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Book Review: Paulyn Aneke's Christmas Wish (Snow Globe Christmas Collection)
Her story unfolds in Paulyn Aneke's Christmas Wish. Being an abandoned child who has lived all her life at the Hope Manor Orphanage, she has not seen Christmas like her Christmas book promised—a fireplace that burns bright, presents underneath a huge ...

Book Review: Real Atticus Finch is black
“Go Set a Watchman” made people revisit their hero, Atticus Finch, in a new and disturbing light. Some people refused to read the book because they didn't want their perception of the powerful fictional character to change. Something very personal was ...

Book review: 'Heirlooms' by Rachel Hall
Every person alive today carries forth the legacies of those who came before, and those stories and histories are inevitably complex, a mingling of joys and sorrows, all embodying the muddying stamp of history's conflicts and pivotal world events that ...

Book Review: Former Denverite writes about Alaska in “Wander”
Ominous clouds continue to hang throughout, just like those that hover over North America's tallest peak, Mount Denali, in Alaska, where the novel is set. And, so much for the idiom that you can't judge a book by its cover. This one casts a mood of ...

Elena Ferrante: An Answer?
For a brief period she was also the coordinator of Collana degli Azzurri, a short-lived imprint of Italian writers at Edizione e/o that, according to a spokesperson for the publisher, released a total of “three or four books, including Ferrante's first ...

Book review: Why would Bruce Springsteen need to write “Born to Run” autobiography? Everyone has secrets
Springsteen spends the first quarter of his book in the “heart-stopping, pants-dropping, race-riot-creating, oddball-hating, soul-shaking, love-and-fearmaking, heartbreaking town” of Freehold. To understand him in any sense, fans must understand this ...

Book Review: Murder on the mind
The book starts with Laura “Lo” Blacklock, a fledgling journalist for a travel magazine, being burgled in her own apartment. She experiences post-traumatic stress. This scenario continues for the first 50 pages of the book, when the reader is anxious ...

Book Review: As autobiographies go, Springsteen rocks it
“Since the inception of our band,” he writes late in the book about his group's performance at the event that typically draws the largest global audience of any other, “it's been our ambition to play for everyone. We've achieved a lot, but we haven't ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe'
What a difference 17 years make. Sitting in the cocktail lounge of Paris' elegant Prince de Galles hotel in June of 1999 — as the franc was being phased out and the euro was being phased in — all the talk was about how the rapidly-expanding European ...

Book Review: Alexandra Kleeman's Intimations
Kleeman is 30 years old and the author of one previous book, the novel You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine, one of last year's most celebrated debuts. Its narrator is called A, her roommate is B, and her boyfriend C. A joins a food cult, B wants to look ...

Writers imagining interviews with dead cultural icons is nearly a complete disaster
Plenty of books rest on a shaky premise. A book about business written by a crook, an allegory about abstinence disguised as a vampire fantasy, or the plot of any Nicholas Sparks novel work because of something beyond their basic thrust, be it the ...

Microsoft Surface Book: Not the ultimate laptop, but close [Review]
The developing digital landscape has changed the way people interact with hardware. We are now more device-agnostic than ever -- both in our personal and professional lives -- meaning we are often carrying around two, sometimes three, devices to ...

The 4G Mobile Revolution, book review: A CEO's guide to business-building
What makes this book more worth reading than most contemporary business books is that it's refreshingly free of slogans and one-word themes to throw at everything. While it would be interesting to read a review written by one of Swantee's former ...

The “Unmasking” of Elena Ferrante
The news that the true identity of the writer Elena Ferrante has, allegedly, been uncovered was published on the blog of The New York Review of Books at 1 A.M. on Sunday—the Internet's witching hour, when salacious tidbits are unloaded online to greet ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Twisting Title IX'
In the book, “Twisting Title IX,” Shibley outlines the beginnings of Title IX as a simple law to prevent gender-based academic and athletic discrimination in federally funded institutions, then follows its progression over several decades, and ...

Books|Reader's Guide to This Fall's Big Book Awards
Beatty's bold satire about race in America was one of the Book Review's 10 Best Books of 2015. In the Book Review, Kevin Young wrote about the novel in the context of the history of black satire. He said Beatty takes “delight in tearing down the sacred ...

Review: 'Rogue Heroes,' the Birth of Britain's Elite Special Forces
Ben Macintyre's suspenseful new book, “Rogue Heroes,” about the founding of Britain's S.A.S. during World War II, reads like a mashup of “The Dirty Dozen” and “The Great Escape,” with a sprinkling of “Ocean's 11” thrown in for good measure. Like ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Choosing War: Presidential Decisions in the Maine, Lusitania, and Panay Incidents'
While we all “Remember the Maine,” which touched off the Spanish-American War, and many of us recall that the sinking of the British passenger liner Lusitania was one of the proximate causes of us entering World War I, few if any of us know much about ...

Sam Maggs' WONDER WOMEN Makes History Exciting and Empowering (Book Review)
If someone asked you to name significant women from the pages of history, who could you list? Amelia Earhart, Marie Curie, Sacagawea… who else? Sam Maggs is here to help you list of dozens of names with her new book Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, ...

Books|Review: Nell Zink's 'Nicotine' Is Hard to Put Down, Despite Its Unruly Plot
Her new one is called “Nicotine,” and like her previous books, it's a mess: anarchic in its plot machinations, scrambled in its themes, mostly shallow in its emotions. You want her novels to be so much finer than they are. They're like meals someone ...

WhiteWall Photo Book Review: High-quality results provide excellent showcase of your photos
Earlier this year, WhiteWall began offering a new photo book printing service. After covering the launch of the new product segment, I was provided the opportunity to make my own photo book. After a couple of hiccups along the way -- more on those ...

Beyond space lies another journey | BOOK REVIEW
Now Kim Stanley Robinson, one of the best contemporary writers of “hard” science fiction, has written a book that asks a contrary question: What if humanity isn't meant to colonize the stars? The plot concerns a starship that has taken hundreds of ...

Book Review: Discovery
First off there was just so much I enjoyed. I just love the concept of an order of Religious sisters dedicated to rescuing people involved in accidents in space (Our Lady of the Rescue). An apparently dead alien starship is detected in the Kuiper Belt ...

Book Review: Stealing America by Dinesh D'Souza
I recently had the opportunity to listen to the book-on-tape version of Stealing America, by Dinesh D'Souza whom our readership is no doubt is familiar with. For those who aren't, Dinesh is an Asian Indian immigrant and naturalized American citizen who ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Dagger 22: U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan'
Michael Golembesky was one of those idealistic young Americans who enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in the wake of Sept. 11, 2001 to fight the war on terror. He saw combat in both Iraq and Afghanistan, serving in his first deployment as a provisional ...

BOOK REVIEW: Benjamin by Pedro Proenca
pedro-proenca-book Benjamin is a balloon. Because he's incapable of moving around on his own, he needs the help of an obese boy with no head to get around. He used to live in a bookstore in the mall, but after the owner is captured by green men and fed ...

Robot Law, book review: People will be the problem
The 4G Mobile Revolution, book review: A CEO's guide to business-building · Black Ops Advertising, book review: Charting the rise and rise of 'sponsored content' · Electronic Dreams, book review: The inside story of the UK's computing revolution ...

Comic Book Review – Revolution #2
The first issue [read our review here] was a rapid fire kick off that introduced us to a number of players in an oncoming war including G.I. Joe, The Transformers, Rom (and his sworn enemies The Dire Wraiths), and Action Man. Something is amiss as a ...

Children's book review: 'I Hate Picture Books!'
And then, of course, another reason that picture books can't possibly be liked is because, well, they're not real. After all, “Cow's [sic] can't type, . . . and there is no possible way that a pigeon could even imagine it could DRIVE A BUS.” Books also ...

DON DUNPHY AT RINGSIDE – A TSS Book Review
DON DUNPHY AT RINGSIDE Autobiography, Published in 1988 by Henry Hold and Company, New York. 276 pages. Don Dunphy is a legendary sports announcer who worked in both radio and television from 1940 into the 1980's. He was born in July of ...

Book Review: A Patriot's Call to Action
In the fight against federal tyranny there has been a tendency for people, even those with good intentions, to downplay the severity of our situation or keep possible solutions confined to the realm of “respectability.” That is not the case with New ...

Book Review: The Habeas Citebook: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel
But what sets The Habeas Citebook apart from so many other legal reference books is the thoughtful organization of the book. The first 40 chapters offer case citations related to ineffective assistance of counsel claims, organized into discrete topical ...

Comic Book Review – Snotgirl #3
They're all doing such good work that it's difficult not to simply list their myriad achievements in order of awesomeness, but reviews are meant to be a little more structure and nuanced. That said, there's no better example of said accomplishments ...

Books|Review: When Reading Tana French's Ingenious New Novel, Assume Nothing
Tana French, the superb Irish novelist who happens to write avidly about crime, used to link her books by having a minor character in one become the beleaguered protagonist of the next. Since the books all involved the Dublin Murder Squad, the ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Pigeon Tunnel'
Among the most fascinating and chilling vignettes in the book is Mr. le Carre's account of being a confidante of Nicholas Elliott, s British veteran agent who was one of the few who knew what can only be termed the terrible truth about Kim Philby ...

Comic Book Review – Archangel #3
It's taken a while for the third part of William Gibson's much anticipated foray into the comic book world to get here, and at the back of Archangel we see Gibson pontificate on just how much he underestimated the nuances and subtleties of the form ...

More fun to read about than actually go to these obscure places
20 and it has quickly become a top 10 best-selling book at Amazon.com. This guide to over 600 locations around the world is an expansion into print of some of the bizarre information you'll find on the Atlas Obscura website. This massive undertaking is ...

Book Review – 24: Trial By Fire
24_Trial_By_Fire So here's the problem with writing a book about 24, and it's one Dayton Ward struggles with in his prequel novel Trial By Fire – how do you truly convey the same sense of hour by hour, minute by minute (with ad breaks) intensity Jack ...

Review: 'All That Man Is,' and a Lot He Is Not, in David Szalay's View
David Szalay writes with voluptuous authority. He possesses voice rather than merely style, and you climb into his new novel, “All That Man Is,” as if into an understated luxury car. The book has a large, hammerlike engine, yet it is content to purr ...

Book Review: You'll Grow Out of It
Jessi Klein's series of personal essays is an honest, raw and hilarious portrayal of the complexities of being a woman. Jessi Klein. (photo credit:PR). Share on Facebook Share on Twitter. For comedian and writer Jessi Klein, women are divided into two ...

'The Girl on the Train' makes bumpy leap from book to screen
(CNN) For strangers to the bestseller on which "The Girl on the Train" is based, seeing the movie might prompt them to wonder what all the fuss is about. The film version is a solid if unspectacular thriller, one that hinges on a time-bending whodunit ...

Review: Three Books About Working At The Disney Parks
It's pretty easy to find books written about Walt Disney, but not so easy to find books written about or by Disney Imagineers or Cast Members. Disney Editions has books on Mary Blair, Marc Davis, John Hench, Roy E. Disney and Marty Sklar, which are all ...

Book review: 'The Beauty in Darkness: A Vampire Story,' by Leah Reise
Beauty The story of The Beauty in Darkness, the debut novel of Sonoma County author Leah Reise, starts with an awakening of sorts, and a wish for true death. Edrea stands at the gates of the Décret, a clan of vampires who are sure to tear her apart for ...

Book Review: Life among the original anti-consumerists in “Grant Hotel Abyss”
For the most part, we read a work of nonfiction for two intertwined reasons — to learn about a particular subject and to enjoy the intellectual company of the book's author. I started “Grand Hotel Abyss: The Lives of the Frankfurt School” because I'd ...

8 New Books We Recommend This Week
Michiko Kakutani's review of “Hitler: Ascent 1889-1939” drew some excitement on social media over implicit parallels — make of it what you like. The book is already No. 11 on our combined print and e-book best-seller list. “Enjoy” seems to be the ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Avid Reader: A Life'
Reading this vibrant memoir by New York publishing legend and The New Yorker magazine editor Robert Gottlieb left me with two main conclusions: one surprising, the other anything but. I was astonished at how revealing, nay unsparing, he was about ...

How to Get Book Review Copies
If you're interested in reviewing books, whether for publications, for your own blog, or just for Amazon and Goodreads, you'll, of course, need to get copies of books to review. You can always buy books to review, but many authors and publishers are ...

Book Review: A soul search for modern spirituality
Book Review: A soul search for modern spirituality With high-profile celebrity endorsements from the likes of Meg Ryan, Paris Hilton, Annie Lennox and Katy Perry, it's easy to see why The Power of Now (and Tolle's subsequent work) has enjoyed such ...

Book Review: T is for Time
I'm Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "T is for Time” by Marie and Roland Smith, with illustrations by Renée Graef. With fall in the air and the school year starting again, kids and reading have been on my mind ...

Book Review|'The Populist Explosion' Dissects the History of the Anti-Elite Worldview
Feeling the Bern at Temple University in Philadelphia, April 2016. Credit Mark Makela for The New York Times. THE POPULIST EXPLOSION How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics By John B. Judis 182 pp. Columbia Global ...


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