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Review: 'Gone Girl' lives up to the book
Flynn gets a rare chance for a successful author to adapt her book for the screen, and that's the second-smartest choice made for this project. The first was hiring Fincher to direct, a filmmaker who at his best works with a clinical and cynical eye ...

Book review: 'Fire Shut up in My Bones'
What sets this book apart from the others, however, is the way in which Blow tells his tale. In addition to being an author, Blow is also a journalist, which shows in the beauty of his writing and the gentle images he creates, even in passages of ...

'Lies' May Be Fiction, But Its Story Rings True
Editor's Note: This book review includes a passage in which a racial slur is used. The word is key to understanding the point the author is making. In the spring of 1968, my aunt Elizabeth Rice was about to start her first term as a teacher at Virginia ...

Book review: Pterosaurs : Natural History, Evolution, Anatomy by Mark P. Witton - Staten Island Advance
This morning as I got ready to leave for work, I lost a few pounds and already I miss them. It wasn't exercise or a new breakfast regime. Last evening I had finished reading Mark P. Witton's wonderful, and heavy, book Pterosaurs: Natural History ...

A Poetic Look At A Medical Pioneer, 'Dr. Mütter's Marvels' Jolts The Heart
Mütter is also the subject of Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz's new book, Dr. Mütter's Marvels; in it, Aptowicz forgives the simplicity of Levis' tribute to Mütter by noting, "[Levis] was not a poet, just a surgeon." Aptowicz, on the other hand, is a poet ...

Hand to Mouth (2014)
So hell yeah, she wrote a book. Tirado, whose writing is crisp, persuasive, and often profane, sets up her terms early. ''Poverty is when a quarter is a f---ing miracle. Poor is when a dollar is a miracle. Broke is when five bucks is a miracle. Working ...

Book Review: The Innovators by Walter Isaacson
Walter Isaacson's The Innovators begins with Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron and one of the few women to appear in this book who isn't an offstage wife. In the mid-19th century, Lovelace embarked on a study of mathematics to discipline her artist ...

'Gone Girl' review: Deeper, darker than the book
Review: 'Gone Girl'. Plot: In a small Missouri town, a husband stands accused of murdering his wife. Rated R for violence, nudity, sexual situations, language. Bottom line: Gillian Flynn's playful novel is now David Fincher's chilling movie. Still ...

Book review: Sarah Waters' 'The Paying Guests'
Sarah Waters' latest novel begins with a familiar framework: Strangers enter an ordinary, slightly dull life — and shatter it. But such a simple description doesn't do justice to the erotically charged thriller The Paying Guests, a book that wrings ...

'The Glass Cage' by Nicholas Carr
Carr, former executive editor of the Harvard Business Review, made a name for himself through a 2008 Atlantic magazine article warning that Google's Internet search service was making us all morons. He surely had a point. Access to instant information ...

Book Review: 'Political Order and Political Decay' by Francis Fukuyama
While Mr. Fukuyama's earlier book discussed all of human history up to Napoleon's 1806 victory at Jena, this volume more modestly confines itself to the subsequent period through the present day. This temporal division marks the beginning of the period ...

The Enforcer: John Branch's 'Boy on Ice'
In the case of John Branch's devastating new book, “Boy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard,” this moment arrives when Boogaard, a clumsy 15-year-old hulk from small-town Saskatchewan, goes berserk at a junior league hockey game. He clubs ...

Two Dead Writers Come Alive In New Collections
This month sees the publication of posthumous collections of short fiction by two 20th century literary giants, the Italian fantasist Italo Calvino, and the American science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick. Reading these two books is like partaking in ...

BOOK REVIEW: "Princess Mononoke: The First Story"
In 1980, Hayao Miyazaki drew the first preliminary artwork for a story he called “Princess Mononoke.” He hoped to sell the project to a film company or a TV station. That year, he later wrote, “determined the course of the next ten years for me.” None ...

Book Review: 'The Hidden Perspective' by David Owen
The centenary of the outbreak of World War I has spawned a number of books that examine the reasons why the assassination of an Austrian archduke by a Serb in Bosnia should have, within six weeks, led to people marching to their doom from places as far ...

Book Review: 'Malice' by Keigo Higashino
Many of Kaga's probing questions aim at tracing a timeline: arrivals and departures, telephone calls placed and received, a date-stamped videotape. By the book's halfway mark, the detective is certain he knows the killer's identity. Yet the reason for ...

Book Review Podcast: Walter Isaacson's 'The Innovators'
Though its lessons may be prosaic, the book is still absorbing and valuable, and Isaacson's outsize narrative talents are on full display. Few authors are more adept at translating technical jargon into graceful prose, or at illustrating how hubris and ...

Book Review: 'How to Be a Victorian” by Ruth Goodman
Her new book carries us from the moment chilly Victorians swung their feet out of bed in the morning to when they were tucked up into their (or possibly someone else's) bed at night. This isn't so much “history from below” as “history from within.” “I ...

Book Review: 'The Scarlett Letters' edited by John Wiley, Jr.
“I don't see how it could possibly be made into a movie unless the entire book was scrapped and Shirley Temple was cast as 'Bonnie,' ” she wrote a friend. Later she remarked: “I wouldn't put it beyond Hollywood to have . . . Scarlett seduce General ...

Book Review: 'Art in America, 1945-1970,' edited by Jed Perl
But at a time when Google or Wikipedia is such a quick and easy go-to source for information and comment on modern art, how much good is a non-electronic brick of a book—with 867 pages containing almost 150 essays by just under 90 authors? Actually ...

Book Review: 'The News Sorority' by Sheila Weller
It was, in fact, her international reporting that had made her reputation, and Ms. Weller's description of Ms. Amanpour's reporting career makes for the most riveting section of the book. From 1992 to 1995, Ms. Amanpour was part of a small crew of ...

Book Review: 'Lila' by Marilynne Robinson
In its sacramental respect for faith and doubt alike, and its reverent uncertainty about everything except the dignity and pathos of its characters, “Lila” is a book whose grandeur is found in its humility. That's what makes Gilead among the most ...

Book Review: 'Dataclysm' by Christian Rudder
There's a story that every data scientist hears at some point: In 1854, London's Soho district was struck by the worst cholera outbreak that the city had seen to date. Unconvinced by the dominant theory that the disease was spread by “bad air,” Dr ...

Book Review: 'The Innovators' by Walter Isaacson
Walter Isaacson's last book was the best-selling biography of Steve Jobs —the charismatic business genius of Apple Computer and one of the beatified icons of modern technology and entrepreneurship. Mr. Isaacson's fine new book, “The Innovators,” is a ...

Book Review: 'Nuclear Iran' by Jeremy Bernstein
Googling the phrase “Iranian nuclear program” yields more than three million hits. Those reflect millions of news articles, think-tank reports, op-eds, government assessments, and other bits of professional and amateur punditry. But how many of the ...

Book Review: 'The Copernicus Complex' by Caleb Scharf
Nicolaus Copernicus is credited with the realization, in the 15th century, that the Earth does not sit at the center of the universe but orbits around the sun. This was a key step in the development of the idea that we do not occupy a special place in ...

Book Review: 'The Return of George Washington, 1783-1789,' by Edward J ...
Book Review: 'The Return of George Washington, 1783-1789,' by Edward J ...

Behind The Sunglasses: The Lives Of Secret Service Agents
Part thriller, part black comedy, it belongs on the same high shelf as the best books of Don DeLillo and Jonathan Franzen. It won't make the recent headlines any less scary or infuriating, but it should make them more understandable. The novel tells ...

Book Review: 'The Pious Ones' by Joseph Berger
For a good portion of the book, Mr. Berger, who has reported on Hasidic communities for 30 years, plays the role of mythbuster. Despite their somber dress, Hasidim are an exuberant bunch who indulge in good food, drink and, yes, sex. “Hasidim do not ...

'A Brief History of Seven Killings' by Marlon James
Moving from Kingston in the late 1950s to New York in the 1990s, the book depicts, among other things, gang wars, the island's garrison politics, the CIA's involvement in them, the corrosive drug trade to Miami and New York, and Jamaica's tortured ...

Book Review: Sherry Jones' 'The Sharp Hook of Love'
Complimentary champagne, troubadour-style music by Paul Grove of Gonzaga University, costumes, and occasional readings from the book will highlight this medieval-themed event, plus giveaways. Auntie's will have the book for sale beginning that day, ...

This 'Book Of Witches' Casts A Fascinating, Sobering Spell
In William Perkins' 1608 A Discourse of the Damned Art of Witchcraft, he opens with a list of the reasons such a treatise is necessary, beginning with one that now reads as far more astute that he intended: "First, because witchcraft is a rife and ...

Book Review: 'Writing History in the Global Era' by Lynn Hunt
There is little sense in the book that the principal characteristic of history has been the making of war between states, and war in turn has had profound consequences for economies, cultures and societies, both nationally and globally. Think only of ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories'
Many great works, including Maurice Sendak's “Where the Wild Things Are,” Margaret Wise Brown's “Goodnight Moon,” Robert McCloskey's “Make Way for Ducklings” and Richard Scarry's “Best Word Book Ever” fit this designation. When it comes to declaring ...

Wallflowers suffers from too much of a good thing
Eliza Robertson's Wallflowers starts with a bang but quickly loses momentum. “Who Will Water The Wallflowers?”, the first of 17 short stories, begins with the promise of a flood as a teenage girl house-sits for a neighbor on a street of identical ...

[Comic Book Review] “Sabrina” #1 Is Impressive, Satisfying, & Devilish
The demure, innocent Sabrina you know is gone. Make room for a much darker teenage witch and her world of terrors as imagined by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack. This new horror-focused origin story for Sabrina Spellman is more than just a fun ...

'Hit' book review: When the world comes crashing down
What makes this book unique and interesting is everything that happens following the car accident. It's a realistic take on a situation such as this, and it certainly hits home for those that have been in this position before. We see the events unfold ...

Book Review: 'Worthy Fights' by Leon Panetta
According to Mr. Panetta, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki deserves some of the blame for his insistence that Iraq's Parliament approve a continuing U.S. presence. But as Michael Gordon and Bernard Trainor revealed in their 2012 book “The Endgame ...

Book review: Leon Panetta's 'Worthy Fights'
Maybe President Obama should have asked his Cabinet secretaries to sign book-royalty agreements when they took their oaths of office, so he could share in the spoils. Too late now: Here's Leon Panetta, former defense secretary and CIA director ...

Book review | Host of quirky characters inhabit 'Best to Laugh'
Nothing's going right. You're frustrated, out of patience, options and energy. The camel's back is broken. You're about done. Yeah, you'd sit down and cry, except it won't help anything. Besides, you know it could be worse so maybe, as in the new novel ...

'ROCKS: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith' by Joe Perry with David Ritz
Naturally, the meat of the book proves to be the relationship between Perry and frontman Steven Tyler, a rock 'n' roll partnership with all of the carnage, love, backbiting, separations, and reunions you'd expect. Perry's anecdotes could have been ...

Book Review: Descent into chaos
Zaid al-Ali's book The Struggle for Iraq's Future: How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy ends around late 2012 or early 2013. However, the text remains relevant for diagnosing, and in some ways predicting, the future ...

How To Build a Girl: Dreams of Future Past
"How to Build a Girl" is Johanna's manifesto on the birth of Dolly Wilde, a hard partying record reviewer who will have sex with just about anyone within a decent walk to the train station. Dolly drinks, Dolly tries to smoke but is never very good at ...

Kevin Pietersen book review: He is not as bad as some would portray him
It does not take Kevin Pietersen long to get the heavy roller out in his latest book, which is not so much an autobiography but his version of the often troubled episodes that marked his final years in international cricket. You get the idea very early ...

Book Review: 'Latino America' by Matt Barreto and Gary Segura & 'A Race for ...
Book Review: 'Latino America' by Matt Barreto and Gary Segura & 'A Race for ...

Book review: 'Belzhar' by Meg Wolitzer
Meg Wolitzer's 2013 bestseller, “The Interestings,” featured a group of precocious teenagers who met at summer camp in 1974. Wolitzer's gift for capturing youthful exuberance and insecurity in that book suggested that she'd also be a natural at writing ...

The Contrarian's Guide to Changing the World
His new book—a polished version of some lectures he gave at Stanford for aspiring entrepreneurs in 2012—suggests that there is such a creed as Thielism. His theories on what makes a good technology company and how such companies can improve ...

[Comic Book Review] “The October Faction” #1 Disappoints Entirely
If the name Steve Niles instantly intrigues you, be forewarned: while this book has the characteristic style and tone, it is lacking in almost every other quality that Niles books are known for. It is certainly too soon to tell, but I wasn't entirely ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Killing Patton'
“If you have read 'Killing Kennedy,'” author and TV commentator Bill O'Reilly reminds his readers, “you know that Martin Dugard and I are not conspiracy theorists. We write from a factual point of view, with no axes to grind.” Thus, in the afterword of ...

Book review: 'Crapitalism,' by Jason Mattera
Before digging into Jason Mattera's new book, “Crapitalism: Liberals Who Make Millions Swiping Your Tax Dollars,” allow me to introduce the author with a few minutes of him chasing Lois Lerner, the Frau Blucher of the IRS scandal, onto her neighbor's ...


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