New York Times Book Reviews

The Book Review Podcast: Barack Obama’s Legacy

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 13:16
Jonathan Chait talks about “Audacity,” and Randall Fuller discusses “The Book That Changed America.”
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Crime: The Best and Latest in Crime Fiction <div> </div>

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 12:53
A medical mystery, a diabolical architect, some very desperate Pennsylvanians and a treacherous British boarding school.
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Nonfiction: How Did Rumi Become One of Our Best-Selling Poets?

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 12:43
“Rumi’s Secret,” by Brad Gooch, traces the life of the Persian mystic whose rebranded love poems are best sellers today.
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Nonfiction: Evolutionary Wars: How Darwin’s Masterwork Shook Up America

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 12:26
Randall Fuller’s “The Book That Changed America” looks at the impact of Darwin’s ideas on American society.
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Nonfiction: A Linguist Offers a Brief Immersion in Black English

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 12:18
John McWhorter puts down his thoughts about what he calls Black English in “Talking Back, Talking Black.”
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Fiction: Memories Inspire a Novel About a Jewish Family’s Journey From Hungary

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 12:11
“The Afterlife of Stars” is Joseph Kertes’s novel about a Jewish family’s flight from Hungary after the failed revolution.
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Fiction: Many Madeleines: André Aciman’s Proustian Tale of Conflicted Desires

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 11:55
André Aciman explores shades of desire through the protagonist of his new novel, “Enigma Variations.”
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Fiction: Tales Out of School: A Novel Skewers the Self-Delusion of Liberal Brooklyn Parents

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 11:54
Lucinda Rosenfeld’s “Class” is the story of an overbearing mother in a gentrifying neighborhood.
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Fiction: In Ottessa Moshfegh’s Stories, Fringe Figures Make Feckless Attempts at Connection

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 11:54
In the wide-ranging stories in “Homesick for Another World,” Ottessa Moshfegh draws a map of national character.
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The Shortlist: Short Stories

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 11:51
New short story collections by Josh Barkan, Mary Miller and Josip Novakovich.
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Paperback Row

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 18:34
Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Letters to the Editor

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 18:21
Readers respond to Bernard-Henri Lévy’s By the Book interview and more.
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Open Book: The Way We Were (and Are and Could Be)

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 18:11
Three recently published books offer past, present and possible future views of the country.
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Six New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 17:51
Suggested reading from editors of the Book Review and The Times’s book critics.
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By the Book: Ayelet Waldman: By the Book

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 07:00
The author, most recently, of “A Really Good Day” maybe isn’t a fan of the “nurse romance” genre. But “come to think of it, ‘Atonement,’ by Ian McEwan, is one of my favorite contemporary novels, and what is that if not a nurse romance?”
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Nonfiction: What Do They Want? Graeme Wood Speaks With Supporters of ISIS

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 05:00
“The Way of the Strangers,” by Graeme Wood, asks where the militants of ISIS get their values.
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Nonfiction: Is Edward Snowden a Spy? A New Book Calls Him One.

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 18:23
In “How America Lost Its Secrets,” Edward Jay Epstein says Russia was the main beneficiary of Snowden’s revelations.
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Nonfiction: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Two Books About Muslim Identity

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 17:25
Omar Saif Ghobash’s “Letters to a Young Muslim” offers advice for young Muslims in the West, and Ali A. Rizvi’s “The Atheist Muslim” is about a journey from believer to atheist.
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Nonfiction: A Novelist Scours the Honduran Jungle for Pre-Columbian Ruins. The Jungle Scours Him Back.

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 05:00
Douglas Preston goes in search of a forgotten pre-Columbian city in the jungles of Honduras in “The Lost City of the Monkey God.”
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Nonfiction: Yes He Did: Jonathan Chait Argues That Obama’s Accomplishments Will Survive

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 05:00
In “Audacity,” Jonathan Chait says Barack Obama’s achievements will not be easy to dismantle.
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