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Book review: 'Mr. Robot and Philosophy'
“Mr. Robot and Philosophy: Beyond Good and Evil Corp.” edited by Richard Greene and Rachel Robison-Greene. Chicago: Open Court Publishing Co., 2017. 256 pages, $19.95. “If you wrestle with monsters, take care you don't become a monster yourself. Keep ...

Book review: Historian lays out all the facts surrounding King assassination
It's been 50 years since iconic civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was shot to death on the balcony of a motel in Memphis, Tenn. — an event that “changed American history forever.” In this fast-paced, young-adult non-fiction narrative, popular ...

Book review: Kidnapping and clairvoyance in McCammon's latest
It's 1934 New Orleans where desperation is the watch word of the times. Not very long after Bonnie and Clyde came to the end of their run, smalltime con man John Partlow meets grifter Ginger LaFrance. She senses in him an ability her current partner no ...

Book review: Charles Frazier's “Varina” reveals the surprising depths of the Confederacy's first lady
When Charles Frazier decided to write about the life of Varina Davis, he knew faced a challenge. The widow of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America, isn't well known. And Frazier thought the most interesting years of her life ...

Book review: 'Fade to Black' a can't-put-it-down thriller from master of craft
Book review: 'Fade to Black' a can't-put-it-down thriller from master of craft. Dave Rosenfelt and his heroic cop, Doug Brock, deliver a deliciously dark, sinister, twisty tale. By Frank O Smith. Share. facebook · tweet · email · print. Read Article ...

Book review: 'Oriana Fallaci: The Journalist, the Agitator, the Legend'
“Oriana Fallaci: The Journalist, The Agitator, The Legend” begins by following the chronology, delivering chills early, when the teenage girl was a runner for the Partisans, helping fight the Nazis. But as the biography reaches the 1960s and '70s, when ...

Book Review | 'The Other Side of Everything': Murder echoes in generations
A South Florida neighborhood — and three seemingly unconnected residents — reel from the murder of an elderly woman in Fort Lauderdale in the engrossing debut by author Lauren Doyle Owens. “The Other Side of Everything” works well as a look at ...

Book Review | 'The Last Wild Men of Borneo'
The two wild men of the title of Carl Hoffman's fascinating nonfiction account aren't, as one might expect, members of one of the many tribes of Borneo. Both were foreigners who made their way to the third-largest island in the world in the 1970s and ...

BOOK REVIEW: Russian Roulette: Michael Isikoff & David Corn
“Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump” doesn't come out and say Trump is in cahoots with Russian leader Vladmir Putin but it does claim the Russians were deeply involved in trying to influence ...

Book review: 'Educated,' memoirs of a home-schooled survivalist family
After Tara left, and after her father's life changing accident, her mother's herbal business took off and became a major area-employer. It was a good example of how a little Scripture can really sell a product. This is one of the best memoirs you may ...

Book review: 'A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo,' celebrates love, inclusiveness, and democracy
Parents need to know that “A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo,” presented by HBO's “Last Week Tonight” with John Oliver and written by Jill Twist, is a picture book that celebrates inclusiveness and democracy and embraces same-sex marriage, in this case ...

A Wider World of Reading
FOR ME, when it comes to good writing, texts are alive and living among us, no matter the genre. Juan Villoro's The Wild Book — a story in which books themselves are characters — is an especially good example. Labeled as YA, The Wild Book tells the ...

Book Review: 'Fractured Continent'
There's an old proverb popularized by Mel Brooks that sums up “Fractured Continent,” William Drozdiak's fine, eminently readable analysis of European politics that made The New York Times Most Notable 100 Books list for 2017. The proverb is: “Hope for ...

Book Review: 'The Female Persuasion' tackles timely topics
“The Female Persuasion: a Novel” (Riverhead Books), by Meg Wolitzer. In the first 15 pages of Meg Wolitzer's new novel, a college student is groped against her will, setting in motion a life devoted to female empowerment. In the next 30 pages she meets ...

Leslie Jamison's Memoir Finds Its Footing in Sobriety
I would have dropped this book gently behind the sofa if I weren't contractually obligated to finish it. But I'll admit that I'm glad I did clean my plate. The great surprise of “The Recovering” is that the second half is close to magnificent, and ...

Book Review: 'Rethinking School—How to Take Charge of Your Child's Education' by Susan Wise Bauer
Author, academic, and homeschool expert Susan Wise Bauer's latest book seems to have flown under the radar since its release earlier this year, but “Rethinking School—How To Take Charge of Your Child's Education” should be on the nightstand of every ...

Review: Book shows Apollo 8 was a big risk for 3 astronauts
“Rocket Men” (Random House), by Robert Kurson. The first astronauts to orbit the moon ended their 1968 Christmas Eve television broadcast with a personal message for the people of Earth. No one knew what the three Apollo 8 astronauts would say — not ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'daddy closet' by CD Nelsen
In a series of poignant and delightfully original poems of intense and conveying metaphor, author, poet and former Berkshire Eagle columnist CD (Cheryl Diane) Nelsen of Dalton has just published her first chapbook of poems reflecting on her life in ...

BGN Book Review: 'Well, That Escalated Quickly'
Most of us were introduced to Franchesca Ramsey by her viral YouTube video “Sh*t White Girls Say to Black Girls”, but very few people know how this video even came to be. From our side of things, it seemed that Ramsey was an overnight success, a ...

By Steve Coll
With the appointments of John Bolton as the National Security Adviser and Mike Pompeo as the secretary of State, the Trump administration is likely to embark on a major review of the policies and programs guiding the 16-year U.S. political and military ...

'2001: A Space Odyssey': Book celebrates 50th anniversary of sci-fi movie masterpiece
It's the 50th birthday of a film that was supposed to be — and definitely is — "the proverbial 'really good' science fiction movie," and Michael Benson's exhaustive new book about the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey stars the two men at the center of ...

Meg Wolitzer's “The Female Persuasion” deftly holds up a mirror to white, privileged feminism
This epigrammatic line in Meg Wolitzer's new book, The Female Persuasion, out today from Riverhead, sums up one of its central questions: What is the cost of seeking accolades for activism? The Female Persuasion's protagonist, Greer, is a straight ...

'The Recovering': One young writer's intoxicating journey to sobriety
Leslie Jamison wants you to know that her new book, The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath (Little, Brown, 534 pp., out of four), isn't like other redemption memoirs. Before we have the chance to roll our eyes or make assumptions, she beats us ...

Mastering Blockchain: Book Review and Author Q&A
I came across Bitcoin Blockchain a bit after that and immediately got very enthusiastic about this technology, not only because of its novel features but also because it uses all those technologies such as cryptography which I was already very much ...

The secret to Rodgers and Hammerstein's remarkable partnership
Given how large Rodgers and Hammerstein have loomed over the theatrical landscape and how many books have been published about them, is there anything really new to say? Well, no, but Todd S. Purdum offers a great introduction for newbies and enough ...

Review: Sloane Crosley releases next book of essays
“Look Alive Out There: Essays” (MCD/FSG), by Sloane Crosley. Established writer and best-selling author Sloane Crosley is back with a third book of essays. Ten years after the debut of “I Was Told There'd Be Cake,” Crosley delivers 16 new stories with ...

Book Review: New Power and the Dynamics of Digital Change
Now they've expanded that argument into a book, filled with examples ranging from Pope Francis to the Ice Bucket Challenge, Lego to ISIS. As guides to the changing playing field, Heimans and Timms aren't mere observers. Heimans cut his digital ...

Sean Penn's new novel doesn't deserve a considerate review — or a reader's time
With the publication of "Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff," actor and activist Sean Penn just added novelist to his list of credentials. But it's not an effort we should take seriously, says Biblioracle columnist John Warner. (Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP ...

Who is 'Varina'? Novelist Charles Frazier makes the Confederacy's first lady a star
Charles Frazier's lively new novel Varina (Ecco, 353 pp., out of four) arrives at an improbable if interesting moment. Frazier resurrects and reimagines an obscure historical figure — the wife of Confederate president Jefferson Davis — at a time when ...

The Future Computed, book review: AI and society, through a Microsoft lens
It's time to wake up and smell the AI coffee, say Microsoft head lawyer Brad Smith and the leader of Microsoft's AI research division Harry Shum, in their introduction to this book on the role of artificial intelligence in society. They kick off with a ...

Book review: 'The Disappeared'
Yeah, that's what happens when you live in a small town or a bubble: everybody knows your business, there are no secrets, people talk, and you can't hide. Your life is out in the open but, in the new book “The Disappeared” by C.J. Box, few truly know ...

Book Review: He Played For His Wife... And Other Stories
I'm not going to lie, when I sat down to write the review for He Played For His Wife... And Other Stories; Short stories of Long Nights at the Poker Table, I struggled with what to say. I didn't struggle because I didn't have anything to say, but ...

Book Review: SOG Chronicles by John Stryker Meyer
Most of this book is taken up by a description of Operation Tailwind, undertaken 100 km deep into Laos, about four times further than SOG had ever gone before, intended to draw pressure off a CIA operation deeper into Laos. The force was a company size ...

Book Review: Bohjalian's 'The Flight Attendant'—Murder, Russian Style
As in previous books, Bohjalian has done his research well, and you get a strong sense of what a flight attendant's life may be like: glamorous but harried and full of one-night stands, a treadmill that only the most level-headed or emotionally gifted ...

Even James Dean's crude antics and untimely death couldn't stop 'Giant'
A professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of “State Fare: An Irreverent Guide to Texas Movies,” Graham provides a solid historic context for “Giant.” His account details a demanding, exhausting but ultimately rewarding ...

'Hunting El Chapo' tells exciting true story of notorious drug lord's capture
This dangerous assignment is where you'd expect the thick of the action, except other than a fizzled raid and scary moments on the streets, the book takes a long turn here from being a crime thriller to a mundane cop procedural. To uncover El Chapo's ...

BOOK REVIEW: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality
As in the new book Tomorrow Will Be Different by Sarah McBride, there's always a chance to make a change. Though she was 10 years old the first time she heard the word “transgender,” Sarah McBride knew from an early age that she was really a girl ...

Book review: 'Knitted tanks and tunics' by Angela Hahn
If you are looking for a book with patterns you can knit in the summer, or knits you can make FOR the summer, then Angela Hahn's new book, "Knitted tans & tunics" is just the book you're looking for. And If you are one of those people who says, "I ...

Book Review: “Travels with Walt Disney” by Jeff Kurtti
As Disney fans, traveling to and from Disney destinations around the globe by land, air, and sea comes with the territory. Whether you enjoy the journey or are just in it for the destination, we're constantly in pursuit of our next Disney fix. And now ...

Book Review: "Poison or Protect" hits all the sweet spots
Have you ever read a story with an ending that left a smile on your face? Every avid reader has one — or in my case multiple. A story that makes them laugh, cry and yes, just smile. As a reader I am not prone to enjoy romances. I find most stories ...

If a rich liar asked you to ghostwrite his memoir, would you do it?
The narrative consists of a panting pas de deux between Heidl and Kehlmann as they toil to get the book written, which means inventing Heidl's history wholesale because he won't admit to anything: not to facts, not to motives, not even to his boyhood ...

20 years after 'Cold Mountain,' Charles Frazier is hot again
Books. Review. Review A professional critic's assessment of a service, product, performance, or artistic or literary work. April 5 at 8:00 AM. Charles Frazier's first novel, “Cold Mountain,” was not only a massive bestseller about the Civil War, it was ...

Book review: Fire service giant – A true story
From the time I joined the fire service in 1970, I heard the tale of President George Washington as a volunteer fireman who purchased a pumper for the fire department. The problem is there are no primary documents to prove the story is true. I can ...

Oklahoman book review: 'Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World'
If Eunice Kennedy Shriver had been a man, it's very possible that she would have become president of the United States. It's best that she didn't. Of Joseph P. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy's nine children, a case can be made that Eunice left a more ...

11 New Books We Recommend This Week
This volume of nonfiction by the acclaimed story writer and novelist collects book reviews, personal essays, political pieces and ruminations on TV series like “True Detective” and “Friday Night Lights.” “The book flooded my veins with pleasure,” our ...

Book Review – The Gumazing Gum Girl: Popped Star
The Gumazing Gum Girl is back in her third adventure from Disney Hyperion! I was first introduced to Gabby and her superhero alter ego last fall with the second book in the series, The Gumazing Gum Girl: Gum Luck, where Gabby used her superpowers to ...

Book review: Michael Perry's 'Population: 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time'
Norwalk, 634; Ontario, 554; Wilton, 503; New Auburn, “Population: 485.” Besides similar populations, each of these communities has at least one thing in common: each has a volunteer fire department. A nurse by training, Michael Perry discovered that he ...

Book Review: 'The City Beyond the Glass'
Gemma Caloprini is trapped. She's trapped by her father's rules, which keep her and her two sisters locked within their family's home. She's trapped by society's expectation that she either marry or live out her days in a convent. And she's trapped by ...

Book Review: 'The Female Persuasion' tackles timely topics
In the first 15 pages of Meg Wolitzer's new novel, a college student is groped against her will, setting in motion a life devoted to female empowerment. In the next 30 pages, she meets the woman who inspires her. And in the more than 400 remaining ...

Book review: A cleverly concocted English murder mystery
Book review: A cleverly concocted English murder mystery. Thursday. Apr 5, 2018 at 9:30 PM. Leaving London late at night, after his sister's wedding, Inspector Rutledge of Scotland Yard comes upon the body of a man, and a woman standing over him, in ...


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