New York Times Book Reviews

The Story Behind This Week’s Best Sellers

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 10:36
Michael Connelly, whose “The Wrong Side of Goodbye” is No. 2 on the hardcover fiction list, says: “I really wanted to go back to my elders with this book — the private eye novels and writers that inspired me.”
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Children’s Books: The Latest in Y.A. Fantasy

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 09:19
A Victorian-era girl who can burst into flames and defeat monsters; a teenager who gets to meet her future selves; and more.
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Children’s Books: The Latest in Realistic Fiction for Young Adults

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 09:11
A postmodern spin on “Romeo and Juliet”; a suspenseful revenge tale; a gentle love story from the author of “Thirteen Reasons Why”; and more.
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Children’s Books: Jennifer Weiner Writes a Middle-Grade Novel

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 09:04
Jennifer Weiner’s first novel for children, “The Littlest Bigfoot,” explores the pain of feeling rejected by one’s peers.
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Children’s Books: Laurie Halse Anderson Brings Her Revolutionary War Trilogy to a Close

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 09:01
Laurie Halse Anderson’s “Ashes” is the last of a trilogy about young slaves’ flight to freedom across the Revolutionary War’s treacherous landscape.
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Children’s Books: War Stories for Kids: A Pastor for Peace and a Nagasaki Survivor

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 08:56
The lives of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and a Nagasaki survivor point to the power of witness and resistance.
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Children’s Books: Some Review! Adam Gopnik on an E.B. White Biography for Kids

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 08:46
Melissa Sweet’s “Some Writer!” is a middle-grade biography of E.B. White, the New Yorker writer who was the author of classics like “Charlotte’s Web.”
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Children’s Books: Kids Roam the Streets Barefoot in Depression-Era Key West in This Middle-Grade Novel

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 08:46
A boy and his family struggle to get by in Jennifer L. Holm’s “Full of Beans.”
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Children’s Books: Black Lives Didn’t Matter: New Children’s Books Tell Slaves’ Real Stories

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 08:45
Three new books tell the truth about slavery with sensitivity and historical accuracy.
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Children’s Books: Magic and Myth in Imperial China in a National Book Award Finalist

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 08:44
Chinese folk tales thread through “When the Sea Turned to Silver,” Grace Lin’s middle-grade novel about a girl’s bid to rescue her grandmother.
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Children’s Books: Is Life Fair? Four Picture Books Say No

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 08:44
Accomplished complainers take the stage in these four new picture books.
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The Shortlist: L.G.B.T. Fiction

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 08:44
New books by Rabih Alameddine, Sjon, Lucy Jane Bledsoe and Tim Murphy.
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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 08:43
Readers respond to recent reviews of new thrillers, Otto Penzler’s By the Book interview and more.
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Fiction: T. C. Boyle’s New Novel Taps the Biosphere’s Erotic Potential

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 08:39
“The Terranauts,” the latest novel by T. C. Boyle, is a reimagining of the Biosphere 2 melodrama.
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9 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 14:40
Suggested reading by book critics and editors at The New York Times.
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War Stories: Thomas Ricks on the Season’s Military History

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 12:39
New books about military history include looks at firearms and Native Americans, Pax Romana, Pearl Harbor and more.
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Fiction: Zadie Smith’s New Novel Takes on Dance, Fame and Friendship

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 11:31
As two girls grow up, and apart, in Zadie Smith’s “Swing Time,” subtle distinctions in family structure and class magnify over time.
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Critic’s Take: Throwing Anna Under the Train

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 04:00
A letter to Tolstoy about his appropriation of Anna Karenina’s experience.
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Fiction: Ha Jin’s Latest Novel Shows Off His Funny Side

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 04:00
In Ha Jin’s “The Boat Rocker,” a reporter investigating his former wife’s blockbuster novel exposes himself to accusations of jealousy.
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Fiction: Yan Lianke’s Novel Assesses the Moral Cost of China’s Growth

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 04:00
Yan Lianke’s “The Explosion Chronicles” takes stock of China’s economy and its collective social conscience.
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