cell” (Putnam), by Robin Cook. Robin Cook has been ...

Triumph Of The Bookworms: Two Novels To Cure Your Winter Blues
In the opening paragraph of Moby-Dick, Ishmael tells us he takes to sea whenever he feels the onset of "a damp, drizzly November in [his] soul." I know how he feels. Whenever the frigid funk of February settles in, I, too, yearn to get out of town ...

Dept. Of Speculation
Offill somehow manages to pack the sprawling story of an ordinary marriage, both the good bits and the bad — courtship, arguments, colicky baby, lice, affairs, bedbugs — into a small, poetic book. Rendered entirely in a series of staccato vignettes ...

'The Ghost of the Mary Celeste' by Valerie Martin
The second section in Martin's chronology, “The Green Book,” a diary kept by Maria Gibbs's young cousin Sarah, is set in 1860. Here we meet the tragedy-plagued Gibbs family of Marion, Mass., in the months after the Mary Celeste has disappeared, and the ...

The flappers, rebels in pearls (book review)
For most, the “flapper” evokes images of fingercurled bobs, drop-waisted dresses, and endless Charlestoning, like a scene from Baz Luhrmann's “The Great Gatsby” on continuous repeat. She's the spirit of the “Jazz Age,” with its connotations of excess ...

Book Review 'The Ghost of the Mary Celeste' by Valerie Martin
In her latest novel, Valerie Martin takes the mystery at the heart of Arthur Conan Doyle's fictionalized account of the ill-fated Mary Celeste and gives us a panoramic view of the mystery surrounding the ship, which had been found abandoned off ...

My Life In Middlemarch (2014)
Fans of this Victorian mainstay — or, really, any book lover in a passionate long-term relationship with a novel — will find Mead's research and analysis deeply gratifying. And if you haven't ever read Middlemarch, Mead's lucid writing will send you ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Cost of Liberty'
William Murchison is in many ways a throwback to an earlier time, when our very best journalists were also frequently accomplished men of letters, able to write elegantly and prolifically on a great variety of subjects. A syndicated columnist and ...

Book Review: Donna Tartt's 'The Goldfinch'
Donna Tartt's “The Goldfinch” was one of the best reviewed books of 2013 and it's not surprising to see why. It is an artistic achievement, a literary epic, captivating from its first word to its last on page 771. “The Goldfinch” is the story of ...

Book review: 'Glitter and Glue: A Memoir' by Kelly Corrigan
It would be easy to snark at the cliches that riddle Kelly Corrigan's popular books. Corrigan, whose work appears in O, the Oprah Magazine and Good Housekeeping, is less interested in the mommy wars than in simply being a mommy: “I always wanted kids ...


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