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InDesign CC 2014 review: Better e-book tools, easier workflows

PC World – 2014-07-31

In reviews of previous versions of InDesign, the looming question was always, “Is this version worth the cost of the upgrade or can I skip it?” But with Adobe’s switch to the Creative Cloud...

Review: ‘The Confessions of Frances Godwin,’ by Robert Hellenga

The Washington Post – 2014-08-01

The worldwide success of the “Harry Potter” series has led to a great emphasis on young adult crossover novels in contemporary publishing. For years, teen wizards, warriors, werewolves and...

Asus Transformer Pad TF103C review: This hybrid is better for fun than work

PC World – 2014-08-01

I enjoyed the Windows-based Transformer Book T100 I tested a few months ago, so I was excited to see how its Android-powered sibling would stack up. The engineers at Asus engineers have now proven...

Book review: ‘The Invisible Bridge,’ fall of Nixon and rise of Reagan, by Rick Perlstein

The Washington Post – 2014-08-02

You can learn a lot by reading newspapers, especially if you have helped write them. Frederick Lewis Allen was a journalist of the 1920s who became a book author by taking what he and other...

Book review: ‘Washington Journal,’ reporting Watergate, by Elizabeth Drew

The Washington Post – 2014-08-02

Elizabeth Drew’s writing never gets old. Nearly 50 years ago, her meticulous, skeptical reporting for the Atlantic exposed the lovers’ embrace between Congress and Big Tobacco. Her book...

Review: 'The Invisible Bridge' by Rick Perlstein

Chicago Tribune – 2014-08-02

It's a cliché. The college professor asks for a show of hands. How many of you know about the Vietnam war? Nobody. Watergate? A sprinkling. (Maybe they saw the movie with Robert Redford on Netflix.)...

Review: 'Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage' by Haruki Murakami

Chicago Tribune – 2014-08-06

"Poets die adolescents," Robert Lowell wrote, and it's supposed to be romantic. Personally I think it sounds like hell. Just imagine: never growing out of your teenage rawness to the world, your...

Yelp lied about review policies to inflate stock price, lawsuit claims

GigaOM – 2014-08-07

A class action lawsuit against Yelp could help determine if rumors about the company's ad practices, which have never been proven, are true. Yelp lied about review policies to inflate stock price,...

Review: 'The Magician's Land' by Lev Grossman

Chicago Tribune – 2014-08-08

At the beginning of "The Magician's Land," the last in Lev Grossman's otherworldly and excellent "Magicians" trilogy, our hero finds himself in a crappy strip-mall bookstore in New Jersey, awaiting a...

Review: ‘I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You,” by Courtney Maum

The Washington Post – 2014-08-08

Courtney Maum’s first novel, “I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You,” is a publicist’s dream. Its snappy title promises ironic humor, and it leaves one wondering if the “I” will end up...

Review: Out of Print, a Film by Vivienne Roumani

Publishing Perspectives – 2014-08-08

Out of Print, the film documentary by Vivienne Roumani about the state-of-affairs in the book business and the culture of reading in America circa 2013, is worth seeking out.

Book review: ‘Blue Mind,’ on the benefits of being near water, by Wallace J. Nichols

The Washington Post – 2014-08-09

As I look up from the pages of this book, there’s nothing between me and the horizon but water. The only sounds are the hypnotic hiss of stones as they are dragged back by waves and the occasional...

Review: ‘Before, During, After,’ by Richard Bausch

The Washington Post – 2014-08-13

The production of 9/11 literature has slowed from those hectic days in 2006 when we were getting hit by a new terrorism book every six hours, but the attacks on the World Trade Center and our...

Apps are nice but books are better: How to read to your kid in a digital age (book review)

GigaOM – 2014-08-18

In Born Reading, Jason Boog offers concrete tips on how to get better at reading -- and using technology -- with your child. Apps are nice but books are better: How to read to your kid in a digital...

After new plagiarism allegations, Time magazine will review Zakaria’s work again

Poynter. – 2014-08-20

Our Bad Media Time magazine will review Fareed Zakaria’s work after Twitter users @blippoblappo and @crushingbort accused the CNN journalist of lifting from a variety of publications,...

Review: ‘The Narrow Road in the Deep North,’ by Richard Flanagan

The Washington Post – 2014-08-20

Beware Richard Flanagan’s new novel, “The Narrow Road to the Deep North.” His story about a group of Australian POWs during World War II will cast a shadow over your summer and draw you away...

Samsung Galaxy S4 Nook Review

Publishers Weekly – 2014-08-21

The Galaxy S4 Nook is a full-functioning Android tablet with a handful of extra Nook software to enhance the book reading (and, even more so, book buying) experience.

Kill the Bookends column: Why the New York Times Book Review’s most frustrating feature has to go

Salon.com – 2014-08-21

Sure, Bookends seems harmless enough. But it actually represents the worst impulses of today's critical culture

Review: 'Adultery' by Paulo Coelho

Chicago Tribune – 2014-08-22

The Swiss narrator of Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho's latest novel introduces herself as a woman with little cause for complaint — beyond a faked orgasm or two. In her 30s, Linda has a rich...

Review: 'Diary of the Dark Years, 1940-1944' by Jean Guéhenno

Chicago Tribune – 2014-08-22

Paris in August is a city turned over to visitors. The locals are on vacation, their numbers replaced by sunburned tourists taking selfies at the Eiffel Tower and, perhaps, ordering a "Cheese Max"...

Huawei Ascend Mate2 review: A big phone that’s an even bigger value

GigaOM – 2014-08-24

Only have $300 to spend on an off-contract phone? If you don't mind a large handset, Huawei's Ascend Mate2 is worth the look. It has some advanced features, a solid camera and a massive battery along...

New York Review Of Books Critic Apologizes For Error In Zaha Hadid Takedown

Fast Company – 2014-08-26

Whoops.Last week architect Zaha Hadid demanded that the New York Review of Books retract a June essay by critic Martin Filler, claiming that the "personal attack disguised as a book review" had...

Liberio review: Turn your Google Docs into a published ebook

PC World – 2014-08-27

Now that eBooks have enabled anyone to be a published author, more would-be scribes are submitting their work directly through digital storefronts like Kindle Direct Publishing. Yet even with this...

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook review: good for reading, but hardly the best budget tablet

Engadget – 2014-08-28

There was a time when Barnes & Noble was so big, so dominating, that even Tom Hanks managed to look like a jerk when he played a book-chain executive. But times have changed, and as people began...

Review: ‘Feminism Unfinished’ by Dorothy Sue Cobble, Linda Gordon and Astrid Henry

The Washington Post – 2014-08-29

Elaine Showalter is professor emerita of English and humanities at Princeton University. She is writing a biography of Julia Ward Howe. ‘I am not a postfeminism feminist. I am the Third Wave,”...

Book review: ‘On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City,’ by Alice Goffman

The Washington Post – 2014-08-29

The dramatic rise of incarceration rates among African Americans since the 1970s has become more visible in mainstream culture partly because of television shows like the widely popular HBO series...

Formlabs Form 1+ review: a workhorse for 3D printer users who care about quality

GigaOM – 2014-08-31

The Form 1+ was up and running within five minutes of coming out of its box. It's a beautiful and surprisingly easy to use option for an SLA 3D printer. Formlabs Form 1+ review: a workhorse for 3D...

Review, ‘Football: Great Writing about the National Sport,’ edited by John Schulian

The Washington Post – 2014-09-03

“A rude and brainless subculture of fascist drunks,” Hunter S. Thompson wrote of sportswriters covering the 1973 Super Bowl. Thompson’s full-gonzo assault on his erstwhile peers remains far...

Review: ‘The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone,’ by Adele Griffin

The Washington Post – 2014-09-03

This intricate, intoxicating novel by two-time National Book Award finalist Adele Griffin opens with a photo of a stunning girl named Addison Stone and a newspaper article announcing her death, at...

Review: ‘The Family Romanov,’ by Candace Fleming

The Washington Post – 2014-09-03

Candace Fleming’s latest book has the elements of an overheated dystopian thriller — political repression, malevolent figures, a protracted war, endangered children — but no prospect of a...

Yelp does not “extort” by trading review placements for ad contracts, appeals court rules

GigaOM – 2014-09-03

Does Yelp manipulate reviews based on whether a business buys advertising? There's no proof it does but, in an important decision, an appeals court found that Yelp has the right do so if it...

Review: Acer Chromebook 13 with Nvidia chip is a solid, full HD contender

GigaOM – 2014-09-04

Acer and Nvidia have teamed up on the Chromebook 13 which comes in a 1080p option. After extensive use, I'm impressed with the design and battery life but left wanting just a bit more when it comes...

The Economist Is Sorry About Its 'Not All Slave Masters' Book Review

The Atlantic Wire – 2014-09-05

The Economist retracts its review of a non-fiction book on slavery after being criticized for arguing that it's somehow biased to acknowledge that slaves were victims of ......

How not to respond to a bad review

The Guardian – 2014-09-05

Stephan J Harper's litany of angry comments about a critic is a textbook demonstration of the reasons why wounded writers should keep shtumIf it's not the craziest response ever by a novelist to a...

Review: 'This Changes Everything' by Naomi Klein

Chicago Tribune – 2014-09-12

If global warming is a worldwide wake-up call, we're all pretty heavy sleepers. It's telling that 20 years after the United Nations acknowledged the threat of human-driven climate change, we're still...

Review: ‘A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing,’ by Eimear McBride

The Washington Post – 2014-09-17

Americans finally have a chance to see what all the fuss is about over Eimear McBride’s “A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing.” Its success has the makings of a minor literary legend. The Irish...

Yardley: Book review: ‘Censors at Work: How States Shaped Literature,’ by Robert Darnton

The Washington Post – 2014-09-20

In this provocative study of censorship as it was practiced in three different places at three different times, the distinguished scholar Robert Darnton argues that it can be a considerably subtler...

REVIEW: 'Tennessee Williams' by John Lahr

Chicago Tribune – 2014-09-20

Any biographer entering a crowded field — and the life and work of the great playwright Tennessee Williams is hardly virgin territory, given the confessional diaries, the innumerable extant...

China regulator says iPhone 6 in final review stages: Tencent

Reuters – 2014-09-23

BEIJING (Reuters) - Apple Inc's iPhone 6 is in the final stages of review for approval, with results due shortly, a top Chinese government regulator said in an interview published on Tuesday by...

Review: Hip Hop-eration

Stuff – 2014-09-25

According to The Guinness Book of Records the oldest dance troupe in the world live in New Zealand.

Review: ‘Ray Bradbury Unbound’ by Jonathan R. Eller

The Washington Post – 2014-09-25

For most of us, if a Great White Whale entered our life and changed it forever, the experience would be metaphorical. Not so for Ray Bradbury. In 1953, Bradbury was approached by the director John...

Review: 'Nora Webster' by Colm Tóibín

Chicago Tribune – 2014-09-26

I don't know of anyone writing now who has handled the subtleties of predicament and a woman's inner life with as much skill as Colm Tóibín has in his last three novels, "Brooklyn," "The Testament...

Review: 'Not That Kind of Girl' by Lena Dunham

Chicago Tribune – 2014-09-25

I came to Lena Dunham, appropriately enough, at my therapist's office. I was paging through the Aug. 13, 2012, issue of The New Yorker, waiting to begin my weekly session of labored oversharing, when...

Karl Miller, founding editor of London Review of Books, dies at 83

The Guardian – 2014-09-25

Literary world praises Miller for his intelligence, wit and literary acumen, and lasting pride in his Scottish rootsKarl Miller, founding editor of the London Review of Books, critic and...

Yardley: Book review: ‘In Search of the Perfect Loaf,’ a home baker’s quest, by Samuel Fromartz

The Washington Post – 2014-09-27

Samuel Fromartz made his way to his current standing as one of Washington’s leading self-described “bread nerds” by a circuitous route. His first job, in 1985, was for Reuters, the news agency,...

Review: ‘Eyes Wide Open,’ by Paul Fleischman

The Washington Post – 2014-10-01

Prompted by the disturbingly regular sight of dead bees on his driveway, Paul Fleischman has done our beleaguered planet a kindness: He’s inspected its environmental ills and given the next...

Review: ‘The Witch’s Boy,’ by Kelly Barnhill

The Washington Post – 2014-10-01

The last of the world’s magic is tricky and dangerous. It enables Sister Witch to vanquish death with a sewing needle and the Bandit King to rise to power, but it also causes their respective...

Review: ‘The Farmer and the Clown,’ by Marla Frazee

The Washington Post – 2014-10-01

Lost in one corner of a vast sepia-toned vista, a bearded farmer forks up a load of hay while a swirl of black crows circles overhead. It’s a lonely unbroken landscape. Lovers of the Caldecott...

Review: 'A Brief History of Seven Killings' by Marlon James

Chicago Tribune – 2014-10-03

"A Brief History of Seven Killings," the third novel by Kingston-born author Marlon James, opens in Jamaica on Dec. 2, 1976. One of the first characters we meet is Alex Pierce, a journalist for...

Review: 'The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher' by Hilary Mantel

Chicago Tribune – 2014-10-03

If fans of the British royals had their way, celebrated British novelist Hilary Mantel would have been boiled in oil last year when she said in a speech that the Duchess of Cambridge — half of the...

Book review: ‘Prince Harry: Brother, Soldier, Son,’ by Penny Junor

The Washington Post – 2014-10-04

Biography PRINCE HARRY Brother, Soldier, Son By Penny Junor Grand Central. 357 pp. $28   Penny Junor’s “Prince Harry” offers a portrait of an evolving young man who is now fourth in line...

Book review: ‘How We Got to Now’ by Steven Johnson

The Washington Post – 2014-10-03

We all know how important the printing press has been to human history. Invented in the 1400s, it allowed the mass production of books, newspapers and magazines. That fueled rapid increases in...

Book review: ‘Augustus: First Emperor of Rome,’ by Adrian Goldsworthy

The Washington Post – 2014-10-04

There’s a well-mannered, tea-drinking Oxbridge elephant in the room with any modern biography of the Roman emperor Augustus — and Adrian Goldsworthy, also the author of the best-selling...

Gone Girl: FILM REVIEW

CBC – 2014-10-03

Girl Gone stars Ben Affleck as a seemingly-hapless husband accused with murdering his beautiful wife, played by Rosamund Pike, in David Fincher's new thriller. The CBC's Eli Glasner tells you what he...

Book review: Leon Panetta’s ‘Worthy Fights’

The Washington Post – 2014-10-07

Maybe President Obama should have asked his Cabinet secretaries to sign book-royalty agreements when they took their oaths of office, so he could share in the spoils. Too late now: Here’s Leon...

Book review: ‘Belzhar’ by Meg Wolitzer

The Washington Post – 2014-10-08

Meg Wolitzer’s 2013 bestseller, “The Interestings,” featured a group of precocious teenagers who met at summer camp in 1974. Wolitzer’s gift for capturing youthful exuberance and insecurity...

Review: 'Being Mortal' by Atul Gawande

Chicago Tribune – 2014-10-10

Three-quarters of the way through "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End," Atul Gawande pulls back his carefully stitched curtain of reporting and research to relate the story of his...

Review: 'Lila' by Marilynne Robinson

Chicago Tribune – 2014-10-10

If you loved Marilynne Robinson's novels "Gilead" and "Home," as my wife and many of my friends did, you probably won't be bothering with this review; you'll already have Robinson's "Lila" at the top...

Francis Plug by Paul Ewen review the Dennis Pennis of fiction

The Guardian – 2014-10-10

A wonderful survey of the strange world of famous authors by a fictional writer with a propensity for whisky-fuelled escapadesFrancis Plug, fictional author of this wonderful book, can be instantly...

Memory Theatre by Simon Critchley review horoscopes, death and The Eurovision Song Contest

The Guardian – 2014-10-14

A philosopher's fiction debut is rich, profound and very funnyThere's a telling moment in this fiction debut when the narrator, a philosopher called Simon Critchley, takes us aside to say, in...

Book review: ‘J,’ by Howard Jacobson, is a chilling tale of our anti-Semitic future

The Washington Post – 2014-10-15

Howard Jacobson is getting harder to ignore. The 72-year-old British writer has been publishing witty novels for more than three decades and attracting the kind of critical acclaim earned by stars...

Review: 'Bad Paper' by Jake Halpern

Chicago Tribune – 2014-10-16

When a person stops paying his credit card bill, the lending bank has 180 days to collect on what is owed before it is required, by law, to "charge off" the account and file it as a loss. Soon...

Book review: ‘The Brewer’s Tale,’ a history of beer, by William Bostwick

The Washington Post – 2014-10-18

In “Bird by Bird,” Anne Lamott’s book of advice for writers, she warns against sitting down with the idea of tackling a vast and overwhelming subject such as “a play about the immigrant...

Book review: ‘The Cynic: Political Education of Mitch McConnell,’ by Alec MacGillis

The Washington Post – 2014-10-18

Mitch McConnell is still an enigma. He’s the most powerful Republican in Washington and in his home state of Kentucky, now on the cusp of realizing his lifelong dream of becoming Senate majority...

Amazon Kindle Voyage Wi-Fi + free 3G and Leather Origami Cover [Review]

Betanews – 2014-10-24

It seems like everyone has a tablet or phablet nowadays. These devices are wonderful as they let you do many things, like listening to music, surfing the web and reading. Yes, you can read a book on...

Book review: ‘Empire of Sin,’ murder, jazz, and New Orleans by Gary Krist

The Washington Post – 2014-10-24

Given the publication of so many books and articles about New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, it’s instructive to remember that many of the city’s much-discussed problems — street violence,...

Tesco Hudl2 review: The UK's best value tablet

Engadget – 2014-10-28

A supermarket turned tablet maker doesn't sound like the wisest of career progressions. Tesco's not your average supermarket, though. When you consider the Tesco machine also operates video- and...

Review: 'Let Me Be Frank With You' by Richard Ford

Chicago Tribune – 2014-10-30

In Richard Ford's 1986 novel, "The Sportswriter," the main character, Frank Bascombe, is 38, wealthy and recently divorced. His young son has died. He is exiting a period of what he calls...

Review: 'As You Wish' by Cary Elwes

Chicago Tribune – 2014-10-30

Inconceivable! One of the most beloved films of modern times was a resounding flop at the box office.

Yardley: Book review: ‘So, Anyway . . .,’ a memoir by John Cleese

The Washington Post – 2014-10-31

John Cleese’s memoir is just about everything one would expect of its author — smart, thoughtful, provocative and above all funny — but it is not what his most ardent fans probably have been...

Popular messaging apps fail EFF's security review

PC World – 2014-11-05

Some of the most widely used messaging apps in the world, including Google Hangouts, Facebook chat, Yahoo Messenger and Snapchat, flunked a best-practices security test by advocacy group the...

Book review: ‘The Biographical Dictionary of Literary Failure,’ edited by C.D. Rose

The Washington Post – 2014-11-06

Chekhov once wrote that you need to be a god to distinguish success from failure in life without making a mistake. While none of the 52 writers in C.D. Rose’s invaluable book is a household name,...

Review: 'Possibilities' by Herbie Hancock

Chicago Tribune – 2014-11-06

You don't have to be a jazz aficionado to be acquainted with Herbie Hancock, a protean musician who has ventured far afield from his jazz and classical roots to become something of an icon of...

Review: 'Yes Please' by Amy Poehler

Chicago Tribune – 2014-11-06

I wrote this review for Amy Poehler's "Yes Please" on the Red Line to my cubicle job in the South Loop. I wrote it on a plane to a conference in Nashville, Tenn. I wrote it in the car, waiting for my...

Book review: ‘The Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington’

The Washington Post – 2014-11-08

What we have here is a very strange book. Its title and subtitle would lead you to believe that it is about the men and (a few) women who lived in privileged circumstances in Georgetown from the end...

Recent Top Reviews of Self-published Books from BlueInk Review

Publishing Perspectives – 2014-11-11

Our monthly selection of reviews from BlueInk Review, a service which reviews self-published books. The post Recent Top Reviews of Self-published Books from BlueInk Review appeared first on...

Book review: ‘41: A Portrait of My Father’ by George W. Bush

The Washington Post – 2014-11-13

George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States, is the only commander in chief in modern times who has declined to write a memoir. Now George W. Bush, the 43rd president, strides...

Review: 'The Stranger' by Chuck Todd

Chicago Tribune – 2014-11-13

The march of events during Barack Obama's presidency has been a lot like that scene in "Dude, Where's My Car?" when Ashton Kutcher orders garlic chicken at a drive-thru window, and the attendant...

Book review: ‘Let Me be Frank With You,’ a new Frank Bascombe book by Richard Ford

The Washington Post – 2014-11-14

Richard Ford opens his latest book with a scene of shell-shocked Jersey Shore residents buying home-repair items in the weeks following Hurricane Sandy. The image prompts his aging, increasingly...

Book review: ‘The Meaning of Human Existence’ by Edward O. Wilson

The Washington Post – 2014-11-15

Where did we come from, with our two-legged stance, horizon-scanning eyes and teeming brain? Human cultures have answered this question by telling stories — about gardens and gods, about sacred...

Yardley: Book review: ‘VICTORIA: A Life,’ by A.N. Wilson

The Washington Post – 2014-11-15

Right off the bat, two questions. The first: Do we really need yet another biography of Queen Victoria, about whom so many already have been written that probably no one except perhaps a senior...

Book review: ‘Our Secret Life in the Movies,’ by Michael McGriff and J.M. Tyree

The Washington Post – 2014-11-14

This beautiful, devastating little book is quite unlike anything else I’ve ever encountered, and if you grew up in a small town in the 1980s feeling even remotely marginal, it’s specifically...

Book review: ‘Blue Labyrinth,’ by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

The Washington Post – 2014-11-17

“Blue Labyrinth” is the 14th novel in Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s series about the exceedingly strange FBI special agent Aloysius Pendergast. I’ve read enough of the books to...

The new Kindle reader -- bang for your buck [Review]

Betanews – 2014-11-17

If you have grown tired of hardback and paperback books, then a Kindle may be your answer. Coincidentally, Amazon has released two new models, a standard and the Voyage, which my colleague...

November 2014 Top Self-published Book Reviews from BlueInk Review

Publishing Perspectives – 2014-11-20

The November 2014 selection of self-published book reviews from BlueInk Review includes paranormal fiction, young adult fiction, self-help and health. The post November 2014 Top Self-published Book...

Yardley: Book review: “The Unsubstantial Air,” by Samuel Hynes

The Washington Post – 2014-11-22

In 1917, a student at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute named Josiah Rowe enlisted in the Air Service and went to the School of Military Aeronautics at Princeton University. In October he started to...

Sieghart Review to recommend task force for libraries

The Bookseller – 2014-11-23

The eagerly-awaited Sieghart Review on the public library service will argue for a dedicated task force involving "all key players working together" to deliver changes at "a fast pace", a panel...

Book review: ‘Countdown to Zero Day,’ on the first digital weapon, by Kim Zetter

The Washington Post – 2014-11-22

Dina Temple-Raston is the counterterrorism correspondent at NPR. She has written four books and just returned from a Nieman fellowship at Harvard University, where she studied the intersection of big...

Posh People: Inside Tatler – review: like a sealed terrarium with filtered air, fresh flowers and definitely no lower-classes

The Guardian – 2014-11-25

The three-part series on Britain’s oldest magazine took the form of a genteel safari where viewers could peer through the Land Rover window at the toffs – and draw our own conclusionsThere was a...

The National launch day review: a McPravda for Scotland’s separatists?

The Guardian – 2014-11-24

First issue of Scotland’s new pro-independence daily is stylish and bold, but its sport is thin and news is Holyrood-filteredThe Scottish public have five days to prove their appetite for a...

Literary Review launches digital archive

The Bookseller – 2014-11-26

Literary Review has launched a digital archive of all of its issues over the last 35 years for app and print subscribers. The digital archive ha been launched in conjunction with the announcement...

Book review: ‘The Book of Strange New Things,’ by Michel Faber

The Washington Post – 2014-11-26

At the end of the Gospel of Mark, Jesus tells his disciples, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” For a while now, evangelicals have had to restrict their...

Book review: ‘The Lodger,’ by Louisa Treger

The Washington Post – 2014-11-26

THE LODGER By Louisa Treger Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s. 262 pp. $24.99 Louisa Treger’s earnest, carefully researched first novel spotlights a neglected pioneer of 20th-century literature: Dorothy...

The outsized influence of Margaret Anderson's Little Review

Chicago Tribune – 2014-11-20

To open, an analogy: Margaret Anderson and The Little Review are to independent publishing what Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground are to music.

Book review: ‘When Lions Roar,’ Churchills and Kennedys, by Thomas Maier

The Washington Post – 2014-11-28

A serious problem for a scholar writing about the Churchills and the Kennedys is the most basic one for any historian: trying to say something fresh. You need a Wal-Mart-size home library to collect...

Yardley: Book review: ‘Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Found,’ by Frances Larson

The Washington Post – 2014-11-28

Somewhat inexplicably, Frances Larson fails, in what must otherwise be the definitive book about decapitation, to mention or quote the most famous passage about that gruesome business. It comes, of...

Book review: ‘The Great Reformer,’ Pope Francis, by Austen Ivereigh

The Washington Post – 2014-11-28

Elizabeth Tenety is the engagement and community editor at America magazine and a former editor of The Washington Post’s religion Web site. German Cardinal Walter Kasper, the man dubbed the...

Book review: ‘Shark,’ by Will Self: Postmodern novel in a psychiatric community

The Washington Post – 2014-11-28

In a 2012 Guardian profile around the publication of “Umbrella” — the first book in a planned trilogy that includes the recently released “Shark” — British novelist Will Self said, “I...

Book review: ‘Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love,’ by James Booth

The Washington Post – 2014-11-27

As late as the 1970s, it was hard to find Philip Larkin’s poetry in American bookstores. I remember searching all over Washington for his first collection, “The North Ship” (1945), before...

Never Alone review: The Reading Rainbow of video games

PC World – 2014-12-03

I'm (obviously) a writer. Before I was a writer, I was a reader. And before I was a reader, I was a kid who sat down to watch a show called Reading Rainbow on a grainy old CRT television. "Take a...

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