New York Times Book Reviews

Open Book: Outside the Bars

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 15:12
In his new travelogue, the musician Franz Nicolay writes about “the past and future of underground punk and rock in formerly Communist states.”
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By the Book: Terry McMillan: By the Book

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 04:40
The author of “Waiting to Exhale” and, most recently, “I Almost Forgot About You” doesn’t like to read espionage, science fiction or romance novels. “I either know how they’re going to end or don’t care.”
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Nonfiction: There’s a Little Bit of Narcissism in Us All. Kristin Dombek Explains Why.

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 04:30
Thoughts on self-centeredness and its victims’ culture of commiseration in Kristin Dombek’s “The Selfishness of Others.”
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Fiction: Jacqueline Woodson’s Adult Novel Captures 1970s Brooklyn

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 04:30
A return home summons memories of youth in Jacqueline Woodson’s “Another Brooklyn.”
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Fiction: A New Flemish Novel Is Drawing Comparisons to W. G. Sebald

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 04:30
In “War and Turpentine,” the Belgian novelist Stefan Hertmans turns to the notebooks left to him by his grandfather, a painter and World War I conscript.
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Nonfiction: Florence Foster Jenkins Couldn’t Sing, but That Didn’t Stop Her

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 04:30
“Florence! Foster!! Jenkins!!!,” a charming biography by Darryl W. Bullock, tells the story of the world’s worst opera singer.
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Egos: ‘Inside My Head I’m a Girl’: Three Ways of Growing Up Gay

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 04:30
New personal accounts show diverse experiences of growing up gay, from the ordeal of conversion therapy to an unexpectedly elite cultural education.
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Nonfiction: The E.U. Is in Crisis. Two Economists Disagree on Why.

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 04:30
Giles Merritt’s “Slippery Slope” and James K. Galbraith’s “Welcome to the Poisoned Chalice” offer varying diagnoses of the European Union’s problems.
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Nonfiction: Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz Says the Euro Needs Big Reform

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 04:30
In “The Euro,” Joseph E. Stiglitz suggests a structural fix for the continent’s currency.
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Letters to the Editor

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 15:18
Readers respond to recent reviews of Wendy Warren’s “New England Bound,” Erik Axl Sund’s “The Crow Girl” and more.
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Nonfiction: How the Pursuit of Beauty Affects Women’s Lives

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 13:42
“Face Value,” by Autumn Whitefield-Madrano, examines the role of beauty in women’s lives.
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Times Readers Recommend Their Favorite Thrillers

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 13:05
Readers suggest books by James Ellroy, Tom Clancy, P.D. James and many more.
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Fiction: Caleb Carr’s New Thriller Takes On Fancy Forensics. Michael Connelly Reviews.

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 04:30
Caleb Carr’s “Surrender, New York” is an addictive crime procedural stuffed with observations on the manipulations of science and the particular societal ills of the moment.
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Nonfiction: Human Cells Make Up Only Half Our Bodies. A New Book Explains Why.

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 04:30
Ed Yong’s “I Contain Multitudes” says microbes are a larger part of us than once thought, helping to shape and maintain our bodies.
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Critic’s Take: Literature of the Forever War

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 12:09
Are we ready to view our own wars without clear winners or losers?
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Inside the List

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 12:06
David Cay Johnston, whose “The Making of Donald Trump” is No. 15 on the hardcover nonfiction list, says Trump has “seriously damaged his brand.”
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Paperback Row

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 12:05
Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.
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The Shortlist: French Lit

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 11:56
Newly translated books by Michèle Audin, Adrien Bosc, Marguerite Duras and Michèle Halberstadt.
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Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: Book Review Podcast: Colson Whitehead and Jeffrey Toobin Talk About Their New Best Sellers

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 11:52
Colson Whitehead talks about his new novel, “The Underground Railroad,” and Jeffrey Toobin discusses his new book about the fascinating case of Patty Hearst.
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Nonfiction: God, Realigned: The Era of Reformation

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 11:23
In “Reformations,” the Yale historian Carlos M. N. Eire looks at the religious turmoil of the era of Reformation.
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