New York Times Book Reviews

Nonfiction: An Artist’s Lesson on How to Appreciate Art

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 12:44
In “How to See,” David Salle aims to help the reader make sense of the sometimes perplexing world of contemporary art.
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Nonfiction: David Hockney: A Book of Paintings and ‘A History of Pictures’

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 12:44
A catalog of Hockney’s work and “A History of Pictures,” a lavishly illustrated dialogue between the artist and the art critic Martin Gayford.
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Nonfiction: Arctic Folly: In Search of a Place That Doesn’t Exist

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 12:36
David Welky’s “A Wretched and Precarious Situation” tells the rather less epic story of the Crocker Land expedition.
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Nonfiction: Marina Abramovic: What’s Art Without Danger?

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 12:27
Marina Abramovic’s engrossing “Walk Through Walls” makes us realize how partial our knowledge about the artist and her work was.
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Nonfiction: A Look at J. M. W. Turner, Master of Landscapes and Networking

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 12:18
Franny Moyle’s “Turner” provides a clear picture of the very unclear life of this inventive artist.
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Nonfiction: Name Those Tunes: David Hajdu’s Pop Music Memories

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 12:11
In “Love for Sale,” David Hajdu traces the history of pop music with the friendly authority of a favorite teacher.
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Nonfiction: Great Fictional Worlds From the Past 2,000 Years

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:56
“Literary Wonderlands,” edited by Laura Miller, is a compendium of fantastic worlds that exist only in the imagination.
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Nonfiction: The Story of Claude Monet’s Water-Lily Masterworks

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:46
Ross King’s “Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies” is an engaging and authoritative portrait of the aged artist and his travails.
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The Shortlist: Reading and Writing

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:41
New books about the art of storytelling, the writing life, reading and the literary origins of the financial crisis.
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The Story Behind This Week’s Best Sellers

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:40
Paulo Coelho’s “The Spy,” a fictional retelling of the life of Mata Hari, is No.18 on the extended hardcover fiction list.
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Nonfiction: A History of the Menorah

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:16
“The Menorah: From the Bible to Modern Israel,” Steven Fine’s richly illustrated academic study.
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Nonfiction: Queen Elizabeth I’s Islam

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:16
Jerry Brotton’s “The Sultan and the Queen” is about England’s first sustained interaction with the Muslim world.
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Nonfiction: Why the Legend of Al Capone Still Fascinates

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:16
In “Al Capone,” Deirdre Bair investigates Public Enemy No. 1 through the unexpected lens of home and family.
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10 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 19:27
Suggested reading by book critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Fiction: Robert Harris’s Thriller Goes Inside the Vatican

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 18:09
Robert Harris’s new thriller, “Conclave,” is a tightly woven tale about power machinations at the top of the Roman Catholic Church.
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Nonfiction: A Biography of Moses, the Man

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 17:35
Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg’s “Moses: A Human Life” shows a man facing the divine and the elusive meaning of life.
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Roundup: Great Outdoors: Landscapes, Both Natural and Created by Human Hands

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 17:18
New books include “Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey Through America’s National Parks.”
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Nonfiction: What’s So Funny About Jewish Humor?

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 16:28
Michael Krasny’s “Let There Be Laughter” is celebration of Jewish humor.
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Nonfiction: Islands in the Sun

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 16:23
Joshua Jelly-Schapiro’s “Island People,” about the Caribbean, is the product of more than a dozen years of extended visits to the region.
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Nonfiction: Wordless Short Stories by Richard McGuire

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 16:14
Richard McGuire’s charming “Sequential Drawings” collects over a decade’s worth of spot illustrations for The New Yorker.
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