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Saturday, April 30, 2011

"Idea Man," "Running on Empty," more

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IDEA MAN: A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft


Paul Allen
Portfolio/Penguin
ISBN 978-1591843825
358 pages
$27.95



Reviewed by James Ledbetter

Memoirs from technology executives are almost universally bad. Loaded down by jargon, they are typically more self-serving than self-aware. Paul Allen's "Idea Man" is broader and more engaging than most, yet it is still hampered by its own quirks and blind spots. ...
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THREE BOOKS ON RUNNING


Dennis Drabelle
NA
ISBN NA
NA pages
$NA



Reviewed by Dennis Drabelle

For some of us, a half-hour's run is just about right: the golden mean between immoveable couch potatohood and chronic tendonitis. Others, however, find satisfaction, meaning and endorphin-laced highs in covering great distances on pumping feet. Two of those extra-milers have new books out...
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Friday, April 29, 2011

"Witches on the Road" and "The Tragedy of Arthur"

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WITCHES ON THE ROAD


Shei Holman
Atlantic Monthly
ISBN 978-0802119438
264 pages
$24



Reviewed by Carrie Brown, the author of several novels -- most recently "The Rope Walk" -- and a collection of short stories. She teaches at Sweet Briar College.

Sheri Holman's new novel, "Witches on the Road Tonight," begins in the dangerous fall of 1940. Hitler's army has moved with ...
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THE TRAGEDY OF ARTHUR: A Novel


Arthur Phillips
Random House
ISBN 978-1400066476
368 pages
$26



Reviewed by Michael Dirda, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post Book World and the author of the memoir "An Open Book" and of four collections of essays: "Readings," "Bound to Please," "Book by Book" and "Classics for Pleasure." Visit his book discussion at washingtonpost.com/...
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Thursday, April 28, 2011

"Inside Wikileaks," "Bossypants," more

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INSIDE WIKILEAKS: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website


Daniel Domscheit-Berg with Tina Klopp
Translated from the German by Jefferson Chase
ISBN 978-0307951915
282 pages
$23



Reviewed by Jeffrey Rosen

For an organization devoted to exposing the secrets of others, WikiLeaks, under the leadership of Julian Assange, has been aggressively protective of its own secrets. Now Daniel Domscheit-Berg has pulled back the ...
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IN SEARCH OF CIVILIZATION: Remaking a Tarnished Idea


John Armstrong
Graywolf
ISBN 978-1555975807
197 pages
$24



Reviewed by Michael Dirda, who reviews books for The Washington Post every Thursday. Visit his book discussion at washingtonpost.com/readingroom.

What does the word "civilization" mean? Philosopher John Armstrong opens his engrossing "In Search of Civilization" by imagining a late-night discussion ...
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BOSSYPANTS


Tina Fey
Reagan Arther/Little, Brown
ISBN 978-0316056861
277 pages
$26.99



Reviewed by Nicole Arthur, an editor in The Washington Post Style section. She can be reached at arthurn(at symbol)washpost.com.

It's probably unwise to expect soul-baring candor from a book with a made-up biographical note on the jacket flap. Those who hoped Tina Fey -- former head ...
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

"The Lost Gate," "The Union War," more


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THREE WORKS OF SCIENCE FICTION


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Reviewed by and isolated western Virginia compound, he has never fit in. That's because almost every other member of the "family" is a mage, able to create fairies and communicate with plants, rocks or animals. Although Danny is a descendant of ancient gods (in particular, those from Norse mythology), he's believed to be a drekka, a magical dud, much like a squib in "Harry Potter." But not far into...
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THE UNION WAR

Gary W
Gallagher
ISBN 978-0674045620
215 pages
$27.95



Reviewed by Jonathan Yardley

This exceptionally fine book is in effect a companion piece to its author's "The Confederate War," published in 1997. In that volume Gary W. Gallagher argued that despite the obvious advantages enjoyed by the Union in manpower, materiel and industrial production, the ...
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

"Then Everything Changed" and "Triumph of the City"


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TRIUMPH OF THE CITY: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier


Edward Glaeser
Penguin Press
ISBN 978-1594202773
338 pages
$29.95



Reviewed by Christopher Shea

There's a debate in urban-development circles over whether cities should aspire to be cool or just solid. Should they aim to attract iPad-flaunting Arcade Fire fans, on the logic that creative capitalism follows young, fertile minds, or focus on getting the ...
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THEN EVERYTHING CHANGED: Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics: JFK, RFK, Carter, Ford, Reagan


Jeff Greenfield
Putnam
ISBN 978-0399157066
434 pages
$26.95



Reviewed by Bryan Burrough

OK, right up front, I confess: I'm a longtime Jeff Greenfield fan. Tune in any election night and there he is, Alfred E. Newman plunked down amid a roomful of nattering pundits on CNN or one of the real networks, and as I've remarked to my wife more than once, he is the ...
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Monday, April 25, 2011

"Why Leaders Lie" and "All That is Bitter and Sweet"


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My Doctor Said,

WHY LEADERS LIE: The Truth about Lying in International Politics


John J
Mearsheimer
ISBN 978-0199758739
142 pages
$21.95



Reviewed by Carlos Lozada

Who is more duplicitous, more inclined to deceive his own people as well as other nations for strategic advantage -- current and past dictators such as Moammar Gaddafi, Hosni Mubarak and Saddam Hussein, or democratically elected Western leaders such as, say, Jimmy Carter, ...
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ALL THAT IS BITTER AND SWEET: A Memoir


Ashley Judd with Maryanne Vollers
Ballantine
ISBN 978-0345523617
406 pages
$26



Reviewed by Charlotte Hays

A friend once confessed that she loves attending her 12-step meetings because doing so is like watching a soap opera -- albeit a beneficial one. Well, have I got a book for her: Ashley Judd's memoir, "All That Is Bitter and Sweet," is about Judd's ...
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Sunday, April 24, 2011

"Save Me" and "Religion Our Haggadah"


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SAVE ME


Lisa Scottoline
St
ISBN 978-0312380786
373 pages
$27.99



Reviewed by Katherine A. Powers

Last year in "Think Twice," Lisa Scottoline, the best-selling, Edgar Award-winning writer, served up a frantic, ramshackle plot that saw queen-bee lawyer Bennie Rosato buried alive in a box for the first 38 chapters. Planted there by her evil twin sister (showing up for...
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RELIGION OUR HAGGADAH: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families


Cokie and Steve Roberts
HarperCollins
ISBN 978-0062018106
137 pages
$19.99



Reviewed by Lisa Bonos

Steve Roberts grew up in a Jewish family but didn't celebrate Passover until he was married -- to a Catholic. At his wife Cokie's urging, the couple learned about the holiday, which, they write, "transcends ethnic identity." After all, the Passover seder may ...
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Sunday April 24, 2011
It's the Bard's birthday this week! How long has it been since you've read one of Shakespeare's famous plays? Start reading now at BookDaily and rediscover some of his most famous classical works. BookDaily has thousands more plays old and new, as well as poetry collections and more, free to try by e-mail. If you like what you see, order a copy directly from the site.

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William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare

(April 26, 1564 - April 23, 1616)
William Shakespeare is considered the greatest writer in the English language, and one of the greatest in Western literature as a whole. Much of his life is unknown, leading to many conspiracy theories concerning his "nonexistence." Many of his plays, such as "Hamlet" and "King Lear," are reworkings of existing stories. Although he is most famous for his dramatic works, he also wrote a cycle of 154 sonnets and several longer epic poems. He died in 1616, and is buried in his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon.

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This Week's Birthdays


Anthony Trollope -- April 24, 1815
Popular British author whose works described realistically the society of the Victorian era.
Read The Warden by Anthony Trollope at BookDaily.

Paul LaCroix -- April 27, 1806
Also known as Bibliophile Jacob, a lover of books and libraries who wrote extensively about historical figures.
Harper Lee -- April 28, 1926
American writer who won the Pulitzer Prize for To Kill a Mockingbird.
Read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee at BookDaily.



Kids' Home Library

New Books Remind Young Readers to Take Care of Mother Earth

Lee Littlewood
These children's books are perfect to celebrate Earth Day and every day of the year.

"The Little Composter"and "Eco People on the Go!" by Jan Gerardi; Random House; 16 pages and $6.99 each.

For tots, Random House's new "Teenie Greenies" line of eco-...
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