New York Times Book Reviews

Letters to the Editor

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 12:26
Readers respond to a recent essay about Sinclair Lewis’s “It Can’t Happen Here” and more.
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The Shortlist: Essays

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 12:21
Essay collections by David Orr, Stanley Elkin and Betty Fussell.
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Author’s Note: Headed for the Graveyard of Books

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 12:11
It wasn’t the hope of immortality that goaded me to write: It was obsession.
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Open Book: The Left Bank

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 12:03
“Finks” tells the story of an unlikely band of double agents: writers and editors at The Paris Review.
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Fiction: In This Novel, the Twin Towers Reappear in the Badlands

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 10:00
In his 10th novel, “Shadowbahn,” Steve Erickson somehow captures what’s so urgent about the fractured state of the country.
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Fiction: As a House Burns, Tenants’ Lives Flash Before Them

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 09:00
In Colin Thubron’s novel “Night of Fire,” a house burns down with its tenants inside. But is death the only fate they share?
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Fiction: In Transition: A Novel About What Happens When a Son Becomes a Daughter

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 07:00
In Laurie Frankel’s “This Is How It Always Is,” family members search for the best way to support a transgender child.
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Nonfiction: Conflicting Passions: Bernard-Henri Lévy, Hedonist and Engaged Intellectual, Considers His Jewish Heritage

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 06:00
“The Genius of Judaism,” by the public intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy, is a cultural treatise and a revealingly personal document.
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Paperback Row

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 06:00
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Fiction: Laird Hunt’s Novel Offers Split-Screen Views of a Lynching

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 05:00
Laird Hunt’s novel “The Evening Road,” set in 1930s Indiana, tells the story of a white woman, a black woman and a lynching.
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10 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 17:35
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Nonfiction: Enemies of the State: A Memoir of Coming of Age in the Soviet Union

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 07:00
Ludmilla Petrushevskaya’s “The Girl from the Metropol Hotel” is a memoir of coming of age in hardship in the Soviet Union.
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Fiction: Colson Whitehead on George Saunders’s Novel About Lincoln and Lost Souls

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 05:00
George Saunders’s first novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo,” imagines the president visiting the graveyard where his young son has just been buried.
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Fiction & Nonfiction: Drawn Into the Middle East: A Novel, a Memoir and an Account of Life in the Region

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 14:23
An Israeli Arab surgeon discovers his wife’s secret, little Riad Sattouf goes to school in Syria and a cartoonist travels the region.
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Roving Eye: What Are the Pitfalls for the Politically Engaged Writer?

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 05:00
Tim Parks wonders if the literary world is becoming more political, and whether that would be a good thing.
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By the Book: Ali Smith: By the Book

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 18:07
The author, most recently, of “Autumn” ranks “Invitation to a Beheading” among the great books: “Nabokov treats us to, then liberates us from, the bad farce of totalitarianism. What a blast.”
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Reader's Notebook: Finding America, Both Red and Blue, in the ‘Little House’ Books

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 15:02
On Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 150th birthday, the vision of life depicted in her popular novels still speaks to our country’s promise — and to its divides.
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Nonfiction: An Insider-Trading Tale That Reads Like a Thriller

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 05:00
Sheelah Kolhatkar’s “Black Edge” is about the feds’ pursuit of a hedge fund manager.
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Nonfiction: ‘Generation Revolution’: Why Youth Was Not Enough in Egypt

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 07:00
“Generation Revolution” by Rachel Aspden shows that the young in Egypt are improbably looking forward and backward at the same time.
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Nonfiction: Lincoln Served Six Ways: Reframing a President

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 05:00
In “Six Encounters with Lincoln,” Elizabeth Brown Pryor casts a new light on Lincoln’s leadership.
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