New York Times Book Reviews

Letters to the Editor

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 06:00
Readers Respond to the presumed loneliness of Hill Country, the absence of bibliography and more.
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Fiction: Two Immigrant Families Intertwine During London’s Summer of Bombs

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 04:00
Margot Singer’s novel “Underground Fugue” follows the intermingled fortunes of four Londoners in the summer of the terrorist bombings.
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Fiction: A Collection of Tales Large and Small Finds Humor Among the Ruins

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 04:00
The down-and-out moments in Deb Unferth’s story collection, “Wait Till You See Me Dance,” manage to be both witty and emotional intimate.
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Elizabeth Warren Really Does Not Like Donald Trump

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 04:00
“This Fight Is Our Fight,” new on the hardcover nonfiction list, is nominally about the economy. But the index reveals a more personal target.
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Nonfiction: Finding Sobriety in the Rural Rituals of Her Remote Orkney Home

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 04:00
In “The Outrun,” Amy Liptrot recalls her decade as a London party girl, followed by the spectacular solitude of Scotland.
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The Shortlist: 3 Books Tell the Legacies of Legends

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 16:00
A Shortlist that looks at major figures from our time and before.
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10 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 14:28
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Paperback Row

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 14:00
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Sketchbook / Graphic Review: Simone de Beauvoir Imagined Contemporary Womanhood in the 1960s

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 13:32
Five decades ago, Simone de Beauvoir wrote “Les Belles Images.” The 1967 novel explains modern womanhood in a nutshell.
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Nonfiction: Life with a Rare Genetic Disease: The Science, the Suffering and the Hope

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 04:00
Two new books — “Mercies in Disguise” by Gina Kolata and “The Family Gene” by Joselin Linder — look at how individuals cope with devastating genetic diseases.
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By the Book: David Grann: By the Book

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 04:00
The author of “The Lost City of Z” and “Killers of the Flower Moon” thinks the president should read “The Road,” by Cormac McCarthy, because “it gives a sense of the fragility of the world.”
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Open Book: Selections From a ‘Saint’

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 16:47
“A Grace Paley Reader” contains some of her acclaimed stories, a selection of poems and several essays that show a different side of the writer.
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The Long View: The Man to Blame for Our Culture of Fame

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 04:00
His name was Walter Winchell, and he presided over Table 50 of the Stork Club, temple of a new cult of celebrity, in mid-20th-century Manhattan.
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Critic’s Take: Viet Thanh Nguyen Reveals How Writers’ Workshops Can Be Hostile

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 04:00
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Sympathizer” explains how creative writing seminars can work against people who don’t come from the mainstream.
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Nonfiction: Shakespeare’s Hot Mess: What We Can Learn From Falstaff

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 22:08
In this love letter to the Bard’s “swag-bellied omnivorous cornucopia of appetites,” Harold Bloom argues for Falstaff as one of literature’s vital forces.
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Match Book: In Search of New Memoirs That Go Light on Catastrophe

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 04:50
A reader (and writer) of memoirs notes that dysfunction and disease haunt the genre. What can he read that’s trauma-free?
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Fiction: A Brilliant, Incendiary Joan of Arc Story for a Ravaged Earth

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 04:00
In Lidia Yuknavitch’s novel “The Book of Joan,” a space colony of survivors orbits a post-apocalyptic Earth.
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Nonfiction: The Truth Is Out There, and the Feds Paid to Find It

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 04:00
In “Phenomena,” Annie Jacobsen explores the government’s research into things that go bump in the night.
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Nonfiction: What Caused the Depression? A New Overview Spreads the Blame.

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 18:52
Charles R. Morris’s “A Rabble of Dead Money” looks beyond Wall Street to the global roots of the Great Depression.
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Nonfiction: The Hermit-Burglar and the Optimistic Journalist

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:42
Michael Finkel’s “The Stranger in the Woods” introduces readers to an unlikely young hermit who lived in the Maine woods for 27 years.
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