New York Times Book Reviews

Nonfiction: The Conquerers: A New 19th-Century History Focuses on American Imperialism

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 10:02
Steven Hahn’s “A Nation Without Borders” identifies conquest at home and abroad as a major theme in our history.
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Nonfiction: Reefer Gladness: An Enthusiast’s Guide to the Marijuana Boom

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 10:02
“Brave New Weed,” by Joe Dolce, is a loving rethink of the care and consumption of marijuana.
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8 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 17:32
Suggested reading by book critics and editors at The New York Times.
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By the Book: Steven Johnson: By the Book

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 13:24
The author of “Wonderland” says that for a long period, he concentrated on science and technology. “But right around when I turned 40, I found myself needing the companionship of novels.”
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Open Book: Hank’s Long Suffering

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 09:12
“Hank: The Short Life and Long Country Road of Hank Williams” is a timely biography, though its subject died nearly 64 years ago.
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Nonfiction: The Eerie Tragedy of Emmett Till’s Father, Told by John Edgar Wideman

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 13:51
In “Writing to Save a Life,” John Edgar Wideman tells the tragic story of a forgotten father.
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Letters to the Editor

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 12:33
Readers react to a recent essay by Calvin Trillin and more.
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Nonfiction: What Makes a City: A Highly Subjective, Idiosyncratic New York Atlas

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 15:42
New York’s history, languages and people are communicated through maps in “Nonstop Metropolis,” edited by Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro.
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Nonfiction: Arianna Huffington on a Book About Working Less, Resting More

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 08:52
In “Rest,” Alex Soojung-Kim Pang explains that quality downtime is crucial to productivity and fulfillment.
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Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: Inside The New York Times Book Review: The 10 Best Books of 2016

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 11:57
Editors at the Book Review talk about the year’s best books; Stefan Hertmans talks about “War and Turpentine”; and Ian McGuire discusses “The North Water.”
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Fiction: ‘Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?’: Fiction by an Author Who Died Young

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 09:43
Reclaiming the short fiction of Kathleen Collins.
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Nonfiction: Empire of Tolerance

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 09:43
In “Genghis Khan and the Quest for God,” the anthropologist Jack Weatherford argues that the separation of church and state is, at its root, a Mongol notion.
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Nonfiction: Neither War Nor Peace: A New Look at the Aftermath of World War I

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 09:43
Robert Gerwarth’s “The Vanquished” is about the continuing conflict in the years following the end of World War I.
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Nonfiction: A Free-Spirited Family Gave Rise to Oscar Wilde

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 09:43
“The Fall of the House of Wilde,” by Emer O’Sullivan, asks if Oscar’s apple fell far from the family tree.
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Nonfiction: In Defense of the Analog

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 09:43
David Sax’s “The Revenge of Analog” is about how digital and analog can get along.
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Nonfiction: French Lessons: Seminal Works by Mallarmé and Camus

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 09:42
Seminal works by Camus and Mallarmé receive full-length treatments in Alice Kaplan’s “Looking for ‘The Stranger’” and R. Howard Bloch’s “One Toss of the Dice.”
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Nonfiction: Found: 148 Diaries. But Who Wrote Them?

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 09:42
In “A Life Discarded,” the biographer Alexander Masters sets out to learn who wrote scores of journals found in a trash bin.
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Nonfiction: How a Boxer Fought Free After Years of Wrongful Imprisonment

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 09:41
“Stand Tall,” written by Dewey Bozella with Tamara Jones, is the memoir of a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder.
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Nonfiction: The Complicated Life of Beryl Bainbridge

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 09:41
Brendan King’s biography of the British novelist Beryl Bainbridge, whose life was full of romantic drama.
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Nonfiction: When Pushkin Came to Shove: How Nabokov and Edmund Wilson Fell Out Over a Poem

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 09:41
Alex Beam’s amusing “The Feud” tells the story of how a literary friendship ended over a translation of Pushkin’s “Eugene Onegin.”
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