New York Times Book Reviews

Fiction: In Emma Rathbone’s New Novel, a 26-Year-Old Virgin Seeks Sex

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 11:02
Emma Rathbone’s “Losing It” is about carnal pleasure (the idea of it, anyway), dating and a discriminating young woman.
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Poetry: A Poet Subverts the Defense Department’s Official Dictionary

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 10:55
In “Look,” Solmaz Sharif finds words with a dual capacity for violence and tenderness.
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Fiction: A Novel Imagines Putin Is Retired and Has Dementia

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 10:45
In Michael Honig’s “The Senility of Vladimir P.,” Putin has retired after “he had been five times president and twice prime minister.”
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Nonfiction: God Speed the Plow: The British and Their Relationship to the Land

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 10:31
Anna Pavord writes about Britain’s iconic landscapes in “Landskipping.”
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Nonfiction: In a New Biography, How Marconi’s Start-Up Changed the World

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 10:24
Marc Raboy’s “Marconi” considers its subject’s many facets: family man, Fascist, communications pioneer.
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Nonfiction: Tama Janowitz Grows Up

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 10:21
Tama Janowitz’s new memoir, “Scream,” reveals how markedly her life has changed since her “it girl” days.
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Nonfiction: Joseph O’Neill on ‘The Glamour of Strangeness’

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 10:07
“The Glamour of Strangeness,” by Jamie James, offers profiles of artists and writers who left their homelands for the creative life abroad.
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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 09:34
Readers respond to recent reviews of Andrew Scott Cooper’s “The Fall of Heaven,” Maggie O’Farrell’s “This Must Be the Place” and more.
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Editors’ Choice: Nine Great New Books for August

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 04:30
Recommended reading by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.
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Open Book: Outside the Bars

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 15:12
In his new travelogue, the musician Franz Nicolay writes about “the past and future of underground punk and rock in formerly Communist states.”
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By the Book: Terry McMillan: By the Book

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 04:40
The author of “Waiting to Exhale” and, most recently, “I Almost Forgot About You” doesn’t like to read espionage, science fiction or romance novels. “I either know how they’re going to end or don’t care.”
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Nonfiction: There’s a Little Bit of Narcissism in Us All. Kristin Dombek Explains Why.

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 04:30
Thoughts on self-centeredness and its victims’ culture of commiseration in Kristin Dombek’s “The Selfishness of Others.”
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Fiction: Jacqueline Woodson’s Adult Novel Captures 1970s Brooklyn

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 04:30
A return home summons memories of youth in Jacqueline Woodson’s “Another Brooklyn.”
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Fiction: A New Flemish Novel Is Drawing Comparisons to W. G. Sebald

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 04:30
In “War and Turpentine,” the Belgian novelist Stefan Hertmans turns to the notebooks left to him by his grandfather, a painter and World War I conscript.
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Nonfiction: Florence Foster Jenkins Couldn’t Sing, but That Didn’t Stop Her

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 04:30
“Florence! Foster!! Jenkins!!!,” a charming biography by Darryl W. Bullock, tells the story of the world’s worst opera singer.
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Egos: ‘Inside My Head I’m a Girl’: Three Ways of Growing Up Gay

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 04:30
New personal accounts show diverse experiences of growing up gay, from the ordeal of conversion therapy to an unexpectedly elite cultural education.
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Nonfiction: The E.U. Is in Crisis. Two Economists Disagree on Why.

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 04:30
Giles Merritt’s “Slippery Slope” and James K. Galbraith’s “Welcome to the Poisoned Chalice” offer varying diagnoses of the European Union’s problems.
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Nonfiction: Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz Says the Euro Needs Big Reform

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 04:30
In “The Euro,” Joseph E. Stiglitz suggests a structural fix for the continent’s currency.
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Letters to the Editor

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 15:18
Readers respond to recent reviews of Wendy Warren’s “New England Bound,” Erik Axl Sund’s “The Crow Girl” and more.
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Nonfiction: How the Pursuit of Beauty Affects Women’s Lives

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 13:42
“Face Value,” by Autumn Whitefield-Madrano, examines the role of beauty in women’s lives.
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