New York Times Book Reviews

Crime: The Best and Latest in Crime Fiction

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 12:04
There’s a perverse symmetry to the way things work in Federico Axat’s mind-bending psychological thriller “Kill the Next One.”
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Fiction: A Historical Novel Recounts the Agony of Queen Anne

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 11:55
Joanne Limburg’s “A Want of Kindness” is built on a monarch’s letters and 18 stillbirths.
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Fiction: Edward Hoagland’s New Novel Draws on His Own Blindness

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 11:46
A soaring protagonist is brought low by degenerating vision in Edward Hoagland’s “In the Country of the Blind.”
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Nonfiction: Siri Hustvedt Views the Human Condition Through Art and Science

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 11:40
In the essays in “A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women,” Siri Hustvedt contemplates art, sex and science.
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Nonfiction: A New History Looks at a Time When Europe Came Together

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 11:34
Richard J. Evans’s “The Pursuit of Power” argues that nineteenth-century Europeans shared similar experiences but with strong local variations.
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The Story Behind This Week’s Best Sellers

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 11:11
In “The Book of Joy,” No. 14 in hardcover nonfiction, the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu conclude: “The human drama is often a comedy, and laughter is the saving grace.”
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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 11:03
Readers react to recent reviews of David France’s “How to Survive a Plague,” John Lewis’s “March Trilogy” and more.
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Fiction: A Novel of Infidelity in a Fast-Changing India

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 11:03
A wife meets her younger lover on the Delhi Metro in Ratika Kapur’s “The Private Life of Mrs. Sharma.”
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Nonfiction: The Conquerers: A New 19th-Century History Focuses on American Imperialism

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 11:02
Steven Hahn’s “A Nation Without Borders” identifies conquest at home and abroad as a major theme in our history.
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Nonfiction: Reefer Gladness: An Enthusiast’s Guide to the Marijuana Boom

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 11:02
“Brave New Weed,” by Joe Dolce, is a loving rethink of the care and consumption of marijuana.
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8 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 18:32
Suggested reading by book critics and editors at The New York Times.
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By the Book: Steven Johnson: By the Book

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 14:24
The author of “Wonderland” says that for a long period, he concentrated on science and technology. “But right around when I turned 40, I found myself needing the companionship of novels.”
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Open Book: Hank’s Long Suffering

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 10:12
“Hank: The Short Life and Long Country Road of Hank Williams” is a timely biography, though its subject died nearly 64 years ago.
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Nonfiction: The Eerie Tragedy of Emmett Till’s Father, Told by John Edgar Wideman

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 14:51
In “Writing to Save a Life,” John Edgar Wideman tells the tragic story of a forgotten father.
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Letters to the Editor

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 13:33
Readers react to a recent essay by Calvin Trillin and more.
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Nonfiction: What Makes a City: A Highly Subjective, Idiosyncratic New York Atlas

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 16:42
New York’s history, languages and people are communicated through maps in “Nonstop Metropolis,” edited by Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro.
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Nonfiction: Arianna Huffington on a Book About Working Less, Resting More

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 09:52
In “Rest,” Alex Soojung-Kim Pang explains that quality downtime is crucial to productivity and fulfillment.
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Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: Inside The New York Times Book Review: The 10 Best Books of 2016

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 12:57
Editors at the Book Review talk about the year’s best books; Stefan Hertmans talks about “War and Turpentine”; and Ian McGuire discusses “The North Water.”
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Fiction: ‘Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?’: Fiction by an Author Who Died Young

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 10:43
Reclaiming the short fiction of Kathleen Collins.
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Nonfiction: Empire of Tolerance

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 10:43
In “Genghis Khan and the Quest for God,” the anthropologist Jack Weatherford argues that the separation of church and state is, at its root, a Mongol notion.
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