New York Times Book Reviews

Nonfiction: High Anxiety: A New Approach to What Explains Compulsive Behavior

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 06:00
In “Can’t Just Stop,” the journalist Sharon Begley looks at the science behind procrastinating, self-sabotaging and self-destructiveness.
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Author’s Note: Literature by Degree

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 08:00
Ben Markovits on how universities shape the literary landscape
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Fiction: A Novel Dwells on the Loves of Lovecraft

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 06:00
Paul La Farge’s novel “The Night Ocean” is a many-voiced story about H. P. Lovecraft, his teenage acolyte Robert Barlow and the diary Lovecraft supposedly kept of their love life together.
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Nonfiction: The Troubling Appeal of Education at For-Profit Schools

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 04:00
“Lower Ed” by Tressie McMillan Cottom asks why students sign up for high debt and problematic degrees at for-profit schools.
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Books of The Times: Past, Present and Future Collide in Joan Didion’s ‘South and West’

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 16:30
Containing two excerpts from her notebooks dating to the 1970s, this book uncannily sheds light on some of the divisions splintering America today.
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Nonfiction: In David Shields’s Brief Essays, People May Be Farther Than They Appear

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 08:00
The essays in David Shields’s “Other People” reveal him to be an elusive, humorous ironist particularly interested in sex, sports, selfhood, actors and fiction.
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Nonfiction: ‘Four Days That Changed the World’: Unintended Consequences of a Women’s Rights Conference

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 06:00
“Divided We Stand” by Marjorie J. Spruill recalls a 1977 women’s rights conference that ended up energizing the anti-feminist opposition.
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Ivory Tower: All Too Human

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 05:00
A philosopher, a bioethicist and a literary theorist wrestle with the question of what makes us human.
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The Book Review Podcast: Happy Trails

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 15:22
Florence Williams discusses “The Nature Fix,” and Jennifer Szalai talks about new Argentine fiction.
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How to Read Proust in the Original

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 14:18
A remembrance of reading Proust.
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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 12:47
Readers react to an essay about the Bible, a review of recent graphic books about the Middle East and more.
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Nonfiction: Interfaith Healer: The Surprising Role of Jesus in Islam

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 12:05
Mustafa Akyol’s “The Islamic Jesus” presents the Islamic Jesus as more of a Jewish prophet than a Christian savior.
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Not Yet 30, This Fantasy Writer Is an Old Pro

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 12:03
“A Conjuring of Light,” new at No. 6 in hardcover fiction, is V.E. Schwab’s 12th book and her third to hit the list.
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Paperback Row

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 11:45
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Open Book: Carson McCullers at 100

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 11:09
Feb. 19 was the centenary of the birth of one of the most distinctive writers in American history.
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Nonfiction: A Physicist’s Crash Course in Unpeeling the Universe

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 09:00
In “Reality Is Not What It Seems,” the Italian physicist Carlo Rovelli takes readers on a tour of recent developments in physics.
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Nonfiction: Killing Jesus: Who Was the Real Pontius Pilate?

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 09:00
In “Pontius Pilate: Deciphering a Memory,” Aldo Schiavone attempts to flesh out the real Pontius Pilate.
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Fiction: A Painting Stolen First by the Nazis, Then by Persons Unknown

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 07:00
In Ellen Umansky’s “The Fortunate Ones,” a painting that went missing in Nazi-occupied Vienna connects the lives of two women in contemporary Los Angeles.
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The Shortlist: Argentine Fiction

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 07:00
New fiction by Argentine writers uses horror to address ecological disaster and keeps circling back to The Dirty War.
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Crime: The Best and Latest in Crime Fiction

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 05:00
Marilyn Stasio surveys serial killers in Denver, stalkers on the London Underground, brutal bikers in Texas and a mystery-solving house cat in the Deep South.
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