New York Times Book Reviews

Paperback Row

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 17:34
Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Letters to the Editor

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 17:21
Readers respond to Bernard-Henri Lévy’s By the Book interview and more.
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Open Book: The Way We Were (and Are and Could Be)

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 17:11
Three recently published books offer past, present and possible future views of the country.
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Six New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 16:51
Suggested reading from editors of the Book Review and The Times’s book critics.
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By the Book: Ayelet Waldman: By the Book

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 06:00
The author, most recently, of “A Really Good Day” maybe isn’t a fan of the “nurse romance” genre. But “come to think of it, ‘Atonement,’ by Ian McEwan, is one of my favorite contemporary novels, and what is that if not a nurse romance?”
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Nonfiction: What Do They Want? Graeme Wood Speaks With Supporters of ISIS

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 04:00
“The Way of the Strangers,” by Graeme Wood, asks where the militants of ISIS get their values.
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Nonfiction: Is Edward Snowden a Spy? A New Book Calls Him One.

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 17:23
In “How America Lost Its Secrets,” Edward Jay Epstein says Russia was the main beneficiary of Snowden’s revelations.
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Nonfiction: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Two Books About Muslim Identity

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 16:25
Omar Saif Ghobash’s “Letters to a Young Muslim” offers advice for young Muslims in the West, and Ali A. Rizvi’s “The Atheist Muslim” is about a journey from believer to atheist.
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Nonfiction: A Novelist Scours the Honduran Jungle for Pre-Columbian Ruins. The Jungle Scours Him Back.

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 04:00
Douglas Preston goes in search of a forgotten pre-Columbian city in the jungles of Honduras in “The Lost City of the Monkey God.”
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Nonfiction: Yes He Did: Jonathan Chait Argues That Obama’s Accomplishments Will Survive

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 04:00
In “Audacity,” Jonathan Chait says Barack Obama’s achievements will not be easy to dismantle.
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The Long View: We’ve Been Here Before: Jon Meacham on the Literature of Our Discontent

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 04:10
Some fiction from our chaotic past repays attention as we seek our bearings now.
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Essay: Reading the Classic Novel That Predicted Trump

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 04:00
The protagonist of Sinclair Lewis’s 1935 novel “It Can’t Happen Here” sees something dark brewing in American politics.
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Books of The Times: ‘Class’ Takes Satirical Aim at Brooklyn Grade-School Parents

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 15:46
The heroine of Lucinda Rosenfeld’s stiletto-sharp novel tries to do the right thing about race, class, nutrition, poverty, parenthood and plastics.
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Reader's Notebook: Lie to Me: Fiction in the Post-Truth Era

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 13:26
Like reality-TV fans and some Donald J. Trump supporters, today’s novel readers may recognize the artifice before them but form a bond of “shared culpability.”
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Poetry: On Menopause and Milkshakes: Short Reports From a Poet

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 11:51
Mary Ruefle’s new book of prose poems and reflections, “My Private Property,” is filled with counterintuitive insights.
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The Book Review Podcast: Edward Snowden: Hero, Traitor or Spy?

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 11:40
Nicholas Lemann talks about “How America Lost Its Secrets,” and James Ryerson discusses new books about civility.
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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 10:44
Readers respond to Woody Allen’s review of “Mary Astor’s Purple Diary” and more.
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The Story Behind This Week’s Best Sellers

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 10:34
The scientist Elizabeth Blackburn won a Nobel Prize for some of the discoveries she and Elissa Epel write about in “The Telomere Effect,” an anti-aging book new at No. 15 in hardcover nonfiction.
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Nonfiction: Thoreau the Weird: A New Interpretation of His Philosophy

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 10:20
Kevin Dann’s “Expect Great Things” offers a New Age vision of Henry David Thoreau.
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Children’s Books: Big Dreams for a Very Short Girl

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 10:20
The small-statured heroine of Holly Goldberg Sloan’s middle-grade novel “Short” lands a part in a semiprofessional production of “The Wizard of Oz.”
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