New York Times Book Reviews

Newsbook: With Health Care Changes Looming, Books to Understand the System

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 16:26
Health care policy is on the verge of a major overhaul. Here are a few books to help you understand the unwieldy system.
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Nonfiction: A Take-No-Prisoners Biography of Barack Obama Examines His Early Love Life

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 15:25
David Garrow’s deeply reported “Rising Star” presents the 44th president as subordinating crucial parts of his life — even love — to political expedience.
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Nonficton: William F. Buckley and the Odyssey of Conservatism

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 11:33
As Alvin Felzenberg shows in “A Man and His Presidents,” Buckley prided himself on purging the conservative movement of extremists, bigots, kooks, anti-Semites and racists. How does his legacy look now?
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Fiction: New From Murakami: Tales of Cool Cars, Shinto Spirits and Lost Love

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 11:14
In the seven stories that make up “Men Without Women,” Haruki Murakami strikes a blue note: a rainy Tokyo full of unfaithful women.
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Match Book: Books for Those Who Love Sports or Just Love to Read About Them

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 04:50
What’s next for the book club that’s read 42 sports-themed stories? Our columnist suggests titles old and new with strong human-interest angles.
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Fiction: Stephen King on Paul Theroux’s Portrait of a Truly Horrible Mother

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 04:00
Theroux’s new novel, “Mother Land,” is an exercise in mean-spirited score-settling. It’s also fun.
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Fiction: A Debut Novel Skewers Startup Culture, Click by Click

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 06:00
Doree Shafrir’s debut novel, “Startup” questions what’s happening in the workplace and what to do about it.
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Nonfiction: Patrick Buchanan Reveals Himself to Be the First Trumpist

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 04:00
In “Nixon’s White House Wars,” it’s Patrick Buchanan, not Nixon, who emerges as the most intriguing character in the entertaining book.
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Fiction: A Taiwanese Classic Now Available in English

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 09:00
“Notes of a Crocodile” is a cult novel by Qiu Miaojin about a group of young gay friends in 1980s Taipei.
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5 Books to Read on Kentucky Derby Day

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 16:43
C. E. Morgan’s “The Sport of Kings,” William Nack’s “Secretariat” and other books to read on the first Saturday in May.
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In Conversation With Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 16:33
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks about demystifying feminism in her new book, “Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions.”
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Caitlyn Jenner’s Stolen Red Shoes and Other Revelations

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 11:57
Can Caitlyn Jenner have anything left to overshare? In “The Secrets of My Life,” No. 8 in hardcover nonfiction, she does.
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The Book Review Podcast: Gabourey Sidibe Talks About ‘This Is Just My Face’

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 11:32
Sidibe talks about her new memoir, and Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.”
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Crime: The Latest in Crime Fiction

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 10:25
Honduran drug lords and Glaswegian mobsters slink through Marilyn Stasio’s crime column, along with a dead college student and a not-so-dead mother.
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Fiction: There’s No Escape From Contamination Above the Toxic Sea

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 10:08
In “Borne,” his new work of eco-fiction, Jeff VanderMeer explores the consequences of our biotech obsession by way of a giant flying bear.
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Nonfiction: For Some, Britain Proved a Port in the Storm of War

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 09:54
“Last Hope Island” by Lynne Olson looks at the role of Europe’s exiles in winning World War II.
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Fiction: A Story Collection Tracks Nepal’s Highs and Somewhat Lows

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 09:38
In response to unhappiness, the characters in Samrat Upadhyay’s “Mad Country” opt for a complete overhaul of their identities.
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Edward Snowden and Cory Doctorow Talk Sci-Fi and Reality

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 08:04
Mr. Snowden, the former contractor for the National Security Agency who exposed government spying on citizens, interviewed the novelist via video.
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Nonfiction: How Do You Make a Fox Your Friend? Fast-Forward Evolution

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 05:00
In “How To Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog),” Lee Alan Dugatkin and Lyudmila Trut detail how Russian biologists fast-tracked evolution.
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The Shortlist: Four New Books Beckon Readers Out West

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 05:00
In three novels and a story collection, authors explore the wilder corners of the American West.
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