Book Reviews

Fiction: A Timely Dystopian Thriller With Sexual Assault and Political Corruption at Its Core

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 4:00am
“Those Who Knew,” a new novel by Idra Novey, takes place on an unnamed island, but in a world beset by problems unnervingly like our own.
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Fiction: A Parable About Good, Evil and the Inevitable

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 4:00am
A.L. Kennedy’s novella “The Little Snake” conjures the story of a young girl’s friendship with a strangely powerful creature and how it will shape her life.
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Inside the List: The Paper Published a Holiday Books Guide in 1851 — and Every Year Since

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 4:00am
It turns out that people have liked to give books as gifts for a long time. Here’s a peek at how tastes have changed over the years.
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New in Paperback: ‘Afterglow (a dog memoir),’ ‘The Odyssey’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 4:00am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Fiction: ‘Love Is Blind,’ but Lust Isn’t

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 4:00pm
In William Boyd’s novel of desire and deceit, a hunky Scottish piano tuner falls for a sexy Russian soprano.
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By the Book: Michelle Obama: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 3:48pm
The former first lady, whose new memoir is “Becoming,” admires Zadie Smith’s novel “White Teeth” for its complexity and humor: “Even if a book takes on serious topics, I think it should still be fun to read.”
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Editors’ Choice: 11 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 1:20pm
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Paper Chase: ‘A Christmas Carol’ Turns 175

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 8:46am
On the anniversary of the beloved holiday classic, we look back at some of The Times’s coverage of the book and its author, Charles Dickens.
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Nonfiction: Was Saul Bellow a Man or a Jerk? Both, a Monumental Biography Concludes

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 4:00am
The second and final volume of Zachary Leader’s “The Life of Saul Bellow” is a portrait of a writer struggling to contend with the consequences of fame.
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Nonfiction: A Capacious New History of the Beastie Boys by the Two Who Remain

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 2:23pm
In “Beastie Boys Book,” Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz gather their memories, mementos and a lot more to offer a celebration of their band.
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Nonfiction: A Scholar of Religion Confronts Her Own Grief

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 1:40pm
In her memoir, “Why Religion?,” Elaine Pagels tells the story of her own deep loss and her search for answers in faith and spirituality.
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Nonfiction: A New Story Collection and a Memoir by Lucia Berlin, Patron Saint of Soulful Cool

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 4:00am
In “Evening in Paradise,” a volume of short stories, and “Welcome Home,” a memoir unfinished at her death, the cult writer cements her status as a revered chronicler of America’s lost corners.
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New & Noteworthy

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 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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Essay: ‘I Read Morning, Night and in Between’: How One Novelist Came to Love Books

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 1:00pm
The Nigerian writer Chigozie Obioma recalls how his father’s gift for storytelling led his son to discover the worlds between covers.
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Fiction: Jeeves and Wooster Are Back in a Fizzy New Homage to P.G. Wodehouse

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 11:47am
Think of Ben Schott’s “Jeeves and the King of Clubs” as “Downton Abbey” with a laugh track.
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Footnotes: The People of Mbomo Tell Their Stories

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 10:35am
In “Congo Tales,” a new book about the second-largest tropical forest in the world, the story of a people and their home comes alive.
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Nonfiction: Jonathan Franzen Despairs of a Planet Inhospitable to Birds

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 4:00am
In his new collection of essays, “The End of the End of the Earth,” Franzen complains about groups that emphasize climate change at the expense of conservation.
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Nonfiction: Who’s Next? Roger Daltrey

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 2:09pm
The parade of rock memoirs continues, but “Thanks a Lot, Mr. Kibblewhite” is a really good one.
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The Book Review Podcast: Talking About the 10 Best Books of 2018

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 1:23pm
On a special episode of the podcast, taped live, editors from The New York Times Book Review discuss this year’s outstanding fiction and nonfiction.
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Inside the List: The ‘Stranger Things’ Book Brims With Easter Eggs — Just Like the Show Itself

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 12:56pm
Fans of Netflix’s hit supernatural mystery will find all kinds of clues to the show’s third season in a new companion book.
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