New York Times Book Reviews

Children’s Books: New Picture Books Create Strange but Believable Worlds

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 08:39
Three picture books involve creatures — bears, bugs and turtles — in strange but believable worlds.
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Nonfiction: Clive James on the Joys of Binge-Watching

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 08:38
In “Play All,” James burns through the box sets of some recent hit shows.
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Nonfiction: Two New Books About Jane Jacobs, Urban Visionary

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 08:38
“Eyes on the Street” is Robert Kanigel’s new biography of Jane Jacobs, and “Vital Little Plans” collects Jacobs’s shorter works.
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Nonfiction: Aphrodisiacs? Search This Medieval Islamic Encyclopedia

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 08:37
Shihab al-Din al-Nuwayri’s “The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition” reveals a lively and eclectic world of scholarship.
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Nonfiction: ‘The Populist Explosion’ Dissects the History of the Anti-Elite Worldview

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 08:36
In “The Populist Explosion,” John B. Judis explores the anti-elite worldview in the United States and Europe.
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Nonfiction: The Provocative Life of Judge Richard Posner

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 08:36
William Domnarski’s biography of the unconventionally opinionated Judge Richard Posner.
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Fiction: A Woman Puts Her Horse Before Her Marriage

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 08:36
A marriage frays when a wife’s attentions drift to a thoroughbred in Margot Livesey’s latest novel, “Mercury.”
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Fiction: They Deleted Their Kids: Stories Orbit Tech-Obsessed Lives

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 08:36
Alexander Weinstein’s “Children of the New World” looks to our increasingly virtual lives.
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Fiction: A Brave Debut Novel About the Sri Lankan Civil War

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 08:35
A young man displaced by Sri Lanka’s civil war is the protagonist of Anuk Arudpragasam’s “The Story of a Brief Marriage.”
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Fiction: A New Thriller Hinges on an Operative’s Shady Dealings

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 08:35
In Louise Doughty’s “Black Water,” an operative with a shady past idles in Indonesia, convinced he’s about to be killed.
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8 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 16:17
Suggested reading by book critics and editors at The New York Times.
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By the Book: H. W. Brands: By the Book

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 05:00
The historian and author, most recently, of “The General vs. the President” has a thing for Gore Vidal as an essayist, but “his historical novels set my teeth on edge.”
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Nonfiction: Can You Be Black and Republican?

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 03:00
“Black Republicans and the Transformation of the GOP” and “Black Elephants in the Room” explore conservatism, politics and race.
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Nonfiction: ‘The Bitch in the House’ Has a Sequel: ‘The Bitch Is Back’

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 03:00
An anthology edited by Cathi Hanauer taps the experiences of women reporting from middle age.
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Fiction: In Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s Novel, a Political Cartoonist Answers to the Past

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 03:00
In Vásquez’s “Reputations,” a political cartoonist reconsiders events involving a former target and an attack that may not have occurred.
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Nonfiction: Winston Churchill’s Great Escape

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 03:00
Candice Millard’s “Hero of the Empire” focuses on Churchill’s early years as an imperialist and adventurer in Africa.
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Op-Ed Contributor: Elena Ferrante and the Power of Appropriation

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 18:43
It seems you can, in fact, imagine the lives of people unlike yourself.
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Reader’s Guide to This Fall’s Big Book Awards

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 13:55
A closer look at the finalists for the Booker Prize and National Book Awards, and the contenders for the Nobel Prize.
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The Shortlist: People and Technology

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 13:41
Frightening, informative and skeptical takes on how we live with tech now.
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Nonfiction: How a Man Defied a Rough Childhood to Rise to Opera Stardom

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 08:20
Daniel Bergner’s “Sing for Your Life” tells the incredible true story of Ryan Speedo Green’s unlikely rise to stardom.
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