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BWW Reviews: CRASH AND BURN by Lisa Gardner is an Excellent Gripping Mystery BWW Reviews: CRASH AND BURN by Lisa Gardner is an Excellent Gripping Mystery
by Marina Kennedy - February 10, 2015

Lisa Gardner's newest mystery novel, 'Crash and Burn' is a gripping page-turner. This story is so original that you will not be able to anticipate the intriguing twists and turns.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: ME, THE MOB AND THE MUSIC Is Mostly 'Mob' BWW Reviews: ME, THE MOB AND THE MUSIC Is Mostly 'Mob'
by John Walker Ross - February 06, 2015

Me, the Mob and the Music is the autobiography of sixties' hit-maker Tommy James (as told to Martin Fitzpatrick).... (more...)
BWW Reviews: MACDEATH by Cindy Brown BWW Reviews: MACDEATH by Cindy Brown
by Michael T. Mooney - February 02, 2015

Ask a theater lover what kind of music they like, and they will invariable say Sondheim or Andrew Lloyd Webber. Ask what they do for fun, and the answer will usually involve tickets to a play. Anyone who recognizes themselves as 'born in a trunk' will want to add Cindy Brown's new mystery novel, MAC... (more...)
BWW Reviews: BODY COUNTS by Sean Strub An Extraordinary Memoir BWW Reviews: BODY COUNTS by Sean Strub An Extraordinary Memoir
by Marina Kennedy - January 21, 2015

'Body Counts' by Sean Strub is an extraordinary account of his full and fascinating life.... (more...)
BWW Review: Stimulate Your Creativity with FOR YOU by Maggie Lynch BWW Review: Stimulate Your Creativity with FOR YOU by Maggie Lynch
by Ellen Dostal - January 16, 2015

Like many of us, I love words…and I love to lose myself in a good book. But these days it seems like life moves at such a fast pace that there is little time to relax in the embrace of a good story, lost in a world of new ideas and adventures. The truth is - we're all busy. We all have to-do lists w... (more...)
BWW REVIEWS: ONE HOUR CHEESE by Claudia Lucero BWW REVIEWS: ONE HOUR CHEESE by Claudia Lucero
by Marina Kennedy - January 12, 2015

'ONE HOUR CHEESE' by Claudia Lucero is a step-by-step guide to making wonderful cheeses. This book includes excellent instructions that are easy to follow and wonderful photographs. Published by Workman Press, this book makes the art of creating delicious cheeses a pleasure.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: DANCING ACROSS THE ATLANTIC: USA- Denmark 1900-2014 by Erik Aschengreen BWW Reviews: DANCING ACROSS THE ATLANTIC: USA- Denmark 1900-2014 by Erik Aschengreen
by Wesley Doucette - January 05, 2015

Erik Aschengreen offers a presentation of the Danish, American relationship.... (more...)
BWW Review: ELMORE LEONARD: FOUR NOVELS OF THE 1970s is a Decidedly Mixed Bag BWW Review: ELMORE LEONARD: FOUR NOVELS OF THE 1970s is a Decidedly Mixed Bag
by John Walker Ross - December 31, 2014

Among the heavy hitters in the history of American crime fiction, the late Elmore Leonard was something of a 'tweener': not quite as purely entertaining as Donald Westlake, not as morally serious as Patricia Highsmith or Ross MacDonald, not as stylistically interesting as Raymond Chandler or as clos... (more...)
BWW Reviews: A Sweet Cocker Spaniel Angel Finds Courage in TWO WORLDS TOGETHER BWW Reviews: A Sweet Cocker Spaniel Angel Finds Courage in TWO WORLDS TOGETHER
by Ellen Dostal - December 23, 2014

In Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, an angel in training named Clarence comes back to earth to earn his wings by helping one man recognize his value in the world. The beloved classic is a reminder to all adults that every man matters and every angel has his own special way of helping those in ne... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Crash Courses in Artistic Greatness from ART IN TIME and THE 21ST-CENTURY ART BOOK BWW Reviews: Crash Courses in Artistic Greatness from ART IN TIME and THE 21ST-CENTURY ART BOOK
by Patrick Kennedy - December 18, 2014

Two new books offer essential additions to any art lover's personal collection.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: SAT READING COMPREHENSION WORKBOOK by IES 2400, Test Prep Done Right BWW Reviews: SAT READING COMPREHENSION WORKBOOK by IES 2400, Test Prep Done Right
by Marina Kennedy - December 03, 2014

The IES 'SAT Reading Comprehension Workbook' has user-friendly techniques that make test taking easy to master.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: THE HISTORY OF ROCK 'N' ROLL IN TEN SONGS Shows Greil Marcus at His Best...Most of the Time BWW Reviews: THE HISTORY OF ROCK 'N' ROLL IN TEN SONGS Shows Greil Marcus at His Best...Most of the Time
by John Walker Ross - November 20, 2014

Greil Marcus has been a big-time rock critic for over forty years. I've been reading him for the last thirty-five....I've learned to take the good with the bad.... (more...)
BWW Review: Amanda Palmer's 'The Art of Asking, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help' BWW Review: Amanda Palmer's 'The Art of Asking, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help'
by Tory Gates - November 12, 2014

“Honest communication engenders mutual respect, and that mutual respect makes askers out of beggars.” The most difficult thing, Palmer points out, is indeed to ask. One further point she makes: if you are not ready to hear, “No,” then you will have a problem.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Arts Criticism at Its Most Bracing in ART IN AMERICA 1945-1970 BWW Reviews: Arts Criticism at Its Most Bracing in ART IN AMERICA 1945-1970
by Patrick Kennedy - November 06, 2014

An essential new anthology from the Library of America charts the glory days of Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Minimalism--a time of almost-unmatched vitality in art writing.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Sophia Loren Examines YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW in New Book BWW Reviews: Sophia Loren Examines YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW in New Book
by Ryan Kilpatrick - November 05, 2014

Twas the night before Christmas Eve, when all through the house Neapolitan cuisine was baking in Sophia Loren's house.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: DEATH AMONG THE RUINS Is Scandalous Historical Mystery Fun BWW Reviews: DEATH AMONG THE RUINS Is Scandalous Historical Mystery Fun
by Marakay Rogers - November 04, 2014

Arabella Beaumont, heroine of DEATH OF A COURTESAN, is back with a small problem of stolen Roman erotic sculptures.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: THE DEAD CIRCUS Brings L.A., the Sixties, to Life BWW Reviews: THE DEAD CIRCUS Brings L.A., the Sixties, to Life
by John Walker Ross - October 17, 2014

More than any other American city–even New York–Los Angeles occupies a psychic space as well as a geographic one. More than any other decade “the sixties” represents a state of mind as much as a series of dates in history.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: BERNSTEIN MEETS BROADWAY: Collaborative Art in a Time of War by Carol J Oja BWW Reviews: BERNSTEIN MEETS BROADWAY: Collaborative Art in a Time of War by Carol J Oja
by Wesley Doucette - October 16, 2014

A look at Harvard scholar Carol J. Oja's discussion of the development and wartime premier of Bernstein and Robbins' musical 'On the Town.'... (more...)
BWW Reviews: 12 BOTTLE BAR by David Solmonson & Lesley Jacobs Solmonson, Published by Workman Press BWW Reviews: 12 BOTTLE BAR by David Solmonson & Lesley Jacobs Solmonson, Published by Workman Press
by Marina Kennedy - October 13, 2014

Learn the art of making cocktails with 'The 12 Bottle Bar' by David Solmonson and Lesley Jacobs Solmonson. Published by Workman Press, this book streamlines the process of mixing wonderful drinks and even gives you tips for entertaining.... (more...)
BWW Review: GONE GIRL is an Enthrallingly Well-Constructed Web of Lies BWW Review: GONE GIRL is an Enthrallingly Well-Constructed Web of Lies
by Matt Tamanini - October 03, 2014

So often, movies adapted from books are unable to navigate the pitfalls of translating introspective thoughts and first person narration on the page into tangible action on the screen. However, in GONE GIRL, author Gillian Flynn has effectively boiled down the very essence of her novel into a taut, ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: FRAGMENTS Tantalizes BWW Reviews: FRAGMENTS Tantalizes
by John Walker Ross - September 12, 2014

The basic premise of Fragments–a collection of Marilyn Monroe's writings that ranges from bits of poetry and thoughts on psychoanalysis to rehearsed answers for upcoming interviews and favorite recipes (all complete with cross outs and noodlings)–is that the “mind of Marilyn” was, by definition, an ... (more...)
VIDEO: Did Ben Affleck Kill His Wife in New GONE GIRL Preview? VIDEO: Did Ben Affleck Kill His Wife in New GONE GIRL Preview?
by Movies News Desk - August 26, 2014

GONE GIRL, directed by David Fincher, and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn, unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Unde... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Award-Winning Children's Author, Maria Dismondy's SPOONFUL OF SWEETNESS BWW Reviews: Award-Winning Children's Author, Maria Dismondy's SPOONFUL OF SWEETNESS
by Marina Kennedy - July 25, 2014

Award winning author, Maria Dismondy's latest book, 'Spoonful of Sweetness and other delicious manners' is a delightful board book for very young readers. illustrated by Ronnie Rooney.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: BLACKBIRD Doesn't Quite Soar BWW Reviews: BLACKBIRD Doesn't Quite Soar
by John Walker Ross - July 25, 2014

The best thing about Blackbird, Tom Wright's second novel featuring a character named Jim Bonham (who almost nobody calls Jim), is the cover design, which is spare, evocative, compelling. Nothing's wasted there.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: MISS EMMA'S MATCHMAKING SERVICE FOR LITERARY CHARACTERS Offers an Ode to Book Lovers BWW Reviews: MISS EMMA'S MATCHMAKING SERVICE FOR LITERARY CHARACTERS Offers an Ode to Book Lovers
by Heather Nadolny - July 14, 2014

The Ad Hoc Players give Capital Fringe 2014 a funny, witty, and intelligent love song to book nerds.... (more...)


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