Recent research shows that children who are bullied react by harming themselves. They don't go out and hurt others but instead inflict self-harm. I find this incredibly upsetting, as I'm sure you do. I've been following the bullying debate for some time. It's been discussed in a slew of magazine articles and was the subject of a recent documentary, "Bully."
The topic is es…
You've probably heard "to whom much is given, much is required."
But when is the much you're giving too much?
I received a plea from one single woman who felt guilty because she's decided to cut off her family from her bank account.
. The background: The woman has been lending money to her parents and a brother. "These family members haven't lost jobs," she wrote. …
Gods Like Us: On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame
By Ty Burr
413 pages, $28.95
By Jeff Simon
NEWS BOOK REVIEWER
When he was still lucid and full of magisterial cynicism, Gore Vidal used to joke mordantly that he was a famous novelist in an era when such a thing had ceased to exist.
Think of this superb, indeed important, book as the sudden, wildly unexpected…
As the commissioner of health for Erie County, Dr. Gale Burstein oversees 250 employees and heads a department that offers a slew of services. She met her husband at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine, and they have two sons. Burstein, 48, is a pediatrician by specialty and her field of expertise is adolescent sexual health. A good word to describe her?
I've been traveling to Venice for more than 30 years. On my most recent trip to film two television shows and research my guidebook, the city felt different. While still one of Europe's most romantic and distinctive destinations, globalization and modern life are changing Venice - for better or worse.
As I wandered Venice's meandering streets and canalside walkways, it…
1. A Wanted Man. Lee Child.
2. The Time Keeper. Mitch Albom.
3. Delusion in Death. J.D. Robb.
4. Zoo. Patterson/Ledwidge.
Little Brown, $27.95
5. Gone Girl. Gillian Flynn
Crown. , $25
6. The Tombs. Clive Cussler.
7. Telegraph Avenue. Michael Chabon.
The Diviners by Libba Bray; Little Brown, 578 pages ($19.99) Ages 12 and up.
Libba Bray, winner of the Michael Printz Award for "Going Bovine," launches a new trilogy for Young Adults with this ambitious, beautifully realized and terrifying tale set in New York City in 1926. She vividly evokes the era, the fashion and the music, the city with its s…
I peered over the edge of the Queen's Bath, an immaculate, now-empty pool where the ladies of one of India's great empires once bathed. Then my guide, Kumar, pointed outside. "That's the moat," he said, motioning toward a deep trench ringing the building we were in. "The king filled it with crocodiles so that no one could watch the queen in her bath."
The bath was one o…
The Second World War
By Antony Beevor
863 pages, $35
By Edward Cuddihy
NEWS BOOK REVIEWER
This time, acclaimed British historian Antony Beevor has taken on what at first appears an impossible task.
He has set out to record a complete and detailed history of World War II in one volume - albeit a pretty hefty one - while overlaying it with his own view…
No Easy Day: The Autobiography of a Navy SEAL
By Mark Owen, with Kevin Maurer
316 pages, $26.95
By Donn Esmonde
News BOOK REVIEWER
It is the story America has been dying to hear. Sixteen months after the fact, one of the 24 Navy SEALs who took part in the operation that killed Osama bin Laden has revealed precisely what occurred on the last night …
- in memory of William Stafford
By Max Wickert
I'm blue and the whole world is blue.
All my life, on my motorcycle,
I've been speeding toward the vanishing
point of one desire.
All the lines
have been converging on that split
second in which I, losing control,
flip over and cry: "The sky! the sky!"
MAX WICKERT is a professor eme…
The Big Book of Ghost Stories edited and with an introduction by Otto Penzler; Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Original, 834 pages ($25 paperback).
A list on your computer is one thing. A big, fat, juicy, paperback anthology like this is something else altogether.
Anyone looking for an overview of great ghost stories - or tales of zombies, vampires and adventure stories - co…
CHIPPEWA BAY - It's not as big or as well-known as Boldt Castle, just a few miles upriver, but Singer Castle, on the St. Lawrence Seaway, is the only complete castle in the Thousand Islands and the only one that actually served as a home.
A visit carries you to an era of opulence and excess. The castle comes complete with hidden passageways (convenient for keeping servant…
Q: I'm finally ready to start the next chapter of my life and have met a few potential guys who I would like to date. However, I'm 25 and have never been on a date. Throughout high school and college, I was education-oriented, career-oriented and had a bad case of wanderlust, traveling with friends and family. Dating did not interest me, and I was very content with the sin…
Every little kid will tell you that his mom is the best cook in the whole wide world. She can make the best mac-n-cheese, the best chicken nuggets and the best peanut butter and jelly sandwiches without the crust. Now that I'm 18, do I still think my mom is the best chef in the world? Probably not, but she does make darn good bread.
When my mom and dad got married, my d…