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Book Review - "Lowellville, Ohio: Murders, Mayhem & More"
Roslyn Torella grew up in a little village in northeast Ohio situated on the Mahoning River called Lowellville. As a teenager, she was convinced that Lowellville was the most boring place on Earth. However, in 2013, Roslyn began researching the history ...

Book Review: 'Digital Marketing Analytics' by Chuck Hemann and Ken Burbary
Digital Marketing Analytics by Chuck Hemann and Ken Burbary gives explanations, tips and tools for using digital technologies in the marketing domain. The unending waves of innovative new platforms, tools, data sources, media distribution systems have ...

Book Review: LikeWar emphasizes how social media shapes modern battlefields and political climates
Thanks to the new book LikeWar by P.W. Singer and Emerson Brooking — two experts in social media, defense, and intelligence — we now have a better understanding of the role social media plays in global issues. From the rise of ISIS to the election of ...

BOOK REVIEW: Persistence pays off for Bear
In fact, the two eat blueberries and read a book together. But I do find myself puzzling about the bear who chooses to return after repeated rejection. The illustrations of Dan Taylor are wonderful. The large bear sits on the tiny chair of the boy's ...

Book review: Bury the Lead: A Joe Gunther novel — by Archer Mayor
(Minotaur Books). Joe Gunther and his crew, some a little worse for wear, some decidedly more romantically inclined than ever, are tasked with unraveling the underpinnings of two cases at once: the discovery of a deceased Jane Doe near a ski trail on ...

Book Review: Timeless: Nature's Formula for Health & Longevity
With Timeless, author Louis Cozolino, Ph.D., offers us additional insights into how to live not just longer, but healthier and happier lives. And his book suggests to me that the way to do it might be easier than modifying our diet or other behaviors ...

Book review: 'Legion' explores one of Brandon Sanderson's most interesting (and insane) characters yet
Like the mind of its titular hero, Sanderson's latest book is fragmented — one story told in three novellas. Loyal Sanderfans may have already read the first two novellas included in the book, "Legion" and "Skin Deep," both published in 2012 and 2014, ...

Book Review: 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
I really wanted to like Peterson and believed him capable of writing a good self-help book. He seems like a person I could learn something from, and we hold similar beliefs in some areas. But this is not a typical Psych Central book review. Rather, I ...

Book review: 'The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein'
While this book may be shelved in the Young Adult section, it's an equal delight for older readers who love the classic tale of evil science. “The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein” is the perfect creepy companion, if you're familiar with the ...

Leif Enger's fans have waited 10 years for 'Virgil Wander.' Was it worth it?
That ironic self-deprecation is pretty much the only thing Greenstone still manufactures, and it's a particular specialty of this book's narrator, Virgil Wander, who owns the local movie theater. A melancholy, Midwestern male, he describes himself as ...

Book Review: 'Just Mercy' for Young Adults
I reviewed Bryan Stevenson's well-known book Just Mercy on this station in March of 2015. I explained that Just Mercy is a gripping and painful narrative of challenging the judicial system in an Alabama that's very deeply entrenched in court-sanctioned ...

Book review: The National Book Foundation singles out the five best young writers in America
Think of it as the smallest, most prestigious fiction writers group in America: Every year, the National Book Foundation announces the winners of its 5 Under 35 award. Writers can't be nominated; they don't even know if they're being considered until ...

Book review: An unknown past
“A Dead Man Running” by Steve Hamilton, (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 288 pages, $28). Alex McKnight would rather be at home in the Upper Peninsula, sitting at the Glasgow Inn, drinking a real Molson, or plowing snow, or even doing a little “fugitive ...

'The Clockmaker's Daughter' is a ghost story with an expansive cast of characters
Everyone likes a good ghost story, and at its best, Kate Morton's “The Clockmaker's Daughter” is exactly that. The author of “The Lake House” and “The Distant Hours” has assembled all the familiar trappings: The titular character's death under ...

Whiskey Book Review: Whiskey Cocktails
The world is full of cocktail books. I myself have both received and gifted cocktail books, and the range of options means there's a cocktail book for every person and situation. And now, thanks to editor Tayler Bentley, there's another. Whiskey ...

Book Review | Stormy's Louisiana
The most well-known living person from Baton Rouge, Louisiana isn't Steven Soderbergh, the Academy Award-winning director, or CNN's Don Lemon or Randy Jackson, a judge for thirteen years on “American Idol.” It's not Bobby Jindal, the former two-term ...

Film Review: 'Venom'
In “Venom,” the spectacular but mostly derivative and generically plotted new comic-book origin story (it's the first installment of the Sony Universe of Marvel Characters), Tom Hardy is afflicted with an otherworldly force that invades his mind, his ...

'The Glass Ocean' book review: Mystery, espionage and love affairs aboard doomed Lusitania
In New York in 2013, bestselling author and historian Sarah Blake is stuck for ideas for her next book when she stumbles upon the belongings of her great-grandfather, who died when the Lusitania went down. Her discovery takes her across the Atlantic to ...

Book review: Author weaves two related stories in 'Sunrise Highway'
"Sunrise Highway" (Minotaur), by Peter Blauner. Forty years ago on Long Island, a teenage boy helped murder a young girl and then lied about who did it, sending an innocent black man to prison. Now, the killer is the chief of the largest police force ...

Book Review: New anthrology features unique outdoor-related miracles
The 112-page paperback book contains more than 20 stories penned by nine authors including Dr. Kent Hunter who has written more than 30 books; Russell Thornberry, author and former editor-in-chief of Buckmasters Whitetail magazine; and Joey Hancock, ...

Book Review: 'Screwnomics' by Rickey Gard Diamond
Vermonter Rickey Gard Diamond has taken up this subject with gusto in her recent book Screwnomics: How Our Economy Works Against Women and Real Ways to Make Lasting Change. Diamond is a founding editor of Vermont Woman, which began ...

Comic Book Reviews for This Week: 10/3/2018
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 ...

Book review | 'Everlasting Nora' is a heart-pounder
A kid's gotta do what a kid's gotta do. If it's your responsibility — real or perceived — you need to make things happen. You must take charge because doing so is an excellent sign of a good person and a good sign that you're growing up. Or, as in ...

Book review: No Hobbits, but Tolkien's first Middle-earth tale, 'The Fall of Gondolin,' a powerful tale
"FALL OF GONDOLIN," by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien, illustrated by Alan Lee, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 304 pages. In his 94th year, Christopher Tolkien presents readers with what he states will be the final volume of his father's ...

Book Review: From Slavery to Buffalo Soldier in Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen
What's most impressive about Sarah Bird's latest novel isn't just the fact that it resurrects the 150-year-old tale of the only female soldier to serve with the storied Buffalo Soldiers (based on what little documentation exists today), or that it's ...

Book Review: 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life' by Eric Idle
Eric Idle has been funny for a very long time. He gained fame almost 50 years ago playing pompous TV hosts and leering idiots as a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. While the original BBC TV show ran for only four seasons, it spawned a bunch of ...

Stray to Tent A Forever Home: A Book Review
What a glory! This book by Gary Clark is beautifully illustrated to raise children's awareness about homelessness in a positive, loving way. It says that it is for children from the ages of 5 to 8 but really, this is a book for everybody. Really, I ...

John F. Kennedy's assassination sets a thriller in motion in 'November Road'
The evolving relationship between Guidry and Charlotte forms the emotional centerpiece of the book, and Berney handles it all with delicacy and restraint. Ultimately, the novel stands or falls on Berney's ability to convince us that an amoral criminal ...

Book review: No Hobbits, but Tolkien's first Middle-earth tale, 'The Fall of Gondolin,' still a powerful tale
"FALL OF GONDOLIN," by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien, illustrated by Alan Lee, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 304 pages. In his 94th year, Christopher Tolkien presents readers with what he states will be the final volume of his father's ...

Review: 'Venom' is nothing for comic book fans to Marvel at
Let this serve as a warning: if the words “In association with” appear before the Marvel Studios logo on a movie's credits, there's every reason to be skeptical. Case in point: “Venom,” the latest entry into what's supposed to be the “Spider-Man ...

John Kerry's elite journey from Vietnam to presidential bid to secretary of state
The book's title, “Every Day Is Extra,” hints at a certain late-life humility, yet the memoir suffers from a lack of self-scrutiny on some fundamental political questions. This begins in the first few chapters, which focus on Kerry's ancestral history ...

9 New Books We Recommend This Week
“Women almost never become art monsters,” Jenny Offill wrote in her 2014 novel “Dept. of Speculation” (one of the Book Review's favorite novels that year), “because art monsters only concern themselves with art, never mundane things.” I don't know if ...

Book review: BYU professor Jared W. Ludlow's newest book provides great insight into the Apocrypha
Jared W. Ludlow, a BYU professor of ancient scripture and ancient Near Eastern Studies, has a new book, "Exploring the Apocrypha from a Latter-day Saint Perspective," that is an excellant resource for any member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter ...

Review: 'Venom' a campy comic book throwback
Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams don't so much star in "Venom" as they're held hostage by it. They're two of our finest actors, with five Oscar nominations between them, and they're stuck here in a second-tier superhero vehicle that doesn't know if it's ...

Book review: 'The Greatest Love Story Ever Told'
In their new book, actors and humorists Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman leave nothing off the table. "The Greatest Love Story Ever Told" describes their passionate marriage, acknowledges their non-traditional views of life and celebrates their ability ...

What we lose by reading 100000 words every day
A lifelong book lover who turned her fascination with reading into a career as a cognitive neuroscientist, she continues to explore how humans learned to do such an astonishing thing as read in the first place. Unlike sight and vision, as Wolf ...

The arguments that forged American Judaism
But as Steven R. Weisman details in his well-documented and compelling book, “The Chosen Wars: How Judaism Became an American Religion,” the result was an original version of an ancient faith and practice. Original versions, in fact. Weisman ...

The making of Black Lives Matter — and making it more inclusive
But in her recent book, “Making All Black Lives Matter: Reimagining Freedom in the 21st Century,” Barbara Ransby makes the case that these disparate events are woven together in a tableau of systemic and institutionalized racism. More important, she ...

Book Review: Weather Woman
I'm Connie Bennett with a book review of “Weather Woman” by Cai Emmons. I absolutely adored Eugene novelist Cai Emmon's enchanting new book, “Weather Woman,” from the independent publisher, Red Hen Press. The protagonist is Bronwyn Artair, ...

Book Review: Cherry
Cherry by first time author Nico Walker is a dark, graphic and brutally honest story of a young man and his unique path in life. The narrator recounts his journey through adulthood, from meeting the love of his life in college to serving as a medic in ...

Book review: 'Where Science Meets God' explores gospel doctrines vs. science
"WHERE SCIENCE MEETS GOD: 12 Ways Science Reinforces LDS Doctrine," by Scott R. Frazer**, Cedar Fort, $14.99, 192 pages (nf)**. In "Where Science Meets God: 12 Ways Science Reinforces LDS Doctrine," Utah author Scott R. Frazer,who has a ...

Book Review – “Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker: Incognito”
Due to the spy theme, I initially expected this book to feel more like Harriet the Spy, but it has very little in common. I missed out on the first volume, which was reviewed by Rebekah (check out her review here), but I found it easy to understand who ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Tinderbox'
You'll never forget that one night. The drinks were cold, the weather was warm, and you were out to have fun with friends you loved and those you hadn't yet met. You'll never forget the music, the lights, or the name of the bar—and if you did, as in ...

Book review: 'Desolation Mountain'
In William Kent Krueger's “Desolation Mountain,” a “Cork O'Connor” mystery series novel, Cork's son, Stephen, has been blessed or cursed, with the power of “visioning.” On occasion, he has dreams, visions of future happenings. He only realizes that he ...

Kate Atkinson on 'Transcription'
Subscribe: iTunes | Google Play Music | How to Listen. Juliet Armstrong, the protagonist of Kate Atkinson's new novel, “Transcription,” is 18 in 1940. “She's smart but she's naïve,” Ms. Atkinson says on this week's podcast. “She's very arch; she's a ...

Book Review: YA novel 'Charley's Horse' is rich in detail
"Charley's Horse," is a young adult novel by Judith Shaw of Great Barrington, formerly of Richmond, where she was a reporter for the Richmond Record. The novel was runner up, Best Young Adult Novel in the 2018 Maxy Award and won the bronze medal in ...

Book review: “How Do Fairies Have Fun in the Sun?”
In this most recent book, the narrator ponders how tiny magical creatures might celebrate the summer season. A whimsical pastel-hued world imagined by illustrator Hazel Mitchell unfolds on the book's pages. Fairies surf on birch bark boards and set ...

Book Review: 'The Next Republic'
As the title indicates, D.D. Guttenplan's new book, The Next Republic: The Rise of a New Radical Majority, is about how the fledgling progressive grassroots movement can achieve lasting change in Trump's America. Guttenplan writes about several current ...

Book review: 'The Coddling of the American Mind'
It is into this agitated situation that Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt step, with their book on those conditions that are “setting up a generation for failure”, as their typically American (and thus typically unconcise) subtitle has it. The title as ...

Book Review: 'Rushing the Floodgates of Heaven' by Nathan A. French
In Rushing the Floodgates of Heaven: For Those Who Are Thirsty!, Nathan French, a pastor in Washington State, provides a special look at the personal conversations he's had with God. French previously wrote It's NOT Meant to Be a Secret: God Wants to ...


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