Book Reviews

ArtsBeat: Sotheby’s Sale Includes Rare Early English Books (and Early English Dogs)

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 09/24/2015 - 14:41
Sotheby’s is selling the rare-books collection of Robert S Pirie, which is estimated to be worth more than $15 million.









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Mary Karr: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 09/24/2015 - 07:24
The author of “The Liars’ Club” and, most recently, “The Art of Memoir” doesn’t care for John Ashbery’s poetry: “The most celebrated unclothed emperor in U.S. letters today — an invention of academic critics.”









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Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Heart Goes Last’

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 03:30
With nothing left to lose, or so they think, a couple move into a suburban dream home.









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Anne-Marie Slaughter’s ‘Unfinished Business’

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 03:00
“Unfinished Business” is the outgrowth of a much-discussed article for The Atlantic about the difficulty of career advancement for professional women with children.









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Patrick deWitt’s ‘Undermajordomo Minor’

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 13:51
A tale of mystery, adventure, romance and quest, with an oddball detour.









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Bookends: Why Read Books Considered Obscene?

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 06:00
James Parker and Liesl Schillinger discuss the pleasures of reading forbidden books.









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‘The Visiting Privilege,’ by Joy Williams

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 03:30
Stories spanning nearly 50 years are marked by queasy humor and a wry nihilism.









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‘Selfish,’ by Kim Kardashian West, and More

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 03:30
The narcissism typified in one book is seen as either useful or dangerous in two others.









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‘Black Silent Majority,’ by Michael Javen Fortner

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 09/21/2015 - 03:30
The effort to combat crime with stricter laws has long been a priority among African-Americans, a professor writes.









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David Brock’s ‘Killing the Messenger’

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 09/21/2015 - 03:30
A renowned veteran of the Republican propaganda machine tells how he came to help Democrats.









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Ceridwen Dovey’s ‘Only the Animals’

New York Times Book Reviews - Sat, 09/19/2015 - 16:07
These stories are narrated by the spirits of animals.









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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: ‘The Court and the World’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 17:30
John Fabian Witt talks about Stephen Breyer’s new book, and Mira Jacob discusses three coming-of-age novels.









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Crime: School for Slaughter

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 08:53
Saul Black’s new thriller is about an interstate manhunt for a killer whose modus operandi is so bizarre even his own accomplice can’t figure it out.









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Kyung-sook Shin’s ‘The Girl Who Wrote Loneliness’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 08:52
A novel’s narrator pries open her shuttered, traumatic past.









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Matt Bell’s ‘Scrapper’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 08:51
In Detroit, a salvager seeks vengeance against a boy’s kidnapper.









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‘Sweet Caress,’ by William Boyd

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 08:50
An Englishwoman forges her way as a professional photographer in William Boyd’s latest novel.









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‘Succession,’ by Livi Michael

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 08:47
A novel of the women in the wings of the Wars of the Roses.









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‘The Lost Landscape,’ by Joyce Carol Oates

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 08:45
Joyce Carol Oates looks to her childhood and beyond in tracing the roots of her vocation.









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Alison Light’s ‘Common People: In Pursuit of My Ancestors’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 08:44
Alison Light’s family research illuminates a swath of British working-class history.









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Open Book: Friends of Long Standing

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 08:43
Several women at The Times recommend their favorite fiction on the theme of female friendship.









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