New York Times Book Reviews

Fiction: A Taiwanese Classic Now Available in English

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 09:00
“Notes of a Crocodile” is a cult novel by Qiu Miaojin about a group of young gay friends in 1980s Taipei.
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5 Books to Read on Kentucky Derby Day

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 16:43
C. E. Morgan’s “The Sport of Kings,” William Nack’s “Secretariat” and other books to read on the first Saturday in May.
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In Conversation With Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 16:33
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks about demystifying feminism in her new book, “Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions.”
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Caitlyn Jenner’s Stolen Red Shoes and Other Revelations

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 11:57
Can Caitlyn Jenner have anything left to overshare? In “The Secrets of My Life,” No. 8 in hardcover nonfiction, she does.
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The Book Review Podcast: Gabourey Sidibe Talks About ‘This Is Just My Face’

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 11:32
Sidibe talks about her new memoir, and Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.”
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Crime: The Latest in Crime Fiction

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 10:25
Honduran drug lords and Glaswegian mobsters slink through Marilyn Stasio’s crime column, along with a dead college student and a not-so-dead mother.
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Fiction: There’s No Escape From Contamination Above the Toxic Sea

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 10:08
In “Borne,” his new work of eco-fiction, Jeff VanderMeer explores the consequences of our biotech obsession by way of a giant flying bear.
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Nonfiction: For Some, Britain Proved a Port in the Storm of War

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 09:54
“Last Hope Island” by Lynne Olson looks at the role of Europe’s exiles in winning World War II.
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Fiction: A Story Collection Tracks Nepal’s Highs and Somewhat Lows

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 09:38
In response to unhappiness, the characters in Samrat Upadhyay’s “Mad Country” opt for a complete overhaul of their identities.
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Edward Snowden and Cory Doctorow Talk Sci-Fi and Reality

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 08:04
Mr. Snowden, the former contractor for the National Security Agency who exposed government spying on citizens, interviewed the novelist via video.
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Nonfiction: How Do You Make a Fox Your Friend? Fast-Forward Evolution

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 05:00
In “How To Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog),” Lee Alan Dugatkin and Lyudmila Trut detail how Russian biologists fast-tracked evolution.
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The Shortlist: Four New Books Beckon Readers Out West

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 05:00
In three novels and a story collection, authors explore the wilder corners of the American West.
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Nonfiction: How the Fiscal Crisis of the ’70s Shaped Today’s New York

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 04:00
Drop dead, President Ford told the Big Apple in 1975. Instead, the city embarked on a great unwinding of progressive politics
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Fiction: A Romance Novel Within a Novel Steals the Show

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 04:00
In “The Romance Reader’s Guide to Life,” Sharon Pywell uses a novel within a novel to introduce genre elements to her story of ambitious sisters.
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Fiction: A Debut Collection Looks to Nigeria’s Past, Present and Possibly Fantastical Future

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 04:00
Lesley Nneka Arimah’s story collection, “What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky,” mixes utopian parables, magical tales and nightmare scenarios.
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Nonfiction: How Four Powerful Rulers Decided the Fate of a Continent

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 04:00
John Julius Norwich’s “Four Princes” looks at the 16th century through the lives of four powerful European leaders.
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Nonfiction: Research Institutions Now Cater to the Prejudices of Wealth

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 04:00
Daniel W. Drezner’s “The Ideas Industry” traces the transformation of an intellectual marketplace into an industry.
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Nonfiction: A Writer Embraces the Scholar Who Introduced the Kabbalah to Secular Society

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 04:00
In “Stranger in a Strange Land,” George Prochnik examines his unfolding religious and political drama through the lens of the scholar Gershom Scholem.
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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 04:00
Readers respond to George W. Bush’s artistic penance, the division of values and more.
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Profile: ‘A Writer Writes’: Penelope Lively’s Fiction Defies the Test of Time

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 18:00
Lively’s new collection of stories, “Purple Swamp Hen,” marks her 21st work of fiction. At 84, this chronicler of the English middle class shows no signs of stopping.
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