New York Times Book Reviews

Fiction: One Young Man’s Life Served Up Four Ways

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 04:00
Paul Auster’s new novel, “4 3 2 1,” imagines diverging paths for its hero’s life. “It’s actually four books in one, or at least three and a third,” Tom Perrotta writes.
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Nonfiction: Upwardly Minded: The Reconstruction Rise of a Black Elite

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 04:00
Elizabeth Dowling Taylor’s “The Original Black Elite” is a cultural biography of the activist and intellectual Daniel Murray.
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Books of The Times: ‘Bring Back the King,’ a Gung-Ho Guide to Resurrecting Species

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 15:51
A book by the cell biologist and journalist Helen Pilcher cheerfully explores advances in cloning that could be used to revive departed species.
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By the Book: Viet Thanh Nguyen: By the Book

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 09:47
The author, most recently, of “The Refugees” says the Star Wars stories are relevant to our age, “where most people identify with the rebels but so many in fact are complicit with the Empire.”
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Nonfiction: Diving Into Hell: A Powerful Memoir of Depression

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 04:00
In “This Close to Happy,” Daphne Merkin explains her struggles with depression with insight, grace and excruciating clarity.
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Fiction: It Takes a Commune: John Irving on a Novel About Growing Up Utopian

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 04:00
In Kevin Wilson’s “Perfect Little World,” a single mother joins a psychologist’s experiment in collective parenting.
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Newly Released: Review: New Novels by Kris D’Agostino, Kathleen Rooney and Others

Sun, 01/29/2017 - 16:32
In new fiction: a family in crisis; six decades of New York City history; stories about literary life; and the plight of undocumented immigrants.
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Nonfiction: Emmett Till’s Murder: What Really Happened That Day in the Store?

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 16:33
Timothy B. Tyson’s “The Blood of Emmett Till” is an account of absorbing and sometimes horrific detail.
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Otherworldly: The Latest in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 15:22
A graphic novel adaptation of Octavia E. Butler, a new novel from the author of the Divergent series and more.
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Nonfiction: How the Women of the Mormon Church Came to Embrace Polygamy

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 13:51
The historian Laurel Ulrich uses the diaries of 19th-century Mormon women to tell the story of polygamy in “A House Full of Females.”
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The Story Behind This Week’s Best Sellers

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 11:54
Michael Eric Dyson’s “Tears We Cannot Stop,” No. 8 in hardcover nonfiction, includes a list of recommended black musicians.
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The Book Review Podcast: From Brooklyn to the Gulag

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 11:43
Sana Krasikov talks about “The Patriots”; and Michael Sims discusses “Arthur and Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes.”
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Paperback Row

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 11:27
Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.
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The Shortlist: Debut Novels

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 10:38
Five debut novels that take us from the mind of a teenage stalker to a Lithuanian bartender looking to find her way back home.
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Author’s Note: Finding His Flock: A Rural Writer’s Book Club

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 10:29
One author fulfills the dreams of many by escaping to the rural countryside — only to realize he misses talking about books with other writers.
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Fiction: Noy Holland’s Tales of Peculiar Lives in Hard Places

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 10:00
In the stories collected in “I Was Trying to Describe What It Feels Like,” Noy Holland writes about ordinary people with peculiar lives.
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Nonfiction: Teddy Roosevelt, Mark Twain and the Fight Over American Imperialism

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 09:18
In “The True Flag,” by Stephen Kinzer, Teddy Roosevelt and Mark Twain square off over American imperialism.
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Nonfiction: Pasternak’s Muse: The Real-Life Inspiration for ‘Doctor Zhivago’

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 09:08
In “Lara,” Anna Pasternak explores the life of the real-life inspiration for “Doctor Zhivago.”
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Nonfiction: A South African Novelist Recalls the Sister She Couldn’t Save

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 06:00
In “Once We Were Sisters,” the novelist Sheila Kohler recalls her lost sibling.
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Fiction: Stories by the Heir of James Dickey and Flannery O’Connor

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 05:00
The spirits of Flannery O’Connor and James Dickey survive in “Signals,” a story collection by Tim Gautreaux.
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