New York Times Book Reviews

The Shortlist: Reading and Writing

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:41
New books about the art of storytelling, the writing life, reading and the literary origins of the financial crisis.
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The Story Behind This Week’s Best Sellers

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:40
Paulo Coelho’s “The Spy,” a fictional retelling of the life of Mata Hari, is No.18 on the extended hardcover fiction list.
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Nonfiction: A History of the Menorah

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:16
“The Menorah: From the Bible to Modern Israel,” Steven Fine’s richly illustrated academic study.
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Nonfiction: Queen Elizabeth I’s Islam

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:16
Jerry Brotton’s “The Sultan and the Queen” is about England’s first sustained interaction with the Muslim world.
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Nonfiction: Why the Legend of Al Capone Still Fascinates

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:16
In “Al Capone,” Deirdre Bair investigates Public Enemy No. 1 through the unexpected lens of home and family.
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10 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 19:27
Suggested reading by book critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Fiction: Robert Harris’s Thriller Goes Inside the Vatican

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 18:09
Robert Harris’s new thriller, “Conclave,” is a tightly woven tale about power machinations at the top of the Roman Catholic Church.
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Nonfiction: A Biography of Moses, the Man

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 17:35
Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg’s “Moses: A Human Life” shows a man facing the divine and the elusive meaning of life.
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Roundup: Great Outdoors: Landscapes, Both Natural and Created by Human Hands

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 17:18
New books include “Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey Through America’s National Parks.”
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Nonfiction: What’s So Funny About Jewish Humor?

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 16:28
Michael Krasny’s “Let There Be Laughter” is celebration of Jewish humor.
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Nonfiction: Islands in the Sun

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 16:23
Joshua Jelly-Schapiro’s “Island People,” about the Caribbean, is the product of more than a dozen years of extended visits to the region.
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Nonfiction: Wordless Short Stories by Richard McGuire

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 16:14
Richard McGuire’s charming “Sequential Drawings” collects over a decade’s worth of spot illustrations for The New Yorker.
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Nonfiction: ‘The Women Who Made New York’: Icons, Trailblazers and Visionaries

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 16:08
Julie Scelfo’s book positions itself as an antidote to the historiographical tradition of forgetting — and belatedly remembering — women.
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Nonfiction: When Fake News Was Funny

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 15:56
Chris Smith’s oral history traces the 16-year sprint that turned “The Daily Show” from a second-rate cable presentation into a vital institution in American politics and the media.
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Nonfiction: The Private Life of Victorians

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 15:46
Therese Oneill’s “Unmentionable” transports us back to the world of middle-class 19th-century women, emphasizing the messy details that costume dramas airbrush out.
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Children’s Books: Big Beautiful Books for Small People

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 14:04
Revisit Tomi Ungerer’s surprising stories, pretend to cook and more in these large-format illustrated books.
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Nonfiction: Three Handsome Books on Country Living

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 13:07
Glossy new books devoted to the lavish retreats of American “country house” living.
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Nonfiction/Fiction: Queen Victoria in Fiction and Nonfiction

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 12:57
Two new books arrive at the same conclusion: Queen Victoria wasn’t as Victorian as she’s been made out to be — especially behind the bedroom door.
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By the Book: Anna Kendrick: By the Book

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 11:24
The actress, singer and author of “Scrappy Little Nobody” would love to be a bath reader, “but the Parisian charm wears off after five minutes, and then I just want to be dry.”
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Roundup: A Spotlight on the Season’s Top Photography Books

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 14:37
New books showcase the photos of Daido Moriyama, Sally Mann and others.
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