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'John Muir and the Ice That Started a Fire' by Kim Heacox
“Every cell, every particle of matter in the world requires a Captain to steer it into its place,” he once jotted in the margin of a book. Awe was Muir's daily pursuit. With friends once on a hike in the High Sierras, he scoffed at their elaborate ...

Sunday Book Review|What Were the First Books You Felt You 'Should' Read?
Each week in Bookends, two writers take on questions about the world of books. This week, Dana Stevens and Anna Holmes discuss the first books they felt obliged to read. By Dana Stevens. I started shaping my reading list around the recommendations of ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'An Anxious Age'
Recent surveys suggest that people who are “spiritual, but not religious” now constitute perhaps 20 percent of the American adult population. “An Anxious Age” is a provocative and profound look at how America is both religious and a country where some ...

Book Review: 'The Sparkle Egg' by Jill Hardie
sparkle_egg Most children's books carry a message for children. A new book by Jill Hardie, The Sparkle Egg, carries a message for both children and adults. The message is about forgiving yourself for making mistakes and opening yourself up to receiving ...

Book Review: 'The Zero Marginal Cost Society' by Jeremy Rifkin
9781137278463 Just before writing this review, a news show reported the rising costs of food, especially beef and pork prices. Plus, the price of gasoline is close to $4 a gallon. Electric and natural gas prices are up due to higher demand over an ...

Book Review: 'Struggle to the Top of the Mountain' by Dr. Ernest D. Simela
StruggleToTheTopOfTheMountain Struggle to the Top of the Mountain by Dr. Ernest D. Simela is an incredible story of determination and hard work to achieve a lifelong dream. It was fascinating to learn about the humble way of life for Africans in ...

Book Review: 'The Unpersuadables' by Will Storr
... point of arcana but epic crusades in the name of their highest ideals—however out of sync they are with reality. Mr. Shermer is the publisher of Skeptic magazine and a monthly columnist for Scientific American. His next book is on the moral arc of ...

9 Books So Funny You're Guaranteed To Laugh
... and casual in style (pieces first appeared in Harper's and The New Yorker) that it takes a while before you realize what a frightening world Saunders has created. https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/george-saunders/civilwarland-in-bad ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Harlem Hellfighters' is a powerfully vivid reminder of WWI valor
IN THE BACK of his new book “The Harlem Hellfighters,” bestselling author Max Brooks notes some of the real history that forms the basis of his riveting graphic novel about an undersung all-black infantry regiment from World War I. There staring back ...

Book review: 'Five Came Back' by Mark Harris
"Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War," by Mark Harris; Penguin, 528 pages, $29.95. Hollywood was never the same after taking up the fight to defeat Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan — just like the rest of the world. Many of ...

Book Review: 'Sincerely, The Mentor' by Jennifer Lee Tracy
The book begins with the main character's idyllic childhood. She is shown as a child playing with an older male family member, scavenging fruit trees and building sandcastles. The two have a very strong, fun, and trusting relationship.until the day he ...

Book Review: 'How to Write a Memoir in 30 Days' by Roberta Temes
Everyone has a story to tell. Even if you think that your story is not interesting enough for the general public to want to read it or publishers to want to publish it, your children and grandchildren will want to know it someday. If you don't want to ...

Haunted Empire, book review: Apple's post-Jobs prospects
Many disagree with Kane's analysis — including Tim Cook himself, who told news TV channel CNBC: "This nonsense belongs with some of the other books I've read about Apple. It fails to capture Apple, Steve, or anyone else in the company. Apple has over ...

'By Its Cover' by Donna Leon
Meeting with the chief librarian of the lovely Biblioteca Merula, Brunetti learns that someone has absconded with several volumes and a wealth of pages cut from the rare book collection. Immediate suspicions fall on a US researcher, though Brunetti's ...

With Poetic Intensity, Kevin Powers Tackles The Terror Of War
"I am home and whole, so to speak," writes Kevin Powers in his debut poetry collection. "But I can't remember / how to be alive." At its most striking, Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting finds Powers — an Iraq veteran and the author of the ...

BOOK REVIEW: "Showa: A History of Japan 1926-1939"
In his intriguing and ambitious manga Showa: A History of Japan 1926-1939 (Drawn & Quartered: $24.95) Shigeru Mizuki skillfully interweaves autobiography with national and international events; The only graphic novel in English of comparable depth and ...

Book Review: IT'S NOT THE SIZE OF THE DATA
Thankfully, Koen Pauwels' It's Not the Size of the Data - It's How You Use It from AMACOM books - available in hardcover and Kindle - provides a fine introductory read into data management and monitoring. For many, the initial business tone may be ...

Book Review: 'The Road to Global Prosperity' by Michael Mandelbaum
Yet to get lost in such arguments would misunderstand the broader significance of Mr. Mandelbaum's book. It is this: The globalization establishment, though bloodied by the financial crisis of 2008 and the slowdown in global production that followed, ...

Book Review: The Bear by Claire Cameron
Long answer: Claire Cameron's "The Bear" is a gut-wrenching trip through the Canadian wilderness with a 5-year-old as your guide, a roller coaster of emotions as you hope and pray Anna and her 2-year-old brother Alex make it to safety before they ...

Book review: Young Wanderlust
The book reads more like journal entries than a fully formed story. Kenward focuses heavily on describing the everyday scenery, but not his two traveling companions. After 60 pages, the reader still does not have a sense for their personality or ...

Book Review: 'The Second Letter' by Robert Lane
The Second Letter marks the entry of Robert Lane into the thriller market with his glib, wisecracking hero, ex-Special Forces operative, Jacob, (call me Jake) Travis. Recruited for off-the-books, contract work for the government, Travis operates with ...

Non-book review: Dr. Seuss art
For all I love books and writing, I do not have the soul of an artist. I can tell you that I love a painting, photo or other artwork, but not be able to explain why. So it's really hard for me to articulate why I love this piece of Dr. Seuss art ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Vanished Arizona'
In our time when we can fly across the world in a day and cross the breadth of the North American continent in a few hours, it is wonderful to read a book that reminds us what it was like to live in the Southwest nearly a century-and-a-half ago — or ...

Book Review: 'Everyday Las Vegas' by Rex J. Rowley
The press release, blurb and cover of Everyday Las Vegas: Local Life in a Tourist Town might lead you to expect that this book would reveal what it is really like to live and work in Las Vegas. To a certain extent that is true but only in the broad ...

Book Review: 'Wanted' by Vicki Lewis Thompson
Wanted! is the first book of Vicki Lewis Thompson's Sons of Chance series of novels. It tells the story of Nick Chance, a vet who also part-owns the ranch he works for and on. Officially speaking, his brother is in charge, but Nick is the one who makes ...

Book Review: 'A Woman's Servant' by Chris Bellows
A-Womans-Servant Chris Bellows' A Woman's Servant is an interesting, yet incomplete, entrée into femdom tale bracketed by loosely related vignettes that primarily depict the day-to-day operations of The Institute, a sperm extraction facility where the ...

Book Review: Smasher
“A long, long time ago…” there was a special boy named Charlie, who could feel the Hum all around him. He was learning (secretly) to manipulate it, under the tutelage of his too harsh grandfather. Charlie is bullied, as most unlikely heroes are. A ...

'Cold Calls' book review: How far would you go to keep your secrets?
With a solid mystery at the center of the book, everything else seems like icing on the cake. The characters have stand-out personalities and the situations they encounter are both realistic and frightening. This book poses the hard questions, and ...

Ennis And Cermak Get Serious With 'Red Team: Season One' [Review]
Look, we all know it's okay for comic book characters to kill people. It's just that when cops do it, it's something of a grey area. Garth Ennis and Craig Cermak's Red Team, recently collected by Dynamite, takes an old idea and makes it new again ...

'Don't Let Us Win Tonight' by Allan Wood, Bill Nowlin
Read this book in some downtown café, then pop out onto the street and encounter a couple of Yankees fans coming your way and you're apt to lower your shoulder and think, “Let's do this!” The sports brigade will be suitably “pumped,” in the vernacular ...

Book Review: 'The Rise' by Sarah Lewis
All the same, that Ms. Lewis, now in her mid-30s, hatched the idea for this book at a young age attests forcefully to her own resolve and creativity. The topic of her college application essay? "The importance and the advantage of failures." Mr. Ekirch ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living' by Amit Sood, MD ...
BOOK REVIEW: 'The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living' by Amit Sood, MD ...

Book Review: 'The Death of Money' by James Rickards
Rumor has it most book reviewers don't even read the whole book. In case of Rickard's new book, “The Death of Money,” they'd be missing out on a definitive analysis of the world's financial system, its components in their current state—and what to ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Death on Blackheath'
Trickery, treachery and treason are combined in Anne Perry's latest account of the dark side of 19th-century aristocratic London. It all begins with the discovery of what is suspected to be the remains of a lady's maid employed by Dudley Kynaston, a ...

WFNY Book Review — Jacobs Field: History and Tradition at The Jake
Jacobs Field Book Just in time for the Indians' 2014 Home Opener comes an image and story-filled book from author Vince McKee that provides Cleveland fans with a time capsule of words and wisdom. Jacobs Field: History and Tradition at The Jake is 124 ...

Book Review Podcast: Akhil Sharma's 'Family Life'
In The New York Times Book Review, Sonali Deraniyagala reviews Akhil Sharma's new novel, “Family Life.” Ms. Deraniyagala writes: This book, deeply unnerving and gorgeously tender at its core, charts the young life of Ajay Mishra as he struggles to grow ...

Book Review: 'Mover and Shaker' by Andy McCue
In one of the side stories that make this book a treat, we learn that Smith brought Alexander Fleming, the Scot who discovered penicillin, to Brooklyn once a year and took him to Dodger games. Fleming became intrigued and ended up with a collection of ...

Book Review: 'Encounters at the Heart of the World' by Elizabeth A. Fenn
Elizabeth Fenn's "Encounters at the Heart of the World" is a book about those scraps—and about the author's personal encounters with them. It is a book of fragments or, as Ms. Fenn describes it, "a mosaic . . . pieced together out of stones from many ...

Book review: 'Long Mile Home,' on the Boston bombing, by Scott Helman and ...
Book review: 'Long Mile Home,' on the Boston bombing, by Scott Helman and ...

Book Review: By All Means
A few pages into this “Zen cautionary tale,” the dramatic stakes are set high and our attention is arrested when its main character, Edward, barely manages to extricate a piggy hand-puppet from the jaws of a neighborhood feline — just as the ...

Book Review: 'The Most Dangerous Man in America' by Mark Perry
In December 1960, I had the experience of interviewing Gen. Douglas MacArthur in his vast New York apartment. He granted interviews to only three historians and agreed to see me because I was writing a biography of Gen. Peyton C. March, who had been ...

Book Review: 'In Paradise' by Peter Matthiessen
These books sometimes concern the Holocaust's long postwar shadow, as in Nathan Englander's popular story collection "What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank " (2012) or Yann Martel's "Beatrice and Virgil" (2010), a genocide allegory ...

Book Review: 'Visible City' by Tova Mirvis
Nina, a bored, unhappy young wife on the Upper West Side of New York City, entertains herself at night by spying on neighbors, whose lit-up apartment windows are like "the rows of televisions in an electronic store." While her two small children are ...

Book Review: 'Faisal I of Iraq' by Ali A. Allawi
Faisal, a Sunni, funded the maintenance of shrines to mystical Sufi saints; encouraged the Shiite majority to join his army officer corps; and added Shiite holidays to the state religious calendar. The reverence that this book's author, a Shiite ...

Book Review: 'Life, Animated' by Ron Suskind
At the outset of “Life, Animated,” Ron Suskind's memoir of his family's 20-year struggle to communicate with and create a meaningful life for his son Owen, the author recalls sitting on the floor against a cinder-block wall in his son's new school for ...

Book review (nonfiction): Mr. Owita's Guide to Gardening
Book review (nonfiction): Mr. Owita's Guide to Gardening. Carol Wall, a writer and retired English teacher, lives in Roanoke. She changed some names in her book for privacy's sake. Book review (nonfiction): Mr. Owita's Guide to Gardening. 03.02.2014 ...

Book review (fiction): The Black-Eyed Blonde
Raymond Chandler is among our most stylized writers, an innovator of what we might call high noir, with its cut-glass imagery, its cynical world-weariness (although never ennui). Such a posture defines him — or, more accurately, his detective, Philip ...

Adam Begley's bio makes strong case for rereading 'Updike'
Updike once told the Paris Review that he imagined his future reader to be a countryish, teenage boy finding his books, without their jackets, on library shelves. Begley has done his part to ensure that future David Kerns will see Updike's books on ...

'Life, Animated' by Ron Suskind
Ron Suskind's first book was “A Hope in the Unseen,” the story of an academically hungry boy from a troubled city high school applying to an Ivy League university. The boy, Cedric, referred to the people who thought his obstacles were insurmountable as ...

Book Review: 'The Blazing World,' by Siri Hustvedt
Known for her powerful writing of both fiction nonfiction books, Siri Hustvedt has earned her reputation as a brilliant thinker and articulate writer. This is not her first work of fiction, and The Blazing Worldis strong proof that her talents are ...


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