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Ours to Hack and to Own, book review: Towards a fairer internet economy
Instead, as Tom Slee laid bare in his 2016 book What's Yours is Mine: Against the Sharing Economy, concepts like the 'sharing economy' have been co-opted to market services that enrich a few venture capitalists at the expense of more-or-less everyone ...

Escaping A World On Fire In 'Exit West'
That's the question Mohsin Hamid poses in his haunting new book, Exit West. The fourth novel from the Pakistani-born author is at once a love story, a fable, and a chilling reflection on what it means to be displaced, unable to return home and ...

Book Review
Fans of Barbra Streisand probably know most of the facts about her life as covered in this biography and others. Where Neal Gabler's stands out is in his thesis that Ms Streisand was able to make herself a star. Relatively poor and considered homely ...

The First Bad Man Book Review
Cheryl Glickman is a 40-something year old woman tangled up in loneliness. Phillip Bettelheim, the disgusting pedophile she thinks she loves, is in love with an underage girl whom Cheryl has never met. Clee, the 20 year old daughter of the couple ...

Imagining war from the enemy's perspective
Martin Cruz Smith is perhaps best known for his crime thriller series featuring Arkady Renko, a Russian militia investigator whose decency often made him run afoul of his Soviet masters. Mr. Smith has also written “December 6,” a thriller about ...

Book Review: A witty and informative tour of The Alps
O'Shea is not out to hype the Alps; he's written this book to describe them and to unpack their varied meanings. We get the beautiful and the ugly, drab off-season ski resorts and bleak industrial stretches one day, and dazzling flowers and ...

Book Review: 'The Refugees'
Viet Thanh Nguyen's new book, "The Refugees," is both timely, given the current debate about refugees in America, and timeless in its exploration of universal human struggles. This gorgeous collection of short stories recalls Jhumpa Lahiri's ...

Book Review: Mission Overseas looks at 3 key foreign missions of the Indian Army
Military history is something that has been given short shrift in India for decades, though the last few years have seen several well-written books exploring various facets of India's armed forces, from their role in politics to their involvement in ...

Richard Holmes: By the Book
The author, most recently, of “This Long Pursuit” asks how far the modern song lyric has taken over from traditional rhyming lyric poetry, “even that one-off country masterpiece,” “Ode to Billie Joe.” What books are currently on your night stand? In my ...

'High Noon' Takes Aim At The Hollywood Blacklist
The real parallel in Frankel's book, then, isn't between High Noon's production and its culture; it's between then and now. Hollywood was a target because its stories had the power to shape public opinion, and their interrogations were meant to be ...

Comic Book Reviews for March 1, 2017
Elsewhere, Dynamite relaunched their flagship James Bond comic while Image added more promising books to its lineup with Royal City #1, Extremity #1 and the relaunched Rat Queens. Scroll down to check out our reviews for these and various other new ...

Review: In 'Logan,' a Comic-Book Stalwart Turns Noirish Western
Hugh Jackman as the title character (a.k.a. Wolverine) in “Logan,” directed by James Mangold. Credit Ben Rothstein/20th Century Fox. “Logan” is good enough that you might forget it's a comic-book movie. It's another entry in the tireless X-Men saga but ...

Book Review: 'Shining City' by Tom Rosenstiel delivers
Ex-Army investigator Peter Rena was in the Special Forces, but now he is a fixer at a consulting firm in Washington, D.C., "with a quiet and vaguely menacing quality about him." And he's not your typical problem-solver in the nation's capital but "the ...

Comic Book Review: Batman #18
Just a brief overview, throughout the book King takes us into both Batman's and Bane's past from the moment their mother died until they learned about each other. Showing us the parallels and differences that made them the men they are today. Overall ...

Book Review: The Widow's House
There's a burgeoning genre of fiction about Brooklyn couples who make the leap to live in the wilds of the Hudson Valley. Recent books by Robert Burke Warren (Perfectly Broken) and Bill Braine (Bone Hollow) come to mind, and now Carol Goodman's latest ...

BOOK REVIEW - The Dry
This is a book that would have made a better read last year. The Dry is about a relentless drought plaguing a small Australian town located a few hours from Melbourne. The lack of rain has made, “.......the whole place crazy.” the reader can almost ...

Mysteries upon mysteries and the painting behind them
The German lawyer who is the unnamed narrator of “The Woman on the Staircase” is hired by the painter Karl Schwind to secure his right to photograph one of his paintings now owned by Peter Gundlach. It shows a woman coming downstairs. “The woman is ...

Book review: Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's personal and national struggle
Book review: Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's personal and national struggle. Thursday. Mar 2, 2017 at 9:31 PM. Former Providence Journal reporter Helene Cooper, now of the New York Times, sweeps cinematically toward an amazing climax in ...

Book Club Redux: “The Sympathizer”
TOM LUTZ CHOSE The Sympathizer for the LARB Book Club in June 2015, long before anything like the Pulitzer Prize was on the horizon. He has good taste! But in all seriousness, it was great to get early support from Tom and to participate in a terrific ...

Review: A book lover searches for the Holy Grail
Charlie Lovett collects books, writes books and even got to curate a collection of Alice in Wonderland memorabilia at the New York Public Library for two years, according to his book jacket. He divides his time between England and Winston-Salem, where ...

Mayes County Book Review: 'Frag'
The System. It's a phrase from popular culture defining the government or the powers that be, “the man.” You can't beat the system. But John Caine in “Frag” has other ideas. This novel, by Bacone College English professor Jeff Conine, is being re ...

Book Review: STARTUP: A Novel
Startup: A Novel, is the debut offering from Doree Shafrir, Senior Culture Writer at Buzzfeed. Set in the landscape of twentysomethings in the constantly evolving world of social media and mobile devices, Startup digs into the sometimes unflattering ...

BOOK REVIEW: Tom Lindley's "Opening Doors"
Once again, after 2015's Out of the Dust: Gene Rainbolt, A Life for Oklahoma, author and journalist Tom Lindley highlights what makes Oklahoma so special - its people. While Lindley's prior book only addressed one main character, Gene Rainbolt, this ...

Comic Book Review – Superman #18
“SUPERMAN REBORN” part one! In DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1, the enigmatic Mr. Oz told this Superman, “You and your family are not what you believe you are. And neither was the fallen Superman.” Now, in the first Rebirth crossover between ...

Happy Trails
Tap on the “search” magnifying glass icon at the bottom of the screen, type in “Inside The New York Times Book Review” and select it from the list of results. 3. Subscribe. Once on the series page, tap on the “subscribe” button to have new episodes ...

Trump tweeted that this new immigration book is a 'must read.' So I read it — and you must not.
If not for the president's endorsement, the book would barely rate a must acknowledge. It is, however, a must laugh, a must groan, and, if “Green Card Warrior” is indeed where Trump is finding ideas for immigration reform, it is also a you must be ...

Book review: 'Getting off on Frank Sinatra' by Megan Edwards
The title of her book "Getting Off on Frank Sinatra" is a bit misleading, especially if you are looking for something about Old Blue Eyes. The Frank Sinatra in the title refers to the name of the freeway exit in Las Vegas. That gives you a bit of ...

Book Review: Water Security in the Middle East
The whole work could well have been written in a much shorter summary form that highlighted the three main ideas present throughout the work. The first consistent idea is that water problems do not lead to wars, but serve as aggravating factors in wars ...

“I See You” by Clare Mackintosh (Berkley, 374 pages, $26).
That book, which is out now in paperback, opens as a woman is walking along the street with her young son while holding the boy's hand. She lets go of him for just a second. A car rushes by. The boy is struck and killed. The vehicle doesn't stop. It ...

'In The Name Of The Family' Probes The Lives Of An Infamous Clan
The book's abundant domestic minutiae hooked me more, including Alexander's beloved dish of raw eels with "flesh marinated in honey and vinegar," Lucrezia's overflowing shoe closet (pair after pair made of "perfumed Spanish leather," different ones for ...

Book Review: What Next? by Daniel Hannan
His book last year, “Why Vote Leave?” quickly became a Sunday Times bestseller, swaying opinions across the country. In his next book, with a clear vision and ladles of optimism he provides a much-needed target for the future of the relationship ...

Book review: Mull's 'Dragonwatch' captivates with fantastical world, action
Book review: Mull's 'Dragonwatch' captivates with fantastical world, action. By Wendy Jessen. For the Deseret News. Published: March 4, 2017 1:30 p.m. Updated: 22 hours ago. + · Leave a comment. 1 of 2. View 2 Items. Deseret Book. "Dragonwatch" is the ...

Book Review: 'Shining City' by Tom Rosenstiel delivers
How these two plotlines are related is a mystery through most of the book and keeps the pages turning. The team of Rena and Brooks track down Judge Roland Madison in his rustic home in a town near San Francisco, where he lives with his daughter ...

Book review: New history rekindles beauty of 'Casablanca'
In one of the book's most compelling chapters, Isenberg shows how indebted "Casablanca" was to the many actors and extras in the cast who were refugees who had fled Hitler-dominated Europe. "When shooting the Paris flashback scene of Rick and Ilsa at ...

Book Review: How spies became soldiers on sly
That's the question Joshua Kurlantzick puts forth to readers of his excellent book, “A Great Place to Have a War,” a comprehensive review of the Central Intelligence Agency's secret war in Laos in 1961–75. His research produces troubling revelations of ...

Book review: Crime thriller 'Revelation' reminiscent if classic Western
The escapees can't run forever but have no desire to be taken back to Hell, and they'll inflict as many casualties as necessary to avoid it. The “revelations” come quickly toward the end of the book, as we discover that the friendly people of Appaloosa ...

Book review: 'Here We Are' addresses feminism and young adulthood
“Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World” is the book about navigating young adulthood that I wish had been available to me as a teenager. The anthology, edited by Kelly Jensen, includes 44 essays, comics, poems and lists. It aims to teach teens a bit ...

Book review: 'Kentucky and the Great War'
The title on the cover of David J. Bettez's new Thomas D. Clark Medallion-winning book is actually misleading. The words “GREAT WAR” dominate while “Kentucky” is almost unnoticed. Yet the 14 chapters that make up the book focus wonderfully on just the ...

Book review: 'The Dark Flood Rises'
And so once again, Dame Margaret, the author of more than two dozen books, has created a story that defies its own parameters. Gentler than Muriel Spark's “Memento Mori” but no less honest, “The Dark Flood Rises” examines aging from liver spots to ...

Book review (fiction): 'My (Not So) Perfect Life' by Sophie Kinsella
Oh, there is one, and it has the usual misunderstandings and antic couplings, but the soul of this book concerns female friendship and its dynamics. When Demeter turns up with her family for a glamping holiday, Cat-turned-Katie sees the opportunity to ...

Book review: Whiskey-making mama at heart of 'Pure Heart'
For 24 years Troy Ball was a stay-at-home mom, taking care of her three boys, two of whom were wheelchair-bound with special needs. Then “the excitement” got her and she became a moonshine entrepreneur, the first woman ever licensed to distill hard ...

Book review: You can do better
The book is broken into four parts. In the section about life, she describes different types of people and points out some of the problems with what they do in their lives. She delves into friendships to help you identify which types of relationships ...

Book review: 'The One-Eyed Man' by Ron Currie runs deep and vibrant under surface satire
The book's action takes off when, waiting to cross the street, K notices a barista in his local coffee shop being robbed at gunpoint. He foils the attack and saves her life, sustaining a gunshot wound himself, which seeds the events that follow. K ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Political Correctness and the Desteuction of Social Order
We usually think of the culture wars as being a competition between the broad groups we currently call “progressives,” and “conservatives,” each of which has a general concept of a just society. While they intensely disagree, each group understands the ...

Book Review: Winning the War for America
When I woke up Wednesday morning, Nov. 9, 2016, the day after the election, and read that Donald Trump had won, one of my first thoughts was: “I bet they're popping champagne corks at Little Sisters of the Poor.” Putting aside the champagne metaphor ...

Book Review: Reading the Bible Missionally
The book is structured in five section, the first concerned with definitional issues presented from a diverse range of perspectives. The second and third sections contain chapters on missional readings of the Old and New Testaments respectively, while ...

Book review: 'Dragonkyn' by Nathan Smith Jones delivers a fast ...
Book review: 'Dragonkyn' by Nathan Smith Jones delivers a fast ...

Book review: 'Dragonkyn' by Nathan Smith Jones delivers a fast-paced fantasy
Although the main focus of "Dragonkyn" is on Marc, there are a few other storylines throughout the book. Detective O'Leary in New York City is tracking down a murderer who burned the victim. James Leopold Drakesel is a very rich man who is determined ...

Lyrical realism illuminates real immigration in the stunning Exit West
In an astonishing synthesis of political commentary and vivid imagery, Mohsin Hamid's Exit West is a commanding yet fanciful outlook of the current climate of global immigration and international xenophobia, as told through the poignant love story of ...

Book Review: 'Exit West' | KMUW
Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid is the bestselling author of novels and essays, among them the revered novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist. His latest book Exit ...


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