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An overweight history of America's understudied empire
ANALYSIS/OPINION: AMERICAN EMPIRE: A GLOBAL HISTORY. By A.G. Hopkins. Princeton, $39.95, 980 pages. If, as France's fiery World War I Prime Minister Georges “The Tiger” Clemenceau famously observed, “War is too important to be left to the ...

Book Review: Seeing climate change through the eyes of seaside dwellers
Elizabeth Rush, who teaches creative nonfiction at Brown University, attaches her climate expertise to the sociological, the historic and the personal to craft a unique hybrid. As global warming gains greater attention from professionals in the field ...

Book review: Rock of aged?
Bad news, rock & rollers, classic rock is dying. But can it — should it — be saved? Those are the central questions music journalist Steven Hyden asks in “Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock.” The mortality of classic rock hit ...

Book Review: 'What We Think About When We Think About Soccer' -- a philosophical take on the world's most popular ...
Book Review: 'What We Think About When We Think About Soccer' -- a philosophical take on the world's most popular ...

Political Books Rule the List Now. What Was Selling 30, 40, 50 Years Ago?
HIT PARADE Americans are so consumed by political books right now that some of us at the Book Review began to wonder about reading trends in summers past. A quick browse in our archives revealed that 10 years ago this week, Stephenie Meyer's sci-fi ...

An inside view of Obama's biggest foreign policy decisions
The book also convinced me, despite Rhodes's denials, that Obama overlearned the lesson of Iraq. The president's fear of escalation and slippery slopes becomes the reason not to take responsibility for a post-Gaddafi Libya, or send lethal aid to ...

Notes From the Book Review Archives
In 1974, the Book Review's Crime columnist, Newgate Callendar, praised King's first novel, “Carrie.” Read an excerpt below. Maybe, strictly speaking, it is not a mystery book. But it does have action, suspense and, at the end, a holocaust. And it is ...

Book review: A miscarriage of justice scarier than the supernatural in Stephen King's 'The Outsider'
Stephen King has two books being released this year — “The Outsider,” released last week, and “Elevation,” coming out just in time for Halloween on Oct. 30. Now, some people track album release dates, and some track film or television show release ...

How the cataclysm that obliterated the dinosaurs gave rise to humans
'We've already established that I did some silly things in high school, when my obsession with dinosaurs overtook my better judgment,” writes paleontologist Steve Brusatte toward the end of his new book. He goes on to sketch his brassiest teenage move ...

Book Review: 'The Choice'
One reward of attending the Christopher Awards in New York this spring was coming home with a bag full of books from other award winners, stories of hope and friendship and of overcoming great obstacles to do great good. Only, one story I wasn't sure I ...

When a president exhibited empathy, honesty, humility and politeness
Donald Rumsfeld, who served as Ford's chief of staff and then defense secretary, has now written a slight but worthy book praising him and his short tenure. He portrays Ford's character and common sense in ways that not only contrast him with Nixon but ...

Dinosaurs, the Master of Horror and Philip Roth
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BOOK REVIEW: 'Harriet Gets Carried Away'
As you'll see in the new book Harriet Gets Carried Away by Jessie Sima, things could quickly get out of hand. More than almost anything in the world, Harriet loved playing dress-up. She had a whole trunk full of costumes, and she didn't need a reason ...

IndieCommunication: Book Reviews Coming to IndieCommerce & IndieLite
Starting this month, readers visiting IndieBound.org will begin seeing at least three book reviews, courtesy of LitHub's Book Marks, on certain title pages. Reviews will also appear automatically on IndieLite sites; stores using the IndieCommerce ...

Review: 'The Book of Why' Examines the Science of Cause and Effect
Everyone knows that the cock's crowing at dawn does not “cause” the sun to rise. Conversely, we have equal confidence “that flipping a switch will cause a light to turn on or off and that a sultry summer afternoon will cause sales to go up at the local ...

Book review: Chronicling the life of the brilliant but often baffling Jeff Buckley
Jeff Buckley was one of America's greatest yet most unfulfilled creative talents. His former manager Dave Lory remembers the final few years of the compelling and unpredictable star in a new book ...

BOOK REVIEW: Texas romance lights a fire in Pendleton
A former Pendleton-area resident and rodeo aficionado has penned the fifth in her Texas Rodeo romance series, and the action moves north and west to settle back in her old stomping grounds. “Fearless in Texas” is the newest contemporary western ...

The Coded Book Reviews Of Stefanie Dreyfuss
That's where she began to read deeply and devotedly and remembered almost every title she read for the rest of her life by awarding it a review with her own distinct code. Some books were RP - readable piffle. Some were DNF - did not finish. A G rating ...

BOOK REVIEW: Three Days in Moscow by Bret Baier
Bret Baier is the chief political anchor for Fox News. He writes this book with Catherine Whitney. It is the second book in the series, following “Three Days in January,” which centered on a speech given by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. “Three Days ...

Book review (nonfiction): Zora Neale Hurston's masterpiece 'Barracoon'
Just a week before the book's May 8 publication date, rapper Kanye West opined in a TMZ interview, “When you hear about slavery for 400 years ... For 400 years? That sounds like a choice.” Based on Hurston's interviews almost a century ago with an ...

Book review: After nine books, what more could David Sedaris have to say? A great deal.
In his book, he writes about watching hours of the reality TV show “Intervention,” and his response is to mock the letters written by distraught interveners. They “often cry,” he quips, “perhaps because what they've written is so poorly constructed ...

Book Review: 'Our Towns' explores America's resiliency
If you are readying for a summer trip into the heartland of America, take a look at this nonfiction book. For four years James and Deborah Fallows, husband and wife, carrying only 140 pounds of luggage or less, flying in their sedan-sized Cirrus single ...

Book review: 'The Big Ones'
In her book, and after a lifetime studying the seismicity of Southern California, Jones appears to take much the same view, stoically. She reminds us, in sober terms, that the forces that bring us earthquakes and volcanoes and tsunamis and cyclones ...

Book Review: David Sedaris seeks catharsis in 'Calypso'
“Calypso” (Little, Brown and Co.) by David Sedaris. “Though there's an industry built on telling you otherwise, there are few real joys to middle age.” So begins David Sedaris' first collection of essays since 2013, firmly grounded in the present, but ...

Book review: 'When Life Gives You Lululemons'
I liked Lauren Weisberger's “When Life Gives You Lululemons” before I even opened the cover. That's because it's the sequel to “The Devil Wears Prada,” which became the basis for one of the best movies of all time. Plus, “Lululemons” features Emily ...

Oklahoman book review: 'My Lady's Choosing' is a find-your-fate adventure for romance fans
The descriptive subtitle, “An Interactive Romance Novel,” on the cover of “My Lady's Choosing” certainly caught my eye amid the stacks of new books in the newspaper office. I'm becoming the go-to reviewer for romance (no one else claimed it), so the ...

Book review: Patrick Chamoiseau's novel tells a strikingly simple story
Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward's potent novel about the tormented legacy of slavery in the Southern states of America, recently won the National Book Award, and Zora Neale Hurston's until-now unpublished first book, Barracoon: The Story of the Last ...

Garden book review: 'Humane Critter Control' offers smart, natural ways to deter deer and rabbits
Sally and George Peterson are DIY gardeners who have transformed a rough hillside with a lake view into a tree-laden landscape with organic vegetables and herbs growing in raised planter beds and a greenhouse. On their Ashland property, 225 trees, ...

Book review: 'Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter'
Winner of the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and U.K. Crime Writers' Gold Dagger Award, Franklin's 2010 novel is currently one of two books I recommend when anyone asks for a reading suggestion (the other is ...

Bill Clinton and James Patterson's 'The President Is Missing' is an awkward duet
Henry Hyde could have lived long enough to attend the book party.) The transfiguration of William Jefferson Clinton into Jonathan Lincoln Duncan should be studied in psych departments for years. Both men lost their fathers early and rose from ...

GeekDad Book Review: 'Oathbringer' by Brandon Sanderson
This is the third book in The Stormlight Archive series and I would say Oathbringer is my favorite so far. This is apparently not the stance most other reviews I have read take, but I stand by my opinion. I mean, it is mine after all, right? I read the ...

Book Review: 'The Scientist's Guide to Writing'
You have made a groundbreaking discovery in science! The world and your career will never be the same. Oh wait, you need to write your results into a coherent paper and then submit it for peer-review. Shoot… Never fear, for every scientist that dreads ...

'How Hard Can It Be?' Just ask Kate, who's turning 50 in hilarious, timely new novel
Kate Reddy returns in the sequel 'How Hard Can It Be?,' Allison Pearson's comic novel about a woman facing a midlife crisis. A 3.5-star book review. Loading… Post to Facebook. 'How Hard Can It Be?' Just ask Kate, who's turning 50 in hilarious, timely ...

Book Review: The Window by Amelia Brunskill
In my personal experience, reading mystery novels goes one of two ways: either the story focuses on an official crime case that the characters are working to solve, or the plot provides a take of the amateur sleuth, trying to reach a resolution of a ...

Book Review: Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant
The only time Eva intentionally touches someone or their stuff is when she's tutoring them in Maths. If it's something as simple as a Math book or a calculator, the only emotions she'll encounter is frustration from them not being able to solve an ...

Cyber Wars, book review: High-profile hacks, deconstructed
A few years later, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory astronomer Clifford Stoll caused a similar sensation with his book The Cuckoo's Egg, which documented the first known case of nation-state sponsored hacking. In that case, a $0.75 discrepancy ...

Book review: Two Lives — by Reeve Lindbergh
... family matters, aging and community. Lindbergh manages to find the good in these intersections of her life. (Reeve Lindbergh will read from, discuss and sign her book at the Vermont Book Shop on Tuesday, June 5, at 7 p.m.). — Reviewed by Jenny ...

Book review: There's more political warfare and polarization in Trump's future
In their new book "How Democracies Die," Harvard scholars Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt examine Donald Trump's win in the last presidential election and what followed. They place Trumpism alongside the modern history of foreign leaders who began ...

Children's Book Review: Super Saurus and the Egg
Super Saurus is back for another adventure in a new book, Super Saurus and the Egg. In his debut book last year, he discovered that school wasn't so scary in Super Saurus Saves Kindergarten. This time around, his parents have returned home with an egg ...

By Timothy Snyder
Ilyin's papers were retrieved from an archive at Michigan State University, and selected sections were reprinted in a book issued to his political followers. Ilyin justified rule by the oligarchy, the wealthy few, rather than by the people as a whole ...

Book Review: 'A Million Drops' by Víctor del Árbol
Part historical novel, part family saga, A Million Drops rockets between two eras: Europe and Russia in the 1930s and '40s, and 21st-century Barcelona. Víctor del Árbol's sweeping drama, ably translated from the Spanish by Lisa Dillman, alternates ...

Bill Clinton and James Patterson Have Written a Thriller. It's Good.
The book opens with a charged scene in which President Jonathan Duncan is participating in a mock hearing to prepare for a congressional inquiry investigating the botched attempt to capture a terrorist. When the president loses his temper, he ...

IRC Book Review: Amina's Voice
As one reviewer stated, the takeaway from this novel is that, as scary as it can be to face the prejudice of this world, “Muslims have far more friends than enemies in this country.” If you or your grade schooler are looking for something to inspire ...

Jenna Blum's 'The Lost Family' is lost in needless detail
Jenna Blum's third novel, “The Lost Family,” begins in 1965 and centers on an improbable couple: an elegant Auschwitz-survivor chef and his much younger American wife. Peter Rashkin belongs to the Old World and his lost family, a dead first wife and ...

'Prada' sequel moves to Greenwich, Conn., bland land of athleisure wear
Lauren Weisberger brings back characters from 'The Devil Wears Prada' in the disappointing 'When Life Gives You Lululemons.' A 2-star book review. Loading… Post to Facebook. 'Prada' sequel moves to Greenwich, Conn., bland land of athleisure wear ...

Clever 'Vampire Uprising': These blood-suckers are demanding their civil rights!
Having vampires and humans living and working together in society is just asking for a whole lot of bad blood. Conflict, conspiracy, curiosity and chaos all arise in Raymond A. Villareal's debut novel A People's History of the Vampire Uprising ...

Book Review: Get Lost in Space with 'Adrift' by Rob Boffard
Warning: This review contains minor spoilers for the novel "Adrift" (Orbit, 2018). The new novel "Adrift," released today (June 5), catapults the classic castaway tale into the farthest reaches of outer space. The title, shared by a different novel ...

For a lonely teen in the Midwest, radio is a sound salvation
The book's final act charts Danny's struggles with his mother, a bigot, addict and manic-depressive who, in '70s parlance, is diagnosed with simple melancholia. Like a wistful AM radio staple, their song doesn't end with a clean-cut resolution, leaving ...

Book Review: 'Saving Sin City'
The story's well-known, but what Cummings brings to it and makes clear with the title of her book, “Saving Sin City,” is that the bizarre shooting and the two soap-opera trials that followed were the culmination of a riotous time in New York, known ...

Book review: How Vermont hippies sowed the seeds of change
Rutland writer Yvonne Daley is author of the new book “Going Up the Country: When the Hippies, Dreamers, Freaks, and Radicals Moved to Vermont.” Photo by Kevin O'Connor/VTDigger. Rutland journalist Yvonne Daley didn't know she was receiving her ...


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