New York Times Book Reviews

Nonfiction: Two Books Argue the Case for Police Reform From Within

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 10:31
Frank Zimring’s “When Police Kill” and Barry Friedman’s “Unwarranted” take up the case of police use of force and surveillance.
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A Life of Jonathan Swift, Beyond Satire

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 09:00
In his new biography “Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel,” John Stubbs explores the complex life of the man who penned “Gulliver’s Travels.”
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Poetry: A Range of Alter Egos and a Lifetime of Poetic Guises

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 07:00
In “Almost Complete Poems,” his latest attempt to earn the title poet, Stanley Moss reflects on his life, talents and quest for spiritual strength.
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The Book Review Podcast: Neil Gaiman’s Myths

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 14:24
Gaiman discusses “Norse Mythology”; Sarah Lyall talks about Ali Smith’s “Autumn”; and Nick Bilton on two new books about Silicon Valley.
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Paperback Row

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 13:04
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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She Began Her Career at Hedge Funds. Now She Reports on Their Crimes.

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 12:25
Sheelah Kolhatkar, whose “Black Edge” traces the insider trading scandal at SAC Capital, is a former fund analyst herself.
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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 12:11
Readers respond to recent reviews of “The New Brooklyn,” “The True Flag” and more.
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Open Book: The Harlem Renaissance’s New Chapter

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 12:11
Claude McKay’s “lost” novel “Amiable With Big Teeth” is about a group of activists in Harlem during the 1930s.
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Bookends: Which Canonical Work is Frequently and Frustratingly Misread?

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:41
Rivka Galchen and Benjamin Moser discuss which classic books are commonly misunderstood.
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The Shortlist: Fiction in Translation

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:30
A singer who breaks race barriers in the theater, a Mexican immigrant living on the edge of survival in an American city and more.
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Crime: The Best and Latest in Crime Fiction

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:26
Mark Billingham’s “Rush of Blood” is a savage satire about good friends whose special bond originated in murder.
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Fiction: From Ali Smith, It’s the First Great Brexit Novel

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 07:00
“Autumn,” Ali Smith’s Brexit novel, centers on an abiding May-December friendship.
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Fiction: Doctored Videos Disturb the Inhabitants of a Midwestern Town

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 07:00
“Universal Harvester,” a new novel by the Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle, subverts a horror movie premise to explore the landscape of grief.
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Fiction: A Railroad Runs Through a Tale of Two Kenyas

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 05:00
In “Dance of the Jakaranda,” Peter Kimani explores Kenya’s colonial legacy through the story of the national railroad.
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10 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 17:40
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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By the Book: George Saunders: By the Book

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 07:00
The author, most recently, of “Lincoln in the Bardo” on his favorite genre: “I love reading anything about gigantic animate blobs of molten iron who secretly long to be concert pianists.”
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Nonfiction: Her Spirit Guide: The Face Behind a Faith-Shaping Devotional

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 07:00
In Macy Halford’s “My Utmost: A Devotional Memoir,” Halford’s love of Oswald Chambers’s classic evangelical text prompts a closer look at her own life.
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Fiction: Joyce Carol Oates’s Novel Plumbs the Depths of America’s Abortion War

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 05:00
Joyce Carol Oates tackles America’s abortion war in her new novel, “A Book of American Martyrs,” about the killing of a doctor and its aftermath.
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Fiction: Gone Guy: A Writer Leaves His Wife, Then Disappears in Greece

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 07:00
Katie Kitamura’s novel “A Separation” follows an estranged wife’s journey to Greece in search of her missing husband.
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Nonfiction: The Rare Writer Who Hates the Word ‘I’

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 05:00
In “Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life,” Yiyun Li recounts abandoning Chinese in order to write in English.
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