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The class book review: Knights of the Borrowed Dark, by Dave Rudden
Dave Rudden writes brilliantly: his sentences are full of surprises, his ideas are shiny and fluid or sharp and shocking. He jabs at you with his language choices and makes you sit up and think, "Crikey!" He puts you deep inside the characters. This ...

Book Review: The Triumph of Seeds
I'm Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "The Triumph of Seeds” by Thor Hanson. I love to explore new ideas through non-fiction in the hands of an excellent writer – “Guns, Germs, and Steel” or “The Beak of the Finch ...

A Conversation With Randy Roberts
“Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X,” by Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith, is the first book to examine the relationship between two of the most volatile lives in the most volatile era of 20th-century America ...

Book review: How to be Great, James Adonis
One of these years, someone will write a book called How To Be Utterly Self-Centred. When it comes, I'll applaud its honesty. In the meantime, we have this self-help manual. Adonis - a match of surname and subject which proves there is indeed a God ...

[ART BOOK REVIEW] The Art of Zootopia
The book starts with a preface by John Lasseter and a foreword by the films directors, Byron Howard and Rich Moore. The preface and foreword are a great summary and introduction about the beginning of Zootopia's development before diving into the rest ...

Book review: From Aryabhata to Vivekananda
Mohandas Gandhi, one of the 50 individuals who people the pages of Khilnani's tome, was fully aware that in writing his autobiography, he was engaged in a task that was relatively novel to the Indian scene. He would, I suspect, have agreed that ...

Book review: Batman's dark and light sides
Writing a book about Batman is tricky. He is a cultural icon deeply meaningful to many because his story touches on themes of loss, adversity and perseverance. Also, he is an implausible character who defies laws of physics and common sense every time ...

Book review: 'Total Package' is 'swoon-worthy'
Stephanie Evanovich delivers another swoon-worthy romance with "The Total Package." She reunites the heroine of her story with her long-lost love in the most unlikely of settings — a football field. Dani Carr is an aspiring sports journalist with big ...

Book Review|Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: 'Spain in Our Hearts'
Adam Hochschild is both a gifted historian and a man of the left. In “Spain in Our Hearts,” he retells this familiar tale in an unfamiliar and convincing way — as a collective biography that strongly sympathizes with the Americans who fought for and ...

The Egyptians by Jack Shenker review – a book not just about the revolution, but an act within it
Jack Shenker's book wears its heart on its cover. From the top right hand corner, Nefertiti's eyes above her gas mask fix you with a stern, sorrowful look, the nom de plume – or de guerre – of her creator, the street artist Zeft, on the spray-can ...

Love, Sandwiches And Impulse Jewelry Purchases In 'Lust And Wonder'
They reach an age, glance back over their shoulders and see a book waiting there. For most mortals, 300-some pages is enough to contain all the tales of childhood weirdness, drinks and drugs, failed love affairs and the slow, lumbering trudge into age ...

Book review | 'The Total Package': NFL team the setting for Stephanie Evanovich romance
Sign up for home delivery of The Columbus Dispatch and find out What's In It for You. Subscribe. Already a subscriber? Enroll in EZPay and get a free gift! Enroll now. Associated Press • Saturday April 2, 2016 6:25 AM. Enlarge Image Request to buy this ...

Healing And Horror Sit Side By Side In 'Little Red Chairs'
... the self that Virginia Woolf called "a wedge-shaped core of darkness, something invisible to others." It is that place, that private silence, that O'Brien catches, like catching a cloud. Annalisa Quinn is a freelance journalist and critic covering ...

Book review: The Two-Family House is an engrossing tale of family secrets
It's hard to believe that The Two-Family House is Lynda Cohen Loigman's debut novel. A richly textured and complex, yet entirely believable story, it draws us inexorably into the lives of two brothers and their families in 1950s Brooklyn, New York ...

Book review: 'Indian River Lagoon' examines delicate and ever-changing ecosystem
The history of the Indian River Lagoon system on the state's east coast is a microcosm of the environmental intemperance La Florida has been forced to undergo throughout its existence. In his fascinating concise study of this unique piece of Florida ...

Book review: Magical coming-of-age story
#Jandy Nelson's "I'll Give You the Sun" is a magical coming-of-age story. It is complete with the expected angst and tragedy of adolescence, but what makes an impression on your soul is the sense of tribute to the healing power of art, the transforming ...

Mets book review: Greg Prince's Amazin' Again is an enjoyable read
As he lays out very early in the book, Prince isn't out to give a behind-the-scenes breakdown of what happened with the Mets. Rather, he's recounting the season as he experienced it: as a fan who had the same access as any other Mets fan. It's a quick ...

Book review: O'Brien at 85 still writing with grace and precision
It's been about 10 years since Edna O'Brien's last novel was published, but the award-winning Irish novelist, now 85, hasn't retired as have a couple of her octogenarian peers, Philip Roth and Alice Munro. O'Brien's new novel, “The Little Red Chairs ...

Book review: ​2 slaves escape Robert Morgan's Gap Creek
“It was like a thrilling dream,” Jonah, an 18-year-old runaway slave, thinks as fire balls hiss by in a lightning storm midway through Robert Morgan's new novel, “Chasing the North Star.” Jonah had just survived his fifth close call since fleeing ...

Book review: Delve into the 'Real Russia' in Anne Garrel's 'Putin Country'
Remember Glasnost and Perestroika, those ringing calls for openness and restructuring in Gorbachev's Russia of the 1980s? Now they are mostly accessed on Google or found in libraries. We recall that when Yeltsin took over he effectively broke up the ...

Book review: Novelist extols small-town life in memoir
Lee Smith's parents raised her to leave the Appalachian town of Grundy, where they “were closed in entirely, cut off from the outside world by our ring of mountains.” They taught her proper grammar, sent her to school with delicate lunches instead of ...

Book review: Novice takes on her own case in WWII-era mystery
Sara Sheridan's “Brighton Belle” is a romp of a mystery set in post-World War II Brighton, England. The main character, Mirabelle Bevan, spent time working a desk job for the secret service during the war. She is now mourning both the excitement of the ...

Book review: Experience life on the run in 'The Passenger'
The novel opens with the accidental death of Tanya's husband. Fearing having to answer questions from the cops, Tanya runs. She's desperate, broke and afraid that her façade will come crashing down at any moment. But Tanya has only one motto: Just ...

Book review: 'The Edge of Nowhere' by C.H. Armstrong
In many ways, “The Edge of Nowhere” is refreshing and devastating. The story is told as flashbacks by Victoria Hastings Harrison Greene as she is nearing the end of her days in 1992. She hopes to help her younger children and grandchildren understand ...

Book Review: The Presidentialization of Political Parties: Organizations, Institutions and Leaders edited by ... - EUROPP
Book Review: The Presidentialization of Political Parties: Organizations, Institutions and Leaders edited by ...

Book review: In 'One-in-a-Million Boy,' the title character is gone, but not fully
Readers learn that on the third page of Monica Wood's new book, “The One-in-a-Million Boy.” They will, however, never learn his name. He is referred to simply as “the boy.” Yet he is a present and unifying force throughout this intricately woven novel ...

Book review: 'The Violet Hour': Six literary titans poignantly consider 'the end'
Discussed in the book are a psychotherapist and an author (Sigmund Freud); a creator of children's literature (Maurice Sendak); a poet (Dylan Thomas); and a trio of American novelists (James Salter, Susan Sontag and John Updike). “I was thinking ...

Book review | 19th century Irish patriot's tumultuous life story stirringly told
Egan is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and New York Times columnist, who has written seven books, including "The Worst Hard Time," which won a National Book Award. He brings a strong personal connection to the subject: His ancestors were born in ...

A Spanish Comic Book Exposes Franco's Orphanages
Sometimes the most unlikely image can provide insight into the nature of tyranny. Take, for example, a comic-book picture of a small boy vomiting. The comic book is Paracuellos, Carlos Giménez's memoir of growing up in the orphanages of Francisco ...

Book review: 'Shattered Hearts' is a raw, emotional and informative read
Utah author Stacy Lynn Carroll is known for writing about princesses and happy endings, but in her latest novel, "Shattered Hearts," she gets real with an issue that, according to the latest surveys on Fight the New Drug's website, is quickly becoming ...

Book Review: Buffett - The Biography By Roger Lowenstein
However, and my second reason I had not picked up this book earlier was that I had this feeling that while Buffett was surely a talented investor, he was also in the right place at the right time, i.e. America during the 20th century, and he had made ...

Book review: The Blade Artist by Irvine Welsh
Is it possible to adjust one's perception of a familiar literary character enough that – for instance – an icon of mindless destructiveness can be repositioned as a sleekly successful pet of the art world? That's the imaginative leap required by The ...

Book Review: Watching Closely: A Guide to Ethnographic Observation by Christena Nippert-Eng
In Watching Closely: A Guide to Ethnographic Observation, Christena Nippert-Eng presents a new guide to undertaking ethnographic observation, providing both exercises and advice for researchers. This book will be of use to scholars regardless of their ...

Forget about your worries, this new Jungle Book makes perfect sense - review
No offence to its only human cast member – red underpants are a timeless look – but the real star of Disney's new adaptation of The Jungle Book is a computer-generated talking tiger. Shere Khan, who's voiced by Idris Elba, is a wholly computer-animated ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Prisoner of Hope: Lyndon B. Johnson, the Great Society and the Limits of Liberalism'
The ill-disguised contempt with which much of post-Kennedy Washington viewed President Lyndon Johnson was on nasty display on election night in 1964, after LBJ routed Barry Goldwater. Art Buchwald, the Washington Post columnist, sneered at a cocktail ...

Kill 'Em And Leave grapples with the life and legacy of James Brown
Kill 'Em And Leave, James McBride's slender new book about James Brown, falls somewhere between a biography of its elusive subject, a personal history of its very open author, an artistic consideration of one musician by another, and an angry and ...

BOOK REVIEW: Under the Udala Trees
LEGEND has it that spirit children, gathered above udala trees in Nigeria, grant exceptional fertility to women who linger under the trees, even for the briefest moments. While the legend has traditional fertility in mind, Chinelo Okparanta's debut ...

A Journey With the Devil Inside the Mind: Book Review
Title: Devil Inside My Mind; Author: Dr. Gaurav Nigam; Publisher: Notion Press; Pages: 90; Price: Rs. 199. Imagine you are on a treadmill and don't have a pause button or you are driving a car that has no brakes in it. For the individual in either of ...

'Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Vol. 1: Dawn' Book Review: Overture To A New War
Each time I see that I have an English copy of a Legend of the Galactic Heroes novel in my hand I poke and prod it to make sure it is actually real. The fact we have these novels finally available in the West is cause for celebration enough but truth ...

Book Review: You Can Be A Stock Market Genius By Joel Greenblatt
First, the flashy title suggests a book filled with the hype of a too-good-to-be-true sales pitch. Second, the overly simplistic promise of the title gives the impression the book is for beginner investors. Neither indication is an accurate assessment ...

'The Jungle Book' Review: Into the Wild With Stunning Digital Effects
The beguilingly credible CGI rendering of real-life animals takes its biggest leap forward since Life of Pi in Disney's new telling of The Jungle Book.Exceptionally beautiful to behold and bolstered by a stellar vocal cast, this umpteenth film ...

Science|Book Review: 'The Finest Traditions of My Calling'
Medicine is full of young recruits writing veterans' books, war stories full of hopes and fears for the next in line. As in the military, a couple of years' service provides fodder for a thick volume, a decade enough material for a boxed set. Out of ...

Film Review: 'The Jungle Book'
Of all of the impressive details to appear on screen in Disney's live-action adaptation of “The Jungle Book,” none is more startling than a title card at the close of the end credits reading: “Filmed in Downtown Los Angeles.” So immersively does the ...

Book review: All That Man Is by David Szalay - a look at the sorry state of the modern man
David Szalay's latest work comprises nine short stories about nine different men, each of them scrutinising his existence. “All those people you know in a lifetime. What happens to them all?", wonders Tony, a retired civil servant who is having an ...

Book review: The Televangelist by Ibrahim Essa - a glimpse behind Egypt's curtains of power
In a 2013 interview, the controversial TV personality and journalist said that he prefers books that entertain. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, Essa wrote half a dozen potboilers – one of which was banned under the Mubarak regime – before ...

Review: Disney's 'The Jungle Book' Is A Towering Visual Achievement
The Review: Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book is every bit as visually splendid as you're hoping it would be. I could spend the next paragraph explaining in detail how the film was constructed. Just know that nearly all of what you see during its 105 ...

Book review: Sweet Medicine
JOHANNESBURG — This book is a vital read for young women coming to terms with the various roles of women, and an important reminder of the societal effects of hardship. Sweet Medicine written by South Africa-based Zimbabwean Panashe Chigumadzi ...

Book Review: 'Max Perkins: Editor of Genius'
On the first day I met my agent, Victoria Sanders, she recommended two books. One was about Max Perkins. Since then I've written and sold a book The Last Woman Standing: A Novel of Mrs. Wyatt Earp and started the next proposal. Even though I am not a ...

Microsoft Surface Book review: the Windows MacBook you've always wanted
For years, Windows fans have been asking why Microsoft don't make laptops. Why is there not a machine we can buy with vanilla Windows on it, without all the bloatware, made to amplify the strengths of the operating system? Most Windows laptops come ...

Book review: reading Smarter Faster Better might not be the best use of your time
Aristotle and Plato can both be read as self-help gurus, and the great Arnold Bennett, best known today for his novel The Old Wives' Tale, wrote an unusually thoughtful time management book called How to Live on 24 Hours a Day. Benjamin Spock and Alex ...


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