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'Desolation Mountain' Book Review
It's dark, and scary, and it wakes you with pounding heart and dry mouth, a scream on your lips as your eyes slam open. It makes you afraid to go back to sleep. Like most dreams, it doesn't make any sense. And, as in the new thriller “ Desolation ...

Book Review All the Good Boys Go to Heaven
The appointment is on the books. It was made a long time ago, and you couldn't get out of it if you wanted to. Cancellation is impossible, rescheduling is not an option. One way or the other, you're booked and you will be there – even if, as in the new ...

Rise review: Not nearly as remarkable a book as it should be
Taking all that into account, a book deal seems inevitable. With Rise: Life Lessons in Speaking Out, Standing Tall & Leading The Way, Miller recounts her unbelievable journey, dealing with not only the Supreme Court case itself but the violently ...

Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll | Book Review
Jen Doll is a journalist who penned the column "YA for Adults" for Atlantic Wire as well as a much-hyped article for New York magazine titled "The Thirtysomething Teen: An Adult YA Addict Comes Clean," so it isn't surprising that her debut young adult ...

Book review: The Comeback: Elvis And The Story Of The 68 Special by Simon Goddard
“The same mystic power Michelangelo held in his hands, Elvis held in his windpipe”, writes Simon Goddard in The Comeback: Elvis and the Story of the 68 Special. “[It was] a power nobody should have been allowed to put a price on. But for the love of ...

Library activities and book review
Sept. 1–29. Library Card Sign-Up Month. It's Library Card Sign-Up Month. Go see all of the incredible things you can do with a library card at Mary Wood Weldon Memorial Library. As a bonus, all new card-holders who sign up in September will be entered ...

Book review: 'Marrakech Noir' edited by Yassin Adnan
Book review: 'Marrakech Noir' edited by Yassin Adnan. The fifteen stories in Marrakesh Noir are translated from Arabic, French, and Dutch, and the crimes within are suited to a city where extreme wealth and poverty brush shoulders ...

Book review: Hamilton's 'Dead Man Running' a compelling thriller
"Dead Man Running" by Steve Hamilton, Putnam, 304 pages. Former Detroit police officer Alex McKnight tangles with the FBI in Steve Hamilton's compelling thriller "Dead Man Running." AdChoices. ADVERTISING. inRead invented by Teads ...

Book review breakfast to be held
A new season of Book Review Breakfasts, presented by The New Century Club/Friends of the Library, will begin at 9:15 a.m. Thursday in the Bristol Court Dining Room at St. Andrew's, 1155 Indian Springs Road. Reserved, marked parking will be available at ...

My Granddaughter Helps With A Book Review!
Herald-Banner Arts & Enteratinment Contributor C. Derick Miller reviews another book by a Northeast Texas author – this time a children's book by Campbell resident David Canzoneri and illustrated by his daughter, Christina Darty. Miller's weekly Texas ...

Book review: Book explores weird, wonderful filmmaker David Lynch
“Room to Dream” by David Lynch and Kristine McKenna (Random House). The simplest avenue for beginning to understand filmmaker David Lynch might be found in a childhood friend's observation: “David's always had a cheerful disposition and sunny ...

Book review (fiction): 'Pieces of Her' by Karin Slaughter
It is not giving too much away — we learn this fairly early in the book — to report that 30 years earlier Laura Oliver, formerly concert pianist prodigy Jane Queller, was a member of a Weather Underground-like anarchist group called the Army of the ...

Book review: 'Lilac Girls'
Even with this romance, however, the book is a shining story that involves such a horrible time in our past. It brings light to the stories we overlook, forget and have trouble dealing with. It even forces us to examine what it must have been like to ...

Book review: Ready for a psychopath on the level of Hannibal Lecter? Check out 'Sunrise Highway'
“Sunrise Highway” by Peter Blauner (Minotaur, 338 pp., $27.99). Writing for television can be challenging and lucrative, but there are limits to how deep one can venture into the unpleasant realities of crime. In novels there are fewer limits. With his ...

Book review: 'Vox' explores world where women can't talk freely
“Vox” (Berkley), by Christina Dalcher. Can you imagine a time when women aren't allowed to speak more than 100 words per day? What if excessive communication results in increasingly painful shocks, training females to remain silent? Can the world ...

Book review: 'Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy' – and why their story still matters
The book is about young women coming of age at a time when a woman's appearance is valued more than her mind (some things never change). It doesn't reflect a perfect family but one on the verge of being torn apart. And if this story is a celebration of ...

Book review: 'You're on an Airplane' a charming flight of fancy for Parker Posey
Many movie-star memoirs have an air of artificiality. Some celebrities, eager to preserve their public personas, pull their punches or are less than candid. Still others write in collaboration with a co-author, lending the final product a slightly ...

Oklahoman book review: 'That's Not What Happened" by Kody Keplinger
"That's Not What Happened" by Kody Keplinger (Scholastic Press, 336 pages, in stores). Kody Keplinger's “That's Not What Happened” is an example of a young adult book that rises above a few problems in execution by being such a great idea in the first ...

Book Review | 'Ohio' by Stephen Markley: Debut novel ambitious, suspenseful
On a summer night in 2013, nine years after they attended high school together, four young people return to the fictional town of New Canaan, Ohio, halfway between Cleveland and Columbus. Stephen Markley's ambitious and suspenseful first novel devotes ...

Book Review: Living with Hacktivism – From Conflict to Symbiosis by Vasileios Karagiannopoulos
In his first book, Vasileios Karagiannopoulos, Senior Lecturer in Law and Cybercrime at the University of Portsmouth, revives hacktivist debates and examines the norms and laws that regulate this digital conduct. The author defines hacktivism rather ...

BOOK REVIEW: Lincoln's Last Trial by Dan Abrams & David Fisher
While the Dekle book chronicled all of the Lincoln murder trials, including the Harrison trial, “Lincoln's Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency” focuses entirely on the Harrison case. Dan Abrams is best known as being the ...

Book Review: A Sag Harbor Baseball Star's Memoir—”I'm Keith Hernandez”
Hernandez makes it clear from the beginning that his book won't be just another baseball tell-all. He strives, in his well-written, conversational style, to make it more than that, to make it an insightful and compelling look into not only the world of ...

Compass Rose By Anna Burke Book Review
The first novel by Anna Burke, and what a great start. Set in 2513 this dystopian fantasy, in the lesbian pirate sub-genre, was hard to put down. Imagine a world where the ice has melted, all that's left are Archipelagos of land, food is scarce ...

Book review: An eye-opening examination of Daesh in Khorasan
BEIRUT: Written by one of the top experts on Daesh's insurgency in Afghanistan and Pakistan, this book is an eye-opener. Drawing on interviews and research, author Antonio Giustozzi sheds light on the composition, structure and establishment of Wilayat ...

The Stylist is a red carpet romp that doesn't quite hit the best-dressed list: EW review
The book is a sparkling peek inside the world of Hollywood stylists and the bonkers maneuverings it takes to get a star onto the best-dressed lists. Amber is a funny, neurotic, relatable heroine, with whom readers will instantly want to share a glass ...

Book Review — “Star Wars: Most Wanted”
Assuming that you've seen Solo, I don't believe it is spoiling anything to hint at the fact that the two end up as friends by the end of the book, so it should also not surprise anyone to say that they were not always friends. They were acquaintances ...

A service monkey gives a disabled man a new lease on life
The book, which is intimately focused on the Wheeler household, opens with the arrival of Ottoline, a capuchin monkey trained to serve as Duncan's hands. Ottoline is Laura's idea, an idea Duncan initially resists. “He wanted to prove her wrong,” Weber ...

John Kerry Recounts a Life Full of Incident (and a Few Regrets) in 'Every Day Is Extra'
This book lingers, for several intense chapters, on Kerry's experience in Vietnam. He enlisted in the Navy in 1966 and saw serious action on Vietnamese rivers. He earned three Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star and a Silver Star for his valor. He lost close ...

Book Review: 'Boats Against The Current'
What's it going to be folks, Great Neck or Westport? We're talking about the setting of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. In the decades following its publication in 1925 – to mixed reviews, it should be said – this now celebrated, adored and ...

Why 'Putinism' may last but can't succeed
If books were sold by the pound, Brian Taylor's slender, concise volume on Russia under Vladimir Putin would be overpriced. With only 209 pages of actual text, it is a fraction of the length of many windier, weightier academic books that say more while ...

Book review: 'Vox'
”Vox” (Berkley), by Christina Dalcher. Can you imagine a time when women aren't allowed to speak more than 100 words per day? What if excessive communication results in increasingly painful shocks, training females to remain silent? Can the world ...

'Sadie' book review: Courtney Summers' layered, realistic thriller stays with you
Sadie by Courtney Summers tells the story of a girl who is willing to go to any length to find her sister's killer. Here's our review! If you're looking for a feel-good book to gently lull you to sleep at night, Sadie is not for you. If you're looking ...

Pacific Book Review Says Children's Book 'Warriors Eat Alphabet Soup' is a Must-Have for Any Child Dealing With a ...
Pacific Book Review Says Children's Book 'Warriors Eat Alphabet Soup' is a Must-Have for Any Child Dealing With a ...

Book Review: 'The Man Who Came Uptown'
Right off the bat, we are introduced to Michael Hudson, a convict; and Anna, a prison librarian. They strike up a friendship over books, seeing each other weekly. Anna's success at matching prisoners with the books they read spills over into a prison ...

Bob Woodward's new book reveals a 'nervous breakdown' of Trump's presidency
John Dowd was convinced that President Trump would commit perjury if he talked to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. So, on Jan. 27, the president's then-personal attorney staged a practice session to try to make his point. In the White House ...

Book review: Author keeps 'The Other Woman' on a brisk path
The other woman isn't an ex-girlfriend, a new affair or an obsessive stalker — though Emily Havistock might welcome any of those rivals for the affections of Adam Banks. Instead, the conniving woman who wants to keep Adam all to herself is the one ...

Book Review: 'Small Fry' more than a Steve Jobs story
But the book is more than the missing piece of the Steve Jobs puzzle. It's a story of a girl growing up in 1980s and '90s California trying to fit into two very different families and not belonging in either. It's the story of her single mother trying ...

Book Review: 'Small Fry' more than a Steve Jobs story
But the book is more than the missing piece of the Steve Jobs puzzle. It's a story of a girl growing up in 1980s and '90s California trying to fit into two very different families and not belonging in either. It's the story of her single mother trying ...

Book Review: You Are Not A Rock
No one wants to feel sad, angry, lonely, or anxious, but by avoiding those feelings, we may only make things worse. In You Are Not A Rock: A Step-By-Step Guide to Better Mental Health (For Humans), Mark Freeman encourages readers to feel feelings ...

Woodward: Gary Cohn Prevented Trade-Agreement Withdrawal by Removing Letter from Trump's Desk
In his upcoming book “Fear,” a copy of which was obtained by the Washington Post, Woodward claims Cohn “stole a letter off Trump's desk” that if sent would have officially withdrawn the U.S. from the Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS). Cohn, then chief ...

Book review: London cop with family issues debuts in 'Sweet Little Lies'
To say that Cat Kinsella has father issues is an understatement, as British author Caz Frear explores in this outstanding debut about a fractured family. “Sweet Little Lies” is a confident first novel that succinctly melds the police procedural with ...

Book review: 'Baby's First Felony' finds bumbling investigator in the hot seat
Baby's First Felony' By John Straley. Soho Crime, 272 pages, $25.95. It's been 17 years since John Straley explored the adventures of investigator Cecil Younger. “Baby's First Felony” heralds a most welcome, though flawed, return of the investigator ...

New book shows how Apple makes great software [Review]
When Steve Jobs died in 2011, pundits wondered how the company would continue to make great products without him. The question is partly answered by programmer Ken Kocienda's new book, Creative Selection, which describes his 15 years working at ...

Book review club resumes meetings
On the first Wednesday of each month, September through May, the Ex Libris Book Review Club meets at the Family Life Center, 300 W. Comanche St. Free parking is offered. A paid reviewer takes each member on a journey through a biography or novel by ...

5 Takeaways From Bob Woodward's Book on the Trump White House
WASHINGTON — A new book by Bob Woodward, the longtime Washington Post reporter, portrays a White House with relentless infighting and a work culture so toxic and volatile that many of President Trump's top advisers and cabinet members became ...

In 'Fear,' Bob Woodward Pulls Back the Curtain on President Trump's 'Crazytown'
Nothing in Bob Woodward's sober and grainy new book, “Fear: Trump in the White House,” is especially surprising. This is a White House that has leaked from Day 1. We knew things were bad. Woodward is here, like a state trooper knocking on the door at 3 ...

Book review: Compliance lessons of fusing brand and culture
When I started My Compliance Library column, I wanted to have a certain amount of “randomness” around the books I selected, which so far have covered works addressing behavioral risk and corruption in China. In this edition, I will share my reflections ...

Comic Book Reviews for This Week: 9/5/2018
Welcome to this week in comic book reviews! The staff has come together to read and review nearly everything released today. It isn't completely comprehensive, but includes just about everything from DC and Marvel with the important books from the ...

Book Review: That Which Doesn't Kill Us
In their new book, That Which Doesn't Kill Us: How One Couple Became Stronger at the Broken Places Charlie and Linda Bloom, who are also the authors of Happily Ever After…and 39 Other Myths About Love, present a raw, unedited, and insightful look at ...

Small Fry offers complicated portrait of Steve Jobs as a father [Review]
Lisa was mentioned in Isaacson's book, but she refused to give an interview for it. (She has since said she didn't trust him.) She did speak with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin for the Steve Jobs movie, although that is not exactly the most accurate ...


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