Book Reviews

Editors’ Choice: 8 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 4:55pm
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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The Enthusiast: In Praise of Esmeralda Santiago

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 3:03pm
The island of Puerto Rico, where my parents came from, is displayed with beauty and poignancy by Santiago.
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Fiction: A Comic Novel Reunites a Damaged Dad and His Recalcitrant Offspring

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 1:14pm
Andrew Ridker’s “The Altruists” charts how expectations clash when a widower’s two adult children return to the family home in St. Louis.
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Nonfiction: How the Great Leftist Thinkers of the 20th Century Contended With Zionism

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 4:00am
In “The Lions’ Den,” Susie Linfield tours the minds of eight thinkers, including Hannah Arendt and Noam Chomsky, investigating their relationship to the Jewish state.
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Nonfiction: How France Became a Dangerous Place to Be a Jew

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 4:00am
Marc Weitzmann’s “Hate” explores the increasing anti-Semitism that has infected French society over the past several years.
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By the Book: By the Book: Julia Alvarez

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 4:00am
The author of novels including “In the Time of the Butterflies,” just reissued for its 25th anniversary, has always been taken with Milton’s Satan: “Sorry, God, but he got the better part.”
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Romance: Spring’s Best New Romance Novels: Hockey Players, Werewolves, 19th-Century Farmers and More

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 3:12pm
Whether you’re looking for a hot paranormal love story, a stunning space opera or a beautifully crafted historical tale, there’s a book for you.
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Fiction: In T.C. Boyle’s Trippy New Novel, Characters Turn On, Tune In and Drop Lots of Acid

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 12:00pm
“Outside Looking In” explores the LSD-fueled escapades of Timothy Leary and his Harvard graduate students.
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Fiction: In This Novel, a Man’s Face Becomes Distorted. His Sanity Follows.

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 11:30am
“The Alarming Palsy of James Orr,” by Tom Lee, combines a Kafkaesque premise with modern British social satire.
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Fiction: A Modern Riff on an Old Testament Climate Catastrophe

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 4:00am
In “Naamah,” an inventive first novel by Sarah Blake, Noah’s wife recounts the trials — and surprising pleasures — of life on the ark after the Flood.
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Fiction: ‘Women Talking,’ by Miriam Toews, Is a Mennonite #MeToo Novel

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 4:00am
In an isolated religious community, some of the men have been raping the women for years. When they are finally arrested, the women must decide what to do next.
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Nonfiction: The Cracking of a Cold, Cold Case

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 2:25pm
In his true-crime epic, “The Last Stone,” Mark Bowden follows detectives as they try to solve the 1975 disappearance of two Maryland sisters.
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Nonfiction: Ruth Reichl Dishes on the Last Days of Gourmet Magazine

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 11:30am
“Save Me the Plums” is a delicious memoir of a decade that took her from the glory days of Condé Nast to the morning when the office door was closed for good.
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Fiction: Drama and Suspense in the Canadian Wilderness

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 8:45am
Peter Heller’s “The River” juxtaposes a tense social situation with a raging wildfire.
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New & Noteworthy

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 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: An Urdu Epic Puts India’s Partition Into Historical Perspective

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 2:10pm
Qurratulain Hyder’s “River of Fire,” “transcreated” into English by the author, gushes across more than 2,000 years of the subcontinent’s cultural life.
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Editors’ Choice: 9 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 11:00am
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Nonfiction: How Tough-on-Crime Prosecutors Contribute to Mass Incarceration

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 4:00am
“Charged,” by Emily Bazelon, argues that prosecutors have far too much power over the outcomes of criminal cases and lays out a path for urgent reform.
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The Week in Books

New York Times Book Reviews - Sun, 04/07/2019 - 4:00am
A deep dive into the Chernobyl disaster, a debut British-Palestinian novelist and more.
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5 things about your book: Erin Lee Carr on Father-Daughter Joys and Struggles

New York Times Book Reviews - Sat, 04/06/2019 - 3:00pm
Carr’s new memoir, “All That You Leave Behind,” documents her relationship with her father, the former Times reporter and columnist David Carr, and her own troubles, including with alcoholism.
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