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Review: Why You DON'T Want to Read Gary Vaynerchuck's New Book.
Gary Vaynerchuck or GaryVee, as he is most commonly known, has a new book due out March 8th called#AskGaryVee. #AskGaryVee is an extension or written version of his wildly popular YouTube show#AskGaryVee, where he answers questions for his ...

Book review: 'How to Catch a Leprechaun' by Adam Wallace
You're wearing your favorite shirt and your lucky socks, and they worked! On your way to school, you found a penny and then your teacher made you Class Leader for the Day. Yep, you're feeling lucky, so you might try to do something no one's ever done ...

LSE Lit Fest 2016 Book Review: You Don't Have to Live Like This by Benjamin Markovits - EUROPP
In You Don't Have to Live Like This, a novel by Benjamin Markovits, disenchanted academic Greg Marnier is given the opportunity to participate in a regeneration project focused on several abandoned neighbourhoods in Detroit. As Marnier finds himself ...

The Boy Who Could Change the World, book review: A tantalising legacy
The book is divided into six sections, each of which represents one of Swartz's key interests: free culture, computers, politics, media, books and culture, and 'unschooling'. Each section includes essays and book reviews, both short and long, each of ...

Book Review: Robi's Flying Saucer Drive-In, by Kelly Anne Winsa
Coming of age stories are so nostalgic. They take you back to a certain place and time and remind you of when you were young (ahem younger). Author Kelly Anne Winsa sets up Robi's Flying Saucer Drive-In to be such a tale. This young adult, science ...

Book Review: The Obstacle is the Way
In a Nutshell: “The Obstacle is the Way” shows with its philosophical anecdotes and historical references that there is a right way to approach the inevitable adversity that comes our way. Who's it for? This is a book with broad audience appeal. “The ...

Microsoft Surface Book review
The Microsoft Surface Book is one of Redmond's most surprising products in years. Due to the, at best, modest success of the Surface Pro tablets, few expected the company to release its own laptop. Microsoft couldn't resist pushing its Windows 10-based ...

Gold Fame Citrus, by Claire Vaye Watkins - book review: A fascinating portrait of dystopia in the desert
America has always been a country of pioneers, a place where pilgrims or hucksters looked to start again. And, since the Gold Rush, California has been the place where they went to start it big. Lured by “gold, fame, citrus”, as a character in Claire ...

Book Review: Pathfinder Tales: Pirate's Prophecy
I'll read almost anything. After working amongst books for the better part of two decades, being picky seems restrictive. So anytime the great folks here at Geeks of Doom offer me a book to review, I normally accept. Such was the case here, with ...

Book review: Incarceration Nations has admirable aims but neglects the victims of crime
This book jumps off with a hauntingly apt quote from Dostoyevsky and a nifty lyric from Bob Dylan. But these samplings underscore Dreisinger's own overheated, grandiose prose, and her flattening we're-all-the-same-despite-our-actions argument. How she ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Autobiographies'
“The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” The Anglo-American writer Henry James never read these words, which begin L.P. Hartley's novel “The Go-Between,” because they were written nearly four decades after his death, which ...

A book review site OF the kids, BY the kids, FOR the kids: Ihavereadthisbook is run by a Class-IX Mumbai student
All he wanted to do was devour book after book, but the difficult part was deciding which book is worth his precious time – for he never found a review that was fit for a child or a young adult to read and understand. So, he took it upon himself to ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Stone's Throw' by David Deitcher
Stone's Throw is part personal essay and part art criticism focusing on the work of conceptual sculptor Felix Gonzales-Torres. I wasn't at all familiar with Gonzalez-Torres going into this book, so for me this was an introduction to him. On that level ...

Book Review: Enemy of the State by Tommy Robinson - EUROPP
This autobiography by Tommy Robinson, Enemy of the State, is a seriously flawed book in many respects, not least in its handling of the topic of Islam, writes Daniel Falkiner. Nevertheless, the book constitutes a valuable primary resource on one ...

Warren Buffett's Ground Rules – Book Review
Using the letters Warren Buffett wrote to his partners between 1956 and 1970, a veteran financial advisor presents the renowned guru's “ground rules” for investing—guidelines that remain startlingly relevant today. In the fourteen years between his ...

Book Review: Slavish Shore by Jeffrey L. Amestoy
"As Americans, we tell ourselves a better history than we deserve," Amestoy asserted to a dozen people attending his reading last month at Phoenix Books Burlington. Dana didn't fit in with Bostonians' view of themselves after the war, he said, so the ...

Children's Book Review: 'The Tree in the Courtyard Looking Through Anne Frank's Window'
This beautifully written and illustrated book tells the heartbreaking story of the Holocaust from the perspective of a tree in Anne Frank's courtyard. Because it is told from the tree's perspective, it creates some distance and peace regarding the ...

Our Shared Shelf February Book Review: “The Color Purple”
I should preface my review of Walker's novel with this: for the most part, I don't enjoy historical fiction in American literature. Don't get me wrong, I love Fitzgerald, Salinger, O'Connor, Whitman and Faulkner; I simply find myself at a stand-still ...

[ART BOOK REVIEW] The Art of Sanjay's Super Team
An art book for an animated short? Yep, that's what this is. If you went to see Pixar's The Good Dinosaur in theaters last November, you'll probably remember Sanjay's Super Team, the short film that played in front of it. The short stood out for its ...

Book review: 'Knitting Ephemera' by Carol J. Sulkoski
I have two ways to lead into this book review, and I can't decide which one to use. First, I can tell you that Carol did a presentation of Knitting Trivia at Vogue Knitting Live in New York at the big opening dinner that Friday night , and she was ...

Smarter Faster Better May Make You All of Those Things
Not only will Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business make you more efficient if you heed its tips, it will also save you the effort of reading many productivity books dedicated to the ideas inside. You needn't read ...

Death Drive: There Are No Accidents by Stephen Bayley, book review
"These wounds," wrote JG Ballard in his novel, Crash, "formed the key to a new sexuality, born from a perverse technology. The images of these wounds hung in the gallery of his mind, like exhibits in the museum of a slaughterhouse." Stephen Bayley's ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Nixon Effect: How Richard Nixon's Presidency Fundamentally Changed American Politi
“I believe the second half of the 20th century will be known as the age of Nixon. Why was he the most durable public figure of our time? Not because he gave the most eloquent speeches, but because he provided the most effective leadership. Not because ...

Book review: Ali Shaw's The Trees is felled by barren language
His first novel, The Girl with Glass Feet, tells the story of Ida MacLaird, a woman who one day finds that she is turning into glass and who, in search of a cure for her mysterious condition, happens upon an individual – Midas Crook – who brings to her ...

'Eruption' places Mount St. Helens in the long perspective: Book review
Olson, 59, was a National Book Award finalist for his 2002 book, "Mapping Human History: Genes, Race, and Our Common Origins," and is a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to science writing. He spent 35 years in Washington, D.C., as a consultant writer ...

Advisers slam 'massive regulatory failure' exposed by FCA closed-book review
The FCA's explosive review into closed-book providers has exposed the “massive failure of the treating customers fairly regime”, say advisers. Advisers say providers have finally been held “bang to rights” as the FCA investigates six firms for ...

The Catch by Fiona Sampson, book review: The mark of a poet of a high order
The catch opens with "Wake", where first light is sensed "like a slim cat / coming home through Top Field". The poem ends: "feet fall feet lift / nothing to it", an echo of TS Eliot's lines in "East Coker" about the cycles of rural life, "Feet rising ...

Cake: A Slice of History by Alysa Levene, book review: A sweet treat
Like the confection it explores, this erudite history delivers extended pleasure. Our fondness for cakes goes back at least to King Alfred, though the royally singed items were probably unsweetened. It was not until the 14th century that European cakes ...

Book Review: Samantha Hunt's 'Mr. Splitfoot'
And Samantha Hunt definitely delivers in her creepy new book, "Mr. Splitfoot." This is a tale where orphans talk to the dead, scary cults promise answers to life's mysteries, and the only certainty anyone can hope for at the end is death. At the heart ...

Rain by Melissa Harrison, book review: Turning up the power shower
The English landscape is of course shaped by our wet and blowy climate and the book begins with reports of the destruction and deaths resulting from flooding in the winter of 2013/14, but this is really as far as any drama goes. The author lives, we ...

Three Longs and a Short-Book Review
As a rule I don't do book reviews but rules are made to be broken and I have a weakness for children's books about agriculture. I am always looking for something good to read to my grandkids. Recently I was asked to review a book that falls into this ...

Adolf Hitler, Volume One: Ascent, 1889-1939 by Volker Ullrich, book review
When 'Downfall', the film about Hitler's last days in the bunker, came out in 2004, praise for Bruno Ganz's vivid portrayal of the dictator's mental decline was mixed with criticism – in Germany especially – about the wisdom of focusing on Hitler's ...

Book review: Meandering book mirrors the mind
It's an unwittingly accurate description of Adelman's book, which meanders as much as Lucy herself, frequently lighting up with good writing and astute observation, while simultaneously pocked with flat stretches in which Lucy's unique voice gets held ...

Getting "Back to Life" after bladder cancer: a book review
Frank Sadowski was diagnosed with bladder cancer in November of 2007. Within a few weeks he underwent an eight-hour surgery, a complete radical cystectomy with a neobladder reconstruction. In his book, “Back to Life,” Sadowski's doctor, Sia ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Even Dogs in the Wild'
Ian Rankin's character Scottish Detective Inspector John Rebus was a 40-year-old detective sergeant when we first meet him in 1987's “Knots and Crosses.” As Mr. Rankin has aged his character in real time through his 20 crime novels, the crime novelist ...

Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: 'All the Single Ladies'
Also this week, August Kleinzahler reviews Ben Ratliff's “Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty.” On this week's podcast, Traister talks about “All the Single Ladies”; Alexandra Alter has news from the publishing world; Ben ...

Book Review: "Willful Disregard" by Lena Andersson
Ester Nilsson, the protagonist of Willful Disregard, is what some people might call too smart for her own good. Ester is described as a thirty-one-year-old poet and essayist who “perceived reality with devastating precision and lived by the ...

Book review: Blood Year, by David Kilcullen
He's written books on this subject already (these feature on staff college reading lists). As such, it's no surprise to discover that Kilcullen brings his research together cogently and effectively. It also seems fair to ask, "what's new, and why ...

Book review: Babiak reinventing thrillers with second Christopher Kruse novel
In the first book, Kruse, a cratered and physically terrifying Toronto security consultant, follows his politically ambitious wife to an idealized France, hoping to kindle their faded spark. But fate and circumstance summon twin demons of tragedy and ...

Book Review: Undermajordomo Minor
I'm Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "Undermajordomo Minor” by Portland writer, Patrick DeWitt. It's a deceptively sly and witty book, beginning with the title itself: our protagonist, young Lucien Minor, comes ...

Book Review: The 'R' Word by Kurt Barling - EUROPP
Although Amal Shahid suggests that the resolutely autobiographical nature of the account is occasionally inhibiting, she finds this book a lucid, accessible and effective engagement with issues surrounding racism, written with journalistic flair. If ...

Book review: Standing Up to be Counted
Palaniappan Chidambaram wields a deft pen. His incisive observations and sharp responses, sometimes close to caustic, was a byword in North Block; where he scoured files in fine detail, causing trepidation in some senior officials and delight amongst ...

China- behind the miracle book review: From the Other Side of the Wall
Usually, what is available is a secondary source regurgitation of western books and essays on the subject, tailored for Indian audiences. The consequent parallax error tends to be quite extreme. China: Behind the Miracle is not one of those books. This ...

The Z Factory book review: Rising Against All Odds
Subhash Chandra's book is essential reading for every business management student. It offers case studies of the kind which the text books will not teach. His fascinating mea culpa explains just why India is different for doing business. When Chandra ...

Book Review: 'Consumer's Guide to Effective Environmental Choices'
In "The Consumer's Guide to Effective Environmental Choices: Practical Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists" (1999), Michael Brower and Warren Leon list the leading consumption-related environmental problems, suggest what consumers can do ...

Book review: An interesting discussion of complex India-Myanmar ties
Of course, there is much more to this, as this book by a former Indian ambassador to Myanmar Rajiv Bhatia makes clear. New Delhi perceives its easternmost neighbour as an external player crucial to the stability of its Northeast, as a buffer state ...

BOOK REVIEW: The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens
is a fascinating book on the creation of a new myth. It shows the visual development of the latest Star Wars movie, all the way from the basic concept through to the post-production. Readers will see ideas that were fully realized on screen. They will ...

Book review: Shirley MacLaine's ramblings are mostly indigestible
If her book-sales history is any guide, readers will come flocking. What draws them to a book as indigestible as this? Perhaps the very things that render MacLaine incoherent render her accessible. She lets in everything and excludes nothing. She can ...

Book review: 'Abby's Crossing' by Darryl Harris is a romance set in pioneer times
The book "Abby's Crossing" opens with Abby and Issac, along with her son Yahni, on their way to the Endowment House in Salt Lake City to be sealed before the snow hits. However, their journey is interrupted shortly thereafter while crossing a creek ...

Book review: 'The Widow' by Fiona Barton
The titular widow is Jean Taylor. At the time of her husband's death, she is a fortyish hairstylist in London's south suburbs, married since she was 19 to the late and unlamented Glen. When he fell fatally into the path of a bus, Glen had already spent ...


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