Book Reviews

Nonfiction: How Inequality Erodes the Foundation of Modern Societies

New York Times Book Reviews - 4 hours 46 min ago
Two new books argue that inequality destroys openness to new ideas and opportunities as well as the conviction that all citizens are morally equal.
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Nonfiction: A New Biography Looks at Sarah Vaughan, the Singer Known as Sassy

New York Times Book Reviews - 4 hours 46 min ago
In Elaine M. Hayes’s “Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan,” a classic jazz singer turns husbands into managers and listeners into fans.
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Fiction: An Oliver Twist of the Congo, With a Bitter Twist of Fate

New York Times Book Reviews - 4 hours 46 min ago
The orphan narrator of Alain Mabanckou’s “Black Moses” is among the novelist’s most heartbreaking and darkly humorous creations.
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By the Book: Calvin Trillin: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - 4 hours 47 min ago
The humorist, memoirist and journalist likes the way H.L. Mencken expressed himself, for instance in his definition of Puritanism: “The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”
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Books of The Times: Hunted at the Zoo in ‘Fierce Kingdom’

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 4:50pm
When a mundane setting turns lethal, a mother and her 4-year-old son find themselves becoming prey in Gin Phillips’s new thriller.
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Open Book: Going After Big Prey

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 4:18pm
“Shark Drunk” is about two friends in search of a Greenland shark, which can grow up to 24 feet long and weigh up to 2,500 pounds.
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Nonfiction: Two Testimonials Shed Light on Syrian Life and Death

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 4:00am
Alia Malek’s “The Home That Was Our Country” and Wendy Pearlman’s “We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled” channel voices from Syria’s war zone.
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Nonfiction: A Polish Poet Leaves Verse Behind, but Not His Lost City

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 4:00am
Whatever the prose in “Slight Exaggeration” settles on — art, family, war, ideology — Adam Zagajewski is always writing about displacement.
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Nonfiction: The Birth of the Modern Middle East

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 4:00am
In “The Islamic Enlightenment,” Christopher de Ballaigue reveals the Middle Eastern political and intellectual figures who grappled with modernity after Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt in 1798.
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Fiction: A First Novel, Wrestling With the Will to Rule the Mat

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 4:00am
Gabe Habash’s debut, “Stephen Florida,” tracks the title character’s drive to succeed as a college wrestler.
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Fiction: A Novel Looks Back at a Woman’s Idealistic Days in the Spanish Civil War

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 4:00am
The Spanish Civil War casts its shadow over an elderly 21st-century American and her granddaughter in Mary Gordon’s novel “There Your Heart Lies.”
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Nonfiction: How Steve Bannon and Donald Trump Rode the Honey Badger Into the White House

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 4:00am
Joshua Green’s “Devil’s Bargain” tells the story of the alt-right impresario who invigorated Trump’s campaign and influences his presidency.
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Nonfiction: You May Not Know His Name, but You’ve Seen His Pictures of Sarah Bernhardt

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 11:00am
In “The Great Nadar,” Adam Begley recounts the life story of a French photographer who had an antic personality and a gift for self-promotion.
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Nonfiction: The Campaigns, Causes and Controversies of Five American Radicals

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 11:00am
A century ago, Jeremy McCarter’s “young radicals” embraced reform from labor struggles to women’s suffrage to the antiwar effort.
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Fiction: This New York Love Story Subverts Its ‘Happily Ever After’

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 4:00am
“The Changeling,” by Victor LaValle, is a dark fairy tale of a father’s frantic quest through New York City.
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Essay: In Jane Austen’s Pages, Death Has No Dominion

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 4:15pm
What was death to the writer who never killed off a major character? In Austen’s six novels, mortality is a more subtle matter.
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Nonfiction: Roxane Gay on the Traumas of the Body

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 3:53pm
At its simplest, the memoir “Hunger” is about being overweight in a fat-phobic world. But it’s much more besides.
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Audiobooks: What (Books) to Listen to This Summer

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 3:08pm
The Times’s book critics and editors at The New York Times Book Review recommend some great audiobooks for summertime.
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Open Book: Star-Struck

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 11:50am
Julie Klam’s new book is a mostly lighthearted and far-ranging look at our obsession with celebrities.
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The Book Review Podcast: The World of Jane Austen Fans

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 11:45am
Deborah Yaffe talks about “Among the Janeites,” and Robert Ferguson discusses “Scandinavians: In Search of the Soul of the North.”
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