Book Reviews

By the Book: Trevor Noah: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 11/03/2016 - 05:00
The “Daily Show” host and author of “Born a Crime” travels a lot, but doesn’t read when he flies: “I can’t stay awake when I try to read on a plane. Planes are for watching movies based on books.”
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Nonfiction: How a Philosophy Professor Found Love in a Hidden Library

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 11/03/2016 - 04:00
In “American Philosophy,” the professor John Kaag writes about a discovery that gave him a new sense of self and transformed his notions about life.
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Nonfiction: I’m Not the Nanny: Multiracial Families and Colorism

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 11/03/2016 - 04:00
Lori L. Tharps’s “Same Family, Different Colors” is an urgent and honest unveiling of how color operates in the most intimate spaces of American families.
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Fiction: A Town’s Secret Propels ‘The Mothers,’ a Lauded Debut Novel

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 11/02/2016 - 04:00
A mother’s suicide and her daughter’s pain drive Brit Bennett’s “The Mothers.”
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Help Desk: Roads to Happy

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 11/02/2016 - 04:00
If you want to be happy for the rest of your life, new books suggest working hard and playing nice; taking it a few steps at a time; watching your pocketbook; and just not trying so much.
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Nonfiction: The Story of the S.A.S., Britain’s First Special Operations Unit

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 11/02/2016 - 04:00
Ben Macintyre’s “Rogue Heroes” is a history of Britain’s — and the world’s — first special operations unit.
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Fiction: He’s Not O.K., and Neither Is She: A Romance

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 11/02/2016 - 04:00
A. L. Kennedy’s “Serious Sweet” considers whether two people with crippling anxieties can take any real comfort in each other.
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Alice Hoffman's new novel will reward 'Faithful' fans

USAToday Books - Tue, 11/01/2016 - 15:25

A guilt-ridden teenager struggles to cope after a car accident.

        
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Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: Inside The New York Times Book Review: Thrillers and True Crime

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 11/01/2016 - 13:37
Charles Finch talks about the season’s thrillers; and Marilyn Stasio discusses new true-crime books.
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Zayn Malik talks about his eating disorder

USAToday Books - Tue, 11/01/2016 - 11:09

Zayn Malik says he suffered from an eating disorder while in One Direction. In his new autobiography, the 23-year-old began limiting his food intake while in the band because he felt it was the "one thing in his life he could control."

        
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Tippi Hedren says Hitchcock sexually assaulted her

USAToday Books - Tue, 11/01/2016 - 08:52

In 'Tippi,' the actress writes that Alfred Hitchcock was obsessed with her.

        
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Fiction: A Corrupt Judge. The Mob. Indian Casinos. The Latest Thriller From John Grisham.

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 11/01/2016 - 04:03
Set in the Florida panhandle, John Grisham’s “The Whistler” centers on an elaborate conspiracy.
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Fiction: A Powerful Story of Cuban Exiles Has Classical Overtones

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 11/01/2016 - 04:00
The protagonist of Derek Palacio’s debut novel, “The Mortifications,” is a Cuban-American named Ulises.
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Nonfiction: New York Values: How Immigrants Made the City

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 11/01/2016 - 04:00
“City of Dreams,” Tyler Anbinder’s history of New York’s immigrant past and present, shows the city’s rich heritage.
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Nonfiction: Elena Ferrante: Hiding in Plain Sight

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 10/31/2016 - 13:19
“Frantumaglia: A Writer’s Journey” is a modest volume that has ended up playing an unexpectedly pivotal role in Ferrante’s career.
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Nonfiction: Was Alan Greenspan Motivated by Politics More Than Economics?

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 10/31/2016 - 08:29
Sebastian Mallaby’s “The Man Who Knew” is a biography of Alan Greenspan, the chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1987 to 2006.
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'Best American' collections speak volumes

USAToday Books - Sun, 10/30/2016 - 06:02

We sample '2016' short stories, essays, travel writing and comics.

       
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Books: New and noteworthy

USAToday Books - Sun, 10/30/2016 - 04:02

Look for new books from Bob Dylan, Tippi Hedren, Michael Connelly and Tommy Hilfiger.

        
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This would-be spy was no James Bond

USAToday Books - Sat, 10/29/2016 - 12:00

A misfit in the U.S. government tried to sell military secrets to Libya.

        
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A secret is at the heart of 'The Mothers'

USAToday Books - Sat, 10/29/2016 - 12:00

Brit Bennett's wise debut novel is set in a black community in California.

        
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