Book Reviews

Denis Johnson, author of 'Jesus' Son,' dead at 67

USAToday Books - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 13:24

Denis Johnson's other works include 'Tree of Smoke.'

        
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Open Book: Hamilton Minus Music

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 13:19
“The Essential Hamilton” collects examples of the founding father’s personal and political writings.
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A Courtroom Novelist Tackles War Crimes in Bosnia

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 11:48
Scott Turow quits Illinois for The Hague in “Testimony,” and hits the best-seller list at No. 6.
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The Book Review Podcast: Paris, London and New York in the Age of Revolution

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 11:08
Mike Rapport talks about “The Unruly City,” and Dan Egan discusses “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes.”
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Fiction: A Smart, Heartbreaking Novel at the Crossroads of Performance and Art

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 04:00
A nakedly autobiographical meditation on art, Barbara Browning’s “The Gift” both mentions and belongs to the recent crop of autofiction.
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War Stories: New and Noteworthy Books on Military History, from Afghanistan to Waterloo

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 04:00
Thomas E. Ricks reports on the hubris and sorrow of war, from ancient Greece to Afghanistan.
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Nonfiction: The Gulf of Mexico in the Age of Petrochemicals

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 04:00
In “The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea,” Jack E. Davis explores the damage done by a tragic human belief in the inexhaustible bounty of nature.
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Fiction: Bringing One of Burma’s Lost Histories to Life

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 04:00
Charmaine Craig draws on family history in her novel about modern Burma’s power struggles.
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The Shortlist: Missing Persons

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 04:00
Where did they go? The plots of four new novels hinge on missing persons, past and present, accidentally lost or deliberately AWOL.
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Fiction: A Cambodian Refugee Returns Home, to a Landscape Brutally Changed

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 04:00
Vaddey Ratner’s novel “Music of the Ghosts” follows a Cambodian refugee’s return to her homeland, searching for news of her long-lost father.
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Fiction: Debut Stories Blend Beastly Transformations With Teenage Turmoil

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 04:00
In Daisy Johnson’s story collection, “Fen,” teenage torment plays out in a shape-shifting world.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 04:00
Readers respond to “Nixon’s White House Wars,” Walter Winchell’s crafting of the celebrity and more.
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Fiction: Irish Sisters Take Different Paths, but Not the Ones That They Expected

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 04:00
J. Courtney Sullivan’s novel “Saints for All Occasions” covers five decades in the lives of a pair of immigrants and their descendants in America.
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12 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 16:47
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Paperback Row

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:17
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Critic’s Take: Martha Gellhorn’s Greatest Novel Is Essential Reading for Today

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 04:00
In “The Stricken Field,” the American journalist Martha Gelhorn confronted a simmering refugee crisis.
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By the Book: Al Franken: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 04:00
The author of “Al Franken: Giant of the Senate” has at least one Congressional Research Service report on his night stand. “But it’s under Carl Reiner’s book on ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show.’”
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Books of The Times: ‘Aliens’ Asks: If the Universe Is So Vast, Where Is Everybody?

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:48
In this eccentric collection of essays, edited by the theoretical physicist Jim Al-Khalili, scientists consider our search for extraterrestrial life.
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'Milk and Honey' author Rupi Kaur plans second helping

USAToday Books - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 13:50

A new book of poetry from the best-selling author will be published this fall.

        
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Newsbook: 3 Books That Help Make Sense of Cyberwar

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 13:10
On the heels of a global cyberattack, these books explain the real threat of cyber war and the implications for the United States.
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