New York Times Book Reviews

Letters to the Editor

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 06:00
Readers respond to “Democracy,” supply more information on the numbers and celebrate new writing tools.
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Nonfiction: The Civil Rights Stories We Need to Remember

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 04:00
S. Jonathan Bass’s “He Calls Me by Lightning” examines the conviction of a black youth in the 1957 killing of a policeman, and the 44-year legal saga that followed.
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Essay: A Personal Foray Into the Long-Lost Pynchon Tapes

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 04:00
Pynchon’s “Mason & Dixon” is a book for these times. And, if you can put up with cassettes, an audiobook does exist.
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American Beauties: A Patriotic and Paranoid Memoir Stared Nixon’s America in the Eye

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 17:15
Charles L. Mee Jr.’s “A Visit to Haldeman and Other States of Mind,” from 1977, is about a man’s search for what went wrong with the American experiment.
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8 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 17:04
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Paperback Row

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 14:00
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Nonfiction: Three 18th-Century Revolutions and Why They Matter in 2017

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 08:00
In “The Unruly City,” Mike Rapport revisits Paris, London and New York to learn lessons from three different 18th-century revolutions.
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Otherworldly: Ghosts, Warring Gods and the Apocalypse: The Best of New Science Fiction and Fantasy

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 06:00
New science fiction and fantasy includes ghosts and warring gods, a desert apocalypse, a cloned messiah and the quest for light-speed travel.
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By the Book: Jeffrey Tambor: By the Book

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 04:00
The actor and author of “Are You Anybody?” loves to watch younger people browse in his bookstore: “The millennials, Xers and Yers are off their equipment and opting for paper, I’m here to tell you!”
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Books of The Times: ‘The End of Eddy’ Captures a Savage Childhood and a Global Movement

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 15:26
Édouard Louis’s deeply autobiographical novel recounts growing up gay among the white underclass in rural France.
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Audiobooks: The Sound of Sherlock: Stephen Fry Voices the Master Sleuth

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 06:00
The noted British actor narrates Arthur Conan Doyle’s tales of a certain obsessive detective.
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Nonfiction: The Value and Virtue of Good Writing (Rule No. 7: Don’t Be a Bore)

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 04:00
In “Do I Make Myself Clear?,” Harold Evans, editor par excellence, explains why good writing is a moral issue.
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Books of The Times: ‘Shake It Up’ Aims to Put Rock Writing in the Pantheon

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 16:36
This collection of rock criticism includes thoughts on hazing, lyrics, death and so much more.
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Children’s Books: New Picture Books for Young Vehicle Lovers

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 16:27
Nine new picture books take adventurous children out for a ride.
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Fiction: Scott Turow’s New Thriller Investigates a Massacre in Bosnia

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 15:29
Scott Turow’s latest novel, “Testimony,” swaps the American courtrooms of previous books for the International Criminal Court after the Bosnian war.
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Match Book: This Boy’s Life, Reflected in Picture Books

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 08:51
“I’m looking for books in which the main character is a young boy of color. I want him to be doing the normal, funny things that kids do.”
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Graphic Lives: Writers Recount Stories of Grief and Joy in Illustrated Panels

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 08:00
New graphic memoirs and a biography capture the toll of illness, a guilty mother and the rise of Mama Cass.
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Fiction: Migration, a Makeshift Family, and Then a Disappearance

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 06:00
In “The Leavers,” Lisa Ko tells the story of a Chinese-American boy who struggles with his mother’s disappearance.
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Nonfiction: For Better, for Worse: Three Memoirs Report From Marriage Country

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 04:00
From their own diverse vantage points, Dani Shapiro, Ada Calhoun and Claire Dederer bear witness to that two-person catastrophe in motion.
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Children’s Books: An Aspiring Bluesman Faces the Loss of his Grandfather

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 12:41
The young hero of Rita Williams-Garcia’s “Clayton Byrd Goes Underground,” an aspiring bluesman, faces the loss of his larger-than-life grandfather.
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