New York Times Book Reviews

Nonfiction: A Feminist’s Biography of Steven Spielberg Focuses on His Jewish Identity

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 04:00
In “Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films,” Molly Haskell traces the evolution of the director’s Jewish identity.
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Nonfiction: Is Fat Really All That Bad? A Biochemist Explains.

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 14:12
In “The Secret Life of Fat,” Sylvia Tara argues that it’s not as dangerous as we’ve been told.
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Fiction: What Can Explain a Mother’s Murder of Her Child?, a Novel Asks

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 04:00
In “Idaho,” a debut novel by Emily Ruskovich, a woman seeks the facts about the killing of her husband’s young daughter by his ex-wife.
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Nonfiction: The War to Stay Out of the War Against War

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 04:00
In “War Against War,” Michael Kazin reminds us that opposition to World War I was deep and widespread.
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Nonfiction: Shorthand for Suffering: Siberia Under the Czars

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 04:00
In “The House of the Dead,” his new history of Siberia as a prison colony, Daniel Beer shows how the czars planted the seeds of their own destruction.
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Bookends: Is It Possible for a Writer to Be Objective?

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 12:55
Pankaj Mishra and Leslie Jamison discuss whether writers can ever truly put aside their own prejudices and interpretations.
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Nonfiction: Two New Books Look at the Holocaust in Civic and Military Terms

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 11:03
David Cesarani’s “Final Solution” and Peter Hayes’s “Why?” offer fresh perspectives on the Holocaust.
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Fiction: No Shrinking Violets: A Short Story Collection From Roxane Gay

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 04:00
Troubled, troublesome narrators star in “Difficult Women,” a collection of stories by Roxane Gay.
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Nonfiction: What Not to Eat: ‘The Case Against Sugar’

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 04:00
Gary Taubes’s “The Case Against Sugar” sugarcoats nothing. The stuff kills.
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The Story Behind This Week’s Best Sellers

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 07:30
John Grisham, whose “The Whistler” is No. 1 on the hardcover fiction list, says: “I still pull for the underdog. I still like the little guy.”
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The Shortlist: Families in Fiction

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 06:43
Four new novels introduce readers to the multigenerational struggles of fictional families.
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Critic’s Take: A Few Questions for Poetry

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 06:04
What does poetry do for us and why is it worth supporting?
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Nonfiction: Gathering Storm: A History of the Complicated U.S.-China Relationship Since 1776

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 05:50
In “The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom,” John Pomfret presents a sweeping portrait of America’s 250-year relationship with China.
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Nonfiction: Empathy Is Good, Right? A New Book Says We’re Better Off Without It

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 05:35
In “Against Empathy,” Paul Bloom argues that we shouldn’t feel so much.
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Nonfiction: A Celebration of American Innovation, From the Erie Canal to Jazz to the MRI

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 05:00
Kevin Baker looks at our country’s tradition of innovation in “America the Ingenious.”
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Fiction: Peter Handke’s Time-Traveling Tale of a Europe in Flux

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 04:45
Memory and reality face off in Peter Handke’s “The Moravian Night,” a writer’s tale of a changing Europe.
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9 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 15:53
Suggested reading by editors at The New York Times.
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Paperback Row

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 15:53
Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.
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The Book Review Podcast: How Octopuses Are Like Aliens

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 11:09
Peter Godfrey-Smith discusses “Other Minds,” and Jeff Howe talks about “Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future.”
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Open Book: What You’ll Be Reading in 2017

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 10:22
Looking ahead to new books from George Saunders, Mohsin Hamid, Jesmyn Ward and more.
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