Book Reviews

Fiction: One Young Man’s Life Served Up Four Ways

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 05:00
Paul Auster’s new novel, “4 3 2 1,” imagines diverging paths for its hero’s life. “It’s actually four books in one, or at least three and a third,” Tom Perrotta writes.
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Nonfiction: Upwardly Minded: The Reconstruction Rise of a Black Elite

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 05:00
Elizabeth Dowling Taylor’s “The Original Black Elite” is a cultural biography of the activist and intellectual Daniel Murray.
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Books of The Times: ‘Bring Back the King,’ a Gung-Ho Guide to Resurrecting Species

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 01/30/2017 - 16:51
A book by the cell biologist and journalist Helen Pilcher cheerfully explores advances in cloning that could be used to revive departed species.
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Trayvon Martin's parents honor son's 'Enduring Life'

USAToday Books - Mon, 01/30/2017 - 12:58

Sybrina Fulton, Tracy Martin share the story of their son, whose death ignited a nation.

        
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'The Blood of Emmett Till' remembers a horrific crime

USAToday Books - Mon, 01/30/2017 - 10:56

In 1955, a black teenager was murdered for allegedly flirting with a white woman.

        
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By the Book: Viet Thanh Nguyen: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 01/30/2017 - 10:47
The author, most recently, of “The Refugees” says the Star Wars stories are relevant to our age, “where most people identify with the rebels but so many in fact are complicit with the Empire.”
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Nonfiction: Diving Into Hell: A Powerful Memoir of Depression

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 01/30/2017 - 05:00
In “This Close to Happy,” Daphne Merkin explains her struggles with depression with insight, grace and excruciating clarity.
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Fiction: It Takes a Commune: John Irving on a Novel About Growing Up Utopian

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 01/30/2017 - 05:00
In Kevin Wilson’s “Perfect Little World,” a single mother joins a psychologist’s experiment in collective parenting.
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Newly Released: Review: New Novels by Kris D’Agostino, Kathleen Rooney and Others

New York Times Book Reviews - Sun, 01/29/2017 - 17:32
In new fiction: a family in crisis; six decades of New York City history; stories about literary life; and the plight of undocumented immigrants.
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Books: New and noteworthy

USAToday Books - Sun, 01/29/2017 - 06:00

Thrillers from Lisa Gardner and Alex Berenson are out this week.

        
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Weekend picks for book lovers

USAToday Books - Sat, 01/28/2017 - 15:49

Spend your weekend reading 'The Girl Before.'

        
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Nonfiction: Emmett Till’s Murder: What Really Happened That Day in the Store?

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 01/27/2017 - 17:33
Timothy B. Tyson’s “The Blood of Emmett Till” is an account of absorbing and sometimes horrific detail.
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Otherworldly: The Latest in Science Fiction and Fantasy

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 01/27/2017 - 16:22
A graphic novel adaptation of Octavia E. Butler, a new novel from the author of the Divergent series and more.
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Nonfiction: How the Women of the Mormon Church Came to Embrace Polygamy

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 01/27/2017 - 14:51
The historian Laurel Ulrich uses the diaries of 19th-century Mormon women to tell the story of polygamy in “A House Full of Females.”
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The Story Behind This Week’s Best Sellers

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 01/27/2017 - 12:54
Michael Eric Dyson’s “Tears We Cannot Stop,” No. 8 in hardcover nonfiction, includes a list of recommended black musicians.
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The Book Review Podcast: From Brooklyn to the Gulag

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 01/27/2017 - 12:43
Sana Krasikov talks about “The Patriots”; and Michael Sims discusses “Arthur and Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes.”
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Paperback Row

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 01/27/2017 - 12:27
Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.
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The Shortlist: Debut Novels

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 01/27/2017 - 11:38
Five debut novels that take us from the mind of a teenage stalker to a Lithuanian bartender looking to find her way back home.
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Author’s Note: Finding His Flock: A Rural Writer’s Book Club

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 01/27/2017 - 11:29
One author fulfills the dreams of many by escaping to the rural countryside — only to realize he misses talking about books with other writers.
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Fiction: Noy Holland’s Tales of Peculiar Lives in Hard Places

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 01/27/2017 - 11:00
In the stories collected in “I Was Trying to Describe What It Feels Like,” Noy Holland writes about ordinary people with peculiar lives.
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