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Book Review: Migration in Political Theory: The Ethics of Movement and Membership - EUROPP
This book constitutes an excellent introduction to the ethics of migration and offers some novel contributions to the field, writes Clara Sandelind. Migration in Political Theory: The Ethics of Movement and Membership. Sarah Fine and Lea Ypi (eds ...

Book review: 'Greenpeace Captain' tales inspire awe, action
The book ends with the story of the “Arctic 30,” Greenpeace campaigners arrested by Russian Special Forces in 2013 for protesting oil drilling in the Arctic Circle. He gives an account of the two months the team spent in a Russian prison in Murmansk ...

Book review: 'Seasons in My Garden' reflects on growth and rootedness
This is how Sister Elizabeth Wagner describes her response to reading a book on Teresa of Avila that a teacher gave her in high school. “My heart opened, my dreams expanded, and I knew my calling.” In her collection of essays, “Seasons in My Garden,” ...

Book Review: 'Siddhartha's Brain' smart take on meditation
It's a pleasure to read "Siddhartha's Brain," which comes from a science journalist with long experience of explaining ideas for readers of The Guardian and other publications. James Kingsland even includes guided meditation exercises throughout a book ...

Book review: Author of 'The Nest' hatches heir-raising twists
Their father's thumbnail summary of his children: Leo, "most charming"; Bea, "brightest"; Jack, "most resourceful"; and Melody, just "youngest." The West Coast's influence on Sweeney is apparent in the book's opening scene: a movie-ready sex-and-action ...

Dirty Little Secrets of Family Business: Ensure Generational Success
The book is an overall great general guide to a wide variety of issues that can crop up during the operation of a family business. Because of that, this book does not provide a step-by-step map to addressing family problems. It provides an overview ...

Book review: 'Wreckage' shares story of plane crash survivors, scandal
“Wreckage” includes swearing throughout the novel, an attempted rape and many sexual situations. There is also a generally described murder. Bleeker became an avid writer during her time as an educator. She lives in a suburb of Chicago with her husband ...

Book review True Reagan
What motivates him? What makes him do what he does? Is it his background, or his forward look to the future? When it comes to great men of history, those are interesting questions to ponder – and in 'True Reagan,” author James Rosebush draws his ...

No Pink, But Plenty of Red, In Hack-N-Slash 'Fairyland'
The tough part of this kind of project is avoiding a one-note, one-gag scenario. Young gives the reader good reasons to keep going past the first couple of chapters, finding different targets for satire and crafting a fairly unpredictable plot. He ...

This Week's Book Review – Barely a Crime
Join Ricochet to be part of the smartest and most civil conversation on the web. Engage in great conversations on just about any topic on our exclusive Member Feed. Write your own posts and let the world know what you think. Interact with our ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'History's People: Personalities and the Past'
Margaret MacMillan, professor of history at the University of Toronto and Oxford University, is the author of “The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914,” “Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World” and “Nixon and Mao: The Week That Changed The ...

Everybody's Fool is a sequel that never justifies its own existence
“Sully, Sully, Sully,” mutters Carl Roebuck midway through Richard Russo's 1993 book Nobody's Fool. “You're not an '80s guy.” Roebuck was right when he said that, in a book published some 23 years ago, but times are cyclical. A guy who doesn't fit the ...

Book Review: 8 Keys to Mental Health Through Exercise
I was recently given a copy of 8 Keys to Mental Health Through Exercise by Christina Hibbert. I was immediately excited to see it's full of reflection questions, writing prompts, and action items. I'm a real self-help book junkie. I love to learn and ...

Book review: inspired by Shakespeare and Cervantes – and the power of the imagination
Book review: inspired by Shakespeare and Cervantes – and the power of the imagination. Twelve writers and their translators have produced some fine and unusual short stories that celebrate the right to read and to create. PUBLISHED : Monday, 02 May, ...

Book Review: The Long Night, a journey through the Holocaust
Op-Ed: Book Review: The Long Night, a journey through the Holocaust. Darkness fell on Ernst Bornstein's life but he lived to tell us about it. Review of a gripping, just translated Holocaust book that describes a young man's journey through seven death ...

Book Review|Joshua Ferris Reviews Don DeLillo's 'Zero K'
Something feels not quite right about subjecting Don DeLillo to the ordinary critical apparatus. I don't read a DeLillo novel for its plot, character, setting; for who betrayed whom and how hard life with Mother was; for Phoenix days and Bombay nights ...

Book review: The female body and a scientific case for curves
Curvology, book, book review, exploring female sexuality, female anatomy, David Bainbridge Is a particular female form – curvy is the customary popular term – a random natural occurrence, or does it have a deeper objective? And what makes for the keen ...

The Syrian Virgin (BOOK REVIEW)
The novel opens in Syria, as a beautiful, young (and virginal) Syrian Christian teenager named Anissa just manages to escape the slaughter of her family at the hands of Islamist rebels. Her father's last words fixed in her head — his plea that she ...

The Art of Crisis Leadership Book Review
Holding my attention from cover to cover The Art of Crisis Leadership by Rob Weinhold with Kevin Cowherd is a quick read book to keep forever! Who is naïve enough to think they will never experience a crisis? Like an artist paints a still life picture ...

Book Review: Brendan Leonard's 'Sixty Meters to Anywhere'
A new book from a beloved outdoors author tells an inspirational story of recovery from alcoholism through rock climbing and nature. sixty-meters-anywhere The book's title comes from the standard length of a climbing rope, and in its 224 pages author ...

Book Review: 'The Outliers' moves at breakneck pace
“The Outliers” (HarperCollins), by Kimberly McCreight. At a breakneck pace, “The Outliers” grabs and doesn't let go. If Kimberly McCreight's new novel points to the future of young adult fiction, it's not just for kids anymore. “The Outliers” features ...

Book review: Guilty Thing – the life and times of Thomas De Quincey
If ever there was a one-book wonder, that wonder was Thomas De Quincey. Few people could name another book after Confessions of an English Opium Eater, and yet his collected works run to 21 solid volumes – mostly essays, including such classics as ...

Book Review: Common Stocks For Uncommon Profits
I was recently reading an investment book that got me thinking about the concept of deferred dividends. I want to introduce that to all of you here. For those of you who haven't had the opportunity to read Common stocks for Uncommon Profits by Philip ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Envoy: From Kabul to the White House, My Journey Through a Turbulent World'
In 2003 President Bush asked Zalmay Khalilzad, a high-ranking National Security Council official, to see him. To Mr. Khalilzad's surprise, he asked him if he would be willing to go to Afghanistan as the next ambassador. Caught off-guard, Mr. Khalilzad ...

Book Review: Fear a peculiar driving force
We made a book in 2012." Thorpe is up early every morning to write before work, knowing that a day of writing research reports will have sapped her creative energy by evening. Novel number two is in the pipeline - readers can expect another compelling ...

Book review: 'The Outliers' moves at breakneck pace
The novel begins with a desperate plea for help from Cassie, Wylie's estranged best friend who abandoned her for boys and booze. Wylie is forced to team up with Jasper, Cassie's popular, pretty-boy boyfriend to find her. And so it begins. Barely 70 ...

Version Control, book review: Who knows where the time goes?
For Rebecca Wright, the protagonist of Dexter Palmer's new novel, Version Control, reality doesn't feel right. Lots of other people feel the same way, she notices, but it's obvious why she might: her only son, Sean, was killed in a car accident two ...

'The Chimes' Is A Post-Apocalyptic Hymn To The Power Of Memory
"The whole city is talking in music," marvels Simon, the main character of Anna Smaill's debut The Chimes, near the start of this Man Booker-longlisted novel. Young and orphaned, he's just arrived in London from his family's farm in the country. But it ...

'Star Wars: Bloodline' tells us how a princess becomes a general in a fun political thriller: book review
Claudia Gray's "Bloodline" provides vital links between the Original Trilogy and "The Force Awakens," with an excellent mix of political intrigue and action. We join Princess Leia in her role as a New Republic senator six years before the events of the ...

Book Review: Everybody's Fool by Richard Russo
"Everybody's Fool" is a follow up to 1993's "Nobody's Fool"—full disclosure here—a book I did not read yet. But the beauty of this sequel is that it's not necessary to have read the first book. Russo's latest has several plot threads running through ...

'Ruined' book review: An addicting tale of revenge and romance
The fact that even though Ruined is the first novel in a new series, the story in the first book is not dependent on the second. Many times with YA series, the first book sets up the circumstances of the series and then has an incredibly rushed ending ...

Book review: The Science of Growth is a thought-provoking study of business in the modern age
With more than 27 million entrepreneurs in the US and US$128 billion in global venture capital money raised in 2015, the demand for product management guidance is in full swing. The Science of Growth was written by an entrepreneur and venture ...

Book review: Zero K by Don DeLillo - on the quest for meaning and immortality
Don DeLillo's latest novel toggles between a remote compound in central Asia and the workaday world of New York. In the bunker an apocalyptic cult is engaged in the cryogenic preservation of humans, whose brains and bodies are being frozen until the ...

Book Review: Allison Leotta's 'The Last Good Girl'
“The Last Good Girl” (Touchstone), by Allison Leotta. Former federal sex-crimes prosecutor Allison Leotta continues her series featuring her fictional counterpart Anna Curtis in a too frighteningly real scenario in “The Last Good Girl.” College student ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Unquiet Frontier: Rising Rivals, Vulnerable Allies, and the Crisis of American Pow
What a difference 27 years makes. In 1989, Francis Fukuyama published his now-famous article in The National Interest — a thoughtful publication to which I am proud to be a contributing editor — proclaiming “The end of history”: “What we may be ...

Business book review: Seth Godin helps you find that Purple Cow
The following is an occasional feature — reviews of books about business by people in business. Previous reviews have looked at negotiation tactics, team building and marketing. Today, it is managing employees. Sharon Geltner of Froogle PR reviews ...

Book Review: The Long Night, A Journey Through the Holocaust
Darkness fell on Ernst Bornstein's life but he lived to tell us about it. Review of a gripping, just translated Holocaust book that describes a young man's journey through seven death camps up to his liberation by US forces. In each and every ...

Unquiet Minds Make Absorbing Reading In 'Imagine Me Gone'
Beginning with his bestselling story collection, You Are Not a Stranger Here (2002) — which was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award — mental illness, close sibling bonds, and parents lost to suicide have been central to ...

Book review: 'Gardening for Butterflies' by the Xerces Society
Sally and George Peterson are DIY gardeners who have transformed a rough hillside with a lake view into a tree-laden landscape with organic vegetables and herbs growing in raised planter beds and a greenhouse. On their Ashland property, 225 trees, ...

Book review: no stone unturned in search for the real Meryl Streep
Michael Schulman shares delightfully entertaining stories surrounding Meryl Streep's early rise to stardom in Her Again. The book describes Streep's reign as homecoming queen in her suburban New Jersey high school, highlights her deep love of the ...

Book Review: 'Mission Hill' by Pamela Wechsler
Screenwriter, TV consultant and former prosecutor Pamela Wechsler skillfully eases into "Mission Hill," her debut legal thriller featuring the intriguing Abby Endicott, chief of the Boston district attorney's homicide unit. Wechsler's multilayered plot ...

Book review: Five Rivers shows Barney Norris' deep empathy
Set in Salisbury, Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain looks well beyond the world of the literary intelligentsia, describing with great humanity five ordinary lives, and coming close, as it does so, to being a “state of the nation” novel – albeit one ...

Book Review: 'I Let You Go'
This book cover image released by Berkley shows, "I Let You Go," a novel by Clare Mackintosh. (Berkley via AP). “I Let You Go” (Berkley), by Clare Mackintosh. The death of a 5-year-old boy in a hit-and-run accident on a rainy British evening jumpstarts ...

Book Review: 'Redemption Road' by John Hart
John Hart's first four novels earned two Edgar Allan Poe Awards and one nomination, as well as a myriad of other awards. Five years have gone by since his fourth novel, 2011's "The Iron House," was published, but "Redemption Road" proves the wait was ...

Review: Richard Russo Returns Upstate in 'Everybody's Fool'
In the years since he dependably turned out small-town American classics like “Nobody's Fool” (1993) and the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Empire Falls” (2001), Richard Russo has spent a lot of time wandering in the wilderness. He has written only one novel, ...

Capitalism: A Failing System – Book Review: The Rise and Fall of American Growth
The title of Robert J Gordon's impressive book, The Rise and Fall of American Growth, explains everything he wants to say about the past and future prospects for capitalism. If he is right – and we believe he is – then prospects for the US, and thereby ...

Book Review: Learning iOS Penetration Testing
Learning iOS Penetration Testing is a beginner's level book to introduce you to the field of iOS penetration testing. The book is written by Swaroop Yermalkar and is published by Packt Publishing. The book begins with familiarising you with the ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Reagan's Dress Rehearsal: Ike, RFK, and Reagan's Emergence as a World Statesman'
Gene Kopelson's new book, “Reagan's Dress Rehearsal,” somewhat proves Mr. Brinkley's point. It details a previously underreported phase in the Gipper's life, covering his late-starting, ill-famed run for the Republican nomination in 1968. Richard Nixon ...

Book Review: Why Minsky Matters
A few decades ago, Paul Samuelson wrote a letter to Robert Shiller and John Campbell in which he discussed the notion that while the stock market was “micro efficient,” it was also “macro inefficient,” by which he meant that although profitable ...

Never Seen a Doctor review – maybe it's time to book your next appointment?
Rising above its reality TV trappings, this show made a strong case for 'medical shut-ins' to seek treatment. Plus: a documentary about dads in prison smuggles in a message about drug-law reform. Able and empathetic … presenter Katie Piper, survivor ...


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