New York Times Book Reviews

Fiction: ‘Napoleon’s Last Island’ Imagines the Final Exile

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 09:22
Thomas Keneally’s new novel imagines Napoleon’s final exile through the eyes of a young girl.
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Nonfiction: How Two Black Albino Brothers Became Unwilling Sideshow Stars

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 09:21
Beth Macy’s “Truevine” tells the story of African-American brothers who found exploitation then a measure of success as circus attractions.
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Nonfiction: A Playwright’s Essays: Richard Greenberg Riffs on Whatever He Wants

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 09:21
“Rules for Others to Live By” is Richard Greenberg’s first book of original essays.
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Nonfiction: Meet the Couple Who Helped Shape America’s Nuclear War Policy

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 09:21
Ron Robin’s “The Cold World They Made” is a provocative examination of Albert and Roberta Wohlstetter, whose views influenced policy makers in the 1950s.
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Nonfiction: Saving Nature, for the Joy of It

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 09:20
Michael McCarthy’s “The Moth Snowstorm” is a plea to support conservation lest we endanger our own primordial pleasure.
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Nonfiction: A New Biography Focuses on Karl Instead of Marxism

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 09:20
Gareth Stedman Jones’s “Karl Marx” focuses on Marx the man, not the ideologue.
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Roving Eye: Should Novels Aim for the Heart or the Head?

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 09:18
Is it a good thing for a novel to stimulate our emotions? Montaigne, Brecht and others thought not.
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Paperback Row

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 09:18
Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.
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The Story Behind This Week’s Best Sellers

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 09:17
Bryan Cranston, whose memoir is No. 9 on the hardcover nonfiction list, has a sense of humor about his fame: “It’s a little . . . odd to have your face tattooed on someone’s backside.”
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Open Book: Henry Green’s (Latest) Comeback

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 09:16
New York Review Books Classics is hoping to restore the English novelist’s visibility for good.
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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 09:16
Readers respond to recent reviews of “Power at Ground Zero,” books about black Republicans and more.
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8 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 12:51
Suggested reading by editors at The New York Times.
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By the Book: Gretchen Rubin: By the Book

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 05:00
The author of “The Happiness Project” says she “can’t bear any book with the theme of unjust accusation — no ‘Atonement,’ ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ or ‘Othello’ for me.”
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Nonfiction: What’s Up With Those Voices in Your Head?

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 03:00
In “The Voices Within,” Charles Fernyhough explores the chatter in your head.
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The Shortlist: Y.A. Crossover

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 03:00
New books by David Arnold, Laure Eve, Lauren Oliver and Kenneth Oppel.
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Author’s Note: Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 03:00
All children lie. But when they do so in the service of a good story, aren’t they just budding writers?
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Nonfiction: Ulysses S. Grant: New Biography of ‘A Nobody From Nowhere’

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 03:00
In “American Ulysses,” Ronald C. White focuses on Grant’s virtues instead of his flaws.
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Nonfiction: The Joy of Mass Intimacy: A Look at ‘Future Sex’

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 03:00
Emily Witt’s “Future Sex” is a young woman’s report on an experiment with alternative sexuality.
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Fiction: The Chosen Ones in This Novel’s Title Were Selected for Death

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 03:00
Steve Sem-Sandberg’s “The Chosen Ones” tells the story of a hospital in Nazi Vienna where 800 children were murdered.
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Fiction: High Praise for a Novel About an Awful Children’s Musical

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 03:00
Francine Prose’s new novel, “Mister Monkey,” is about a group of characters involved in an off-off-off-off Broadway production.
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