New York Times Book Reviews

The Shortlist: Debut Novels for Armchair Olympians, Rom-Com Fans, and More

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 04:00
Four first novels introduce readers to a Hollywood flack, a Tour de France cyclist, an about-to-be-unwed mother and an autistic teenager.
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Help Desk: I’m Dying Up Here: Books on How to Grieve and How to Die

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 04:00
Our columnist examines new books that offer methods for dealing with death and dying — plus a poignant memoir that will show you how to live.
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8 New Books We Recommend This Week

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 04:00
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 04:00
Readers respond to the summer reading issue with new facts, nostalgia and a plea for more poetry in the form of a poem.
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By the Book: Joseph Kanon: By the Book

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 10:00
The author of “Defectors” says that he likes to cook, but likes to read cookbooks even more. “And the best cookbooks have really distinctive voices. I never met Marcella Hazan, but I feel I have.”
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Essay: How to Live With Critics (Whether You’re an Artist or the President)

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 04:00
“Nothing is easier or more pathetic than being a critic,” the president said recently. Artists might well feel a sneaking sympathy with this notion.
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Tracy K. Smith Is the New Poet Laureate

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 23:01
Ms. Smith, 45, says she hopes to be a poetry evangelist of sorts, going to parts of the United States “where literary festivals don’t always go.”
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Books of The Times: Sherman Alexie’s Complicated Grief for His Mother

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 16:25
In his memoir, “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me,” Alexie explores grief, poverty and his childhood on the Spokane Indian Reservation.
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Critic’s Take: The Modern Trans Memoir Comes of Age

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 04:00
Two new memoirs, by Janet Mock and Caitlyn Jenner, reveal how trans writing about identity is evolving.
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A Literary Tour of Italy’s Libraries

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 04:00
Italy’s libraries offer a convergence of architecture, literature and history. These books take you inside their walls.
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Fiction: A High-Stakes New York City Thriller Where Noir and Nostalgia Meet

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 04:00
“You Belong to Me,” Colin Harrison’s first thriller in eight years, features a noirish love triangle and an obsessive collector of maps.
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Match Book: Dear Match Book: I Need Short but Great Books for My Commute

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 04:00
Wherein the bookish commuter’s lament — “The most I can read is for 30 minutes and that’s typically a train or bus ride” — is solved.
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Sherman Alexie and the Tricky Art of Memoir

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 16:30
In a new book inspired by his mother’s death, “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me,” Mr. Alexie plays with the complexities of autobiography.
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Nonfiction: How the Dark Web’s Dread Pirate Roberts Went Down

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 04:00
In Nick Bilton’s “American Kingpin,” the former boy scout who started the Silk Road is brought down by federal agents in a dizzying manhunt.
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Fiction: In ‘Camino Island,’ John Grisham Takes a Vacation From Writing John Grisham Novels

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 04:00
Stolen F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts, colorful booksellers and a sleepy resort town make for a leisurely, lawyerless John Grisham jaunt.
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Newsbook: 3 Books on the Evolution of the Gay Rights Movement

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 16:00
As gay pride month kicks into gear, here are three books on the history of the gay rights movement.
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Open Book: The Luckiest Man on Earth

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 15:38
In “The Pride of the Yankees,” Richard Sandomir tells the story behind what he calls “the first great sports film.”
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The Book Review Podcast: Al Franken on Life in the Senate

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 15:31
Franken discusses his new political memoir; Thomas E. Ricks talks about “Churchill and Orwell”; and Dav Pilkey on the movie adaptation of “Captain Underpants” and more.
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A Return to Middle-Earth, 44 Years After Tolkien’s Death

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 10:45
In “Beren and Luthien,” J.R.R. Tolkien’s son traces the romance between a human and an elf through his father’s notes and drafts and epic poems.
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Nonfiction: A Poet’s Loving Take on Her Unorthodox Catholic Family

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 10:05
In her memoir “Priestdaddy,” the poet Patricia Lockwood writes about growing up the daughter of an irrepressible Catholic priest.
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