New York Times Book Reviews

Fiction: A Railroad Runs Through a Tale of Two Kenyas

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 05:00
In “Dance of the Jakaranda,” Peter Kimani explores Kenya’s colonial legacy through the story of the national railroad.
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10 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 17:40
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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By the Book: George Saunders: By the Book

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 07:00
The author, most recently, of “Lincoln in the Bardo” on his favorite genre: “I love reading anything about gigantic animate blobs of molten iron who secretly long to be concert pianists.”
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Nonfiction: Her Spirit Guide: The Face Behind a Faith-Shaping Devotional

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 07:00
In Macy Halford’s “My Utmost: A Devotional Memoir,” Halford’s love of Oswald Chambers’s classic evangelical text prompts a closer look at her own life.
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Fiction: Joyce Carol Oates’s Novel Plumbs the Depths of America’s Abortion War

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 05:00
Joyce Carol Oates tackles America’s abortion war in her new novel, “A Book of American Martyrs,” about the killing of a doctor and its aftermath.
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Fiction: Gone Guy: A Writer Leaves His Wife, Then Disappears in Greece

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 07:00
Katie Kitamura’s novel “A Separation” follows an estranged wife’s journey to Greece in search of her missing husband.
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Nonfiction: The Rare Writer Who Hates the Word ‘I’

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 05:00
In “Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life,” Yiyun Li recounts abandoning Chinese in order to write in English.
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Children’s Books: From Children’s Books to Live Theater: Mo Willems and Oliver Jeffers Have New Tales to Tell

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 14:55
Mo Willems and Oliver Jeffers talk about turning their children’s books into plays.
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Nonfiction: Pet Projects of the New Billionaires

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 07:00
Two new books about tech culture — Alexandra Wolfe’s “Valley of the Gods” and Aimee Groth’s “The Kingdom of Happiness” — whisk readers around Silicon Valley like tourists in a celebrity-sighting van.
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Fiction: Death and Disaster Stalk the Characters in Margaret Drabble’s New Novel

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 05:00
Margaret Drabble’s “The Dark Flood Rises” is a fictional road trip through various forms of “senior living” in Britain.
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Bookends: Which Dystopian Novel Got It Right: Orwell’s ‘1984’ or Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’?

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 12:29
Which dystopian novel got it right: Orwell’s ‘1984’ or Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’?
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Nonfiction: Apocalypse Now: What’s Behind the Volatile Mood of Today’s American — and European — Voters

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 05:00
In “Age of Anger,” Pankaj Mishra views today’s political struggles through the prism of the Rousseau-Voltaire debates.
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Fiction: Ghost Stories: Vietnamese Refugees Wrestle With Memory in a New Book by the Author of ‘The Sympathizer’

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 05:00
Viet Thanh Nguyen’s “The Refugees” illustrates the plight of men and women displaced from wartime Saigon and resettled in California.
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Neil Gaiman on His ‘Norse Mythology,’ in Which Odin Wants a Wall

Sun, 02/12/2017 - 17:37
With this playful retelling, Mr. Gaiman continues to be a combination of best-selling author, famous personality and cult figure.
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The Book Review Podcast: George Saunders Talks About ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 13:20
Saunders talks about his first novel; Maria Russo discusses Laura Ingalls Wilder and the “Little House” books; and Alan Burdick on “Why Times Flies.”
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Lisa Gardner Catches Up With ‘Old Friends’ in Her New Novel

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 12:56
Lisa Gardner, whose “Right Behind You” is No. 1 on the hardcover fiction list, turned to Facebook to decide which of her regular protagonists the novel should feature.
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Fiction: A Romantic Comedy With Pleasingly Ridiculous Characters

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 12:47
The heroine of Elinor Lipman’s romantic comedy “On Turpentine Lane” acquires a problem house to go with her man and job troubles.
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Nonfiction: It’s Not Really on Your Side

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 12:44
In “Why Time Flies,” Alan Burdick intertwines an account of his own personal struggle with time with an extensive overview of laboratory experiments.
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Children’s Books: In Four Imaginative New Picture Books, Trees Become Houses, an Egg Hatches Into a Strange Baby Creature and More

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 12:42
In Neal Layton’s “The Tree” and other new picture books, readers are reminded that inspiration is a fledgling of process.
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Children’s Books: ‘The Warden’s Daughter’: A Girl Grows Up in the Prison Her Father Runs

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 12:30
In “The Warden’s Daughter,” Jerry Spinelli explores profound questions with the flair of a master storyteller.
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