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Psycho Kim vows to EXECUTE reporters over bad North Korea book review
Kim's wrath was focused on the freshly-printed book “Capitalist People's Republic of Korea”, which replaced the red star on the country's flag with a US dollar sign. Under Kim's strict orders, a North Korean kangaroo court then sentenced the newspaper ...

Book review: Alan Alda wants us to know how to talk to each other
“If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?” is what happens when you cross theater arts with business practices with the field of law with physical sciences with psychology and with Alda's signature wit. “If I Understood You, Would I Have ...

Kucinskas Publishes Book Review on Progressive Religious Activism
Assistant Professor of Sociology Jaime Kucinskas' review of Religion and Progressive Activism: New Stories about Faith and Politics (2017, NYU Press) has been released online by the Review of Religious Research journal. The book maps out and raises ...

Book Review: Helen Benedict | Wolf Season
For most Americans, war is many thousands of miles away. For the characters in Helen Benedict's Wolf Season, the closeness of war reverberates through their lives with cataclysmic results. Benedict's fifth novel follows three women—Rin, an US veteran; ...

Book Review: Daniel Mendelsohn | An Odyssey: A Father, a Son and an Epic
We also learn about a father and son who don't become close until late in life, culminating in the father taking the son's class that inspires them to book passage aboard "Retracing the Odyssey," an educational cruise that follows Odyseus' actual ...

A Decades-old Detective Series Is Still on Top
But as Marilyn Stasio noted in the Book Review last month, “Grafton hasn't been coasting through the last letters of the alphabet.” This latest novel is set in 1989, when an incriminating tape resurfaces to haunt the perpetrators of a horrific private ...

Notes From the Book Review Archives
This week Lisa Schwarzbaum reviews a new book about Nora Ephron and her romantic comedies. Ephron was a regular contributor to the Book Review, and in this essay from 1986, she ruminates on the unexpected advantages of revision. Below is an ...

'Star Wars: Phasma' reveals chrome villain's past, brings readers on an intense journey: book review
“Phasma” kicks off the Journey to “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” publishing program, a series of books and novels leading up to the movie's Dec. 15 release. (Penguin Random House). BY Sean Keane. NEW YORK DAILY NEWS. Friday, September 1, 2017, 9:00 ...

Book Review: Waterproof
Being a fan of film, the book reminded me of the two ocean adventure movies 2005's Into the Blue (starring Paul Walker and Jessica Alba) and 2008's Fool's Gold (starring Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson). The adventure elements felt adventurous ...

Book review: 'No Dream is Too High' by Buzz Aldrin
And though he arrived on the surface of the moon in second place, Buzz Aldrin has secured his own place in the history books just as firmly as his co-astronaut, partly because his force of personality has kept him in the public eye and also because his ...

An American Abroad
Hansen is not only unnerved by but also genuinely interested in the ways her country fails to “interrogate” itself. She asks why, given the extent to which America has shaped the modern Middle East — the lives it ended, the countries it fractured, the ...

Book Review: Julia Keller tackles heroin in 24-hour crisis
Book Review: Julia Keller tackles heroin in 24-hour crisis. This cover image released by Minotaur shows “Fast Falls the Night,” a novel by Julia Keller. (Minotaur via AP). “Fast Falls the Night” (Minotaur) by Julia Keller. An ongoing theme in Julia ...

Book review: An unexpected hero in Shannon and Dean Hale's newest 'Princess in Black'
Princess Magnolia (aka the monster-fighting Princess in Black) has a play date with Princess Sneezewort planned in “The Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate,” the fifth book in the series by local authors Shannon and Dean Hale. Princess in ...

Book Review: '39 Drawings' by Jason Innocent
Typically, I appreciate works of art that lean towards fantasy. An artist like Boris Vallejo easily captures my attention. Through his works I allow myself to escape into another realm and avoid my current reality. The work of contemporary artist Jason ...

Comic Book Review – Go Go Power Rangers #2
Please allow me to backtrack for a moment, and talk about issue #1 as I just got caught up, and need to take everything in! Beginning this series, I was a little hesitant. Frankly, a bit confused as well. Don't we already have a Power Rangers comic by ...

Book review: How Nora Ephron rebooted the rom-com
Reading author Erin Carlson's book “I'll Have What She's Having” is as satisfying as finding out what goes into a favorite dessert — and then having another slice. That's what romantic comedies are: guilty delights that are good but not necessarily ...

Star Wars book review: Leia, Princess of Alderaan, Claudia Gray
As long as Claudia Gray wants to keep writing books about Leia, it is a good idea to let her, because Leia, Princess of Alderaan is magnificent. About a year and a half ago, yours truly read Claudia Gray's Star Wars: Bloodline, then promptly put it on ...

Book review: Everything about 'Glass Houses' is riveting
“Some might argue that Three Pines isn't real. and they'd be right, but limited in their view. The village doesn't exist, physically. But I think of it as existing in ways that are far more important and powerful. Three Pines is a state of mind. When ...

Book review: Author Tim Harford makes learning about economy a fascinating journey
The book consists of 50 chapters on a wide variety of topics, each covered in five or six pages, hence its utility for short stretches of reading—no chapter will take more than 10 or 15 minutes to read. Since each chapter deals with a single topic ...

Comic Book Review – Robotech #2
Ten years ago, a massive ship crashed on Macross Island in the South Pacific. In the intervening years, the people of Earth have used the 'Robotechnology' from the ship to signi cantly advance their own technology. On the launch day of Earth's ...

Book review (FICTION): 'A Legacy of Spies' by John le Carre
Most of us probably assume there's at least an informal statute of limitations on our conduct in the workplace, especially if the conduct in question took place several decades ago. Apparently, MI6, the British spy agency, isn't so lenient. In John le ...

BOOK REVIEW: Struggles of new life after fire
... Anita Shreve has illuminated the behind-the-scenes lives of people and their private lives. She is adroit on the subject of marriage and family. This was a fascinating story of how tragedies bring out the best and the worst of us. I highly ...

Book review: Don't miss 'Sulfur Springs'
The topic of William Kent Krueger's "Sulfur Springs" is timely with today's current events and gives a peek into the reality of what is happening at the U.S./Mexico borders. All the different characters in this book, from the townspeople to the custom ...

Book Review | 'See What I Have Done': Author hyper-focuses on Borden family killings
Look at pictures of buttoned-up Lizzie Borden — who was in her 30s when she was accused of murdering her wealthy, if stingy, father and stepmother in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts — and it takes a leap of imagination to envision her ...

Oklahoman book review: 'The Grip of It' by Jac Jemc
“What is better? To accept the horror presented before you, or search for a way out?” That is the essential question posed by Jac Jemc's new novel “The Grip of It,” and, as the story demonstrates, it's not necessarily a question with an easy answer ...

Book Review | 'All the Angels and Saints': Look at border interesting but slanted
Stephanie Elizondo Griest grew up not far from the border between Texas and Mexico and later taught at St. Lawrence University, near the U.S.-Canadian border. Her wide-ranging book, “All the Agents and Saints: Dispatches From the U.S. Borderlands,” ...

Book review: The Changeling makes baby photos, trust in Internet disappear
Victor LaValle's new novel The Changeling starts out as a gentle romance and a good-natured look at fatherhood in the age of smartphones. After Apollo Kagwa's son is born, he gets swept up in the performativity of being a "New Dad," a Baby Bjorn ...

Book review: Was Freud a total fraud?
Crews marshals his evidence like a prosecutor, and he has a lot of it to work with — not only as a result of his own brilliant investigations, but also because of the growing and impressive literature of Freudphobians, several of whom have blurbed his ...

Book review: Nora Ephron's magic trifecta of rom-coms
Nora Ephron will forever be remembered for that scene in “When Harry Met Sally,” but there's much more to her cinematic career than the shrieks that made Meg Ryan a star and helped Katz's Deli sell mountains of Reuben sandwiches. In “I'll Have What ...

Book review: Cook focuses on scary medical subject: doctors
Rothauser is dedicated to becoming a doctor at the expense of everything else in his life, while doctors in the book who have already earned their M.D. are egotistic and entitled, often flaunting the rules and blaming their colleagues when something ...

Book review: Border walls make lousy neighbors
A feeling of separateness runs through much of Elizondo-Griest's constant search of belonging after decades of traveling the world — as in a previous book, “Mexican Enough,” in which she describes this feeling of being not from here and not from there ...

Book review: Futilitarians grapple with life and loss
In the middle of the journey of her life, Anne Gisleson felt lost — not so much in a dark woods, a la Dante, but at home in New Orleans with a metaphysical hangover. Her persistent dread was the aftermath of trauma: Hurricane Katrina piled onto the ...

Book review – Blood and Silk: Power and Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia offers a bleak prognosis for region's future
In 1993, American journalist Stan Sesser wrote a book about Southeast Asia titled The Lands of Charm and Cruelty. He revealed what makes the region attractive to travellers and journalists (hence the charm), as well as the deep, unresolved conflicts ...

Book Review: 'The Locals'
Set in the first decade of the 21st century, The Locals, by Jonathan Dee, takes place in the small fictional community of Howland, Mass. Mark Firth is a local contractor, and a bit of a dreamer who works hard for his blue collar life. Philip Hadi is a ...

Le Carre's 'A Legacy of Spies' smartly revives Cold War - and George Smiley
While A Legacy of Spies may not occupy the upper tier of le Carré's body of work, it's as swift and satisfying a read as the book it derives from. Through its beloved characters, Legacy also revives old, yet still relevant questions about whether the ...

'Blood, Sweat, And Pixels' Book Review: The Brutality And Beauty Of Building Video Games
I don't often get to review books here, as I'm mostly playing 60 hour video games or complaining about Game of Thrones, but this one seemed especially relevant to my interests, written by a fellow journalist and focused on the complexities of creating ...

By the Book: Review – 'Chattanooga Girl' by Dottie Coakley
Dottie Coakley's debut fiction, a novella titled Chattanooga Girl, is a testament to the benefits of being part of a writing group. Coakley—who “timidly joined” a writers' group at Westhampton Free Library some years ago—has fashioned a heart-warming ...

Salman Rushdie's Prose Joins the Circus in 'The Golden House'
When Salman Rushdie began work on his second novel, “Midnight's Children” (1981), the one that would make his name, he realized, he has written, that he could not write his book “in cool Forsterian English. India was not cool. It was hot. It was hot ...

The Golden House by Salman Rushdie, book review: The effect is exhausting — and deadening. Anything can happen ...
The Golden House by Salman Rushdie, book review: The effect is exhausting — and deadening. Anything can happen ...

Memoir About Family Battling Cystic Fibrosis Receives 4 Stars from Portland Book Review
The book is centered around Jennifer Hale, who was diagnosed with CF at the age of 2 but lived to be 43 — at a time when the average life expectancy for a CF patient was only 15. The book is based on conversations between Hale's parents, Donna Codell ...

Book Review: James Ledbetter's 'One Nation Under Gold'
James Ledbetter, the editor of Inc. magazine, recently published a weird and wonderful book, One Nation Under Gold: How One Precious Metal Has Dominated the American Imagination For Four Centuries. The gold standard is one of my areas of persistent ...

Book review: A little embezzlement is no big deal in 'The Misfortune of Marion Palm'
Book review: A little embezzlement is no big deal in 'The Misfortune of Marion Palm'. It's perfectly fine to embezzle. Right? That's what Marion Palm thinks. After all, “It is her money; the effort she puts into stealing means it belongs to her.” Let's ...

Book review: 'How the Lions Ate Tim Tebow' makes case for former Gator
The book is comprised of three parts or “dialogues,” like acts in a play, corresponding to Tebow's high school, college and professional playing days. And if you are from Jacksonville, St. Augustine or northeast Florida generally, Alexander, a local ...

Book review: Companion book adds light to upcoming Ken Burns Vietnam series
The documentary “The Vietnam War” by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, which has been in post-production for more than 10 years, will be aired on consecutive weeks this month. The companion book by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns, with more than 500 ...

Book review: Rich depiction of Pacific NW and its people
The book is a mix of original stories and reprints of articles from the Daily World, People's Weekly World and People's World where Tim spent a career as both a reporter based in Washington, D.C. and editor-in-chief. His career as one of the great ...

Book Review: “Writing for Bliss: A Seven-Step Plan for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life” by Diana Raab ...
Book Review: “Writing for Bliss: A Seven-Step Plan for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life” by Diana Raab ...

Biz book review "The Click Moment"
In his book "The Click Moment: Seizing Opportunity in an Unpredictable World" (Portfolio/Penguin), Johansson makes the case for uncovering the role of circumstance and the effects of the unexpected in business success. Citing examples from Microsoft, ...

Comic Book Review – Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Vol 6. – The Malignant Truth
Which meant that, when I read this collection of comics for review, I was a little bit out of my depth. If you're looking for a jumping on point, this rather definitively isn't it; it's the conclusion of an ongoing arc, which picks up on and resolves ...

Scary 'It' does Stephen King largely by the book: movie review
Film Info: With Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis. A demonic clown's killer antics doesn't leave the local teens laughing. Director: Andy Muschietti. (2:15) R: Rated R for violence/horror, bloody images, and for language. Area Theaters ...

Dork Side Book Review: Leia: Princess of Alderaan
Force Friday II launched the events of the Journey to The Last Jedi, featuring two highly anticipated novels in Star Wars: Phasma and Leia: Princess of Alderaan. With the passing of the late Carrie Fisher, anything Leia related is going to bring us ...


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