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Katy Waldman’s 10 Favorite Books of 2017

Manhattan Beach, by Jennifer Egan Read Laura Miller’s review of Manhattan Beach. Listen to Slate’s Audio Book Club discuss the book. Jennifer Egan reportedly wrote A Visit From the Goon Squad, her mesmerizing, Pulitzer Prize–winning novel in stories from 2010, to avoid working on a piece of “bad historical fiction” she’d started. Show More Summary

My Top Children’s Picture Books Reviewed in 2017

by Susan Stephenson, Are you looking for great recently published children’s picture books? Each year I force myself to choose ten of my favourite children’s picture books. You’ll find that list embedded below. All...Show More Summary

Gorogoa review: Video games now have their first classic children’s book

Heartbreakingly short, but you’ll still get a payoff by playing it again. And again.

New bio is a searing portrait of 'Little House on the Prairie' author Laura Ingalls Wilder

Caroline Fraser's biography 'Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder' is a groundbreaking look at the author. A 4-star book review.        

'The Usual Santas,' crime fiction that's both naughty and nice

It may not be the usual way to celebrate the holidays, but 'The Usual Santas' collects 18 cool Christmas crime capers. A 3-star book review.        

‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle’ Review: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart & Jack Black Are In The Game, But Laughs Don’t Come Easily

It is not like anyone was asking for a new Jumanji movie, but we got one anyway just in time for Christmas. Sorry to bah humbug all over this thing, but the 1995 attempt to bring Chris van Allsburg’s 1981 children’s book to the screen...Show More Summary

Do Muslim Sportswomen Really Need Nike to Save Them?

Three years ago, Tasnim, Eren and I wrote reviews of “Do Muslim Women Need Saving?” by Columbia University Anthropologist, Dr. Lila Abu-Lughod. After reading the book, we all felt it was an intelligent and necessary analysis of how Western societies often perceive Muslim women, not only in the Global South but in the West, too. […]

Monday links: implementing momentum

Review: Adaptive Markets: Financial Evolution at the Speed of Thought by Andrew W. Lo is a thought-provoking “delightful book.”  (CFA Institute)

Researching a Crime For a Book

Writing a true crime book requires the writer to dig into angles not covered in the original rush of publicity and to deeply research the stories of victims, survivors, investigators, attorneys, and others; review all court, prison, psychiatric, medical, police and other documents about the perpetrator and interview people close to him.Gretchen Brinck,, 2002

Nonfiction: The Hand of the Comic Artist

Manohla Dargis reviews two new books that examine the aesthetics and the business of comics, from Superman to R. Crumb.

Briefly Noted Book Reviews

“Lenin,” “The Second Coming of the KKK,” “Future Home of the Living God,” and “Shadowless.”

'Gained in Translation'

At The New York Review of Books' NYR Daily Tim Parks writes about what's Gained in Translation -- and observes: Translators are people who read books for us. Tolstoy wrote in Russian, so someone must read him for us and then write down...Show More Summary

WD My Book Duo (2017) DAS Review

Western Digtial's high-performance direct attached My Book Duo features a new bold look, capacity increase, and and an updated software package.

Saturday PS: Weekend off

I am taking this weekend off having been frantically busy these past couple of weeks. However,m I have review for Lobster magazine Scott Newton's excellent book on recent economic history The Reinvention of Britain 1960-2016 (Routledge; 2017). As soon as...

STICKY FINGERS: A New Biography Explores the Seedier Side of Jann Wenner. My (lengthy) review of …

STICKY FINGERS: A New Biography Explores the Seedier Side of Jann Wenner. My (lengthy) review of Joe Hagan’s controversial new book is online over at Ed While there’s no way Hagan could have anticipated the Harvey Weinstein scandal when he began writing his bio of Wenner, he perfectly describes Wenner as the linchpin between […]

Weekend picks for book lovers, including 'Artemis' by Andy Weir

Spend your weekend reading 'Artemis' by Andy Weir. Plus more recommendations from USA TODAY's book reviewers.        

Brit Books: The Crown: The Official Companion – Review

Netflix had a huge hit last year with The Crown, a long-form drama series about the early days of the reign of Elizabeth II. Big budget, great cast, beautiful locations, the show had everything we look for in a good British Drama. Great...Show More Summary

The Book Review Podcast: ‘The Second Coming of the KKK’

Linda Gordon talks about “The Second Coming of the KKK”; Scott Kelly discusses “Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery”; and editors from the Book Review talk about our 10 Best Books of 2017.

Book Briefs #32

"Book Briefs" are an ongoing series of posts with two- or three-sentence first-hand descriptions of some of the numerous books that make their way into my library. These briefs are not full-blown reviews, but they are a way to share more books worthy of attention than can find their way into reviews on this blog. Show More Summary

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