New York Times Book Reviews

Open Book: Reimagining the Record

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 10:55
A look back at novels that took their characters from real life.









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Letters: Love and Death

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 10:55
Readers respond to a recent review by Andrew Solomon and an essay by Vivian Gornick.









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‘The Right Wrong Man,’ by Lawrence Douglas

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 10:51
The trials of John Demjanjuk, a death-camp guard disguised as an American autoworker.









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‘On This Day in Poetry History,’ by Amy Newman

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 10:43
Amy Newman’s latest poems begin with small episodes in the lives of a pivotal generation of American poets.









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Sarah Ruhl: By the Book

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 17:55
The playwright and author, most recently, of “The Oldest Boy” says what moves her most in literature is “the writer who says: Here I stood! I loved the world enough to write it all down.”









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‘Playing to the Edge,’ by Michael V. Hayden

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 05:00
Michael V. Hayden describes how he took over a dysfunctional C.I.A.









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Children’s Books: ‘Echo Echo,’ by Marilyn Singer

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 08:00
A new picture book presents ingenious poems about Greek mythology that can be read in both directions.









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‘Sunny’s Nights,’ by Tim Sultan

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 12:41
A writer becomes a regular at a Brooklyn neighborhood bar.









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‘Until There Is Justice,’ by Jennifer Scanlon

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 12:35
Anna Arnold Hedgeman’s lifelong fight for civil rights.









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Otherworldly: The Latest in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 12:24
A family on the margins threatened by a comet, a prolific mother shot by Castro’s troops, civil war in a land of almonds and myrrh, and a city populated by insects.









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‘A Doubter’s Almanac,’ by Ethan Canin

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 12:21
A mathematics genius inflicts emotional and physical pain on his wife and children.









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‘The Life of Elves,’ by Muriel Barbery

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 12:15
Two girls with special gifts can bring about the return of elfin power.









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‘The Good Death,’ ‘When Breath Becomes Air’ and More

Sat, 02/20/2016 - 21:20
Five books explore the way we are shaped by our knowledge of mortality.









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Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: ‘West of Eden’

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 16:47
Maria Russo discusses Jean Stein’s “West of Eden,” and A. O. Scott talks about “Better Living Through Criticism.”









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The Shortlist: Psychological Suspense

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 13:10
New books by Sharon Guskin, Fiona Barton, Lena Andersson and Therese Bohman.









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‘The Queen of the Night,’ by Alexander Chee

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 12:53
This novel’s heroine travels from a Minnesota farm to the Paris Opera.









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A. O. Scott’s ‘Better Living Through Criticism’

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 11:44
A. O. Scott traces the history of criticism and celebrates its virtues.









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‘The Firebrand and the First Lady,’ by Patricia Bell-Scott

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 11:43
Pauli Murray, a friend of Eleanor Roosevelt, showed courage as a civil rights, feminist and L.G.B.T. pioneer.









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Pagan Kennedy’s ‘Inventology’ and Adam Grant’s ‘Originals’

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 11:43
Two books ask why some people are more creative and inventive than others.









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‘The Most Wanted Man in China’ and ‘The Cowshed’

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 11:43
Two eminent Chinese intellectuals look back on their lives and shifting ideologies.









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