New York Times Book Reviews

Nonfiction: In ‘Stony the Road,’ Henry Louis Gates Jr. Captures the History and Images of the Fraught Years After the Civil War

2 hours 9 min ago
The scholar’s latest book, coinciding with his new PBS series, “Reconstruction,” is a harrowing look at the resurgence of white nationalism in the late 19th century and the New Negro movement to combat it.
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Nonfiction: Bret Easton Ellis Takes On ‘Generation Wuss’

2 hours 34 min ago
Ellis, perpetual bad boy and avatar of Generation X, delivers in his first nonfiction book, “White,” a series of rants against the politics of the young and woke.
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Fiction: A Flamboyant Talk Show Host Finds Himself Embroiled in Controversy

4 hours 46 min ago
Jennifer duBois’s satirical novel “The Spectators” charts the past and present woes of a confrontational TV star who may have inspired a mass shooting.
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By the Book: By the Book: Abby Wambach

10 hours 13 min ago
The soccer star, whose new book is “Wolfpack,” began the sport because of a how-to guide from the library. “I scored 27 goals in my first three games. I guess I do owe it all to books.”
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Nonfiction: A Meditation on Our Relationship to the Landscapes We Inhabit

10 hours 13 min ago
In “The Absent Hand,” Suzannah Lessard dissects a diverse swath of America, looking to understand the malls, green expanses and urban sprawl that surround us.
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Prescribed Reading: What You Should Read to Understand the Measles Epidemic

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 4:00pm
In her Prescribed Reading column, Abigail Zuger looks at books exploring the immune system and the tumultuous history of vaccination.
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Nonfiction: The Remarkable Ben Hecht

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 10:45am
Adina Hoffman’s “Ben Hecht” and Julien Gorbach’s “The Notorious Ben Hecht” examine the man’s career as both a screenwriter and a political activist.
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Nonfiction: Stories That Explore Africa’s Resilient Spirit

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 4:00am
The Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s “Minutes of Glory” tackles the absurdities, injustices and fortitude of people testing new ways against the old.
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The Book Review Podcast: Ruth Reichl’s Delicious New Memoir

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 1:53pm
Reichl discusses “Save Me the Plums,” and Emily Bazelon talks about “Charged.”
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New & Noteworthy

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 10:44am
A selection of recent books of note; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
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What I Love: A Space Fit for a Comma Queen

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 4:01am
For the author and former New Yorker copy editor Mary Norris, furnishing an apartment is all about the books.
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Nonfiction: A Psychotherapist Analyzes Her Patients’ Stories — and Her Own

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 4:00am
Lori Gottlieb’s “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed” is a treasure trove of stories and hard-earned advice.
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Nonfiction: Robert A. Caro, Private Eye

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 4:00am
Caro’s “Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing” describes a lifetime of digging for facts.
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The 2008 Financial Crisis as Seen From the Top

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 4:00am
In “Firefighting,” Ben S. Bernanke, Timothy F. Geithner and Henry M. Paulson Jr. explain their roles in averting a financial disaster.
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Fiction: In This Novel, a Secret Society Is Keeping Some Very Dark Secrets

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 4:00am
At the heart of Takis Würger’s “The Club” — part thriller, part coming-of-age tale — is an elite but sinister invitation-only fraternity.
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Sketchbook: A Fittingly Absurd Quiz for Samuel Beckett’s 113th Birthday

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 10:20am
Can you recognize the albums bearing the names of the Irish playwright’s works?
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Fiction: Is Sally Rooney’s New Novel as Great as Her First?

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 10:20am
Like “Conversations With Friends,” “Normal People” also traces a young romance in Ireland.
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Nonfiction: Striking a Balance Between Fear and Hope on Climate Change

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 4:00am
Bill McKibben’s new book, “Falter,” takes a mostly grim view of our willingness to avert environmental disaster. But he leaves open the possibility that we may yet avoid the worst.
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The Week in Books

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 4:00am
E L James after “Fifty Shades,” Ruth Reichl’s delicious new memoir, Sally Rooney and more.
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Fiction: A Novel Whose Hero Is a Man Divided, as Is His Native Palestine

Sat, 04/13/2019 - 9:52am
In “The Parisian,” Isabella Hammad conjures up the Middle East between the two world wars, its tensions expressed in the coming-of-age of an Arab man.
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