New York Times Book Reviews

Poems of Resistance: A Primer

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 18:30
These five poems exemplify how American poets are using their art to rage against the right.
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Books News: American Poets, Refusing to Go Gentle, Rage Against the Right

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 18:27
Like virtually everything else in the Trump era, poetry has gotten sharply political these days.
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The Book Review Podcast: ‘Hamlet Globe to Globe’

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 13:35
Dominic Dromgoole talks about “Hamlet Globe to Globe”; and Judith Newman discusses new books about sex and relationships.
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A Daughter Continues Her Father’s Legacy, and His Series

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 10:46
Since Tony Hillerman’s death in 2008, his daughter Anne has written three new novels starring his characters. “Song of the Lion” is the latest.
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Nonfiction: Keep Calm and Kiss the Cat Goodbye: Mass Pet Euthanization Before the Blitz

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 10:28
Hilda Kean’s “The Great Cat and Dog Massacre” looks at the fate of hundreds of thousands of England’s pets during World War II.
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Open Book: Spin Class

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 09:51
In “Letters to a Young Writer,” Colum McCann hopes to inspire people, and to “save them a little time and heartbreak.”
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Nonfiction: Their Hours Upon the Stage: Performing ‘Hamlet’ Around the World

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 07:00
To celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, London’s Globe Theater performed “Hamlet” in 190 countries. Dominic Dromgoole looks back on the run in “Hamlet Globe to Globe.”
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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 07:00
Readers respond to the criticism of authors, perpetuated myths and more.
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Nonfiction: How the Charleston Elite Brought on the American Civil War

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 06:00
Paul Starobin’s “Madness Rules the Hour” explains how secessionists in Charleston sought to dismantle the Union years before the Civil War.
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Critic’s Take: The Extravagant Jane Bowles: Always on the Edge of Something

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 06:00
A new collection introduces Jane Bowles’s crooked, sui generis prose to a new generation.
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Nonfiction: Restoring the Light to the Work of Louis Kahn

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 05:00
Wendy Lesser’s “You Say to Brick” details how Louis Kahn’s designs helped lift the architectural profession out of its functionalist, modernist rut.
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Fiction: Work-Life Balance Suffers (Even) in Victorian England

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 05:00
The pioneering female doctor in Sarah Moss’s novel “Signs for Lost Children” attends to the women in an asylum, not her long-distance marriage.
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Fiction: Two Sons Witness the Grip of Addiction in This Gritty Divorce Drama

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 04:00
After a divorce, two sons are happy to live with their father in Daniel Magariel’s “One of the Boys.” Then they learn about his crack addiction.
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Fiction: An Uncanny Cat, a Companionable Snake and Displaced Desire

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 04:00
In “My Cat Yugoslavia,” a strange and haunting debut by Pajtim Statovci, an exiled mother and son refuse to surrender their dreams.
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10 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 16:38
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Fiction: A Fictional (So Far) History of the Second American Civil War

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 16:00
Omar El Akkad’s “American War” is a disturbingly plausible tale of a future America torn asunder by its own political and tribal affiliations.
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Paperback Row

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 14:00
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Nonfiction: A Plague Year: A Doctor at Work in an Ebola Treatment Unit

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 04:00
Steven Hatch recounts his experience as an American doctor at an Ebola treatment unit in rural Liberia in the new memoir “Inferno.”
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By the Book: John Waters: By the Book

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 04:00
The film director and author of “Make Trouble” says that when a publisher asked him for a blurb for “Transit,” he sent back, “Rachel Cusk is too smart for her own good.”
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Books of The Times: In ‘Janesville,’ When the G.M. Plant Closed, Havoc Followed

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 16:09
Amy Goldstein chronicles in vivid, sophisticated detail the evisceration of life in a Wisconsin town after the loss of its major employer.
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