Book Reviews

Nonfiction: Two Spies, Two Opposing Sides, One Fast Friendship

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 12:10pm
In “Best of Enemies,” Gus Russo and Eric Dezenhall tell the story of Jack Platt and Gennady Vasilenko, covert agents who played by their own rules.
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The Book Review Podcast: The Past, Present and Future of Jews in America

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 11:50am
Gal Beckerman discusses several new books that touch on American Jewish identity, and Kiese Laymon talks about his new memoir, “Heavy.”
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Fiction: A Dystopian America Where a Woman Who Can Read and Write Wields Special Power

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 11:50am
Alyson Hagy’s new novel, “Scribe,” draws on Appalachian folk tales to fashion a mythic vision of a war-torn country that doubles as an allegory about storytelling.
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Fiction: What Constitutes a Foreigner? Two Story Collections Explore

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 11:45am
Anita Felicelli’s “Love Songs for a Lost Continent” paints the outsider’s experience with a surrealist brush, while “Useful Phrases for Immigrants,” by May-Lee Chai, finds magic in the quotidian.
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Crime: Puzzles and Paradoxes: Marilyn Stasio’s Latest Crime Column

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 11:40am
From a meticulous Japanese sleuth to a rough-edged Irish P.I. to a batch of quintessentially British cops, there’s a crime solver here for everyone.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 11:36am
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
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From Our Archives: Notes From the Book Review Archives

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 11:30am
In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Robert B. Irwin on “talking books.”
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Inside the List: Why Aren’t People Buying Much Fiction These Days?

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 11:25am
Sales of novels may be flagging, but nonfiction sales — fed by a seemingly endless stream of political books — are robust.
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Audiobooks: Poet and Punk: Patti Smith’s New Audiobook

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 11:22am
“Patti Smith at the Minetta Lane: Words and Music” showcases her songs, her memoirs and her verse.
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Audiobooks: Two New Audiobooks Inspire Teenagers to Make Real Change

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 11:11am
Both “We Are Not Yet Equal” and “We Say #NeverAgain” shine a spotlight on social justice issues.
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Audiobooks: On the Page and Out Loud, Two Actors Recount Very Different Paths

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 10:43am
"My Squirrel Days” is the upbeat tale of Ellie Kemper’s hard-won Hollywood career, and “Out of My Mind” relives Alan Arkin’s spiritual journey. Both authors recite their own audiobooks.
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Fiction: A New Novel Asks, What Is More Powerful, a Microphone or a Gun?

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 4:00am
In “Destroy All Monsters,” by Jeff Jackson, the latest target of violence in America is music.
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Fiction: Take a Very Dark Trip Through the California Desert With ‘The Feral Detective’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 4:00am
In Jonathan Lethem’s new novel, a young woman unmoored by the 2016 election goes on an adventure involving rival desert gangs, a missing teenager and a private eye with Brillo sideburns.
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Nonfiction: How a Small-Town Newspaper Editor Won a Pulitzer Prize

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 4:00am
In “Storm Lake,” Art Cullen relates how he took on agricultural polluters and a complicit local government in rural Iowa — and why he became a newspaperman in the first place.
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New in Paperback: ‘The Dawn Watch,’ ‘The Complete Stories’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 4:00am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Editors’ Choice: 4 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 2:51pm
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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The Enthusiast: Tayari Jones: In Praise of Ann Petry

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 1:21pm
“ ‘The Street’ is my favorite type of novel, literary with an astonishing plot.”
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Nonfiction: When Tribalism First Entered American Politics

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 1:00pm
Steve Kornacki’s “The Red and the Blue” traces current political divisions back to the battles between Newt Gingrich and Bill Clinton.
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New & Noteworthy

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 12:52pm
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
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Match Book: Poems to Uplift and Inspire Young Adults

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 11:07am
From the fantastical to the natural, these “happy” poetry collections are perfect for readers of all ages.
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