New York Times Book Reviews

Nonfiction: David McCullough’s Idealistic Settlers

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 10:07am
McCullough’s “The Pioneers” tells of the good intentions behind the creation of Ohio.
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Nonfiction: The World According to John Waters, as Interpreted by Alan Cumming

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 4:00am
The septuagenarian filmmaker’s latest collection of essays, “Mr. Know-It-All,” is just what its subtitle promises: “The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder.”
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Fiction: A Singer’s Hard Question: Can Her Career Coexist With Motherhood?

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 3:54pm
Laura Barnett’s novel “Greatest Hits” uses the creation of a retrospective album to explore a woman’s tempestuous life in music.
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Nonfiction: We Have Abundant Food. Why Is Our Health — and the Planet’s — So Bad?

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 3:36pm
Bee Wilson’s “The Way We Eat Now” delves into the startling consequences of the globalization that has revolutionized our relationship to food.
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Sketchbook: How Questioning Hannah Arendt Made Me Question Myself

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 1:09pm
The cartoonist Ken Krimstein wrote a graphic biography of the political philosopher, and started second-guessing his own decisions.
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By the Book: By the Book: Ani DiFranco

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 10:36am
The singer-songwriter, whose new memoir is “No Walls and the Recurring Dream,” says her shelves contain “poetry for when my mind is spinning” and “a bunch of learn-how-to-meditate books that don’t seem to be helping.”
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Fiction: In Bryan Washington’s ‘Lot,’ Stories Reveal Houston’s Hidden Borders

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 5:04pm
In this debut collection, daily lives in the barrio bespeak a universal American condition.
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Fiction: A Debut Novel Set on the Brooding, Remote Kamchatka Peninsula

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 4:11pm
Julia Phillips’s “Disappearing Earth” explores the lives of interconnected women in far eastern Russia after a horrific crime.
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Audiobooks: Hear Andrew McCabe’s Story in His Own Words, and in His Own Voice

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 2:18pm
The former F.B.I. deputy director recounts his short-lived tenure as a key player in the Trump administration.
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Audiobooks: Colin Farrell Joins the League of High-Profile Narrators of ‘A Portrait of the Artist’

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 12:49pm
The actor brings a new, restrained lilt to James Joyce’s 1916 classic.
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Audiobooks: Rainn Wilson Narrates a New Audiobook of ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 11:05am
The actor, best known for his role on “The Office,” revives Norton Juster’s 1960 classic children’s story.
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Nonfiction: How Was Polynesia Populated? Two New Books Explore the Pacific’s Mysteries

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 4:00am
Christina Thompson’s “Sea People” tells the story of the people of Polynesia and their “discovery,” while Peter Moore’s “Endeavour” looks at the ship that made that encounter possible.
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Nonfiction: Justice John Paul Stevens Looks Back on His Long Career

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 4:00am
Stevens’s “The Making of a Justice” is both a personal memoir and a meditation on the law.
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Nonfiction: In Defense of Liberalism

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 4:00am
Adam Gopnik’s “A Thousand Small Sanities” is an argument against the illiberal left, even though Gopnik accepts some of its premises.
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Fiction: An Astronaut, an Antiwar Radical and a Novelist’s Epic Vision of America

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 5:16pm
Vietnam, Watergate and the first moonwalk mark the characters in “America Was Hard to Find,” a sweeping novel by Kathleen Alcott.
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Newsbook: Read 3 Books About Doris Day and Her Legacy

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 3:52pm
Her autobiography, a biography and a cultural critic’s take give insight into the star’s long career.
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Nonfiction: A New Book Argues That Generic Drugs Are Poisoning Us

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 3:20pm
In her stunning exposé “Bottle of Lies,” Katherine Eban describes a world of generic drug manufacturing rife with corruption and life-threatening misdeeds.
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Fiction: A Heroine Checks In to the Psychiatric Ward, and Takes Notes

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 11:51am
The depressed protagonist of Binnie Kirshenbaum’s novel “Rabbits for Food” has trouble connecting with others, but she is alert to the sanity of the insane.
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Nonfiction: Grieving the Death of a Child in ‘Once More We Saw Stars’

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 11:24am
Jayson Greene’s book is an emotional and loving tribute to his toddler daughter, Greta, killed by a falling brick in New York City in 2015.
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Nonfiction: Rick Atkinson’s Savage American Revolution

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 9:20am
“The British Are Coming” is a vivid, down-to-earth rendering of a conflict too often seen through rose-colored glasses.
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