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Book review: 'Sting Like a Bee' offers insight into defining moments of Muhammad Ali's life
In “Sting Like a Bee,” Leigh Montville focuses on a transformative five-year period in the life of Muhammad Ali when the heavyweight champion struggled as a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War; lost his boxing license, forcing his exile from the ...

The Charm Of 'Spoonbenders' Is No Cheap Trick
I also loved how much the book dwelled in each of its decades, from the '60s to the '90s, and how deftly it laid the mosaic of the Telemachus family across time. I thoroughly enjoyed how much its present-day is grounded in the '90s; it's fascinating to ...

Book review: 'Because We Love Our Marriage' suggests 12 keys to ...
Book review: 'Because We Love Our Marriage' suggests 12 keys to ...

Comic Book Review – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #71
“Pantheon Family Reunion” Part 1 of 2. You are cordially invited to the centennial reunion of the Pantheon, the immortal family that influences the course of history. The main talking point? The fate of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! This far in IDW ...

Book Review: A story of homecoming that pits the ideal against the actual
Nate Rabe's new novel, The Shah of Chicago, delves into the life of a wayward immigrant who, after a long emotional and social struggle, comes to terms with his real identity, writes Bulbul Sharma. The Shah of Chicago. By Nate Rabe. Published by: ...

Secret Empire: Brave New World #2 Review: Half A Good Book
As Bleeding Cool's resident “Secret Empire is actually pretty good” guy and as someone who was looking forward to the debut of the new Patriot, Rayshaun Lucas, I felt that it was necessary to review this comic. Yes, it's over a week old now, but that ...

Book review: Amy Silverstein explores friendship in 'My Glory' memoir
“My Glory Was I Had Such Friends” is, at its core, a book about friendship. Silverstein honestly describes the endless emotions she felt as she waited for a heart. Friends from work, childhood and her community walked alongside her. Each woman brought ...

Book review: 'The Child' is full of secrets, suspense
The “Building Site Baby” is at the center of Fiona Barton's new novel, “The Child.” The remains of an infant are discovered at a local building site in London. A small article in the daily paper catches the eye of reporter Kate, who occasionally finds ...

Book review: 'Kiss Carlo' by Adriana Trigiani
Nicky Castone is an orphan and he feels it every day of his life. His mother and father died when he was young, so his aunt and uncle took him in and raised him with their sons. But he's always felt like an outsider, like he doesn't fit in with his ...

Book review: 'The Jersey Brothers' an engrossing WWII tale
Reading this book shows why, at the time, Americans hated the Japanese even more than the Nazis. For many of us who were alive during the war, the hatred then appears justified even today. How the Japanese behaved during the war was beyond the ...

Book review: 'Hue 1968'
A veteran journalist and the author of “Black Hawk Down,” a gripping account of the brief and disastrous U.S. military campaign in Somalia in 1993, Bowden opts here for the same narrative approach that worked well in the earlier book: a day-by-day, ...

Book review: 'Salt to the Sea'
“World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, many with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises ...

As Kingfishers Catch Fire: Books & Birds – review
“The Charm of Birds was a record of his life, smuggled into a bird book,” writes Preston. In this respect, As Kingfishers Catch Fire shares a familial relationship with Dan Richards's energetic Climbing Days and James Macdonald Lockhart's elegant ...

Book review: First-time novelist creates believable heroine in 'Mystery of Hollow Places'
An avid mystery reader, including her dad's books, she believes it's a clue that her dad is looking for her mom. Winter break starts and Imogene, with Jessa's help, begins her search for them both. First time novelist Rebecca Podos has created a strong ...

Book review: 'The Force' lives up to its considerable hype
If you read only one crime novel this summer, it is going to have to be “The Force” by award-winning veteran writer Don Winslow. The saga of a New York police detective who heads up a unit that has “unrestricted authority to wage war on gangs, drugs ...

Book review: Connolly delivers another ace with 'Game of Ghosts'
This time out, Parker learns he isn't the only private eye on the FBI payroll. His “boss,” Special Agent Edgar Ross, informs him that another of his investigators, Jaycob Eklund, has gone missing and he wants Parker to find him — and especially his ...

Book review: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scores in 'odd-couple' tale
Athletes rarely write books about their coaches. That relationship is often fraught and adversarial. Rare, also, is the college athlete who devotes time to becoming a writer. It helps mightily, of course, to have a story, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has ...

Book review: 'Memory's Last Breath' chronicles life with dementia
Some of those notes, blunt bulletins from the front lines of memory loss, are interspersed into her book, which also includes memories of her childhood in apartheid-era South Africa, descriptions of the various parts of the brain, speculations about ...

Book review: 'A Twist of the Knife' by Becky Masterman
Author Becky Masterman is as adept as her protagonist in “A Twist of the Knife,” the third book in a series featuring former FBI agent Brigid Quinn, a 60-year-old law enforcement veteran who doesn't really care that much about the rules anymore. The ...

Oklahoman book review: 'An Almond for a Parrot' by Wray Delaney
Sally Gardner, award-winning children's author, has written her first adult novel under the name of Wray Delaney. “An Almond for a Parrot” is the direct opposite of a children's story. It's an erotic romance with a little bit of history thrown in. It ...

Book Review: QueerSpawn in Love by Kellen Anne Kaiser
As a fellow adult child of lesbians, I think we need more queerspawn memoirs, because each family is different, and none of us could possibly represent the whole experience. So to me, this is a ground-breaking book. Even though we are both queerspawn, ...

Book Review - The Value Investors: Lessons From The World's Top Fund Managers
Mr. Ronald W. Chan is the founder of Chartwell Capital Limited, an investment management company based in Hong Kong. Ronald holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Finance and Accounting from the Stern School of Business at New York University, and ...

The author of Silver Linings Playbook brings modern politics to his latest dysfunctional family story
While the book is overall light and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, it shifts tone quickly between a rom-com-style plot where David tries to set Hank up with Sue—the adopted Vietnamese daughter of a fellow veteran, because he hates Hank's Dutch wife ...

The Story of a Revolution, Told in Real Time
To put it another way, Hamilton's book is itself a version of the project its protagonists are engaged in. He puts immediacy front and center as he constructs a galvanizing record of what it felt like to be young and hopeful in a particular time and ...

Book review: 'The Boss' by Aya De León
Leading by committee may seem equal, right? Everybody should have a voice, but there has to be a head honcho in the mix somewhere. Somebody has to make decisions and stand up, to lead with a big heart, a cool head, an open mind and, in “The Boss” ...

Book review: 'What is the Bible?'
What's more, the crescendo of Bell's book leads to the point that the Bible is a story of God standing on the side of the poor and the oppressed and against the empires that show up throughout the story. This interpretation fits squarely with the ...

Book review: Spouses who follow soldiers into battle
Book review: Spouses who follow soldiers into battle. 1 / 2. Back to Gallery. As service members returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, they took a cue from earlier generations and started writing about their wartime experience. The surge in fiction by ...

Book review: A feast for middle-grade bookworms
Here are the heroes and heroines of some of the best new books for late-elementary and middle-grade readers: An English orphan in a wild adventure story, children working through the messy process of grief and an American teenager drawn into the ...

Book review: Moore's 'original sensibility' shines through
Occasionally readers receive a substantial editorial gift — usually the work of decades — that clarifies some particularly muddy literary waters. Heather Cass White has done that with her “New Collected Poems: Marianne Moore.” Moore was famous late ...

Book review: Stapinski's family crime saga
And while readers of her previous work will immediately recognize the author's voice — by turns gossipy, poetic, unsentimental and self-deprecating — here is a broader, deeper book than “Five-Finger Discount” in almost every way. A murder mystery, a ...

Book Review: 'The Velveteen Daughter' documents renowned author's life
There are certain classic children's books that nearly every child discovers and holds fondly in his or her heart long into adulthood —"Winnie the Pooh" and "Wind in the Willows" are two examples, as is "The Velveteen Rabbit," which tells the story of ...

Book Review: “A Literary History of Mississippi”
The scholars whose work is collected here (associated with colleges as far east as the Carolinas, as far west as Dallas, and as far north as Middle Tennessee) have honored Mississippi's writers with a fine, wide-ranging review of their broad and varied ...

A Brief but Potent Scare in 'You Should Have Left'
Kehlmann is now in his early 40s, and his reputation has not reached escape velocity in the United States, though his last book, “F,” about the varied fates of three brothers, was another rewarding, finely written effort. “You Should Have Left,” in ...

How Heligoland loomed large in European power politics
Yet, as Jan Rueger, professor of history at Birkbeck College of the University of London, demonstrates in his sweeping, incisive and highly informed book, Heligoland once loomed large in European great power politics. Although since 1952, it once more ...

Milo Yiannopoulos' new book is hardly 'Dangerous'
Oh, Milo. You've done the impossible. Written a book that's largely…boring. Booted by major publishing house Simon & Schuster, controversial right-wing provocateur and incendiary quipster Milo Yiannopoulos now has self-published his so-called ...

Wonder Woman: The Art and Making of the Film book review
After a successful art book for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Titan Books is back with one for Wonder Woman as well. “Wonder Woman: The Art and Making of the Film” by Sharon Gosling is 192 pages of brand new photos, concept art, and ...

'South Pole Station' Takes A Cool Look At A Hot Topic
Just don't expect total escape, as the book, which takes place in 2003-4, involves a heated and still highly topical faceoff over climate change between scientists and conservative politicians who rely on campaign contributions from oil companies. The ...

Book Review: Steven Spielberg: A Life In Films
She was surprised, she said, that she was asked to do the book, and she readily acknowledges being ambivalent about many Spielberg movies, especially his pre-Schindler work. A feminist critic and an intellectual, she always favored complex, ironic, ...

A Review Of The Piotroski Book/Market Model
"Quant" strategies are all the rage with investors, but not all quantitative strategies are new breakthroughs. Joseph Piotroski developed and tested a quantitative model in 2000 that showed back-tested returns of 23% annually from 1976-1996 ...

Comic Book Review – Batman by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso
This deluxe edition hardcover from the award-winning team of writer Brian Azzarello and artist Eduardo Risso collects the six-issue Batman epic “Broken City,” an examination of the Dark Knight and the city he protects. While hunting the murderer of a ...

A blogging mom and her evil friend
This is where the sweet and loving friendship of Emily and Stephanie comes apart, and the book becomes even more interesting. Emily is the wicked one which makes her more interesting, and Stephanie is the naive partner who turns out to have enough ...

Book review: 'The Man of Legends'
... these people -- and more -- meet. Johnson takes a gamble by telling such a tale invoking every genre imaginable while juggling distinct and deep characterizations. The bet pays off, resulting in a story that will be popular with book clubs and fun ...

America's Top Prosecutors Used to Go After Top Executives. What Changed?
In this new book, the ProPublica reporter Jesse Eisinger tells a different story: Since the turn of the century, changes in the political landscape, the defense bar, the courts and most important the Justice Department have undermined both the ability ...

'Woolly' Breathes New Life Into A Scientific Saga
Ben Mezrich's new book, Woolly, is about science's attempt in recent years to use genetic engineering to revive the extinct woolly mammoth. But as with his previous bestselling works of narrative nonfiction — such as Bringing Down the House, the basis ...

Madame Zero by Sarah Hall, book review: A stunning new collection
'Mrs Fox', the story that opens Madame Zero, Sarah Hall's stunning new collection, won the prestigious BBC National Short Story Award in 2013 – the same year Hall was named one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. She has also been nominated ...

Book Review — Papi: My Story
I teach English for living so when summer rolls around I've about had it with deconstructing James Joyce and yearn for something light to read. So the second I stepped out of my classroom in June, I cracked open Papi: My Story by David Ortiz with ...

The Concierge by Gerard Gilbert, book review: An agile, topical summer thriller
Here's an agile, topical summer thriller that should keep you pinned to your sun-lounger for a couple of days. Childhood friends Max Draycott and Harry Kimber are London hedge-fund hustlers captivated by a new, more beguiling pursuit, acting as ...

“Who is Rich?” describes the middle-aged white men's Rabbit hole
... pain avoidance, and cynicism.” That admission doesn't absolve him, of course, but there's something wonderfully humanizing about his candor. He's infuriating; he's us. Klam knows that's sad. And rich, too. Tags: book reviews · comedy · marriage ...

Book Review: "The Edge of the Light"
Bestselling author Elizabeth George is back with the fourth installment of her young adult (YA) tale set on Whidbey Island. In “The Edge of the Light” the story of teenager Becca King continues. In previous books, Becca and her mother Laurel had fled ...

Book Review: The Art Of The Patent
In bringing suitable illustrations to our articles, we Hackaday scribes use a variety of sources that offer images featuring permissive licences. Among the usual free image libraries there is one particularly rich source, the line drawings contained ...


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