New York Times Book Reviews

Nonfiction: How the Fiscal Crisis of the ’70s Shaped Today’s New York

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 04:00
Drop dead, President Ford told the Big Apple in 1975. Instead, the city embarked on a great unwinding of progressive politics
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Fiction: A Romance Novel Within a Novel Steals the Show

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 04:00
In “The Romance Reader’s Guide to Life,” Sharon Pywell uses a novel within a novel to introduce genre elements to her story of ambitious sisters.
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Fiction: A Debut Collection Looks to Nigeria’s Past, Present and Possibly Fantastical Future

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 04:00
Lesley Nneka Arimah’s story collection, “What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky,” mixes utopian parables, magical tales and nightmare scenarios.
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Nonfiction: How Four Powerful Rulers Decided the Fate of a Continent

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 04:00
John Julius Norwich’s “Four Princes” looks at the 16th century through the lives of four powerful European leaders.
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Nonfiction: Research Institutions Now Cater to the Prejudices of Wealth

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 04:00
Daniel W. Drezner’s “The Ideas Industry” traces the transformation of an intellectual marketplace into an industry.
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Nonfiction: A Writer Embraces the Scholar Who Introduced the Kabbalah to Secular Society

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 04:00
In “Stranger in a Strange Land,” George Prochnik examines his unfolding religious and political drama through the lens of the scholar Gershom Scholem.
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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 04:00
Readers respond to George W. Bush’s artistic penance, the division of values and more.
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Profile: ‘A Writer Writes’: Penelope Lively’s Fiction Defies the Test of Time

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 18:00
Lively’s new collection of stories, “Purple Swamp Hen,” marks her 21st work of fiction. At 84, this chronicler of the English middle class shows no signs of stopping.
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Open Book: The Inexhaustible Four

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 16:42
In his new book, Rob Sheffield writes: ““Being born on the same planet as the Beatles is one of the 10 best things that’s ever happened to me.”
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Paperback Row

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 16:33
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Ivory Tower: The Humanity of Numbers

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 16:15
Three books examine the human propensity for sharing numbers — in more ways than you might think.
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10 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 10:38
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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By the Book: Gabourey Sidibe: By the Book

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 04:00
The actress and author of “This Is Just My Face” found herself rereading Ruthie Mae Bolton’s “Gal,” “each time understanding more and more, the blessing and the burden of being a black woman.”
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Books of The Times: Patricia Lockwood Is a Priest’s Child (Really), but ‘From the Devil’

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 15:06
Lockwood, a poet, truly is the daughter of a Catholic priest. It’s a long story, and it roars from the gate in this memoir.
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Newsbook: Making Sense of the Philippines

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 13:57
With the Philippine-American relationship under scrutiny, here are three books to shed light on the former U.S. colony’s culture and politics.
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Fiction: Maine’s Great Fires Kindle a Second Chance at Love

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 09:18
Anita Shreve puts a historic disaster to work in this novel about a young mother who loses her home and nearly her life in the fires of 1947.
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Nonfiction: America First? No, Says Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 06:00
In “Democracy,” Rice argues that people around the world yearn for freedom, and that democracy promotion is a key goal of American foreign policy.
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It’s Complicated: The Path of an Israeli-Palestinian Love Story

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 04:00
Dorit Rabinyan hopes Americans will read her prizewinning novel, ‘All the Rivers,’ for its story, and not the controversy surrounding it in Israel.
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Match Book: A Fantastic, Fantastical Book for the New, Cool Woman in My Life

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 04:02
Reader, rejoice: People are still wooing each other with books. Our columnist suggests titles to impress a love interest whose tastes run to fantasy.
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Books of The Times: Having Trouble Having It All? Ivanka Alone Can Fix It

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 23:02
In “Women Who Work,” Ivanka Trump offers advice to inspire you and “your team.”
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