Bowie by Simon Critchley; Heroes: David Bowie and Berlin by Tobias Ruther, book reviews

Do we really need more books about David Bowie? On my bookshelves there are numerous biographies and coffee table volumes dedicated to pop’s greatest chameleon.









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#1: The Heroes of Olympus Book Five: The Blood of Olympus

The Heroes of Olympus Book Five

The Heroes of Olympus Book Five: The Blood of Olympus
Rick Riordan
Release Date: October 7, 2014

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Wonder Boys?

Tamsin Shaw

Divine Fury: A History of Genius
by Darrin M. McMahon

Anyone who frequents research libraries in Europe or North America will know that it is not unusual to encounter in them individuals who appear to be rather introverted and yet sport oddly ostentatious hairstyles, with unkempt shocks of hair sprouting with peculiar abandon from their pallid male scalps.


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Reader Review: “Em and the Big Hoom”

by Diane S.: Absolutely love the title of this little gem of a book. Bombay, India and a family of four, the son in his twenties, his younger sister, his dad who they call the big hoom and his mother, whose bi-polar illness has effected them all.

Love the way this was written, humorously, truthfully but not meant to send the reader into pangs of anguish, Just a young man, concerned that he may develop this illness, asking questions and seeking answers. So much of their lives revolved around the mother’s illness, not bringing friends home, always making sure someone was with the mom when she was particularly bad, hospitalizing her when necessary and then visiting so she would not feel abandoned.

How did his parent’s meet? When did she first show signs? Yet throughout the story one is aware of how very much this family was together, how much love was actually shared and it was all quite poignant and wonderful, if at times a bit melancholy. Mental illness is such an individual thing and this book does a great job at pointing this out.


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The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher, book of a lifetime: Funny, sinister, and a shameless page-turner

In September 2008, I spent a month touring the States, promoting a film adaptation of one of my novels. For me, and people like me, choosing the books to bring on such journeys is a task that can never be approached lightly.









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#1: Edge of Eternity: Book Three of The Century Trilogy

Edge of Eternity

Edge of Eternity: Book Three of The Century Trilogy
Ken Follett
4.4 out of 5 stars(19)
Release Date: September 16, 2014

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The Soul of the Censor

Robert Darnton

Reading is an essential aspect of censoring, not only in the act of vetting texts, which often lead to competing exegeses, but also as an aspect of the inner workings of the state. Not only did censors perceive nuances of hidden meaning, but they also understood the way published texts reverberated in the public. Despite its ideological function, the reworking of texts often resembled the editing done by professionals in open societies. To dismiss censorship as crude repression by ignorant bureaucrats is to get it wrong.


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The Strangest Family: the Private Lives of George III, Queen Charlotte and the Hanoverians, by Janice Hadlow – book review: A racy royal history with plenty of home truths

Janice Hadlow’s resolutely domestic history of the Hanoverians finds a common thread between George I and George IV. Every single Prince of Wales was by a small variance of degree loathed by their fathers – even the forgotten one, Prince Frederick – who should have come between George II and George III – who died in 1751. To modern eyes, the opprobrium heaped on him by his relatives looks pathological.









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#2: Edge of Eternity: Book Three of The Century Trilogy

Edge of Eternity

Edge of Eternity: Book Three of The Century Trilogy
Ken Follett
4.3 out of 5 stars(17)
Release Date: September 16, 2014

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Scenes from Eastern Ukraine

Tim Judah

In late August, Russian-backed rebel forces launched a devastating counter-offensive against Ukrainian troops. They drove them out of border areas of both the Luhansk and Donetsk regions in eastern Ukraine, retook areas south of Donetsk and advanced to within a few miles of the port of Mariupol. A ceasefire came into effect on September 5. It is holding in most areas, but not everywhere. Few have confidence that the fighting is really over and that both the Ukrainians on one side and the rebels and their backers from Russia on the other have not simply called half-time. The following photos were taken by Tim Judah while reporting for The New York Review over the past few weeks.


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