New York Times Book Reviews

Fiction: Two Sons Witness the Grip of Addiction in This Gritty Divorce Drama

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 04:00
After a divorce, two sons are happy to live with their father in Daniel Magariel’s “One of the Boys.” Then they learn about his crack addiction.
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Fiction: An Uncanny Cat, a Companionable Snake and Displaced Desire

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 04:00
In “My Cat Yugoslavia,” a strange and haunting debut by Pajtim Statovci, an exiled mother and son refuse to surrender their dreams.
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10 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 16:38
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Fiction: A Fictional (So Far) History of the Second American Civil War

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 16:00
Omar El Akkad’s “American War” is a disturbingly plausible tale of a future America torn asunder by its own political and tribal affiliations.
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Paperback Row

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 14:00
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Nonfiction: A Plague Year: A Doctor at Work in an Ebola Treatment Unit

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 04:00
Steven Hatch recounts his experience as an American doctor at an Ebola treatment unit in rural Liberia in the new memoir “Inferno.”
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By the Book: John Waters: By the Book

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 04:00
The film director and author of “Make Trouble” says that when a publisher asked him for a blurb for “Transit,” he sent back, “Rachel Cusk is too smart for her own good.”
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Books of The Times: In ‘Janesville,’ When the G.M. Plant Closed, Havoc Followed

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 16:09
Amy Goldstein chronicles in vivid, sophisticated detail the evisceration of life in a Wisconsin town after the loss of its major employer.
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The Shortlist: 3 Very Short Books on 3 Very Big Ideas

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 15:05
Three short books on tyranny, the First Amendment and Wall Street approach substantial topics in slim volumes.
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Help Desk: Sex-Ed for Grown-Ups: A Roundup of Relationship Self-Help

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 09:01
With books on orgasm equality, sexual freedom and C.E.O.-style marriage prioritizing, loveologists offer new takes on hooking up and settling down.
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Nonfiction: Elizabeth Warren Lays Out the Reasons Democrats Should Keep Fighting

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 12:38
In “This Fight Is Our Fight,” Elizabeth Warren offers a manifesto for the Democratic resistance to President Trump.
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Nonfiction: People Have Limited Knowledge. What’s the Remedy? Nobody Knows

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 06:00
In a complex world, people fail to realize just how ignorant they are. In “The Knowledge Illusion,” Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach tell them.
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Match Book: Mom Seeks Novel for Family Book Club, No Kafka or Y.A. Allowed

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 04:50
In this installment of Match Book, a woman seeks a work of fiction that will unite her “disparate group of avid readers,” also known as her children.
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Fiction: A Debut Calls a Ferrante-Style Female Friendship to the Fore

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 04:00
In Julie Buntin’s first novel, “Marlena,” the past and present overlap in a portrait of an electric friendship cut short.
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Nonfiction: Bush Nostalgia Is Overrated, but His Book of Paintings Is Not

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 04:00
The work in George W. Bush’s “Portraits of Courage” reveals a surprisingly adept artist who has dramatically improved his technique while also doing penance for a great disaster of American history.
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Nonfiction: Power and Punishment: Two New Books About Race and Crime

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 14:32
James Forman Jr.’s “Locking Up Our Own” and Chris Hayes’s “A Colony in a Nation” compel readers to wrestle with very tough questions about racism, inequality and punishment.
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The Book Review Podcast: Power and Punishment

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 14:23
Chris Hayes talks about “A Colony in a Nation,” and Jason Zinoman discusses “Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night.”
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Nonfiction: Have a Banana. On Second Thought, Don’t.

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 13:36
In “Never Out of Season,” Robert Dunn looks at how modern societies make themselves vulnerable to crop devastation.
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Open Book: Murder, He Wrote

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 12:08
The recently reissued “Killings” collects pieces of Calvin Trillin’s true-crime writing for The New Yorker.
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Alec Baldwin Settles Scores in New Memoir

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 12:04
“Nevertheless” debuts at No. 5 on the hardcover nonfiction best-seller list.
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