New York Times Book Reviews

Children’s Books: The First Book in English from China’s Most Popular Author for Children

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 05:00
In “Bronze and Sunflower,” two lonely kids form a lifesaving friendship in a tale from one of China’s most popular authors, Cao Wenxuan.
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Children’s Books: Fracking Threatens a Beloved Forest in This Middle-Grade Novel

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 05:00
As a new industry arrives to lift a struggling town, in “The End of the Wild” by Nicole Helget, a young forager weighs its heavy costs.
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Fiction: Elizabeth Strout’s Follow-Up to ‘Lucy Barton’ Is a Master Class on Class

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 05:00
Strout’s new novel, “Anything Is Possible,” is profound in its rendering of the stories we hide, and the ways we save, or fail to save, one another.
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Fiction: An Immigrant Story of Going Against Type —and Its Costs

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 04:00
In “No One Can Pronounce My Name,” three Indian-Americans struggle to maintain ties to their community while breaking free of its strictures.
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Nonfiction: Hemispheric Pressure: As Asian Powers Rise, How Should the West Respond?

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 04:00
In “Easternization,” Gideon Rachman explores an international transfer of power.
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The Shortlist: Mothers and Sons

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 04:00
New memoirs recall tumultuous relationships between mothers and sons.
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Nonfiction: A Philosophical Survey of Financial Considerations

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 01:00
In “The Wisdom of Money,” Pascal Bruckner favors philosophy over practical ideas about money and how to deal with it.
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Children’s Books: Solve a Puzzle in the Past, Save New York Present

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 16:00
In “York,” Laura Ruby’s captivating new novel, a treasure hunt takes place in a present-day, steam-punky version of New York.
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Paperback Row

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 14:00
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Nonfiction: Excavating an African American Family’s Past in a Townhouse in Harlem

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 14:00
In “Down the Up Staircase,” a memoir co-written with his wife, Syma Solovitch, Bruce D. Haynes traces the changes to his family and to Harlem over three generations.
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10 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 11:35
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Young Adult: Whole New Worlds

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 11:15
In these books, young people must break from the past to navigate first loves, troubled families, wartime travails and more.
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Open Book: Baldwin Burns Strong

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 10:23
An oversize limited edition of James Baldwin’s “The Fire Next Time” is filled with stunning photos by Steve Schapiro from the civil rights era.
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Children’s Books: Seeking Dad, and Alien Life, in a Middle-Grade Novel

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 09:00
A quest to connect with alien life turns into a family affair in the middle-grade novel “See You in the Cosmos.”
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Fiction: A Pair of Updated Greek Tragedies Startle Us Anew

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 06:00
Two novelists — Colm Toibin in “House of Names” and David Vann in “Bright Air Black” — offer new versions of Greek myths.
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By the Book: Jo Nesbo: By the Book

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 06:00
The author of “The Thirst” would invite Charles Bukowski, Jim Thompson and Ernest Hemingway to his literary dinner party: “Partly because I can’t cook and for this party, I probably wouldn’t have to.”
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Bookends: What Book Would You Recommend for America’s Current Political Moment?

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 05:00
Francine Prose and Thomas Mallon suggest reading that suits the current moment and tells us what we can expect from it.
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Fiction: In Joshua Ferris’s Stories, Couples Lead Lives of Quiet Desperation

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 08:00
The stories in “The Dinner Party,” a new collection by the author of “Then We Came to the End,” add up to a magnificent carnival of discord and delusion.
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Nonfiction: A Kinder, Gentler Portrait of Prince Charles

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 06:00
Sally Bedell Smith’s biography of the Prince of Wales is that rare portrayal: pro-Charles, anti-Diana.
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In Conversation With Neil deGrasse Tyson

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 17:29
The noted astrophysicist discusses his new book, “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry,” and what it’s like to die in a black hole.
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