New York Times Book Reviews

Nonfiction: The War to Stay Out of the War Against War

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 04:00
In “War Against War,” Michael Kazin reminds us that opposition to World War I was deep and widespread.
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Nonfiction: Shorthand for Suffering: Siberia Under the Czars

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 04:00
In “The House of the Dead,” his new history of Siberia as a prison colony, Daniel Beer shows how the czars planted the seeds of their own destruction.
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Bookends: Is It Possible for a Writer to Be Objective?

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 12:55
Pankaj Mishra and Leslie Jamison discuss whether writers can ever truly put aside their own prejudices and interpretations.
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Nonfiction: Two New Books Look at the Holocaust in Civic and Military Terms

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 11:03
David Cesarani’s “Final Solution” and Peter Hayes’s “Why?” offer fresh perspectives on the Holocaust.
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Fiction: No Shrinking Violets: A Short Story Collection From Roxane Gay

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 04:00
Troubled, troublesome narrators star in “Difficult Women,” a collection of stories by Roxane Gay.
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Nonfiction: What Not to Eat: ‘The Case Against Sugar’

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 04:00
Gary Taubes’s “The Case Against Sugar” sugarcoats nothing. The stuff kills.
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The Story Behind This Week’s Best Sellers

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 07:30
John Grisham, whose “The Whistler” is No. 1 on the hardcover fiction list, says: “I still pull for the underdog. I still like the little guy.”
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The Shortlist: Families in Fiction

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 06:43
Four new novels introduce readers to the multigenerational struggles of fictional families.
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Critic’s Take: A Few Questions for Poetry

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 06:04
What does poetry do for us and why is it worth supporting?
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Nonfiction: Gathering Storm: A History of the Complicated U.S.-China Relationship Since 1776

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 05:50
In “The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom,” John Pomfret presents a sweeping portrait of America’s 250-year relationship with China.
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Nonfiction: Empathy Is Good, Right? A New Book Says We’re Better Off Without It

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 05:35
In “Against Empathy,” Paul Bloom argues that we shouldn’t feel so much.
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Nonfiction: A Celebration of American Innovation, From the Erie Canal to Jazz to the MRI

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 05:00
Kevin Baker looks at our country’s tradition of innovation in “America the Ingenious.”
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Fiction: Peter Handke’s Time-Traveling Tale of a Europe in Flux

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 04:45
Memory and reality face off in Peter Handke’s “The Moravian Night,” a writer’s tale of a changing Europe.
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9 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 15:53
Suggested reading by editors at The New York Times.
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Paperback Row

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 15:53
Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.
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The Book Review Podcast: How Octopuses Are Like Aliens

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 11:09
Peter Godfrey-Smith discusses “Other Minds,” and Jeff Howe talks about “Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future.”
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Open Book: What You’ll Be Reading in 2017

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 10:22
Looking ahead to new books from George Saunders, Mohsin Hamid, Jesmyn Ward and more.
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Letters to the Editor

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 09:56
Readers respond to recent reviews of “JFK and the Masculine Mystique,” “Egyptomania” and more.
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Nonfiction: For Better or Worse: New Books Forecast the Next Technologies

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 09:27
What do futurists see on the horizon? In “The Signals Are Talking,” Amy Webb argues that tomorrow’s trends will come from today’s fringe. In “Whiplash,” Joi Ito and Jeff Howe outline specific categories of change.
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Nonfiction: Multimediated Lives: An Erudite Tour of Digital Culture

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 09:27
In “The Four-Dimensional Human,” the young British critic Laurence Scott ponders the ways technology is changing individuals and cultures.
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