Book Reviews

The Shortlist: Debut Novels

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 10:20
New books by Sarah Leipciger, Sara Taylor, Sophie McManus, Julie Iromuanya and Rebecca Dinerstein.









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Joe Meno’s ‘Marvel and a Wonder’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 10:20
Two men set out to reclaim a stolen inheritance.









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‘The Long Emancipation,’ by Ira Berlin

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 10:20
A fight against slavery led by free African-Americans.









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Erica Jong’s ‘Fear of Dying’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 10:20
Erica Jong inspired by aging, and by Isadora Wing.









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‘Can I Go Now?’ by Brian Kellow

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 10:20
A biography of Sue Mengers, a larger-than-life Hollywood agent from the 1960s through the ’80s.









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‘Appleblossom the Possum’ and ‘Firefly Hollow’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 10:19
Small animals with great ambitions (and a curiosity about humans) are featured in these middle-grade books.









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‘The Boys Who Challenged Hitler’ and ‘Somewhere There Is Still a Sun’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 10:09
Two books tell the stories of young people who resisted the Nazis, as partisans and in a concentration camp.









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‘George,’ by Alex Gino

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 10:09
The protagonist of this middle-grade novel knows she’s a girl, though her birth certificate says otherwise.









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‘Beyond the Pond,’ ‘The Tea Party in the Woods’ and ‘The Little Gardener’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 10:08
Three picture books evoke the joy of adventure and discovery, without the interference of fearful adults.









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‘The Marvels,’ by Brian Selznick

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 10:02
A hybrid novel fuses two tales, one told entirely in illustrations, of family legacies and lore.









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‘Black Man in a White Coat,’ by Damon Tweedy

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 10:02
A look at the challenges and realities facing black doctors and patients.









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Editors’ Choice

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 09:24
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.









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Paperback Row

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 09:21
Paperback books of particular interest.









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Inside the List

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 08:00
Jonathan Franzen’s “Purity,” No. 2 on the hardcover fiction list, includes a riff about the “plague of literary Jonathans.”









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Children’s Books: The Pink and the Black

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 09/10/2015 - 09:14
The fashion designers Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel — larger-than-life figures who were real-life rivals — are the subjects of two new biographies for children.









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‘Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success,’ by Michael D’Antonio

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 09/10/2015 - 08:59
“Never Enough” plants Donald Trump’s rise, fall and comeback in the context of broader social, psychological and technological trends.









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Critic’s Take: Minotaur in His Maze

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 09/10/2015 - 03:30
MacDonald ­Harris’s view of human identity as a kind of freak accident provides an undergirding structure of mystery to much of his work.









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‘Paid For,’ by Rachel Moran

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 13:02
A woman looks back on her early years as a Dublin prostitute.









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‘Date-Onomics,’ ‘The Sex Myth’ and ‘Modern Romance’

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 03:30
Books on sex, dating and the relentless search for “the One.”









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‘Beauty Is a Wound’ and ‘Man Tiger’ by Eka Kurniawan

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 03:30
In two family chronicles set in turbulent 20th-century Indonesia, the supernatural blends with the everyday.









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