Alphabetical Index of Other Book Reviews

The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions)

Coming in early April is a fun YA read that combines ideas about fame (and losing it), overachievement, first love, and whether newspapers are still relevant in the age of new media. I know, it sounds ambitious, but Amy Spalding pulls it out through the lead character of Jules. As The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions) opens, Jules is anxiously awaiting news on whether she or Natalie will be chosen editor-in-chief of the school paper. Jules is also […]

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Get Back: Imagine… Saving John Lennon

Donovan Day explores a music fan’s biggest fantasy in Get Back: Imagine… Saving John Lennon. The teenage Lenny, named after John Lennon, is staying with his grandpa in New York City. He meets a beautiful girl named Yoko while busking in the subway. Then he discovers his iPod, loaded with a ton of classic rock songs, lets him time travel back to the time of the tune he’s listening to. As he and Yoko explore this ability, we find out […]

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Top Secret Recipes Step-by-Step

Top Secret Recipes Step-by-Step: Secret Formulas with Photos for Duplicating Your Favorite Famous Foods at Home isn’t just a fun idea for a cookbook; it’s also a portrait of how, and what, we choose to eat. Todd Wilbur calls himself “America’s #1 food hacker”, and he’s made a career out of dissecting recipes from favorite chain restaurants. This copiously illustrated (multiple photos per dish) volume has 125 recipes, 75 of which are new, and 50 of which are improved from […]

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TV Finales FAQ

All That’s Left to Know About the Endings of Your Favorite TV Shows TV Finales FAQ brought back a lot of fond memories for me, in two distinct categories. The first was that of watching many of the various TV shows covered. The second was when I used to scarf up books like this one, media surveys and volumes of pop culture trivia, back before we had the internet for that purpose. I’ve missed these kinds of volumes (although my […]

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Martyrdom: The Coloring Book

What a weird world we live in, that this book would be published at all. Martyrdom: The Coloring Book is what it says on the cover. It’s a coloring book for adults, written by Hallie Fryd and illustrated by Julia Gfrörer (Black Is the Color). Each set of two pages consists of, on the left, text about the life and death of a Christian saint who was killed for her or his faith and on the right, a line drawing […]

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Michael Symon’s 5 in 5 for Every Season

I like to cook, but I like most to cook simple, tasty recipes that don’t take forever. That’s why I was interested in Michael Symon’s 5 in 5 for Every Season, a cookbook by the Chew cohost that promises recipes that only have 5 ingredients and can be cooked in 5 minutes, with a focus on seasonality, or using ingredients that are freshest in a given time of year. I don’t think I’ll be keeping this cookbook, though, for the […]

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The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray: A Critical Appreciation of the World’s Finest Actor

It’s pretty tough to write a bio of a famous person who’s become well known for curmudgeonness. Bill Murray notoriously doesn’t like to play by anyone’s rules, to the extent of replacing his agent with an answering machine at an 800 number. So Robert Schnakenberg, instead of interviewing him, put together a kind of nerd trivia encyclopedia, a volume with short entries arranged from A-Z on topics related to the star. (He’s previously done similar books on Christopher Walken and […]

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The Doctors Are In: The Essential and Unofficial Guide to Doctor Who’s Greatest Time Lord

Out next month is an entertaining guide to the history of Doctor Who as seen through the different versions of his character over the years. The Doctors Are In, by Graeme Burk and Robert Smith, covers each Doctor, previous and modern (including “The Warrior” played by John Hurt). As part of their effort to answer “What made him the way he is? What motivates him?”, each chapter, one per version, includes the following sections: A profile of the actor and […]

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