Book Reviews

Nonfiction: How a Scrap of Red Paper Enthralled a Century of Collectors

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 06:00
James Barron unveils the history of the most expensive stamp ever printed in “The One-Cent Magenta.”
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The Shortlist: Irish Fiction

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 05:00
Three new works of Irish fiction by Jess Kidd, Caitriona Lally and John Toomey.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 05:00
Readers respond to “The Gestapo,” reading Proust and more.
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Nonfiction: On the Trail With a Biographer Bringing Lost Lives to Light

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 04:00
“This Long Pursuit” puts us on the ground with the master biographer Richard Holmes and the elusive lives he inhabits.
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Fiction: Stories of Fragmented Lives in the Emirates

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 04:00
Deepak Unnikrishnan’s story collection, “Temporary People,” riffs on the plight of South Asian guest workers in the Gulf states.
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Nonfiction: Angela Carter: From the Magic Toyshop to the Bloody Chamber

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 04:00
In “The Invention of Angela Carter,” Edmund Gordon showcases a British writer whose novels combined fantasy and feminism.
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Fiction: A Czech Astronaut’s Earthly Troubles Come Along for the Ride

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 04:00
Jaroslav Kalfar’s zany debut novel, “Spaceman of Bohemia,” features a Czech astronaut with a lot of baggage back on Earth. Hari Kunzru reviews.
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On Poetry: After Dylan’s Nobel, What Makes a Poet a Poet?

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 23:00
Months later, the response to Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize remains mixed. Our poetry columnist weighs in.
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11 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 17:49
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Author’s Note: Stop Reading My Fiction as the Story of My Life

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 16:00
What is behind the fascination with the real-life connections between an author and her work?
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Fiction: A Thriller Tracks the Aftermath of a Swedish School Shooting

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 14:00
In Malin Persson Giolito’s novel “Quicksand,” a privileged teenager relates her role in a mass killing at a Stockholm school.
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Paperback Row

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:57
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Nonfiction: The Tooth Divide: Beauty, Class and the Story of Dentistry

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 09:36
In “Teeth,” Mary Otto reveals how the history of dentistry is tied up with notions of beauty, privilege and class.
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Books in the News: Essential Reading: 5 Books About Dramatic Supreme Court Nomination Hearings

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 17:44
Full-length accounts of how Senate hearings for Clarence Thomas, Robert H. Bork and others were turned into spectator sport.
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Abduction mystery 'Lisa Bellow' explores teen trauma

USAToday Books - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 15:19

In 'The Fall of Lisa Bellow,' two girls are held hostage by a gunman.

        
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Book Buzz: 'The Shack' is solid on USA TODAY's best-sellers list

USAToday Books - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:11

The faith-based best seller continues its reign at No. 1

        
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Fiction: A Mother, Her Son, His Grandmother, and Their Lifelong Grief

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 17:19
The 8-year-old protagonist of “Edgar and Lucy,” by Victor Lodato, is so peculiar, vivid and appealing that he becomes the book’s enduring reward.
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By the Book: Fran Lebowitz: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 15:11
The humorist and social commentator says her ideal literary dinner party is one that nobody is invited to: “My idea of a great literary dinner party is Fran, eating alone, reading a book.”
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Misty Copeland's best advice for achieving a 'Ballerina Body'

USAToday Books - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:21

The dancer shares her tips for getting in shape and eating well in her new book.

        
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'Inspector Morse' creator Colin Dexter dies at 86

USAToday Books - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:10

Writer's curmudgeonly detective was the subject of a long-running TV mystery series.

        
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