New York Times Book Reviews

Open Book: Reading by Numbers

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 17:29
“Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is Mauve” slices and dices the texts of classic and contemporary books to generate charts and graphs.
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Letters to the Editor

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 17:29
Readers respond to a recent review of George Saunders’s “Lincoln in the Bardo” and more.
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Fiction: Domenico Starnone’s New Novel Is Also a Piece in the Elena Ferrante Puzzle

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 12:31
Domenico Starnone’s novel is a sort of sequel to Elena Ferrante’s ‘Days of Abandonment.’
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Fiction: A Heroine Who Does Adulthood on Her Own Terms

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 09:53
In Jami Attenberg’s “All Grown Up,” a single woman entering her 40s forgoes the typical trappings of adulthood.
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By the Book: Hari Kunzru: By the Book

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 08:00
The author, most recently, of “White Tears” says it might be nice to give Theresa May a book that shows England from an outsider’s perspective: She “strikes me as the kind of Tory who has read too much Trollope and not enough of anything else.”
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Nonfiction: Did His Mind Make Him Do It? How Neuroscience Entered the Courtroom

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 06:00
In “The Brain Defense,” Kevin Davis considers whether new developments in neuroscience could redefine innocence and culpability.
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Books of The Times: Meet an Intergalactic Spider in ‘Spaceman of Bohemia’

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 16:06
Space oddities abound in Jaroslav Kalfar’s debut novel, as a Czech astronaut is sent to a mysterious cloud of dust swept in from a neighboring galaxy.
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Books of The Times: The Dramas and Intrigues of Louis Kahn, Monumental Architect

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 13:32
“You Say to Brick,” a biography by Wendy Lesser, examines Kahn’s life and buildings.
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Nonfiction: You Must Remember This: Why We Return to ‘Casablanca’ and ‘High Noon’

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 11:55
Noah Isenberg’s “We’ll Always Have Casablanca” and Glenn Frankel’s “High Noon” examine the cultural and political contexts of two Hollywood classics.
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Fiction: Heroes Meet at a Boy Scout Camp out of William Golding

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 08:00
The Boy Scouts are heroes and villains in “The Hearts of Men,” Nickolas Butler’s sweeping novel of summer camp.
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Nonfiction: High Anxiety: A New Approach to What Explains Compulsive Behavior

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 06:00
In “Can’t Just Stop,” the journalist Sharon Begley looks at the science behind procrastinating, self-sabotaging and self-destructiveness.
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Author’s Note: Literature by Degree

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 08:00
Ben Markovits on how universities shape the literary landscape
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Fiction: A Novel Dwells on the Loves of Lovecraft

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 06:00
Paul La Farge’s novel “The Night Ocean” is a many-voiced story about H. P. Lovecraft, his teenage acolyte Robert Barlow and the diary Lovecraft supposedly kept of their love life together.
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Nonfiction: The Troubling Appeal of Education at For-Profit Schools

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 04:00
“Lower Ed” by Tressie McMillan Cottom asks why students sign up for high debt and problematic degrees at for-profit schools.
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Books of The Times: Past, Present and Future Collide in Joan Didion’s ‘South and West’

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 16:30
Containing two excerpts from her notebooks dating to the 1970s, this book uncannily sheds light on some of the divisions splintering America today.
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Nonfiction: In David Shields’s Brief Essays, People May Be Farther Than They Appear

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 08:00
The essays in David Shields’s “Other People” reveal him to be an elusive, humorous ironist particularly interested in sex, sports, selfhood, actors and fiction.
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Nonfiction: ‘Four Days That Changed the World’: Unintended Consequences of a Women’s Rights Conference

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 06:00
“Divided We Stand” by Marjorie J. Spruill recalls a 1977 women’s rights conference that ended up energizing the anti-feminist opposition.
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Ivory Tower: All Too Human

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 05:00
A philosopher, a bioethicist and a literary theorist wrestle with the question of what makes us human.
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The Book Review Podcast: Happy Trails

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 15:22
Florence Williams discusses “The Nature Fix,” and Jennifer Szalai talks about new Argentine fiction.
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How to Read Proust in the Original

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 14:18
A remembrance of reading Proust.
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