New York Times Book Reviews

Nonfiction: He Loved Opium, Murder and Wordsworth

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 03:15
“Guilty Thing,” by Frances Wilson, is a new biography of the British writer Thomas De Quincey.
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Nonfiction: Did Bram Stoker’s Untapped Desires Give Rise to Dracula?

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 03:00
“Something in the Blood,” a biography by David J. Skal, links Bram Stoker’s classic creation to his own untapped desires.
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Paperback Row

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 21:25
Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.
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8 New Nonfiction Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 11:09
Suggested reading by book critics and editors at The New York Times.
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By the Book: Otto Penzler: By the Book

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 03:00
The mystery fiction editor and founder of the Mysterious Press says the last book that surprised him was “Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn: “I never saw it coming.”
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Nonfiction: Haunted Houses Are About More Than Just Ghosts

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 03:00
What compels Colin Dickey in his appealing book “Ghostland” is the meaning of haunted places in contemporary American culture.
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Critic’s Take: Their Inner Beasts: ‘Lord of the Flies’ Six Decades Later

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 03:00
Rereading William Golding’s classic, Lois Lowry finds herself despairing that circumstances led the children to such a hell.
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The Latest and Best in Horror

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 03:00
New horror fiction includes “The Graveyard Apartment,” about a roomy flat that overlooks a temple, a burial ground and a crematory.
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Nonfiction: In Time for Halloween, a Taxonomy of Monsters

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 03:00
Leo Braudy’s “Haunted” probes the cultural and historical origins of ghosts, witches, vampires and zombies.
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12 Books to Read in Your 20s

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 13:53
Five novels, five books of nonfiction and two graphic memoirs to read before you hit 30.
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Bookends: Is It Harder to Write Humorously Than It Is to Write Seriously?

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 04:00
James Parker and Rivka Galchen discuss the difficulty in writing funny.
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Nonfiction: New True-Crime Books for Fall

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 03:00
In this season’s true crime books, mysteries set in Indianapolis; Austin, Tex.; Louisiana; and elsewhere.
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Nonfiction: Six Centuries of Madness: An Asylum’s History

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 03:00
“This Way Madness Lies,” Mike Jay’s history of the asylum Bedlam, tracks attitudes toward mental illness.
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Fiction: Six New Thrillers for Fall

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 03:00
The season’s thrillers include Lee Child’s latest Jack Reacher novel, “Night School,” and Francesca Kay’s “The Long Room,” about a British spy in London in 1981.
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Nonfiction: Why Are Americans So Anxious?

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 03:00
In “America the Anxious,” the British observer Ruth Whippman argues that Americans’ striving for happiness makes us miserable.
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Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: Inside The New York Times Book Review: Beth Macy’s ‘Truevine’

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 10:32
Beth Macy talks about “Truevine”; Calvin Trillin and Roz Chast discuss “No Fair! No Fair! And Other Jolly Poems of Childhood”; and Molly Young on “Bridget Jones’s Baby.”
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Fiction: ‘The Red Car’: A Novel of Furious Action and Furious Ideas

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 09:23
Marcy Dermansky’s “The Red Car” is a propulsive novel that still makes you stop and think.
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Fiction: An Ovid-Loving Loner Moves to Miami Beach

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 09:23
In Jane Alison’s “Nine Island,” a woman faces her romantic future.
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Fiction: A New Irish Novel Features Few Commas and Lots of Sex

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 09:22
A May-December romance begins between a drama student and a London actor in Eimear McBride’s “The Lesser Bohemians.”
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Poetry: Collected Works of a Poet Who Took Her Time

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 09:22
Marie Ponsot’s “Collected Poems” is the model for every poet who worships procrastination.
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