Book Reviews

Open Book: Self-Improvement Project

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 10/23/2015 - 07:00
Molly Young, author of a new column about self-help books, explains why books are “ideal vehicles” for offering advice.









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‘Grant Park,’ by Leonard Pitts Jr.

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 10/23/2015 - 07:00
With Barack Obama and Martin Luther King Jr. as bookends, a novel addresses the limits of forbearance under pressure.









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‘Don’t Tell Me to Wait,’ by Kerry Eleveld

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 10/23/2015 - 07:00
How the president came to support marriage equality and an end to “don’t ask, don’t tell.”









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‘Under the Udala Trees,’ by Chinelo Okparanta

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 10/23/2015 - 07:00
The lesbian heroine of this coming-into-womanhood novel lives in a zero-tolerance society.









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‘In the Dark,’ by Deborah Moggach

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 10/23/2015 - 06:00
A shady butcher sets his sights on a widow’s boardinghouse.









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‘Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry,’ by Paul Goldberger

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 10/23/2015 - 06:00
This biography of Frank Gehry traces his meteoric rise from modest beginnings to worldwide fame.









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‘The Art of Memoir,’ by Mary Karr

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 10/23/2015 - 06:00
Is there such a thing as a reliable memoir?









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Paperback Row

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 10/23/2015 - 06:00
Paperback books of particular interest.









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Editors’ Choice

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 10/23/2015 - 06:00
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.









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Critic’s Take: Influence Looming

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 10/23/2015 - 05:00
Rereading Denis Johnson’s “Jesus’ Son” with Leonard Gardner’s “Fat City” nearby highlights the close relationship between the books in both style and substance.









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Inside the List

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 10/22/2015 - 17:44
Elvis Costello’s “Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink” enters the hardcover nonfiction list at No. 9.









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Help Desk: Risky Business

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 10/22/2015 - 13:25
In the first installment of the Book Review’s new self-help column, a look at three books that offer advice on how to manage, topple and harness risk.









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Stacy Schiff: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 10/22/2015 - 06:00
The author, most recently, of “The Witches” sat behind Hilary Mantel at a performance of “Wolf Hall”: “The titles of her backlist tumbled out half intelligibly, one on top of the other. . . . She seemed to take me for a lunatic.”









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‘The Secret Chord,’ by Geraldine Brooks

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 10/22/2015 - 03:30
Geraldine Brooks’s novel follows this flawed, complicated king.









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‘I’ll Never Write My Memoirs,’ Grace Jones’s Memoirs

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 10/22/2015 - 03:30
Grace Jones, avatar of the outré, holds forth on her life, her career and today’s female pop artists.









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Nicholas Sparks has another No. 1 best seller

USAToday Books - Wed, 10/21/2015 - 10:16

Sparks' 'See Me' is No. 1, while 'Humans of New York: Stories' lands at No. 6.

        
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Go back in time with other time-travel faves

USAToday Books - Wed, 10/21/2015 - 07:45

Authors recommend the next steps from 'Back to the Future.'

        
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‘Dissent and the Supreme Court,’ by Melvin I. Urofsky

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 10/21/2015 - 03:30
How dissent has shaped court deliberations and the course of constitutional history.









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‘Doomed to Succeed,’ by Dennis Ross

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 10/20/2015 - 03:30
A career policy maker takes a historical look at Middle Eastern geopolitics.









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‘The Gap of Time,’ by Jeanette Winterson

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 10/20/2015 - 03:30
A cover version of “The Winter’s Tale,” first in a series of Shakespeare’s works reimagined, unleashes the play’s rawness.









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