New York Times Book Reviews

Fiction: In a Novel’s Mysterious Background, Talk of a Horrific Crime

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 08:25
Dialogue about a crime forms the background to Iain Reid’s debut novel, “I’m Thinking of Ending Things.”
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Nonfiction: Essays by Han Han, the Chinese Blogger and Media Superstar

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 08:25
“The Problem With Me,” by Han Han, is a book of essays by a widely read Chinese blogger who manages not to provoke the censors.
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Fiction: ‘The Nix’ Is the Love Child of Thomas Pynchon and David Foster Wallace

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 08:25
A son searches for his mother’s secrets in Nathan Hill’s “The Nix,” a sprawling novel with a bag of postmodern tricks.
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Nonfiction: Understanding Recent Deaths at the Hands of the Police

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 08:25
Marc Lamont Hill’s “Nobody” explores the details and history behind the litany of recent police killings.
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Fiction: The Progenitors: Kaui Hart Hemmings Casts an Amused Eye on a Single Mom

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 08:24
A San Francisco single mother finds a support group at a neighborhood playground in Kaui Hart Hemmings’s new comic novel, “How to Party With an Infant.”
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Fiction: A Novel’s Team of Explorers Sets Out to Tame Alaska

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 08:24
Journals trace a husband’s and wife’s separate ventures in the Northwest of the 1880s in Eowyn Ivey’s “To the Bright Edge of the World.”
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Fiction: Heroin Addiction, Anorexia, a Failing Marriage: This Novel’s Narrator Has It All

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 08:23
The narrator of Jade Sharma’s “Problems” aims degrading remarks at other women.
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Paperback Row

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 08:22
Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Editors' Choice: 9 Books for Back-to-School That Times Editors Think You Should Read

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 15:36
New books recommended by the editors of The New York Times Book Review this week.
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By the Book: Daniel Silva: By the Book

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 05:00
The author of the Gabriel Allon thrillers, including the latest, “The Black Widow,” loves F. Scott Fitzgerald and named his son Nicholas after Nick Carraway from “The Great Gatsby.” But his daughter is Lily — “not Daisy or Jordan or Myrtle.”
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Fiction: An Immigrant Family Encounter the 1 Percent in a Debut Novel

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 03:30
In Imbolo Mbue’s “Behold the Dreamers,” immigrants from Cameroon are drawn into a banker’s family as the financial crisis deepens.
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Nonfiction: Sorry, Mom and Dad: You’re Not So Important After All

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 03:30
In “Do Parents Matter?,” the married anthropologists Robert A. LeVine and Sarah LeVine explain why parenting styles aren’t nearly as important as we imagine.
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Nonfiction: The End of Intervention: Two Books Explore the American Catastrophe in the Middle East

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 03:30
Lawrence Wright’s “The Terror Years” and J. Kael Weston’s “The Mirror Test” examine the effects of terrorism in the Middle East and the American obsession with it.
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Fiction: A Novel’s Exiles Flee North Korea: Now What?

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 03:30
Exiles define their lives outside North Korea in Krys Lee’s debut novel, “How I Became a North Korean.”
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Bookends: Why Do Debut Novels Command So Much Attention?

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 13:02
Leslie Jamison and Ayana Mathis discuss the hype behind first novels.
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Nonfiction: Attica, Attica: The Story of the Legendary Prison Uprising

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 03:30
Heather Ann Thompson’s “Blood in the Water” is about the Attica prison uprising of 1971, its aftermath, and the continuing quest for justice.
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Nonfiction: A Book Examines the Curious Case of a Man Whose Memory Was Removed

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 03:30
In “Patient H.M.,” the journalist Luke Dittrich questions his grandfather’s role in an infamous case of a patient with permanent amnesia.
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Fiction: Noah Hawley on a Thriller in Which Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse Face Off

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 03:30
Graham Moore’s “The Last Days of Night” is inspired by Edison’s efforts to drive Westinghouse out of business.
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Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: Inside The New York Times Book Review: ‘ADHD Nation’

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 13:28
Alan Schwarz talks about “ADHD Nation”; Raina Telgemeier discusses “Ghosts”; and Nicholson Baker talks about “Substitute.”
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Inside the List

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 10:39
Colson Whitehead, whose “The Underground Railroad” is No. 1 on the hardcover fiction list, cites “The Twilight Zone” as a key influence.
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