Book Reviews

Tracy K. Smith Is the New Poet Laureate

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 23:01
Ms. Smith, 45, says she hopes to be a poetry evangelist of sorts, going to parts of the United States “where literary festivals don’t always go.”
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Books of The Times: Sherman Alexie’s Complicated Grief for His Mother

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 16:25
In his memoir, “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me,” Alexie explores grief, poverty and his childhood on the Spokane Indian Reservation.
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LaValle's 'The Changeling': A creepily good modern fairy tale

USAToday Books - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 06:00

Victor LaValle's horror novel 'The Changeling' is about a man who loses his young son.

        
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Critic’s Take: The Modern Trans Memoir Comes of Age

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 04:00
Two new memoirs, by Janet Mock and Caitlyn Jenner, reveal how trans writing about identity is evolving.
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A Literary Tour of Italy’s Libraries

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 04:00
Italy’s libraries offer a convergence of architecture, literature and history. These books take you inside their walls.
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Fiction: A High-Stakes New York City Thriller Where Noir and Nostalgia Meet

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 04:00
“You Belong to Me,” Colin Harrison’s first thriller in eight years, features a noirish love triangle and an obsessive collector of maps.
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Match Book: Dear Match Book: I Need Short but Great Books for My Commute

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 04:00
Wherein the bookish commuter’s lament — “The most I can read is for 30 minutes and that’s typically a train or bus ride” — is solved.
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Sherman Alexie and the Tricky Art of Memoir

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 06/12/2017 - 16:30
In a new book inspired by his mother’s death, “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me,” Mr. Alexie plays with the complexities of autobiography.
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In Roxane Gay's powerful 'Hunger,' a craving for acceptance

USAToday Books - Mon, 06/12/2017 - 13:34

Roxane Gay's new memoir will make readers think about how we are perceived.

        
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Nonfiction: How the Dark Web’s Dread Pirate Roberts Went Down

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 06/12/2017 - 04:00
In Nick Bilton’s “American Kingpin,” the former boy scout who started the Silk Road is brought down by federal agents in a dizzying manhunt.
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Fiction: In ‘Camino Island,’ John Grisham Takes a Vacation From Writing John Grisham Novels

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 06/12/2017 - 04:00
Stolen F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts, colorful booksellers and a sleepy resort town make for a leisurely, lawyerless John Grisham jaunt.
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Books: New and noteworthy

USAToday Books - Sun, 06/11/2017 - 05:04

Look for a new Bourne thriller and a book about 'The Pride of the Yankees' movie.

        
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Weekend picks for book lovers: John Grisham's latest, 'Camino Island'

USAToday Books - Sat, 06/10/2017 - 14:02

Spend your weekend reading 'Camino Island' by John Grisham.

        
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Newsbook: 3 Books on the Evolution of the Gay Rights Movement

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 16:00
As gay pride month kicks into gear, here are three books on the history of the gay rights movement.
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Studies say reading the Harry Potter books makes you a better person

USAToday Books - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 15:48

As if we need another reason to indulge in all the Harry Potter fantasy J.K. Rowling blessed the world with. Now according to science, you may become a better person if you do. Angeli Kakade (@angelikakade) has the story.

        
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Open Book: The Luckiest Man on Earth

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 15:38
In “The Pride of the Yankees,” Richard Sandomir tells the story behind what he calls “the first great sports film.”
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The Book Review Podcast: Al Franken on Life in the Senate

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 15:31
Franken discusses his new political memoir; Thomas E. Ricks talks about “Churchill and Orwell”; and Dav Pilkey on the movie adaptation of “Captain Underpants” and more.
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A Return to Middle-Earth, 44 Years After Tolkien’s Death

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 10:45
In “Beren and Luthien,” J.R.R. Tolkien’s son traces the romance between a human and an elf through his father’s notes and drafts and epic poems.
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Nonfiction: A Poet’s Loving Take on Her Unorthodox Catholic Family

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 10:05
In her memoir “Priestdaddy,” the poet Patricia Lockwood writes about growing up the daughter of an irrepressible Catholic priest.
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Nonfiction: Lenin’s Return From Exile Put Russia on the Fast Track to Revolution

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 10:00
In “Lenin on the Train,” Catherine Merridale explains how Russian chaos in 1917 helped lead to a dictatorship in the name of the proletariat.
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