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Neil Gaiman — author of “American Gods,” “The Ocean at the End of the Lane,” “The Graveyard Book,” “Coraline,” “Sandman” and many others, including scripts for the beloved British television show “Doctor Who” — has produced a book of short stories ...

Book review: "Too Bad To Die," by Francine Mathews
Real World War II figures play a role in the thriller "Too Bad To Die." From left, British Premier Minister Winston Churchill, President Franklin Roosevelt and Soviet Premier Josef Stalin at the Conference of the Big Three at Yalta. (AFP/Getty Images ...

'Screening Room': flickering memories of a family | Book review
Alan Lightman's “Screening Room” is the first memoir I've reviewed that requires a spoiler alert. Lightman is both scientist (he trained as a theoretical physicist) and novelist (“Einstein's Dreams”). Born and raised in Memphis, he left as a young ...

'Dead Wake': page-turning tale of the Lusitania's last days | Book review
Larson, a master of nonfiction narrative (among his best-sellers are “The Devil in the White City,” “Thunderstruck” and “In the Garden of Beasts”), weaves the story of the Lusitania from many threads. Most of the book covers one week — from May 1, as ...

This Is Not a Book Review of 'Model City' by Donna Stonecipher
I want to begin by stating this is not a review of a Model City (Shearsman, 2015), a book of poems that I recently read. The author is Donna Stonecipher, an American poet and translator who has lived in Berlin for some years. I am unable to review a ...

Book Review: 'Johnny Evers: A Baseball Life'
What has been forgotten about Johnny Evers, the lifetime .270 hitter awarded a plaque in Cooperstown, is that he changed the way second base was played, literally writing the book on the position. He developed the snap throw and the sweep tag when ...

Founding fixer
Washington author David Stewart has rapidly built a local fan base with his award-winning biographies of such diverse historical characters as Andrew Johnson and Aaron Burr. Now, with “Madison's Gift,” Mr. Stewart moves into the front ranks of the new ...

Book Review: The Carry Home
After nature writer Gary Ferguson lost his wife, Jane, in a whitewater canoeing mishap on a wild river in 2005, he gradually returned to the wilderness to put his life back together. The Carry Home (Counterpoint Press, $25) is Ferguson's haunting ...

Review: In Olen Steinhauer's 'All the Old Knives,' Exes Recall Love and Blood
But as the book begins, Henry is on a plane heading south from San Francisco (the first of Mr. Steinhauer's little format-stretching tricks) and memories of the disaster come flooding back to him. There was a hostage crisis at the Vienna airport, and ...

'The Sellout' Is A Scorchingly Funny Satire On 'Post-Racial' America
The very first sentence of the book sets the tone: "This may be hard to believe, coming from a black man, but I've never stolen anything." That's the narrator, whose last name is Me, though he's called "Bonbon" by his ex-girlfriend, "Massa" by his ...

'Beholder' Has An Eye For The Absurd, And A Smirk Beneath Its Beard
And yet, more often than any book I can easily recall, Rapp's novel had me laughing like a fool, embarrassing myself each time I unthinkingly brought it out in public. Perhaps more surprisingly, that humor felt entirely natural — born organically from ...

Book Review: 'Touch' by Claire North
Anyone who read last year's surprise hit, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, by Claire North has probably been eagerly awaiting her next story. I stumbled upon the tale of Harry August, one of a number of unique individuals who could be labeled ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Disinherited: A Story of Family, Love and Betrayal'
A glimpse at the family tree, usefully provided at the beginning of the book, shows just how tortuous the progression of this title has been, only once simply passing from father to son in the usual way. The rest of the time lack of the required male ...

Book Review
The book describes the dismay and embarrassment of many who were incarcerated in the camp: they had not been given adequate opportunity to prove their innocence, and lawsuits filed over their situation generally were decided against them. Life in the ...

Kazuo Ishiguro: Quintessentially British
If you've been listening to the buzz about Kazuo Ishiguro 's “The Buried Giant,” you might believe that the book is a radical departure for the Japanese-born British novelist, a risky venture into literary fields unknown. This is partly because of its ...

Book review | '1965' chronicles massive changes of just one year
Surely, the guy in the car next to yours must think you're weird. There you are, groovin' to your tunes, seat-dancing, singing along like you were in-concert. Really, is there such a thing as having the music too loud? No. There's not, so turn up the ...

'H Is for Hawk' by Helen Macdonald
She had pictures of raptors on her bedroom wall, doodled hawks on the margins of her school exercise books, attempted to sleep with her arms folded, winglike, behind her back, and greedily gobbled up falconry's vocabulary, “a dizzying panoply of terms ...

Book Review: Emigrating Beyond Earth
Do you believe that humans are the ultimate species and that we have a destiny to rule? Perhaps you're being optimistic according to Cameron Smith and Evan Davies. Their book “Emigrating Beyond Earth: Human Adaptation and Space Colonization” ...

Comic Book Review – Descender #1
In addition to the interesting existential questions of this book, it's also got a strong background to work with. There are nine different planets in the UGC, some of which are inhabited by alien races and which have their own politics separate from ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Hundred-Year Marathon: China's Secret Strategy to ...
BOOK REVIEW: 'The Hundred-Year Marathon: China's Secret Strategy to ...

We Built That
While he supports environmental regulation, he pleads for streamlined, coordinated reviews. A new Nucor plant in Louisiana ... But the book is a cri de coeur from one of our best executives from one of our most successful companies. Attention should be ...

Book Review: "Simply Good News -- Why the Gospel Is News and What Makes It ...
Book Review: "Simply Good News -- Why the Gospel Is News and What Makes It ...

Book Review: Thieves of State
Thieves of State by Sarah Chayes is informative, thought-provoking, very interesting and concisely written. Published this year, the book is about corruption and its devastating effects. A former journalist, entrepreneur and government advisor who now ...

Book Review: Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War
One thing can be said about former U.S. secretary of defense Robert Gates: He traveled in the most rarified circles of Washington, D.C., for a very long time, which surely speaks not only to his political and bureaucratic skills but also to the fact ...

Book Review: It's Not All About Me
It is one of the most practical books I have ever read. I enjoy reading Khaneman, Ariely and that ilk as much as the next guy, but in this book the author is less interested in what psychological mechanisms are at work (though he does take stabs at ...

Book Review: I Think You're Totally Wrong
Shields is a longstanding writer, author of 16 books, tenured writer-in-residence at the University of Washington. Shields is also, by his account, supremely devoted to his quest to articulate meaning to the exclusion of just about all else. "I live ...

'Charisma' book review: Be careful what you wish for
The realistic way in which he is portrayed, as well as how his relationship with his mother and sister is handled, really cements the relatability of this book. You can see how hard Aislyn has been struggling, and you can understand her choice to try ...

Book review: 'The Girls of Mischief Bay'
Romantic fiction centers around the couple's relationship and typically there's a pursuit that leads to a happy ending. Women's fiction centers around relationships, not just romantic ones, but those between key women as well. Susan Mallery knows this ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Train to Crystal City'
The book describes the dismay and embarrassment of many who were incarcerated in the camp: they had not been given adequate opportunity to prove their innocence, and lawsuits filed over their situation generally were decided against them. Life in the ...

Review: Erik Larson's 'Dead Wake,' on the Sinking of the Lusitania
This May is the 100th anniversary of the attack on the grand British ocean liner by a German submarine, and the expected crop of books will commemorate the occasion. But the most attention-getting of the bunch is guaranteed to be Erik Larson's “Dead ...

Book Review: The Best Resource Directory
The Best Resource Directory is a relatively new player in a small but vital marketplace: the industry that services those Americans incarcerated in our nation's prisons and jails. Mike Enemigo's directory is published by his growing enterprise, The ...

Into Darkness
It is an affecting book, a son's letter to his father asking for knowledge—lyrically rendered by a translator with an eerily appropriate name, Sarah Death. Mr. Rosenberg sifted through his parents' correspondence, the reminiscences of survivors, court ...

Book review: “The Buried Giant”
Fantasy is not normally a genre associated with caution. Indeed, it seems quite at odds with Kazuo Ishiguro, considering his track record of quietly moody and wistful novels. Yet with his first book in 10 years, “The Buried Giant,” Ishiguro makes a ...

Comic Book Reviews for March 4, 2015
By Jesse Schedeen, Mike Logsdon, Jeff Lake and Tres DeanWith DC's Convergence event hitting next month, all of their books are reaching a conclusion of sorts. This week saw the series finale to Swamp Thing and Earth 2, while Green Lantern, Detective ...

Book Review: School of Palestine
A book looks at the role Palestinian students play in crafting a national identity and fighting for statehood. Students Al-Quds Universit. Students at Al-Quds University demonstrate during student elections in 2011.. (photo credit:SETH J. FRANTZMAN ...

Book Review: Channeling her experience
The book, which came out in Hebrew late last year, tells the trying tale of Ethiopian aliya and absorption into this country. One may have noticed that there are not many members of the Ethiopian community in high-ranking positions – in the government ...

Book Review: The key to the Torah
For those interested in going into more depth, Rabbi Goldin provides extensive footnotes, from the Talmud to scholars in the modern period. 'Unlocking the Torah text' book. (photo credit:PR). Share on Facebook Share on Twitter. Looking for an ...

Book Review: Space Architecture
Perhaps inspiration is the intent of the speculative architecture in this wonderfully illustrated book “Space Architecture – The New Frontier for Design Research”. With a fine collection of topical pieces, the editor David Leach lets architectural ...

Suharto's Favorite Tycoon
This book, co-authored with his wife, Nancy Chng, who is also an accomplished author, reminds us why. It tells the fascinating story of Liem Sioe Liong, also known by his Indonesian name, Sudono Salim, who in 1938 arrived in colonial Java as a ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Die Again'
The Boston setting of the book gets off to an equally dramatic start when detectives Rizzoli and Isles — now featured in a television series of the same name (“Rizzoli & Isles”) — are called to a crime scene noticed by a mailman who sees a dog with a ...

'Act of God' by Jill Ciment
If you dig into the early acting career of Vida Cebu, one of four bedeviled women whose personalities illuminate Jill Ciment's darkly comic jewel of a novel, “Act of God,” you will discover that she auditioned for the original off-Broadway production ...

The Battle of Ann Arbor
A question obvious to Mr. Cohen upon receiving the admissions data was: “How might I get the university to cleanse itself of this dreadful discriminatory admissions pattern?” He tried to inform the university president, sending him a “matter-of-fact ...

Corridor book review: March Reads
Just a good story? The experts at Shakespeare and Co. have your reading needs covered with a fun mix of fiction and nonfiction picks – including a guide book about extraordinary hikes for ordinary people. It'll definitely satiate your spring reading ...

Book Review: "We Are Pirates" by Daniel Handler
As Lemony Snicket, however, his “A Series of Unfortunate Events” books have sold by the truckload and set a precedent for young adult and children's novels that still resonates today. Entire shelves of bookstores are filled with series that borrow ...

How to Fly a Horse, book review: Debunking the myth of genius
horse-fly-left.jpg How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention and Discovery • By Kevin Ashton • Doubleday • 336 pages • ISBN 0385538596 • $27.95. "We may hope that machines will eventually compete with men in all purely intellectual ...

'World Gone By' concludes Dennis Lehane's historical trilogy
Joe Coughlin, the charismatic main character in Dennis Lehane's "World Gone By," the final book in Lehane's acclaimed historical trilogy, is "vain, arrogant, and secretly convinced that he'd never met a man as smart as himself." Coughlin has "killed ...

Adam Rapp's 'Know Your Beholder' takes life's pain with humor
Francis himself has retreated to cramped quarters in the attic, where he hangs out in a bathrobe and writes the book we read. "It was strange," he tells us, "to be so familiar" with the house in which he's lived his life "and yet to feel so far away ...

Book review: 'Moody Bithces,' how moodiness is a source of power for women
For more than 4,000 years, the medical literature has been rife with what mostly male doctors considered an entirely female problem: hysteria. The ancient Egyptian Kahun Papyrus, which dates to about 1900 B.C. and is the oldest known medical text ...

ArtsBeat | Book Review Podcast: Erik Larson's 'Dead Wake'
Few nonfiction books have employed this technique better than his best seller “The Devil in the White City,” a horrifying account of a serial killer lurking at the edges of the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. It's a contrapuntal tale of depravity and ...

A Proustian Character
“Swann's Way,” Proust felt, had an unwanted double meaning, suggesting that the book was not alone about the milieu of Charles Swann but also about his general manner. He died fearing that Scott Moncrieff would make a frightful ... As a reviewer, Scott ...


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