New York Times Book Reviews

On Poetry: After Dylan’s Nobel, What Makes a Poet a Poet?

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 23:00
Months later, the response to Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize remains mixed. Our poetry columnist weighs in.
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11 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 17:49
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Author’s Note: Stop Reading My Fiction as the Story of My Life

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 16:00
What is behind the fascination with the real-life connections between an author and her work?
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Fiction: A Thriller Tracks the Aftermath of a Swedish School Shooting

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 14:00
In Malin Persson Giolito’s novel “Quicksand,” a privileged teenager relates her role in a mass killing at a Stockholm school.
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Paperback Row

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:57
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Nonfiction: The Tooth Divide: Beauty, Class and the Story of Dentistry

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 09:36
In “Teeth,” Mary Otto reveals how the history of dentistry is tied up with notions of beauty, privilege and class.
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Books in the News: Essential Reading: 5 Books About Dramatic Supreme Court Nomination Hearings

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 17:44
Full-length accounts of how Senate hearings for Clarence Thomas, Robert H. Bork and others were turned into spectator sport.
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Fiction: A Mother, Her Son, His Grandmother, and Their Lifelong Grief

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 17:19
The 8-year-old protagonist of “Edgar and Lucy,” by Victor Lodato, is so peculiar, vivid and appealing that he becomes the book’s enduring reward.
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By the Book: Fran Lebowitz: By the Book

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 15:11
The humorist and social commentator says her ideal literary dinner party is one that nobody is invited to: “My idea of a great literary dinner party is Fran, eating alone, reading a book.”
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Otherworldly: The Best of New Sci-Fi and Fantasy, From an Intergalactic Love Story to New York City Under Water

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 04:00
A graphic novel, a story collection, an apocalyptic novella and New York City under water: N.K. Jemisin reviews the latest in science fiction and fantasy.
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Where Fiction and Reality Collide: Books and Black Lives Matter

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 15:34
A look at several recent and pending young adult novels that explore racial profiling and police violence against young African-Americans.
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American Beauties: Chuck Berry’s Memoir Grabs You Like a Song

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 11:40
Mr. Berry, who died on Saturday, released a book in 1987 that was heavy on music, intimacy and the complications of race.
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Nonfiction: It’s Not Just Unfair: Inequality Is a Threat to Our Governance

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 06:00
In “The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution” Ganesh Sitaraman examines inequality not only as an economic problem but also as a threat to American democracy.
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New Crop of Young Adult Novels Explores Race and Police Brutality

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 20:12
A new generation of authors is embracing writing as activism, tackling issues like racial bias, police violence and the Black Lives Matter movement.
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What to Cook, Watch, Listen To and More This Weekend

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 21:56
Tips for making the most of your weekend.
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Open Book: (Early) Spring Reading

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 13:29
Spring — and spring books — are here.
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The Book Review Podcast: The Definition of Adulthood

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 12:44
Jami Attenberg discusses her new novel, “All Grown Up,” and Bonnie Rochman talks about “The Gene Machine.”
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Want a Feminist Daughter, Dad? Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Has Advice for You, Too

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:33
In “Dear Ijeawele,” new at No. 4 in hardcover nonfiction, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie counsels a childhood friend on how to raise empowered girls.
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Paperback Row

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:22
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Nonfiction: A Woman in Charge: A Biography of Liberia’s President

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 06:00
In “Madame President,” Helene Cooper traces the life of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia’s head of state.
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