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Daniel Silva: By the Book
The author of the Gabriel Allon thrillers, including the latest, “The Black Widow,” loves F. Scott Fitzgerald and named his son Nicholas after Nick Carraway from “The Great Gatsby.” But his daughter is Lily — “not Daisy or Jordan or Myrtle.” What ...

Comic Book Reviews for August 31, 2016
By Jesse Schedeen, Jeff Lake and Joe Ruggirello The comics industry closed out August with a relatively smaller week, but there were still several notable releases this week. DC offered up a new wave of annual issues for books like DC Comics Bombshells ...

Books|Review: Le Carré, the Con Man's Son: Writer, Liar, Survivor, Spy
And in the case of his new book, “The Pigeon Tunnel,” it fails to diminish our pleasure in reading these stories from his life — stories, he suggests, that might well contain a smidgen of imaginative shaping (“real truth lies, if anywhere, not in ...

A Kitty Leads A Double Life In Beatrix Potter's Posthumously Published Tale
Here's the backstory to this "new" Beatrix Potter book: Two years ago, a woman named Jo Hanks who's an editor at Penguin Random House in the United Kingdom came upon a reference to a letter that Potter wrote in 1914. In that letter, Potter mentioned ...

“The Burning of the White House” book review
In tumultuous times such as these, it is widely recognized that it is imperative that we look backwards and extract lessons from our history; to use the past as a guidebook to navigate the present and future. That is exactly what “The Burning of the ...

Book Review: The Underdogs and The Dog Merchants
Two new books, both well-investigated works, merit your attention. The Underdogs by Melissa Fay Greene is a fascinating, absorbing and inspirational read about the power of love to help those in need, while The Dog Merchants by Kim Kavin introduces an ...

Mayes County Book Review: 'An Oklahoma I Had Never Seen Before'
For most of us who grew up with our knowledge of U.S. history from traditional school textbooks, Howard Zinn's “A People's History of the United States,” first published in 1980, was probably a revelation. Spavinaw author Davis D. Joyce, a retired East ...

Craft Book Review: DIY Box Creations for Really Big Boxes
`As you have seen many times here before, my kids and I love big boxes. Mostly I just let them play with them, making their own things from their own imaginations, but sometimes we work together to turn a big box into something specific, like a giant ...

Book Review|'The Nix' Is the Love Child of Thomas Pynchon and David Foster Wallace
The novel also tours 1940s Norway, suburban Chicago in the '80s and the Iraq war, and it goes inside the heads of Hubert H. Humphrey; a cynical book publisher; a collegiate plagiarist; a hippie-bashing cop; and a video game addict, as well as a ...

Rachel Cusk Reviews Two Books About Assisted Reproduction
For several years I was a professor of creative writing at an English university, and a native habit of finding metaphors and similes in unlikely places occasionally led me to glimpse a strange half-analogy between the writing student and the woman ...

“THIN #1” (Comic Book Review)
Being beautiful is hard. The exercise, the dieting, the fashion, the skin care; it can be an all-consuming ritual that takes over a person life and dictates their day to day actions. But it's worth it, right? At least, that's what Doris thinks when she ...

Inside The New York Times Book Review: The Attica Uprising
In The New York Times Book Review, James Forman Jr. reviews Heather Ann Thompson's “Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy.” Forman writes: Photo. Thompson spent more than a decade poring over trial transcripts, issuing ...

Urban Knit Collection – A book review and extra-special
Now, here's the giveaway part of my review. Interweave only sent me one copy because I was a contributor to the book. So instead of me sending the book directly to you, you'll be receiving a signed copy from Kyle. That's right. You'll be receiving your ...

'A Gentleman In Moscow' Is A Grand Hotel Adventure
Russia and all of its sufferings seems incidental to the plot — the book could have taken place in a grand hotel in Paris or London or New York just as easily. When the outside world makes itself felt, it's usually as an excuse for a charming caper of ...

Book review: 'Open Your Mouth!' gives times, explanations to share the LDS Church teachings, gospel
When sharing the gospel, Mormons need to focus on what sets the LDS Church apart from other religions, and that can be done by focusing on the First Vision, the Book of Mormon and modern-day revelation. By using the First Vision, where a teenage ...

Book review: 'A Survival Kit for Doctoral Students and Their Supervisors'
Branded as a practical guide for managing the supervisor-doctoral student relationship, the book tackles much more than just that. It offers some much-needed perspective on one of the most important but often neglected relationships in science – that ...

Book review: 'Once in a Great City'
If, however, there is a “hero” of the book, Maraniss seems willing to push Walter Reuther to the fore. Amid violence, Reuther not only showed guts and determination as the leader of the United Auto Workers and all that it entailed regarding civil ...

Book review: 'Pirasaurs!' a fun book about dinosaur pirates
“Pirasaurs!” by Josh Funk is a fun story about dinosaurs who happen to be pirates. The story is written from a little orange dinosaur's perspective. He takes you on a journey with the Pirasaurs' crew. He shows a lot of different emotions while trying ...

Book review: 'The Book of Esther' uses fantasy elements to vividly reimagine Jewish history
Though the novel is meant as an alternate timeline taking place in the WWII era, “The Book of Esther” prompts the reader to reflect on WWII events concerning Jewish people, particularly the Holocaust, as similar themes of loss and inhumanity over ...

Book review: Woman seeks to unearth history of death mask in captivating 'Letters from Paris'
“L'Inconnue” or “The Unknown Woman” is an actual death mask dating back to late 19th-century Paris, with a bit of a legend regarding the woman's identity and the creation of the mask. “Letters from Paris” by Juliet Blackwell is an engaging novel in ...

Book review: Brilliant turncoat was blind to flaws of cause
How can the gifted be so gullible? That's what the reader will be left thinking after finishing Kati Marton's tale on obscure mid-20th century turncoat Noel Field. While other spies were more daring or damaging to Western national security, Field is ...

Book review: YA novel 'Great Falls' will resonate with readers of all ages
A reader could not be faulted for thinking that Watkins has Gallagher on some sort of payroll (paid by each glowing adjective) except for the fact that Watkins makes his living as an author and a yoga instructor so the cost of keeping a book reviewer ...

Reporter goes to the past for key to the future
E.M. Davey's debut thriller, “Foretold by Thunder,” is the first book in a planned trilogy. Davey is a journalist at the BBC specializing in undercover investigative journalism. He enjoys travel and has visited 44 countries to research his fiction ...

Book review: 'Sorrow Road' delves deep into the vagaries of memory
Memories are seldom infallible. Two people can remember the same event, yet their recollections vastly differ. The addition of repressed memories and Alzheimer's disease add a new dimension to what one recalls from the past. Memories — or, in some ...

Book review: Mysterious characters, Maine small-town drama complicate 'No News Is Bad News'
“No News Is Bad News” is the second book in Milliken's Bernie O'Dea mystery series. The first in the series kindled a potential romance between O'Dea, a former big-time journalist who now publishes the Peaks Weekly Watcher in Redimere, Maine, and ...

Book review: 'Maine's Remarkable Women' inspires with stories both bold and humble
Kennedy's book is a thought-provoking collection of elegant profiles on the lives of 15 Maine women who performed remarkable acts of independence and bravery. Kennedy, who was director of the Southern Maine Writing Project at the University of Southern ...

Book review: 'Letters from Home' shares tips to improve letters to Mormon missionaries
Book review: 'Letters from Home' shares tips to improve letters to Mormon missionaries. By Gail Sears. For the Deseret News. Published: Sept. 4, 2016 5:00 a.m. Updated: yesterday. + · Leave a comment. Close. 1 of 4. "Letters from Home: How to Lift Your ...

Book review: A memoir you won't soon forget
You'll never forget your first kiss, for instance. You'll always remember your favorite teacher and lessons learned. The day you got your pet, a delicious meal eaten, a great vacation, all burned into your mind. And, as you'll see in Boy Erased: A ...

Book review: Drowning in silence
Book review: Drowning in silence Reviewed By Monica Rodden Of Christiansburg, A Member Of The Christiansburg Library Staff. roanoke.com. “Lydia is dead. But they don't know it yet.” So begins Celeste Ng's debut novel, “Everything I Never Told You,” a ...

'The Art of The Strain' Showcases The Gorgeous Craftsmanship Behind the Gruesome Series
Such is the subject at the heart of Insight Edition's The Art of The Strain, a new compendium book offering a detailed look at the tremendous creative work on FX's The Strain. In an age where high production value has become the TV norm – an age where ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Brilliance and Fire: A Biography of Diamonds'
“When I set out to write this book, I wanted to trace the role of the diamond in our culture, paying special attention to the fundamental complexities of the stone as a symbol, simultaneously, of magnificent success and romance — but also of shameful ...

Talk Lean by Alan H. Palmer [Book Review]
Talk Lean by Alan H Palmer - book review Let's not beat about the bush – that is the purpose of this book. Alan Palmer gives examples of how we often don't get straight to the point, which creates mistrust. “The British are usually so concerned with ...

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Book Review|Mark Thompson's New Book on the Use and Misuse of Rhetoric
In the “Afterthoughts” to his book about the decline of public language in politics, Mark Thompson mentions something that for me clarified the 12 chapters that went before. Thompson, who grew up in England and was director-general of the BBC before ...

Book review: Silicon Collar: an optimistic perspective on humans, machines and jobs
A dilemma lurks in the pages of Vinnie Mirchandani's book on the future of work. “The interviews I conducted show practitioners in a wide array of industries using technology to improve productivity and product quality. They were pragmatic and ...

Book Review: Larry Kudlow And Brian Domitrovic's 'JFK And The Reagan Revolution'
It's hard to imagine any of this nowadays, but if you were for income tax cuts in the 1970s you were an oddball. Neither Democrats nor Republicans were in favor of reductions in the tax burden back then. Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush both said tax ...

Book Review: American Dunkirk, The Waterborne Evacuation of Manhattan on 9/11
Book Review by Rick Spilman – The great New York boatlift of September 11th, 2001, is one of the less well known and least understood of the events of 9/11. In around 10 hours, the mariners of New York harbor evacuated an estimated 300,000 to 500,000 ...

Review: 'Nutshell,' a Tale Told by a Baby-to-Be (or Not-to-Be)
With “Nutshell,” Ian McEwan has performed an incongruous magic trick, mashing up the premises of Shakespeare's “Hamlet” and Amy Heckerling's 1989 movie, “Look Who's Talking,” to create a smart, funny and utterly captivating novel. It's a tale told by a ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Ping-Pong Heart: A Sergeants Sueno and Bascom Novel'
Robbery, mayhem and murder are spiced by sardonic military humor in this lively thriller set in South Korea in 1974 when the Cold War was a good deal warmer. Two American Army CID sergeants — George Sueno and Ernie Bascom — cannot be described ...

Deep Value: Book Review
With Deep Value, Tobias Carlisle, founder of Carbon Beach Asset Management LLC, makes the most compelling case for value investing since Graham and Dodd. Using captivating case studies and strong academic research, he promotes a strategy which ...

Book Review: How To Make Money With Global Macro
Javier Gonzalez has published How to Make Money with Global Macro. The book offers an overview of a global macro framework. It is commodity- and currency-focused - which is a popular viewpoint amongst many market participants - but one might ...

Book review: 'The Madhouse Effect' by Michael Mann and Tom Toles
Published by Columbia Press. Paperback available for pre-order now. Available on Kindle within 24 hours. The cover of the book says it all. The Madhouse Effect lives up to its name as the primary author, paleo-climatologist Michael Mann, has about been ...

Book Review: Pit Bull - The Battle over an American Icon
Despite its name, Bronwen Dickey's Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon is about much more than Pit Bulls. In this thoroughly researched and compellingly told narrative, she unravels the dogs' origins as well as the strange, misleading ...

Book Review: Cathy O'Neil's Weapons of Math Destruction - InfoQ
Big Data has plenty of evangelists, but I'm not one of them,” writes Cathy O'Neil, a blogger (mathsbabe.org) and former quantitative analyst at the hedge fund DE ...

Herman Wouk Looks Back After a Century (BOOK REVIEW)
One would think that a new book by Wouk would receive lots of attention and reviews in all of the major and minor publications. This, somehow, did not happen when Sailor and Fiddler appeared in 2016. Another reason to have expected a great deal of ...

'Here I Am' Grapples With Weighty Matters ... And Weighty Paragraphs
Here I Am has none of that book's visual gimmicks, like the controversial reverse flip book with which it ended, depicting a falling man soaring back up to one of the Twin Towers. Another apt title for Foer's latest might be Things Fall Apart. Among ...

Book review: Dazzled by Claire-Louise Bennett's debut, 'Pond'
Heartwood mostly focuses on older books, but once in a while I'm so taken with a new release that I simply must tell people about it. Claire-Louise Bennett's Pond is such a book, one of the most dazzling debuts I've read. It could be labeled an ...

Book Review: Star Trek: 50 Artists 50 Years
September 8 will mark the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek television series, the creation of visionary Gene Roddenberry, that saw the crew of the starship Enterprise embark on their 5-year mission to explore strange new worlds, bolding going ...

Book Review Correction - China Through a Glass of Wine
I made a mistake - a BIG one by writing the title of the book in my review wrong. The correct title is China through a Glass of Wine and if you were looking for the book after my fictitious title, you may have been frustrated. So here is the corrected ...

Book Review: 'Everfair,' By Nisi Shawl : NPR
Nisi Shawl's new alternative history novel imagines a group of socialists and missionaries who found a new nation — Everfair — as a safe haven for those ...


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