Book Reviews

From Condoleezza Rice, Tales of Diplomacy and Unrequited Love

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:29
Condoleezza Rice’s “Democracy” offers sober, high-minded rhetoric about America’s role in the world. It also notes Qaddafi’s schoolboy crush on her.
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The Book Review Podcast: Joshua Ferris on ‘The Dinner Party’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:29
Ferris talks about his new collection of stories, and Jonathan Taplin discusses “Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy.”
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Audiobooks: Fairy Tales, Gently Fractured

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 10:35
Audiobooks of Garth Nix’s “Frogkisser!” and Chris Colfer’s “The Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales” offer kids spit-shined versions of Grimm Brothers’ classics.
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Audiobooks: W. Kamau Bell on Being a ‘Semi-Prominent’ Black Comedian

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 10:31
Listening to a memoir read by the author is like being the sole patron in a comedy club while he performs a marathon routine.
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Crime: Scots on the Rocks and Jo Nesbo’s Latest: The Best New Crime Fiction

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 08:00
Marilyn Stasio’s crime column takes us on a Glasgow bender and into the mind of a Norwegian serial killer. For relief, there’s a trip to rural France.
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Nonfiction: The American Revolution: A History of Violence

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 06:00
“Scars of Independence” reminds readers that the United States took shape not just in stately rooms but in brutal, devastating combat.
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The Shortlist: Stories

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 06:00
Four story collections, united by whimsy, daring and the everyday surreal.
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Fiction: Fleeing a Fictional World of Despots and Drones

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 06:00
In the Pakistan of Nadeem Aslam’s novel “The Golden Legend” the rule of law is a distant memory.
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Fiction: Why Does a Young Writer Fall in Love with a Misogynist Bully?

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 06:00
Gwendoline Riley’s novel “First Love” depicts a volatile marriage of opposites whose savage jousts are full of comic malice and exasperated affection.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 06:00
Readers respond to “Democracy,” supply more information on the numbers and celebrate new writing tools.
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Nonfiction: The Civil Rights Stories We Need to Remember

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 04:00
S. Jonathan Bass’s “He Calls Me by Lightning” examines the conviction of a black youth in the 1957 killing of a policeman, and the 44-year legal saga that followed.
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Essay: A Personal Foray Into the Long-Lost Pynchon Tapes

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 04:00
Pynchon’s “Mason & Dixon” is a book for these times. And, if you can put up with cassettes, an audiobook does exist.
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American Beauties: A Patriotic and Paranoid Memoir Stared Nixon’s America in the Eye

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 17:15
Charles L. Mee Jr.’s “A Visit to Haldeman and Other States of Mind,” from 1977, is about a man’s search for what went wrong with the American experiment.
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8 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 17:04
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Paperback Row

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 14:00
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Nonfiction: Three 18th-Century Revolutions and Why They Matter in 2017

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 08:00
In “The Unruly City,” Mike Rapport revisits Paris, London and New York to learn lessons from three different 18th-century revolutions.
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Otherworldly: Ghosts, Warring Gods and the Apocalypse: The Best of New Science Fiction and Fantasy

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 06:00
New science fiction and fantasy includes ghosts and warring gods, a desert apocalypse, a cloned messiah and the quest for light-speed travel.
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By the Book: Jeffrey Tambor: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 04:00
The actor and author of “Are You Anybody?” loves to watch younger people browse in his bookstore: “The millennials, Xers and Yers are off their equipment and opting for paper, I’m here to tell you!”
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Books of The Times: ‘The End of Eddy’ Captures a Savage Childhood and a Global Movement

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 15:26
Édouard Louis’s deeply autobiographical novel recounts growing up gay among the white underclass in rural France.
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Paula Hawkins' 'Into the Water' rises to No. 1 in second week

USAToday Books - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 10:37

The new novel by the 'The Girl on the Train' author hits No. 1 on USA TODAY's books list.

        
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