New York Times Book Reviews

Bookends: Which Dystopian Novel Got It Right: Orwell’s ‘1984’ or Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’?

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 12:29
Which dystopian novel got it right: Orwell’s ‘1984’ or Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’?
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Nonfiction: Apocalypse Now: What’s Behind the Volatile Mood of Today’s American — and European — Voters

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 05:00
In “Age of Anger,” Pankaj Mishra views today’s political struggles through the prism of the Rousseau-Voltaire debates.
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Fiction: Ghost Stories: Vietnamese Refugees Wrestle With Memory in a New Book by the Author of ‘The Sympathizer’

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 05:00
Viet Thanh Nguyen’s “The Refugees” illustrates the plight of men and women displaced from wartime Saigon and resettled in California.
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Neil Gaiman on His ‘Norse Mythology,’ in Which Odin Wants a Wall

Sun, 02/12/2017 - 17:37
With this playful retelling, Mr. Gaiman continues to be a combination of best-selling author, famous personality and cult figure.
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The Book Review Podcast: George Saunders Talks About ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 13:20
Saunders talks about his first novel; Maria Russo discusses Laura Ingalls Wilder and the “Little House” books; and Alan Burdick on “Why Times Flies.”
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Lisa Gardner Catches Up With ‘Old Friends’ in Her New Novel

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 12:56
Lisa Gardner, whose “Right Behind You” is No. 1 on the hardcover fiction list, turned to Facebook to decide which of her regular protagonists the novel should feature.
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Fiction: A Romantic Comedy With Pleasingly Ridiculous Characters

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 12:47
The heroine of Elinor Lipman’s romantic comedy “On Turpentine Lane” acquires a problem house to go with her man and job troubles.
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Nonfiction: It’s Not Really on Your Side

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 12:44
In “Why Time Flies,” Alan Burdick intertwines an account of his own personal struggle with time with an extensive overview of laboratory experiments.
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Children’s Books: In Four Imaginative New Picture Books, Trees Become Houses, an Egg Hatches Into a Strange Baby Creature and More

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 12:42
In Neal Layton’s “The Tree” and other new picture books, readers are reminded that inspiration is a fledgling of process.
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Children’s Books: ‘The Warden’s Daughter’: A Girl Grows Up in the Prison Her Father Runs

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 12:30
In “The Warden’s Daughter,” Jerry Spinelli explores profound questions with the flair of a master storyteller.
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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 12:26
Readers respond to a recent essay about Sinclair Lewis’s “It Can’t Happen Here” and more.
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The Shortlist: Essays

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 12:21
Essay collections by David Orr, Stanley Elkin and Betty Fussell.
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Author’s Note: Headed for the Graveyard of Books

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 12:11
It wasn’t the hope of immortality that goaded me to write: It was obsession.
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Open Book: The Left Bank

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 12:03
“Finks” tells the story of an unlikely band of double agents: writers and editors at The Paris Review.
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Fiction: In This Novel, the Twin Towers Reappear in the Badlands

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 10:00
In his 10th novel, “Shadowbahn,” Steve Erickson somehow captures what’s so urgent about the fractured state of the country.
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Fiction: As a House Burns, Tenants’ Lives Flash Before Them

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 09:00
In Colin Thubron’s novel “Night of Fire,” a house burns down with its tenants inside. But is death the only fate they share?
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Fiction: In Transition: A Novel About What Happens When a Son Becomes a Daughter

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 07:00
In Laurie Frankel’s “This Is How It Always Is,” family members search for the best way to support a transgender child.
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Nonfiction: Conflicting Passions: Bernard-Henri Lévy, Hedonist and Engaged Intellectual, Considers His Jewish Heritage

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 06:00
“The Genius of Judaism,” by the public intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy, is a cultural treatise and a revealingly personal document.
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Paperback Row

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 06:00
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Fiction: Laird Hunt’s Novel Offers Split-Screen Views of a Lynching

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 05:00
Laird Hunt’s novel “The Evening Road,” set in 1930s Indiana, tells the story of a white woman, a black woman and a lynching.
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