Book Reviews

Marquez at Camp Liberty

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:55am

When I heard that Gabriel García Márquez had died, I immediately thought of three things: the fine grit of Iraqi sand that scratched between the page and my fingertips, the metal cot with springs that squeaked like those beneath a prostitute's well-worn bed, and the way my forearms ached as I lay in my hooch on Camp Liberty (Baghdad, 2005) and held a hardbound copy of 100 Years of Solitude above my head, absorbed in what I'd long put off reading.

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Love Boxed

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 6:13am

Reading books filled with passion is my favorite indulgence, and as a romance author, I get to call it work, too. A great way to sink into reading bliss is multi-author boxed sets, which represent a collaboration of authors, both bestselling and new, usually in the same subgenre or writing with a united theme. For today I’ve looked at two different sets to recommend—a contemporary and a paranormal. Boxed sets allow readers to try several authors, and do so for a fantastic value. Can’t go wrong.

 

A heads up: some boxed sets are published only for a limited time, so if one piques your interest, snap it up while you can.

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Massacre-Memory

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 10:30pm

April 21: " 'Pull' includes 'invitations to tea' at which one hears smiling reminders that a better life is available to people who stop talking about massacres..."

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The Little Girl who Fought the Great Depression

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 6:52am

Why was Shirley Temple one of the most iconic figures of 1930s America?

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Boston Strong

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:30pm

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

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Can't and Won't

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:53am

Uncoiling a Booker Prize winner's tightly wound collection of short -- at times very short -- stories.

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Evolving Darwins

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:30pm

April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

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Ford Motors On

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:30pm

April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

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Pushkin Hills

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:56am

A comedy of Russian art and politics finds a frustrated writer being torn apart at the seams.

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 8:21am

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

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The King of Pain

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 8:16am

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

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Happiness

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 8:11am

Reading in support of an endless pursuit.

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Border Patrol Nation

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 7:56am

Life under the expanding watch -- and lucrative industry -- of Homeland Security.

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Pillar to the Sky

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 7:45am

An urgent mission to the cosmos bears the fortitude of the Founding Fathers and the Industrial Revolution's pioneers.

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Robert W. Chambers: Sentimental Horrification

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 7:00am

An inspiration behind HBO's True Detective brings the horrors and earthly delights of the nineteenth century's roaring conclusion.

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The Ghosts of Wrath

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 7:00am

On the seventy-fifth anniversary of  John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, a celebration of the author's revolutionary belief in familial loyalty and America's disenfranchised poor.

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At Home with Books

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:30pm

April 16: ""Blue pottery vases and bowls for flowers are most attractive, and certain blue books...will repeat and emphasize color."

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The Pulitzer Winners

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 9:40am

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping and slightly paralyzing literary experience, such that if you submit to it in the proper spirit your Twitter feed may go unchecked, your Facebook page unrefreshed, for days or perhaps weeks."

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Living with a Wild God

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 7:00am

A tenacious journalist takes up a bold new investigation into the potential existence of divine forces and the mystical nature of faith.

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Obsessive Genius

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:30pm

April 15: "A page...will begin with some principles of astronomy, or the motion of the earth; then come the laws of sound..."

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