New York Times Book Reviews

Poetry: Adrienne Rich’s Poetry Became Political, but It Remained Rooted in Material Fact

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 05:00
Work from seven decades illuminates Adrienne Rich’s ethical mission in “Collected Poems: 1950-2012.”
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Nonfiction: Was She a Feminist? The Complicated Legacy of Helen Gurley Brown.

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 05:00
“Enter Helen” and “Not Pretty Enough” assess the life and influence of the longtime Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown.
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Nonfiction: ‘I Want to Know What It Is Like to Be a Wild Thing’

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 05:00
In “Being a Beast,” the British naturalist Charles Foster goes to great lengths to experience the world as different species.
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Nonfiction: A Past of One’s Own: Vita Sackville-West’s Granddaughter Describes Her Extraordinary Ancestors

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 05:00
In “A House Full of Daughters,” Juliet Nicolson reviews the lives of her family’s extraordinary, and extraordinarily troubled, women.
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Nonfiction: Ben Ehrenreich Writes a Love Letter to Palestine

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 05:00
Ben Ehrenreich’s “The Way to the Spring” is an intimate, vivid look at daily life in Palestine.
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Nonfiction: Cynthia Ozick Takes Up Arms Against Today’s Literary Scene

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 05:00
In “Critics, Monsters, Fanatics, and Other Literary Essays,” Cynthia Ozick longs for the re-establishment of a literary culture as profound as the one that reigned at midcentury.
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Nonfiction: For Generous Parental Leave and Great Schools, Move to Finland

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 04:30
In “The Nordic Theory of Everything,” the Finnish journalist Anu Partanen maintains that life is better in her native land.
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The Shortlist: Religion

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 03:00
New books include “Putting God Second” and “Agnostic: A Spirited Manifesto.”
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Applied Reading: Can’t Get Through ‘Ulysses’? Digital Help Is on the Way.

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 03:00
Technically diverse artists have taken up the challenge of freshly interpreting “Ulysses” to make it more accessible to a wider audience.
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Help Desk: Roads to Fabulous

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 02:00
Celebrities (and Stanley Fish) hold forth on health, happiness and winning arguments.
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Children’s Books: ‘Macavity’ Reintroduces T.S. Eliot’s Beloved Feline Creation

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 14:28
Just in time for the return of “Cats” to Broadway, a new picture book series features T.S. Eliot’s many-lived creatures.
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Fiction: Lionel Shriver Imagines Imminent Economic Collapse, With Cabbage at $20 a Head

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 12:45
Lionel Shriver’s novel “The Mandibles” is a searing example of a new genre that could be called dystopian finance fiction.
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Nonfiction: A New Biography Says George W. Bush Really Was the Decider

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 04:30
Time and again, Jean Edward Smith argues, Bush failed to meet the challenges of his office.
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Nonfiction: The Dark History of the Olympics

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 04:30
David Goldblatt’s “The Games” recalls unflattering aspects of the Olympics long before doping and gender testing.
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Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: Inside The New York Times Book Review: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown

Sun, 07/17/2016 - 02:48
Moira Weigel discusses two new biographies of Brown; and Juliet Nicolson talks about “A House Full of Daughters.”
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Open Book: Journals of the Plague Years

Sun, 07/17/2016 - 00:53
“The deal was 30,000 words in 30 days,” Donald G. McNeil Jr. said of his new book, “Zika: The Emerging Epidemic.”
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Editors’ Choice

Sun, 07/17/2016 - 00:00
Nine new books recommended by the editors of The New York Times Book Review this week.
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Paperback Row

Sun, 07/17/2016 - 00:00
Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Letters to the Editor

Sun, 07/17/2016 - 00:00
Readers respond to a recent work of fiction by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and more.
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Fiction: Missing ‘Downton Abbey’? Julian Fellowes’s New Novel Is Set in Victorian London.

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 23:02
Julian Fellowes’s “Belgravia” devises a story of two families, one aristocratic, the other aspiring.
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