Book Reviews

New in Paperback: ‘An American Marriage,’ ‘How Democracies Die’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 11:37am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Fiction: A Grieving Mother Converses With Her Dead Son in Yiyun Li’s New Novel

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 11:06am
In “Where Reasons End,” an unnamed narrator plumbs the nature of suffering — and the limits of language — in a dialogue with the child she mourns.
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Children’s Books: Picture Books That Let Imaginations Soar

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 11:00am
In the latest from Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld, Shaun Tan and others, a boy and his dog head to the moon, a crab bakes cakes and a cat foils a bakery break-in.
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Profile: Meet the Guardian of Grammar Who Wants to Help You Be a Better Writer

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 10:00am
Benjamin Dreyer sees language the way an epicure sees food. And he finds sloppiness everywhere he looks.
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Sketchbook: The Urban Grid of Writerdom

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 4:00am
An illustrated map of the authorial life.
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The Shortlist: A Quartet of First Novels Takes Readers From Trinidad to the Himalayas

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 4:00am
Disappearances link the works of Claire Adam, Madhuri Vijay, Juliet Lapidos and James Charlesworth: missing persons, missing manuscripts and missed connections.
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Crime: Marilyn Stasio’s Crime Column Exhumes the Murderous Past

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 4:00am
New novels take readers back to Tudor England (C.J. Sansom), 1920s England (Charles Todd) and the age of Queen Victoria (Mick Finlay).
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Fiction: A Novel Set at the Dakota Imagines John Lennon as a Neighbor

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 4:00am
In Tom Barbash’s “The Dakota Winters,” a searching young man finds an unlikely companion in the former Beatle’s last year of life.
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Nonfiction: A Deep Dive Into the ‘Underground’ World of Caves and Tunnels

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 4:00am
Will Hunt travels from New York’s subways to Australian ochre mines to tell the subterranean story of what exists beneath us.
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From Our Archives: Revisiting Roberto Bolaño — ‘the Visceral Realist’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 4:00am
The Book Review’s past sheds light on the books of the present. This week: James Wood on the Chilean author’s legacy.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 4:00am
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
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Editors’ Choice: 10 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 3:36pm
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Nonfiction: The Brutal Economy of Cleaning Other People’s Messes, for $9 an Hour

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 2:00pm
In “Maid,” Stephanie Land describes what it’s like to be a single mother struggling to survive.
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Fiction: A Fantasy Set in Africa, by Way of Hieronymus Bosch, García Márquez and Marvel Comics

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 12:13pm
Michiko Kakutani reviews “Black Leopard, Red Wolf,” the first volume of Marlon James’s “Dark Star” trilogy. The novel is packed with dizzying references fused into something new and startling.
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Books News: Meg Medina Wins Newbery Medal and Sophie Blackall Is Awarded Her Second Caldecott

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 2:30pm
Women and Latinx authors and illustrators made a strong showing in this year’s prestigious honors, as diversity in children’s books is becoming more evident.
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Nonfiction: The Persistence of Anti-Semitism

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 1:00pm
Deborah E. Lipstadt’s “Antisemitism: Here and Now” charts the new guises of an enduring hatred.
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Fiction: A Novel About the Fate of a Piano — and the Dreams It Embodies

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 4:00am
In “The Weight of a Piano,” Chris Cander follows the members of a family from Russia to California and traces the way music shadows their memories.
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Books News: Penguin Random House Closes the Prestigious Imprint Spiegel & Grau

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 11:28am
The division published best-selling books by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Trevor Noah and more. Its closing is the latest move by Penguin Random House to streamline operations.
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Essay: Lena Dunham Pays Homage to Her Late Literary Hero Diana Athill

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 8:54am
The British editor and writer, who died last week at 101, modeled a life of fierce, free-spirited independence.
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Nonfiction: An Anti-Facebook Manifesto, by an Early Facebook Investor

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 4:00am
In “Zucked,” the venture capitalist Roger McNamee — a former mentor to Mark Zuckerberg — reveals the inner workings behind the platform’s troubling rise to global behemoth.
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