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'Warburg in Rome' by James Carroll
The book follows David Warburg, a US Treasury agent sent to Rome immediately after the Allied takeover in 1944. His assignment is to deal with the growing refugee crisis caused by Nazi atrocities and the inevitable dislocations of war, a heart ...

Oh Dear, Geoffrey!: Children's book review
Whether they feel clumsy like Geoffrey, or just feel like they do not “fit in,” this book demonstrates that everyone can make friends and sometimes you find unexpected things once you have accepted yourself for who you are. The fun pictures will easily ...

Book review: 'Saving Babe Ruth' examines the unseemly side of youth baseball
A generation ago youth sports was just about that, the youth. At practice, often the only adults at the ballpark, gridiron, ice rink or gymnasium were the coaches. On game days, players would ride their bike alone to the event. When the game was over ...

Book Review: Lifting the Veil
When I began reading Lifting the Veil, it seemed clear that the main theme was dissociative identity disorder — previously and popularly known as multiple personality disorder. The book appears to be a first-hand account of one therapist's experience ...

Introducing Eater's Starred & Tested Cookbook Reviews
Today, I'm proud to announce Eater's first ever formal, starred, and tested cookbook review, which is of The Meat Hook Meat Book by Tom Mylan. This will be a once-a-month series looking at some of the most exciting new releases from chefs, restaurants, ...

Book Review: 'The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar' by Martin Windrow
In this perfect book, Mr. Windrow may compare Mumble to a samurai and think of her as hurling at pigeons the owlish equivalent of a certain Anglo-Saxon expletive, but he never loses sight of what she is: Strix aluco, a beautiful alien. Mr. Downing is ...

Book Review: Investing In India
I learned a lot from this book. India is an amalgam of nations inside one country. It is difficult to generalize about investing in India but there are a few themes to follow. Most companies in India have a dominant shareholder, or family of ...

The Rise of the Humans, book review: Don't sleepwalk into the future
Dave Coplin's second book, The Rise of the Humans: How to outsmart the digital deluge, looks at how we feel about technology, at work and on the move, from the myth of multi-tasking to whether we're about to welcome our new robotic overlords. He argues ...

Steven Newcomb Book Review
Imagine a couple of novels that contain a deep discernment that our existence as Original Nations and Peoples extends back to the beginning of time, through our oral histories and our oral traditions. Imagine the novels are written with heart, and with ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Elihu Yale'
Like most of my fellow Yalies, I knew little of the man who gave his name to it. However, you don't need a connection to find this book by an Oxford historian and her American co-author of interest, because, even if Yale University had never existed ...

Book review: 'The Lost Art of Dress'
Through classes, pamphlets, and books they penned, the Dress Doctors showed that dressing well was relatively easy. They weighed in on thrift, using whatever fabric was at-hand, repurposing garments, and getting today's look with pieces of yesterday's ...

Book Review: Todd Snider: Never Met a Story I Didn't Like (Mostly True Tall Tales)
Think of it, if you will, as the stoner-alt-folk-country-hippie version of Bob Dylan's Chronicles. Todd Snider's I Never Met a Story I Didn't Like uses that same sort of no-particular-order approach to things, with the constants being Snider's humility ...

Book Review: 'Liberty's Torch' by Elizabeth Mitchell
Just in time for Independence Day comes "Liberty's Torch," Elizabeth Mitchell's history of the construction of the most recognizable symbol of American freedom, the Statue of Liberty. The book's subtitle is "The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of ...

'The Skeleton Crew' by Deborah Halber
The book is thoroughly researched and abundantly detailed, although at times so much so as to overburden the reader with threads that become tangled in the telling. The narrative sometimes jumps track unexpectedly, suddenly switching focus from sleuth ...

Book Review: War of the Whales
The world's oceans are full of noise caused by huge container ships ferrying goods from distant ports, oil and gas exploration platforms, commercial fishing boats, cruise ships, and jet skis. Another source of noise, albeit less well known, is military ...

A Primer On The 'Care And Management' Of Hope In Wartime
Bobbi Dumas is a freelance writer based in Madison, Wis. She mostly reviews for Kirkus Media, and she discusses books on her blog ReadWriteLove.net. Share. Facebook; Twitter; Google+; Email. Comment ...

My Salinger Year (2014)
Maybe his admirers took Holden Caulfield's claim that good books make you ''wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it'' too literally.) Still, there's something ...

Book Review: 'Kids Gone Wild' by Joel Best and Kathleen A. Bogle
I have had the pleasure of working with preteens and teens for some time and had to face very early on the question of sex. I believe this topic should not be a shameful one that needs to be hidden away. Rather, it should be discussed openly with ...

Book Review: The Alliance by LinkedIn's Reid Hoffman
The organization man used to spend a lifetime at a company. He'd start out as an assistant and end up with a nice office and a pension, maybe even running the business. He gave up his best years but got a good retirement. Now no one expects to spend ...

Book review: 'S Street Rising: Crack, Murder, and Redemption in DC' by Ruben ...
Book review: 'S Street Rising: Crack, Murder, and Redemption in DC' by Ruben ...

Book review: 'Run, Don't Walk,' by Adele Levine
It's this approach that threads through her honest retelling of her experience as a physical therapist in Walter Reed's amputee department, making for a book that's both uplifting and informative. Levine is helpfully descriptive in explaining ailments ...

Book review: “The Literary Churchill: Author, Reader, Actor,” by Jonathan Rose
Like Abraham Lincoln, the greatest statesman of the 19th century, Winston Churchill, the greatest of the 20th, had a genius for language. But unlike Lincoln, Churchill made a lucrative living as an author, inflating both his bank balance and his ...

Book Review: 'Brando's Smile' by Susan L. Mizruchi
Ms. Mizruchi, an English professor at Boston University, has thus gone through scripts, letters, audiotapes and Brando's heavily annotated 4,000-book library to construct something that is less than what her subtitle claims but still more than I ...

Book Review: 'Philology' by James Turner
James Turner's book on "philology" must be the most wide-ranging work of intellectual history for many years. But what is it about? As Mr. Turner declares in his prologue, "philology has fallen on hard times in the English-speaking world." It may be ...

Book Review: 'Renegade Revolutionary' by Phillip Papas & 'Charles Lee' by ...
Book Review: 'Renegade Revolutionary' by Phillip Papas & 'Charles Lee' by ...

Book Review: 'Give Me a Fast Ship' by Tim McGrath
"Fast Ship" flies the pennants of three starring captains: John Barry, the 6-foot-4 Irishman who was the subject of Mr. McGrath's previous book; Gustavus Conyngham, who divided his time between capturing enemy vessels and breaking out of British and ...

Book Review: 'Preparing the Ghost' by Matthew Gavin Frank
These elements coalesce to give this book a charming dynamism. More important, Mr. Frank's high-wattage prose never dims. About an insectarium he visits in Newfoundland: "The place is all swallow and gape, all log cabin and humongous rib cage, and ...

Book Review: 'Adirondack' by Edward Kanze
As shown in his captivating book about the Australian outback, "Kangaroo Dreaming" (2000), Mr. Kanze has a keen biologist's eye and an ability to pull back for a whole-ecosystem view. He writes of himself as merely another colonizing species in a vast ...

Book Review: Steve Forbes' Money
Forbes proposes returning to the gold standard and spends the final chapters of the book making his case. This might be a bridge too far for me and, in any event, it would be politically impossible any time in the foreseeable future. I do, however ...

Book Review Podcast: Hillary Rodham Clinton's 'Hard Choices'
Taking the reader along on her journey representing the United States as President Obama's top diplomat, she provides a sophisticated analysis of many of the world's most complicated hot spots, but no analysis of one of the world's most complicated ...

Friend struggles to write book review without being negative
He gave me a copy, asked me to read it and enter a great review on the Amazon page. The problem is the book is filled with misused and misspelled words, and there is missing punctuation. He even switched the names of two characters. (His wife, who is a ...

Book review: 'Seeds of Faith' shares pioneers' conversion stories
After much searching and praying, he is led to the home of Joseph Smith Sr., where he is taught about the Book of Mormon. Pratt relates the feelings of joy and gladness which came over him and his acceptance of the Mormon teachings. Other accounts ...

Science book review: 'Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials that ...
Science book review: 'Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials that ...

Book Review: 'Bicycle Design: An Illustrated History' by Tony Hadland and Hans ...
Book Review: 'Bicycle Design: An Illustrated History' by Tony Hadland and Hans ...

Book Review: 'Brando's Smile' by Susan L. Mizruchi
Ms. Mizruchi, an English professor at Boston University, has thus gone through scripts, letters, audiotapes and Brando's heavily annotated 4,000-book library to construct something that is less than what her subtitle claims but still more than I ...

Book review: 'Don't Start Me Talkin' ' by Tom Williams
His work has appeared in Bookslut, RogerEbert.com, The Comics Journal, Salon, PopMatters, The Baseball Chronicle and Valley Voices: A Literary Review. 'Don't Start Me Talkin''. By Tom Williams. Publisher: Curbside Splendor Publishing. Price: $15.95 ...

Book review: "Graduation Day" promises a bang, ends with a pop
Part three of the Testing series by Joelle Charbonneau is Greek tragedy meets teen drama meets conspiratorial mystery set in post-apocryphal times. Reading the first two books is a necessity to understand this recently released trilogy conclusion, ...

Comic Book Review: 'Moon Knight' #5
moon-knight-5 Each of the issues for 'Moon Knight' seem to not only follow his personalities but character traits as well. In the last issue we saw a combination of psychological horror mixed with the dream scape, fitting for our hero. In the current ...

Cyador's Heirs by LE Modesitt Jr. (Book Review)
Cyador's Heirs by L.E. Modesitt Jr. (Tor) is the 17th book in his fantasy series, The Saga of Recluce. The events in the novel take place decades after Cyador's fall. The survivors, determined to re-establish their empire and way of life elsewhere ...

Book review: Pastor-dad sheds new light on parables
“Parables” succeeds where other such books fail because Taylor-Troutman avoids both the esoteric language of theological explication and the oversimplification often found in similar interpretations. The discussion of language, history and author ...

Book review: Examine the roots of American independence
Thomas P. Slaughter concurred, and in his new book, “Independence: The Tangled Roots of the American Revolution,” he explores the many sources that came together to make the American tree of independence. Slaughter carefully examines the factors ...

Book Review – NT Wright on the Psalms
Reading Tom Wright's new book on the Psalms is like taking a helicopter flight with David Attenborough. A panoramic view of the spiritual landscape of the Psalter is delivered with charm and erudition. Brief close-ups give us insight and a sense of ...

Book review: A character to care about
As those who lived through those tumultuous times know, the '60s didn't revolutionize all of America equally and at the same time. Things were slower in the South, and, in small Southern towns, phenomena such as “women's lib” and opposition to the war ...

Book review: The Miniaturist is average historical fiction coupled with plain ...
Book review: The Miniaturist is average historical fiction coupled with plain ...

Book review - Secrets unravel in lives of Savannah power couple
Book review - Secrets unravel in lives of Savannah power couple. By Ben Steelman · [email protected] Published: Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.. Last Modified: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.. Alabama novelist Patti Callahan ...

Book Review: 'The Forbidden Game' by Dan Washburn
In fact, since the mid-1990s it has been illegal to develop golf courses in China—hence the book's title. As any China-watcher knows, public decrees in China shouldn't always be taken at face value. To cite the old Chinese saying: "The mountain is ...

Book Review: 'The Forbidden Game' by Dan Washburn
In fact, since the mid-1990s it has been illegal to develop golf courses in China—hence the book's title. As any China-watcher knows, public decrees in China shouldn't always be taken at face value. To cite the old Chinese saying: "The mountain is ...

BOOK REVIEW: "The Art of Princess Mononoke"
When Princess Mononoke debuted in the US in 1999, animators and anime fans already knew Hayao Miyazaki's work, but the general public did not. Mononoke was the first of his features to receive a wide release in the US. “Art of” books were not yet ...

'Mambo in Chinatown' by Jean Kwok
That experience lends an authenticity to her portrayal of the rituals, routines, and rules of the subculture of professional dance — the book's most engaging and original aspect. Charlie, the one character we really come to know, is a self-confessed ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Book of Unknown Americans'
The unknowns who Cristina Henriquez pictures in her novel, “The Book of Unknown Americans,” are those who come from south of the United States border: the Spanish-speaking people of Central and South America. When they emigrate to North America, ...


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