Book Reviews

Nonfiction: A Critical History Asks, What Does It Mean to Be Modern?

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 10:48
Steven B. Smith’s “Modernity and Its Discontents” is a survey of Western intellectual history from Machiavelli to Saul Bellow.
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Children’s Books: Richard Peck’s Middle-Grade Novel: A Boy, His Teacher and Same-Sex Marriage

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 10:46
“The Best Man,” by Richard Peck, examines a boy’s relationships with the men in his life, two of whom will marry.
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Children’s Books: Four New Picture Books Teach Children the Power of Stories

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 10:46
Children climb typography mountains and craft their own adventures in four tributes to the power of storytelling.
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Children’s Books: Three Stunning Picture Books Take Children on Unusual Journeys

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 10:44
A red door leads to adventure, a curious mouse sends himself to the moon, and a lonely man gets a mysterious invitation.
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Children’s Books: A Young Sprinter Finds His Team in ‘Ghost’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 10:44
A gifted young sprinter in a tough neighborhood unexpectedly finds the support he needs in Jason Reynolds’s “Ghost.”
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Nonfiction: One Nation, Under Stress

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 10:08
Sarah Jaffe’s “Necessary Trouble” and Zachary Roth’s “The Great Suppression” examine disparate efforts to further democracy and to restrict it.
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Fiction: Fiction or Standardized Test? ‘Multiple Choice’ Is Both

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 10:07
In Alejandro Zambra’s latest, “Multiple Choice,” narrative and parody tangle with standardized tests.
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On Poetry: Do People Hate Poetry? According to Ben Lerner, Yes

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:58
In “The Hatred of Poetry,” Ben Lerner maintains that poetry is “often met with contempt rather than mere indifference.”
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Nonfiction: Read It Later: A Procrastinator’s Memoir

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:58
The reporter Phyllis Korkki takes on procrastination and the urge to defer in “The Big Thing.”
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Open Book: Found in Translation

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:57
Tim Parks recommends five of his favorite translated novels.
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Roving Eye: Tim Parks Laments the Excessive Influence of International Book Fairs

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:56
Even when finely translated, not all good books travel well across cultures.
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Children’s Books: Two New Novels Succeed in Telling the Story of 9/11 to Kids

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:56
Nora Raleigh Baskin’s “Nine, Ten” and Jewell Parker Rhodes’s “Towers Falling” bring the events surrounding the 2001 terror attacks to a new group of readers.
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Children’s Books: A Y.A. Novel Takes on College Admissions Mania

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:56
An Indian-American negotiates her way through boyfriends, privilege, parties and plagiarism in Rahul Kanakia’s “Enter Title Here.”
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:55
Readers respond to recent reviews of C. B. George’s “The Death of Rex Nhongo,” Jeffrey Toobin’s “American Heiress” and more.
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By the Book: Jacqueline Woodson: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 06:00
The author, most recently, of “Another Brooklyn” loved “The Little Match Girl” as a child. First, “I cried for a week. Then I was done and ready to go out and change the world!”
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Nonfiction: From Humans of New York to Obama’s Office: How a Principal Built a School

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 04:30
In “The Bridge to Brilliance,” the Brooklyn school principal Nadia Lopez writes about her mission to beat the odds.
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Nonfiction: The Story of How Handwriting Evolved, and May Soon Die Off

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 04:30
“The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting,” by Anne Trubek, urges a long goodbye and an embrace of a neurological metamorphosis.
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Scots blast 'Outlander' cookbook for its American recipes

USAToday Books - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 21:26

New cookbook based on "Outlander" leaves bitter taste in mouths of Scottish readers.

        
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Amy Schumer has a USA TODAY hit with 'Girl'

USAToday Books - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 16:59

The star is the latest female comic to write a best seller.

        
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Nonfiction: Memo to Parents: Back Off, and Children Learn More

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 04:30
In “The Gardener and the Carpenter,” Alison Gopnik says children are naturals at learning and have a better chance to develop if parents lighten up.
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