Book Reviews

By the Book: George Saunders: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 06:00
The author, most recently, of “Lincoln in the Bardo” on his favorite genre: “I love reading anything about gigantic animate blobs of molten iron who secretly long to be concert pianists.”
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Nonfiction: Her Spirit Guide: The Face Behind a Faith-Shaping Devotional

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 06:00
In Macy Halford’s “My Utmost: A Devotional Memoir,” Halford’s love of Oswald Chambers’s classic evangelical text prompts a closer look at her own life.
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Fiction: Joyce Carol Oates’s Novel Plumbs the Depths of America’s Abortion War

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 04:00
Joyce Carol Oates tackles America’s abortion war in her new novel, “A Book of American Martyrs,” about the killing of a doctor and its aftermath.
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J.D. Robb, Neil Gaiman pack 1-2 punch on USA TODAY's books list

USAToday Books - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 10:12

'Echoes in Death' is No. 1, 'Norse Mythology' lands at No. 2.

        
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Fiction: Gone Guy: A Writer Leaves His Wife, Then Disappears in Greece

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 06:00
Katie Kitamura’s novel “A Separation” follows an estranged wife’s journey to Greece in search of her missing husband.
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Nonfiction: The Rare Writer Who Hates the Word ‘I’

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 04:00
In “Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life,” Yiyun Li recounts abandoning Chinese in order to write in English.
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Children’s Books: From Children’s Books to Live Theater: Mo Willems and Oliver Jeffers Have New Tales to Tell

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 13:55
Mo Willems and Oliver Jeffers talk about turning their children’s books into plays.
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Nonfiction: Pet Projects of the New Billionaires

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 06:00
Two new books about tech culture — Alexandra Wolfe’s “Valley of the Gods” and Aimee Groth’s “The Kingdom of Happiness” — whisk readers around Silicon Valley like tourists in a celebrity-sighting van.
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Fiction: Death and Disaster Stalk the Characters in Margaret Drabble’s New Novel

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 04:00
Margaret Drabble’s “The Dark Flood Rises” is a fictional road trip through various forms of “senior living” in Britain.
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Milo Yiannopoulos buys more time for controversial book

USAToday Books - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 15:03

'Dangerous,' now due in June, will address campus protests against the author.

        
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Bookends: Which Dystopian Novel Got It Right: Orwell’s ‘1984’ or Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’?

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 12:29
Charles McGrath and Siddhartha Deb debate which classic dystopian vision rings truest at the beginning of 2017.
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Lincoln's trippy visit to son's grave in brilliant 'Bardo'

USAToday Books - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 11:25

George Saunders' outstanding debut novel is haunted by a grieving president.

        
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'Charlie Hebdo' widow writes defiant memoir

USAToday Books - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 09:51

Maryse Wolinski's husband died in the 2015 terrorist attack on the satirical paper.

        
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Nonfiction: Apocalypse Now: What’s Behind the Volatile Mood of Today’s American — and European — Voters

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 04:00
In “Age of Anger,” Pankaj Mishra views today’s political struggles through the prism of the Rousseau-Voltaire debates.
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Fiction: Ghost Stories: Vietnamese Refugees Wrestle With Memory in a New Book by the Author of ‘The Sympathizer’

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 04:00
Viet Thanh Nguyen’s “The Refugees” illustrates the plight of men and women displaced from wartime Saigon and resettled in California.
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Neil Gaiman on His ‘Norse Mythology,’ in Which Odin Wants a Wall

New York Times Book Reviews - Sun, 02/12/2017 - 16:37
With this playful retelling, Mr. Gaiman continues to be a combination of best-selling author, famous personality and cult figure.
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Why we love 'Casablanca,' 75 years later

USAToday Books - Sun, 02/12/2017 - 07:02

A new book looks at the World War II movie's enduring appeal.

        
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Books: New and noteworthy

USAToday Books - Sun, 02/12/2017 - 05:03

USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week.

        
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Gamble on Min Jin Lee's winning novel 'Pachinko'

USAToday Books - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 13:02

Spanning the 20th century, it's the Dickensian story of Koreans displaced to Japan.

        
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Weekend picks for book lovers

USAToday Books - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 09:49

Spend your weekend reading 'Stolen Beauty.'

        
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