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'Five and Twenty-Fives' book review: Veteran paints gritty picture of conflict ...
'Five and Twenty-Fives' book review: Veteran paints gritty picture of conflict ...

Book Review: Summer of '68
The 1968 season is best remembered for being the last of an era. It was the final season before the pitching mounds were lowered and the last season before the National and American Leagues were split into divisions. It was rule changes such as these ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'A Dancer in the Dust': A Marvelous African Love Story
A little over a year ago, I reviewed Thomas H. Cook's genre-breaking crime novel "Sandrine's Case" (link: (link) 69009). The publisher must have liked my review because they used a quote from my review on the dust jacket of Cook ...

Book Review: 'Lumpini Park' by Ty Hutchinson
21420511 The thrill of the chase refers to the adrenaline rush that comes from certain dangerous situations. This is sometimes sought as in the adrenaline junkie, but is also involved in some cases with the high stakes game of murder. In Lumpini Park ...

Book Review: 'The Thief-Taker Hangings,' by Aaron Skirboll
The entwined stories of Wild and Sheppard provide Mr. Skirboll with his book's narrative spine. More sporadically, he inserts Daniel Defoe into the tale. Defoe, known to us today as the author of "Moll Flanders" and "Robinson Crusoe," was a prolific ...

Book review: 'What I Know for Sure'
This collection of bits of wisdom begins with Oprah Winfrey recalling a 1998 interview during which the late, great film critic Gene Siskel asked her, “[W]hat do you know for sure?” “Now, this was not my first rodeo,” Oprah writes. “I've asked and been ...

Accepting The Strange Brilliance Of 'Acceptance'
Because your only other option right now is to keep reading this review and accept the fact that, from this point on, I'm going to spoil the hell out of this last book. There is just no way to talk about Acceptance that doesn't involve giving something ...

'The Bone Clocks': David Mitchell conjures a triumphant tale of mystics and ...
'The Bone Clocks': David Mitchell conjures a triumphant tale of mystics and ...

Book review | 'Being Miss America' gives honest look behind the crown
Author Shindle takes the (elbow-length) gloves off in this book and tells the truth as she knows it: the good and bad of wearing the crown, the humor and difficulty of being an “ideal” woman, changes that titleholders have made within pageant workings ...

Book Review: Personal by Lee Child
In my recent interview with Lee Child, he talked about how he enjoys setting his books in America's heartland, and although Reacher pays a visit to Arkansas, most of the action in Personal takes place in Paris and London where Child knows the territory ...

Book review: Elizabeth Gilbert's 'The Signature of All Things' speaks of life ...
Book review: Elizabeth Gilbert's 'The Signature of All Things' speaks of life ...

The Smell of Death by Bruce Duff: A Book Review
I asked Bruce Duff, in an effort to understand the meaning behind the metaphor of the book title and the multiple references to death, ghosts and cemeteries throughout the book. He explained the imagery stems from him being a "lifelong horror fan and ...

'Women in Clothes'
Books on clothes tend to focus on the attire of the glamorous — designers who dressed the most beautiful women of their time, celebrities who wowed the world with their looks, or magazine editors whose pithy comments set the tone for a generation of ...

Book Review: 'City of Lies' by Ramita Navai
Taken together, the book's eight compulsively readable chapters, each focused on a different Iranian, paint a harrowing portrait of the city today. It's a place where, as the author writes, "truth has become a secret" and where people routinely lie to ...

Big Data, Data Mining, and Machine Learning, book review: A sound but ...
Big Data, Data Mining, and Machine Learning, book review: A sound but ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Please Stop Helping Us'
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. famously said we are a “nation of cowards” when it comes to discussing race. Jason Riley is not one of them. The Wall Street Journal editorial board member's new book, “Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It ...

Book review: The Jihadis Return: ISIS and the New Sunni Uprising
The Jihadis Return: ISIS and the New Sunni Uprising by Patrick Cockburn. Publisher: OR Books 150 pages • Paperback ISBN 978-1-939293-59-6 • E-book ISBN 978-1-939293-60-2 Release date: 28 August. A standard feature of imperialism is that ...

BOOK REVIEW: Lost Things
Everyone knows something about the power of things, how they remind us of our actions over time, how they have the power to delight or disappoint us. I'm referring here to what Katy Simpson Smith calls “oddments”—the items we don't mean to collect ...

Book Review: A Flowershop In Baghdad
“If we are joined by the international community, we can continue to shrink ISIL's sphere of influence, its effectiveness, its financing, its military capabilities, to the point where it is a manageable problem...what we've got to do is make sure that ...

(Book Review) Why Football Matters
Over the course of the year, I receive dozens of sports books, prior to their release date. I am sent the books with the idea that I will review each of them, but frankly, I don't like to seriously criticize books that I am given for free. So normally ...

Book Review: 'Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs, and Washington Handshakes' by ...
Book Review: 'Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs, and Washington Handshakes' by ...

Lip Gloss, Handbags And Margaret Drabble In 'The Fame Lunches'
Merkin made her name as a trenchant book and cultural critic, but — as she herself acknowledges — she's far more widely known for her "bold, almost reckless self-disclosure — whether the topic happens to be the terrors of pregnancy, the erotics of ...

[5 Skull Comic Book Review] “Southern Bastards” #4 Is Earl Tubb's Breaking Point!
In the final issue of the first arc of “Southern Bastards”, Earl Tubb is pushed to his breaking point; He has seen a young kid murdered, another beaten half to death, his house has been vandalized his truck and property destroyer, and his Daddy's tomb ...

Book Review: Perlstein's Invisible Bridge
Was Ronald Reagan a savior who pulled America out of its decade-long funk or a Pollyannaish lightweight who deluded himself and the American people by masking the nation's ills? That is the question at the heart of The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of ...

Book Review: How to Be Alone
I recently took a 10-day solitary road trip through Oklahoma, Nebraska and Kansas. A few stops to promote a new book required interacting with other people, but otherwise it was just me and my car and miles and miles of glorious prairie. I put about 2 ...

'The Drop' by Dennis Lehane
One can forgive Lehane for straying, especially as his book is as authentically grounded in place as his earlier works and more pleasurable than any tie-in novelization with such a contorted evolution has a right to be. And “The Drop” benefits from ...

Book Review: 'Curious' by Ian Leslie
A report published on the website of a British teaching union states plainly, 'A 21st century curriculum cannot have the transfer of knowledge at its core.' " Mr. Leslie buttresses his case against such assumptions with reporting and research, as well ...

'A Colony Sprung From Hell': Tracing Western Pennsylvania's roots finds an ...
'A Colony Sprung From Hell': Tracing Western Pennsylvania's roots finds an ...

The Economist Withdrew Its Book Review That Criticized An Author For Pointing ...
The Economist Withdrew Its Book Review That Criticized An Author For Pointing ...

The Economist Is Sorry About Its 'Not All Slave Masters' Book Review
The Economist withdrew its review of a non-fiction book on slavery after being criticized for arguing that it's somehow biased to acknowledge that slaves were victims of ... slavery. In an editor's note the magazine said it "regret(s) having published ...

The Economist Withdraws Book Review That Defended Slave Owners
Yesterday, the internet's collective jaw dropped when The Economist published a review of a book dealing with the history of the American slave trade, claiming that its author was not being fair enough to slave owners. In its review of historian Edward ...

Who Wrote the Economist's Pro-Slavery Book Review?
The Economist is an intentionally fusty British news-aggregation magazine for people who pretend their Economy Plus airline seat is a wing chair by the roaring fire in a manor house. Editors of other magazines are required to discuss how much they ...

The Economist Retracts a Book Review Complaining That a Historical Account ...
The Economist Retracts a Book Review Complaining That a Historical Account ...

Book Review Podcast: 'Eichmann Before Jerusalem'
On this week's podcast, Ms. Stangneth talks about her book; Alexandra Alter has news from the literary world; Dana Stevens and Adam Kirsch discuss whether literature should be considered useful; and Gregory Cowles has best-seller news. Pamela Paul is ...

Book Review: 'Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay' by Elena Ferrante
Encountering someone you haven't seen for decades can be pretty shocking, but how much more so if they're lying dead in front of you. In the opening of Elena Ferrante's latest novel, "Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay," two Neapolitan women around ...

Book Review: 'The Last Great Walk' by Wayne Curtis
Weston's trek is the ligature on which Wayne Curtis constructs his engaging new book, "The Last Great Walk." Mr. Curtis not only paces along with Weston through snow, rain, heat and gloom of night but uses his heroic pilgrimage to meditate on the ...

Book Review: 'Beyond the First Draft' by John Casey
The narrator of Somerset Maugham's novel "Cakes and Ale" visits the home of celebrated novelist Edward Driffield, whom he had known in the author's less reputable youth. There is a library with books neatly and tastefully arranged by the novelist's ...

Book Review: 'World Order' by Henry Kissinger
Mr. Kissinger is now 91 years old. The fact that he has written yet another book, the succinctly titled "World Order," is impressive in itself. What is more remarkable is that it effectively carries on his campaign to undermine the romantic pieties of ...

Book Review: 'Rebel Souls' by Justin Martin
Elaine's, the Algonquin Hotel, the White Horse and Cedar taverns: These and a few other Manhattan establishments have become legendary as places for writers and artists to eat, drink, joke, theorize, drink some more and make spectacular asses of ...

A Foreshadowing Of Violence In A 1937 Middle East Travelogue
What sets the book apart is Byron's wit and precision — and the timing. It is another world in so many ways. Byron sits at a roadside stall in the desert between Syria and Iraq — perhaps not so very far from where James Foley was killed — and orders ...

Legal Dilemmas Become Human Drama In Ian McEwan's Latest
And the structure of a McEwan novel tends toward near-perfection too, with careful attention paid to the shape — and shapeliness — of the book. And you always feel the whole thing was put together by an unusually sharp intelligence. So when reading a ...

Henry Kissinger Reminds Us Why Realism Matters
This “yes, but” balance, with the emphasis always tilting to the but sentence, pervades Kissinger's analysis and peppers every chapter of his book. The need for a renewed realism, Kissinger convincingly argues, is especially true in the Middle East ...

Book review (fiction): Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good
Jan Karon, who lives near Monticello, published her first Mitford novel 20 years ago. "Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good" is her 10th. SOMEWHERE SAFE WITH SOMEBODY GOOD. Jan Karon. 511 pages, G.P Putnam's Sons, $27.95 ...

Children's book review: Teen tragedy resonates with readers
The car wreck will kill Mia or kick her into adulthood. She learns things about herself that prompt her to make her ultimate decision. This book is available in the Buncombe County Public Libraries. To learn more, visit www.buncombecounty.org/library ...

Giving a successful book review
Getting started is often the most difficult part of preparing a review. Avoid typical openers, guaranteed to stimulate nothing but a yawn, such as “When I was assigned to review this book ...” Instead, after identifying the title and author, share your ...

'I Am China' Asks: How Far Should An Artist Go?
From there, the book follows Jian and Mu's tortured relationship across both decades and continents. Their story takes shape in letters and diary entries that have landed in the possession of a London publishing house. Iona Kirkpatrick, who is ...

Book Review: 'Between the Pipes' by Randi Druzin
Nonetheless, the sidebars make this book go beyond the 12 subjects. Hextall's chapter includes a (very brief) sidebar on Smith, noting how he was the first "uncontrollable" goalie before Hextall, and referencing Smith's slash on Wayne Gretzky during ...

Book Review: Rob Vollman's Hockey Abstract 2014
Vollman utilized these concepts while answering common questions fans wonder to present what he hoped would be a "fun and informative book" In my review, I agreed that he accomplished this goal and recommended the book. I didn't expect was a second ...

Book Review: 'What Stays in Vegas' by Adam Tanner
The title is unfortunate, because "What Stays in Vegas" has little to do with gambling and even less to do with Vegas: The book is about how corporate America amasses and uses information about its customers. Mr. Tanner's findings, based on interviews ...

James Ellroy begins his second LA Quartet with Perfidia
To attempt some kind of plot summary beyond that would be a fool's errand: As with Ellroy's other books, Perfidia is crowded, complicated, and filled with dozens of richly detailed characters and multiple double-crosses. It's also brilliantly obsessed ...


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