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Theater Review: Clever, funny 'Book of Mormon' at PPAC
The main problem with “The Book of Mormon” is living up to all the hype. Sure it's clever and funny, very funny at times. But the Second Coming it's not. The Tony-winning musical, one of the hottest tickets on Broadway right now, opened a two-week run ...

Diane Keaton: By the Book
I worry. In my dressing room I read the script. Never fun and always concerning. A version of this article appears in print on May 4, 2014, on page BR8 of the Sunday Book Review with the headline: Diane Keaton. Order Reprints|Today's Paper|Subscribe ...

Book Review: 'A Very Good Life' by Lynn Steward
Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000037_00031] A Very Good Life is the first book in an exciting new series by successful business woman now author Lynn Steward. In this story, which crosses over from the literary to women's fiction to romance, Steward ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Perfect Nonsense'
In June 1936, Macmillan Publishers released a book written by an unknown author, Margaret Mitchell, titled “Gone With The Wind.” More than 1,000 pages in length, and retailing for a lofty $3, it sold nearly a million copies by Christmas. The book ...

Fictitious Dishes (2014)
As Dinah Fried notes in Fictitious Dishes, in which she photographs literature's most famous meals, the very language we use to talk about reading is about consumption. ''As a voracious reader,'' she writes, ''I devour my books.'' There's a strong ...

The Noble Hustle (2014)
Novelist and amateur cardplayer Whitehead follows up 2011's undead tome Zone One with a nonfiction account of his attempt to win the 2011 World Series of Poker — or, rather, to take part in the contest without looking overly foolish. The Noble Hustle ...

Book Review: Kurt Vonnegut: Novels 1976-1985
Listen: One of my writing heroes is Kurt Vonnegut and for four years I had his home phone number sitting on my desk. That blessed number was a present from a friend of mine and every day it taunted me, teased me. When Vonnegut died in 2007, I threw the ...

Book Review: #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
The cover of #Girlboss shows author Sophia Amoruso, Nasty Gal's founder and chief executive officer, standing defiantly against a pale pink background, hands on hips, in a severe black dress that plunges below her rib cage. The hashtag in the title ...

The Amazing Spider-Man Returns to Comics!
Also, check out what the IGN All-Stars are doing in their reviews of all this week's Comixology Submit releases. As always, take to the comments and let us know what you thought about this week's comic book releases! [Editor's Note: Don't forget to ...

Book Review: 'The Pink Suit'
There have been so many books written about President John F. Kennedy, his wife Jacqueline, and their family. Last year I reviewed the memoir of Clint Hill, the Secret Service agent assigned to Jacqueline Kennedy during the presidency. But in all of ...

'Be Safe I Love You,' by Cara Hoffman
We get our first sense of Lauren's special relationship with her brother, now 12, from his humorous “dispatches” to her in Iraq, which are sprinkled throughout the book, addressed “Dear Sistopher” and ending, “Be safe, I love you.” However, we get a ...

Book Review: 'Misplaced' by Lee Murray
book Being a teenager is no simple task. One suddenly goes from being a child with simple needs, to having an increasing awareness of the world that shifts everything around, sometimes painfully so. Needless to say, it's a complicated time of one's ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Power Play'
With more than 600 million books sold, she is a publishing phenomenon and one of the most successful authors in the world. Every nine months, the Mistress of Romance births a new novel with a glamorous photo of herself on the back cover — beautifully ...

Book Review: 'Infinitesimal' by Amir Alexander
Book Review: 'Infinitesimal' by Amir Alexander. The idea of an infinitely tiny quantity—the foundation of calculus—was so unsettling that in the 17th century the Church banned it from classrooms. Email; Print; Comments. Facebook; Twitter. Google+ ...

Book Review: 'Dangerous Rhythm' by Richard Barrios
Book Review: 'Dangerous Rhythm' by Richard Barrios. Janet Gaynor displayed a vocal range 'just this side of Minnie Mouse.' Email; Print; Comments. Facebook; Twitter. Google+. LinkedIn. smaller; Larger. By. John Check. May 2, 2014 3:52 p.m. ET. It had ...

Roz Chast's memoir 'Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?' speaks ...
Roz Chast's memoir 'Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?' speaks ...

Book Review: 'Malthus' by Robert J. Mayhew
Book Review: 'Malthus' by Robert J. Mayhew. Overpopulation was hardly a worry before 1800. Most of humanity had always been poor and hungry. Email; Print; Comments. Facebook; Twitter. Google+. LinkedIn. smaller; Larger. By. Phillip Longman. May 2 ...

Book Review: 'A Troublesome Inheritance' by Nicholas Wade
Book Review: 'A Troublesome Inheritance' by Nicholas Wade. A scientific revolution is under way—upending one of our reigning orthodoxies. Email; Print; Comments. Facebook; Twitter. Google+. LinkedIn. smaller; Larger. By. Charles Murray. May 2, 2014 ...

Book Review: 'The Blonde' by Anna Godbersen
A new fictional book by Anna Godbersen titled, The Blonde, may get some of the Marilyn Monroe theorists all fired up. The author adds her own surprising twists and theories, if you will, to the life and death (or seeming death) of Monroe. The book ...

Comic Book Review: 'All-New X-Men' #26
We open the book with Jean Grey as the Phoenix once again killing everyone. Hell of a nightmare to have. Her cry of anguish when waking up summons the one man she wants to see here. Scott Summers. Though, it isn't the young Scott she was hoping for ...

Comic Book Review: 'Amazing Spider-Man' #1
Amazing Spider-man 1 Cover This has been a huge week for Spider-Man. Not only did his new movie 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' debut this week, but after a year long stint lost in the mind of Doctor Octopus while his former foe controlled his body in ...

Comic Book Review: 'V-Wars' #1
v-wars-1 While most people I know think of zombies when they think of Jonathan Maberry, his work on the first issue of the comic adaptation of his novel 'V-Wars' might be changing that. When an all out vampire virus spreading across the world and ...

Winter's Heart by Robert Jordan Now in Paperback (Book Review)
Winter's Heart, the ninth book of Robert Jordan's famous fantasy series “The Wheel of Time,” is finally out in trade paperback published by Tor, though the hardback version first came out in 2000. “The Wheel of Time” is a much-acclaimed series, with ...

Book review: 'Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir'
It is a familiar story, but Mayes pulls it off exquisitely with just the right balance of humor, irony and tragedy. And no tourist guide or coffee table book will offer a more sensually pleasing portrait of the culture, food, language, and landscape of ...

Book review: 'Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat'
In the first decade of the 20th century, physicians in the South began to encounter a strange skin disease that they finally deduced was pellagra. Why it appeared in Georgia when the previous descriptions indicated it occurred only in Italian peasants ...

'The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death: Book review
In his newest book, “The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death,” the novelist takes something of a busman's holiday. It's a nonfiction escapade in which Whitehead heads to Las Vegas, after first upping his game in Atlantic City, to futz around at ...

Book review: 'There Goes Gravity' by Lisa Robinson
In the new book "There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll," there's a telling photograph of Mick Jagger whispering into the ear of journalist Lisa Robinson as she smiles mischievously. The 1975 shot perfectly illustrates why Robinson is so good at ...

Sunday Burgs book review
Reviewed by Jennifer Poff Cooper of Christiansburg, a graduate of the Hollins University M.A.L.S. program. "Families are Forever!: Communication" is a new book by retired Radford University professor Dennis Cogswell. This first book in a trilogy ...

Book Review: 'The Letters of Robert Frost Volume 1 1896-1920'
As noted above, this book has 811 pages, but this reviewer is not complaining, because he has been reading it off and on for many weeks and enjoying every minute of it. Robert Frost is one of my favorite poets; I have lectured on his life and work and ...

Book Review: 'iRules' by Janell Burley Hofmann
The book is meant to help parents create a set of technology use rules to fit every family through establishing a contract between parents and their children. Although it focuses on teens and younger, the contract that is introduced in the book could ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Once and Future King'
The Obama Administration's agency abuses (IRS, EPA, ATF, NLRB, DOJ), bogus “recess appointments” and unilateral lawmaking via executive order and discretionary enforcement have focused conservative attention on presidential excesses. However, in ...

Book Review: 'Counterstrike' by John Groh
20541182 Family has such a strong impact in our lives. Yet there are times that rivalry among the members creates distrust and discord. Add money to the mix and occasionally that discord becomes a solid burning feeling of anger. Situations that can ...

Comic Book Review: 'Serenity: Leaves on the Wind' #4
Serenity Leaves on the Wind #4 cover With one of their own in danger, the crew of Serenity is now in rescue mission mode. However, they're one experienced lieutenant short of successfully saving Zoe from Alliance imprisonment. That's when Captain Mal ...

Book Review: Frog Music by Emma Donoghue
Already accomplished at genre-switching, Donoghue follows up her contemporary smash, "Room," with "Frog Music," historical fiction set in late-1800s San Francisco. Based on the real-life unsolved murder of Jenny Bonnet in 1876, Donoghue crafts a ...

Book review: 'Mom in the Movies'
Don't go thinking this is a hardcover companion to a sickly sweet greeting card designed to give you-know-who a good cry on her special day. The smartly written and nicely illustrated "Mom in the Movies" is appropriate for any occasion, an entertaining ...

'The Doctor Crisis' by Jack Cochran and Charles C. Kenney
This is what Jack Cochran and Charles Kenney refer to as “the doctor crisis” in their new book: a high degree of job dissatisfaction and burnout among US physicians, despite the importance of what they do and the high respect and material compensation ...

Noah Strycker's feathered friends: 'The Thing With Feathers': book review
Every day is a mirror, reflecting the past as well as now, ever-changing and recontextualizing with each passing second. Looking, truly looking, at oneself and the surrounding world is the only way to even hope to learn what it all meant, and what it ...

Against the Tyranny of Natural-Childbirth Elitists
I finished the book last week, reading in bed next to my wife, who was engrossed in a novel. Every few minutes, I would tap her shoulder and ask her a question inspired by the book. One exchange went like this: “Do you have a spirit cave?” I asked. “Do ...

In 'Hotel Florida,' Three Couples Chronicle The Spanish Civil War
There's something romantic about biographer Amanda Vaill's device of making the Hotel Florida in Madrid the hub of her new book about the Spanish Civil War, called Hotel Florida; but, then again, there's always been something romantic about the Spanish ...

Book review: 'An Untamed State' tells hauntingly beautiful tale of woman held ...
Book review: 'An Untamed State' tells hauntingly beautiful tale of woman held ...

BOOK REVIEW
If you are a fan of Box's Joe Pickett books, then don't miss this latest one. It is just recently out and well worth your investment in time and money. Pickett is asked by the governor of Wyoming, where Pickett is employed as a game warden, to be his ...

Book review | 'The Caregivers' tackles tough issues with sweetness
And in the new book “The Caregivers” by Nell Lake, you'll see how one group of spouses (and children) dealt with it. Though her grandmother had never been demonstrative, Nell Lake knew the woman loved her. Hildegard was “elegant, German, unadorned, ...

Book Review: 'How to Write Anything' by Laura Brown
As a freelance writer, my business is to know how to write just about anything from news articles to promotional materials. As such, I need good reference books for my professional library to help remind how to write those things that I only write ...

'Chestnut Street' by Maeve Binchy
These writings were always intended, as Binchy's husband, Gordon Snell, explains in the book's preface, to be a volume of interlocking stories centered around Dublin's fictional Chestnut Street, its residents and families. It's no surprise, then, that ...

New York Times Review Slams Book Written by New York Times Reporter
Editor's Note, May 5: An earlier version of this post implied that the Times had, as an institution, panned Jo Becker's book, Forcing The Spring. While the Arts section of the newspaper did publish a review by Adam Goodheart that was critical of the ...

Book review | Wonderland: Puzzle worth the effort
Book review | Wonderland: Puzzle worth the effort. Books. Book review | Wonderland: Puzzle worth the effort · More Books. Subscribe to The Dispatch. Sign up for home delivery of The Columbus Dispatch and find out What's In It for You. Subscribe ...

Book Review: 'The Fear Inside' by Ralph Morrison
With The Fear Inside, Ralph Morrison has written a touching recount of his disastrous past. From the very start, Morrison made it very clear that he is not a success story, coming out of the dark places he has been. It is very hard for me to be ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Authorisms'
To mark the “sesquiquadricentennial, or 450th anniversary” of the Bard's birth, Mr. Dickson dedicates his book to “William Shakespeare, now and forever the greatest neologist of the English language.” (Also, just in case you're wondering: “The term ...

Book review: ' The Hippest Trip in America : Soul Train and the Evolution of ...
Book review: ' The Hippest Trip in America : Soul Train and the Evolution of ...

Book Review: 'Wolverine Bros. Freight & Storage' is fast-paced, highly ...
Book Review: 'Wolverine Bros. Freight & Storage' is fast-paced, highly ...


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