New York Times Book Reviews

Nonfiction: Anthony Doerr Reviews a New Book on Time Travel

4 hours 3 min ago
James Gleick’s “Time Travel: A History” is a fascinating mash-up of philosophy, literary criticism, physics and cultural observation.
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Nonfiction: Why Do We Love to Curse So Much?

4 hours 3 min ago
“What the F” and “In Praise of Profanity” examine the linguistics, neurology, sociology — and just plain fun — of cursing.
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Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: Inside The New York Times Book Review: Simon Schama’s ‘The Face of Britain’

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 15:03
Simon Schama talks about “The Face of Britain,” and Robert Gottlieb discusses “Avid Reader.”
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Ivory Tower: The Truth Is Out There

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 09:47
The notion that life, including intelligent life, exists beyond Earth seems more persuasive than ever. Four new books take a look at the search, and the searchers.
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The Shortlist: Natural Disaster

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 09:46
New books about a powerful hurricane, disaster preparedness, water management and the eruption of Mount St. Helens.
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Nonfiction: Robert Gottlieb’s ‘Avid Reader’: A Publishing Giant’s Memoir

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 09:46
In “Avid Reader,” the editor Robert Gottlieb chronicles a lifelong affair with books.
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Fiction: In a New Novel, an Indian Woman Tracks Her Abuser

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 09:45
An orphan heads to a temple town to confront her history of abuse in Anuradha Roy’s Booker-longlisted novel “Sleeping on Jupiter.”
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Fiction: A Count Becomes a Waiter in a Novel of Soviet Supremacy

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 09:45
An aristocrat under house arrest witnesses the rise of the Soviet empire in Amor Towles’s “A Gentleman in Moscow.”
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Fiction: Schlock and Awe: A Novel Follows a Director’s Horrific Shoot

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 09:44
“We Eat Our Own,” Kea Wilson’s debut novel about a jungle film shoot, draws inspiration from the notorious “Cannibal Holocaust.”
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Fiction: Alexandra Kleeman Writes Like an Alien on an Anthropological Mission to Earth

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 09:44
Kleeman’s stories in “Intimations” span styles and moods.
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Fiction: In Michelle Tea’s New Novel, Bohemians Meet the Apocalypse

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 09:44
Tea’s “Black Wave” combines a run-up to apocalypse with dark humor.
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Fiction: ‘The Virginity of Famous Men’ Has Characters on Edge

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 09:44
The stories in Christine Sneed’s “The Virginity of Famous Men” inhabit the lives of the indecisive.
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Fiction: In a Novel Set at Harvard, Class Divisions and a Creepy Crush

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 09:43
A middle-class boy becomes obsessed with a rich girl, and increasingly unstable, in Teddy Wayne’s “Loner.”
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Fiction: The Vietnam War Still Has a Hold on the Fiction of Robert Olen Butler

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 09:43
In “Perfume River,” Butler traces the lasting effects of the Vietnam conflict on a New Orleans family.
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Nonfiction: When a Texan Pianist Conquered Cold War Moscow

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 09:43
Nigel Cliff’s “Moscow Nights” tells the story of how Van Cliburn added a human face to the Cold War with a gold-medal performance.
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The Story Behind This Week’s Best Sellers

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 09:39
“The Hidden Life of Trees,” No. 5 on the hardcover nonfiction list, describes the way trees protect their young, communicate and develop communities.
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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 09:29
Readers respond to recent reviews of Julia Leigh’s “Avalanche,” Belle Boggs’s “The Art of Waiting” and more.
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Open Book: A Timeless Observer

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 09:26
Charles McGrath on a new Library of America collection of John O’Hara’s stories.
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Paperback Row

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 00:36
Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.
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9 New Books We Recommend This Week

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 00:32
Suggested reading by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.
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