New York Times Book Reviews

Nonfiction: A Physicist’s Crash Course in Unpeeling the Universe

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 09:00
In “Reality Is Not What It Seems,” the Italian physicist Carlo Rovelli takes readers on a tour of recent developments in physics.
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Nonfiction: Killing Jesus: Who Was the Real Pontius Pilate?

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 09:00
In “Pontius Pilate: Deciphering a Memory,” Aldo Schiavone attempts to flesh out the real Pontius Pilate.
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Fiction: A Painting Stolen First by the Nazis, Then by Persons Unknown

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 07:00
In Ellen Umansky’s “The Fortunate Ones,” a painting that went missing in Nazi-occupied Vienna connects the lives of two women in contemporary Los Angeles.
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The Shortlist: Argentine Fiction

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 07:00
New fiction by Argentine writers uses horror to address ecological disaster and keeps circling back to The Dirty War.
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Crime: The Best and Latest in Crime Fiction

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 05:00
Marilyn Stasio surveys serial killers in Denver, stalkers on the London Underground, brutal bikers in Texas and a mystery-solving house cat in the Deep South.
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10 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 17:39
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Nonfiction: Walk on By: A Celebration of Women’s Pleasure in Wandering a City

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 09:00
Lauren Elkin’s “Flaneuse” is a tribute to the pleasures of aimless urban wandering and female style.
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Nonfiction: Get Out of Here: Scientists Examine the Benefits of Forests, Birdsong and Running Water

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 08:00
In “The Nature Fix,” Florence Williams looks at new research on how spending time in nature makes people happier and more creative.
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By the Book: Richard Holmes: By the Book

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 06:00
The author, most recently, of “This Long Pursuit” has strong memories and deep feelings of discovering “On the Road” in 1960, “the book that made me fall in love with America aged 15.”
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Feature: How Emmanuel Carrère Reinvented Nonfiction

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 05:00
His unclassifiable books blend personal history, reportage, philosophy and theology to cast compulsive narrative spells.
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Books of The Times: ‘Wild Nights’ Offers a History of Sleep (and Sleeplessness)

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 17:46
Benjamin Reiss’s historical overview of mankind’s slumber habits (or lack thereof) trace a shift from a daylight-based pattern to clock-ruled routine.
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Nonfiction: A Social History of Food Mixes Revelation With Revolution

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 09:00
In “Food Fights and Culture Wars,” Tom Nealon presents a lavishly illustrated look at the impact of historical forces on cuisine.
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Nonfiction: A Poet’s Pathologies: Inside Robert Lowell’s Restless Mind

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 07:00
In “Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire,” Kay Redfield Jamison views the poet’s life through the lens of his bipolar disorder.
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Nonfiction: A Former Student Approaches the Life of Elizabeth Bishop

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 05:00
Megan Marshall’s “Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast” is only the second full-scale biography of this major poet, and the first in 25 years.
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Books of The Times: Review: Elif Batuman’s ‘The Idiot’ Sets a Romantic Crush on Simmer

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 17:11
In this first novel, set in 1995, Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, falls for an older student from Hungary during her freshman year at Harvard.
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Nonfiction: Stalin Gets Results: The Soviet Push for Tech Dominance

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 09:00
“Stalin and the Scientists” by Simon Ings shows how Stalin’s terror extended even to the men driving his technology program.
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Fiction: Wind, Waves and Weather: Jim Shepard’s Stories Force Men Out of Their Element

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 07:00
The stories in Jim Shepard’s new collection, “The World to Come,” send his characters into turbulent waters, both historical and personal.
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Fiction: Is This Mic On?: A Stand-Up Comedian Wrestles With His Country and His Soul

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 07:00
David Grossman’s novel “A Horse Walks Into a Bar,” about a tormented Israeli comedian, is a “magnificently comic and sucker-punch-tragic excursion into brilliance,” Gary Shteyngart writes.
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Nonfiction: There at the Creation: Profiles of Seven 20th-Century Artists, All Women

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 21:50
In “Identity Unknown,” Donna Seaman profiles Louise Nevelson, Gertrude Abercrombie, Loïs Mailou Jones and others.
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Nonfiction: After a Stroke at Age 33, This Memoir’s Author Wrote Herself Back to Life

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 13:32
In “Tell Me Everything You Don’t Remember,” Christine Hyung-Oak Lee describes life in the aftermath of her stroke.
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