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4 Lives In Parallel Run Through Ambitious '4 3 2 1'
Auster's novel is never boring, but it can get confusing, especially at the beginning of the book — readers will likely find themselves flipping back: Is this the Ferguson whose father was killed in a fire, or the one whose father expands his store ...

Book Review: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
GoodReads gave the fiction book four and a half stars. Picoult shares this review of the book on her website, jodipicoult.com. Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years' experience. During her ...

Book review: 'Man on the Run'
You might have said that once, giggling. You may have yelled it at a game one afternoon. You said it, maybe, in a flirtatious manner on some romantic evening. Run, run, run, catch me if you can because, as in “Man on the Run” by Carl Weber, this chase ...

A Book Review of The Undoing Project - A friendship that changed our minds
Two social scientists, psychologists, are the subject of Michael Lewis's latest book, The Undoing Project. Their collaboration was the nursery that has given us the field of behavioral economics, the Nudge Unit, and an understanding of how are thinking ...

Book Review: The Death of Expertise, by Tom Nichols
Sitting down to review Tom Nichols' “The Death of Expertise” proved to be more difficult than I initially expected. Not due to any fault of the book or Nichol's thesis, but from attempting to find a starting point—a hook if you will from which to ...

Review: 'Black Edge,' an Account of a Hedge Fund Magnate and Insider Trading
The book is many things: a Wall Street primer; a procedural drama; a modern version of “Moby-Dick,” with wiretaps rather than harpoons. Kolhatkar, a staff writer for The New Yorker and a former hedge fund analyst, expertly synthesizes an enormous ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Spy Sites of Washington, D.C.'
Let us show a bit of civic pride, if you please. As a center for spies and espionage, Washington and environs are the equal — or better — of such renowned cloak-and-dagger meccas as Vienna or Istanbul. Start at the beginning: The founding father of ...

Book Review: Inside the Investments of Warren Buffett
What makes Warren Buffett a hero to many ambitious investors is that he makes success seem achievable. In testimony to his gifts as a writer and teacher, Buffett's annual letters to Berkshire Hathaway's shareholders read with the ease of a dime-store ...

Book Review: Inside The Investments Of Warren Buffett
What makes Warren Buffett a hero to many ambitious investors is that he makes success seem achievable. In testimony to his gifts as a writer and teacher, Buffett's annual letters to Berkshire Hathaway's (BRK.A, BRK.B) shareholders read with the ease of ...

Book Review: "Rogue Heroes" tells the story to its fullest extent
Ban Macintyre's book "Rogue Heroes: The History of the SAS, Britain's Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War" was published in 2016. It tells the story of the British L-Detachment, also known as the Special ...

Book Review: Letters to Dr. Wiggy
Retired Pace professor Dr. Ellen Mandel's first book Letters to Dr. Wiggy is a look into her effort to help her close friend and Pace colleague Dr. Susan Maxam during her chemotherapy. The book, however, isn't so much a typical book as it is a ...

Comic Book Reviews for February 1, 2017
By Jesse Schedeen, Jeff Lake and Blair Marnell This week's comic book lineup included the start of the "I Am Bane" storyline in Batman #16, the debuts of Marvel's Bullseye and Darth Maul mini-series, a new Assassin's Creed comic and a dirt-cheap new ...

Review: 'Book of Mormon' funny, offensive
"The Book of Mormon" is going to offend you. Whether it's a concept or an action or the explicit language, you are almost certain to be offended, or at least find yourself cringing, at some point during the show. But, even more than that, it will make ...

'Silver Stars' book review: A harrowing story of duty and sacrifice
Rainy, Rio, and Frangie start the book as young women who have survived a few of the horrors of war, but they quickly become women hardened to their positions and their fates. They all make difficult sacrifices in the name of duty. Their evolutions are ...

Book Review: 'The Trapped Girl'
This book cover image released by Amazon Publishing shows "The Trapped Girl," by Robert Dugoni. (Amazon Publishing via AP). Prev; 1 of 2 images; Next. NOTEWORTHY. 'The Trapped Girl'. Robert Dugoni. Amazon Publishing, 2016. 409 pages, hard ...

Book Review: Memoir recounts struggle, joy of learning French
#The memoir is titled “When in French: Love in a Second Language,” and its pretty, pure white cover would make a beautiful Valentine for your sweetheart, but be aware: This book does not belong to the clichéd genre of “I went to Paris and fell in love ...

7 New Books We Recommend This Week
Feel like getting away? Go ahead and dive into Arthur Conan Doyle's London, explore the world of women in early Mormonism or journey across the Rocky Mountains to get a sense of how America's geography has shaped its role in the world. Not far enough ...

Comic Book Review – Assassin's Creed: Uprising #1
Join us for this game-changing new chapter in the ongoing Assassin's Creed saga! With the Phoenix Project nearing its completion, tensions are running high for both the Brotherhood and the Templar Order. A new world order is on the horizon and only ...

Family troubles and war-torn London
If the book has a flaw it is in its failure to recognize how truly unworthy Julia is as a person. She is offended when her trusting husband shouts at her a after finding a cache of love letters from Dougie. She cannot understand why her father resents ...

Book Review: Shoe Dog
I'm Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of Phil Knight's "Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the creator of Nike.” Two weeks into our federal oligarchy of the ultra-wealthy, I thought it might be timely to review the recent ...

Book Review: Andrei Gelasimov's new novel shows all shades of cold
Book Review: Andrei Gelasimov's new novel shows all shades of cold. February 3, 2017 Phoebe Taplin, special to RBTH. The recent novel "Into the Thickening Fog" muses on classic Russian themes, from heavy drinking in a snowbound city to the ...

Mayes County Book Review: 'Ruined My Rhythm'
Harmon's book, written under his Robert Soul pen name and illustrated by Luna Cooper, sold out during the convention, and his booth was a popular one for visitors, especially with the lively green and black book cover illustration on a huge banner ...

8 Ways to Read (a Lot) More Books This Year
Make the bet on reading by opening an account at Goodreads or Reco, friending a few coworkers or friends, and then updating your profile every time you read a book. Or put together an email list to send out short reviews of the books you read. I do ...

Children's Book Review: Queen Dog
Disney Press has a new book for little princes and princesses called Queen Dog, a picture book about a dog who lives a perfectly royal existence. With lots of humor and charm, parents are sure to love it just as much as their little ones do. Queen Dog ...

TOUCHY TOPICS - Book Review
Such is not the case with this excellent book by a successful Anglican priest who has the largest parish in the most unchurched city in England and who lives his life in the real world. This book is born out of a combination of sound scholarship and 22 ...

This devil lurked among the details
While Rebus was resting, Rankin published a couple of books featuring Malcolm Fox, an investigator for the department of internal affairs — known in Scotland as “the complaints.” When the Rebus series was revived it was because our graying sleuth was ...

Book Review: "Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In"
If there was one bright spot in 2016's slow electoral train wreck, it was the unexpected and inspiring candidacy of Bernie Sanders, who proved that there's still a place in national politics for unadulterated progressivism — that a belief in a caring ...

BOOK REVIEW: Austen's 'lost years' explored in second installment
Readers who enjoyed Collins Hemingway's “The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen” now have a second installment of his fictional account of her life. Volume II of Hemingway's series, exploring what Austen's life might have been if she had married, continues ...

A Spacefarer's Next Great Adventure Begins At 'Home'
I was impressed with and admired Binti, but Home is more ambitious, complicating some of the received information in the first book and addressing some of its gaps. We see Binti dealing with the aftermath of her trauma; we see that the Himba people's ...

Book review: 'Fit for Good' makes gospel connections for staying fit
In the book's introduction, Tenney says that the title “Fit for Good” reflects his hope that the ideas shared will motivate others to stay physically fit in order to do good, like the Savior does good — forever. Unlike most books on physical fitness ...

Book review: 'The Girls of Atomic City,' by Denise Kiernan
In her best-selling book “The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II,” author Denise Kiernan delves deeply into the lives of a handful of people who were a part of the final momentous events of the war. Woman ...

Book Review: Get behind a masterful psychological thriller
Book Review: Get behind a masterful psychological thriller. This book cover image released by Dutton shows “Right Behind You,” a novel by Lisa Gardner. (Dutton via AP). A terrifying incident that occurs when a young girl witnesses something life ...

Book review: 'The Unwanteds Quests: Dragon Captives' is an adventure-filled start of a new series spinoff
Fifer and Thisbe Stowe are 12-year-old identical twins who are forever getting into trouble in “Dragon Captives.” Although their magic is powerful, it's also undisciplined and, despite their efforts, has gone awry many times, ending in drastic results ...

Book review (Fiction): 'Days Without End' by Sebastian Barry
In “Days Without End,” novelist and playwright Sebastian Barry transports us back and forth across America during several tumultuous decades beginning in 1850 in the company of the refugee Thomas McNulty. “It was a mad world but a lucky one too, now ...

Book review (Nonfiction): 'Why Time Flies' by Alan Burdick
“Why Time Flies” is the type of science book in vogue today: an intellectual adventure that renders a hefty topic accessible to the general public. And what topic is more hefty than time itself — how we perceive it, how we study it, and how we live ...

Book review: Spooky 'The Fifth Petal' will bewitch readers
The Salem witch trials have always fascinated and appalled me, so just reading the book jacket drew me in and the well-constructed story was quite compelling. Readers who do not enjoy tales involving visions, intuition, premonitions, healers ...

Book review: 'The Sleepwalker' may keep you awake at night
SLeepwalking is a baffling medical phenomenon guaranteed to awaken one's curiosity. It can also, as Chris Bohjalian deftly shows in “The Sleepwalker,” energize a thriller's plot. Married to New England academic Warren, Annalee thrives as an architect ...

Book review: History of America in one small town
What happens after we die? This is a question pondered by each of us at some point, and perhaps the greatest mystery of life: What lies beyond our last breath? Fannie Flagg provides one possible answer in her latest novel, a lighthearted, folksy tale ...

Book review: 'The Terranauts' fails to show realistic relationships
T.C. Boyle's “The Terranauts” is based on the real-life Biosphere 2 in Arizona. The premise is that a highly qualified group of eight people will spend two years inside the similar but changed-just-enough “Ecosphere 2” in a completely sealed ...

Book review: 'Department Zero' is one worth reading
“Department Zero” is an edge-of-your-seat adventure that weaves elements of sci-fi, alternate realities, humor and H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos into a mind-blowing crash course on the unexpected nature of reality. The unfortunately named Harry ...

Book review: 'Three Days in January' by Bret Baier contains mistakes, oversights
In this best-seller, author Bret Baier, Fox News Channel's Chief Political Anchor, offers Dwight Eisenhower's farewell address at the end of his second term as president as being a wise and farseeing document from which we can profit today. Ike ...

Book review: Pacing keeps the suspense at boiling point in 'Missing, Presumed'
Overall, “Missing, Presumed” (the first book in a projected series featuring Detective Sergeant Bradshaw) is involving and well-paced; the shifting points of view hold off any threat of monotony. Second and third level characters are fleshed out, not ...

Book Review: 'Rather Be the Devil' by Ian Rankin
Book Review: 'Rather Be the Devil' by Ian Rankin. JONATHAN ELDERFIELD Associated Press; 3 min ago; 0. Book Review: 'Rather Be the Devil' by Ian Rankin. The Associated Press. This book cover image released by Little Brown and Company shows ...

Book review: Bringing home "News of the World"
Paulette Jiles' 2016 National Book Award finalist novel “News of the World” tells the story of Johanna Leonberger, a child abducted by American Indians in Texas in 1866. Johanna is taken after a raid on a white settlement by Kiowa fighters, in which ...

With A Photographer's Eye, A French Cartoonist Interrogates Truth
True, there aren't any photos in Pretending is Lying, Goblet's award-winning 2007 book, just released in translation by New York Review Books' comics imprint. But Goblet intersperses her tale — an autobiographical account of family, a lover, truth ...

Against Normalization: The Lesson of the “Munich Post”
Because I'd written a book called Explaining Hitler several editors had asked me, during the campaign, to see what could be said on the subject. Until the morning after the election I had declined them. While Trump's crusade had at times been malign ...

Book review: 'Hard Toward Home'
C.D. Albin's “Hard Toward Home” (Press 53) features 10 fine and thrilling stories of the Ozarks and its people. While some debut collections contain a few misfires, “Hard Toward Home” impresses with solid story after solid story, each fully realized ...

Book Review: You Need to Read Mischling
To quote the philosopher George Santayana, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." And this is why everyone needs to read Mischling. Now. No, really. Now. One would hope it's a stretch to assume that today's political climate ...

Where Are the Books for Kids Like Us?
For example, early in the book, Klein encourages aspiring writers to perform an unexpected but useful task: “Write the flap copy for your book […] [W]henever you have to write a compelling 250-word summary of a novel (as I frequently must do), it ...

When a vaunted life and fiction converge
The very term Dame of the British Empire — the female equivalent of a knighthood in the British gentry — inevitably summons up a majestic figure. But there was nothing genteel about the British novelist Dame Beryl Bainbridge DBE (1932-2010). In fact ...


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