Book Reviews

The Book Review Podcast: Jesmyn Ward on ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 6:50pm
Ward discusses her new novel; David Dobbs on five new books about Darwin; and Kristin Cashore talks about “Jane, Unlimited.”
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Q. & A.: The Real Story Behind Roald Dahl’s ‘Black Charlie’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 5:54pm
The author’s early draft of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” featured a black protagonist who gets trapped inside a chocolate mold. Was it racial stereotyping, or something more complicated?
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By the Book: Celeste Ng: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 2:07pm
The author of, most recently, “Little Fires Everywhere,” often returns to “The Count of Monte Cristo”: “Right now, I see it as an exploration of the complexities of good and evil and how easily one shifts into the other.”
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Open Book: Of God and War

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 10:47am
Sarah Sentilles’s “Draw Your Weapons” ranges widely through issues of photographic representation, theology, empathy, activism and pacifism.
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Inside the List: Thanks, Trump! Katy Tur Sees a Renaissance in Journalism

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 10:44am
The NBC reporter, who has a best-selling campaign book with “Unbelievable,” says that the president’s scorn has “revitalized the fourth estate.”
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Nonfiction: A True Tale of Drug Cartels, Money Laundering and Horse Racing

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 4:00am
In “Bones,” by Joe Tone, the divergent lives of two brothers — a bricklayer in Texas and a cartel boss in Mexico — converge on the racetrack.
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Paperback Row

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 4:00am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Fiction: In ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing,’ a Haunted Road Trip to Prison

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 4:00am
Jesmyn Ward’s follow-up to “Salvage the Bones” tells the story of a woman intent on making her fractured family whole again.
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Author’s Note: Marilynne Robinson on Finding the Right Word

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 4:00am
The author of “Gilead” and “Housekeeping” reflects on Emily Dickinson, expanding the mind and writing into the unknown.
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Stamp Notes: ‘The Snowy Day’ Captured in New Stamp Series

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 4:00am
A new run of “Forever” stamps will feature scenes from Ezra Jack Keats’s classic children’s tale.
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Sketchbook | Graphic Review: Reviews in Pictures: Harry Bliss on Norman Douglas’s ‘South Wind’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 4:00am
The 1917 novel from the British travel writer uses landscape as character.
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Nonfiction: Writing Lines for Obama, Mixing Comedy and Hope

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 4:00am
In his memoir “Thanks, Obama,” the speechwriter David Litt recalls coming of age at the White House.
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The Shortlist: How We Make Up Our Minds

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 4:00am
Four books about the mechanics of decision making.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 4:00am
Readers respond to Greek myths, a cover illustration and more.
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Editors' Choice: 12 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 8:26pm
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Further Reading: Readers Weighed in on the Best Books About the Vietnam War

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 3:52pm
The Times Book Review put together a list of essential reading, but suggestions kept coming in.
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Nonfiction: When the Governments of the World Agreed to Banish War

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 4:00am
“The Internationalists,” by Oona A. Hathaway and Scott J. Shapiro, argues that a 1928 pact was the beginning of the end of war.
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Nonfiction: ‘Streampunks’ Serves Up YouTube’s Greatest Hits

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 4:00am
Robert Kyncl, YouTube’s chief business officer, delivers a lively, if biased, history of the video-sharing platform’s most noteworthy success stories.
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Newsbook: For Hispanic Heritage Month, 3 Books on Latinos in the U.S.

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 3:45pm
From conquistadores to modern cultural enclaves, these books trace the centuries-long Latino experience in the United States.
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Essay: After the Hurricane Winds Die Down, Larry McMurtry’s Houston Trilogy Lives On

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 9:53am
Douglas Brinkley on the writer whose fiction has captured the boom city’s relentless appetite for growth.
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