Book Reviews

Read an excerpt as Thrawn returns to 'Star Wars' book universe

USAToday Books - Thu, 03/02/2017 - 06:04

The Grand Admiral of the Empire has ties to one of the most iconic figures of them all.

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By the Book: Richard Holmes: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 03/02/2017 - 06:00
The author, most recently, of “This Long Pursuit” has strong memories and deep feelings of discovering “On the Road” in 1960, “the book that made me fall in love with America aged 15.”
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Feature: How Emmanuel Carrère Reinvented Nonfiction

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 03/02/2017 - 05:00
His unclassifiable books blend personal history, reportage, philosophy and theology to cast compulsive narrative spells.
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Books of The Times: ‘Wild Nights’ Offers a History of Sleep (and Sleeplessness)

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 03/01/2017 - 17:46
Benjamin Reiss’s historical overview of mankind’s slumber habits (or lack thereof) trace a shift from a daylight-based pattern to clock-ruled routine.
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Enter 'The Twilight Zone' for surreal life lessons

USAToday Books - Wed, 03/01/2017 - 14:10

Mark Dawidziak's book seeks a new dimension in Rod Serling's groundbreaking series.

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'Big Little Lies' gets big boost on USA TODAY's best-seller list

USAToday Books - Wed, 03/01/2017 - 11:54

The HBO mini-series drives renewed sales of Liane Moriarty's gossipy novel.

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Alec Baldwin to write a parody Trump memoir

USAToday Books - Wed, 03/01/2017 - 11:46

The actor brings his 'SNL' impersonation to book form.

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Zoey Deutch breaks out in 'Before I Fall'

USAToday Books - Wed, 03/01/2017 - 10:08

The dark high school drama with 'Groundhog Day' undertones hits theaters Friday.

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Nonfiction: A Social History of Food Mixes Revelation With Revolution

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 03/01/2017 - 09:00
In “Food Fights and Culture Wars,” Tom Nealon presents a lavishly illustrated look at the impact of historical forces on cuisine.
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Nonfiction: A Poet’s Pathologies: Inside Robert Lowell’s Restless Mind

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 03/01/2017 - 07:00
In “Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire,” Kay Redfield Jamison views the poet’s life through the lens of his bipolar disorder.
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Nonfiction: A Former Student Approaches the Life of Elizabeth Bishop

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 03/01/2017 - 05:00
Megan Marshall’s “Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast” is only the second full-scale biography of this major poet, and the first in 25 years.
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Barack, Michelle Obama get book deals

USAToday Books - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 22:00

The former president and first lady will be busy writing.

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Books of The Times: Review: Elif Batuman’s ‘The Idiot’ Sets a Romantic Crush on Simmer

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 17:11
In this first novel, set in 1995, Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, falls for an older student from Hungary during her freshman year at Harvard.
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Nonfiction: Stalin Gets Results: The Soviet Push for Tech Dominance

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 09:00
“Stalin and the Scientists” by Simon Ings shows how Stalin’s terror extended even to the men driving his technology program.
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Jamison's new bio puts poet Robert Lowell on the couch

USAToday Books - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 08:02

The author of 'The Unquiet Mind' looks at Lowell's mental state.

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Fiction: Wind, Waves and Weather: Jim Shepard’s Stories Force Men Out of Their Element

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 07:00
The stories in Jim Shepard’s new collection, “The World to Come,” send his characters into turbulent waters, both historical and personal.
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How singer Judy Collins conquered her eating disorder

USAToday Books - Mon, 02/27/2017 - 12:58

The folk singer's new book is called 'Cravings: How I Conquered Food.'

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Patricia Cornwell's 'Jack the Ripper' reboot remains deeply flawed

USAToday Books - Mon, 02/27/2017 - 12:18

The best-selling mystery writer again insists that Walter Sickert was the serial killer.

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Fiction: Is This Mic On?: A Stand-Up Comedian Wrestles With His Country and His Soul

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 02/27/2017 - 07:00
David Grossman’s novel “A Horse Walks Into a Bar,” about a tormented Israeli comedian, is a “magnificently comic and sucker-punch-tragic excursion into brilliance,” Gary Shteyngart writes.
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From murder to espionage, four tales of foul play

USAToday Books - Sun, 02/26/2017 - 08:02

Our critic recommends four titles mystery lovers won't want to miss.

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