Book Reviews

Fiction: A Pair of Updated Greek Tragedies Startle Us Anew

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 05/11/2017 - 06:00
Two novelists — Colm Toibin in “House of Names” and David Vann in “Bright Air Black” — offer new versions of Greek myths.
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By the Book: Jo Nesbo: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 05/11/2017 - 06:00
The author of “The Thirst” would invite Charles Bukowski, Jim Thompson and Ernest Hemingway to his literary dinner party: “Partly because I can’t cook and for this party, I probably wouldn’t have to.”
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Bookends: What Book Would You Recommend for America’s Current Political Moment?

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 05/11/2017 - 05:00
Francine Prose and Thomas Mallon suggest reading that suits the current moment and tells us what we can expect from it.
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James Patterson has a very good week, including No. 1 spot

USAToday Books - Wed, 05/10/2017 - 11:34

The author has four books in the top 20 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list.

        
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Fiction: In Joshua Ferris’s Stories, Couples Lead Lives of Quiet Desperation

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 05/10/2017 - 08:00
The stories in “The Dinner Party,” a new collection by the author of “Then We Came to the End,” add up to a magnificent carnival of discord and delusion.
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Nonfiction: A Kinder, Gentler Portrait of Prince Charles

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 05/10/2017 - 06:00
Sally Bedell Smith’s biography of the Prince of Wales is that rare portrayal: pro-Charles, anti-Diana.
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#BookmarkThis: Paula Hawkins says 'Emily Blunt did outstanding job'

USAToday Books - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 19:05

Best-selling author Paula Hawkins chats with USA TODAY and fans on Facebook Live.

       
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#BookmarkThis: Chat live with author Paula Hawkins

USAToday Books - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 19:04

Fans can submit questions for the author of 'The Girl on the Train' and 'Into the Water.'

        
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In Conversation With Neil deGrasse Tyson

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 17:29
The noted astrophysicist discusses his new book, “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry,” and what it’s like to die in a black hole.
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Newsbook: With Health Care Changes Looming, Books to Understand the System

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 16:26
Health care policy is on the verge of a major overhaul. Here are a few books to help you understand the unwieldy system.
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Nonfiction: A Take-No-Prisoners Biography of Barack Obama Examines His Early Love Life

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 15:25
David Garrow’s deeply reported “Rising Star” presents the 44th president as subordinating crucial parts of his life — even love — to political expedience.
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Nonficton: William F. Buckley and the Odyssey of Conservatism

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 11:33
As Alvin Felzenberg shows in “A Man and His Presidents,” Buckley prided himself on purging the conservative movement of extremists, bigots, kooks, anti-Semites and racists. How does his legacy look now?
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Fiction: New From Murakami: Tales of Cool Cars, Shinto Spirits and Lost Love

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 11:14
In the seven stories that make up “Men Without Women,” Haruki Murakami strikes a blue note: a rainy Tokyo full of unfaithful women.
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Bill Clinton, James Patterson to release book together

USAToday Books - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 09:53

Former president Bill Clinton and author James Patterson are writing a thriller together. (Yes, really.)

        
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Meet 'Mr. Rochester,' Jane Eyre's true love

USAToday Books - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 05:00

New novel imagines Charlotte Bronte's classic from Edward's point of view.

        
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Match Book: Books for Those Who Love Sports or Just Love to Read About Them

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 04:50
What’s next for the book club that’s read 42 sports-themed stories? Our columnist suggests titles old and new with strong human-interest angles.
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Fiction: Stephen King on Paul Theroux’s Portrait of a Truly Horrible Mother

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 04:00
Theroux’s new novel, “Mother Land,” is an exercise in mean-spirited score-settling. It’s also fun.
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New bio questions Barack Obama's motives in marrying Michelle

USAToday Books - Mon, 05/08/2017 - 18:23

David Garrow's epic 'Rising Star' looks at Obama's climb to the presidency.

        
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Girl has lots of troubles in Lehane's 'Since We Fell'

USAToday Books - Mon, 05/08/2017 - 14:00

The best-selling mystery writer goes down many dark roads in his new book.

        
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New novel asks: What if Hillary had never married Bill Clinton?

USAToday Books - Mon, 05/08/2017 - 14:00

Best-selling novelist Curtis Sittenfeld is writing a novel about Hillary Rodham.

        
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