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The 10 Best Books of 2016
The 10 Best Books of 2016. DEC. 1, 2016. Photo. The year's best books, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. Photo. Fiction. The Association of Small Bombs. By Karan Mahajan. A finalist for the National Book Award, Mahajan's novel ...

Anna Kendrick: By the Book
The actress, singer and author of “Scrappy Little Nobody” would love to be a bath reader, “but the Parisian charm wears off after five minutes, and then I just want to be dry.” What books are currently on your night stand? Taraji P. Henson's memoir ...

Mayes County Book Review: 'They Call Me Eddie Morrison'
“You better get to crackin'.” These were the words Spider Gallery director Donna Tinnin would tell Cherokee artist Eddie Morrison when he needed to make more works for the gallery. It is a phrase that exemplifies the life of this extraordinary artist ...

Big Beautiful Books for Small People
Arriving at a moment when they seem perhaps especially welcome, these six large-format books might provide a bit of escape for young readers and grown-ups alike. They remind us that literature can be at least as strange and interesting as reality, and ...

Review: Michael Lewis on Two Well Matched (but Finally Mismatched) Men
At its peak, the book combines intellectual rigor with complex portraiture. (Mr. Lewis keeps a number of single-haired paintbrushes on hand for when fine detail is required.) During its final pages, I was blinking back tears, hardly your typical ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Feminist Fight Club'
Turns out, though, that the work practically knocks you out every day but in the new book “Feminist Fight Club” by Jessica Bennett, there are ways to attack your dissatisfaction. A few years ago, Jessica Bennett and her friends all found themselves in ...

10 New Books We Recommend This Week
This week's books offer seriousness and substance, two qualities much in demand during this pause between holidays. After talking to Michael Chabon on the Book Review's podcast about how he chose to meld fiction and memoir to get at the way in which ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa'
Probably the two best-known Japanese cultural figures in the west are conductor Seiji Ozawa and novelist Haruki Murakami, so the very idea of listening in on their conversations entices — the more so since Haruki Murakami invariably evokes music in ...

Comic Book Review – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #4
tmnt-universe03_cvra Cornered and injured, the Turtles have no escape from the forces aligned against them! Raphael must learn to compromise with his enemy if any are to survive! We're already at the end of the first arc in TMNT Universe. Boooo. But it ...

Book Review: The Small Backs of Children
I'm Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of "The Small Backs of Children” by Lidia Yuknavitch. One place I look for new books by Northwest writers is in awards lists. So I perked up when in this year's Oregon Book ...

Book Review: 'The Other Einstein' by Mileva Marić
641einstein The “other Einstein” is Mileva Marić, Albert Einstein's first wife, a brilliant physicist who met Einstein when both were students at the Swiss Federal Polytechnic in Zurich, Switzerland in the late 1890s. Not much is known about Marić, but ...

The unsolved riddle of the Egyptian sands – book review
What should we make of the ancient Egyptians? In the Bible, Pharaoh is the embodiment of tyranny, enslaving the Jews before getting what he deserves in the Red Sea. In Shelley's “Ozymandias”, the stunted remains of a monument to Ramesses II symbolise ...

Thomas Friedman's latest book is titled, 'Thank You for Being Late.' Credit: Li Muzi/Xinhua/ZUMA
"The folksiness will irk some critics ... But criticizing Friedman for humanizing and boiling down big topics is like complaining that Mick Jagger used sex to sell songs: It is what he does well." –John Micklethwait, review of Thank You for Being Late ...

Inside The New York Times Book Review: 100 Notable Books of 2016
On this week's podcast, the editors discuss the 100 Notable Books; Ronald H. Fritze talks about “Egyptomania”; Matthew Schneier discusses “Vanity Fair's Writers on Writers”; Alexandra Alter has news from the literary world; and Gregory Cowles and ...

The half-baked horror of Incarnate would have worked better in comic-book form
Incarnate is a comic-book movie in search of a comic book. Perhaps there, in the newsprint-scented safety of those tri-color panels, its cartoon characterizations, hilariously blunt expository dialogue, and broad leaps of logic would find an ...

Only Jack Reacher can save us this time
Lee Child's “Night School” is the latest book in his sizzling series featuring Jack Reacher. This one's another prequel. I asked him about the time setting. “It's set 20 years ago. It was a very significant period I felt for the national security ...

Book Review: 'Moonglow' by Michael Chabon
In his latest novel, "Moonglow," author and Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon aims for the moon and successfully touches down on the lunar surface after a journey that leaps across the decades, the story spanning South Philadelphia in the 1930s ...

One Flew Over Bellevue
David Oshinsky, author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning Polio: An American Story, delves into the history of the medical facility in his latest book, Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital. A historian at the ...

Book Review: The Beachcomber, by Michael Gering
He has studied just about every book, every video, every photo, every newspaper article and every magazine interview that pertains to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Gering was just 4 years old when the tragedy ...

Book Review: What it takes to be a part of a people's movement
There is a guilty pleasure about judging books by their cover. Amidst the sounds of a pressure cooker and an early morning prayer, I pick a book by its cover that strikes the typical chord of “Indian” in me. I look at the credits to realise that the ...

Book Review: Building an 'Asian Century' on the basis of vikasvaad and soft power
The book, edited by Dr Satish Kumar and Dr Bibhuti Bhushan Biswas, underlines how Modi has enlarged India's soft power canvas in the last about two years. He has effectively combined new elements of soft power — Samman (dignity), Samvaad (dialouge), ...

Book review: Former Steamboat ski exec writes about the snow biz
#I like books that teach me something. I've been naïve — an innocent enjoyer of the ski slopes — and if you had asked me a few weeks ago what running Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. was about I would have said grooming trails, running lifts and ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'When Strangers Meet'
With the new book “When Strangers Meet” by Kio Stark, she'll get back her gift of gab. Every day, probably sometimes without thinking, you speak with someone you don't know well. It might be someone semi-familiar; a neighbor, perhaps, or maybe it was ...

Book review (Nonfiction): 'Alfred Hitchcock: A Brief Life 'by Peter Ackroyd
There are days when an 800-page biography of some fascinating person is just what we want to dive into. And then, there are days when we feel less ambitious. Behold that very useful literary form: the short biography. Celebrated British biographer ...

Book review: Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her own words
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's newest book, “My Own Words,” is filled with historic works penned by the second woman to join the highest court in the U.S. But the focus of the book lands not on Ginsburg's work, but on her heroes, both ...

Book review: 'Leave Me' by Gayle Forman
She is best known as an award winning author of young adult novels. "If I Stay" won the 2009 NAIBA Book of the Year Award and was a 2010 Indie Choice Honor Award winner. The film adaptation was released in 2014. Forman is also a journalist whose ...

Book review: 'Pull Me Under' jumps between genres to tell compelling tale
If you're in the mood for a fast-paced entertainment that ties up all loose ends, choose a different book. If you're open to trying suspense elements repackaged in a fresh cross-cultural exploration that invites new perspectives on bigger questions ...

Book review: A feminist reformer reflects on a life on the move
In my defense, there are a lot of great feminists and writers out there, and I have a lot yet to read. I heard about Steinem's latest book, “My Life on the Road,” in an interview with Terry Gross on National Public Radio's “Fresh Air.” The book seemed ...

Book review | 'Swing Time': In class-minded tale, dreams slip away one step at a time
But the joyous comedy characterizing “White Teeth” is gone; to an even greater extent than with “NW,” history in this often-dark book hurts too much. Growing up, the narrator and Tracey had hoped that dance might set them free, but attention must be ...

Book Review: But First, Champagne, by David White
but_first_cover.jpg Six months ago, if you asked me what book to get if you wanted to learn more about Champagne, I would have been hard pressed to answer the question. Lucky for us, someone asked my friend and fellow wine writer and blogger David ...

Sustainable Home Design with Eco Living Japan, a Book Review
While one often things of the bustling city of Tokyo when thinking of Japan, there is a deep history of ecologically sensitive traditional homes in quieter regions of the country, and this book delves into the history of Japanese architecture and ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Table Manners: How to Behave in the Modern World and Why Bother'
Jeremiah Tower is one of this nation's great restaurateurs of the past half century, as anyone such as myself who has been fortunate enough to eat in one of his establishments well knows. So it is not surprising that he brings some of that perspective ...

The overdue George Lucas biography is an engaging read about stuff you already know
One topic the book approaches but never quite nails is how Lucas is the most contradictory figure to come out of New Hollywood. He's a loner, but had an unparalleled instinct for popular opinion. He's incredibly generous—with his education ventures ...

Book review: 'Becoming Amish'
“During final reviews of this book's manuscript,” writes the author, Jeff Smith, “Bill wrote me a note. He asked that we include this brief paragraph as a parting statement.” Why would Smith, who is neither Christian nor Amish, give Moser the last word ...

Review: New book brings artistry of Apollo photos to your living room
During a recent holiday party at my house, I left my Apollo review copy sitting on the coffee table. Two friends—one, an artist, and the other, a book designer—agreed the book is wonderfully done. We spent a good 20 minutes leafing through the pages, ...

Book Review: 'Altered Starscape'
altered-starscape Science Fiction has often been used as a way to creatively use social commentary and while Ian Douglas clearly was using it a bit here, that was probably my least favorite part of 'Altered Starscape' and thankfully the world building ...

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New York Times: 100 Notable Books of 2016 -- "The year's notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. This list represents books reviewed since Dec. 6, 2015, when we published our previous Notables ...

The Great Disruption: A Book Review
That is precisely what Rick Smith and Mitch Free, authors of “The Great Disruption – Competing and Surviving in the Second Wave of the Industrial Revolution” (Thomas Dunne Books, 2016) say will occur in the near future, mostly because it has already ...

Book Review: Art of Atari
Art of Atari, a lavish book which covers all things visually historic and celebratory regarding the storied, pioneering video game company, is out in bookstores now, and without question, if there ever was a must-have book for the video game zealot ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Travels with Henry James'
Henry James is one of those authors whom it is hard to imagine as a young person. Somehow the picture that flashes into the mind about him is of a stout, bald man poised between an extended middle age and being outright elderly. Perhaps this is because ...

From Michael Lewis, the Story of Two Friends Who Changed How We Think About the Way We Think
The changes in sports are known as the Moneyball revolution, after the title of a 2003 book by Michael Lewis, about the low-budget success of the Oakland Athletics. One review of “Moneyball” particularly caught Lewis's eye, because it offered a ...

Book Review: Learn Apache JMeter by Example
One of the unsung heroes in the Apache regiment of Java libraries is the load testing tool JMeter. Released in the earliest days of Java 1.1, JMeter has become an indispensable tool for testing load and functionality of multi-tiered applications ...

Doctor Strange: The Fate of Dreams (Book) Review
Among various trade paperback releases, bundling older material together for audiences unfamiliar with the original issues, Marvel issued a new prose novel, by comic book veteran Devin Grayson. CGM recently sat down with Devin Grayson to discuss her ...

Book Review of “Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel”
Are successful international companies and drug cartels so different after all? Apparently not, according to the insightful observations of Tom Wainwright in Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel. While the intriguing book title may lure readers into ...

Book Review: Spaceman
Mike Massimino, former space shuttle astronaut and current professor at Columbia University, shares his path with us in this autobiography. This isn't about astronaut heroics and tales of superhuman feats. It's a tale of Mike's down-to-earth, gritty ...

Book Review: “Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance”
“Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance (A Jack Ryan Novel)” (G.P. Putnam's Sons) by Mark Greaney. The latest novel featuring Jack Ryan, Tom Clancy's iconic hero and now president of the United States, delivers all the elements that fans expect from the ...

Dec 5, 2016 in Culture: Book Review: “Arms from the Sea”
It was a clear day a few weeks ago when a handful of young solicitors showed up to Boise State campus, towing as many copies of “Arms from the Sea” as they could carry. Students passing through the quad that day were enthusiastically asked if they ...

Review: 'Against Empathy,' or the Right Way to Feel Someone's Pain
Paul Bloom's new book, “Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion,” is too highbrow to be a self-help or parenting manual, but parts of it could be. Its wingspan is too wide to be a simple guide to philanthropy, but parts of it could be that as ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The Twelve Days to the Attack'
After 75 years, nine formal investigations, innumerable books, stories and endless speculation, no one has properly concluded why America was caught defenseless and totally off guard when a mob of Japanese Zeros zoomed in and nearly obliterated the ...

Recess book review: Kool AD's 'OK'
For hardcore Hip-Hop fans, hearing that rapper Victor Vazquez―also known as Kool A.D. from musical group Das Racist―is now writing fiction novels is like receiving a birthday gift but not on your birthday. One makes the assumption that his superior ...


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