Book Reviews

'Unknown Americans' humanizes border-crossers

USAToday Books - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 15:02

A modern 'Romeo and Juliet' set against the backdrop of immigration.

        
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Singapore backs call to destroy gay-themed books

USAToday Books - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 06:54

A children's book inspired by a real-life story of two male penguins raising a baby chick in New York's zoo has been deemed inappropriate by state-run Singapore libraries.

        
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Weekend picks for book lovers

USAToday Books - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 05:48

Spend your weekend in the dystopian kingdom of the Tear with its new young queen.

        
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ArtsBeat: ‘The Escape Artist’: Thomas Beller Talks About J. D. Salinger

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 14:27
Mr. Beller’s new book is part biography of the reclusive Salinger and part memoir.






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Sci-fi novels with the 4 best 'alien' narrators

USAToday Books - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 13:00

Author Matt Haig picks his favorite sci-fi books that give "alien" views on the human race.

        
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Inside the List

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:48
Joan Rivers’s “Diary of a Mad Diva,” No. 7 on the hardcover nonfiction list, is filled with the author’s brand of rapid-fire politically incorrect jokes.






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‘The Painter,’ by Peter Heller

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:48
A painter with violent impulses tries to start over, but his past catches up with him.






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‘Dying Every Day,’ by James Romm

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:47
A classicist tries to unravel the enigma of Seneca, the Stoic philosopher who tutored the emperor Nero.






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Herman Koch’s ‘Summer House With Swimming Pool’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:47
A holiday near the Mediterranean leads to disaster for a doctor and his celebrity patient in this novel by the author of “The Dinner.”






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‘The Year She Left Us,’ by Kathryn Ma

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:46
In this first novel, a girl adopted from China finds it difficult to situate herself in American life.






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‘Astonish Me,’ by Maggie Shipstead

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:46
A New York ballerina helps a Russian dancer defect, but her own desires are thwarted.






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‘Preparing the Ghost,’ by Matthew Gavin Frank

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:45
Matthew Gavin Frank’s wide-ranging book explores an amateur naturalist’s compulsion to understand the mystery of the giant squid.






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Children’s Books: ‘Like No Other,’ by Una LaMarche

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:45
A Hasidic girl and a West Indian boy fall in love and face the consequences in this young adult novel.






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Children’s Books: ‘Guy in Real Life,’ by Steve Brezenoff

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:44
In this young adult novel, a teenager takes on an identity much like his girlfriend’s for an online role-playing game.






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Children’s Books: ‘From There to Here,’ ‘The Good-Pie Party’ and ‘Bad Bye, Good Bye’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:44
Three picture books feature children struggling with displacement and new surroundings.






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Children’s Books: ‘The Young World,’ by Chris Weitz

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:44
Social order breaks down when a mysterious illness spreads worldwide, sparing only adolescents.






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Editors’ Choice

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:43
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.






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Paperback Row

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:43
Paperback books of particular interest.






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The Shortlist: Max Watman’s ‘Harvest,’ and More

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:42
New books by Max Watman, Michael Gibney, Ava Chin and Colman Andrews.






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Open Book: A Supremely Cool Friend

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:39
The military historian Martin Windrow says he was “extremely hesitant” to write about his relationship with Mumble, his pet owl.






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