New York Times Book Reviews

Nonfiction: Seeing the Diversity of Jewish Thought in 18 Classic Texts

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 04:00
In “The People and the Books,” Adam Kirsch summarizes classic texts and finds surprising cultural differences over thousands of years.
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Nonfiction: Escape From East Berlin

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 04:00
Greg Mitchell’s “The Tunnels” recounts how, in 1962, a group of Germans tunnelled under the new wall — with help from NBC.
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Nonfiction: Black Deaths Matter

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 13:28
In “They Can’t Kill Us All,” the journalist Wesley Lowery wrestles with covering police shootings.
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Nonfiction: Jean Kennedy Smith Remembers Growing Up Kennedy

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 04:00
In “The Nine of Us,” Jean Kennedy Smith recalls her early years with Mother, Father and siblings.
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Children’s Books: Across the Generations: Four New Picture Books Celebrate the Power of Grandparents

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 11:39
In these picture books, grandparents (and grandparent figures) show children how to take in the world around them.
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Audiobooks: Twain’s Twang: Nick Offerman Reads ‘Tom Sawyer’

Sun, 11/13/2016 - 23:13
Tom Sawyer is back in an audio version, his pranks narrated by Nick Offerman.
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Nonfiction: Blanche Wiesen Cook Concludes Her Biography of Eleanor Roosevelt

Sun, 11/13/2016 - 23:03
The long-awaited third volume of Blanche Wiesen Cook’s biography follows Eleanor Roosevelt’s involvement with the United Nations.
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Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: Inside The New York Times Book Review: War Stories

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 11:32
Thomas Ricks discusses “Thundersticks” and several other new military history books, and Maria Russo talks about the season’s best new children’s books.
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Children’s Books: How Do You Explain the Refugee Crisis to Children? New Picture Books Can Help

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 11:16
The creators of four new books have taken on a difficult task with courage and compassion in stories of children forced to leave home.
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Children’s Books: ‘Hundred Percent’: A Middle-Grade Book About Friendship, Loyalty and Self-Awareness

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 11:12
Karen Romano Young’s new novel, “Hundred Percent,” brilliantly captures the hemmed-in feeling of early adolescence.
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Children’s Books: The Author of the Mysterious Benedict Society Series Creates a New World

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 11:05
Trenton Lee Stewart’s “The Secret Keepers” boasts a peculiar timepiece and an incredibly shy boy.
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Children’s Books: Grimm Brothers Remix: Riffs on ‘Snow White’ and Other Tales

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 11:05
“Snow White” and other stories take new forms in two books, one with minimal verse, the other set in 1920s New York.
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Paperback Row

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 10:52
Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.
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The Story Behind This Week’s Best Sellers

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 10:36
Michael Connelly, whose “The Wrong Side of Goodbye” is No. 2 on the hardcover fiction list, says: “I really wanted to go back to my elders with this book — the private eye novels and writers that inspired me.”
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Children’s Books: The Latest in Y.A. Fantasy

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 09:19
A Victorian-era girl who can burst into flames and defeat monsters; a teenager who gets to meet her future selves; and more.
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Children’s Books: The Latest in Realistic Fiction for Young Adults

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 09:11
A postmodern spin on “Romeo and Juliet”; a suspenseful revenge tale; a gentle love story from the author of “Thirteen Reasons Why”; and more.
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Children’s Books: Jennifer Weiner Writes a Middle-Grade Novel

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 09:04
Jennifer Weiner’s first novel for children, “The Littlest Bigfoot,” explores the pain of feeling rejected by one’s peers.
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Children’s Books: Laurie Halse Anderson Brings Her Revolutionary War Trilogy to a Close

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 09:01
Laurie Halse Anderson’s “Ashes” is the last of a trilogy about young slaves’ flight to freedom across the Revolutionary War’s treacherous landscape.
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Children’s Books: War Stories for Kids: A Pastor for Peace and a Nagasaki Survivor

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 08:56
The lives of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and a Nagasaki survivor point to the power of witness and resistance.
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Children’s Books: Some Review! Adam Gopnik on an E.B. White Biography for Kids

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 08:46
Melissa Sweet’s “Some Writer!” is a middle-grade biography of E.B. White, the New Yorker writer who was the author of classics like “Charlotte’s Web.”
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