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Review: 'M Train,' Patti Smith on All the Roads She Has Taken
Patti Smith's achingly beautiful new book, “M Train,” is a kaleidoscopic ballad about the losses dealt out by time and chance and circumstance. Losing her husband, the guitarist Fred (Sonic) Smith, to heart failure in 1994 at the age of 45. Losing her ...

Book Review: Forbidden Chronicles of a Roman Centurion
That, in a nutshell is the plot of Forbidden Chronicles of a Roman Centurion, a book that explores some profound ideas even as it veers between being a mystery, a thriller, and a theological symposium. What Chaplick seeks to do is almost as elusive and ...

Comic Book Reviews for September 30, 2015
Meanwhile, Dark Horse launched the third and final volume of the Colder saga, the excellent Archie reboot continued, Valiant gave us a terrific Book of Death epilogue, and Image debuted their new fantasy series From Under Mountains. Check out our ...

St Paul: The Misunderstood Apostle by Karen Armstrong, book review
In her first book on Paul, written over 30 years ago, Karen Armstrong revealed her admiration for a man who – to her relief – could “get angry instead of piously and inevitably turning the other cheek”. Clearly the years have not dimmed her enthusiasm ...

The Great British Dream Factory by Dominic Sandbrook, book review
In his exuberant opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics, Danny Boyle conjured a vivid account of the making of modern Britain, the industrial past of Stevenson and Brunel giving way irresistibly to the pop cultural present of James Bond, Mr Bean ...

The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson
She knows what she is talking about when she quotes Ezra Pound's “make it new” in this book about the relationship of past to present. The Gap of Time transplants Shakespeare to contemporary London. Leo (Leontes) is no longer king of Sicilia but a ...

Book review (Nonfiction): 'Huey 'Piano' Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues
Richmond native John Wirt found the story of a lifetime 15 years ago in a modest home in downtown Baton Rouge, La., where New Orleans music legend Huey “Piano” Smith lived in contented obscurity. Smith just had emerged from the shadows to accept the ...

'The Killing Kind' by Chris Holm
I particularly loved the down-on-his-luck ventriloquist, Albert Tuschbaum, who was around for only a handful of pages but almost deserves a book of his own. As the second half careers along with roller coaster speed and twists, meting out some ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'A Pattern on Lies (A Bess Crawford Mystery)
Charles Todd, whose literary career is focused on the war and its terrible aftermath of casualties, makes the local disaster of a an explosion in a gunpowder mill in an English village the central point of his latest book. Ironically, those who died in ...

Book Review: 'This Side of Wild: Mutts, Mares and Laughing Dinosaurs'
Paulsen's latest book will likely be as much of a classic. This one, however, is not a novel. In "This Side of Wild," Paulsen recounts his own experiences of life as an adventurer and explorer, highlighting each account with the animal that came into ...

Book Review: The Art of Execution
Some books are better in concept than they are in execution. Ironically, that is true of “The Art of Execution .” The core idea of the book is that most great investors get more stocks wrong than they get right, but they make money because they let ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Under a War-Torn Sky' by LM Elliott
I was asked to read “Under a War-Torn Sky” in high school by my English teacher. I wasn't particularly excited because the font was somewhat small and it consisted of 284 pages. By the time I was a fourth of the way through the book I was trapped. The ...

No Life on Mars
I expected that the filmmakers would dial back the book's chief flaw: its fanatic need to show its work, which led to pages of calculations not unlike the ones I just undertook, not-quite-dramatized scenes of astronauts and orbital dynamicists and jet ...

Public Editor's Journal Conflicts and Kissinger: A Tale of Two Book Reviews
She made the point that Book Review editors cannot realistically open full-fledged investigations into their reviewers' backgrounds. If Mr. Roberts had told editors that he had turned down the chance to write the book himself, Ms. Paul said that it ...

Book Review: Wild Within
I'm Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "Wild Within” by Melissa Hart. As KLCC's book reviewer, I'm constantly on the lookout for new treasures from Pacific Northwest writers to share with you. I'll hound my friends ...

BOOK REVIEW Talking Walls: Casting out the Post-Contact Stone-Wall Building Myth
How mind-blowing, then, to stumble upon a book such as Matt Bua's Talking Walls: Casting Out the Post-Contact Stone-Wall-Building Myth, recently published by Publication Studios in Catskill, NY. While the myth of pioneers building this colossal ...

Geraldine Brooks strikes resounding 'Chord' with King David novel
It's also not entirely clear why David instructs Natan to document his life, and Natan never meaningfully circles back to David later in the book to review his progress. This, though, hardly takes away from what is otherwise a timely and universal ...

Book Review: 'The News,' By Tess Taylor
Book Review: 'The News,' By Tess Taylor. October 02, 2015 4:08 PM ET. Tess Taylor. Audio for this story from All Things Considered will be available at approximately 7:00 p.m. ET. Critic Tess Taylor reviews journalist Jeffrey Brown's poetry collection ...

'How's your Faith? An Unlikely Spiritual Journey' by David Gregory
By chance, George W. Bush, turning the table on Gregory, asked the newsman a question at one point: “How's your faith?'' It was a question that haunted him and formed the title of this unusual, probing book, part memoir, part cri de coeur, part ...

Book Review: “Where is This Music Coming From?” by Mariel Kinsey
Mariel Kinsey will read from her book on Sunday at 4 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church in Ashfield and on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Tyler Memorial Library in Charlemont. Copies of her books may also be purchased at the Ashfield Fall ...

Houdini turns skeptical ghost hunter in 'The Witch of Lime Street'
In his book, "The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World," first-time author David Jaher does a bit of his own sleight of hand, pulling a solid piece of historical reporting out of the ethereal and often tawdry world ...

Book review: 'TombQuest: Valley of Kings' is a hair-raising adventure for ...
Book review: 'TombQuest: Valley of Kings' is a hair-raising adventure for ...

BOOK REVIEW: Bullets whine in series debut
If convoluted plots and zinging bullets are your kind of read, “Falling Birds” is for you. Bainbridge Island, Wash., author Harry Longstreet has penned the first in a series of books about Got Your Back (GYB), a southern California agency that ...

Book review: 'Taking Off the Tag' is a valuable resource for returning ...
Book review: 'Taking Off the Tag' is a valuable resource for returning ...

Book review: 'Classic Toys'
The book includes color photos and anecdotes about how these toys were created. Discover who invented them, how they were made, where they were sold, and what made them so popular. The book's author, Scott G. Eberle, has a doctorate in American ...

Book review: 'The Incarnations'
If this sounds confusing, don't let that keep you away: The actual book experience is much easier to comprehend than a summary. “The Incarnations” uses its unique premise to combine a series of short stories based in history with a realistic account of ...

Book Review: The Art Of Execution
Some books are better in concept than they are in execution. Ironically, that is true of "The Art of Execution." The core idea of the book is that most great investors get more stocks wrong than they get right, but they make money because they let ...

Book review: 'Why Not Me," by Mindy Kaling
#Mindy Kaling's second book, “Why Not Me?” is a collection of comical coming-of-age essays and honest commentary on dating, family, friends and the entertainment industry. The follow-up to Kaling's bestselling debut book, “Is Everyone Hanging Out ...

Review: 'This is Your Life, Harriet Chance'
His latest novel, “This is Your Life, Harriet Chance” (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill) introduces us to Harriet, a 78-year-old woman who has just lost her husband of 55 years. Before his departure, Bernard booked an Alaskan cruise. Against her better ...

Book review: Frank Gehry became Frank Gehry through plain-old hard work
Even if you can't name a building by architect Frank Gehry, you'll know it when you see it: Gehry's is the structure whose panoply of lines pile up against one another, with angles so improbable as to look barely functional. His style is bright ...

Book review: 'Trigger Mortis'
Andi Russell is the new book page editor for The Free Lance–Star. So, it is in deference to Ms. Russell and her new post that I attempt restraint in reviewing the new James Bond book, “Trigger Mortis,” by Anthony Horowitz. However, with the return of ...

Book review: 'The Scam'
Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg are an amazing team. Her dry, but witty, humor and his influence on a nonstop, super-sizzling plot makes their fourth book in the Fox and O'Hare series their best yet. It seems like an eternity since we touched base ...

Book review: How the interwar years parallel our own
"Fracture: Life and Culture in the West,1918-1939," by Philipp Blom. Basic Books. 496 pages. $32. Boat bows cut so little water, yet so much — for so long — roils the wake. History is the same, where the present is constantly shaped by and reacts to ...

Book review: A look back to when Detroit's promise seemed boundless
The city that remains synonymous with America's auto industry has a newer identity as an emblem of urban decay. Its decline is all the more tragic when one looks in the rearview mirror to see how Detroit seemed to be firing on all cylinders a half ...

Book Review: "Latest Readings," by Clive James
You could also imagine someone saying to James, "Why don't you put down that book and enjoy that beautiful late summer sunset?" Of course, the truth is that, like a true bookworm, James enjoys his book and the sunset and would not enjoy the sunset half ...

Book Review: "The Last Midwife," by Sandra Dallas
People jammed into the courtroom of the tiny Colorado mountain town, with many hoping for a hanging. The accused "was a novelty, an attraction, just like the freaks in a sideshow," writes Sandra Dallas in her new novel, "The Last Midwife." "The hearing ...

Book Review: John Connolly's "Night Music: Nocturnes Volume 2" provides ...
Book Review: John Connolly's "Night Music: Nocturnes Volume 2" provides ...

Book review: '10 Questions to Answer after Serving a Mission' shares wealth of ...
Book review: '10 Questions to Answer after Serving a Mission' shares wealth of ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire'
The poor old League of Nations doesn't get much attention, let alone respect, so it should be welcome when a historian takes the trouble to examine it. Susan Pedersen, James P. Shenton Professor of the Core Curriculum at New York's Columbia University, ...

Book Review: 'The 3RD Woman,' A Political Thriller by Jonathan Freedland
23734993 Jonathan Freedland's The 3RD Woman takes us into a future where the United States and China have struck a bargain. In return for forgiving the trillions in debt owed to them, the United States has allowed them to establish a military presence ...

Book Review: Garth Hallberg's City on Fire
A $2 million book contract; film rights sold on the spot; 911 pages with deluxe fictional facsimiles of a DIY zine, handwritten letters, and faux-whiskey-stained typewritten manuscripts; advance author profiles in Vogue, this magazine (forthcoming ...

Book Review: The Well Armored Child by Joelle Casteix
This book is subtitled: A Parent's Guide to Preventing Sexual Abuse. Here, Ms. Casteix provides the reader with compelling and concise information about the dynamics of child sexual abuse. She lists and dispels a number of myths that have served to ...

'Mothers, Tell Your Daughters,' by Bonnie Jo Campbell
In “Mothers, Tell Your Daughters,'' her sixth book and third story collection, Campbell trains her unsparing eye on women and girls whose lives are marked by rape, molestation, and physical abuse — or, somewhat less viciously, by teenage pregnancies ...

A novel with a steampunk aesthetic and a Philip K. Dick heart
Zachary Thomas Dodson's debut novel is an easy book to admire, but it's a tougher one to love. Following in the tradition of postmodernist metallurges of form like Mark Z. Danielewski, he's fashioned a text that opens up into a variety of structures ...

In M Train, Patti Smith offers her world on a “platter filled with allusions ...
In M Train, Patti Smith offers her world on a “platter filled with allusions ...

Book review: 'TombQuest: Valley of Kings' is a hair-raising adventure for ...
Book review: 'TombQuest: Valley of Kings' is a hair-raising adventure for ...

Subway Book Review glimpses the lives of New Yorkers via the books they read
Her fascination with the subway prompted her to start an Instagram account called Subway Book Review in December, which later developed into a Tumblr. With almost 45,000 followers and counting, the account features book recommendations from ...

Book Review: 'Wealth, Poverty, and Politics' by Thomas Sowell
Dr. Thomas Sowell's latest work, Wealth, Poverty, and Politics: An International Perspective, should be one of the most influential works of the 2016 election season. This isn't just a work of characteristic brilliance from Sowell – it's a laser-guided ...

How Music Got Free, book review: Piracy sparks a music-industry sea-change
music-free-book-left.jpg How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy • By Stephen Witt • Viking • 304 pages • ISBN: 978-0-52542-661-5 • £20/$27.95 The American university graduating class of 2001 ...

Book Review: 'The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More ...
Book Review: 'The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More ...


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