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Book review: 'The Mounds Anomaly' digs into America's archaeological backyard
The novel is based loosely on historical books depicting similar anomalies, including a cave. It is recommended for ages 12 and older as there is some technical language specific to the archaeological discipline. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter ...

Book review: 'Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil' by Paul Bloom
The out-of-control trolley is racing down the tracks. It is headed directly toward five people tied to the tracks. You can save them by throwing a switch that will divert the trolley to a siding where one person is tied to the tracks. Do you throw the ...

Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Not for forever—I don't miss the studying and still have those nightmares where I realize during Finals Week that I completely forgot to go to class and know I am about to bomb a final—just for a weekend or two. And I'd want to go back without the ...

The Secret Auden
A year after he wrote this, I chanced on a first book by a young poet, N.J. Loftis, Exiles and Voyages. Some of the book was in free verse; much of it alluded to Harlem and Africa; the author's ethnic loyalties were signaled by the name of the ...

Book review: Milne's 'The Winner's Game' shares family's struggle to learn ...
Book review: Milne's 'The Winner's Game' shares family's struggle to learn ...

Book review (nonfiction): Drawings
The most striking thing about the 44 images reproduced in Sylvia Plath's “Drawings” may be how unpopulated they are. Produced during the two years the poet spent on a Fulbright fellowship at Cambridge — the same period in which she met and married ...

'The Letters of Robert Frost Volume 1'
Many letters went to publishers and friends to whom he sends poems, books, reviews. He instructs others on how to approach his reviews, usually with overreaching directives. In a letter to friend and journalist John Bartlett — “do your dambdest and ...

Book review: 'The Wes Anderson Collection'
It's a big slab of a book — 10 inches wide, a foot high and an inch thick — filled cover to cover with paintings, references, illustrations, behind-the-scenes shots and still photographs, some of which are blown up to the size of record album ...

Book review: 'Children of Paradise'
“Children of Paradise,” the sixth novel by Fred D'Aguiar, professor of creative writing at Virginia Tech, reimagines the appalling final days in 1978 of the Jonestown “People's Temple” settlement in Guyana, South America, and the mass murder-suicide ...

Book review: 'The Winter People' by Jennifer McMahon a chilling mystery
Jennifer McMahon melds the mystery genre with the supernatural for a psychological thriller that is as scary as it is enthralling. "The Winter People" relies on the fears that creep into one's subconscious and stay there, ramping up the terror that ...

Sunday Burgs book review
The book jacket hints that this comes back to haunt William later in life, but there was very little connection between William's luck turning sour and the ongoing rook theme, which was overdone. Information about rooks was inserted between chapters ...

Book Review: 100 Things Brewers Fans Should Know
This is part of a series that Triumph Books is doing with several other teams, already released over the past two or three years. I've also read the Twins one (not being reviewed here) to compare and put this book into context; all the books have the ...

'Reinventing American Health Care' by Ezekiel Emanuel
Infused with diagrams, charts, and tables, this book is informative, thought-provoking, and immensely important. Given his role in the program, and as is reflected in the subtitle of the book, Emanuel clearly wants to persuade, but he also wants to ...

Simon & Schuster Launches Book-Dedicated Review Site & Daily Email
Simon & Schuster has created a new website and daily email dedicated to book reviews called Off the Shelf. The site will publish an original book review or essay about a book every day. Simon & Schuster employees will be writing reviews, as well as ...

The Women at the Top
In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg claimed that “couples who share domestic responsibilities have more sex” than other couples, but Anne Applebaum, in her review of Sandberg's book in these pages, 2 cited research showing the opposite. In a provocative recent ...

Edmund White's 'Inside A Pearl: My Years In Paris': Book Review
Reading Edmund White's fascinating, vital new memoir, which covers the fifteen years he spent in France in the 1980s and 90s, feels a little like attending the world's most fabulous cocktail party. The pages are filled with impossibly glamorous people ...

Book review (fiction): Keeping Mum
Posies mix with politics in "Keeping Mum" (294 pages, Berkley Prime Crime, $7.99), the third mystery in Alyse Carlson's series featuring Camellia "Cam" Harris, the PR specialist for the Roanoke Garden Society. When shady tycoon Derrick Windermere is ...

Book Review and Giveaway: Flags of the Night Sky by Andre G. Bordeleau
It's a reasonable assumption that most Universe Today website visitors are, at the very least, intrigued by the night sky. This Universe Today reader, someone who always enjoys learning something new, was surprised to discover yet another cultural ...

Teaching Etiquette: The Time I Called My Kid a Dick
This book covers so much of what he has difficulty understanding, and in such a way he doesn't have to work hard to grasp the meaning. And more importantly, Doherty starts the book off with a note about yourself, with the first rule of not being a dick ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Empress Dowager Cixi'
The Empress Dowager Cixi ruled China, mostly directly, from the death of her husband, Emperor Xianfeng, in 1861 to her own death in 1908, an era when foreign powers gnawed away at the Chinese empire. Russia, France, Britain, Germany and Japan all ...

Book Review: The Diet Fix–Why Diets Fail and How to Make Yours Work
Patrick Mustain is a Communications Manager at the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. He is interested in how environmental factors (built, social, media, economic, etc.) affect health behaviors and outcomes, especially those places where ...

Book review | 'Pure Grit' highlights a story everyone should know about
You're in charge of mealtime twice a week. You take out the trash, clean your room, finish your schoolwork and you even babysit sometimes. That's a lot but you can handle it because you know you'll have different responsibilities as you get older. And ...

Book Review: Coyle, GDP
I recently reviewed Zachary Karabell's short history of economic indicators. Diane Coyle, a British economist, zeroes in on perhaps the best known of these indicators, the gross domestic product. Expanding on a talk she gave in 2011, she offers, in the ...

Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage - Review
Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage - Review. This is the second book in a children's trilogy that follows the adventures of twin amateur sleuths who invent and build several science-y gadgets to aid them in their quest to solve a mystery. Share ...

Book review: 'The Weirdness' by Jeremy Bushnell
Before you dismiss Northeastern writing professor Jeremy Bushnell's debut as another plodding entry in the publishing industry's quest to put out what seems like every novel written about young Brooklyn literary types, read past the first chapter. Full ...

ASUS Transformer Book T100 User Review: A Few Months Later
The Asus Transformer Book T100 became one of the most popular purchases on Black Friday and Cyber Monday of 2013, with the 64GB model priced at an appealing $300 with full Windows 8.1 and the Microsoft Office Suite. So two months later, does the ...

Book Review: 'Alien: Out of the Shadows' by Tim Lebbon
Back in 1979 when Ridley Scott's Alien hit the big screen, I was oblivious at age nine. It wasn't until several years later during the video age when I caught more than a glimpse of the shiny black creatures that would later haunt a corner of my ...

Book Review: 'The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray' by Mitzi Szereto
Oscar Wilde is one of those literary figures who, in becoming an icon of the cultural imagination, has rather detached himself from the context that spawned him. Today, he's almost a brand name, his pithy, witty quotes sprinkled on merchandise ...

Book review: 'All Our Names,' by Dinaw Mengestu
The National Book Foundation and the New Yorker quickly identified him as a rising star. Now an English professor at Georgetown University, Mengestu has just published his third novel, “All Our Names,” a mournful, mysterious tale about an African man ...

Book Review: 'Miracle Man' by William R. Leibowitz
Once in a while, I come across a book that is just one of the most amazingly written works I have had the pleasure to review - Miracle Man is one of those books. Mr. Leibowitz' book kept me glued to its pages. Every chapter was a joy to read, and the ...

A Second Helping Of Retro Smooches In 'Young Romance 2'
Just as unfailingly, though, love will out for these two, for we're on familiar turf: the geometrically ordered, narratively numbing world of mid-century comic-book passion. More specifically, this is Young Romance 2: The Early Simon & Kirby Romance ...

Book review: The Sugar Season: A Year in the Life of Maple Syrup, and One ...
Book review: The Sugar Season: A Year in the Life of Maple Syrup, and One ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Train'
This is one of those all-too-rare books that have so much to them. Not just about trains either, although there is plenty about them yesterday, today and tomorrow. Science writer and academic Tom Zoellner is a train buff. He totally gets them, loves ...

Yes, Martha Stewart Knows How to Get Semen Out of Sheets
A dirty truth, especially for would-be publishers of books on housecleaning: Despite the “innovations” in cleaning products that companies offer up on a weekly basis, cleanliness almost always comes down to a solution of distilled white vinegar and a ...

MOUNT TERMINUS David Grand
To be sure, this is an odd book. The language will pique you first: the unusual sepia-toned formality, stately sentences like ''Jacob stood and stared into the bruised light of the setting sun, and with his eyes filled with its gloaming he seemed to be ...

'Schmuck' Revisits The Golden Age Of Radio, And A Bygone Manhattan
Beginning in 1952, and running through 1968, there was a legendary radio show called Klavan And Finch that was on WNEW in New York City. It was a four-hour live program featuring music and antic conversation between handsome, straight man Dee ...

Even In New Hands, Detective Philip Marlowe Rings True
Black also happens to be the pen name of the Irish novelist John Banville, who won the Man Booker Prize for his 2005 book, The Sea. As a novelist, Banville's known for his distinctive voice. As a crime writer, Black is credited for his subtle mysteries ...

Cyberbullying's Latest Frontier: Amazon Book Reviews
But book reviews are new ground for this fight. Reviews are one of the only places where saying whether you don't like the thing you're discussing is kind of the point. An adult author who publishes a book should be prepared for some negativity ...

Can Book Reviews Hurt Book Sales?
Have you ever gotten a string of bad reviews for a book and wondered if suddenly the world had turned a cold shoulder to your writing career? A few weeks ago, we were pitched by an author who had in excess of 50 negative reviews on his Amazon book ...

'Black Moon' Imagines A Sleepless American Nightmare
After trying his hand at becoming a drugstore cowboy, Chase mistakenly downs too many erectile-dysfunction pills — and winds up spending a large portion of the book with an unquenchable hard-on, a bit of comic relief that turns absurd, then sickening ...

Nuclear Farm by Charles C. Anderson (Book Review)
In the action-packed page-turning thriller Nuclear Farm, Dr. Andy Carlson, his wife Lindsey, and their two precocious kids Jack and Ava and one disabled child, Peewee, face a nightmarish potential scenario of terrorists who manage to get their hands on ...

The Circle, book review: This way to the dystopia of your dreams
the-circle-book-left The Circle • By Dave Eggers • Hamish Hamilton • 490 pages • ISBN: 978-0-241-14648-4 • £18.99. There's a thing that goes on when you're being recruited by a cult called 'love bombing'. Perhaps you're at a crossroads in your life ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'From Cupcakes to Chemicals'
Mrs. Gunlock sums up the truly ugly part of this story: “It resulted in terrified consumers, fewer jobs and most concerning, a less safe food supply.” The bad public relations closed three out of four lean, finely textured beef-production plants and ...

Book review | 'A Prayer Journal'
The book is divided into three sections: an introduction, short and well worth reading, by W.A. Sessions, a longtime friend of the O'Connor family; photocopies of each page of the original journal in O'Connor's handwriting; and between these, a ...

Comic Book Review: 'Afterlife with Archie #4: Archibald Rex'
When we first learned about Afterlife with Archie, it sounded like high camp, a way for the squeaky-clean Riverdale gang to get its hands dirty with the latest pop culture trend. It hasn't turned out that way, because writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and ...

Book Review: 'The Troop' by Nick Cutter
The book begins with a classic horror setup: the isolation of a group of likable, relatable people, followed by the introduction of a mysterious and deadly force. The group in question is a small Scout troop, a seemingly tight-knit squad of five ...

BOOK REVIEW: "Fred Basset: Celelbrating Fifty Years"
Animals have long played a vital role in the history of comic strips and animation. They have been portrayed as faithful pets, cuddly creatures, second bananas, mischievous scamps and, more often than not, the most intelligent of protagonists. One of ...

Book Review: The Art of Tinkering
You might have noticed that I don't do too many book reviews. Why? I guess that's just not one of the blogging options that I perform very well at. Also, reviewing books can take a serious chunk of time (but you usually get the book for free). Oh, I ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Fred Basset: Celebrating Fifty Years'
Animals have long played a vital role in the history of comic strips and animation. They have been portrayed as faithful pets, cuddly creatures, second bananas, mischievous scamps and, more often than not, the most intelligent of protagonists. One of ...

Book Review Podcast: 'Redeployment'
In The New York Times Book Review, Dexter Filkins reviews “Redeployment,” a collection of stories by Phil Klay, a former Marine who served in Iraq. Mr. Filkins writes: Klay succeeds brilliantly, capturing on an intimate scale the ways in which the war ...


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