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The Queer Eye Cast React to The Launch of Their New Book
The cast of “Queer Eye” says they were “blown away” by the response to their new book, and are hoping the project will inspire people and impact lives, as an organic extension of their hit Netflix show. Released earlier this month, the hardcover coffee ...

Book Review: A Compelling Study of 1968, the Ivies and the Nation
I studied American literature and biography, the first step in my long career as a book reviewer. I have often thought, though, that the best thing about that wonderful year was the ticket the Nieman office gave me (and several others in my class) to ...

Book Review: A War of Loves
The cover design for David Bennett's new book A War of Loves is striking. The reader's eye is immediately drawn to the rainbow stripes in the background, and in the foreground, a fist closed around a sign bearing the book's title. A closer look reveals ...

Book review: Joyce Carol Oates views past via future in latest novel
"Hazards of Time Travel" by Joyce Carol Oates; Ecco;. In Joyce Carol Oates' future America, history and free thought are off-limits. Thus, high school senior Adriane Strohl is arrested for treasonous speech when it's revealed that her valedictory ...

BOOK REVIEW: The Atlanta Rhythm Section by Willie G. Moseley
Readers will find more than 120 photos spread throughout the book from the band's past which included a gig as back-up for rock legend Roy Orbison. In “The Atlanta Rhythm Section: The Authorized History,” Moseley tells the band's story in an engaging, ...

BOOK REVIEW: What will you get for Christmas this year?
For an adult who likes quick, painless novels at a time when reading might feel like a luxury, author Mary Monroe offers a book that's easy to grab and finish. “Remembrance” is as uncomplicated as they come, which is nice when your mind is on other ...

Library activities and book review
Dec. 1 – 19. Read For a Wreath. For every five books checked out from Nov. 19 to Dec. 19, you will be entered in a drawing to win a holiday wreath. Audiobooks and e-books count! The wreaths have been decorated by local organizations and will hang in ...

Book Review: 'Of Another Time And Place' By Brad Schaeffer
The book is described as a "a novel about love, redemption, and two young lovers separated by war and desperate to survive the unparalleled violence consuming their war-torn nation. It is the story of a country gone astray, mesmerized by their mad ...

Book review: Selby's 'Meade' reconsiders commander's Civil War reputation
In this book, one is often struck by the constant references to Meade's letters to his wife, in which he poured out his soul, lamenting the lack of recognition for his many worthy accomplishments, and concomitant pummeling for apparent failure to ...

Book review: A 'Talented Mr. Ripley' pursues literary fame in 'A Ladder to the Sky'
Millions know Boyne from his young-adult book about the Holocaust, "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas," and the film adaptation directed by Mark Herman. But this new novel for adults - his 11th - is written in an entirely different register. "A Ladder to ...

Book review: 'Capitalism in America'
“Capitalism in America: A History” by Alan Greenspan and Adrian Wooldridge. Penguin Press. 486 pp. $35. Review provided by The Washington Post. The world as a whole is much richer than it was three centuries ago. And the United States is the richest ...

Book review: 'The Pisces'
If ever there was a book outside my comfort zone, it was this one. The premise of it initially sounded like something I would greatly enjoy. Lucy is an academic working on her dissertation when she and her boyfriend flame out. It ends badly; Lucy tries ...

Book review: Harrowing tale of a girl who just wants to learn
EDUCATED. Author: Tara Westover. Data: Random House, 332 pages, $28. We think of excellent writers as being avid readers from a young age. We believe they have inhaled words that become the fabric of their being. But books were not held in high ...

Book review - All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah
Today is the start of Hanukkah and is the perfect time to talk about “All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah,” written by Emily Jenkins and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky. This is a picture book about a family of five daughters living in New York City in 1912 ...

Book review | 'First Comes Marriage': Alluring, enlightening memoir explores different iterations of love
Huda al-Marashi was 6 years old when she met Hadi Ridha, the boy her family expected her to marry in their close-knit Iraqi-American community in California. Whether to have an arranged marriage or an American love story forms the core of “First Comes ...

Oklahoman book review: Harry Bosch is back in 'Dark Sacred Night'
The Michael Connelly book released each fall is the highlight of my reading year. I will always love Harry Bosch, star of 21 crime procedurals now. As long as Connelly keeps writing him, I'll keep reading him. Harry is old now. He limps, painfully. The ...

Book review | 'Night of Miracles': Familiar friends back in small-town tale
Elizabeth Berg's new novel is a feel-good affirmation of life and love, but edgier and more interesting than the scripts one finds on the Hallmark Channel. “Night of Miracles,” published last month, returns characters from Berg's 2017 novel, “The Story ...

'Dragon Quest Illustrations' Book Review: A Glorious Celebration Of Akira Toriyama's Artistic Talent
Overall, this is a lovely book for a series of games that deserves far more recognition than it currently receives. Not only for what it did for role-playing games in general but also the sheer wondrous talent of Akira Toriyama when it comes to the ...

Book Review: The Oxford Handbook of Electoral Systems edited by Erik S Herron, Robert J Pekkanen and Matthew S ...
Book Review: The Oxford Handbook of Electoral Systems edited by Erik S Herron, Robert J Pekkanen and Matthew S ...

BOOK REVIEW: Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em by Joel R. Bius
A book on cigarette rationing in the military?” be prepared for an intriguing read. Bius notes the American military-industrial complex has been instrumental in the development of everything from nuclear submarines and strategic missiles to armor ...

Book review, signing: New book offers fresh take on Gary/Chicago resident, Nelson Algren
“Many of his books were set in Wicker Park where I grew up, which intrigued me,” says Wisniewski, noting that though Algren's novels are about shady characters, drug addicts, grifters, drifters and those on the margins of society, she found his writing ...

Book review: 'Impossible Owls' by Brian Phillips
The book of essays begins with Out in the Great Alone, an account of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, which begins every year in early March from Anchorage in “what might,” Phillips muses, “be the least spectator-friendly sporting event. To follow the ...

What's behind a recent rise in books coverage?
The Times' book coverage used to operate out of three different departments—the business desk, the culture desk, and the Book Review. Now, it is centralized under the stewardship of editor Pamela Paul, who attributes the change, in great part, to the ...

'Mowgli' Review: Welcome to the Jungle (Book)
“The jungle is eternal,” purrs a panther — the second most charismatic black panther to hit screens in 2018, for those of you keeping count — to his “little brother,” a boy with limpid eyes and long back hair. This large, nurturing feline is ...

Review: Lenovo Yoga Book C930
The original was a true novelty that received middling reviews, perhaps because pundits weren't entirely sure what to make of the thing and didn't want to end up on the wrong side of history should it actually take off. And now, come 2018, the Yoga ...

Book review: 'Crisis, Collapse, Militarism and Civil War: The History and Historiography of 18th Century Iran'
View related content: Middle East. Most who delve into Iran's history skip from the Safavid (1501-1722) to the Qajar dynasty (1794-1925). Editor Axworthy cites the late British academic and diplomat Sir Roger Stevens who quipped that the period in ...

Book review: 'The Future of Iran's Past: Nizam al-Mulk Remembered'
Book review: 'The Future of Iran's Past: Nizam al-Mulk Remembered'. View related content: Middle East. Nizam al-Mulk (1018-92), vizier—roughly prime minister—at the height of the Seljuk dynasty, has been considered the most famous politician and ...

Book review: "Prescription for Bankruptcy — A doctor's perspective on America's failing health care system and how ...
Book review: "Prescription for Bankruptcy — A doctor's perspective on America's failing health care system and how ...

Book review: 'The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein' clever, compelling reimagining of horror classic
“The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein” does justice to its source, but with a modern, feminist sensibility. Author Kiersten White devises some shocking twists, keeping the suspense high on two different timelines. Reading the original book ...

Milkman by Anna Burns Man Booker winner released in U.S. book ...
Milkman by Anna Burns Man Booker winner released in U.S. book ...

Book Review: It's OK with Me: Hollywood, the 1970s, and the Return of the Private Eye, by Jason Bailey
In his short book It's OK with Me: Hollywood, the 1970s, and the Return of the Private Eye, Bailey turns his focus to the revisionist noir of New Hollywood, where the once self-assured PI becomes an anachronism, adhering to an outdated code amid the ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Einsatzgruppen' by Gerry Van Tonder
ANALYSIS/OPINION: EINSATZGRUPPEN: NAZI DEATH SQUADS, 1939-1945. By Gerry Van Tonder. Pen and Sword, $22.95, 128 pages. The Islamic State (ISIS) is notorious for its videotaped death squad executions of its captured Western hostages in Iraq ...

REVIEW: Phenomenal film 'Green Book' held back by unexplored themes
“Green Book” is a film inspired by the true story of two men, an Italian-American bouncer and an African-American musician, as they make their way around the deep American South in the 1960s. There are prominent tensions between the two men over their ...

Times Critics' Top Books of 2018
Below, The New York Times's three daily book critics — Dwight Garner, Parul Sehgal and Jennifer Szalai — share their thoughts about their favorites among the books they reviewed this year, each list alphabetical by author. — John Williams, Daily ...

Review: 'Green Book'
For my money, the best Philly cheese steaks are made with Cheez Whiz. Green Book is movie Cheez Whiz. It's light, pleasant, comfortable and almost completely devoid of any nutritional value. But boy is it tasty. It's probably a little disorienting to ...

'Milkman' — one of the most challenging books of the year — is also one of the most rewarding
It's customary to bury such warnings at the end of a review in the vain hope of inspiring interest before the truth comes out, but I figure, why play coy with such a remarkable novel? Lovers of modernist fiction by William Faulkner, Virginia Woolf ...

This new 'Jungle Book' movie is just as stunning as the recent Disney one — just don't take your kids
Rating: The road to the release of “Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle” has been a long and winding one. Although technically it's the directorial debut of Andy Serkis, the actor known primarily for motion-capture roles, this hybrid of live action and motion ...

Book Review: Seeroon Yeretzian's 'An Unholy Revolution'
It is indeed impossible to reconcile the photograph of the smiling woman standing tall next to her “Words to the Reader” on the front page of her newly released book, Evolution Is My Revolution (ABRIL Books, 2018) and the real-life woman we witness ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Seventeen: A Novel' by Hideo Yokoyama
This book is a great reminder: The media is made of people, and all journalistic truth is filtered through systems like these. Overall, “Seventeen” suffers from a certain dryness that will be off-putting to many readers. Thrillers are often carried by ...

Book Review: “Boy Erased”
Boy Erased treads a dangerous line between safe and rough waters when it comes down to opening up about sexual orientation in a fundamentally religious household. While in reading some parts of the book, my heart broke for Garrad Conley, the author, ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Dopesick' is a personal look at the opioid epidemic
There are books that need to be written, and books we need to read even though it hurts. “Dopesick” is one of those—a book that will change you. Beth Macy tells the story of what OxyContin has done to the people of central Appalachia. A reporter for ...

Book review: 'Remembrance'
For an adult who likes quick, painless novels at a time when reading might feel like a luxury, author Mary Monroe offers a book that's easy to grab and finish. “Remembrance” is as uncomplicated as they come, which is nice when your mind is on other ...

Book Review: Becoming - Michelle Obama
Wise and revelatory, Becoming is an intimate book that issues us a challenge: who are we and what do we want to become? As Michelle writes: “Your story is what you have, what you will always have, it is something to own.” So if you are sick of the ...

Book Review: 'Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Life in Contemporary Palestine'
Think about Palestine, and likely what comes to your mind is conflict. Destruction from bombs, strapped to suicidal individuals or conveyed on rockets. Stone-throwers and snipers. Blockades and boycotts. In his book “Pay No Heed to the Rockets ...

Comic Book Reviews for This Week: 12/5/2018
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 ...

'Come With Me': Love in the time of technology
More time could be spent on Jack and Lily, for example, whose relationship defines the book in an important way, but who become something of a sad joke, especially once Lily “attends” a funeral via Skype. Then again, maybe Schulman does not mean it as ...

Book review | 'Library Book' investigates LA library fire
Row upon row of books awaits you, each representing a fact to learn, a crime to solve, a future to visit, a place to explore, or a life to share. Your local library holds old tales and new stories but in “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean, it can hold ...

Book Review: Mark Leibovich's Endlessly Entertaining "Big Game"
This memory came to mind while reading New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich's (author of the very excellent This Town, among others) highly entertaining new book, Big Game: The NFL In Dangerous Times. Leibovich was discussing former NFL ...

Michelle Obama: By the Book
The former first lady, whose new memoir is “Becoming,” admires Zadie Smith's novel “White Teeth” for its complexity and humor: “Even if a book takes on serious topics, I think it should still be fun to read.” What books are on your nightstand? I've ...

Book Review: “Pirata” by Patrick Hasburgh
Patrick Hasburgh's latest novel, “Pirata,” is the newest testament to his skills as a storyteller. From “Aspen Extreme” and “21 Jump Street” (TV series) to his first novel, “Aspen Pulp,” the arc of successful projects created, written and directed by ...


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