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Book Review|Tribes of TriBeCa: Jay McInerney's Latest Downtown Novel
It turned out I was both right and wrong: Several people die in this book, though the one I was anxious about makes it to the novel's subdued, exhausted, bittersweet end. But the way my inner reader had flinched, the way I had hoped I was mistaken ...

Book Review: In 'American Heiress,' Patty Hearst case evokes the dark side of '70s
Book Review: In 'American Heiress,' Patty Hearst case evokes the dark side of '70s. Crime writer and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, who wrote the book on which TV's “The People v. O.J. Simpson” was based, shows the Hearst kidnapping was more than a ...

Book Review: Dave Eggers' new novel a powerful, textured story about parenting
Book Review: Dave Eggers' new novel a powerful, textured story about parenting. Eggers suggests a model of parent-child relations in which a parent need not be a “heaven-sent and infallible being” — and in which children can be the devils they often ...

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A frustrating part of much sci-fi is watching authors struggle their way through scientific justifications for their book's premise. Any commitment to even the vaguest hint of verisimilitude means a writer can find themselves churning out pages of ...

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book review: Spoiler-free first impressions of JK Rowling's last Hogwarts hurrah
The play opened to rave reviews and now, to coincide with the gala premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, JK Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne have released a 'Special Rehearsal Edition Script' of parts one and two of the play. Set 19 years ...

“I AM PROVIDENCE” (Book Review)
Have you ever been so completely immersed in a certain part of fandom culture that you find it nearly impossible to escape? If you answered “yes,” or you simply want to peek into that world without socializing (even the tiniest bit), I AM PROVIDENCE by ...

Harry Potter and the Curse of Continuation
(This review contains plot information regarding Harry Potter and the Cursed Child but only very mild spoilers.) In 2013, J.K. Rowling wrote a short post ... In the third book in the Harry Potter series, The Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry's friend Hermione ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Texas Ranger: The Epic Life of Frank Hamer, the Man Who Killed Bonnie and Clyde'
Sam Houston, a beloved founding father of what is now the state of Texas, set the tone for law enforcement there centuries ago when he intoned, “Never seek redress for a personal wrong in a court of law.” Houston supposedly emphasized his point by ...

Book Review – Smoke by Dan Vyleta
Smoke starts in a boarding school where we as readers are thrown into the deep end with a late night school ritual, that welcomes us to some of the characters this story follows. The novel seems to be set 1800's, but the period only matters because it ...

Black Ops Advertising, book review: Charting the rise and rise of 'sponsored content'
Is this book review an ad? In an analysis programme for BBC Radio 4 a few months ago, Andrew Brown, a journalist at The Guardian, asked whether the rise of ad blockers would ultimately mean the death of free news on the internet. In Black Ops ...

Books|Review: 'Underground Railroad' Lays Bare Horrors of Slavery and Its Toxic Legacy
“The Underground Railroad,” which is the latest selection of Oprah Winfrey's book club, chronicles the life of a teenage slave named Cora, who flees the Georgia plantation where she was born, risking everything in pursuit of freedom, much the way her ...

Book Review: 'Forever Doon' by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
At last, it seems like the time to cross the bridge one last time is upon us. It was only three years ago that I was first brought into the world of Doon, filled with action, romance, and by ways of me, Morlocks. Yes, that's right, I am still talking ...

REVIEW: "Suicide Squad" is Exactly What DC's Film Franchise Needs
Is this a safe space to admit I was dreading "Suicide Squad"? Probably not. But before you go into comments calling for my job, allow me to explain. "Suicide Squad"s path to theaters has been littered with red flags and marketing with loads of WTF. Its ...

Book Review: Dave Eggers goes into the wild
As with those alien invasion movies, this book is about a single-parent family trying to survive against tall odds — though it would be irresponsible of me to lead you to believe that Josie, Paul and Ana face some unearthly threat in "Heroes of the ...

Book Review: 'The Crow Girl'
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro remains a bucket-list challenge, but in the book world, staring down a 784-page Swedish serial-killer novel may make the reader question his or her priorities: Why have I not yet read The Brothers Karamazov or finished Anna ...

Book Review: The Girls by Emma Cline
Emma Cline's "The Girls" is both a coming of age and a coming to terms kind of tale, the story of a young Evie Boyd in the height of San Fran area hippiedom of the early 70s, and of present day Evie Boyd, still struggling to understand her past and a ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Mistresses of Cliveden'
Few would argue that the eponymous neo-Italianate Palladian Thames-side stately home, with its magnificent gardens running down to the river, is one of the most splendid in England. Unfortunately, to people living during the middle part of the 20th ...

Book review: 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two'
There's a moment in "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" — the new play resurrecting Harry and friends onstage in London, and published as a script-book — when Harry and his old rival Draco Malfoy are discussing their relationships with their ...

Book Review: The Homebrew Industrial Revolution (2010)
Predicting an economic “singularity” approaching, Kevin Carson from the Center for a Stateless Society writes in The Homebrew Industrial Revolution (2010) we can look forward to a vibrant “alternative economy” driven less and less by corporate and ...

Comic Book Review – Street Fighter X GI Joe #6
SFxGIJoe_06-pr-1 The tournament is over… but the fight has just begun for STREET FIGHTER and G.I. JOE! As the unpredictable force known as Psycho Power grants a World Warrior impossible strength, every G.I. Joe soldier, Cobra agent, martial artist and ...

Book review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is definitely the eighth book in the Harry Potter series, picking up from where we left – nineteen years after the Battle of Hogwarts. This book, written by John Tiffany and Jack Thorne is based on a story written by ...

Book review: 'Esther the Wonder Pig'
You imagine long walks, bedtime cuddles, training a new baby to be a good citizen. There will be laughs, joys, and playtime and well, of course, there'll be sleepless nights, little messes, and broken possessions. And in the new book “Esther the Wonder ...

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book review: How the script compares to the Palace Theatre production
JK Rowling chose to release The Cursed Child as a play, one 'tailor made for the stage' as noted in The Independent's five-star review of the Palace Theatre production. Critics, including myself, were blown away by the magical performance, Jack Thorne ...

'Suicide Squad' scrapes the bottom of the comic-book movie barrel
The biggest problem with “Suicide Squad,” the star-studded adaptation of the DC Comics series about a group of supervillains drafted to carry out dangerous government missions, isn't that it's a lousy, clunky movie. Those aren't hard to find (and, this ...

“HELLBOY AND THE BPRD: 1953” (Comic Book Review)
When most creatures of the night hear the name Hellboy, they know to scatter lest the boogieman's boogieman come for their heads. But Hellboy wasn't always the cool-headed monster hunter currently fighting the denizens of Hell that he is now; once he ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty'
A new book by Eric Metaxas, best-selling author of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer and William Wilberforce biographies, borrows its title from Franklin's potent response. “If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty” explores the very concept ...

Book review: Isolation, love, manipulation in “The Girls”
The version of the post you're reading didn't exist until a couple hours ago. I wrote the first draft last week, read parts of it and thought: 'Yeah….no. I can't let that go out into the world. It'd probably invite something evil in. Or a lawsuit.' So ...

Jeffrey Toobin: By the Book
After my dad died, in 1984, I found among his possessions a little leather notebook where he wrote down all the books that he read, as he read them. Starting in 1987, I have used the same book as my “book of books.” It holds the place of honor in the ...

Teach kids to love nature with 'The Big Book of Nature Activities' (book review)
Packed with information, activities, games, and tips on how to understand and engage with the natural world, this hefty book should be on every parent or teacher's desk. Did you know that the average child can identify 300 corporate logos, but only 10 ...

'Takedown': A Book Review With Global Social Lessons
The book narrative is non-linear, meaning that the reader has to keep track of multiple storylines being told at the same time. I think that is the main reason that the book has not sold many copies. A lack of public book reviews of this title may owe ...

Bring on Another Cocktail - Please! A Book Review
The baby boomer generation's outlook on retirement is very different then the generation before us. The Silent Generation, those born in the 1920's and who lived through the Great Depression and WWII, are known for their strong family values, the need ...

'The Little Prince' Review: A Netflix Winner As Classic Book Gets Gorgeous Animated Treatment
I actually first saw director Mark Osborne's animated feature adaptation of Antoine de Saint Exupery's 1943 children's book Le Petit Prince when it had a splashy premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Since then, The Little Prince has played around ...

BOOK REVIEW: Ducati, A Photographic
There are people who photograph motorcycles, and then there are artists who photograph motorcycles. Australian lensman Phil Aynsley is certainly one of the later, and he has just released his latest masterpiece in Ducati, A Photographic Tribute, Volume ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Midnight in Berlin' shows eve of World War II
Who hasn't wished to undo little things already done? To have muzzled that blowhard at the dinner party with a joke instead of a jab; to have bought a lottery ticket at the mom-and-pop shop that sold the actual winner; to have swerved left instead of ...

Book Review: For young readers, adventures at home and far away
If you've ever taken care of a toddler, this amusing picture-story book will ring true to you. Henry's parents, grandmother, brother and sister love the little bundle of energy but no matter the activity, he wears them out. When his father tosses Henry ...

Book review: Brilliant history of America's fight to end slavery
This long history of the fight to end slavery is brilliantly told in historian Manisha Sinha's magisterial, "The Slave's Cause." The book is divided into two parts, the first focusing on the pre-Revolutionary period and the second on the 1830s through ...

Surface Book Toast Wood cover review: Protect your laptop in style
Only two kinds of electronic devices exist in this world : the kind that have been scratched and the kind that are gonna get scratched. A scratch or nick on your budget laptop may not bug you, but on your pristine $1,900 brushed-aluminum Microsoft ...

Book Review: Spitting in the Soup
soup-feature-940 With the mega sporting festival that is the Olympics upon us, it is an unfortunate reality that doping stories are fighting for equal time with actual sporting stories. “Spitting in the Soup” is a hard-hitting, comprehensive, and ...

Book Review|In Colson Whitehead's Latest, the Underground Railroad Is More Than a Metaphor
His new novel, “The Underground Railroad,” is as different as can be from the zombie book. It touches on the historical novel and the slave story, but what it does with those genres is striking and imaginative. Like its predecessors, it is carefully ...

Book review | 'Cursed Child': Like series, Harry Potter script is a page-turner
The book version of ''Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'' is the script of the play that just opened in London — and even though it lacks the play's much-talked-about special effects, it turns out to be a compelling, stay-up-all-night read. Written by ...

Book Review: The Carry Home
I'm Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "The Carry Home” by Gary Ferguson. It's a common – almost mythic – theme: after loss, we seek solace and healing in nature. And given that loss is so much a part our common ...

Book Review: “Prague Winter” by Madeleine Albright
Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, left, with Rabbi Israel Zoberman at the White House Chanukah Reception on Dec. 5, 2013. Prague Winter by Madeleine Albright. www.amazon.com. Prague Winter by Madeleine Albright. prev. next. Madeleine ...

Book Review|A New Book Defends Iran's Last Shah
Book Review Newsletter. Sign up to receive a preview of each Sunday's Book Review, delivered to your inbox every Friday. The chief problem with Cooper's account is his reflexive hostility toward Islamism writ large, which ends up being analytically ...

Book review: A war worth losing
America is a war-weary nation. I'm not talking about Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria or ISIS. We've fought wars on cancer, drugs, crime, Christmas, Christians, marriage, family values, coal, poverty, prosperity, and gun owners. Shawn Otto's new book presents ...

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Book Review: 'The Fire This Time' expresses sorrow of black Americans
The new book's title, of course, pays homage to James Baldwin's 1963 classic "The Fire Next Time." Ward and her fellow writers treat Baldwin as a revered old uncle: a voice of experience, a link to history and, occasionally, an elder to be argued with ...

Book review: Apocalypse Now Redux
The title of the book — Things That Can and Cannot be Said — demands an imperative. It is as if Arundhati Roy and John Cusack, aware of their internal turmoil in dealing with a world that is rapidly becoming unintelligible, though not ...

Book review: True Lies
And that holds true in this book. Dan Forrester wishes he could remember his secrets, but he's suffering from amnesia brought on by the emotional trauma of his son's untimely death. When an unknown woman approaches him in a store and tells him that ...

Book Review “Surviving a Mass Killer Rampage” by Chris Bird
The book is easy to read. Chris Bird doesn't sensationalize the story at all, but I still felt as if I were reading a multi-chapter monster-thriller. The frightening part wasn't that evil murderers exists. The painful part was that we didn't learn from ...

Book Review: Calculated Risk – The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom
A new review of the astronaut's life, Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom came out last month (June) and highlights a career, and a life, of someone willing to take risks to achieve great things. This book is a welcome ...


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