Book Reviews

'Fifty Shades': How 'Darker' got it hotter

USAToday Books - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 11:22

"I felt more comfortable with being assertive," says Dakota Johnson of the sex scenes.

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Roving Eye: What Are the Pitfalls for the Politically Engaged Writer?

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 04:00
Tim Parks wonders if the literary world is becoming more political, and whether that would be a good thing.
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By the Book: Ali Smith: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 02/07/2017 - 17:07
The author, most recently, of “Autumn” ranks “Invitation to a Beheading” among the great books: “Nabokov treats us to, then liberates us from, the bad farce of totalitarianism. What a blast.”
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Mackenzie Phillips on Netflix's 'One Day at a Time': 'It's really good!'

USAToday Books - Tue, 02/07/2017 - 14:41

Phillips, who now works as a drug counselor, reunited with legendary producer Norman Lear.

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Mackenzie Phillips: Lear, 'One Day' still groundbreaking on Netflix

USAToday Books - Tue, 02/07/2017 - 14:29

Mackenzie Phillips, a star of the original 'One Day at a Time,' talks about executive producer Norman Lear and her recent guest spot on his reimagination of the comedy for Netflix.

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Reader's Notebook: Finding America, Both Red and Blue, in the ‘Little House’ Books

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 02/07/2017 - 14:02
On Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 150th birthday, the vision of life depicted in her popular novels still speaks to our country’s promise — and to its divides.
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Watch Sophie Kinsella's Facebook Live chat on ‘My Not So Perfect Life’

USAToday Books - Tue, 02/07/2017 - 13:54

Fans quizzed the 'Shopaholic' author about her new book.

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Ghostwriting for Washington's powerful is a game of brittle egos

USAToday Books - Tue, 02/07/2017 - 07:39

Barbara Feinman Todd pulls back the curtain in 'Let's Not Pretend.'

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Nonfiction: An Insider-Trading Tale That Reads Like a Thriller

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 02/07/2017 - 04:00
Sheelah Kolhatkar’s “Black Edge” is about the feds’ pursuit of a hedge fund manager.
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Abortion divides two families in Oates' 'American Martyrs'

USAToday Books - Mon, 02/06/2017 - 22:26

Joyce Carol Oates' searing new novel couldn't be more timely.

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Mackenzie Phillips: 'I’m passionate about recovery'

USAToday Books - Mon, 02/06/2017 - 15:03

Now an alcohol and drug counselor, the star writes 'Hopeful Healing,' about recovery.

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Mackenzie Phillips: Book offers hope for addiction recovery

USAToday Books - Mon, 02/06/2017 - 13:40

Mackenzie Phillips talks to USA TODAY's Bill Keveney about her new book, 'Hopeful Healing,' working as an alcohol and drug counselor and making a guest appearance on Netflix's reboot of 'One Day at a Time.'

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Famed 'Woman in Gold' inspires new novel

USAToday Books - Mon, 02/06/2017 - 11:50

Klimt's portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer is the canvas for 'Stolen Beauty.'

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Nonfiction: ‘Generation Revolution’: Why Youth Was Not Enough in Egypt

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 02/06/2017 - 06:00
“Generation Revolution” by Rachel Aspden shows that the young in Egypt are improbably looking forward and backward at the same time.
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Nonfiction: Lincoln Served Six Ways: Reframing a President

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 02/06/2017 - 04:00
In “Six Encounters with Lincoln,” Elizabeth Brown Pryor casts a new light on Lincoln’s leadership.
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Profile: Master of Quirk

New York Times Book Reviews - Sun, 02/05/2017 - 17:06
The publisher of the eclectic publishing house Quirk, a factory for offbeat hits like “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” is now a novelist.
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New book 'Hit Makers' hits all the right notes

USAToday Books - Sun, 02/05/2017 - 07:01

Derek Thompson explores the "science" of how things become popular.

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Books: New and noteworthy

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

Look for new books by Sophie Kinsella and Neil Gaiman.

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Weekend picks for book lovers

USAToday Books - Sat, 02/04/2017 - 05:06

Spend your weekend reading 'Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin.'

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The Book Review Podcast: A Brave Look at Depression

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/03/2017 - 12:14
Daphne Merkin talks about “This Close to Happy,” and Min Jin Lee discusses her new novel, “Pachinko.”
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