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'Time Song' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Time Song’

It’s hard to categorize Julia Blackburn’s “Time Song.” It’s definitely non-fiction rather than fiction, though that judgment denies that the shaping hand of an author fictionalizes everything. But let’s go with the broad classification of non-fiction and fit “Time Song” into it.

 Gotti's Boys' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: Gotti’s Boys’

Much has written about the late Cosa Nostra Gambino crime family boss John Gotti, and there have been several films made about him.

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'The Last Pirate of New York' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Last Pirate of New York'

Rich Cohen notes that while other children heard fairy tales, his father told him tales about the criminal legends of his New York childhood, such as Louis "Lepke" Buchalter and "Charlie Lucky" Luciano.

 'For the Good of the Game' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'For the Good of the Game'

In 2015, the year in which Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig retired, the columnist George Will, a dedicated baseball fan and one of the four members of the commissioner's Blue Ribbon Panel on Baseball Economics, wrote this: "When Selig became acting commissioner in 1992, baseball still had an economic model that antedated television, radio, flight and the internal combustion engine."

''Emperors of the Deep' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: ''Emperors of the Deep'

"I want to shift the perception of sharks from cold-blooded underwater predators to evolutionary marvels that play an integral part in maintaining the health of the world's oceans, because this is the only way I know how to protect the species and save the world's oceans."

'Game of Snipers: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Game of Snipers: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel'

Stephen Hunter has published his 12th Bob Lee Swagger novel, "Game of Snipers: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel," which has the popular character pitted against an equally skilled and practiced professional sniper.

'The Vagabonds: The Story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison's Ten-Year Road Trip' (Book jacket)

On the road with Edison, Ford and Firestone

With "The Vagabonds," Jeff Guinn has hit the literary road yet again. Only this time with Thomas Alva Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone.

'The Birth of the FBI' (Book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Birth of the FBI'

Most people credit the birth of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to its first and longest-serving director, J. Edgar Hoover, but as Willard M. Oliver notes in his book, it was actually President Theodore Roosevelt who created a federal law enforcement agency that would eventually morph into the FBI.

'Casting into the Light' (Book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Casting into the Light'

For Janet Messineo, who arrived on Martha's Vineyard nearly a lifetime ago, it's the fishes that matter, and the water that sustains them, the island itself and the islanders.

'The Nickel Boys' (Book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Nickel Boys'

In the summer of 2014, the up-and-about-to-come-even-further African-American writer Colson Whitehead read an article about a monstrously cruel "reform school" in Marianna, Florida, and immediately saw its novelistic possibilities.