New York Times Book Reviews

Nonfiction: Pasternak’s Muse: The Real-Life Inspiration for ‘Doctor Zhivago’

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 10:08
In “Lara,” Anna Pasternak explores the life of the real-life inspiration for “Doctor Zhivago.”
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Nonfiction: A South African Novelist Recalls the Sister She Couldn’t Save

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 07:00
In “Once We Were Sisters,” the novelist Sheila Kohler recalls her lost sibling.
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Fiction: Stories by the Heir of James Dickey and Flannery O’Connor

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 06:00
The spirits of Flannery O’Connor and James Dickey survive in “Signals,” a story collection by Tim Gautreaux.
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Fiction: Aravind Adiga’s Novel Is About the Game of Cricket — and Sexual Awakening

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 05:00
In Aravind Adiga’s new novel, “Selection Day,” the game of cricket may pull two boys out of India’s slums.
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Fiction: For Two Small-Town Families, War Is the Tie That Binds

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 05:00
Generations of war haunt the characters in Andrew Krivak’s novel “The Signal Flame.”
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10 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 17:55
Suggested reading from editors and critics at The New York Times.
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Letters to the Editor

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 17:28
Readers respond to recent reviews of “Against Empathy,” “How America Lost Its Secrets” and “Ernst Kantorowicz: A Life.”
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Open Book: Faye Redux

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 13:40
Rachel Cusk describes the method behind her new novel, “Transit,” the second book in a planned trilogy.
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By the Book: Roxane Gay: By the Book

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 13:40
The author, most recently, of “Difficult Women” on what moves her in literature: “Basically, I love reading things that make me feel the same way I feel when listening to Beyoncé — slayed.”
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Nonfiction: How Conan Doyle Landed on Sherlock Holmes and Why He’s Stayed With Us

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 05:00
Michael Sims explores Conan Doyle’s creation of his world-famous detective in “Arthur and Sherlock.”
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Fiction: A Novel’s Strong, Silent Heroine Abandons Her Family for the Sea

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 05:00
In Andrew Miller’s “The Crossing,” an inscrutable woman sets sail alone in the aftermath of a family tragedy.
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Nonfiction: From Frank Sinatra to Lady Gaga, the Greatest Hits of Gay Talese

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 05:00
“High Notes: Selected Writings of Gay Talese” showcases the craft of a New Journalism pioneer.
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Fiction: Who Would Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer Grow Up to Be?

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 16:00
Robert Coover’s latest novel, “Huck Out West,” continues the adventures of Mark Twain’s greatest character.
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Nonfiction: Geography Made America Great. Has Globalization Undone Its Influence?

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 05:00
Geography made America a great nation, Robert D. Kaplan argues in “Earning the Rockies,” but globalization is eroding its influence.
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Fiction: ‘The Patriots’ Charts a Family’s Reverse Journey From Brooklyn to the Gulag

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 05:00
Sana Krasikov’s first novel, “The Patriots,” is a historical saga that moves between America and Russia, from the 1930s to the present day.
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Children’s Book Awards Highlight Race — and Politics

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 17:41
The American Library Association’s annual prizes include a record four awards for Rep. John Lewis.
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Nonfiction: That Other Clinton: A Brief Biography of Bill

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 13:03
“Bill Clinton,” by Michael Tomasky, is a brief biography of the 42nd president.
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Fiction: Monica Ali on Rachel Cusk’s Risky, Revolutionary New Novel

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 05:00
“Transit” is the second novel in a trilogy by Rachel Cusk that began with “Outline.”
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Books News: ‘The Evenings,’ a Dutch Classic, Arrives in English. It Only Took 70 Years.

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 17:24
A translation of a novel by Gerard Reve that centers on a young clerk has invited recent comparisons to books like “The Catcher in the Rye.”
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The Story Behind This Week’s Best Sellers

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 13:33
It’s not common for macroeconomists to hit the list, but with “The Great Equalizer” (new at No. 8 in hardcover nonfiction), David M. Smick pulls it off.
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