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Review: Book links war effort, baseball
The “Cloudbuster Nine” was initially purchased to add to the reviewer's library shelf of books on Ted Williams, his boyhood idol. However, instead of another book on Ted's well publicized wartime exploits, this book was found to have a much broader ...

Book review: 'Reporter: A Memoir'
“Reporter: A Memoir” by Seymour M. Hersh. Knopf. 355 pp. $27.95. Review provided by The Washington Post. The British press baron Lord Northcliffe, who bought ink by the barrel and hated to waste any of it, once summarized the meaning and mission of ...

Book review: 'Broadway'
In this book, architect Fran Leadon relates stories about many of the people and places that have been associated with Broadway over the years. For example, he opens his preface with this overview: “Broadway began in the early 17th century as a muddy ...

Book review: Learn to spiritually protect yourself with strategies with 'Armed with Righteousness'
"ARMED WITH RIGHTEOUSNESS: Winning Your Battles with Satan," by Steven A. Cramer, Cedar Fort, $19.99, 320 pages (nf). According to his biography, Steven A Cramer, a pseudonym of an author from Utah who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ ...

Book review: In Diane Magras' 1st novel, plucky preteen in 13th-century Scotland must save family
Magras' debut novel, “The Mad Wolf's Daughter,” published in March by Kathy Dawson Books, is written for middle-grade readers. The narrative follows 13th-century pre-teen Drest on her quest to save her father and brothers after they are captured on the ...

You All Grow Up and Leave Me by Piper Weiss | Book Review
Perhaps the first hurdle for an author writing a memoir is sorting out whose story is whose. "I have a story, but it didn't happen to me," Piper Weiss complains to an old college boyfriend early in You All Grow Up and Leave Me. The book is a riveting ...

Book review | 'The Electric Woman': Circus stint, caring for stricken mother form memoir
Imagine that you have been timid all your life, but your mother — oh, she is a firecracker. She once bought out Chinatown to decorate the house for a Chinese-themed Christmas — hundreds of red paper lanterns and umbrellas and imitation jade cats and ...

Book review | Danger lurks throughout stores in 'Florida'
The stories in the fierce new collection by the author of the novel “Fates and Furies” are not all set in Florida, but each is saturated with the overheated, dangerous and borderline-nightmarish atmosphere of the place as it exists in Lauren Groff's ...

Oklahoman book review: 'Match Made in Bed' by Cathy Maxwell
“A Match Made in Bed,” Cathy Maxwell (Avon, 384 pages, in stores.) Maxwell continues her Spinster Heiresses series with the Romeo and Juliet tale of Cassandra Holwell and Soren York, Earl of Dewsberry. Cassandra is tall, awkward, bookish and an ...

Book Review: 'Succeeding with Passion' by Stephanie Walton
In Succeeding with Passion, Stephanie Walton, a coach, consultant, and longtime senior leader in corporations, shares the secret to success, and it all begins with finding and pursuing your passion. The book is a mix of Walton's personal stories ...

The Market – Book Review
This concern sits at the heart of Matthew Watson's new book, The Market, a critical enquiry into what exactly we mean when we talk about 'the market' and the consequences of allowing one particular understanding of it to prevail. In the book, Watson—a ...

Book Review: On Race: 34 Conversations in a Time of Crisis edited by George Yancy
In addition to dozens of scholarly books and articles, Yancy regularly engages in public debate by writing outside of traditional academic platforms. Most notably, he has frequently published essays and interviews as part of the column, 'The Stone', at ...

Book Review: The Mission, the Men and Me
Pete Blaber's book “The Mission, the Men, and Me” gets a lot of rave reviews about business practices and management tips. It's hard not to agree with some of his principles, such as “Don't Get Treed by a Chihuahua”. His phrase is a cute way of saying ...

Book review: Jonathan Gornall's memoir How to Build A Boat is a complex and rewarding read
Jonathan Gornall's book begins with a light-hearted quip about there being only two ways to find out if a wooden boat is seaworthy: “One is to put it in the water and see if it sinks. The other is to keep it on dry land, fill it with water and see if ...

BGN Book Review: The Immeasurable Want of Light
By Nina N. Yeboah @gotmyniinaa. We've burdened darkness with all our fears. We blame it when we see evil. We call on love, light, and all the forces of good to protect us from it. Our goal is to eliminate it, to rid ourselves and our world of it. But ...

The Inspiration Behind Geovani Martins' Critically Acclaimed Favela-Centered Book [BOOK REVIEW]
At PUC-Rio, Martins discussed his inspirations for the book, citing first and foremost his experience across many of the city's favelas. Aside from moving nearly twenty times throughout favelas, through the Literary Festival of the Urban Periphery ...

Tommy Orange's There There is the novel of the summer
“Yes, Tommy Orange's New Novel Really Is That Good,” says the New York Times headline, in an echo of its famous Hamilton review. Reader, I must confirm: There There really is an extremely good book. There There is a novel about American Indians in ...

Book review: 'The Hate U Give,' powerful best-seller about police shooting of unarmed black teen
Parents need to know that Angie Thomas' New York Times best-selling book “The Hate U Give” won a 2018 Coretta Scott King Author Honor, a Michael L. Printz Honor, and the Oddysey Award for best audiobook for kids and teens. Inspired by the Black Lives ...

Book review: White fragility: Why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism — by Robin DiAngelo
The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers. Are you an online subscriber? Click to login. Click here to learn more about our subscription options. If you have a print subscription, you can now add an online subscription at no ...

Smart women get caught up in deadly intrigue in page-turning 'The Banker's Wife'
When we meet Annabel Lerner, the eponymous protagonist of “The Banker's Wife” (Putnam, 352 pp., out of four), she's waiting on her husband, reading a domestic thriller – “the kind of book she'd read a million times before, a book with 'Girl' in the ...

Book review: You won't want to put down "Us Against You"
You're going down. Down, defeated, beaten and sent home. You're losing, not winning, and you need to know how it happened so it won't happen again. Winners are champs, losers are chumps, and the latter is no fun. Besides, as in the new book “Us ...

IRC Book Review: Ottoman Women: Myth and Reality
Looking to historical research, this book shows the power these Ottoman women had in their lives, how they held legal authority and often won in cases against husbands and male relatives in Ottoman courts, how they, in fact, often held more freedoms ...

Book review: 'Night Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspense' by Joyce Carol Oates
Something isn't quite right. The world is tilting and it feels… off. Nothing makes sense, nothing aligns with anything else right now. You're discombobulated, and it's surreal. And with “Night Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspense,” a short-story ...

'Clock Dance,' Anne Tyler's 22nd novel, feels familiar — for better and worse
Something very strange takes place early in Anne Tyler's new novel, “Clock Dance.” A college student named Willa is flying home with her boyfriend when suddenly the man sitting on the other side of her whispers, “This is a gun, and it's loaded. Move ...

Book Review: 'Days of Awe' by East Hamptonite AM Homes
In the books' title story, there's a line that seems to represent this collection as a whole: “It is not about the size of one's sins or one sin being greater than another—but that we are all human and thus flawed, and only by recognizing flaws can we ...

Whiskey Book Review: Canadian Whisky: The New Portable Expert (Second Edition)
de Kergommeaux argues that “the most important ingredient [in whisky] is the story.” And, fittingly, his book is highly readable – both entertaining and educational. I strongly agree with the sentiments expressed in The Whiskey Wash's review of the ...

Interview & Book Review: 'Nothing's for Nothing; Transformation Through Trauma'
This is the vitalizing message from Seattle's Rebekah Demirel in her book “Nothing's for Nothing.” An experienced healer, Demirel shares her journey from early loss and poverty to her found profession as counselor, acupuncturist and practitioner of ...

Book review: 'Shapeshifters'
Now, admittedly, Francis writes with a pronounced sense of serenity, and a feeling of reverence that he admits to, early in this book. That belies its liveliness: here, you'll read topical philosophy and history before you meet pseudonymous patients ...

Hidden History Of Queens Is Revealed For All
My approach in this book was to take some of the most interesting people, places, and moments in Queens history, and to dig really deep, beyond what may be common knowledge. I didn't take any stories at face value. I wanted to debunk myths, uncover ...

Comic Book Review: Catwoman #1
Catwoman #1 takes place after the events of Batman #50. So please make sure to turn back here, as the entire comic is based on the conclusion of the most recent Batman story arc. Here we are. Left at a new, self-created bottom Selina Kyle suffers. She ...

Comic Book Reviews for This Week: 7/4/2018
Welcome to this week in comic book reviews! The staff have come together to read and review nearly everything that released today. It isn't totally comprehensive, but it includes just about everything from DC and Marvel with the important books from ...

Quick Lit Book Review: 'The Great Believers' by Rebecca Makkai
How do you write about a historical chapter that many living people still remember with the searing power of loss? Part-time Vermonter Rebecca Makkai faced that challenge with her third novel, The Great Believers. Taking us back to the years when an ...

Book Review: 'Memory Warp: How the Myth of Repressed Memory Arose and Refuses to Die'
Memory Warp: How the Myth of Repressed Memory Arose and Refuses to Die by Mark Pendergrast addresses the existing knowledge based on repressed-memory and how this theory produced false memories of abuse. Mark Pendergrast presents scientific ...

A new generation's revolution: A teen reviews '#NeverAgain' book by Parkland survivors David and Lauren Hogg
The book alternates between Lauren's and David's perspectives and is both a memoir and a guide to activism. Their courage and dedication helped inspire March for Our lives, the national student-led movement to take action beyond offering “thoughts and ...

By Stuart Eizenstat
His new book, “President Carter: The White House Years,” is a large book, totaling 999 pages, including footnotes and index. For four years of an overall-failed presidency, we looked at this book with earnest. Here, we believed, would be a grand ...

Book Review: 'Give People Money'
In the last few years, the public policy idea of giving unconditional cash welfare to all needy citizens, or 'basic income', has grown from fringe blogs to a mainstream topic among the highest levels of American political establishment, especially ...

Review: Fiction author explores NY socialite's world
Historical fiction author Amber Brock explores the world of a New York socialite in her latest novel, “Lady Be Good.” The story follows status-obsessed Kitty Tessler and her quest to snag a wealthy man in 1950s New York City. When her hotel magnate ...

Book review: Southern fiction writer invites you to join in Lowcountry fun
Looking for a great book to take to the beach? Dorothea Benton Frank has outdone herself with “By Invitation Only.” If you are not familiar with her work, she writes charming, sassy fiction about the Lowcountry of South Carolina with all its quirks and ...

Book Review: Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke
Book Review: Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke. A double murder in an East Texas town draws a black Texas Ranger deep into the shadows of the Piney Woods and the tangled race relations there. Reviewed by Robert Faires, Fri., July 6, 2018 ...

Comic Book Review – Batman #50
Ricky Church reviews Batman #50… After building it up for a year, the big event is finally here as Batman and Catwoman prepare to get officially married. It's been a long time coming, but, as we just saw in the recent issues, a lot of outside forces ...

Comic Book Review – Star Wars #50
Ricky Church reviews Star Wars #50… Marvel has reached a fairly important milestone with it's Star Wars brand as the title reaches its 50th issue. Not only is it a celebratory issue, but it's a fairly big one as the story takes a turn for the worse ...

Basalt Library Book Review: 'There There' by Tommy Orange
There is a sadness in this book, though also humor, insight and a passionate call to examine our past. Although “There There” is a novel, it opens with a prologue of narrative nonfiction that is a searing reminder of the history of the past few hundred ...

Book review: 'Chasing Space,' will appeal to sports and science enthusiasts
“Chasing Space: Young Readers Edition,” by Leland Melvin (Amistad) was a great book. The book is about his remarkable life. Leland was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1964. He was an ordinary kid, went to church every Sunday, worked and did chores, ...

Book review: The Trial and Execution of the Traitor George Washington
(A little tidbit of history this reviewer wishes to note is that the last man to be hanged, drawn and quartered in England was David Tyrie in 1782, having been convicted of corresponding with the French.) Rosenberg blends historical persons with ...

Comic Book Review – Batman: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 2
Most stories featuring Bane are hit or miss as the character has never quite reached the heights of his comic book introduction in Knightfall, often coming across more as an angry brute than an intellectual threat. King's take on Bane is fairly nice as ...

The ad industry's nostalgia for the days of Don Draper
It is telling that one of the most prominent and memorable figures in Ken Auletta's new book, “Frenemies: The Epic Disruption of the Ad Business (and Everything Else),” is Don Draper, the fictional executive at the center of the celebrated television ...

Book Review: 'Fare Thee Well: The Final Chapter of the Grateful Dead's Long, Strange Trip'
The main thesis of the book focuses on Lesh and his wife Jill wresting control of the band. With Garcia gone, they took over, or at least attempted to take over, the band's operations. This occurred after both Leshes recovered from their respective ...

Book Review: Burt Walker's 'Status Schmo'
And while Walker's book is fiction, “[E]ach incident of government action in this book is based on actual cases that happened to real people in the United States.” Readers will be amazed. Even those who bring an already limited-government point-of-view ...

Stories seeking clarity of language
ANALYSIS/OPINION: GOOD TROUBLE: STORIES. By Joseph O'Neill. Alfred A. Knopf, $22, 176 pages. All the stories gathered in Joseph O'Neill's “Good Trouble” seem to be set in bright sunlight. This is not actually the case. While the Tuscan sun shines in ...

Book review: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore, by Matthew Sullivan
I've done my best here to show bits of the deliciousness without giving away any spoiler alert material in this novel that Kirkus Review called “intriguingly dark, twisty” and “a standout.” Indeed it is – don't miss it! NOTABLE BOOKS. Publisher's ...


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