New York Times Book Reviews

By the Book: Bernard-Henri Lévy: By the Book

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 06:00
The author of “The Genius of Judaism” believes the current political situation in the United States is best illuminated by Philip Roth’s “The Plot Against America.”
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Help Desk: And a Thinner New Year: Five New Books About Food and Diets

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 04:00
Time to avoid cheese, avoid sugar, trick your brain into making you feel less hungry, and learn to love yourself instead of dieting.
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Nonfiction: A History of U.S. Foreign Affairs in Which Grandiose Ambitions Trump Realism

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 04:00
Presidents tend to fall prey to a “utopian temptation,” says Walter A. McDougall in “The Tragedy of U.S. Foreign Policy.”
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Nonfiction: Thinking in the Deep: Inside the Mind of an Octopus

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 04:00
In “Other Minds,” Peter Godfrey-Smith shows how the abilities of the octopus offer insight into the evolution of animal intelligence.
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Nonfiction: Ladies Who Launch: Women Who Opened the Door to Space Exploration

Mon, 12/26/2016 - 04:00
Dava Sobel’s “The Glass Universe” and Margot Lee Shetterly’s “Hidden Figures” uncover the role of women at critical points in the history of science.
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The Book Review Podcast: What Dozens of Notable People Read in 2016

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 13:50
Editors at the Book Review discuss what many notable people were reading this year, and Will Schwalbe talks about “Books for Living.”
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9 New Books We Recommend This Week

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 10:23
Suggested reading by editors at The New York Times.
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The Story Behind This Week’s Best Sellers

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 10:10
In response to reader concerns, Janet Evanovich has toned down the swearing in some of her books — but not the Stephanie Plum series. “Turbo Twenty-Three,” the latest, is No. 9 in hardcover fiction.
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Nonfiction: Ariel Dorfman on an American Martyr: El Salvador, 1980

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 09:54
In “A Radical Faith,” Eileen Markey examines the life of an American churchwoman ruthlessly murdered in El Salvador in 1980.
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Nonfiction: Lessons on How to Live, in 26 Books

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 09:54
In “Books for Living,” Will Schwalbe writes about what he’s learned from some of his favorite books.
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Critic’s Take: In Trying Times, the Balm of Jane Austen

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 09:54
The predictability of “Pride and Prejudice” was the perfect escape from a grim passage.
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The Shortlist: Dynasty: Three New Books About England’s Tudors

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 09:53
New books by Tracy Borman, Suzannah Lipscomb and Nicola Tallis.
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Paperback Row

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 09:53
Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 09:53
Readers respond to the 100 Notable Books of 2016 and more.
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On Poetry: The Best Poetry of 2016

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 17:18
The Book Review’s On Poetry columnist picks his favorite books of the year.
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Nonfiction: Painting Damnation: Celebrating 500 Years of Bosch

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 11:48
A wave of appraisal marks the 500th anniversary of Hieronymus Bosch’s death.
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Notebook: The Best Photo Books of 2016

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 06:00
Across the spectrum of photo books published this year are pleasures to be discovered. Here are 10 of the best.
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By the Book: Charles Johnson: By the Book

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 05:00
The author of “Middle Passage” and, most recently, “The Way of the Writer” agrees with Sartre: “If literature isn’t everything, it’s not worth a single hour of someone’s trouble.”
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Nonfiction: Woody Allen Reviews a Graphic Tale of a Scandalous Starlet

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 04:00
“Mary Astor’s Purple Diary,” by Edward Sorel, is a juicy, funny and, in the end, touching look at the actress’s life.
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Bookends: What’s the Best Book, New or Old, You Read This Year?

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 12:08
All 16 Bookends columnists share their favorite reading experiences of 2016.
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