New York Times Book Reviews

Editors’ Choice: 8 New Books We Recommend This Week

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 2:38pm
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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The Book Review Podcast: A New Novel Conjures Liv Ullmann and Ingmar Bergman

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 12:29pm
A. O. Scott talks about Linn Ullmann’s new novel, and Judith Newman discusses new books about anxiety, mental illness and grief.
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Inside the List: A Novelist Who’s Made a Career Writing About ‘The Only Woman in the Room’

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 10:54am
Marie Benedict writes books inspired by women whose achievements have been overlooked by history, including Einstein’s first wife and the film star and inventor Hedy Lamarr.
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Books News: All Souls Trilogy: Harry Potter for Grown-Ups?

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 10:49am
Deborah Harkness’s best-selling series — brimming with magic, time travel and witches — has spawned an avid fan base, an annual convention, and now, a splashy TV adaptation.
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Further reading: Hot Books for Cold Days

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 10:17am
Chilled to the bone? Warm up by dipping into one of these books — set in blazing hot summers, during heat waves, even in the desert.
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Sketchbook: Literary Figures Who Can’t Commit

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 8:54am
Ali Fitzgerald illustrates the fictional characters who were notoriously impossible to pin down.
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The Shortlist: Three Authors Consider Contemporary Politics, Anxiously

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 4:00am
New books examine disturbing trends in modern American society.
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Crime: Beware Strange Psychologists: The Latest in Crime Novels

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 4:00am
Marilyn Stasio’s column travels from Manhattan to Australia to England to a forest that has hidden a dead body for 30 years.
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Nonfiction: The Civil Rights Movement Photographer Who Was Also an F.B.I. Informant

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 4:00am
“Bluff City,” by Preston Lauterbach, delves into the double life of Ernest Withers, one of the era’s great documentarians.
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Fiction: A Novel That’s Part Noir Mystery, Part Love Letter to Bedford-Stuyvesant

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 4:00am
In Wil Medearis’s debut, “Restoration Heights,” a young woman goes missing in a rapidly gentrifying New York neighborhood.
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Children’s Books: When the Grown-Ups Stumble, These Kids Take Matters Into Their Own Hands

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 4:00am
In new novels by Brenda Woods, Dan Gemeinhart, Alicia D. Williams and more, young protagonists learn the hard way that adults don’t have all the answers.
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Nonfiction: How Tech Companies Manipulate Our Personal Data

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 4:00am
Shoshana Zuboff’s “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism” looks at the new power of behemoths like Facebook and Google.
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New in Paperback: ‘The Power,’ ‘Fire and Fury’

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 4:00am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 4:00am
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
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Fiction: A Madcap New Novel Bursts With Fake Gurus, Yoga and a Bit of Bone-Marrow Smuggling

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 5:09pm
“Hark” — Sam Lipsyte’s first novel since 2010’s “The Ask” — is a riff-filled skewering of contemporary culture.
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Further Reading: Mary Oliver on Grief and Loss

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 1:58pm
Oliver, the hugely popular poet, died Thursday. Readers turned to her work to find comfort. Here’s a selection of some of her best-known writing on loss and mourning.
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Fiction: Exploring the Personal Legacy of Ingmar Bergman and Liv Ullmann

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 1:00pm
In her novel “Unquiet” their daughter, Linn Ullmann, recaptures memories of her childhood, portraying a family that was splintered from the start.
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By the Book: Leila Slimani: By the Book

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 11:52am
The author of “Adèle” and “The Perfect Nanny” (one of the Book Review’s 10 Best Books of 2018) likes that her shelves are a mess: “It takes me a long time to find the book I need, and very often I find another one I had totally forgotten about.”
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Nonfiction: Behind the Guitar Heroes

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 2:00pm
In “The Birth of Loud,” Ian Port traces the invention and evolution of the electric guitar.
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