Book Reviews

Editors’ Choice

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 10:18
Nine new books recommended by the editors of The New York Times Book Review this week.
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Paperback Row

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 10:05
Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Nonfiction: Imagine Your Substitute Teacher Is Nicholson Baker. For These Kids, He Was.

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 10:04
In “Substitute,” Nicholson Baker fills in at school in Maine to find out what’s really going on in class.
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Nonfiction: The Co-Founder of n+1 Is ‘Against Everything’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:57
In the essays in “Against Everything,” Mark Greif brings an intellectual arsenal to bear on materialistic desperation and market culture.
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Children’s Books: Why Kids Will Love Raina Telgemeier’s New Graphic Novel

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:51
Raina Telgemeier extends her skills as a storyteller into the magic-realist realm in “Ghosts.”
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The Shortlist: New York History

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:51
New books about New York City and the Hudson River Valley during the American Revolution and more.
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Author’s Note: Kwame Alexander on Children’s Books and the Color of Characters

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:50
My students all believe I am writing about them. Why is race so much harder for the grown-ups?
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Children’s Books: A Kids’ Novel About That One Teacher Who Changes Everything

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:49
Three troubled sixth graders and one amazing teacher who changes everything, in John David Anderson’s “Ms. Bixby’s Last Day.”
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Fiction: In ‘Harmony,’ Parents Seek Help for a Difficult Girl at a Cultish Camp

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:49
Carolyn Parkhurst’s new novel, “Harmony,” is a moving and compassionate literary dive straight into the heart of a frantic parent.
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Nonfiction: Roads Not Taken: Mark Lilla on Political Reaction

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:49
Mark Lilla’s essays in “The Shipwrecked Mind” examine the nature of political reactionaries.
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Nonfiction: A Critical History Asks, What Does It Mean to Be Modern?

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:48
Steven B. Smith’s “Modernity and Its Discontents” is a survey of Western intellectual history from Machiavelli to Saul Bellow.
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Children’s Books: Richard Peck’s Middle-Grade Novel: A Boy, His Teacher and Same-Sex Marriage

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:46
“The Best Man,” by Richard Peck, examines a boy’s relationships with the men in his life, two of whom will marry.
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Children’s Books: Four New Picture Books Teach Children the Power of Stories

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:46
Children climb typography mountains and craft their own adventures in four tributes to the power of storytelling.
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Children’s Books: Three Stunning Picture Books Take Children on Unusual Journeys

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:44
A red door leads to adventure, a curious mouse sends himself to the moon, and a lonely man gets a mysterious invitation.
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Children’s Books: A Young Sprinter Finds His Team in ‘Ghost’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:44
A gifted young sprinter in a tough neighborhood unexpectedly finds the support he needs in Jason Reynolds’s “Ghost.”
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Nonfiction: One Nation, Under Stress

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:08
Sarah Jaffe’s “Necessary Trouble” and Zachary Roth’s “The Great Suppression” examine disparate efforts to further democracy and to restrict it.
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Fiction: Fiction or Standardized Test? ‘Multiple Choice’ Is Both

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:07
In Alejandro Zambra’s latest, “Multiple Choice,” narrative and parody tangle with standardized tests.
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On Poetry: Do People Hate Poetry? According to Ben Lerner, Yes

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 08:58
In “The Hatred of Poetry,” Ben Lerner maintains that poetry is “often met with contempt rather than mere indifference.”
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Nonfiction: Read It Later: A Procrastinator’s Memoir

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 08:58
The reporter Phyllis Korkki takes on procrastination and the urge to defer in “The Big Thing.”
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Open Book: Found in Translation

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 08:57
Tim Parks recommends five of his favorite translated novels.
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