Book Reviews

Nonfiction: Did His Mind Make Him Do It? How Neuroscience Entered the Courtroom

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 06:00
In “The Brain Defense,” Kevin Davis considers whether new developments in neuroscience could redefine innocence and culpability.
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Louisa Clark of 'Me Before You' to return in new Jojo Moyes' novel

USAToday Books - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 05:02

The young British woman hits American shores in Book 3.

       
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Books of The Times: Meet an Intergalactic Spider in ‘Spaceman of Bohemia’

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 16:06
Space oddities abound in Jaroslav Kalfar’s debut novel, as a Czech astronaut is sent to a mysterious cloud of dust swept in from a neighboring galaxy.
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Books of The Times: The Dramas and Intrigues of Louis Kahn, Monumental Architect

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 13:32
“You Say to Brick,” a biography by Wendy Lesser, examines Kahn’s life and buildings.
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George W. Bush, artist, has best seller with 'Portraits of Courage'

USAToday Books - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 12:12

Former president's book of paintings of veterans lands high on USA TODAY's list.

        
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Nonfiction: You Must Remember This: Why We Return to ‘Casablanca’ and ‘High Noon’

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 11:55
Noah Isenberg’s “We’ll Always Have Casablanca” and Glenn Frankel’s “High Noon” examine the cultural and political contexts of two Hollywood classics.
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Fiction: Heroes Meet at a Boy Scout Camp out of William Golding

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 08:00
The Boy Scouts are heroes and villains in “The Hearts of Men,” Nickolas Butler’s sweeping novel of summer camp.
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Nonfiction: High Anxiety: A New Approach to What Explains Compulsive Behavior

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 06:00
In “Can’t Just Stop,” the journalist Sharon Begley looks at the science behind procrastinating, self-sabotaging and self-destructiveness.
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Spy George Smiley returns from the cold after 25 years

USAToday Books - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 15:22

John le Carré's new novel is 'A Legacy of Spies.'

        
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How Liberia made history and elected a 'Madame President'

USAToday Books - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 12:55

A new biography of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf documents an incredible journey.

       
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Author’s Note: Literature by Degree

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 08:00
Ben Markovits on how universities shape the literary landscape
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Hitler's bad trip: Was Nazi Germany amped up on drugs?

USAToday Books - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 07:04

Book argues that widespread use of methamphetamine occurred in Germany during war.

        
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Fiction: A Novel Dwells on the Loves of Lovecraft

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 06:00
Paul La Farge’s novel “The Night Ocean” is a many-voiced story about H. P. Lovecraft, his teenage acolyte Robert Barlow and the diary Lovecraft supposedly kept of their love life together.
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Nonfiction: The Troubling Appeal of Education at For-Profit Schools

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 04:00
“Lower Ed” by Tressie McMillan Cottom asks why students sign up for high debt and problematic degrees at for-profit schools.
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Books of The Times: Past, Present and Future Collide in Joan Didion’s ‘South and West’

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 16:30
Containing two excerpts from her notebooks dating to the 1970s, this book uncannily sheds light on some of the divisions splintering America today.
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Glory days at Vogue, and then a humiliating fall

USAToday Books - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 14:57

Joan Juliet Buck's 'Price of Illusion' recalls famous friends and glam editing days.

       
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Joan Didion opens '70s notebooks, offers revealing peek into her psyche

USAToday Books - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 13:57

The acclaimed author's latest book is drafts of two essays from decades ago.

       
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Nonfiction: In David Shields’s Brief Essays, People May Be Farther Than They Appear

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 08:00
The essays in David Shields’s “Other People” reveal him to be an elusive, humorous ironist particularly interested in sex, sports, selfhood, actors and fiction.
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Nonfiction: ‘Four Days That Changed the World’: Unintended Consequences of a Women’s Rights Conference

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 06:00
“Divided We Stand” by Marjorie J. Spruill recalls a 1977 women’s rights conference that ended up energizing the anti-feminist opposition.
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Ivory Tower: All Too Human

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 05:00
A philosopher, a bioethicist and a literary theorist wrestle with the question of what makes us human.
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