New York Times Book Reviews

Bookends: Can a Book With Bad Politics Be a Good Book?

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 11:15
Adam Kirsch and Zoë Heller discuss whether books can be judged by their politics.
Categories: Book Reviews

Fiction: Lydia Millet’s ‘Sweet Lamb of Heaven’

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 10:29
After giving birth, a woman starts hearing a mysterious interior monologue.
Categories: Book Reviews

Nonfiction: ‘Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?’ and ‘The Genius of Birds’

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 10:24
Two books turn to recent revelations in the study of animal cognition.
Categories: Book Reviews

Nonfiction: ‘Listen, Liberal’ and ‘The Limousine Liberal’

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 10:05
Two new books address the disconnect between the lives of liberal elites and the people they supposedly serve.
Categories: Book Reviews

Fiction: ‘Eligible,’ Curtis Sittenfeld’s Update of Jane Austen

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 04:30
Curtis Sittenfeld’s retelling of “Pride and Prejudice” finds Liz and Darcy sparring in a Cincinnati suburb.
Categories: Book Reviews

Nonfiction: Robert F. Worth’s ‘A Rage for Order’

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 04:30
Robert F. Worth reports on developments in the Middle East following the Arab Spring.
Categories: Book Reviews

Podcast: Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: ‘Old Age: A Beginner’s Guide’

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 17:20
This week, Michael Kinsley, Eric Fair and Viet Thanh Nguyen.
Categories: Book Reviews

‘Door to Door,’ by Edward Humes

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 12:37
Making the case that vehicles, drivers and pedestrians could be made safer but for lack of will.
Categories: Book Reviews

Inside the List

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 11:36
Annette Gordon-Reed, at No. 16 in nonfiction with a new book about Thomas Jefferson, says this political season raises “questions about the fundamental nature of democracy in the United States.”
Categories: Book Reviews

Editors’ Choice

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 11:33
Nine new books recommended by the editors of The New York Times Book Review this week.
Categories: Book Reviews

Paperback Row

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 11:30
Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.
Categories: Book Reviews

The Shortlist: Poetry

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 11:15
New books by Helen Macdonald, Ron Rash and Kevin Young.
Categories: Book Reviews

‘Hardly War,’ by Don Mee Choi

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:57
An immigrant’s poems pose troubling questions of dislocation.
Categories: Book Reviews

Freely Rhymed: ‘All the Poems of Stevie Smith’

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:31
Stevie Smith was so odd that even other poets, most of whom are fairly odd themselves, have never been sure what to do with her.
Categories: Book Reviews

‘The Whole Harmonium: The Life of Wallace Stevens,’ by Paul Mariani

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:16
The poet Wallace Stevens often tinkered with drafts on his way to the insurance office.
Categories: Book Reviews

‘The Houseguest,’ by Kim Brooks

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:07
In 1941, an actress fleeing Europe perturbs her host family.
Categories: Book Reviews

Open Book: Early Flutters

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 09:43
In “Crush,” authors reflect on their first infatuations with celebrities.
Categories: Book Reviews

Jay McInerney Reviews ‘Hystopia’ by David Means

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 09:38
In this novel within a novel, a program to erase the memories of Vietnam War veterans has some unintended results.
Categories: Book Reviews

Maria Popova Reviews Janna Levin’s ‘Black Hole Blues’

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 15:59
In “Black Hole Blues,” Janna Levin tells the story of science’s attempt to listen to the cosmos.
Categories: Book Reviews

Letters to the Editor

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 15:18
Readers respond to a recent review of “Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble” and more.
Categories: Book Reviews