Book Reviews

Fiction: Using Fiction to Show How Self-Control Becomes Self-Destructive

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 12:00pm
In their debut novels, Yara Zgheib and Anissa Gray explore the harrowing experience of female eating disorders.
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Nonfiction: To Nosh or Not to Nosh: An Immigrant’s Dilemma

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 4:00am
In Boris Fishman’s memoir, “Savage Feast,” mealtime is when all the rich and roiling contradictions of his Eastern European Jewish family come into play.
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By the Book: Laila Lalami: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 4:00am
The author, most recently, of the novel “The Other Americans” first read Zora Neale Hurston five years ago: “I was knocked out by her eye for detail.”
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Nonfiction: A Memoir of Black Life in the ‘Other America’

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 4:35pm
In “Survival Math,” Mitchell S. Jackson tells his family story of living in Oregon and reckons with the interplay of racism and patriarchy in his own life.
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Fiction: An Arab-American Poet Asks What It Means to Belong to Two Cultures, or None

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 11:30am
In her debut collection, “Invasive Species,” the Egyptian immigrant Marwa Helal plumbs the complications of nationhood and inclusion.
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Fiction: A Cosmic Being Dies in Yoga Class. Then Things Get Really Weird.

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 3:11pm
Kathryn Davis’s novel “The Silk Road” is full of provocative mysteries: Are its characters many or one? Where are they going? Have they witnessed a murder?
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Nonfiction: The Complex Literary Friendship Between Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 4:00am
In “Zora and Langston,” Yuval Taylor revisits the relationship that laid much of the groundwork for black American literature in the 20th century.
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New & Noteworthy

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 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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Fiction: A Road-Paving Job Takes On a Sinister Allure in Dave Eggers’s New Novel

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 12:31pm
The author’s eighth novel, “The Parade,” is a parable-like story featuring two unnamed men on assignment in an unnamed country in the wake of a civil war.
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The Best Cookbooks for Kids

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 11:08am
Books that will inspire children to get into the kitchen and cook.
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Nonfiction: The ‘Enigma’ Who Is the Chief Justice of the United States

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 4:00am
Joan Biskupic’s “The Chief” examines John Roberts’s life and his career on the Supreme Court.
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Nonfiction: An Intimate Portrait of Sandra Day O’Connor, First Woman on the Supreme Court

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 4:00am
“First: Sandra Day O’Connor,” by Evan Thomas, is a richly detailed life of the pathbreaking justice.
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Nonfiction: Chills, Thrills and Spills: How Alex Honnold Conquered El Capitan

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 8:05pm
Mark Synnott’s “The Impossible Climb” is a memoir, an exploration of rock-climbing culture and a white-knuckle account of his buddy Honnold’s Yosemite feat.
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The Book Review Podcast: Isaac Mizrahi on His New Memoir

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 3:34pm
The fashion designer discusses “I.M.,” and David McCraw talks about “Truth in Our Times.”
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BOoks Etc.: Roz Chast and Patricia Marx Mine the Mother Lode

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 11:38am
The longtime friends on their new book, the pleasures — and perils — of childhood, and the remarkable success of their indie uke band.
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From Our Archives: Revisiting the Shaker Community in Michael Downing’s “Perfect Agreement”

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 10:24am
In his 1997 book “Perfect Agreement,” Downing mixes the academic world with the people and values of the last Shaker families in America.
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Nonfiction: The Bizarre Lives of Rome’s Emperors

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 10:01am
Barry Strauss’s “Ten Caesars” is a quick romp through the strange lives of several Roman rulers.
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Nonfiction: When America’s Love of the Open Frontier Hit a Wall

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 9:35am
In “The End of the Myth” Greg Grandin explores our love of the boundless West as it evolved over the 19th century and into the 20th — and why it was a mirage.
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Fiction: In Two New Novels, the Trouble Is Academic — and All Too Real

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 8:54am
“Still in Love” and “Such Good Work” revisit the lessons and trials of the classroom.
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Children’s Books: Picture Book Biographies of Women Who Made History

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 4:00am
For Women’s History Month — and all year long — these chronicles of the lives of Pura Belpré, Wilma Mankiller, Leonora Carrington and Anna Atkins are needed reminders of women’s achievements.
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