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Book review: The Go-Backer
The crux of the conflict in Peter R. Decker's novel The Go-Backer illustrates the frustrations of “those who moved west and followed the mandate of Manifest Destiny,” but who never succeeded in their efforts and returned to their homes back East. As ...

Book review: “Own Your Future : How to Think Like an Entrepreneur and Thrive in an Unpredictable Economy” by Paul ...
Book review: “Own Your Future : How to Think Like an Entrepreneur and Thrive in an Unpredictable Economy” by Paul ...

Book Review: 'Radio Free Vermont' Fails to Consider Secession's Sinister Side
(A 76-year-old Vermonter you know has already endorsed this book: Bernie Sanders.) When a conglomerate in Oklahoma buys out the local station and lays off most of its staff, Vern realizes just how much his beloved state has been diluted by corporate ...

Book review: The-Know-It-Alls by Noam Cohen — hostile view of free speech
The Know-It-Alls does not quite accuse the most famous entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley of devouring human flesh but its claims are not that far off. Noam Cohen, a former New York Times journalist, starts his book with an account of an episode of The ...

Northern Kittitas County Tribune
Dick Watts, a longtime member of the Roslyn, Ronald, Cle Elum Heritage Club, had this to say about the book. “Paul has done a masterful job of providing the reader with a good look at historic events surrounding the disastrous mine explosion of 1892 ...

Film Review: 'Kepler's Dream'
But even fans of the book are likely to find this translation flat. When her divorced mother (Kelly Lynch) requires a lengthy hospital stay to undergo a procedure that represents her last hope of beating advanced leukemia, 11-year-old Ella (Isabella ...

Book review: 'The Trick' keeps readers spellbound
... an elementary school, Germany and a modern-day pizza parlor, author Emanuel Bergmann tells a tale that will keep you spellbound in its simple intricacy. There's humor inside, and it's subtle — the kind that sneaks up on you when you're expecting a ...

Notes From the Book Review Archives
This year's Holiday Issue includes a review of “Mr. Dickens and His Carol,” a novel that reimagines the story behind “A Christmas Carol.” In 1988, Thomas Mallon meditated on Dickens's classic tale and how Christmas is the most literary holiday. Read an ...

"The Commentator Has the Last Word": A Book Review of Vladimir Nabokov's "Pale Fire"
“For better or worse, it is the commentator who has the last word.” This is the sentence that ends the Foreword section to Vladimir Nabokov's 1962 book Pale Fire. You will notice that I wrote “book” instead of “novel”. That is because, frankly, there ...

Comic Book Review – Transformers: Lost Light #11
Ever since Rodimus and Megatron were betrayed by Getaway and the rest of the Lost Light way back in Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #50, there have been a lot of questions remaining over how the mutiny took place and how much exactly the ...

Book review: The twisted roots of so-called love in Gabriel Tallent's 'My Absolute Darling'
There are two camps of readers when it comes to Gabriel Tallent's breakthrough debut novel “My Absolute Darling” — those who are naming it among the best of the year (the Washington Post, Amazon.com, Stephen King, to name a few — and I'm sure it will ...

Book Review – Marvel Superhero Adventures: Deck the Malls!
Marvel Superhero Adventures is a new early reader series from Marvel Press. The first volume follows Spider-Man and his friends in a holiday story. Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Deck the Malls! is the perfect way to get kids reading and get them into ...

The History of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone
Subscribe: iTunes | Google Play Music. Audio. Play. Pause. Play. 46:28. 0:00. Restart. The History of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone 46:280:00. Joe Hagan discusses "Sticky Fingers," and Simon Winchester talks about "The Taste of Empire" and "A Thirst ...

Hoover as the father of New Deal liberalism and modern conservatism
Hoover's presidency, one of the main thrusts of this book, was more in the mold of a progressive Republican like Theodore Roosevelt than a conservative like Calvin Coolidge. He championed “cooperative action, [a] belief in a positive role for the state ...

Fighting a war over a war memorial
He opens one chapter with what seems a snide slap at professional design review, including the respected and venerable Fine Arts Commission: “The art world was not about to lie down and accept a political invasion into its sacrosanct dominion. What did ...

Working for more than two centuries to ease the racial sins of the nation's capital
Sadly, the uplifting stories of campaigns for progress are often outweighed by wince-provoking reminders of the extent and severity of racism and discrimination. The book provides abundant evidence of its thesis that race — more than class, politics ...

Book review: “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”
Yet, since Al Gore's landmark documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" was released in 2006, there has been a shift of understanding that time is of the essence when considering the best steps to take to reverse the planet's current course into unchartered ...

Book review: Author dives into Luther's life, theology
I stand firmly in the Presbyterian tradition that Luther kicked off exactly five centuries ago — yet I've never read much by or about the man himself; so to honor this year's 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, I dug into one of the many ...

Book Review: What's your password, again?
This is what Martin Paul Eve sets out to do in his book “Password” as he explores “how 'what we know' became 'who we are', revealing how the modern notion of identity has been shaped by the password”. While Eve, Professor of Literature, Technology and ...

Book review: 'Brush with Love' a testament to the healing power of art, love
With a kiss and a promise to return when things got better, her mother left 3-year-old Lana at a Siberian orphanage. She never came back. Seventeen years later, Lana has wonderful adoptive parents and a fine arts degree from Yale in the novel "Brush ...

Book review: Strangers Arrive: Emigres and the Arts in New Zealand 1930-1980 by Leonard Bell
The story of western culture in the 20th century is largely one of immigration. That was something that Clive James' wonderfully engaging Cultural Amnesia (2007) brought home, particularly what Germany and Austria lost, and what the US, UK, and ...

Concert-Theater Review (NYC): '8980: Book of Travelers' Composed and Performed by Gabriel Kahane
Art songs, or lieder, were highly popular once, flowering in the hands of composers like Schumann, Schubert, Brahms, and Rachmaninoff. The composer needed only a pianist and a singer to give voice to a constellation of thoughts and emotions through a ...

Children's Book Review: Miguel and the Grand Harmony (Inspired by “Coco”)
After seeing Pixar's Coco in theaters, audiences of all ages will latch on to certain aspects of the film and hold it in their hearts forever. In the same way that Pixar films are often just as much for adults as they are for kids, this children's ...

Wonder review: A too slavish adaptation of the book
Express. Home of the Daily and Sunday Express. sunday_express_logo_christmas · Find us on Facebook · Follow us on Twitter · Check us on Google+ · Subscribe to our rss feed · Login · Register · Daily Horoscope Our Apps Top 10 Our Paper Paper Archive ...

Book review: "Seven Days of Us"
Everyone knows holidays can be a particularly difficult time for anyone with dysfunctional family relationships. When Olivia Birch decides to return home to England for Christmas after a stint in Liberia treating victims of Haag (Hepatitis A Antigen ...

Book review: 'Taste of Empire' enjoyable for historians, gastronomes alike
THE TASTE OF EMPIRE: How Britain's Quest for Food Shaped the Modern World by Lizzie Collingham. Basic Books. 384 pages. $30. MICHAEL L. RAMSEY is president emeritus of the Roanoke Public Library Foundation. We are taught that British adventurers ...

Book review: 'A Stranger at Fellsworth'
I had another book I had to finish first, and my fingers were itching to start reading this one once it arrived in the mail. I was in the mood for a good romance, and this certainly was and then some. I love romances based in the past, and adding in ...

Book review: 'Fifty Years of 60 Minutes'
”Fifty Years of 60 Minutes: The Inside Story of Television's Most Influential News Broadcast” by Jeff Fager. Simon & Schuster. 409 pp. $35. Review provided by The Washington Post. Almost anyone who has watched TV in the past 50 years knows the ...

Book review: 'Column of Fire'
Ned Willard reckoned the boat was nearing Kingsbridge, but all he could see was a snowstorm. As the weather cleared, he spotted the 405-foot tower of the cathedral. The evening before he left for France, he and Margery had admitted they loved each ...

Oklahoman book review: Robert Dugoni's mystery novel has tragedies that may hit 'Close to Home'
I am a big fan of crime fiction, and "Close To Home" was my first time to read the Tracey Crosswhite series by Robert Dugoni, even though this is his fifth book featuring the female detective who works out of the Seattle Violent Crimes Unit. After ...

Oklahoman book review: 'A Dark and Broken Heart' by RJ Ellory
The latest thriller by R.J. Ellory is a dark, complex story. He is the author of 13 novels, including the best-selling "A Quiet Belief in Angels," which was Strand Magazine's Thriller of the Year, shortlisted for the Barry Award, and a finalist for the ...

Oklahoman book review: 'The Martian' author Andy Weir imagines lunar city in 'Artemis'
Whether you read Andy Weir's novel or watched the Matt Damon movie based on it, you're probably familiar with “The Martian,” a breakaway best-seller published in February 2014. Weir's book tells the story of an unfortunate astronaut, Mark Watney, who ...

Book review: 'End Game' will keep readers guessing
At the end of David Baldacci's “The Guilty,” readers left professional CIA assassin Will Robie in his home state of Mississippi. He'd wrapped up a deadly investigation in which he had to revisit his complicated relationship with his father and work ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Last to See Me' will cast a spell
That's because this book is creepy – and it's a little bit funny, in that shrieky-scared-for-a-minute-but-laugh-self-consciously way that actually means you're still scared. Brace yourself: that's going to last until the very last paragraph of this cat ...

Review: 'Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story'
Tung's book had a very similar effect on me as when I read Susan Cain's bestselling “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking” a few years ago. It opened my eyes to my own introversion and I found a kinship. I knew I was an ...

Book review: Family's agenda behind Washington's newest museum
Moss, a theology professor at the University of Birmingham, and Baden, a professor of Hebrew Bible at Yale Divinity School, approached this book with numerous legitimate questions about how one could tell “the”story of the Bible. The Greens are on a ...

Book review: Groundlings, a founding father and the best adventures in reading
Mira Bartok is a Chicago-born artist and the author of nearly 30 books for children. Photo: Courtesy Photo. Image 2 of 5. “The Wonderling” by Mira Bartók. “The Wonderling” by Mira Bartók. Photo: Courtesy Photo. Image 3 of 5. “The Whiz Mob and the ...

Book review: Five decades of “60 Minutes” - San Antonio Express ...
Book review: Five decades of “60 Minutes” - San Antonio Express ...

Book Review: New Caitlin Strong thriller has complex plot - SFGate
"Strong to the Bone" (Forge Books), by Jon Land. Jon Land's Caitlin Strong thrillers usually have a "ripped from the headlines" feel, and the new one, "Strong to the Bone," features violent neo-Nazis, industrial robots, a lethal biological weapon, the ...

Book Review: New Caitlin Strong thriller has complex plot
This cover image released by Forge Books shows "strong to the Bone," a novel by Jon Land. (Forge Books via AP). This cover image released by Forge Books shows "strong to the... "Strong to the Bone" (Forge Books), by Jon Land. Jon Land's Caitlin Strong ...

Book Review: New Caitlin Strong thriller has complex plot
“Strong to the Bone” (Forge Books), by Jon Land. Jon Land's Caitlin Strong thrillers usually have a “ripped from the headlines” feel, and the new one, “Strong to the Bone,” features violent neo-Nazis, industrial robots, a lethal biological weapon, the ...

Book Review: Starting IX by Jim Turvey
Dear reader, you are going to thank me for posting this review of Jim Turvey's Starting IX: A Franchise-by-Franchise Breakdown of Baseball's Best Players, because I have just solved all your holiday shopping dilemmas, at least the holiday shopping ...

Book Review: 'All My Dogs' Is Touching And Fascinating
Book Review: 'All My Dogs' Is Touching And Fascinating. Twitter; Facebook; Pinterest; Google+. Dec 4, 2017 10:45 AM. By Fred Volkmer. Bill Henderson is a phenomenon in the world of publishing.He is the founder of the Pushcart Press and editor of the ...

BGN Book Review: The Xuya Universe
On a Red Station Drifting and The Citadel of Weeping Pearls are both part the Xuya universe, a world where Confucian powers became the dominant powers. Both focus on the Dai Viet, the Vietnamese galactic empire. Technology includes Minds, which are ...

Snapfish Photo Book Review: Uneven Software, Unsatisfactory Book Production
Snapfish's photo book software is uneven in functionality and creativity. For instance, it offers a nice amount of generally attractive content, but it's poorly organized, which makes it difficult to create the design you envision. Snapfish has far ...

Book review: Cooke tells the story of powering San Antonio
Catherine Nixon Cooke's “Powering a City” is much more than the story of the municipally owned utility that emerged from the City of San Antonio's acquisition of the former San Antonio Public Service Company in 1943, as fascinating as that is in its ...

Picaboo Photo Book Review: Great Software, Not So Great Print Job
The convenient photo-editing tab has nice controls for exposure, saturation, border color and size, and other tools. Picaboo is the only photo book service we tested other than Mixbook and Costco that has cutouts for turning your photos into shapes ...

Mixbook Photo Book Review: Best Photo Book Service
Mixbook's photo book software is both easy to use and highly flexible. However, it's missing some of the tools available in Mixbook's other projects, such as photo calendars and postcards. The generous libraries of beautiful templates and backgrounds ...

'Spy of the First Person,' Sam Shepard's poignant goodbye, comes to the page
And so there's something beautiful about the slender, cryptic, almost hallucinatory volume of prose that Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and actor Sam Shepard, who died of ALS complications at age 73 on July 27, left behind as an epitaph. Spy of the ...

'The Big Chair' by Ned Colletti: A book review
I have a confession to make: I'm not much of a reader. While I enjoy reading, I often find myself too strapped for time to commit to a book, especially during the daily grind of the baseball season. I have quite a backlog of books I've been meaning to ...


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