New York Times Book Reviews

Nonfiction: Disarming Iran: A Story of Cybersabotage and Sanctions

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 03:00
Jay Solomon’s “The Iran Wars” is an account of how the threat of a nuclear Iran grew, as did American efforts to curb it.
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Nonfiction: American Apartheid: A Georgia County Drove Out All Its Black Citizens in 1912

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 03:00
Patrick Phillips’s “Blood at the Root” tells the story of how Forsyth County drove out its black residents and stayed white-only for 80 years.
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Bookends: Can You Read a Book the Wrong Way?

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 05:00
Adam Kirsch and Anna Holmes debate whether some methods of reading are more correct than others.
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Fiction: Stephen King Reviews Emma Donoghue’s Latest Novel

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 03:00
In 19th-century Ireland, a nurse is hired to watch a girl on a suspicious religious fast in Emma Donoghue’s “The Wonder.”
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Nonfiction: A Major New Book Takes on the Power Struggle at Ground Zero

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 03:00
Lynne B. Sagalyn’s “Power at Ground Zero” shows how rebuilding at the site was delayed by the need to placate scores of stakeholders.
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Nonfiction: Why Do We Love to Curse So Much?

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 03:00
“What the F” and “In Praise of Profanity” examine the linguistics, neurology, sociology — and just plain fun — of cursing.
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Nonfiction: Anthony Doerr Reviews a New Book on Time Travel

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 03:00
James Gleick’s “Time Travel: A History” is a fascinating mash-up of philosophy, literary criticism, physics and cultural observation.
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Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: Inside The New York Times Book Review: Simon Schama’s ‘The Face of Britain’

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 14:03
Simon Schama talks about “The Face of Britain,” and Robert Gottlieb discusses “Avid Reader.”
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Ivory Tower: The Truth Is Out There

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 08:47
The notion that life, including intelligent life, exists beyond Earth seems more persuasive than ever. Four new books take a look at the search, and the searchers.
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The Shortlist: Natural Disaster

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 08:46
New books about a powerful hurricane, disaster preparedness, water management and the eruption of Mount St. Helens.
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Nonfiction: Robert Gottlieb’s ‘Avid Reader’: A Publishing Giant’s Memoir

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 08:46
In “Avid Reader,” the editor Robert Gottlieb chronicles a lifelong affair with books.
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Fiction: In a New Novel, an Indian Woman Tracks Her Abuser

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 08:45
An orphan heads to a temple town to confront her history of abuse in Anuradha Roy’s Booker-longlisted novel “Sleeping on Jupiter.”
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Fiction: A Count Becomes a Waiter in a Novel of Soviet Supremacy

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 08:45
An aristocrat under house arrest witnesses the rise of the Soviet empire in Amor Towles’s “A Gentleman in Moscow.”
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Fiction: Schlock and Awe: A Novel Follows a Director’s Horrific Shoot

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 08:44
“We Eat Our Own,” Kea Wilson’s debut novel about a jungle film shoot, draws inspiration from the notorious “Cannibal Holocaust.”
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Fiction: Alexandra Kleeman Writes Like an Alien on an Anthropological Mission to Earth

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 08:44
Kleeman’s stories in “Intimations” span styles and moods.
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Fiction: In Michelle Tea’s New Novel, Bohemians Meet the Apocalypse

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 08:44
Tea’s “Black Wave” combines a run-up to apocalypse with dark humor.
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Fiction: ‘The Virginity of Famous Men’ Has Characters on Edge

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 08:44
The stories in Christine Sneed’s “The Virginity of Famous Men” inhabit the lives of the indecisive.
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Fiction: In a Novel Set at Harvard, Class Divisions and a Creepy Crush

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 08:43
A middle-class boy becomes obsessed with a rich girl, and increasingly unstable, in Teddy Wayne’s “Loner.”
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Fiction: The Vietnam War Still Has a Hold on the Fiction of Robert Olen Butler

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 08:43
In “Perfume River,” Butler traces the lasting effects of the Vietnam conflict on a New Orleans family.
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Nonfiction: When a Texan Pianist Conquered Cold War Moscow

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 08:43
Nigel Cliff’s “Moscow Nights” tells the story of how Van Cliburn added a human face to the Cold War with a gold-medal performance.
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