New York Times Book Reviews

Paperback Row

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 11:47
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Fiction: Size Matters in Fay Weldon’s Novel of Aristocratic Manners

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 10:00
Fay Weldon’s novel “Before the War” hinges on a quirky marriage of convenience.
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Nonfiction: Jackboot Germany: A New History of the Gestapo

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 10:00
“The Gestapo” by Frank McDonough profiles one of the most dreaded organizations of the Third Reich.
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Nonfiction: A Science Journalist Foresees One Grand Explanation for the Universe

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 09:00
In “Convergence,” the journalist Peter Watson maintains that all disciplines are coalescing to provide a single unified explanation for the cosmos.
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Fiction: Intertwined Lives Cast Light on Korean Society

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 09:00
In “Everything Belongs to Us,” debut novelist Yoojin Grace Wuertz has written a “Gatsby”-esque takedown of 1970s South Korea.
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Fiction: A Japanese Woman’s Life in Art, Made in the Village

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 09:00
In Rowan Hisayo Buchanan’s novel, “Harmless Like You,” Greenwich Village shapes a Japanese woman’s life in art.
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Nonfiction: The Story of O: A Recollection by Oliver Sacks’s Surviving Partner

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 09:00
In “Insomniac City,” Bill Hayes recalls his relationship with the writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks.
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Fiction: A Refugee Crisis in a World of Open Doors

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 08:00
In Mohsin Hamid’s novel “Exit West,” refugees flee war and chaos through any door they can find.
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Nonfiction: A New Memoir From the Author of ‘Whip Smart’ Explores Her Family Origins

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 07:00
“Abandon Me,” Melissa Febos’s memoir, also touches on addiction, the work of a dominatrix and an obsession with King Philip’s War.
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The Shortlist: Gothic Fiction

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 06:00
Three new novels apply their own spin to Gothic fiction.
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Children’s Books: She Persisted: Girls Find a Way to Live on Their Own Terms

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 04:00
In “Princess Cora and the Crocodile” by Laura Amy Schlitz and “Fish Girl” by Donna Jo Napoli, two young heroines cast off constraints.
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Children’s Books: A Boy Finds a Most Bizarre Creature in This Middle-Grade Novel

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 04:00
In Amy Sarig King’s “Me and Marvin Gardens,” the hero finds a strange creature living by his creek as his family’s farm is cut up for housing.
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Children’s Books: Picture Books That Deliver Eureka Moments

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 04:00
In these four picture books, exploration awaits — along with unexpected discoveries.
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Open Book: Reading by Numbers

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 17:29
“Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is Mauve” slices and dices the texts of classic and contemporary books to generate charts and graphs.
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Letters to the Editor

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 17:29
Readers respond to a recent review of George Saunders’s “Lincoln in the Bardo” and more.
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Fiction: Domenico Starnone’s New Novel Is Also a Piece in the Elena Ferrante Puzzle

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 12:31
Domenico Starnone’s novel is a sort of sequel to Elena Ferrante’s ‘Days of Abandonment.’
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Fiction: A Heroine Who Does Adulthood on Her Own Terms

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 09:53
In Jami Attenberg’s “All Grown Up,” a single woman entering her 40s forgoes the typical trappings of adulthood.
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By the Book: Hari Kunzru: By the Book

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 08:00
The author, most recently, of “White Tears” says it might be nice to give Theresa May a book that shows England from an outsider’s perspective: She “strikes me as the kind of Tory who has read too much Trollope and not enough of anything else.”
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Nonfiction: Did His Mind Make Him Do It? How Neuroscience Entered the Courtroom

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 06:00
In “The Brain Defense,” Kevin Davis considers whether new developments in neuroscience could redefine innocence and culpability.
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Books of The Times: Meet an Intergalactic Spider in ‘Spaceman of Bohemia’

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 16:06
Space oddities abound in Jaroslav Kalfar’s debut novel, as a Czech astronaut is sent to a mysterious cloud of dust swept in from a neighboring galaxy.
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