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Book review: The Newport Ladies Book Club series concludes with romance ...
Book review: The Newport Ladies Book Club series concludes with romance ...

William Gibson Skypes The Future In 'The Peripheral'
And I don't mean just with a new book, but back to his old stomping ground (the near future, though London and Appalachia this time, not California and Japan). Back to his old tricks: From page one, The Peripheral ticks and sings with the same ...

Book Review: Arnie, Seve and a Fleck of Golf History
With a foreword from Ben Crenshaw, this book is a well-rounded compilation of Fields' best. I particularly enjoyed: As an unabashed fan of golf's formative years, I favor reading Fields' works on Mickey Wright, Byron Nelson, Billy Joe Patton, Jack ...

Everything Is Owed to Glory
He succumbs to self-parody by opening the book with acknowledgments to a huge cast of acquaintances headed by ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy, Prime Minister David Cameron , former Bank of England chief Mervyn King, Henry Kissinger and New York ...

Book review: Margaret Walker biography insightful
Hopefully, this book will help to lift Walker into the pantheon of great Mississippi and American writers, where she belongs. Robert Luckett is an Assistant Professor of History and Director of the Margaret Walker Center at Jackson State University ...

Book review: 'Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life'
This photo provided by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday shows the cover of the book, “Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life,” by Peter Ackroyd. (Photo: AP ). CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE. “Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life” (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday), by ...

'The Lost Book of Mormon' by Avi Steinberg
“To be a fan of 'The Book of Mormon' ” — the actual book, not the musical — “is to walk a lonesome road,” writes Avi Steinberg. It is probably worth noting here that Steinberg is not a Mormon but a Jew who became obsessed with the central scripture ...

Business book review: The End of Normal
Economists use math-based models to explain what happened and what will happen. In the real world, businesses and individuals exercise their right of choice. No one could predict the simultaneous bursting of the housing bubble, financial market ...

Book review (nonfiction): Jaqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis
As a 17-year-old, Jacqueline Bouvier wrote this entry for her class yearbook about her ambitions: “Not to be a housewife.” That she was not. Rejecting the option of marrying a well-to-do but conventional man from the East Coast patriciate, she instead ...

Book review (nonfiction): The Innovators
In 2011, Walter Isaacson's “Steve Jobs” was Amazon.com's best-selling book of the year. Now, the former chairman of CNN has written a new book, “The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution.” As the ...

Book review: 'King's Mountain: A Ballad Novel' by Sharyn McCrumb
Book review: 'King's Mountain: A Ballad Novel' by Sharyn McCrumb. This historical novel is based on the little-known Revolutionary War battle at King's Mountain in Appalachia. Oklahoman Published: November 2, 2014. Advertisement. “King's Mountain: A ...

Book Review: Richard Ford brings Frank Bascombe back in richly woven novellas
Since much of the book chronicles the tangle of Frank's inner life, we witness his thoroughly human ways of being in the world. As a result, Ford illuminates parts of us all. Joan Silverman writes op-eds, essays and book reviews. Her work has appeared ...

Book Review: Power Integrity
In some cultures like those in China and the near Himalayas, dragons are considered amulets to attract good luck. Author Steve Sandler surreptitiously includes a dragon figure at the beginning pages of this book, however, luck will not be needed since ...

Edging Out the Bible
The Talmud isn't the most sacred Jewish book: That's the Bible. But that 1,500-year-old compendium of rabbinic legal debate, Jewish legend, biblical interpretation and much else is the central text of Judaism, the work that serves as the font for any ...

Book Review | Unforgettable tale on love of reading, second chances
One day, Amelia Loman, sales representative for a publisher, makes her first sales call to Island Books to sell the winter book line. She finds A.J. to be a persnickety man, selling a limited variety of books, literary works for the most part, and on ...

Book review: Age doesn't matter when hearts in sync
Throughout the book, Franks describes conversations and incidents in such incredible dialogue, replete with facial expressions and hand gestures from decades past, that she must have a photographic memory, be one of the most assiduous diarists in ...

'Prince Lestat' by Anne Rice
“Prince Lestat” — the first “Chronicles” book in more than a decade — is dense with long sentences and passages, some of which read as if they might be outtakes from previous novels. Sometimes Lestat is the narrator, telling you where he's been while ...

A brief, fascinating history of “the pill”
That it came to be called “the pill”—as if all other pills should take a back seat—is telling, offers Jonathan Eig in his detailed, compelling history The Birth Of The Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex And Launched A Revolution. Until the late ...

Border Experiments In The Ferghana Valley And Beyond
Once again Qishloq Ovozi is pleased to present not one, but two, of the up-and-coming authorities in the field of Central Asian studies. Till Mostowlansky reviews the new book by Madeleine Reeves about one of Central Asia's "hot spots" in the Ferghana ...

Navy SEAL author of 'No Easy Day' back with new book, despite controversy
Bissonnette blames bad legal advice for not having the first book reviewed by the Defense Department to make sure no secrets were released, even hinting cryptically “that there is some stuff going on” when asked if he may pursue litigation against his ...

Book Review – Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family
One recently resource is the book Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family by Susan Katz Miller, published by Beacon Press. Although mainly aimed at the experiences and challenges faced by Christian and Jewish couples, the book ...

Book Review: The Forgotten Depression—1921: The Crash That Cured Itself
You might think that a book about a business cycle couldn't be a page-turner, but think again. James Grant, of the long-running biweekly Grant's Interest Rate Observer (and before that, a Barron's columnist), turns “America's last governmentally ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Embattled Rebel'
James McPherson of Princeton University may be America's most distinguished Civil War historian. His “Battle Cry of Freedom,” published in 1988, not only won its author a Pulitzer Prize but remains the best single-volume history of the war. Mr ...

The Memoirs of Basil Fawlty
... in the early 1960s Cambridge Footlights Revues), his days working on the first British satirical TV shows (“That Was the Week the Was” and “The Frost Report”), up to the taping of the first episode of Python, as he and Michael Palin, watching from ...

Book review | 'Cold Sweat: My Father James Brown and Me' a quick read on ...
Book review | 'Cold Sweat: My Father James Brown and Me' a quick read on ...

'The Burning Room' by Michael Connelly
By the time the book's action ramps up — on Connelly's authorial timeline, this means no time at all — Bosch and Soto's pursuits entangle them in a long-ago bank robbery, a fatal fire involving an unofficial child-care center, a dodgy Mexican bar in ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Stonewalled'
Full disclosure first: I was one of those military analysts regularly seen on network television until a 2008 New York Times expose accused us of succumbing to improper influences by the Rumsfeld Pentagon. Because congressional Democrats howled for our ...

Book review: Age doesn't matter when hearts in sync
Throughout the book, Franks describes conversations and incidents in such incredible dialogue, replete with facial expressions and hand gestures from decades past, that she must have a photographic memory, be one of the most assiduous diarists in ...

'The Heart Does Not Grow Back' Could Use An Imagination Transfusion
What would a young man's life be like if he suddenly found he could heal from any wound? It's a fantastic premise for a book, especially one as swift and easygoing as Fred Venturini's debut, The Heart Does Not Grow Back. Dale Sampson is a nerdy schmuck ...

Book review: 'War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love'
At the beginning of “War Dogs ,” Rebecca Frankel presents us with an uncomfortable truth: “There is something less complicated (and ironically more human) about relating to war through the story of a dog.” By the end of her heart-warming and ...

Book Review: Flat Water Tuesday
As the book gets underway, high school sculler Rob Carrey from Niccalsetti NY is recruited for a post-graduate year at Fenton. Unbeknownst to the dedicated sculler, he is brought in not to row the single, but to fill a seat in the "God Four" - the boat ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Seven Deadly Virtues'
The financial success of Bill Bennett's “The Book of Virtues” (1993) proved that longing for the good life was far from dead. I was one of 2.2 million hungry souls that opened their wallets and minds. I can't say that I read Mr. Bennett's effort, which ...

Book Review Sobriety: A Graphic Novel
Have you struggled with an addiction to alcohol, food, ecstasy, meth or Xanax? If so, you are like millions of others for whom the new book Sobriety: a Graphic Novel was written -- or actually drawn. Anyone who likes graphic novels will be engrossed in ...

Making Chastity Fun. Really.
He wants to throw the book at the perp, and yet he and his fellow jurors also want the man to have some chance of redemption in this lifetime. “The scales of justice, which are supposed to balance the evidence of guilt or innocence, really end up ...

'Ugly Girls' Is, Well ... Not A Pretty Read
In Ugly Girls, Lindsay Hunter strives for rawness and grit but overshoots into a cartoonish cavalcade of poverty and depravity. Hunter is a flash-fiction writer, and her style might be better suited to short, electric punches rather than a book-length ...

Book Review: The Autobiography of Miss Huckleberry Finn by Gina Logan
An adjunct English professor at Norwich University who holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Gina Logan knows her Twain scholarship — and, with The Autobiography of Miss Huckleberry Finn, she's put it to inventive use. The story features ...

A Dizzying, Fictional 'History' Draws On Bob Marley's Life
James' last book, The Book of Night Women won the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction. Now, in A Brief History of Seven Killings, he takes the attempted killing of Bob Marley and ...

Book review: 'The Biographical Dictionary of Literary Failure,' edited by CD Rose
Chekhov once wrote that you need to be a god to distinguish success from failure in life without making a mistake. While none of the 52 writers in C.D. Rose's invaluable book is a household name, to read of how much Lysva Vilikhe, Edward Nash and so ...

Book Review: 'Briche Chic' by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark
For weeks, I've been wanting to do a series of book reviews unified by the fact that each book features an innovative stitch. Finding the time to really delve into several ground-breaking books at once has been difficult. But today, I'm plunging in ...

America's Founding Fighters
Pitched squarely at the general-interest reader, “Band of Giants” offers no research revelations for the specialist, and at less than 250 pages of text, it is a short book for such a sprawling topic. Yet Mr. Kelly packs in a remarkable amount of ...

Book Review: 'Brioche Chic' by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark
For weeks, I've been wanting to do a series of book reviews unified by the fact that each book features an innovative stitch. Finding the time to really delve into several ground-breaking books at once has been difficult. But today, I'm plunging in ...

Book Review: Camp David revisited
A biased and clichéd account of the momentous 1978 meeting between Anwar Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter. Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin. Egyptian president Anwar Sadat and Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin. (photo credit:US ...

Book Review: 'Why Law Matters,' by Alon Harel
My colleague Alon Harel (visiting Chicago from Hebrew University of Jerusalem) has a new book out called “Why Law Matters,” the second half of which is a normative, non-consequentialist, argument for why we should have entrenched constitutions and ...

Top five most scathing book reviews
“I can't really dignify her latest offering with the ascription 'book', nor the contents therein as 'writing' – rather they are sophomoric, hammy effusions, wrongheaded, rancorous and pathetically self-aggrandising.” Will Self's review of Julie ...

Frankly, Bascombe's Return Has Some Problems
The first story, "I'm Here," follows Frank to what's left of his old beach house, now owned by a semi-friendly acquaintance of his. Later, in "Everything Could Be Worse," by far the book's best section, Frank is visited at his home in Haddam by a black ...

[Comic Book Review] “The Humans” #1
In a world… where apes are the dominant species, The Humans are the motherfucking kings! “The Humans” #1 is a story of a motorcycle gang in Bakersfield, California and their many badass antics. From the cover itself you know what this is: a bunch of ...

Actress Anjelica Huston's Memoir Has Glitz, But Lacks Depth
But the book's leading man is Nicholson, who is animated not just by Huston's portrayal of him, but also by whatever feelings the reader already has about him from his movies. It's easy, reading this book, to picture young Jack at the height of his ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'From Downing Street to the Trenches'
With the anniversary of the beginning of World War I this past August, there has understandably been a tidal wave of books about the conflict. Not that there haven't been dozens each year for who knows how long, since it is irresistible for historians ...

Judges Dish About Their Toughest Decisions
The book is a collection of 13 in-depth interviews with prominent federal judges conducted by Joel Cohen, a longtime New York litigator. Each conversation focuses on a high-profile case handled by the jurist. Judge Denny Chin of New York, for example ...

BOOK REVIEW: "The Mickey Mouse Reader"
There seems to be an endless stream of books about Walt Disney, the Disney characters and the films the company produced – and all of it is fascinating stuff. Garry Apgar's just published A Mickey Mouse Reader is an anthology of articles on America's ...


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