Book Reviews

Visuals

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 14:05
New books that have something to do with portraiture or self-portraiture include a collection of drawings by Kurt Vonnegut.






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Editors’ Choice

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 10:23
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.






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Paperback Row

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 10:19
Paperback books of particular interest.






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The Shortlist: ‘The Vacationers,’ by Emma Straub, and More

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 10:15
New books by Emma Straub, Helen Walsh and Miranda Beverly-Whittemore.






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‘Casebook,’ by Mona Simpson

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 09:58
In Mona Simpson’s sixth novel, a young boy’s spying yields knowledge about the precarious state of his family.






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Inside the List

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 09:56
Daniel Schulman, whose biography of the politically influential Koch brothers is No. 17 on the extended hardcover nonfiction list, says, “I think it’s important, historically, to know who they are.”






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‘But Enough About You,’ by Christopher Buckley

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 09:53
A collection of Christopher Buckley’s work includes historical spoofs, riffs about family life and literary criticism.






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Tom Zoellner’s ‘Train’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 09:53
Tom Zoellner sets off on a series of railway adventures in an attempt to recapture the power and poetry of train travel.






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Jen Doll’s ‘Save the Date’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 09:53
Jen Doll’s first book is a memoir about weddings she has attended.






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‘Love, Nina,’ by Nina Stibbe

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 09:53
“Love, Nina” consists of the author’s letters home to her sister while working as a live-in nanny and rubbing elbows with London’s literary royalty.






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‘The Divorce Papers’ by Susan Rieger

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 09:52
Susan Rieger’s epistolary first novel tells the story of a bitter uncoupling.






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‘Man and Beast,’ by Mary Ellen Mark

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 09:48
A collection of Mary Ellen Mark’s photos from Mexico and India.






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‘The Lost Art of Dress,’ by Linda Przybyszewski

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 09:47
Linda Przybyszewski unearths fashion advice from a forgotten group of 20th-century sartorial experts.






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‘Here Comes the Night,’ by Joel Selvin

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 09:47
“Here Comes the Night,” about the producer and songwriter Bert Berns, is grounded in the New York City rhythm and blues recording scene of the 1960s.






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‘The Hippest Trip in America’ and ‘Soul Train’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 09:47
In their new books, Nelson George and Questlove chart the rise and reign of the African-American dance show “Soul Train.”






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‘The Noble Hustle’ and ‘Fading Hearts on the River’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 09:45
In their new memoirs, Colson Whitehead and Brooks Haxton use poker to expand our sense of how human beings work.






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Ruth Reichl’s ‘Delicious!’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 09:45
The plucky heroine of the food writer Ruth Reichl’s first novel goes on working for a magazine after it folds.






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‘The Keillor Reader,’ by Garrison Keillor

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 09:45
A collection of stories, essays, poems and reminiscences from the creator of the public radio show “A Prairie Home Companion.”






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‘Unfamiliar Streets’ and ‘Touching Strangers’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 09:41
Two new books explore the possibilities of street photography.






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‘Dangerous Rhythm,’ by Richard Barrios

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 09:41
Richard Barrios surveys the extensive world of movie musicals.






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