New York Times Book Reviews

Letters to the Editor

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 09:53
Readers respond to the 100 Notable Books of 2016 and more.
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On Poetry: The Best Poetry of 2016

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 17:18
The Book Review’s On Poetry columnist picks his favorite books of the year.
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Nonfiction: Painting Damnation: Celebrating 500 Years of Bosch

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 11:48
A wave of appraisal marks the 500th anniversary of Hieronymus Bosch’s death.
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Notebook: The Best Photo Books of 2016

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 06:00
Across the spectrum of photo books published this year are pleasures to be discovered. Here are 10 of the best.
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By the Book: Charles Johnson: By the Book

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 05:00
The author of “Middle Passage” and, most recently, “The Way of the Writer” agrees with Sartre: “If literature isn’t everything, it’s not worth a single hour of someone’s trouble.”
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Nonfiction: Woody Allen Reviews a Graphic Tale of a Scandalous Starlet

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 04:00
“Mary Astor’s Purple Diary,” by Edward Sorel, is a juicy, funny and, in the end, touching look at the actress’s life.
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Bookends: What’s the Best Book, New or Old, You Read This Year?

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 12:08
All 16 Bookends columnists share their favorite reading experiences of 2016.
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Children’s Books: R.J. Palacio and Meg Medina Talk Diversity and Children’s Books

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 11:49
The children’s books authors R.J. Palacio and Meg Medina talk to Maria Russo, The Times’ children’s books editor, about being — and choosing not to be — a Latina author.
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Fiction: Stories and Sherry Trifle: A Christmas Gift From the Novelist Jeanette Winterson

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 10:09
In “Christmas Days,” Winterson shares stories and recipes from her favorite holiday.
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Open Book: My Year in Reading

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 10:01
Highlights included four novels by Anita Brookner and two classics I neglected to read in school.
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Paperback Row

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 14:05
Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.
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The Shortlist: Essays

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 13:43
New books by Jace Clayton, Eliot Weinberger, Mary Oliver and Benjamin Percy.
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Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: Inside The New York Times Book Review: Michael Lewis and Arianna Huffington

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 13:21
Michael Lewis discusses “The Undoing Project”; and Arianna Huffington talks about “Rest,” by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang.
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Children’s Books: Two New Chapter Books for Rookie Readers

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 11:21
In two books for early readers, lessons on the necessity and rewards of communication.
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Children’s Books: Four Exceptional Picture Books Bring On the Snow

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 11:16
Wintry weather sets the scene for the adventures of children and animals in four picture books.
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Roving Eye: After Brexit, Will the Novel Suffer?

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 11:08
Why should we suppose that literature and political liberalism are mutually sustaining? Four authors discuss.
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Crime: The Best and Latest in Crime Fiction

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 11:04
There’s a perverse symmetry to the way things work in Federico Axat’s mind-bending psychological thriller “Kill the Next One.”
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Fiction: A Historical Novel Recounts the Agony of Queen Anne

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 10:55
Joanne Limburg’s “A Want of Kindness” is built on a monarch’s letters and 18 stillbirths.
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Fiction: Edward Hoagland’s New Novel Draws on His Own Blindness

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 10:46
A soaring protagonist is brought low by degenerating vision in Edward Hoagland’s “In the Country of the Blind.”
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Nonfiction: Siri Hustvedt Views the Human Condition Through Art and Science

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 10:40
In the essays in “A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women,” Siri Hustvedt contemplates art, sex and science.
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