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'The Whites": Book review
Seven years is too long for New Yorkers to wait for the next book from Richard Price but he's finally here again with a stunning NYPD novel, “The Whites,” written under the pseudonym Harry Brandt. His last novel, “Lush Life” in 2008, was a brilliantly ...

Book Review: In biography of Croswell Bowen, a portrait of a father, the era ...
Book Review: In biography of Croswell Bowen, a portrait of a father, the era ...

Book Review: 'Shark Skin Suite' by Tim Dorsey
If his books were on the menu of your favorite Florida restaurant, they'd be more shrimp and grits than something elaborate like pecan-encrusted grouper — you know what the main ingredients are going to be, but every time you order it, it's a little ...

Book Review - 'The Only Sounds We Make'
Greensboro-based author Lee Zacharias is a frequent visitor to Wilmington. Most recently, she gave a reading last month at Pomegranate Books. Enlarge. 'The Only Sounds We Make' Author: Lee Zacharias Publisher: Spartanburg, S.C.: Hub City Press Price: ...

'Happy' Isn't So Happy, But It Packs A Punch
Every now and then, you find a book that's thinly plotted and has a slightly confusing, almost infuriating structure — but it's impossible to put down. The French writer Yasmina Reza has achieved exactly that with Happy are the Happy, a collection of ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion'
“Public sentiment is everything,” Abraham Lincoln declared during his 1858 senatorial debates with Stephen Douglas. “With public sentiment nothing can fail; without it, nothing can succeed.” From the 1830s through the Civil War, writes Harold Holzer, a ...

Baby Doc's Bête Noire
Mr. Joseph devotes a chapter of his book to Mr. Aristide, writing bitterly of the “squandered opportunities” of the Aristide years, the violence of his rule and what he sees as Mr. Aristide's manipulation of the Haitian constitution to wield power ...

'Blueprint for Revolution' by Srdja Popovic
As calls to revolution go, history has offered more compelling examples than the one which led Srdja Popovic into a career of political activism. As he recalls, “[W]e just wanted a normal country with cool music.” In the late '90s, Popovic was a ...

Book Review – Firefight by Brandon Sanderson
Firefight thankfully is not a rehash of the first book; instead David, Tia and the Professor are quickly on their way to Balibar (once New York) to see what is happening with an Epic there known as Regalia. This is after another team of Reckoners loses ...

Book Review: 'Falcon: Birds of Flight' by J.M. Erickson
Falcon: Birds of Flight is the fourth book in the Birds of Flight series by J.M. Erickson. The adventure continues following Albatross, Raven and Eagle. Fans of J.M. Erickson will not be disappointed. As soon as I started reading this intense adventure ...

Book Review: Fractured Land
A new book by Lisa Westberg Peters, “Fractured Land: The Price of Inheriting Oil,” takes a look at these very issues. Interestingly, Peter is a self-proclaimed environmentalist who inherited land in North Dakota that is part of the state's “fracking ...

Book review: Novel will have you believing in dragons
"The Great Zoo of China" (Gallery), by Matthew Reilly. Matthew Reilly takes elements from Michael Crichton's classic "Jurassic Park" and gives them a high fantasy spin in his latest action masterpiece, "The Great Zoo of China." Reptile expert Dr ...

Book Review: 'Stella by Starlight,' a compelling kids' novel about love and ...
Book Review: 'Stella by Starlight,' a compelling kids' novel about love and ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History'
Confessing to a reverence for his subject that has burned since boyhood, the mayor has written a book on Churchill which is not the most comprehensive or scholarly detailed book on the great avatar of 20th century Western Civilization, but may be the ...

Robbed by the Kremlin
There is no gulag in today's Russia. There are no show trials. Except, that is, for the tax lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. Magnitsky was beaten to death in 2009 in prison, where he was being held on trumped-up charges for alleging that state officials had ...

Book review | 'The Cast for Loving' speaks to children on interracial marriage
Your best friend's dad shows you how to do things, and he makes you laugh. You like spending time at their house. But what if there was a rule somewhere that said they couldn't be a family? In “The Case for Loving” by Selina Alko, illustrated by Sean ...

'The Kind Worth Killing' by Peter Swanson
Peter Swanson, a Somerville author, gets readers invested in criminal minds and murderers in “The Kind Worth Killing.” Who are “The Kind Worth Killing”? A faithless wife, a seducer of other people's lovers, a child molester? What about seemingly ...

Book review: 'Walking on Trampolines,' Frances Whiting
The idealized childhood friendship is portrayed in literature all the time. Staying up all night, telling each other your deepest and darkest secrets, making up your own secret language, and becoming fused in every aspect of each other's lives ...

Book Review: New Novel Makes Time Disappear
Now you don't because a good magician knows to hide his props behind his fingers, beneath her clothes, in his pockets. And yet we flock to see that sleight of hand, the illusions, the chance to be awe-struck, entertained and fooled. Now you see it. Now ...

'Funny Girl' Is A Book Made For Binge-Watching
Leave it to Nick Hornby to produce a smart comic novel that pits light entertainment against serious art and comes through as winning proof of the possibility of combining the two. The author of High Fidelity and About a Boy is no stranger to both ...

Book Review: Lisa Gardner's 'Crash & Burn' is complex psychological tale
Lisa Gardner delivers another gut-wrenching emotional thriller with her latest psychological tale, "Crash & Burn." Nicky Frank survives a horrendous car crash in the early morning hours, and she crawls up a hillside to flag down anyone for help. When ...

Is Book Reviewing a Public Service or an Art?
As inert as it might look on the page, the book review is a weirdly pressurized and verbally jeopardized space, crisscrossed with potential errors. There's a huge pull toward pomposity, for one thing. Drop your guard, mid-review, and you'll find ...

'Karen Memory' Builds Up A Good Head Of Steam
The book's titular hero is a young prostitute who lives in a peaceful, prosperous brothel run by the coarse yet kind Madame Damnable, and the technical wonders she encounters are restricted to a small scale: An electrocuting glove wielded by a devious ...

Book review: 'Searching for Super' features superheroes without superpowers
4 Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. 5 Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts. 6 Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an ...

Book Review: Brooke Davis' debut, 'Lost & Found,' shines in the story of a ...
Book Review: Brooke Davis' debut, 'Lost & Found,' shines in the story of a ...

Raw & Beautiful | Book Review: I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
You might think I'll Meet You There is a heavy, dark sort of book, but it's really not. Although serious issues are tackled, there is a lot of joy in the descriptions of the Paradise Hotel with its wonderfully random themed rooms (including Viva Mexico ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Black Diamonds: The Downfall of an Aristocratic Dynasty and ...
BOOK REVIEW: 'Black Diamonds: The Downfall of an Aristocratic Dynasty and ...

'Lentil Underground' by Liz Carlisle
Though Oien, the Timeless Seeds' chief executive (and mother hen), provides some continuity by showing up in successive chapters to prop up his sometimes discouraged growers, the book reads like a collection of essays alternating between profiles and ...

Crime and Punishment
In regard to a recent case against HSBC for violating economic sanctions against Iran, Mr. Garrett notes, a Senate report called the bank's corporate culture “pervasively polluted.” Yet to date no HSBC employees have been prosecuted. “People should be ...

Publicity From The Trenches-Blissful Book Review
Sherri Rosen, herself a NYC based publicist, has penned an e-book entitled Publicity From The Trenches . She leads the reader on a guided tour of the sometimes bewilderingly overwhelming arena, with wisdom gained and seat of the pants lessons learned ...

Daily Book Review: 'I Am Not a Slut'
Slut. It's a word that has fallen from so many tongues so many times that it barely registers anymore, whether used in casual conversation or spat to insult. It usually refers to women who enjoy sex unabashedly, have sex with more than one other person ...

Book Review: A heavenly life on the Steens
“If there is a heaven, I hope it looks like the Steens,” says author Eileen O'Keeffe McVicker in her volume of photos and memoirs, “Child of the Steens.” Steens Mountain, along with the interesting Frenchglen Hotel (no keys, no TV, family style meals ...

A Few Wise Moves Lift 'Prudence' From Melodrama To Something More
But don't be fooled by the dead body: This isn't a murder mystery, not by conventional measures at least. The book, set on a Minnesota Indian reservation in the wartime 1940s and into the 1950s, may boast a fair share of violence, but it's concerned ...

Book Review: The New Moon
However, for providing a huge amount of information for the Moon, a reader need look no further than Arlin Crotts in his book “The New Moon – Water, Exploration, and Future Habitation “. Reading it will make you a champ at Trivial Pursuit – the Lunar ...

Neil Gaiman Is Back To Mess Up Your Dreams In 'Trigger Warning'
"Many of these stories end badly for at least one of the people in them. Consider yourself warned." That's Neil Gaiman, talking directly to his readers. Talking directly to you, in the introduction to a book named for the customary warning now ...

Book review: 'My Sunshine Away'
Part of the magical storytelling in this book is Walsh's ability to at once re-create the intense, confusing feelings of childhood — being an 11-year-old and watching the Challenger explode, hearing a word for the first time and recognizing that it ...

Comic Book Review: “Nailbiter” #10 – Marks A Weak Point For The Series
Reviewed By Torin Chambers. “Nailbiter” #10 shows the title has finally stumbled and produced a comparatively weak issue. 9 out of 10 isn't a bad batting average, in fact it's stellar, but not all stories are created equal. When stacked up against the ...

Comic Book Review: “Birthright” #5 – Hang On For Final Reveal!
Reviewed By Katy Rex. The worst part about “Birthright” #5 is that we won't get a follow-up until April. Williamson has been playing with a balance of simultaneously building two distinct worlds and keeping mysterious secrets, and this end-of-the-arc ...

Party book review: 'The Italian Vegetable Cookbook'
Meatless dishes and Italian food are typically mutually exclusive, yet Michele Scicolone's cookbook offers 200 vegetable-focused recipes. "The Italian Vegetable Cookbook" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $30) has a wide variety of dishes based on Scicolone ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Shenandoah: A Story of Conservation and Betrayal'
Few things vanish from public memory more quickly than government atrocities. When I was growing up on a mountainside across from the Shenandoah National Park in the 1960s, no one spoke of the injustices committed against the mountaineers brutally ...

A Comics Creator Muses On Art And Life In 'The Sculptor'
Or you get your first rave review, but it's from a critic you've mocked for years. What if you attract a mass following ... In this book the hero's specialty is undoubtedly "high:" He sculpts from granite with hand tools, old-school. But the problems ...

Book Review: Albanian freestyle
This year's recipient of the Israel Prize, to be awarded at the Jerusalem International Book Fair, is 79-year-old Albanian novelist and poet Ismail Kadare. Throughout his long career to date, Kadare has championed the cause of the common man, and the ...

Book Review: 100 years of lox
Mark Russ Federman visits the Jerusalem International Book Fair to discuss his memoir 'Russ and Daughters' – a tale of the family business. Mark Russ Federman . (photo credit:AMY SPIRO). Share on Facebook Share on Twitter. One hundred never looked ...

This 'Future Lover' Is A Library
But for Monson, libraries are something more than just buildings filled with books. He's interested in libraries as a concept, as a living, adapting exchange of ideas, as a way people can connect with one another, even across generations: "To keep a ...

Book Review: Peter Diamandis's 'Bold' a reminder of how entrepreneurs will ...
Book Review: Peter Diamandis's 'Bold' a reminder of how entrepreneurs will ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'West of Sunset'
The Gilded Age. “The Great Gatsby” exemplified the privileged life style of the 1920s Jazz Age. F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald were the toast of the literary world as well as of the demi-monde. “Nothing was impossible — everything was just beginning ...

A Book Review: Petrine Day Mitchum's New Book Hollywood Hoofbeats Breeds ...
A Book Review: Petrine Day Mitchum's New Book Hollywood Hoofbeats Breeds ...

Corridor book review: February reads
This is a book for those who make lists of books to read and have long lists of books yet to be read, for those who are in love with classics, and for those who just love to talk about books. Andy Miller shows how important reading can be when we work ...

Book review: 'The Mathematics of Love' by Hannah Fry
Looking for a lover? Put down that comb, because it doesn't matter how hot you are. “Actually,” Hannah Fry explains in “The Mathematics of Love,” “having some people think you are ugly can work in your favor.” For online dating, you can even stop ...

Book Review: 'Coit Tower,' An Abby Kaine Thriller by Ty Hutchinson
coit-tower In Coit Tower Ty Hutchinson has given us a satisfying end to an Abby Kane FBI case that has spanned several years and multiple continents. As Abby and her cohort track down a killer willing to kill from the obscurity of the internet, they ...


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