Book Reviews

By the Book: America Ferrera: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 4:00am
The actor and editor of the new anthology “American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures” would love to see Harry Potter get the “Game of Thrones” treatment: “I’m here for 80 hours of a darker and more detailed adaptation.”
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Fiction: ‘Ohio’ as the Locus of 21st-Century Rust Belt Despair

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 4:00am
In Stephen Markley’s debut novel, former classmates reunite to witness the toll contemporary American realities have taken on them all.
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Fiction: Giving Voice to Homer’s Women

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 4:00am
In “The Silence of the Girls,” Pat Barker channels the voices of the women in the “Iliad,” treated as sexual treasure to be raped by conquering warriors.
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Ivory Tower: Unpublished and Untenured, a Philosopher Inspired a Cult Following

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 11:00am
Irad Kimhi has never held a tenured position or published even a journal article. Yet his ideas have earned him a towering reputation and now he’s finally published a book.
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Nonfiction: A Graphic Memoir That Confronts the Weirdness Within

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 4:00am
Liana Finck’s “Passing for Human” tells the story of a woman who grapples with her alienation through drawing.
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Fiction: A Rifle-Wielding Nun, a Medical Student and a Crackling World War I Tale

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 11:34pm
Daniel Mason is an old-fashioned storyteller, and “The Winter Soldier” — set in a remote hamlet on the Eastern Front — is tremendous fun.
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Fiction: What’s More Appealing: Eight Seasons of ‘Suits’ or Six Volumes of Karl Ove Knausgaard?

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 3:42pm
With Book 6 of “My Struggle,” the famous Norwegian author completes the saga of his life — a work perfectly suited to the age of the blog.
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Fiction: A Novel of World War II Espionage With an Unlikely Heroine

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 12:46pm
In Kate Atkinson’s “Transcription,” a naïve young secretary lands in the middle of a clandestine fifth-column operation run by MI5.
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New & Noteworthy

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 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: Congressional Bloodshed: The Run-Up to the Civil War

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 2:00pm
In “The Field of Blood,” Joanne Freeman documents the outlandish violence in Washington as the country was heading toward the deadliest American war.
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Fiction: Escaping Slavery in a Hot-Air Balloon

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 4:15pm
In Esi Edugyan’s daringly imagined new novel, “Washington Black,” an enslaved boy and his master’s brother flee a plantation in a flying contraption and forge an unlikely bond.
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The Book Review: Esi Edugyan on ‘Washington Black’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 12:01pm
“It’s paramount for me to always be changing gears and shifting and trying something new,” says Ms. Edugyan.
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Sketchbook: Ursula Nordstrom’s Treasure Trove of Letters

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 4:00am
Joana Avillez illustrates an homage to the legendary children’s book editor and her personal correspondence.
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Fiction: ‘Still Life With Monkey’: A Mischievous, Gluttonous Primate

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 4:00am
In her latest novel, Katharine Weber depicts the relationship between a quadriplegic architect and his monkey helper.
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Inside the List: The Writing Dead

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 4:00am
After Robert B. Parker died, Reed Coleman took over writing his Jesse Stone mystery series, bringing his vivid, distinctive style but staying true to Parker’s characters.
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The Shortlist: New Fiction Traces the Anguish of Lost Young Men

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 4:00am
Three books, including Michael Bible’s “Empire of Light,” feature directionless male youths attempting to find a way forward.
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New in Paperback: ‘Sticky Fingers,’ ‘Lea’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 4:00am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Nonfiction: In Essays About Bodily Ailments and Other Conditions, Clues to Writing — and Life

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 4:00am
Ashleigh Young’s debut collection, “Can You Tolerate This?,” uses allegories of womanhood and writing as a window onto the human condition.
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Children’s Books: New Novels From Three of Today’s Most Beloved Children’s Authors

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 4:00am
Jacqueline Woodson, Kate DiCamillo and Meg Medina tell empowering stories about vulnerable kids.
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Nonfiction: Haunted by a Victorian Novelist

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 4:00am
Nell Stevens’s “The Victorian and the Romantic” tells of her obsession with Elizabeth Gaskell.
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