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Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart Book Review
Curiously appealing, it serves as the perfect epithet for a world addicted to social news and commentaries, a world where books have been discarded (because they smell) and a college major in 'images' or 'assertiveness' is par for the course, a world ...

Book review: 'Redeplyment,' by Phil Klay
There's a common image — culled from recruiting ads, news media and pop culture — of the American serviceman returning from the conflicts still raging in Iraq and Afghanistan: He's a young guy, patriotic and conservative, who signed up for service in ...

Book Review: 'Midnight in Siberia' looks for the soul of modern Russia
David Greene took a 6,000-mile train journey from Moscow to Vladivostok to find out, and the result is a mesmerizing, confounding, comforting and thought-provoking book. Greene, NPR's former Moscow bureau chief, takes readers inside the homes and lives ...

Book Review: 'Voltron: From Days Of Long Ago: A Thirtieth Anniversary ...
Book Review: 'Voltron: From Days Of Long Ago: A Thirtieth Anniversary ...

Making 'The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels'
When you consider that most of us live what we would consider decent, moral lives, it seems extraordinary that anyone feels it necessary to write a book called “The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels.” We use fossil fuels and their by-products in everything ...

Book review | Senior-friendly 'Identity Theft Alert' offers expert tips for ...
Book review | Senior-friendly 'Identity Theft Alert' offers expert tips for ...

'Information Doesn't Want to Be Free' by Cory Doctorow
Three decades after Brand's prophecy, the digitization of everything — news on the Web, music on iTunes and SoundCloud, fiction and history on Google Books and e-readers, movies and TV shows on Netflix, Hulu and the devilish YouTube — has made ...

Book Review: Karen Pirie is on the case in 'The Skeleton Road'
Author Val McDermid melds the political thriller with the police procedural for an intense novel that gives equal attention to each genre. McDermid pulls together a complicated tale of war and its aftermath for a plot that feels both intensely personal ...

Eldevik Publishes Book Review
A book review by Assistant Professor of History John Eldevik has been published by The Medieval Review, a leading online, open-source repository of scholarly reviews of new literature in medieval studies. Eldevik reviewed the 2013 monograph by Duke ...

Book Review: Dr. Mütter's Marvels
Well known as a poet, Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz's new book Dr. Mütter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine, is compelling and fascinating. The deceptively simple pen-and-ink, before-and-after drawings of ...

Book Review of Joseph Bottum, 'An Anxious Age: The Post-Protestant Ethic and ...
Book Review of Joseph Bottum, 'An Anxious Age: The Post-Protestant Ethic 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: Uncommon Stock, Power Play
Last Friday night I was up at 2:30am changing my two-month-old's diaper, and as minutes led to an hour of my son not falling back asleep, I decided it was the most opportune time to crack into a new book and hunker down for some father-son bonding ...

Book review: 'How to Be Both,' by Ali Smith
Ali Smith's playfully brilliant new novel makes me both excited and wary of recommending it. This gender-blending, genre-blurring story, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, bounces across centuries, tossing off profound reflections on art and ...

Book review: 'First Impressions,' by Charlie Lovett
Charlie Lovett's best-selling debut, “The Bookman's Tale,” was an old-fashioned suspenseful romp spanning centuries and continents and peppered with romance, skulduggery, forgery and murder, all driven by one of the enduring questions of literary ...

Book review: 'The Reckoning: Death and Intrigue in the Promised Land' by ...
Book review: 'The Reckoning: Death and Intrigue in the Promised Land' by ...

Book Review: 'A Map Of Betrayal'
Alan Cheuse reviews "A Map of Betrayal" by Ha Jin. Copyright © 2014 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required. Copyright © 2014 NPR. All rights reserved. No quotes from the materials ...

BOOK REVIEW: The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy
In all gentleman crime-fighter stories, both the hero and his nemesis adversary have their loyal henchmen, and it is here that Jacopo Della Quercia keeps a toehold on reality because all of the characters in the book did exist and, in Taft's case, were ...

The Coming Hobbesian World
Mr. Friedman's 2009 book got some things right, notably a renewed standoff between the West and Russia. Eventually, though, it veered into Tom Clancy territory by imagining orbiting “Battle Stars” and a midcentury Thanksgiving Day sneak attack starting ...

Party book review: 'The Big Dish'
With names like "Black Forest Toadstool" and "Bucket of Bones," Barton G. Weiss' recipes artfully combine a child's imagination with a developed palate. "The Big Dish" (Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., $30), holds 100 color photographs of ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered'
Directly north of the White House stands Lafayette Square, named in 1824 to honor the then-elderly Marquis de Lafayette, who embarked on a triumphal return tour of the United States the same year. By far the most famous of many foreign volunteers who ...

Book Review: Os Guinness on Renaissance
Os Guinness has been a prophet for God's people for more than 30 years. This book reminds me of The Global Public Square meets The Calling. It is a critique of our culture, and also a wake-up call for the church. In some ways the material is arranged ...

Book review: 'Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story' by Rick Bragg
Jerry Lee Lewis was a Louisiana-born supernova who helped create rock-and-roll and raced toward stardom in the 1950s until his marriage to his 13-year-old cousin Myra helped turn a 1958 performance tour in England into a disaster. But the brilliance of ...

Book review: 'The Future of the Brain: Essays by the World's Leading ...
Book review: 'The Future of the Brain: Essays by the World's Leading ...

The 10 Best Books of 2014
Tackling questions of survival, endurance and moral obligations during wartime, the book is as precise and artful and ingenious as the puzzle boxes the heroine's locksmith father builds for her. Impressively, it is also a vastly entertaining feat of ...

Book Review: Sounds crazy, no?
Unfortunately for Barbara Isenberg, it is impossible to read her latest book Tradition!: The Highly Improbable, Ultimately Triumphant Broadway- to-Hollywood Story of Fiddler on the Roof, the World's Most Beloved Musical, and not compare it to 2013's ...

Book Review: Behind the 'Zion curtain'
'Everything is political, and politics is everywhere,” writes Khaled Diab, a Belgian- Egyptian journalist, in the opening to his just-published short book. In Intimate Enemies: Living with Israelis and Palestinians in the Holy Land, he diagnoses two ...

Arrow: "The Brave and the Bold" Review
By Jesse Schedeen, Mike Logsdon and Jeff LakeDecember kicked off with another major pile of comics. This week DC delivered two new chapters in the Green Lantern: Godhead crossover, debuted the new Vertigo comic Wolf Moon, and finally brought back ...

Book review: 'Twilight of the Eastern Gods,' by Ismail Kadare
This reminiscence of the author's time in Moscow in 1958, told under the thinnest glaze of fiction, is a slight but strangely captivating capsule of Soviet literary manners. The setting is the Gorky Institute for World Literature, an ideological ...

[Comic Book Review] “The Humans” #2 – Back later, gone apeshit.
Tom Neely let's the audience dive into this book by delivering amazing shots and great views on the characters. It's a delight to see the close ups of Johnny and know how fucked up his mind is. With those awesome double splash pages that work better ...

ASHES RAIN DOWN: A Book Review
We are in Southern California, in years not very far hence. We are not post, but rather, let's say, mid-apocalypse. Not the cataclysmic event of "science fiction," it is in process, happening, very slowly, all around us. "Over there" is perpetual ...

'Sweet Sunday' By John Lawton
Although the book's action jumps from Europe to New York and back again, its protagonist — Joe Wilderness — is from London, like so many of Lawton's heroes. In the new “Sweet Sunday,” the author has jumped the rails entirely, writing in the voice of ...

Essay argues that young academics should write book reviews
The conventional wisdom is that graduate students shouldn't take time to write academic book reviews. There's just not enough in it for them, the thinking goes. Now granted, I am not a career adviser by trade, and I have no particular privileged ...

Book review: 'Hope' by Richard Zoglin
This absorbing and authoritative biography of Bob Hope (1903-2003) deserves its subtitle, which, applied to anyone else, might seem hyperbole. As Richard Zoglin argues, Hope virtually invented the stand-up monologue. He was a star in vaudeville, ...

Book Review: "All the Truth is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid" By Matt Bai
From the fall of 1986 through the spring of 1987 the news was dominated by high-profile ethical scandals. The Reagan White House was fighting allegations it had sold arms to Iran and diverted the proceeds to Nicaraguan Contras. Wall Street financier ...

Book Review Podcast: 10 Best Books of 2014
On this week's podcast, Parul Sehgal and Gregory Cowles, editors at the Book Review, talk about the year's best books; Alexandra Alter has news from the literary world; Peter Sokolowski discusses four new books about language; and Mr. Cowles has ...

The 10 Best Books of 2014
On this week's podcast, Parul Sehgal and Gregory Cowles, editors at the Book Review, talk about the year's best books; Alexandra Alter has news from the literary world; Peter Sokolowski discusses four new books about language; and Mr. Cowles has ...

The Voice of Experience
Dictatorial, ill-tempered and exacting, Goodman provided Lee with the kind of hard-knocks training that solidified her work ethic, even when early reviews were not kind. Another imperious jazz advocate, record producer and critic John Hammond (promoter ...

Book review: John Connolly's 'Wolf in Winter' weaves tales of loss, mystery ...
Book review: John Connolly's 'Wolf in Winter' weaves tales of loss, mystery ...

Book review: 'Superstorm' tells of Hurricane Sandy's development, destruction ...
Book review: 'Superstorm' tells of Hurricane Sandy's development, destruction ...

After The California Downpour, 'The Drought' Offers Some Dry Reading
J.G. Ballard didn't exactly predict California's current drought in his 1964 novel The Burning World (later renamed The Drought). But like so many of his books, it does carry eerie hints about humanity's accelerating race to stay ahead of nature. The ...

Book review: 'Midnight in Siberia,' by David Greene
How to explain Russia? The country is famously unnavigable, a riddle wrapped in an enigma locked deep inside a matryoshka doll. That hasn't stopped foreigners like David Greene from trying. Greene, now an NPR “Morning Edition” host, moved to Moscow ...

Book review: 'Essays After Eighty,' by Donald Hall
After his 2006 book, White Apples and the Taste of Stone: Selected Poems 1946-2006, Hall announced that “poetry abandoned me,” and he concentrated on prose. The result is this book of essays, a mix of autobiography and reflection written as he grew ...

'The End of Days' by Jenny Erpenbeck
The book is split into five sections, with intermezzos dividing them. The first part opens with the death of a baby in 1902 in Galicia, in Eastern Europe, where a mourning Jewish mother sits on the footstool she used as a child when her grandmother ...

Book Review: 'Cattle Kate,' A Historical Novel by Janna Bommersbach
Journalist Janna Bommersbach makes her fiction debut with Cattle Kate, a historical novel based on research into the real life of the only woman ever lynched for cattle rustling in the Wyoming Territory, Ella Watson. Falsely accused by the powerful ...

Book review: Chief Captain adventures continue in 'The Command'
In "The Command," young Mormon (or Moro, as he is called in the first book), through a series of unexpected circumstances and heart-wrenching personal loss, finds himself commanding the Nephite armies instead of his father. Battle scenes and the ...

Playful And Serious? 'How To Be' Is Both
Can a book be both linguistically playful and dead serious? Structurally innovative and reader-friendly? Mournful and joyful? Brainy and moving? Ali Smith's How To Be Both, which recently won the prestigious, all-Brit two-year-old Goldsmiths prize for ...

Book review: 'The Long Way Home' by Louise Penny
Two characters and their conversation, or lack thereof, drew me in as I read an excerpt of the first chapter of “The Long Way Home” by Louise Penny. But I was thrilled to learn that everyone involved in the storyline were interesting on their own and ...

Book Review: Highlighting several new cookbooks
#Thinking about holiday dinners and entertaining and cooking for a crowd? In her ninth cookbook, Ina Garten shares her techniques for making delicious meals for company ahead of time. It is so much more fun and relaxing not to be running around trying ...

Book review: Library Book for Bear
“A Library Book for Bear” finds Bear being his usual stubborn self. He refuses to see the purpose of going to a library because he believes he has all the books he will ever need at home. Mouse finally convinces his friend to go the library but Bear ...


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