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Book Review: On a LARP by Stefani Deoul
Sid Rubin is on a field trip at a police station when she sees photos of a murder victim, noticing something that even the detectives didn't—a steampunk costume that indicates the woman had been participating in a LARP event when she was killed. What ...

Revisiting the decades that led to the Civil War
Mr. Kaplan has produced other biographies of Lincoln and John Quincy Adams, among others, and in this book he brings the two together as examples of men who abhorred the institution of slavery while shrinking from the prospect of the multi-racial ...

Book Review: 'Dirt' by Denise Gosliner Orenstein
A friend gives you a lift, loans you her notes, shares his jacket with you, and you can't appreciate it enough. Or maybe you're the lifesaver, the one who's always lending a hand or doing the right thing. Thanks! Just remember, though, as in the new ...

Book Review: Parent Deleted by Michelle Darné
Memoirs are a particular kind of love. The best memoirs lead us deeply into unexpected love as if into a previously unappreciated room in a mansion. We have stood here before, in this familiar doorway, over this same threshold, and never experienced ...

BOOK REVIEW: "Do I Make Myself Clear?" by Harold Evans
The book is not an end in itself, it's more a renewal of the language of Shakespeare, an attempt to preserve before social media's writing style disfigures this beautiful language. While French being my primary language can pose more difficulties for ...

10 Most Overlooked Books Of This Summer
“Emotionally intense, deeply engaging, and profound.” Set in contemporary Ireland, this is a novel of self-sacrifice, penance, and circumscribed possibilities for happiness, narrated with great compassion and written with elegant lyricism. Read full ...

SUSAN PIAZZA'S BOOK REVIEW ~ Dark Matter By Blake Crouch
Blake Crouch, an eclectic writer, was probably best known for his Wayward Pines trilogy until his book, Good Behavior. His Wayward Pines became a popular television series, as has Good Behavior. This book, Dark Matter, appears to be destined to follow ...

Book review: In Search of the Lost Chord, By Danny Goldberg
His latest book focuses on 1967 and “the hippie idea”, a reference that will give some the shivers. While the central tenets of hippiedom as most will understand them – pacifism, self-sustainability – have become middle-class ideals in the 21st century ...

Book review: Exploring the West's ugly fish
The book is part fishing tale, part biology lesson (one you don't realize you're being taught). Part of the charm is Spitzer's antics: He'd been told burbot could survive most anything, so he picked the liveliest one he could find out of a dumpster ...

Boom, Bust and a Berkshires Interloper in 'The Locals'
(He's also been a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, a senior editor of The Paris Review and a literary critic for Harper's.) The one that displays his gifts most fully is “The Privileges” (2010), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer ...

A talented journalist's revealing take on a very odd political couple
Despite the “Devil's Bargain” title of Mr. Green's book, there was nothing sinister or even particularly unusual about this. It was simply a matter of a candidate and a strategist with overlapping but not identical views — and complementary skill sets ...

'The Guest Book': TV Review
The story goes that writer Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl) came up with the idea for TBS' new half-hour, 10-episode anthology sitcom The Guest Book after penning some creative fictions of his own in several vacation cabin ledgers. His goal there was to ...

Book review: The Gamekeeper by Portia Simpson busts open a boys' club
Gamekeeper Portia Simpson, who as a woman in a man's world was always conspicuous. Peter Moore. Tim Barlass. Share on twitter. by Tim Barlass. Portia Simpson was one of those children who was always outdoors, up a tree, collecting insects or racing ...

Book review: A Tragic Kind of Wonderful
THIS is a strange book - at least initially. Heading every chapter are four lines of text in caps - Hamster is active; Hummingbird is hovering; Hammerhead is cruising; and Hanniganimal is up. The first word of each line all begins with the same ...

Book Review: Creating a more meaningful relationship with our digital tools
Nowadays, successful people always seem to be living in the fast lane. Always super-busy and faithfully multitasking, they check their e-mails on their laptop and answer a call on their landline while sending off a text from their mobile. Can we still ...

Comic Book Review – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #73
A few pages into this new arc you'll notice a little editor's note for 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Free Comic Book Day 2017'. I suggest you find yourself a copy beforehand as things will make a bit more sense. It's not the end of the world but I'd ...

Comic Book Review – Star Trek: Waypoint #6
Before we start with this comic book's two tales, a word needs to be said on the covers delivered. The three-artist drawn covers by Gabriel Hardman, Tom Whalen and Dave Dorman (SDCC Exclusive) are each fantastic. If you have the opportunity to get hold ...

Review: Rental Wackiness, Detailed in TBS's 'The Guest Book'
It is, apparently, the Summer of the Anthology Series About a Rental Property. Last week HBO rolled out “Room 104,” which builds each episode around someone who occupied a particular motel room. On Thursday TBS takes the same premise, more or less, ...

Book Review: 'Nest in the Bones: Stories'
There's often an element of the surreal and the macabre in South American literature. In the case of Antonio Di Benedetto, it's more than an element. It's the lens through which he examined modern society as it intersects with the older, more ...

Review: 'The Dark Dark,' Beguiling Tales of Women in Metamorphosis
The first and last stories are twinned, and they are the book's most blatant meta maneuver, though you don't know it at the start. The opener, “The Story Of,” is straightforward enough: A woman receives a visit from an unnerving stranger who ends up ...

Book Review: Art of Coloring – The Nightmare Before Christmas
The new Art of Coloring: The Nightmare Before Christmas was releasedon July 18th. Boasting "100 images to inspire creativity," it mirrors the style of the previous Art of Coloring soft cover releases. I enjoy The Nightmare Before Christmas, but would ...

Perhaps an early step toward a no-joke candidacy
The title, in case you didn't notice, is intended to make us laugh — or more likely, to chuckle, typical of much of the faux self-deprecating show-biz humor that runs through this book — a combination of memoir, political manual and party-line ...

Book Review: 'The Blinds' moves at brisk pace
Book Review: 'The Blinds' moves at brisk pace. By OLINE H. COGDILL, Associated Press; Aug 2, 2017 Updated 5 min ago; (0). Book Review: 'The Blinds' moves at brisk pace. This cover image released by Ecco/HarperCollins shows "The Blinds," a novel by ...

Book review: Ghosts of the Tsunami's heart-wrenching look at Japan tragedy from survivors' view leaves a lasting ...
Book review: Ghosts of the Tsunami's heart-wrenching look at Japan tragedy from survivors' view leaves a lasting ...

Book Review: 'Reprogram Your Weight" by Erika Flint
Struggling with weight loss shouldn't have to be a lifelong challenge, writes Erika Flint in her book, Reprogram Your Weight: Stop Thinking About Food All the Time, Regain Control of Your Eating, and Lose the Weight Once and For All (Difference Press ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Regarding Megan Marie'
One can read all the stats on record about Black women and suicide without receiving the benefit that comes with Regarding Megan Marie: Conquering Depression & Acquiring the Skill of Happiness – Surviving Suicide (One Dragonfly Publishing). Megan ...

Carla Hayden: By the Book
I really identify with Pat Conroy's “My Reading Life,” because I have different favorites for different reasons. What influences your decisions about which books to read? Word of mouth, reviews, a trusted friend? I browse bookshops a lot. I also am ...

'Solid State': Jonathan Coulton's Sci-Fi Concept Album Becomes A Graphic Novel
So oblique, in fact, that the book rewards a second reading, because Fraction and Monteys are perfectly happy to incorporate imagery from Coulton's album into tangents that build out the world(s) without advancing the plot. (The song "Pictures of Cats" ...

Book review: 'American Eclipse' is an entertaining account of an important event
When David Baron witnessed his first total eclipse, in Aruba in 1998, it was a transformational encounter. "I felt transported to another planet," he writes, "indeed to a higher plane of reality, as my consciousness departed the earth and I gaped at an ...

Book Review: Rob Reid's 'After On' is intriguing story
This book cover image released by Del Rey shows "After On," a novel by Rob Reid. (Del Rey via AP). This book cover image released by Del Rey shows "After On," a novel by Rob Reid. (Del Rey via AP). Photo: AP. Book Review: Rob Reid's 'After On' is ...

Book Review: 'The Blinds' moves at brisk pace - New Haven Register
Adam Sternbergh's imaginative "The Blinds" doesn't solve the problem but offers an unusual alternative: round up the most violent murderers, house them in a ...

Review: 'Alice and the Book of Wonderland' at Annapolis Shakespeare Company
Annapolis Shakespeare Company's production of Alice and the Book of Wonderland is an entertaining treat for all ages, with delightful acting, colorful costumes, a creative use of technology, excellent directing, and sly political humor. Adapted from ...

Theater review: 'The Book of Mormon' brings cringes, laughs to the Eccles Theater
SALT LAKE CITY — It's hard to imagine a more devout audience for the hit musical "The Book of Mormon" anywhere else in the country, whether that devotion is to religion or to poking a little fun at the religion they live among. Wednesday night's crowd ...

Review: The Music Shop
The early parts of the book are set in the late 1980s when CDs are wiping out vinyl records. Small, compact, glossy and shiny, they are a product of their age. But Frank will sell only vinyl. Obstinately purist, he refuses the pressure of his suppliers ...

A mystery of simple themes and an intricate solution
The ghost of Agatha Christie hovers over “The Magpie Murders,” Anthony Horowitz's dark and deft mystery. It is not a thriller, it is too clever for that. The image of magpies clustered in a tree is the kind of gently ghoulish humor that characterized ...

Book Review: Critic's guide offers a film school education
With so many movies offered at the local cineplex, and with the cost of a ticket only rising, some guidance on how to watch and interpret the very particular world of film would be welcome. “Talking Pictures,” By Ann Hornaday, offers an unstinting ...

Book Review: Growing up in small-town RI, Ann Hood's books were her wings
Ann Hood's last novel, “The Book That Matters Most,” inevitably raised the question: What novels have mattered most to her? Her new memoir, “Morningstar,” aims to answer that question. Hood has written before, in memoirs and short pieces, about growing ...

Poets to Discover
Gregory Cowles, an editor at the Book Review, is also our best-seller list columnist and resident poetry guru — his fingerprints are all over this issue, which is devoted to verse. He recommended Angie Estes, describing her poetry as “slippery ...

11 New Books We Recommend This Week
Michiko Kakutani, in her last review before stepping down as chief book critic, wrote: “Adebayo, who is 29, is an exceptional storyteller. She writes not just with extraordinary grace but with genuine wisdom about love and loss and the possibility of ...

Book Review: Wild Man
I'm Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of “Wildman” by J.C. Geiger. I've never been a teenaged boy. Never been in a '93 Buick. So, it was with a little trepidation that I picked up “Wildman,” Eugene author J.C. Geiger ...

Amy Schumer on 'Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo'
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 ...

Book Review: Rediscover Katherine Lee Bates's Life Story
To read Melinda Ponder's illuminating biography of Katharine Lee Bates, “Katharine Lee Bates: From Sea to Shining Sea” is to rediscover a woman you thought you knew. You knew she was born in Falmouth, that she was a Wellesley professor, and that she ...

Book Review: Rediscover Katharine Lee Bates's Life Story
To read Melinda Ponder's illuminating biography of Katharine Lee Bates, “Katharine Lee Bates: From Sea to Shining Sea” is to rediscover a woman you thought you knew. You knew she was born in Falmouth, that she was a Wellesley professor, and that she ...

The Dark Tower Review: From A Non-Book Reader's Perspective
To start off with, yes, I read books — I just haven't happened to have read any of the nine Stephen King novels which make up his self-described “magnum opus”, The Dark Tower. So in this case, it's one of those occasions without any particular ...

How big data tells us when the “United States” literally became one
In his recently published book Everybody Lies, data scientist and New York Times opinion writer Seth Stephens-Davidowitz explains that “the United States are” was standard usage through the first half of the 19th century. Many historians speculated ...

Book review: When the English Fall, by David Williams
When the English Fall, David Williams There are so many ways that the English fall in David Williams' debut novel When the English Fall. After a solar storm takes the entire world off the power grid, their planes fall out of the sky. Their ...

Book review: Living is the best revenge in WWII historical novel 'Defiance'
It's 1944, and Lukas Ley is an 18-year-old immigrant from Germany living in Virginia in "Defiance: A World War II Story." His older brother, Bastien, is already serving with U.S. military intelligence in Europe, and Lukas is eager to enlist to help in ...

Book review: Erika Rappaport's A Thirst for Empire: How Tea Shaped the Modern World
In this lively, thoughtful and highly engaging new book, the cultural historian Erika Rappaport suggests, fairly, that “such reminiscences” ought in part to be understood as “instances of commercial propaganda that the colonial tea industry ...

Book review: 'Secrets in Summer' captures essence of life on Nantucket
Every time I read one of Nancy Thayer's novels, I always want to plan a trip to Nantucket, where most of her stories are set. The last few I read took place in the winter, so this one very nicely detailed summer on the island. Darcy Cotterill has been ...

Book review: 'The World Remade' looks at US in World War I
For a war of such magnitude, a book of this size is perhaps only to be expected. And from an author of repute — one of whose previous historical studies is titled “The World Undone: The Story of the Great War” — a modest statement on its purpose and ...


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