New York Times Book Reviews

10 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 17:35
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Nonfiction: Enemies of the State: A Memoir of Coming of Age in the Soviet Union

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 07:00
Ludmilla Petrushevskaya’s “The Girl from the Metropol Hotel” is a memoir of coming of age in hardship in the Soviet Union.
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Fiction: Colson Whitehead on George Saunders’s Novel About Lincoln and Lost Souls

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 05:00
George Saunders’s first novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo,” imagines the president visiting the graveyard where his young son has just been buried.
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Fiction & Nonfiction: Drawn Into the Middle East: A Novel, a Memoir and an Account of Life in the Region

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 14:23
An Israeli Arab surgeon discovers his wife’s secret, little Riad Sattouf goes to school in Syria and a cartoonist travels the region.
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Roving Eye: What Are the Pitfalls for the Politically Engaged Writer?

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 05:00
Tim Parks wonders if the literary world is becoming more political, and whether that would be a good thing.
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By the Book: Ali Smith: By the Book

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 18:07
The author, most recently, of “Autumn” ranks “Invitation to a Beheading” among the great books: “Nabokov treats us to, then liberates us from, the bad farce of totalitarianism. What a blast.”
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Reader's Notebook: Finding America, Both Red and Blue, in the ‘Little House’ Books

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 15:02
On Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 150th birthday, the vision of life depicted in her popular novels still speaks to our country’s promise — and to its divides.
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Nonfiction: An Insider-Trading Tale That Reads Like a Thriller

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 05:00
Sheelah Kolhatkar’s “Black Edge” is about the feds’ pursuit of a hedge fund manager.
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Nonfiction: ‘Generation Revolution’: Why Youth Was Not Enough in Egypt

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 07:00
“Generation Revolution” by Rachel Aspden shows that the young in Egypt are improbably looking forward and backward at the same time.
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Nonfiction: Lincoln Served Six Ways: Reframing a President

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 05:00
In “Six Encounters with Lincoln,” Elizabeth Brown Pryor casts a new light on Lincoln’s leadership.
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Profile: Master of Quirk

Sun, 02/05/2017 - 18:06
The publisher of the eclectic publishing house Quirk, a factory for offbeat hits like “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” is now a novelist.
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The Book Review Podcast: A Brave Look at Depression

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 13:14
Daphne Merkin talks about “This Close to Happy,” and Min Jin Lee discusses her new novel, “Pachinko.”
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Paperback Row

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 11:26
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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The Shortlist: Paris

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 11:13
In fiction and nonfiction about the City of Light, wander its streets and meet some of its most interesting citizens.
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Nonfiction: How David Became Goliath: The Secret of Israel’s Military Success

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 11:00
“The Weapon Wizards” by Yaakov Katz and Amir Bohbot examines how Israel became a giant in military technology.
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Open Book: New Life for Dracula

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 10:56
An Icelandic version of “Dracula” turns out to be a radically different version of the story.
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Fiction: A Dreamlike Western With a Different Kind of Hero

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 10:00
An Irish orphan winds up in the mid-19th-century American West in Sebastian Barry’s novel “Days Without End.”
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Nonfiction: A Father’s Wrenching Memoir of Death, Guilt and Reckoning

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 10:00
In “Disaster Falls” Stéphane Gerson explores the aftermath of his young son’s tragic death.
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Fiction: A Debut Follows Two Creative Women Bound by a Passion for Art

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 09:00
In “The Animators,” a debut novel by Kayla Rae Whitaker, two creative women are bound by a passion for art and a drive to master their pasts.
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Fiction: Aharon Appelfeld’s Novel Follows a Young Holocaust Refugee to Palestine

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 09:00
Aharon Appelfeld’s novel “The Man Who Never Stopped Sleeping” follows a Holocaust survivor from Europe to Palestine.
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