Book Reviews

Nonfiction: A Former Student Approaches the Life of Elizabeth Bishop

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 03/01/2017 - 05:00
Megan Marshall’s “Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast” is only the second full-scale biography of this major poet, and the first in 25 years.
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Barack, Michelle Obama get book deals

USAToday Books - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 22:00

The former president and first lady will be busy writing.

        
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Books of The Times: Review: Elif Batuman’s ‘The Idiot’ Sets a Romantic Crush on Simmer

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 17:11
In this first novel, set in 1995, Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, falls for an older student from Hungary during her freshman year at Harvard.
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Nonfiction: Stalin Gets Results: The Soviet Push for Tech Dominance

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 09:00
“Stalin and the Scientists” by Simon Ings shows how Stalin’s terror extended even to the men driving his technology program.
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Jamison's new bio puts poet Robert Lowell on the couch

USAToday Books - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 08:02

The author of 'The Unquiet Mind' looks at Lowell's mental state.

        
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Fiction: Wind, Waves and Weather: Jim Shepard’s Stories Force Men Out of Their Element

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 07:00
The stories in Jim Shepard’s new collection, “The World to Come,” send his characters into turbulent waters, both historical and personal.
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How singer Judy Collins conquered her eating disorder

USAToday Books - Mon, 02/27/2017 - 12:58

The folk singer's new book is called 'Cravings: How I Conquered Food.'

        
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Patricia Cornwell's 'Jack the Ripper' reboot remains deeply flawed

USAToday Books - Mon, 02/27/2017 - 12:18

The best-selling mystery writer again insists that Walter Sickert was the serial killer.

        
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Fiction: Is This Mic On?: A Stand-Up Comedian Wrestles With His Country and His Soul

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 02/27/2017 - 07:00
David Grossman’s novel “A Horse Walks Into a Bar,” about a tormented Israeli comedian, is a “magnificently comic and sucker-punch-tragic excursion into brilliance,” Gary Shteyngart writes.
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From murder to espionage, four tales of foul play

USAToday Books - Sun, 02/26/2017 - 08:02

Our critic recommends four titles mystery lovers won't want to miss.

        
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Books: New and noteworthy

USAToday Books - Sun, 02/26/2017 - 06:02

Look for new books by Chris Colfer and Faye Kellerman.

        
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Weekend picks for book lovers

USAToday Books - Sat, 02/25/2017 - 10:48

Spend your weekend reading 'A Piece of the World' by Christina Baker Kline.

        
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Nonfiction: There at the Creation: Profiles of Seven 20th-Century Artists, All Women

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 21:50
In “Identity Unknown,” Donna Seaman profiles Louise Nevelson, Gertrude Abercrombie, Loïs Mailou Jones and others.
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Nonfiction: After a Stroke at Age 33, This Memoir’s Author Wrote Herself Back to Life

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 13:32
In “Tell Me Everything You Don’t Remember,” Christine Hyung-Oak Lee describes life in the aftermath of her stroke.
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Help Desk: Hygge Is Where the Heart Is

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 13:22
New books on how to relax, cuddle, sip cocoa, bake pastries, knit sweaters and drink coffee during trying times.
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The Book Review Podcast: The History of Race and Racism in America

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 13:15
Ibram X. Kendi discusses the history of books about race and racism in America; Bill Schutt talks about “Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History.”
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Nonfiction: A Belgian Artist’s Graphic Memoir Looks at the Sometimes Tortured Course of Love

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 13:08
In “Pretending Is Lying,” the Belgian graphic novelist Dominique Goblet recalls the troubled men in her life — an alcoholic father and wayward boyfriend.
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Paperback Row

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 12:29
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Chris Colfer's new teen novel stars a bad-boy actor

USAToday Books - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 12:17

'Stranger Than Fanfiction' is about four friends and a TV star who hitches a ride.

        
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Nonfiction: In a New History, Russia’s Revolution Through Expat Eyes

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 12:06
Petrograd’s expatriates provide a running commentary on the fall of the czar in Helen Rappaport’s “Caught in the Revolution.”
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