Book Reviews

Fiction: In This Novel, the Twin Towers Reappear in the Badlands

New York Times Book Reviews - 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

New York Times Book Reviews - 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

New York Times Book Reviews - 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

New York Times Book Reviews - 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

New York Times Book Reviews - 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

New York Times Book Reviews - 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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10 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 02/09/2017 - 17:35
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Exclusive trailer: Lee Strobel's 'The Case for Christ'

USAToday Books - Thu, 02/09/2017 - 11:46

The film is based on the 'Chicago Tribune' reporter's best-selling investigation.

        
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Nonfiction: Enemies of the State: A Memoir of Coming of Age in the Soviet Union

New York Times Book Reviews - 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

New York Times Book Reviews - 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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'Girl' power is back on USA TODAY's best-seller list

USAToday Books - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 17:10

'The Girl Before' by J.P. Delaney is a psychological thriller, soon to be a movie.

        
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Fiction & Nonfiction: Drawn Into the Middle East: A Novel, a Memoir and an Account of Life in the Region

New York Times Book Reviews - 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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Rory Feek on Joey: 'I don't feel like she's very far away'

USAToday Books - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 13:03

Rory Feek remembers his wife and musical partner in 'This Life I Live.'

       
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Read an excerpt from Rory Feek's new book 'This Life I Live'

USAToday Books - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 13:01

In this exclusive excerpt, the country musician has coffee with his future wife, Joey.

        
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'Fifty Shades': How 'Darker' got it hotter

USAToday Books - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 12:22

"I felt more comfortable with being assertive," says Dakota Johnson of the sex scenes.

        
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Roving Eye: What Are the Pitfalls for the Politically Engaged Writer?

New York Times Book Reviews - 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

New York Times Book Reviews - 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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Mackenzie Phillips on Netflix's 'One Day at a Time': 'It's really good!'

USAToday Books - Tue, 02/07/2017 - 15:41

Phillips, who now works as a drug counselor, reunited with legendary producer Norman Lear.

        
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Mackenzie Phillips: Lear, 'One Day' still groundbreaking on Netflix

USAToday Books - Tue, 02/07/2017 - 15:29

Mackenzie Phillips, a star of the original 'One Day at a Time,' talks about executive producer Norman Lear and her recent guest spot on his reimagination of the comedy for Netflix.

        
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Reader's Notebook: Finding America, Both Red and Blue, in the ‘Little House’ Books

New York Times Book Reviews - 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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