New York Times Book Reviews

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

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 06:00
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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Nonfiction: You Must Remember This: Why We Return to ‘Casablanca’ and ‘High Noon’

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 04:00
Noah Isenberg’s “We’ll Always Have Casablanca” and Glenn Frankel’s “High Noon” examine the cultural and political contexts of two Hollywood classics.
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Nonfiction: There at the Creation: Profiles of Seven 20th-Century Artists, All Women

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 20:50
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

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 12:32
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

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 12:22
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

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 12:15
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

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 12:08
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

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 11:29
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Nonfiction: In a New History, Russia’s Revolution Through Expat Eyes

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 11:06
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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George Saunders, Famous for Futuristic Short Stories, Hits No. 1 With a Historical Novel

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 10:56
“Lincoln in the Bardo,” about the president mourning his young son, goes straight to the top of the hardcover fiction list.
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Critic’s Take: What Happens Next (or Doesn’t)

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 10:51
The novelist Marisa Silver on how notions of plot have changed through literature.
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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 10:45
Readers respond to recent reviews of Michael Tomasky’s “Bill Clinton,” Elliot Ackerman’s “Dark at the Crossing” and more.
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Open Book: Stranger Than Reality?

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 10:33
Close observers of the political scene, including CNN’s Jake Tapper, are getting into the thriller game.
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The Shortlist: Y.A. Crossover

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 09:00
New young adult crossover books include a novel inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, a fantasy about a sinister magic carnival, and more.
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Fiction: A Drifter Gets Rerooted in a Novel of the New West

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 08:00
Marc Bojanowski’s second novel, “Journeyman,” is about a drifter out West who reconnects, reluctantly, with his brother.
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Fiction: Mystery Woman: A Novel Explores the Story of Andrew Wyeth’s ‘Christina’s World’

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 08:00
In “A Piece of the World,” Christina Baker Kline invents a private life for the woman in Andrew Wyeth’s most famous painting.
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Fiction: ‘The Schooldays of Jesus’: Coetzee’s Teasing New Parable

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 06:00
“The Schooldays of Jesus” continues J.M. Coetzee’s fictional exploration of a boy’s encounters with a disturbing new world.
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Fiction: Conversations With Himself: Sam Shepard’s Narrator Takes Stock of His Life

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 04:00
Sam Shepard’s novella, “The One Inside,” is narrated by a rueful, aging actor/writer not unlike Shepard himself.
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8 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 12:38
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The Times.
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Nonfiction: Tales From the Personal Essay Industrial Complex

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 08:00
In “How to Murder Your Life” and “All the Lives I Want,” Cat Marnell and Alana Massey till the raw ground of the personal.
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