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Book review: 'Lodestar' guides reader through a thrilling adventure
With this fifth installment in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, "Lodestar," Shannon Messenger picks the reader up right where she left them in the fourth book: reeling from the fact that Keefe, comic relief and sidekick to Sophie, the special ...

Book review: 'The President's Book of Secrets' delves into ...
Book review: 'The President's Book of Secrets' delves into ...

Book Review: The Beauty Of Horror: A GOREgeous Coloring Book By Alan Robert
Life Of Agony bassist Alan Robert already made the jump to comic book creator with the 2010 miniseries Wire Hangers, and has since gone on write and illustrate other titles, such as Killogy, the IDW miniseries he created that tells the story of three ...

Book review and bake sale Friday at St. Paul
The book review will be at 11 a.m. in the church Fellowship Hall. Ron Wright, local attorney and well-known reviewer will present the book, “The Worst Hard Time” by Timothy Egan. Wright is a long-time member of St. Paul and is a gifted and entertaining ...

Book Review – The X-Files: Secret Agendas
In the space of around eighteen months, IDW Publishing have neatly timed around the revival of 90's TV hit The X-Files a series of compilation short stories about the weird & wonderful investigations of FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder & Dana Scully, with ...

Book Review: The Chew Approved
I'm a firm believer that you should never judge a book by its cover, but in the case of cookbooks you should never judge them by how good they sound. You have to judge them by how they taste! For this reason, I chose to test this book over several ...

Books|Review: Marina Abramovic's 'Walk Through Walls,' a Memoir of Masochism and Pretension
Marina Abramovic's first major performance art piece was based on an old Russian drinking game. In front of an audience in 1973, she took a series of sharp knives and stabbed each as quickly as she could into the spaces between her fingers. (In the ...

Book review: Harry Bosch returns in 'The Wrong Side of Goodbye'
A long-lost footlocker packed in 1969 with books by Herman Hesse and Tolkien and cassette tapes of music by Hendrix, Cream and the Moody Blues reminds Harry of his own days as a “tunnel rat” in the Army. He recalls a Christmas Eve from that year when ...

Book Review: 'A Voice for Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens'
This book is in appreciation of the life of Ambassador Stevens, who was murdered in Benghazi on September 12, 2012. It was written by his former fiance, Ms. Lydie Denier. They had had a close relationship, first as lovers and then as friends over the ...

Book Review – A City Dreaming by Daniel Polansky
a-city-dreaming-by-daniel-polansky With A City Dreaming, Polansky has written an intriguing and at times mind boggling urban fantasy that seeps into the unconscious via a series of vignettes following the exploits of M, his friends and associates. M's ...

Book review: 'IQ' delivers moving, yet action-packed plot
Sherlock Holmes — and all his incarnations — never go out of style. It's not just the updates that keep the Great Detective in our minds, but the myriad stories that use Holmes' traits of perception, keen observation and even anti-social personality ...

Book Review: The Gloaming by Melanie Finn
While the book's U.S. title captures its frequently eerie, liminal ambience, the UK one cuts straight to the heart of Pilgrim's personal crisis. We meet this first-person narrator as she accompanies a wealthy American couple on a safari through the ...

Book review: 'Miss Jane: A Novel'
Book review: 'Miss Jane: A Novel'. Terri Schlichenmeyer; 6 hrs ago; 0. Author: Brad Watson; c.2016, W.W. Norton; $25.95; 284 pages. Your mother called it an “angel's kiss.” Ugh. Lots of people are born with birthmarks or unique features but you saw ...

“CHIMICHANGA: SORROW OF THE WORLD'S WORST FACE #2” (Comic Book Review)
If little girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice, then Lulu the Bearded Girl got a bit of fire and steak in her gullet as well. The tough talking, common sense wielding, pint-size matron of the Wrinkle's Traveling Circus is back again ...

Book Review: John Grisham puts a fresh twist on his latest legal thriller
Before you start reading any John Grisham legal thriller, you more or less know what you're going to get. The story is bound to feature a scrappy Southern lawyer who takes on a vast criminal conspiracy in what will prove to be the biggest and most ...

Book Review: George Melloan's 'When the New Deal Came to Town'
It hit me on a Sunday night back in the fall of 2008. Troubled investment bank Merrill Lynch was selling itself in firesale fashion to Bank of America. What will forever be known as the "financial crisis" was in full swing. So while this column has ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Swamp Fox: How Francis Marion Saved the American Revolution'
In recent decades, special forces have emerged as the “go-to” troops of the American military, with units drawn from each service branch. From training and fighting alongside guerrilla bands worldwide to killing Osama bin Laden, the “snake eaters” have ...

Women's Show “The Essential Guide to Donald Trump” book review 11/3
In his book McCallion, a Yale graduate and New York federal and state prosecutor, gives readers a summary of where Trump stands on the issues- from his past discriminatory practices, hiring of undocumented workers, to the domination of his campaign by ...

New atlas bolsters global perspective of fisheries – book review
Daniel Pauly: Yes, and in fact, the Nature Communications paper is chapter 14 in the book. Mongabay.com: I would imagine that the scientists working at FAO aren't ignorant to this bias that you're referring to. How have they received the findings of ...

Book Review (Part II): The Essential Marcus Aurelius
(SitNews) - 3.13. "Just as doctors always keep their implements and scalpels ready at hand in case of an emergency treatment, so should you have your guiding principles ready in order to understand things human and divine, and for the doing of ...

Lenovo Yoga Book review
The Yoga Book craves attention. It effortlessly drew a crowd in the office, and the Space Age looks would be equally suited to the decks of the SS Enterprise. It's the complete lack of physical keys that draws you in. Lenovo calls this the Halo ...

Formula 1 Book Review: 'What Doesn't Kill You...' by Johnny Herbert
I bet you didn't know that Johnny Herbert once tried to climb into a bathtub with future Formula One world champion Mika Hakkinen while they were sharing a hotel room as Lotus team-mates. Maybe you didn't want to know that, either, but it is one of ...

Comic Book Reviews for November 2, 2016
November kicked off with several major releases this week. DC delivered terrific new chapters of Superman and Green Arrow while continuing Batman's "I Am Suicide" story arc (sort of) giving Prez fans the closure they've been seeking in Catwoman ...

The New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2016
Every year since 1952, the Book Review has convened an independent panel of judges to select the New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books. Judged purely on artistic merit, it's the only annual award of its kind. This year's judges were G. Brian ...

8 New Nonfiction Books We Recommend This Week
This week, our critics and editors at the Book Review recommend 10 grim books for grim times. The Times's Jennifer Senior points out two books for special praise. Madeleine Thien's novel “Do Not Say We Have Nothing” didn't win the Man Booker Prize, but ...

Common Stocks And Common Sense – Book Review
Investing can perhaps be best learned through a combination of applied practice and continuous study. While there is no substitute for real-world experience and the valuable lessons learned from making and losing money, reflecting on the wisdom of ...

Megyn Kelly: By the Book
The Fox News anchor and author of “Settle for More” says “Bridget Jones's Diary” reads “like my own journals from pretty much every phase of my life and made me laugh so hard I cried.” What books are currently on your night stand? “Maestra,” by L. S ...

Review: It's 1996, and Jack Reacher Is Playing Nice With Others
“Night School” is the 21st book in Lee Child's Jack Reacher series, but who's counting? Most of us can merely marvel at the continuing allure of Reacher, think “you've come a long way, baby” and leave it at that. Mr. Child, though, is a numbers guy ...

'Doctor Strange' Review: Mind-Blowing Effects & Great Cast Make This Comic Book Movie A Marvel
I have to confess I didn't really know who Doctor Strange was when this movie was announced, but even if he's just on the second tier of Marvel comic book creations, the new movie version giving the aptly named wizard a starring vehicle to practice his ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'My Son Wears Heels'
You figured he'd learn, and, as in the new book “My Son Wears Heels” by Julie Tarney, so would you. Though Tarney had known since he was born that her son, Harry, was a unique little guy, she was still taken aback when he asked how she knew that he ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'She Made Me Laugh: My Friend Nora Ephron'
The columnist Richard Cohen and the writer/director/playwright/and all-around-talented person Nora Ephron, who died of cancer in 2012, were best friends. So how best to remember a best friend? In Mr. Cohen's case it was to write a book, and the result ...

'After You' by Jojo Moyes – Book Review
I have never lost a significant other or a child, and I hope I never do. I have seen two of my siblings lose their spouses, and I have seen the aftermath of what losing a child does to families; it is the most gut wrenching and life draining experience ...

Book Review: 'Invasion' by Luke Rhinehart
Let's be clear, though, if you're going to be voting Republican (or whatever the right wing party is called in your part of the world) in this or any election, you may want to leave this book well alone. Invasion is a barely disguised anti-capitalist ...

Book Review: The Nightingale
It's recommended as this year's Best Historical Fiction by Goodreads, the online book community, with thousands of teary eyed rave reviews. Vianne, the elder sister, is married with a young daughter and lives in a rural village. Her husband is away at ...

Book Review|Inside The New York Times Book Review: John Grisham on 'The Whistler'
In The New York Times Book Review, Peter Lattman reviews John Grisham's latest novel, “The Whistler.” Lattman writes: Photo. Set in the Florida panhandle, “The Whistler” centers on an elaborate conspiracy involving an Indian reservation, an organized ...

Comic Book Review – Geek-Girl #1
Trying to be a super-hero, Ruby Kaye stumbles across a mysterious and extremely dangerous new villain taking down her town's Numero Uno heroine – and is forced to step up and use her powers for more than just accidentally knocking drinks over her ...

Lenovo Yoga Book Review: Great Android 2-in-1 for Notetaking
This Android device boasts high-end specs like a 10.1-inch screen, 2.4GHz Intel Atom X5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and Dolby sound. How does this $500 laptop alternative stand up in real world use? Read the TabletPCReview Lenovo Yoga Book review to ...

Book review: Debut novel offers unique narration style
#I would have never picked up this book, normally. But, the buzz surrounding “The Mothers” and its author, Brit Bennett, was too loud for me to ignore inside the bookstore. So, I read it. And I liked it. photo. Courtesy photo. "The Mothers," by Brit ...

Book Review of Dr. Yitzhak Berger's New Book on Yonah.
“Jonah in the Shadows of Eden” is published by Indiana University Press. It was published in July of 2016 and is 149 pages. Dr. Yitzhak Berger's newest publication has profound implications in the interpretation of Sefer Yonah. Essentially, Dr. Berger ...

“Grace” by Howard Owen
Of course, the crimes that Howard Owen describes in his critically acclaimed Willie Black series are fictional. But the books are so thoroughly rooted in recognizable locales that it sometimes feels as if local readers following Black's path through ...

Book review: 'Age of Myth' is start of interesting new fantasy series
It was with some trepidation that I started Michael J. Sullivan's new fantasy series, having recently finished his “Riyria Revelations” and immediately putting it in my all-time favorites. I needn't have worried, because this latest effort at epic ...

Book review: 'Muslim Girl' shares her story
“This is a pretty steep career lens for a Muslim woman,” Bill Clinton opened a plenary session of his Global Initiative University by addressing a young woman chosen for his panel. She was in her mid-twenties and terrified at the prospect of appearing ...

Book review: 'Rejected Princesses' don't have their own movies, but finally get their due
The illustrations and the stories mean “Rejected Princesses” is less of a book and more of an experience, one that's fun, enlightening and doesn't end with the last page. Porath continues his project on www.rejectedprincesess.com. “I may not be a ...

Book review: 'Welcome to Wonderland' by Chris Grabenstein
The central question of this zany book of tall tales about pirates and Ponce de Leon is will the kids save the day and come up with the dough needed to head off the bankers? Add in a toothy sportscaster from a local television station, a litany of ...

Book Review: Metric Power by David Beer - EUROPP
In Metric Power, David Beer examines the intensifying role that metrics play in our everyday lives, from healthcare provision to our interactions with friends and family, within the context of the so-termed data revolution. This is a book that ...

Book review | New take on Al Capone misses mark
Deirdre Bair's new book, “Al Capone: His Life, Legacy, and Legend,” is the latest volume to attempt to answer this question. Bair, who won a National Book Award for her 1981 biography of Samuel Beckett, is a brilliant and engaging writer, able to ...

Book review: Alice Hoffman's luminous 'Faithful' pulls the reader in
This is a luminous book that sucks you in, starting with a terrible loss and a nearly terminal case of survivor's guilt. High-schooler Shelby Richmond is driving with her best friend, Helene, when their car hits a patch of ice and both girls are nearly ...

Book review: 'Big Jim Eastland'
Edward M. “Ted” Kennedy was a 30-year-old freshman senator when he got a summons to come to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman “Big Jim” Eastland's office before 10 a.m. to talk about subcommittee assignments. “Bourbon or Scotch?” Mississippi's ...

Book review: 'Hillbilly Elegy'
J.D. Vance is not the sort of person who typically writes a best-selling memoir. Although happily married with a comfortable home and a decent job, this thirty-something Yale Law School graduate freely admits that he has “accomplished nothing great in ...

Book review: 'Strong is the New Beautiful,' by Lindsey Vonn
Empowered by her own hard work and bolstered by her immense success as a ski racer, Vonn has assembled a collection of her most trusted life tools in a recently released book, “Strong is the New Beautiful: Embrace Your Natural Beauty, Eat Clean and ...


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