Book Reviews

Fiction: A Bolaño Novel About Young Poets in Mexico City, Hungry for Fame, Sex and Adventure. No, Not That One.

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 1:00pm
Roberto Bolaño’s coming-of-age tale “The Spirit of Science Fiction,” written around 1984, foreshadows the Chilean author’s epic 1998 breakthrough, “The Savage Detectives.”
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5 Things About Your Book: Diderot Was Way Ahead of His Time — and He Knew It

New York Times Book Reviews - Sun, 01/27/2019 - 10:00am
Andrew S. Curran talks about “Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely,” his new book about the 18th-century French philosopher whose greatest works were discovered — as he intended — after his death.
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Books News: Jay Asher, Author of ‘Thirteen Reasons Why,’ Files Defamation Lawsuit

New York Times Book Reviews - Sat, 01/26/2019 - 1:34pm
After accusations of sexual harassment were made public, Mr. Asher’s book sales declined, and he was dropped by his literary agent. He is seeking a trial and damages.
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The Book Review Podcast: Dani Shapiro on Her Surprising ‘Inheritance’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 5:04pm
Shapiro talks about her new best-selling memoir, and David Treuer discusses “The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee.”
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Inside the List: The Story Behind ‘P Is For Pterodactyl,’ The Self-Described ‘Worst Alphabet Book Ever’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 12:48pm
This quirky A-to-Z primer by Raj Haldar and Chris Carpenter features words that start with silent letters: C is for Czar, K is for Knight and so on.
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Nonfiction: A Memoir From the Young, Gay Mayor of South Bend Running for President

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 12:05pm
Pete Buttigieg’s “Shortest Way Home” tells the story of an accomplished and ambitious man who is the latest contender to enter the race for the presidency.
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New in Paperback: ‘The Recovering,’ ‘Love and Ruin’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 12:01pm
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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New & Noteworthy

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 11:42am
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
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Profile: In ‘The End of Loneliness,’ a German-Swiss Novelist Confronts Death and Loss

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 11:10am
Benedict Wells’s fourth novel is his first to be translated into English after gaining much praise in Europe.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 11:06am
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
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Sketchbook | Graphic Review: Bruce Eric Kaplan Illustrates a Homage to Neil Simon

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 10:15am
The cartoonist turns to the late playwright’s collected works as solace in a heartless world.
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Match Book: Finding Harmony, Literally, in Fiction About Music

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 9:04am
Our columnist recommends novels and stories that address the power of classical music.
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The Shortlist: History Lives in Fiction: From Jennie Churchill’s Britain to Jacksonian Cincinnati

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 4:00am
Four novels take readers back in time. Among these adventures: smuggling runaway slaves, charging San Juan Hill and performing Shakespeare in Dartmoor Prison.
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Nonfiction: Mama Was a Numbers Runner

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 4:00am
In “The World According to Fannie Davis,” Bridgett M. Davis tells the extraordinary story of her mother, a Detroit numbers runner.
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Children’s Books: Finding the Comedy in Tween Tragedy

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 4:00am
A novel from Meg Wolitzer and Holly Goldberg Sloan, a revamp of the Baby-Sitters Club, and more in the latest funny books for middle-grade readers.
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Nonfiction: The Utopian Quest to Link the United States and Latin America

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 4:00am
Eric Rutkow’s “The Longest Line on the Map” recounts the repeated efforts to build a Pan-American highway.
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Fiction: Growing Up in New York, Just Like Holden and Francie. Only With Basketball.

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 3:36pm
The heroine of Dana Czapnick’s debut novel, “The Falconer,” feels most at home shooting hoops at her prep school gym.
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Editors’ Choice: 9 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 2:01pm
Suggested reading from critics and editors from The New York Times.
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A Reader: If You’ve Never Read Russell Baker’s Books, Here’s Where to Start

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 11:17am
The columnist and humorist died on Monday. Here’s a look back at six of his most acclaimed — and beloved — books.
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Fiction: In ‘Adèle,’ a Young Woman Pounds Champagne, Spurns Hermès and Destroys Lives

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 10:15am
In the wake of “The Perfect Nanny,” Leila Slimani’s first novel — about a French journalist’s extramarital affairs — has been translated into English.
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