New York Times Book Reviews

Fiction: A Second Mississippi Novel by Brad Watson

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 09:46
Brad Watson’s “Miss Jane” imagines the ways a real woman with a birth defect insisted on her humanity in the old South.
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Fiction: Jesse Ball’s New Novel Features a Teenage Arsonist

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 09:46
The unhappy protagonist of Jesse Ball’s “How to Set a Fire and Why” joins an “arson club.”
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Fiction: Outlaws Like a Good Book Too

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 09:43
Donald Ray Pollock’s “The Heavenly Table,” a raw, riotous satire set in the rural South of 1917, takes aim at literary snobbery.
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Fiction: A Debut Novel Traces a Woman’s Life in Solitude

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 09:43
The linked vignettes in Claire-Louise Bennett’s “Pond” trace the streaming thoughts of a solitary woman.
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Fiction: A Novel Explores Tragedy’s Aftermath in a Colombian-American Family

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 09:43
For the family in Patricia Engel’s “The Veins of the Ocean,” the past infects the present when a violent act is repeated.
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Poetry: Time-Traveling Poems Consider the Self in Its Many Guises

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 09:42
The poet Jana Prikryl’s debut, “The After Party,” elevates the everyday and nods to influences from the past.
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Crime: The Latest and Best in Crime Fiction

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 09:42
Bill Loehfelm’s “Let the Devil Out,” Joseph Finder’s “Guilty Minds” and more.
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Nonfiction: Watching Brazil’s Rich: A Full-Time Job

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 09:42
Years of covering Brazil’s tycoons yield Alex Cuadros’s “Brazillionaires,” a collage of immense wealth and government corruption.
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Nonfiction: Reconsidering the Work of a Chinese Immigrant Writer of the 1930s

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 09:42
In “A Floating Chinaman,” Hua Hsu revisits a Chinese immigrant writer who could not surmount ethnocentrism and racism.
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Nonfiction: A Fond Look Back at the International Jet Set in Old Shanghai

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 09:41
Taras Grescoe’s “Shanghai Grand” is a love song to “the wicked old Paris of the Orient.”
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Open Book: Sci-Fi in Bulk

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 09:41
“The Big Book of Science Fiction” is nearly 1,200 pages of stories by the genre’s luminaries and lesser-known authors.
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Editors’ Choice

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 09:39
Nine new books recommended by the editors of The New York Times Book Review this week.
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Paperback Row

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 09:38
Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 09:38
Readers respond to a recent review of Mark Danner’s “Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War” and more.
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By the Book: Megan Abbott: By the Book

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 06:00
The author, most recently, of “You Will Know Me” keeps a copy of “How to Protect Yourself Against Psychic Attack” on her shelves. “Those who know me well probably wouldn’t be surprised.”
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Fiction: Dave Eggers’s New Novel Follows a Family Into the Alaskan Wild

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 04:30
In Dave Eggers’s “Heroes of the Frontier,” a single mother imagining a new life takes her kids on the lam in Alaska.
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The Shortlist: Man vs. Machine

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 09:27
New books about competing against computers for jobs, holding on to privacy in the digital age and more.
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Children’s Books: Three New Books About the White House

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 06:00
Ken Burns’s first children’s book, and more presidential lore.
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Nonfiction: An American Is Murdered During Apartheid’s Final Days: Was Justice Served?

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 04:30
Justine van der Leun’s “We Are Not Such Things” investigates a 1993 killing and considers reconciliation’s role in post-apartheid South Africa.
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Nonfiction: What Makes Florida So Weird? A Native Tries to Explain.

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 10:22
In “Oh, Florida!,” Craig Pittman serves as a guide to his native state.
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