Book Reviews

Egos: Songs of Themselves

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 02/02/2017 - 05:00
New memoirs by an oboist who learns discipline and discord; a troubled virtuoso who finds freedom at the keys; and a guitarist who soothes the sick after his own life was saved by music
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Fiction: Home but Not Home: Four Generations of an Ethnic Korean Family in Japan

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 02/02/2017 - 05:00
Ethnic Koreans in Japan are at the heart of Min Jin Lee’s new novel, “Pachinko.”
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Orwell's '1984' surges to No. 1 on USA TODAY's books list

USAToday Books - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 20:49

The 1949 classic and other dystopian titles sell strongly after Trump is sworn in.

        
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Two warring countries and one 'Lucky' little boy

USAToday Books - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 15:33

'Lucky Boy' is a novel about the tug-of-war over a Mexican baby.

        
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Hillary Clinton signs two book deals

USAToday Books - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 12:21

Hillary Clinton is announcing her first post-election plans.

        
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Recommended Reads: 25 Great Books by Refugees in America

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 12:06
From Bertolt Brecht to Vu Tran, a sampling of major contributions to American literature by those who were forced to leave their own countries.
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Fiction: A Story of Chaos at the Border of Turkey and Syria

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 05:00
Elliot Ackerman’s second novel, “Dark at the Crossing,” follows an Arab-American soldier who wants to join the Islamist fight in Syria.
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Nonfiction: The Rise of Brooklyn, What’s Wrong and What’s Right

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 05:00
Kay Hymowitz’s “The New Brooklyn” looks at the transformation of Brooklyn over the last several decades and complicates our understanding of gentrification.
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John Kasich's upcoming book positions him as Donald Trump critic

USAToday Books - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 22:10

Book will help Ohio governor leave his options open for a possible 2020 bid for president.

        
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Nonfiction: Pass the Fava Beans: A New Book on Cannibalism Says It’s Not as Rare as We Once Thought

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 13:05
In his surprising study, “Cannibalism,” Bill Schutt looks at the prevalence of species eating themselves.
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One man, four lives, in Auster's '4 3 2 1'

USAToday Books - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 08:09

Paul Auster imagines four versions of one man's life in his new novel.

        
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Fiction: One Young Man’s Life Served Up Four Ways

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 05:00
Paul Auster’s new novel, “4 3 2 1,” imagines diverging paths for its hero’s life. “It’s actually four books in one, or at least three and a third,” Tom Perrotta writes.
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Nonfiction: Upwardly Minded: The Reconstruction Rise of a Black Elite

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 05:00
Elizabeth Dowling Taylor’s “The Original Black Elite” is a cultural biography of the activist and intellectual Daniel Murray.
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Books of The Times: ‘Bring Back the King,’ a Gung-Ho Guide to Resurrecting Species

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 01/30/2017 - 16:51
A book by the cell biologist and journalist Helen Pilcher cheerfully explores advances in cloning that could be used to revive departed species.
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Trayvon Martin's parents honor son's 'Enduring Life'

USAToday Books - Mon, 01/30/2017 - 12:58

Sybrina Fulton, Tracy Martin share the story of their son, whose death ignited a nation.

        
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'The Blood of Emmett Till' remembers a horrific crime

USAToday Books - Mon, 01/30/2017 - 10:56

In 1955, a black teenager was murdered for allegedly flirting with a white woman.

        
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By the Book: Viet Thanh Nguyen: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 01/30/2017 - 10:47
The author, most recently, of “The Refugees” says the Star Wars stories are relevant to our age, “where most people identify with the rebels but so many in fact are complicit with the Empire.”
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Nonfiction: Diving Into Hell: A Powerful Memoir of Depression

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 01/30/2017 - 05:00
In “This Close to Happy,” Daphne Merkin explains her struggles with depression with insight, grace and excruciating clarity.
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Fiction: It Takes a Commune: John Irving on a Novel About Growing Up Utopian

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 01/30/2017 - 05:00
In Kevin Wilson’s “Perfect Little World,” a single mother joins a psychologist’s experiment in collective parenting.
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Newly Released: Review: New Novels by Kris D’Agostino, Kathleen Rooney and Others

New York Times Book Reviews - Sun, 01/29/2017 - 17:32
In new fiction: a family in crisis; six decades of New York City history; stories about literary life; and the plight of undocumented immigrants.
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