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Book Review: "In Wilderness" by Diane Thomas
The prose is both lush and muscular, steeped unabashedly in the language of passion, bordering sometimes on bodice-rippers, though the foundations of the book are absolutely literary. Thomas doesn't offer isolation in the wilderness as the ultimate ...

When Minimum-Wage Hikes Hit a San Francisco Comic-Book...
When Minimum-Wage Hikes Hit a San Francisco Comic-Book...

Book review: 'Men in Green' highlights heroes of golf
Golf books generally fall into a few select categories: instruction, the mental side of the game, biographies or autobiographies (only Nicklaus, Palmer, Hogan and Woods need apply) or some kind of mystic fiction where golf is a metaphor for life and a ...

ArtsBeat | Book Review Podcast: 'The Life of Saul Bellow'
I remember nothing of what he said.” The confession, or boast, hints ominously of boredom, or at least disconnection. For Leader, Saul Bellow is a foreign language, studied through grammar books but not mastered. The nearly 650 pages of his text feel ...

Book Review 345: America's Master Dam Builder
That he won an award as an outstanding editor of a social studies review by some group of yahoos called the “National Council for the Social Studies” (sic, at Rocca's Amazon page) makes the joke that much stupider. A pity, because Frank Crowe was an ...

Book review: 'From Betty Crocker to Feminist Food Studies'
“From Betty Crocker to Feminist Food Studies” is not a new book; it was published in 2005. Editor Arlene Avakian recently spoke at Greenfield Community College, however, and the book's subject matter is certainly relevant to our increasingly foodie ...

A Patchwork Occupation
In May 1867, Rep. William Kelley of Pennsylvania found himself being mobbed by pistol-waving whites in Mobile, Ala. Acting as a kind of ambassador for Congress, Kelley had come to Mobile to propose that federal military occupation of the state be ended ...

The Western Prophets
Mr. Gessner, an environmentalist and founder of the magazine Ecotone, describes his book as “a hybrid animal—part dueling biography, part travel narrative, part meditation, part criticism, part nature writing.” His endeavor to understand two strong ...

Book review: 'The War That Forged a Nation'
Five of 11 published over the past eight years originated as review essays in The New York Review of Books. Readers will, nevertheless, welcome the range and graceful prose of even reworked articles by the historian dubbed “Mr. Civil War.” McPherson's ...

'The Children's Crusade' by Ann Packer
The book starts when Bill Blair, back from the Korean War and haunted by “memories of men blown open,” discovers a majestic oak surrounded by 3 acres in what would later become Silicon Valley. On the spur of the moment, he buys the land. The grandson ...

Book review: 'The League of Outsider Baseball'
Berg is in this fascinating book, along with a hundred other case studies: Guys with one arm or one leg, thugs who redeemed themselves on ballfields or missed and went back to crime (John Dillinger), people who were the Babe Ruth of Mexico or Japan or ...

Book review: Method meets intuition and flourishes in 'Straight Talk ...
Book review: Method meets intuition and flourishes in 'Straight Talk ...

Book review: 'The Eternity Key' mixes adventure, Greek mythology and choices
Daphne Raines is the human girl that Haden Lord was supposed to bring to the Underrealm in “The Shadow Prince,” the first book in Utah author Bree Despain's action-packed Into the Dark series that's a twist on the Greek mythology story of Hades and ...

Book review: 'Natural Born Heroes' is a fast-paced, enlightening tale of ...
Book review: 'Natural Born Heroes' is a fast-paced, enlightening tale of ...

Book review: Whitney finalist 'An Ocean atween Us' shares historical story of ...
Book review: Whitney finalist 'An Ocean atween Us' shares historical story of ...

Book Review: "Baby brights, 30 colorful crochet accessories" by Kathleen ...
Book Review: "Baby brights, 30 colorful crochet accessories" by Kathleen ...

Book Review: Mental by Justice Serai
Mental Cover Hope is an illusion meant to convince the broken to keep on living. That's me. Broken. My father pays heaps of money for doctors at the Norfolk Psychiatric Center to fix me. I've spent six months of my prime teenage years at this ...

Book review: A feast of children's book authors
#The Book Feast is an all-day literary arts festival for kids and all lovers of children's books. This year's free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Bud Werner Memorial Library and Steamboat Springs Art Depot. The stellar ...

Book review: 'The War That Forged a Nation'
In 1873 Mark Twain recalled that the Civil War “uprooted institutions that were centuries old, changed the politics of a people, transformed the social life of half the country, and wrought so profoundly upon the entire national character that the ...

Book Review: Historian David McCullough takes the Wright brothers to a higher ...
Book Review: Historian David McCullough takes the Wright brothers to a higher ...

Book Review: Providence from its dark corners
Providence, of course, has a history of crime, the mob, corruption and other goodies. In this collection of 15 stories, edited by Ann Hood for the Akashic Noir Series — "Brooklyn Noir," "Mexico City Noir," "Rome Noir," etc. — we are given a darkly ...

Book review: Revolutions knew no borders in 18th century
In the late 18th century, the British colonies on the American continent declared their independence from Britain. There was a long war. There were formal declarations. There were pamphlets and newspapers spreading the views of the effort to replace ...

Book review: 'Find the Good' by Heather Lende
“Find the good” isn't just the title of her book; it's her mantra when she meets with families of the deceased and sets out to write about the “truths” that will “outlive the facts of this person's life.” A priest once said that Lende has a “calling ...

Book review: 'The Damned' by Andrew Pyper
A group called the “Afterlifers” formed as a result of his book, and he was a frequent speaker at their meetings. When Danny died, he returned to the happiest day of his life. He was at his father's office, in a tall building in Detroit. It was when ...

Book review: 'Party Like a President: True Tales of Inebriation, Lechery, and ...
Book review: 'Party Like a President: True Tales of Inebriation, Lechery, and ...

Book review: Montefiore's latest is for the romantic in you
IF THIS IS YOUR first time reading a book from Santa Montefiore, you, no doubt, will search for another. She has written stories with delightfully romantic characters and beautiful settings that will keep you content for hours. This story flows between ...

Book review: Lusitania history is page-turning nonfiction
I've never been a big fan of Larson, having found a couple of his earlier efforts, “Isaac's Storm” and “The Devil in the White City,” a bit contrived. I wasn't looking forward to tackling “Dead Wake,” the book that the men's book group to which I ...

Book Review: Lucid by Jay Bonansinga
Should your kid read it? While graphic in its depiction of scary material, there's not a lot of drugs, alcohol, sex and swearing going on here. Just a whole lotta freaky dreaming. And great storytelling. I blather about books. Like to read? Need a good ...

They Bombed the British
Between 1917 and 1947 in Mandate Palestine, the Irgun and its splinter group, the Lehi, were determined to oust the British and establish Jewish independence by whatever means necessary. Bruce Hoffman's “Anonymous Soldiers” is a gripping narrative ...

Review: 'The Wright Brothers' by David McCullough
A lot of books about the Wright Brothers are written for children. Maybe that's because these two aviation pioneers are better known for their work than for anything personal, and because inventing the first viable airplane is more exciting than ...

'Game of Thrones' 'Sons of the Harpy' Killed Off A Major Character Still Alive ...
'Game of Thrones' 'Sons of the Harpy' Killed Off A Major Character Still Alive ...

The smartest man in the world delivers a book that doesn't earn its title
The Smartest Man In The World podcast is ebullient, high-octane fun. Greg Proops' machine-gun banter is a perfect delivery system for his verbose and literary takes on a panoply of subjects. During any given installment, he might be holding court on ...

'Undertow' book review: Not your grandma's mermaid story
The parallels between Undertow and stories of the Civil Rights movement are astounding, and make this book even more profound. Lyric Walker is the kind of female protagonist dreams are made of. She's smart; she's tough; she's resourceful. Yet, she also ...

'Pedro' by Pedro Martinez and Michael Silverman
A book much-awaited by Red Sox fans fully delivers what many had hoped for: a clearer look at the seemingly enigmatic pitcher who was Boston's first Dominican sports superstar and one of the most colorful players in team history. Pedro Martinez, who ...

Book Review: The Seventh Landing — Going Back to the Moon, This Time to Stay
Can you remember back to your first love? The one that left you in tears, wondering what ever caused such a disaster. Well, that feeling might come back to you if you read Michael Carroll's “The Seventh Landing.” For you see, this book anticipates the ...

Firefly Role-Playing Game Core Book Review - Into the Black
Firefly holds a special place in my heart, and not just because I loved the original television series. It was also the setting of my first roleplaying campaign - Margaret Weis Productions first broke into the RPG market with Serenity, where players ...

Review: Citizen's Guide To Armed Defense
Inasmuch as no national or state standards exist for permitting concealed or open carry, books like Kevin's are necessary to educate and inform those wanting to arm themselves. Some states require both classroom and range, while others only have ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'A Republic No More: Big Government and the Rise of American ...
BOOK REVIEW: 'A Republic No More: Big Government and the Rise of American ...

The Bradley Smoker Cookbook - A book review
You know I like food photos. I've turned this review into a bit of a gallery so you can see some of the finished products. You need to have this book in your hands to enjoy the dozens of photos and recipes. What I like about this book is that it's ...

Book review: 'Exquisite Corpse,' Pénélope Bagieu
The visuals on display make this book much more worthwhile to aspiring artists and pure aesthetes than to casual readers. Bagieu's art is deceptively simple, but elegant in its expressive capabilities. Single panels seem like they should be animated, a ...

Book Review: The Yishuv's unlikely guardian angel
Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery twice played a central role in protecting the Jewish community in Palestine in the pre-state years. Bernard Montgomery. Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery (center right) arrives in Cairo following his victory in the ...

Bill Kreutzmann on the Highs (and Lows) of the Grateful Dead
The book provides commentary on the imperfections of the Grateful Dead and the many members it saw come and go (sometimes literally out of this world) over its thirty years (1965 to 1995) as a touring band. One of Deal's first zingers includes ...

We Review a Self-Published E-Book About a Russian Werewolf
But if you were taught anything in this life, chances are it was this: Never judge a book by its cover. Of course, whatever genius came up with that old stinker never laid eyes on a self-published Kindle e-book, so it's fallen on us—well, specifically ...

Book Review: 'Disinherited: How Washington is Betraying America's Young'
41Qav5dx8bL Things aren't looking good for millennials. Tied up in the “American dream” is an assumption that you'll do better than your parents, but those of us between the ages of 18 and 34 are predicted to be the first generation to actually do ...

Book Review: Tales From The Madhouse, by Gary Sidley
Earlier this year the British publisher PCCS Books published Tales From The Madhouse: An insider critique of psychiatric services, by Gary Sidley. Gary worked for thirty-three years in the British NHS mental health service. He has held positions as a ...

Dragon Age RPG Core Book Review - You Won't Be Disappointed
And now that Green Ronin has finished its rules with a final box set, there's one step left - releasing Dragon Age as a complete core book. Whether you're a tabletop gamer or just a curious BioWare fan let me assure you - this is a wonderful game. It ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Valley of the Shadow'
If you believe that wars never really change anything, then your education was incomplete or you are a member of the White House staff, paid to manipulate more current events. The cure for such shortcomings of character and intellect can be found in Lt ...

Review: 'Hold Still,' Sally Mann's Memoir, Reveals a Photographer's Rich Life
“Hold Still” is a cerebral and discursive book about the South and about family and about making art that has some of the probity of Flannery O'Connor's nonfiction collection “Mystery and Manners” yet is spiked with the wildness and plain talk of Mary ...

Book Review: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Peyton, Sydney's charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion's share of their parents' attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton's increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving ...

Book Review: The Complete Book of Option Spreads and Combinations
The Complete Book of Option Spreads and Combinations: Strategies for Income Generation, Directional Moves, and Risk Reduction discusses how investors can use options to achieve their investment goals, particularly when they have an underlying view ...


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