Book Reviews

Ian McEwan in a 'Nutshell': Clever riff on 'Hamlet'

USAToday Books - Sat, 09/17/2016 - 12:02

His new novella is narrated by an 8-month-old fetus.

        
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Weekend picks for book lovers

USAToday Books - Sat, 09/17/2016 - 04:03

Spend your weekend reading 'Commonwealth' by Ann Patchett.

        
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Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: Inside The New York Times Book Review: Maureen Dowd on Clinton and Trump

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/16/2016 - 11:15
Maureen Dowd talks about “The Year of Voting Dangerously,” and Lauren Collins discusses “When in French.”
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Crime: The Latest and Best in Crime Fiction

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/16/2016 - 09:18
New books by Thomas Mullen, Lotte and Soren Hammer, Julia Keller, and E.S. Thomson.
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The Shortlist: Stories by Helen Phillips, Rebecca Schiff, Mark Haddon and Patrick Ryan

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/16/2016 - 09:18
Four new collections, including Schiff’s slim, ice-pick stories about sex and death.
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Fiction: A Novel’s Mother and Daughter Struggle Over Divergent Dreams

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/16/2016 - 09:17
A protagonist makes critical choices to go against her mother in Dianne Warren’s “Liberty Street.”
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Fiction: Four Stories on What It Means to Be Chinese in America

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/16/2016 - 09:17
Peter Ho Davies’s four-part novel “The Fortunes” summons key faces and events in the Chinese-American story.
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Fiction: A New Story Collection Offers Windows Onto Intimate Moments

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/16/2016 - 09:16
Leopoldine Core’s story collection, “When Watched,” offers vignettes of intimate moments.
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Fiction: A New Novel Tells the Story of a Family Who Lost Everything

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/16/2016 - 09:16
Siblings and parents with artistic pretensions fight one another over their declining funds in Julian Tepper’s “Ark.”
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Open Book: If It Ain’t Broke

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/16/2016 - 09:07
“The Book” is a lovingly designed and illustrated deep history of “the most powerful object of our time.”
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/16/2016 - 09:06
Readers respond to recent reviews of Tom Wolfe’s “The Kingdom of Speech” and Caleb Carr’s “Surrender, New York.”
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Paperback Row

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/16/2016 - 09:06
Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Nonfiction: John Dickerson Tracks Winners and Losers on Campaign Trails Past

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/16/2016 - 09:05
“Whistlestop,” by John Dickerson, shows that some shine, many stumble on the presidential campaign trail.
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Nonfiction: Famous Painters as Frenemies: Four Brushes With Bromance

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/16/2016 - 09:05
In “The Art of Rivalry,” Sebastian Smee writes about four art-world friendships that blended inspiration and ire.
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Inside the List: The Story Behind This Week’s Best Sellers

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/16/2016 - 05:30
Margot Lee Shetterly, whose “Hidden Figures” is No. 7 on the hardcover nonfiction list, says when she was growing up, “the face of science was brown like mine.”
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Editors’ Choice: 9 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 16:29
Suggested reading by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.
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10 books on fiction longlist for National Book Awards

USAToday Books - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 07:20

Colson Whitehead, Adam Haslett and Jacqueline Woodson make the initial cut.

        
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Fiction: Ann Patchett’s Latest Novel Follows Six Siblings Over 50 Years

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 03:00
Ann Patchett’s “Commonwealth” follows two semi-connected families, as the children become adults and the grown-ups become old.
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By the Book: Paula Hawkins: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 03:00
The author of “The Girl on the Train” steers away from a couple of popular genres: “I have (shamefully) never read any sci-fi, and I tend to avoid horror because I’m a wimp.”
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Naya Rivera: The story behind my abortion

USAToday Books - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 10:36

The 'Glee' star writes a memoir and a personal essay for USA TODAY.

        
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