Book Reviews

The Book That Terrified Neil Gaiman. And Carmen Maria Machado. And Dan Simmons.

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 3:17pm
13 authors recommend the most frightening books they’ve ever read.
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Books News: The Obama-Biden Bromance Continues. This Time in a Mystery Novel.

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 3:12pm
In a new crime novel, the 44th president and his vice president team up to solve a suspicious death, and patch up their frayed friendship in the process.
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Fiction: Lauren Groff Reveals the Stormy Side of the Sunshine State

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 2:00pm
In her new story collection, “Florida,” the author of “Fates and Furies” constructs a wild, reptile-ridden landscape of fathers, sons and mothers who are all somehow adrift.
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Fiction: It’s 1988 and Philip Marlowe Is Retired. But Not for Long.

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 2:00pm
Lawrence Osborne’s novel “Only to Sleep” jolts Raymond Chandler’s P.I. out of his quiet Mexican lair and back into the world of scams and seductions.
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The Book Review Podcast: From Transcribing for Obama to Writing Her Own Story

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 10:38am
Beck Dorey-Stein discusses “From the Corner of the Oval,” and Caroline Weber talks about “Proust’s Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin-De-Siècle Paris.”
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Nonfiction: When the Creator of Sherlock Holmes Exonerated a Convicted Murderer

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 4:00am
Margalit Fox’s “Conan Doyle for the Defense” tells the forgotten story of a man wrongly convicted of a crime and a writer’s help in pursuing justice.
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New & Noteworthy

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 4:00am
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
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Nonfiction: French High Society During the Belle Époque

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 1:35pm
“Proust’s Duchess,” by Caroline Weber, describes the luxurious but unhappy lives of three celebrated Parisian women.
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Fiction: Competing Scientists Plus a High-Stakes University Lab Equals Murder

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 4:00am
Megan Abbott’s dark, swampy new novel, “Give Me Your Hand,” is lit by a current of rage.
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Nonfiction: A White House Memoir That’s Equal Parts C-Span and ‘Sex and the City’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 10:34am
“The Corner of the Oval” is Beck Dorey-Stein’s fresh, funny, utterly unconventional account of working for President Obama.
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Inside J.R.R. Tolkien’s Notebooks, a Glimpse of the Master Philologist at Work

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 4:00am
A manuscript page from the “Lord of the Rings” author’s notebooks reveals his painstaking process of language invention.
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Fiction: ‘O.K., Google, Make Me Happy’: In This Novel, Technology Is a Panacea

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 4:00am
In Katie Williams’s “Tell the Machine Goodnight,” there are individualized “contentment plans” that let us know how to achieve peace of mind.
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Fiction: In This Novel, a Mother Risks Everything for a Second Chance

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 4:00am
Evgenia Citkowitz’s first novel, “The Shades,” follows the remorseful decline of a family in the aftermath of a daughter’s death.
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Fiction: A Multiracial Family Provides a Lens on the Essence of Caregiving

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 4:00am
In Rumaan Alam’s second novel, “That Kind of Mother,” a white woman adopts a black son. Universal truths about family and motherhood ensue.
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Fiction: Does the Name Dag Solstad Mean Anything to You? It Should

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 4:00am
He’s Norway’s greatest living writer, and two more of his novels — “T Singer” and “Armand V” — have recently been translated.
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New in Paperback: ‘No Apparent Distress,’ ‘The Destroyers’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 4:00am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Nonfiction: The Illness That Had No Name

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 4:00am
Amanda Stern’s memoir, “Little Panic,” recounts her quest to discover why she felt so different.
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Children’s Books: Standout Summertime Picture Books

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 4:00am
Young children will delight in these sweetly charming tales about sandcastles, ice cream, picnics and long walks.
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Inside the List: Want a Belt Buckle, Coffee, Sword or Mug With That Book?

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 4:00am
Sure, fans can buy books on authors’ websites. But enterprising authors like Brad Thor, Anne Rice and George R.R. Martin offer tie-in merchandise as well.
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Nonfiction: North Korea: Where Everything Is Forbidden Unless It Is Allowed

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 4:00am
Travis Jeppesen’s “See You Again in Pyongyang” offers a glimpse into a country little known in the West.
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