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BOOK REVIEW: In 'Collusion' Guardian reporter makes case for Russian manipulation of Trump
“As I myself knew. During my time as a correspondent, the FSB broke into our family apartment as part of a low-level campaign of harassment. Typically, as with the KGB in Steele's day, they left demonstrative clues … Our apartment was now bugged ...

Book review: '(Re)union'
And this book is for her. It's for people who wanted to meet God and found out that some petty stuff got in the way. It's updated evangelical doctrine for those on the spiritual mend. Bold ideas like this are what megachurches offer. A common trait is ...

Book review: 'Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning'
An abundance of imagination as well as a healthy hope for the future are both important, as they allow for thoughtful actions to be taken in the present moment to prevent a repetition of the likes of the Holocaust in the future. Karina Wetherbee has ...

Book Review: The Wanted by Robert Crais
Harvey and Stemms may sound like the name of a catalogue selling products for the affluent, but they are a pair of deadly assassins and the first characters we meet in Robert Crais's gripping new novel, The Wanted. Harvey and Stemms are hunting Tyson ...

Book review: Troublemakers offers a riveting look back on the early days of Silicon Valley
Northern California is home to one of the greatest and stealthiest revolutions in the history of mankind. Getty. In 1968, the Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm introduced his groundbreaking study, Industry and Empire, by remarking that “the Industrial ...

Book review: The War for China's Wallet – readable if one-sided view of China's business climate
Last year, China's outbound investment exceeded inbound investment. During the past decade, cases of Chinese companies buying out foreign ones have grown exponentially. Rein devotes a chapter to the phenomenon with great insight into the inevitable ...

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu Book Review
We discover, along with Bruce, those details that put the pieces of the real story together: why the Nightwalkers do what they do, who their leader and mission is, and whether Madeleine is an ally or a villain. Batman Nightwalker is a young adult novel ...

'Achtung Baby': Should we parent more like the Germans do?
America may be the land of the free, home of the brave, but it's Germany whose children display independence and whose parents have the courage to take a step back, Sara Zaske writes in Achtung Baby: An American Mom on the German Art of Raising Self ...

If you hate office life, you'll love — and laugh at — this novel
Among the book's clever touches are organizational charts dropped into the pages to keep us up to date with everyone's movement in and out of the company. Chapters about the VP of communications and policy are footnoted like a business report with mock ...

Book Review: Montessori and Mindfulness
TRINIDAD – Susan Stephenson has written four other books on various aspects of Montessori education. One, No Checkmate: Montessori Chess Lessons for age 3 to 90+ was reviewed here (Mad River Union, June 29, 2016) Her new book, Montessori and ...

Book Review: 'Poetry Will Save Your Life'
It's a forceful and confident title that Jill Bialosky gives her unusual memoir, Poetry Will Save Your Life. She writes “will” not “can” or “may.” I'm not so sure, nor am I convinced that a favorite book wouldn't do, or music, with its purported power ...

Book Review – Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu
After the summer release of Wonder Woman: Warbringer, the next book in the new DC Icons line focuses on The Dark Knight himself, Batman, or rather, Bruce Wayne in his formative, teenage years. Its an interesting book that takes its time in the build up ...

The Most Overlooked Books Of 2017
“To describe this novel, as someone inevitably will, as Song of Solomon reimagined as a Marvel Comics franchise is to shortchange its cleverness and audacity.” Hubbard shrewdly molds the pop-culture mythology of the comic-book superhero team into a ...

Book Review: Rosemarked
We're pretty lucky to have vaccinations and modern medicine to protect us against major diseases that could threaten the future of mankind. The residents of the kingdoms in Rosemarked are not so lucky. This fantasy novel is published by Disney's ...

Book review: Secret Passages in a Hillside Town is a magical and inventive tale from Finland
Knowing what it would do for his publishing house if they could sign Greta's next book, Olli put outs feelers, and rather amazingly, she seems keen. To continue to describe the plot from this point would be a waste, because if there is one thing this ...

Rwanda: Book Review - Mahoro: a Little Girl's Search for Peace
In the opening part of the book, the author, Natacha Karambizi, vividly tells a story of a mother's love and the struggle that women go through daily in the event that they have been unfortunate to marry men who are irresponsible. But the story turns ...

Book review: 'Dear Martin: A Novel'
All you'd have to do is show up, keep your nose clean and your mouth shut. But what if you couldn't? What if the color of your skin had some bearing on it, and your outrage and need for understanding made you speak up? As in the new novel, “Dear Martin ...

New York Times Book Review: In 'Sing, Unburied, Sing,' a Haunted Road Trip to Prison
Readers of Jesmyn Ward's 2011 National Book Award-winning “Salvage the Bones” will recognize Bois as the setting where 14-year-old Esch and her family live out the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina. In “Sing, Unburied, Sing,” Ward's third novel, it ...

Book Review: Just one of the family — Charlie Manson's family
Not you: Those shy looks, the careful approaches, awkward hand-holding, a cautious kiss, you'll remember those things forever. It was so innocent then, that first ask-to dance, that first ask-to the movies but not, as in “Member of the Family: My Story ...

Book Review: Ward Bennett
This well-documented testament to Ward Bennett's power as a designer is also a uniquely American success story. Edited by Elizabeth Beer and Brian Janusiak, the book, which explores the 50-year career of this autodidact, includes a philosophically ...

Book review: What the Dead Know
I'm an avid reader and am currently reading three books but the one that is really capturing my attention is “What the Dead Know” by Laura Lippman. I love the true crime genre, but I think I've read all the good ones. My absolute favorite author Ann ...

Book Review: “Follow Me – An Amateurs Novel” by Sara Shepard (from Freeform Press)
Sara Shepard's novel series, Pretty Little Liars, inspired one of ABC Family's most popular series of all time. Shepard's spin-off book series, The Perfectionists, is currently in development as a new Freeform series, but today we are focusing on the ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Policing the Black Man'
You have to believe it's hard to go wrong with a book enthusiastically endorsed by Toni Morrison, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. or Walter Mosley, never mind all three, and your money's safe betting on a copy of Policing the Black Man (Pantheon Books). Edited ...

Book Review: 'Tips for Living' by Renée Shafransky
Sag Harbor resident and first-time author Renée Shafransky brings us the next novel of suspense, following in the footsteps of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl. Shafransky's novel, Tips for Living, follows Nora Glasser, a woman who has moved to the ...

Book review: 'Gitchie Girl,' written by Iowa couple, is stark and uplifting
It isn't often that a book grips you and throws you up against the wall yet leaves you feeling uplifted at the end. "Gitchie Girl," a nonfiction account of a Nov. 17, 1973, horrific mass murder in a rural northwest Iowa park near Sioux Falls, S.D ...

Book Review: 'The Last Black Unicorn' by Tiffany Haddish
In her memoir, “The Last Black Unicorn,” comedian-actress Tiffany Haddish proves she is ready —ready for whatever opportunity or obstacle the world has to throw her way. This is something that became clear after reading the Los Angeles native's New ...

Introducing the PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club, 'Now Read This'
... feature a new book, fiction, history, memoir, and much more, and we will invite you to read along to join us throughout the month for features about the book and its author, and to send in questions you have for the author for an interview I will ...

Book Review: 'Questions and Answers' by Rev. Dr. Vahan H. Tootikian
Rev. Dr. Vahan H. Tootikian is a well-known, prolific writer. Questions and Answers is his 40th volume which, unlike all others, is unique in style and content. The style is Socratic, with questions and answers, as the title suggests. The reader is ...

BOOK REVIEW: "Norse Mythology" by Neil Gaiman
Each society, since the dawn of time, has had their share of tales to talk about the world they live in. It's within the myths of a people that we can see how stories shape the people who tell them. Today's civilizations can learn from the ...

Notes From the Book Review Archives
This week's cover considers the historical influence of books and literature. But with so many books, there's never enough time. In 1984, the Book Review asked a handful of writers, including Jean Strouse and Eudora Welty, about some of the “great ...

Book review: 'The Wanted'
This cover image released by G.P. Putnam's Sons shows "The Wanted," a novel by Robert Crais. (G.P. Putnam's Sons via AP). NOTEWORTHY. “The Wanted”. Robert Crais. G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2017. Devon Connor is beside herself with worry. Her teenage son ...

Book review: “Perfect Mexican Daughter” has a hidden past
Erika L. Sánchez's novel “I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter” was a 2017 finalist for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Photo: Courtesy Photo. Image 2 of 3. “I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter” by Erka L. Sanchez. “I Am Not ...

Book Review: Harrowing, yet heroic story of Halifax's destruction, and resurrection
It created the world's first mushroom cloud, sent people flying a quarter-mile in the air, and spawned a 35-foot tsunami, which drowned many of those who survived the initial blast,” Bacon writes in his book. The tragedy changed the world in many ways ...

Book Review: Grafton saved her best alphabet mystery for last
Book Review: Grafton saved her best alphabet mystery for last. Thursday. Jan 4, 2018 at 9:31 PM. Sue Grafton, who died on Dec. 28 at 77, penned a series of mysteries each beginning with a letter of the alphabet and featuring private investigator Kinsey ...

Book Review: Finding the true source of spirituality is Quinn's quest
The book begins with a dip into Sally's charmed Southern childhood. Like Faulkner, Welty, Capote and Thomas Wolfe before her, Quinn carries us along with a brooding richness of description. This textured prose gradually, subtly gives way to her young ...

Book Review: 'Stem Cell Revolution: Discover 26 Disruptive Technological Advances to Stem Cell Activators,' by ...
Book Review: 'Stem Cell Revolution: Discover 26 Disruptive Technological Advances to Stem Cell Activators,' by ...

Fire and Fury Is Much Ado about Nothing New
There are plenty of shocking bombshells in Michael Wolff's new book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, but is there anything actually new? I haven't read it yet, but I have been following the crowd-sourced effort by other journalists to ...

Throwing a Poolside Cocktail Party for 'The Graduate'
Gray says in her acknowledgments that her book “rose like a phoenix from the ashes of a previous project.” Was it shelved after “Pictures at a Revolution” and the Vanity Fair history of “The Graduate” came out in 2008, making her version a making-of ...

Life in Code, book review: The programmer's tale
One of my favourite books from 1997 is Ellen Ullman's collection of essays, Close to the Machine. Ullman began her adult life as an aspiring writer, diverted into software engineering for a decade or three, and from there found her way back into ...

Book Review: The Book of Joan
I'm Connie Bennett, Director of Eugene Public Library, with a book review of “The Book of Joan” by Lidia Yuknavitch. I cannot decide if I love or hate this book. Portland author Yuknavitch has taken a huge leap beyond her best-selling “The Small Backs ...

Fire and Fury review: You'll wish controversial Trump book was a work of fiction
“You can't make this sh– up.” According to Fire and Fury, that was Sean Spicer's “daily, if not hourly, mantra” during his ill-starred and much-mocked tenure as White House press secretary last year. It could also have served as the title of journalist ...

Book review: A clever mystery within a mystery in Anthony Horowitz's 'Magpie Murders'
I'm not a huge mystery reader. They frustrate me, for the most part — either I can solve them too quickly, and then I'm bored through to the end, or I can't solve them at all and I'm angry at myself throughout the book for not being one step ahead of ...

Amazon is deleting reviews of a controversial book about Donald Trump
Michael Wolff's explosive book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, comes out today. Amazon reviews for the book at time of writing were relatively civil, which is, unfortunately, surprising. Beneath the surface, Amazon is surely working hard ...

Magic of Storytelling Book Review: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
For the sixth year in a row, Disney is leading the Magic of Storytelling campaign to benefit First Book, a non-profit organization that provides books to educators and organizations serving children in low-income communities. This year, the campaign ...

What to Read About North Korea
... Alter has news from the publishing world; and Gregory Cowles, Jennifer Szalai and John Williams on what people are reading. Pamela Paul is the host. Here are the books mentioned in this week's “What We're Reading”: “The Radetzky March” by Joseph ...

'The House of Erzulie' Book Review–When in Conflict, Keep Reading
Kristen Imani Kasai is a brilliant, theatrical writer with a wit and allure she applies to carefully-chosen adjectives and adages. Her story The House of Erzulie, is both a delight (especially to the romantic fanatic) and a real heartache to read. If ...

Book review: Welcome to the world of the paranoid, conspiratorial and unhinged
With an impressive white beard that softened his hawkish face, Trochmann ran a group in the 1990s that encouraged people to form militias to resist what he promised was an imminent attack from the New World Order. Mostly, though, he spent his time ...

Book review: Poet evokes Mississippi in the voices of men and women
The personae poems of Ann Fisher-Wirth tend to match the marvelous color photographs by Maude Schuyler Clay. We are in Mississippi — that place where cotton, slaves, rednecks and Parchman Prison were once born. But, the visual images are beautiful if ...

Book review: “Traitor” betrays itself
“Traitor,” by Jonathan de Shalit, provides proof. The author is a former high-ranking officer in Israeli intelligence. To be published, this novel first had to be cleared by a “special governmental ministers' committee.” The committee shouldn't have ...

Books: The new Trump book, plus book reviews and news
“In his poems,” writes Craig M. Teicher in our review, “we get to watch someone brilliant and deeply capacious thinking through everything he encounters.” If Alexey Feodosievich Wangenheim had not believed he would eventually be freed from the Gulag ...


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