Book Reviews

Help Desk: Resistance Is Futile

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/04/2015 - 12:25
For people who have grown cynical about self-help, new books teach you how to toughen up, ignore the haters and know your league. Brace yourself.









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Inside the List

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/04/2015 - 11:51
“Cross Justice,” which enters the hardcover fiction list at No. 1, is James Patterson’s ninth novel to hit the adult hardcover list in 2015.









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‘What the Eye Hears’ and ‘America Dancing’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/04/2015 - 11:44
One book explores the history of tap-dancing, and why tap matters, and another examines popular American dance, from Fred and Ginger to Michael Jackson.









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Editors’ Choice

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/04/2015 - 11:12
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.









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Paperback Row

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/04/2015 - 11:08
Paperback books of particular interest.









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Letters: Questioning the Gods

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/04/2015 - 10:55
Readers respond to a recent review of Tim Whitmarsh’s “Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World” and more.









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Crime: Death Takes No Holiday

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/04/2015 - 09:47
In Stuart Neville’s “Those We Left Behind,” a 12-year-old boy is sent to a Belfast prison for murdering his foster father.









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‘Lady Byron and Her Daughters,’ by Julia Markus

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/04/2015 - 09:42
A corrective to the notion that Annabella was a “demented and dull-witted demon.”









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‘Portraits: John Berger on Artists’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/04/2015 - 09:27
Now almost 90, Berger still has the deep devotion to pictures that you might associate with a first-year art ­student.









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‘The Spectacle of Skill: Selected Writings of Robert Hughes’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/04/2015 - 08:37
A compilation of selected writings by Hughes includes new material from the unfinished memoir he was working on when he died in 2012.









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‘How To,’ ‘Variations on a Rectangle’ and ‘The Art of Typewriting’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/04/2015 - 05:16
Two wide-ranging compilations by contemporary masters of commercial graphic design, and an exploration of the visual possibilities offered by typographical tools.









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‘Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill,’ by Sonia Purnell

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/04/2015 - 05:00
Churchill’s wife became an essential confidante and adviser.









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Roger Angell’s ‘This Old Man’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/04/2015 - 04:26
Now in his mid-90s, Angell has put together a collection of literary odds and ends.









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‘St. Marks Is Dead,’ by Ada Calhoun

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/04/2015 - 04:20
St. Marks Place in New York has been home to visionaries, thrill seekers and aimless beauties for 400 years.









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Oprah Winfrey to write 'inspirational' memoir

USAToday Books - Thu, 12/03/2015 - 15:13

Oprah Winfrey, whose book club produced dozens of best sellers, is now writing a memoir that will draw on "her own story as the source of inspirational advice." It will be called The Life You Want and is due out in January 2017, by Flatiron Books.

       
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Oprah Winfrey to write 'inspirational' memoir

USAToday Books - Thu, 12/03/2015 - 14:44

The media mogul also will publish books under her own new imprint.

        
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Google Play top-seller lists contain few surprises in entertainment

USAToday Books - Thu, 12/03/2015 - 13:08

'Game of Thrones,' Adele, 'Fifty Shades,' and 'Interstellar' take the prizes.

        
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Sneak peek: Lauren Graham goes to 'Middle School'

USAToday Books - Thu, 12/03/2015 - 10:03

The 'Gilmore Girls' star is mom to a rule-breaking preteen in the James Patterson adaptation.

        
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Ethan Hawke: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 12/03/2015 - 07:00
The author, most recently, of “Rules for a Knight,” says the best book about acting, indirectly at least, is “The Dude and the Zen Master,” by Jeff Bridges and his Zen teacher, Bernie Glassman.









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The Shortlist: Wine

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 12/03/2015 - 05:01
New books include “Tangled Vines,” which traces the bloody history of California winemaking.









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