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Rwanda: Book Review - Title: What Makes Africans Laugh?
The first chapters of the book also provide an insightful description of Tumusiime's early days in the traditional Ankore family and cultural setting. Later as a graduate of Makerere University, the author is welcomed into the world of employment by a ...

Long Time Lost by Chris Ewan - book review: A masterful thriller with a tense climax
The service provided by the canny Nick Miller and his team may not be strictly legal, but it's lucrative. For a price, people in danger are relocated in different countries and provided with fresh identities and lives. Nick himself is more than ...

Book Review:'A to Z with the One True King' makes it easy to teach children Scriptures
The book starts off with Joshua 24:15 – “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord,” which sets the proper tone for a book that teaches values based on God's word, while it meanders through the Old and New Testament with illustrations depicting ...

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Artist Mikel Janin pours every single drop of his talent into bringing us a book with extraordinarily clean lines. This is a particularly attractive rendering of Bruce, and Janin's panels are definitely designed to keep the reader's eyes trained on the ...

Book Review: Aliceheimers: Alzheimer's Through the Looking Glass, Dana Walrath
Walrath's book offers a unique, even refreshing, perspective on one of the world's most perplexing diseases, which now affects more than 12,000 people in Vermont and nearly 44 million globally. A quick scan of Amazon shows evidence of more than 400 ...

Book review: 'The Fireman'
You all know what to do if there's a blaze or a flood. You know where to go, what to grab if there's time, and what not to do. You've practiced – at least in your mind. But what if your Plan A fails? In “The Fireman,” the new novel by Joe Hill, that's ...

Have Book, Need Beach
Stephanie Danler's debut novel, “Sweetbitter,” has caught the eye of Maria Russo, the Book Review's children's books editor. “I have the impression this book about a young, yearning waitress is the literary equivalent of a sit-down lunch at a nice ...

Book Review: The Emperor's Revenge
The mission is a success, but not by the book or sticking to the plan, which is typical for the Corporation, the name of the crew that works with Cabrillo on The Oregon. A bank heist instigated by the manager results in a fiery crash in the middle of ...

If you build it, they will destroy it
But a recent book, Obsolescence: An Architectural History, by Daniel M. Abramson, currently director of architectural studies at Tufts University, challenges those ideas. It explains that building obsolescence is an invented notion, created by Chicago ...

Thrillers: Justin Cronin's 'The City of Mirrors,' and More
Berry also returns to his favorite plot device: resurrecting a long-buried historical secret upon which potential disaster rests. The secret this time is a scenario first understood — and then hidden — by America's oldest fraternal organization, the ...

Book review: Forever Young, the story of Manchester United's forgotten talent
FOREVER YOUNG chronicles the story of a talented footballer Adrian Doherty who became a Manchester United apprentice and was on the brink of breaking into the first team before a serious knee injury put paid to his hopes of carving out a professional ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Spain in our Hearts: American in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939'
Lost causes have a way of transforming themselves into victorious myths. In the 18th century Bonnie Prince Charlie (actually a spoiled brat who degenerated into a cranky old drunk) and the doomed Scots Jacobite uprising of 1745 achieved fictional ...

Our Shared Shelf May book review: “The Argonauts”
As I mentioned in my previous review for April's pick, Emma Watson's Our Shared Shelf really was a treat at the beginning of the year. Though the first read had its flaws, the second was superb and I truly believed the journey of the book club would be ...

Review: 'Book of Mormon' boasts big numbers and is wickedly funny ... but leave the kids at home
Underneath its nonstop irreverence — and profane material that many would find blasphemous — “The Book of Mormon” tells a pretty sweet story about friendship, the rewards in working together and the value of hope. And the production now at the ...

Book Review: Clara Bingham Captures Complexity of 'the Sixties'
How can anyone adequately explain the rare incendiary mix of the anti-war movement, student rebellion, drug culture, civil rights activism, and women's liberation that created the culture we call “the Sixties”? It was a moment in time that now seems ...

Book review: Is Zero K Don DeLillo's most Jesuit-influenced novel?
Don DeLillo has always been a writer obsessed by death. His major novels have all grappled with the finite nature of existence, but never has he tackled it so directly as he does in Zero K. The first line of the novel, “Everybody wants to own the end ...

Comic Book Reviews for June 1, 2016
By Jesse Schedeen, Jeff Lake and Levi Hunt This week was another doozy for the comic book industry. DC Rebirth is now officially under way, and based on books like Batman Rebirth #1, Superman Rebirth #1 and Green Lanterns Rebirth #1, things are ...

Willful subversion of our Constitution: Book Review of 'Our Lost Constitution'
But his book, “Our Lost Constitution: the Willful Subversion of America's Founding Document,” released last summer, is not the typical mishmash written by a politician to advance his career or candidacy. Lee is a serious student of the Constitution and ...

Book review: 'The One True Barbecue' goes whole hog as it explores the people, places and history that make ...
Book review: 'The One True Barbecue' goes whole hog as it explores the people, places and history that make ...

Book Review: 'Breaking the Trust Barrier' by JV Venable
Book Cover JV Venable has added author to his list of accomplishments with his new book, “Breaking the Trust Barrier: How Leaders Close the Gap for High Performance. One of his most gratifying career accomplishments, according to his book, is when he ...

Books | Summer time is truly reading time
Many of the individual poems in the collection have been previously published in literary journals as diverse as Appalachian Heritage, The Portland Review and Rabbit Catastrophe Review. Fiction. “Night Garden” by Carrie Mullins is a new novel from ...

Book review | Hoosier who's who a must read
Are we losing our "sense of place?" Have we gone so "global," become so spread-eagled across the world that our particular location, environment, our very geography is no longer relevant or meaningful? After all, we can now do almost anything from ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Dear Fang, With Love'
Novelists and playwrights love putting the girl behind the eight ball. To cite only work in English, think of Shakespeare's Viola and Rosalind and Juliet; of Jane Austen's Elizabeth Bennett; of Hawthorne's Hester Prynne and Rapaccini's daughter; of ...

BOOK REVIEW: Gang Town
DON Pinnock swears that Gang Town is his last book on gangsterism and crime in Cape Town. In his search for answers during his fourth and final examination of the scourge, he joined the ranks of scientists who believe that epigenetics holds an ...

Book review: My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith involves Tuscan adventure
This is the story of a sad Scottish food and wine writer called Paul Stuart, who takes a break in Tuscany to get over being dumped by his girlfriend, and to finish his latest book. The trademark of McCall Smith's plots is a kind of benign absurdity, as ...

Book review: Love From Boy - Roald Dahl's Letters to His Mother
IT'S hard enough these days to get children to write thank-you letters for birthday or Christmas gifts. By Clair Woodward. PUBLISHED: 10:53, Fri, Jun 3, 2016 | UPDATED: 11:01, Fri, Jun 3, 2016. 0. Love From Boy PH. Love From Boy is a collection of ...

Book Review – The Newbie's Guide To Cannabis And The Industry
Legal marijuana is a big deal and it's only getting bigger. It's already a billion dollar-plus industry in the medical marijuana and legal states, and with California and a handful of other states poised to go legal in November, it's only going to get ...

Inside The New York Times Book Review: 'Before the Fall'
In The New York Times Book Review, Kristin Hannah reviews “Before the Fall,” the fifth novel by Noah Hawley, the producer, writer and showrunner of the FX television show “Fargo.” The novel examines 11 characters aboard a private jet that will end up ...

Book Review – Three Little Words (Inspired by Finding Dory)
Three Little Words Graduation season is upon us and a popular gift is Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss. But the latest book by Disney Press is an equally inspirational gift for all ages, Three Little Words, which is inspired by the upcoming Pixar ...

Book review: Murder, mayhem and a missing child mark Chapman's third mystery
Missing children, bikers and murder make up up the heart of the third book in a series of mysteries set in Kingston and produced by Ottawa writer Brenda Chapman. The series features a troubled female aboriginal police officer named Kala Stonechild, who ...

Book Review: A Thousand Miles to Freedom: My Escape from North Korea
7. She spent many months being interrogated by South Korean intelligence in order to prove she was not a North Korean spy. This book is one of a growing number that exposes the true horrors of the great famine that killed over a two million North ...

Book Review: Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secrets of Being Productive by Charles Duhigg - EUROPP
This is a self-help book. The clue is in the title, which promises to make the committed reader 'smarter, faster, better'. Another clue is in the subtitle that, displaying the genre's penchant for coating its nostrums in the sheen of science, pledges ...

Book review: The Burning Fields mines brutal reality of honour killing
Murugan, a chronicler of human experience, wrote Pookuzhi as a serial in a Tamil magazine and later worked it into a novel. His dedication of the novel to Ilavarasan ruffled feathers in Tamil Nadu, though not to as dire consequences as the violence ...

This 'Hero Of France' Is A Truly Decent Man
Long ago, a friend expressed astonishment that I had never read the novels of Dick Francis. She lent me one and said if I hated it, "it is all over between us, Bethanne." I know why she said that: Every Dick Francis book features The Decent Man as its ...

Book review: 'Puzzle Pieces' neatly brings a lot of story together
When Presley DeGraff comes to Haggerty, Georgia, to practice law, she's running and hiding from her sad past, in the novel "Puzzle Pieces" by Betsy Brannon Green. To start, she escapes from a hospital and collects her father's Aston Martin, driving it ...

Book Review: Alice and Oliver by Charles Bock
Did you ever read a story in which a character does something particularly heinous, and while a part of you can justify it, you can't quite come to terms with it? Meet Oliver Culvert, husband to Alice, father to baby Doe and suddenly overwhelmed with ...

Comic Book Review – Assassin's Creed: Trial By Fire
TrialByFire Charlotte de la Cruz is over-educated and underemployed, wasting her time in a dead-end job in San Diego, and spending her free time chasing down conspiracy theories on the dark side of the internet. When a real-life conspiracy crashes into ...

Book review: When destiny meets faith
The Sialkot Saga, a thriller by Ashwin Sanghi, is one such book that hooks you from the start. This is a story of two businessmen, Arvind and Arbaaz, from different backgrounds, who are constantly competing with each other through complicated tricks ...

Book review: On a horrific roller coaster ride
The book starts on a somewhat sober tone, and then escalates into a series of bizarre and twisted events, for instance a psychotic war veteran breaking into Joshua's apartment for no reason, a cat who suffers at the hands of an angry immigrant, or ...

The Art of Living: A Father's Day book review
Full of case histories, the book demonstrates the ways in which a son can suffer a deep wound at the hands of his father, not so much because of terrible acts that a father may have committed, but more commonly due to the many things a father may have ...

Book Review: “Love: The Lion” by Frédéric Brrémaud
A young lion wanders the Serengeti in search of a pride to call his own. But being alone, he is watched with cautious eyes by those families he encounters along the way, including a coalition of rival males in search of their own pride to conquer. So ...

Book review: In 'LaRose,' Louise Erdrich looks at atonement
An accidental fatal shooting of a 5-year-old boy near the boundary of an Indian reservation in North Dakota opens Louise Erdrich's new novel, detonating a story of revenge, sacrifice and restitution. While stalking a buck, Landreaux Iron, an Ojibwe man ...

Book Review: The Gene- An Intimate History
The Gene is yet another humdinger of a book by Siddhartha Mukherjee. It has the heft — both literal and metaphorical — of its predecessor, the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, published six years ago ...

Book Review: Pyre
In Pyre, the English translation of his 2013 novel Pookkuzhi, Murugan trains his attention on caste and the strict enforcement of caste endogamy in rural areas. The protagonists, Saroja and Kumaresan, fall in love in a town, get married, and elope to ...

Book review: Post-WWII tale explores the 'City of Secrets'
O'Nan's “City of Secrets” is the focus of this review because, well, it's the better of the two and, unfortunately, I couldn't finish the Barnes. That is not an indictment on Barnes because his last novel, “The Sense of an Ending,” was one of the best ...

Book review: Origins of sports metaphors explained in handy guide
Research into language—particularly the subject of when phrases entered common parlance—isn't easy. Josh Chetwynd was thankfully up to the task, and the result is an interesting look at how hundreds of sports metaphors entered the collective ...

Book review: Seattle boat-building family fractures, reunites in 'Before the Wind'
Robin Lee Graham wrote about his solo trip around the world in a small sailboat, begun when he was just 16. We had no television in our home, and we used our library cards heavily; a book received as a gift was, and is, a special thing. I loved that ...

WEB EXTRA BOOK REVIEW: 'We All Shortened Our Sentences And Toughened Our Verbs': Hemingway had arrived
That novel and Hemingway's writing as he developed had an effect on the way Americans wrote. It came to be called modernist fiction. We all shortened our sentences and toughened our verbs. The editor of the “Paris Review” told Blume that many of the ...

Book review: A tale of a dog and his neurotic human in 'Lily and the Octopus'
Steven Rowley's novel “Lily and the Octopus” is a 320-page dog story about an owner's devotion to his animal, complete with magical realism and various all-capped renderings of the thoughts of a dachshund named Lily, which run to the ecstatic. Here she ...

Book review: Stephen King brings trilogy to a bloody good 'End'
Begun in 2014 with “Mr. Mercedes,” Stephen King's Bill Hodges Trilogy has proved to be a welcome change of pace for the best-selling Maine author. This is the first time King has produced three related thrillers in rapid succession, and the exercise ...


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