Book Reviews

Southern roots pull Frances Mayes home in new memoir

USAToday Books - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:00
The author of 'Under the Tuscan Sun' writes about her Southern childhood.
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‘Savage Harvest,’ by Carl Hoffman

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 11:11
Michael Rockefeller disappeared in New Guinea in 1961. Did he drown, or was he eaten by Asmat tribesmen?






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‘Visible City,’ by Tova Mirvis

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:13
Lives on the Upper West Side are closely intertwined in this domestic novel.






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‘The Bosnia List,’ by Kenan Trebincevic and Susan Shapiro

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:12
A memoir of returning to Bosnia years after fleeing the war-ravaged land.






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‘The Empathy Exams,’ by Leslie Jamison

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:11
Essays on pain, both physical and emotional, and how it affects our relationships with one another and with ourselves.






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‘A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain,’ by Adrianne Harun

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:11
In this debut novel, a teenager contemplates ridding a logging town of a brute.






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Crime: Donna Leon’s ‘By Its Cover,’ and More

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:10
Donna Leon’s “By Its Cover” appears to have been inspired by a systematic sacking of thousands of rare books that came to light in 2012.






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‘American Fun,’ by John Beckman

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:10
A historian considers the social meaning of fun as a form of resistance for ordinary people.






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Children’s Books: Loïc Dauvillier’s ‘Hidden,’ and More

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:10
Three books look at the experiences of Jews in hiding during the Holocaust, and at the people who sheltered them.






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Children’s Books: ‘The Here and Now,’ by Ann Brashares

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:09
A teenager from a different time must defy the strict rules of her community to try to avert world disaster.






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Children’s Books: ‘Swim That Rock,’ by John Rocco and Jay Primiano

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:08
A 13-year-old boy growing up on Narragansett Bay tries to save his family in this young adult novel.






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Children’s Books: ‘A Snicker of Magic,’ by Natalie Lloyd

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:08
The plucky heroine of this middle-grade novel wants to stay put after yet another move, this one to a magical place.






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Paperback Row

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:07
Paperback books of particular interest.






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Editors’ Choice

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:07
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.






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Inside the List

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:06
In “Thrive,” which is No. 1 on the hardcover nonfiction list, Arianna Huffington offers a technocratic version of the old work-life equation, swathed in New Age incense.






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‘The Cold Song,’ by Linn Ullmann

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:04
Linn Ullmann’s family novel is set in motion by a nanny’s murder.






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‘The Ballad of a Small Player,’ by Lawrence Osborne

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:04
A crooked lawyer on the run plays the tables in Macau and Hong Kong.






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The Shortlist: Wil S. Hylton’s ‘Vanished,’ and More

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:01
New books by Neil Swidey, Wil S. Hylton and Peter Stark.






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‘Can’t and Won’t,’ by Lydia Davis

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:58
Stories that investigate the strange, the mundane and the profound, with thoughts on Flaubert, housekeeping and roosters.






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Open Book: The Joads Turn 75

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:57
This month marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath,” one of the most decorated novels ever written by an American.






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