New York Times Book Reviews

Paperback Row

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 16:29
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Crime: The Best and Latest in Crime Fiction

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 04:00
Marilyn Stasio’s crime column takes us to three watery venues — Venice, the English Fenland and the French Riviera. And for a break, how about chilly Norway?
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8 New Books We Recommend This Week

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 17:26
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Fiction: Jerzy Kosinski Stars in a Novel About His Own Strange Life

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 16:33
Jerome Charyn’s novel “Jerzy” is based on the very slippery life of Jerzy Kosinski.
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Open Book: A Modern Masterpiece Turns 25

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 13:30
Denis Johnson’s “Jesus’ Son” was recently celebrated at an event in New York by a few of its many prominent writer-fans.
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Fiction: Sonic Youth: Cultural Appropriations of Two Musical Hipsters

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 04:00
The young music producers in Hari Kunzru’s “White Tears” invent a lost blues legend who may turn out to have been real all along.
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Books of The Times: A Florida of Sun, Sky, Sea and Mind

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 18:00
“Sunshine State,” Sarah Gerard’s essay collection, and “Gulf: The Making of an American Sea,” Jack E. Davis’s environmental history, each explore the terrain of an unmoored state.
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Nonfiction: Don’t Do It: The Simple Solution to Clearing the To-Do List

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 10:14
According to Tiffany Dufu’s “Drop the Ball” and Stephen Marche’s “The Unmade Bed,” there’s a solution to those impossible household to-do lists: Quit.
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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: One Family’s War Against Alzheimer’s

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 06:00
“The Inheritance” is about five siblings (out of six) who inherited a genetic mutation that leads to early-onset Alzheimer’s.
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Nonfiction: With God on Their Side: How Evangelicals Entered American Politics

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 04:00
Frances FitzGerald’s “The Evangelicals” is an examination of how politics and conservative Protestantism became intertwined.
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Books of The Times: A Haunting Debut Looks Ahead to a Second American Civil War

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 18:13
The details of “American War,” Omar El Akkad’s dystopian novel about an unraveling United States, makes his fictional future feel alarmingly real.
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Fiction: An Unassuming Heroine Envies Her Harvard Classmates the Confidence of Their Convictions

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 04:00
Elif Batuman’s new novel, “The Idiot,” is a rejoinder to the pressure on literature to serve as self-help.
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Nonfiction: Hitler’s Little Helper: A History of Rampant Drug Use Under the Nazis

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 04:00
Norman Ohler’s “Blitzed” shows that the Nazis were drug-fueled, with methamphetamines for the public and opiates for The Fuhrer.
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Q. & A.: Sarah Dunn on the Anatomy of an Open Marriage

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:46
In “The Arrangement,” a couple devise a “six-month-long adultery program.”
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The Book Review Podcast: ‘Ties’ to Ferrante?

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:19
Domenico Starnone and Jhumpa Lahiri talk about “Ties,” and Mary Otto discusses “Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America.”
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The Great American Novelist Who Spied for the Soviets

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:13
In a new Hemingway biography, “Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy,” the historian Nicholas Reynolds details his subject’s work for a precursor to the K.G.B.
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Open Book: The Head Honcho’s Head Honcho

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 11:56
“The Gatekeepers” is a look at how chiefs of staff have advised, cautioned and encouraged presidents.
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Fiction: Dan Chaon’s Latest Takes on Satanism, Suspicious Deaths and a Faltering Family

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 08:00
Dan Chaon’s haunting, strikingly original new novel, “Ill Will,” is a foray into recovered memories and serial killing.
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Fiction: Stepping Out of the Shadow of a Boozy, Bookish Dad

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 06:00
In “The Barrowfields,” a debut novel by Philip Lewis, a son tries to come to terms with the weight of his family’s past.
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Nonfiction: How a Scrap of Red Paper Enthralled a Century of Collectors

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 06:00
James Barron unveils the history of the most expensive stamp ever printed in “The One-Cent Magenta.”
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