New York Times Book Reviews

Nonfiction: Eleanor Roosevelt’s Close Relationship With the Journalist Lorena Hickok

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 03:00
The intimacy between Roosevelt and Hickok is recounted in Susan Quinn’s “Eleanor and Hick.”
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Fiction: Kurt Andersen Praises Jonathan Lethem’s New Novel

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 03:00
Jonathan Lethem’s “A Gambler’s Anatomy” features high-stakes backgammon, murky conspiracies, and a not-quite-hard-boiled hero and the shady women he finds irresistible.
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Children’s Books: Elena Ferrante’s Picture Book Embraces the Dark Side

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 12:41
Complete with curse words — added by her English translator — Ferrante’s picture book tells the story of a lost doll’s utterly terrifying night at the beach.
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Nonfiction: Two New Books Spotlight the History and Consequences of the Suez Crisis

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 03:00
Michael Dolan’s “Ike’s Gamble” and Alex von Tunzelmann’s “Blood and Sand” are about the 1956 Suez crisis, when nuclear attacks seemed to be a real possibility.
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Nonfiction: Kenneth Woodward Untangles Some Political Strands in American Religion

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 03:00
In “Getting Religion,” the longtime Newsweek religion editor Kenneth Woodward looks at half a century of American spiritual life.
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Fiction: Jodi Picoult’s New Novel Reviewed by Roxane Gay

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 03:00
A black nurse and a white supremacist are the primary narrators of Jodi Picoult’s “Small Great Things.”
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By the Book: Marina Abramovic: By the Book

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 03:00
The performance artist and author of “Walk Through Walls” doesn’t have a severe temperament: “I have a dark sense of humor which is very much from the Balkans — I love dirty jokes.”
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Fiction: A Man Booker Finalist: A China Where Music Was Life and Death

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 03:00
Madeleine Thien’s “Do Not Say We Have Nothing” spans seven decades and three generations to trace the effects of Mao’s Cultural Revolution.
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Egos: New Memoirs Show How the Other Half Lives

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 03:00
Two new books and one recently discovered manuscript shine a light on the tribulations of life in neglected corners of white America.
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Nonfiction: Questioning Gender Amid a Chaotic East Village Childhood

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 03:00
iO Tillett Wright’s debut memoir, “Darling Days,” is about growing up in the bohemian East Village of the 1980s and ’90s.
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Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: Inside The New York Times Book Review: ‘Sing for Your Life’

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 11:51
Daniel Bergner talks about “Sing for Your Life,” and Maria Semple discusses her new novel, “Today Will Be Different.”
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Paperback Row

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 11:21
Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Otherworldly: The Latest in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 11:03
A runaway princess is called to rule a space empire; Death’s daughter hunts down the Reaper of War; summer in Seattle is disrupted by a mysterious mythic figure; and an exorcism goes creepily wrong.
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Critic’s Take: In Exile With ‘Don Quixote’

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 10:43
“Don Quixote” was born out of a defining experience: a five-year captivity by pirates.
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The Story Behind This Week’s Best Sellers

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 10:27
In “Weapons of Math Destruction,” No. 5 on the education best-seller list, Cathy O’Neil says our reliance on algorithms exacerbates whatever inequality already exists.
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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 08:39
Readers respond to Richard Ford’s review of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” and more.
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Open Book: In Her Shoes

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 08:39
The best-selling novelist Jennifer Weiner is branching out — in more than one direction.
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Children’s Books: A Novel’s Good Witch Saves a Sacrificial Girl

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 08:39
A good witch raises an enchanted girl, the sacrifice a town is duped into offering, in Kelly Barnhill’s “The Girl Who Drank the Moon.”
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Children’s Books: A (Nearly) Motherless Alabama Girl Never Gives Up

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 08:39
An Alabama girl estranged from her mother is the heroine of Kate Beasley’s debut middle-grade novel, “Gertie’s Leap to Greatness.”
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Children’s Books: Are the Children in This Novel Saints, or Heretics?

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 08:39
Adam Gidwitz’s new middle-grade novel, “The Inquisitor’s Tale,” turns on the question of whether three diverse children are holy beings or dangerous heretics.
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