Book Reviews

Fiction: Ghost Stories: Vietnamese Refugees Wrestle With Memory in a New Book by the Author of ‘The Sympathizer’

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 04:00
Viet Thanh Nguyen’s “The Refugees” illustrates the plight of men and women displaced from wartime Saigon and resettled in California.
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Neil Gaiman on His ‘Norse Mythology,’ in Which Odin Wants a Wall

New York Times Book Reviews - Sun, 02/12/2017 - 16:37
With this playful retelling, Mr. Gaiman continues to be a combination of best-selling author, famous personality and cult figure.
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Why we love 'Casablanca,' 75 years later

USAToday Books - Sun, 02/12/2017 - 07:02

A new book looks at the World War II movie's enduring appeal.

        
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Books: New and noteworthy

USAToday Books - Sun, 02/12/2017 - 05:03

USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week.

        
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Gamble on Min Jin Lee's winning novel 'Pachinko'

USAToday Books - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 13:02

Spanning the 20th century, it's the Dickensian story of Koreans displaced to Japan.

        
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Weekend picks for book lovers

USAToday Books - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 09:49

Spend your weekend reading 'Stolen Beauty.'

        
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The Book Review Podcast: George Saunders Talks About ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 12:20
Saunders talks about his first novel; Maria Russo discusses Laura Ingalls Wilder and the “Little House” books; and Alan Burdick on “Why Times Flies.”
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Lisa Gardner Catches Up With ‘Old Friends’ in Her New Novel

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 11:56
Lisa Gardner, whose “Right Behind You” is No. 1 on the hardcover fiction list, turned to Facebook to decide which of her regular protagonists the novel should feature.
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Fiction: A Romantic Comedy With Pleasingly Ridiculous Characters

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 11:47
The heroine of Elinor Lipman’s romantic comedy “On Turpentine Lane” acquires a problem house to go with her man and job troubles.
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Nonfiction: It’s Not Really on Your Side

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 11:44
In “Why Time Flies,” Alan Burdick intertwines an account of his own personal struggle with time with an extensive overview of laboratory experiments.
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Children’s Books: In Four Imaginative New Picture Books, Trees Become Houses, an Egg Hatches Into a Strange Baby Creature and More

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 11:42
In Neal Layton’s “The Tree” and other new picture books, readers are reminded that inspiration is a fledgling of process.
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Children’s Books: ‘The Warden’s Daughter’: A Girl Grows Up in the Prison Her Father Runs

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 11:30
In “The Warden’s Daughter,” Jerry Spinelli explores profound questions with the flair of a master storyteller.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 11:26
Readers respond to a recent essay about Sinclair Lewis’s “It Can’t Happen Here” and more.
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The Shortlist: Essays

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 11:21
Essay collections by David Orr, Stanley Elkin and Betty Fussell.
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Author’s Note: Headed for the Graveyard of Books

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 11:11
It wasn’t the hope of immortality that goaded me to write: It was obsession.
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Open Book: The Left Bank

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 11:03
“Finks” tells the story of an unlikely band of double agents: writers and editors at The Paris Review.
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Fiction: In This Novel, the Twin Towers Reappear in the Badlands

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 09:00
In his 10th novel, “Shadowbahn,” Steve Erickson somehow captures what’s so urgent about the fractured state of the country.
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Fiction: As a House Burns, Tenants’ Lives Flash Before Them

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 08:00
In Colin Thubron’s novel “Night of Fire,” a house burns down with its tenants inside. But is death the only fate they share?
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Fiction: In Transition: A Novel About What Happens When a Son Becomes a Daughter

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 06:00
In Laurie Frankel’s “This Is How It Always Is,” family members search for the best way to support a transgender child.
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Nonfiction: Conflicting Passions: Bernard-Henri Lévy, Hedonist and Engaged Intellectual, Considers His Jewish Heritage

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 05:00
“The Genius of Judaism,” by the public intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy, is a cultural treatise and a revealingly personal document.
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