Book Reviews

Fiction: Heroes Meet at a Boy Scout Camp out of William Golding

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 08:00
The Boy Scouts are heroes and villains in “The Hearts of Men,” Nickolas Butler’s sweeping novel of summer camp.
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Nonfiction: High Anxiety: A New Approach to What Explains Compulsive Behavior

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 06:00
In “Can’t Just Stop,” the journalist Sharon Begley looks at the science behind procrastinating, self-sabotaging and self-destructiveness.
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Spy George Smiley returns from the cold after 25 years

USAToday Books - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 15:22

John le Carré's new novel is 'A Legacy of Spies.'

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How Liberia made history and elected a 'Madame President'

USAToday Books - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 12:55

A new biography of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf documents an incredible journey.

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Author’s Note: Literature by Degree

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 08:00
Ben Markovits on how universities shape the literary landscape
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Hitler's bad trip: Was Nazi Germany amped up on drugs?

USAToday Books - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 07:04

Book argues that widespread use of methamphetamine occurred in Germany during war.

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Fiction: A Novel Dwells on the Loves of Lovecraft

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 06:00
Paul La Farge’s novel “The Night Ocean” is a many-voiced story about H. P. Lovecraft, his teenage acolyte Robert Barlow and the diary Lovecraft supposedly kept of their love life together.
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Nonfiction: The Troubling Appeal of Education at For-Profit Schools

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 04:00
“Lower Ed” by Tressie McMillan Cottom asks why students sign up for high debt and problematic degrees at for-profit schools.
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Books of The Times: Past, Present and Future Collide in Joan Didion’s ‘South and West’

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 16:30
Containing two excerpts from her notebooks dating to the 1970s, this book uncannily sheds light on some of the divisions splintering America today.
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Glory days at Vogue, and then a humiliating fall

USAToday Books - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 14:57

Joan Juliet Buck's 'Price of Illusion' recalls famous friends and glam editing days.

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Joan Didion opens '70s notebooks, offers revealing peek into her psyche

USAToday Books - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 13:57

The acclaimed author's latest book is drafts of two essays from decades ago.

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Nonfiction: In David Shields’s Brief Essays, People May Be Farther Than They Appear

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 08:00
The essays in David Shields’s “Other People” reveal him to be an elusive, humorous ironist particularly interested in sex, sports, selfhood, actors and fiction.
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Nonfiction: ‘Four Days That Changed the World’: Unintended Consequences of a Women’s Rights Conference

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 06:00
“Divided We Stand” by Marjorie J. Spruill recalls a 1977 women’s rights conference that ended up energizing the anti-feminist opposition.
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Ivory Tower: All Too Human

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 05:00
A philosopher, a bioethicist and a literary theorist wrestle with the question of what makes us human.
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Churchill's 'Ungentlemanly,' but deadly, war against the Nazis

USAToday Books - Sun, 03/05/2017 - 08:00

Giles Milton's history goes inside Britain's clandestine warfare during World War II.

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Books: New and noteworthy

USAToday Books - Sun, 03/05/2017 - 06:02

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

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Weekend picks for book lovers

USAToday Books - Sat, 03/04/2017 - 13:06

Spend your weekend reading 'All Our Wrong Todays.'

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The Book Review Podcast: Happy Trails

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 03/03/2017 - 15:22
Florence Williams discusses “The Nature Fix,” and Jennifer Szalai talks about new Argentine fiction.
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How to Read Proust in the Original

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 03/03/2017 - 14:18
A remembrance of reading Proust.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 03/03/2017 - 12:47
Readers react to an essay about the Bible, a review of recent graphic books about the Middle East and more.
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