Book Reviews

Fiction: ‘The Bricks That Built the Houses,’ by Kate Tempest

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 12:29
A debut novel about young love in London by an award-winning poet and rapper.
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Nonfiction: ‘Making Monte Carlo,’ by Mark Braude

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 12:29
The business model for Monte Carlo was created 150 years ago, and it has stood Monaco in good stead ever since.
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Fiction: Emma Straub’s ‘Modern Lovers’

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 12:29
A romantic comedy with an ensemble cast, set in their own postmodern Peyton Place — Ditmas Park, Brooklyn.
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Fiction: ‘The Painter of Souls,’ by Philip Kazan

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 12:28
This historical novel is the first volume in a projected series about the great Renaissance painter Filippo Lippi.
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Nonfiction: ‘The Time Traveler’s Handbook: 18 Experiences, From the Eruption of Vesuvius to Woodstock’

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 12:28
If you’re sorry you missed Woodstock, the French Revolution or other historical events, this book will give you the experience.
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Fiction: ‘Enchanted Islands,’ by Allison Amend

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 12:28
A novel about marriage and spycraft in the Galápagos and friendship back home.
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Nonfiction: ‘The Hour of Land,’ by Terry Tempest Williams

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 12:28
A personal celebration of a dozen of our national parks from one of the country’s best-known nature writers.
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Fiction: ‘The After Party,’ by Anton DiSclafani

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 12:27
The twists and turns of a friendship between two 1950s Houston socialites, amid diverging lives and an imbalance of devotion.
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Fiction: ‘This Too Shall Pass,’ by Milena Busquets

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 12:27
After her mother’s death, a woman spends a week with friends in a Spanish beach town, negotiating grief, sex and middle age.
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‘The Long Weekend,’ ‘The Mistresses of Cliveden’ and ‘Fall of Poppies’

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 12:27
Plenty of summer reading for those still craving a “Downton Abbey” fix.
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Nonfiction: Ricky Jay’s ‘Matthias Buchinger’

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 12:27
Teller reviews Ricky Jay’s life of Matthias Buchinger (1674-1739), an extraordinary 29-inch-tall magician.
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Nonfiction: Andrew Solomon’s ‘Far and Away,’ and More

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 12:26
In travel-writing anthologies, Andrew Solomon, Bob Shacochis, Russell Banks and Geoff Dyer amply display their powers of observation and empathy.
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Roundup: Hollywood: ‘Stanley Kubrick and Me,’ and More

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 12:26
This season’s books about Hollywood feature (among others) Barbra Streisand, Stanley Kubrick and Meryl Streep.
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Roundup: Gardens: ‘The Rooftop Growing Guide,’ and More

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 12:26
New books about gardens include the work of the great Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx, a tour of the Hawaiian garden of the poet W.S. Merwin and more.
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Nonfiction: ‘Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me’ and ‘Your Song Changed My Life’

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 12:25
What pop music rivalries reveal about our lives, and some celebrated musicians’ most treasured songs.
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Fiction: ‘Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ All-Time Greatest Hits,’ by Mark Binelli

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 12:25
Mark Binelli imagines his way into the life of a rock star who toyed with notions of blackness and theatricality.
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Nonfiction: ‘Couture Confessions,’ by Pamela Golbin

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 12:25
“Couture Confessions” makes clear that fashion has always been a business first.
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Roundup: Summer Y.A.: Matthew Quick’s ‘Every Exquisite Thing,’ and More

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 12:25
This summer’s possibilities prove the only overarching thing that characterizes young adult literature is the age of the protagonist.
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Nonfiction: Eddie Huang’s ‘Double Cup Love’

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 12:24
In his new memoir, the chef-impresario Eddie Huang visits China and contemplates cuisine, culture and love.
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Nonfiction: Eric Ripert’s ‘32 Yolks’

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 12:24
The celebrity chef and restaurateur Eric Ripert looks back at his life in food, starting with his childhood in the South of France.
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