New York Times Book Reviews

Fiction: In a Gutsy New Thriller, a Black Female Spy’s Past Comes Back to Haunt Her

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 8:00am
“American Spy,” Lauren Wilkinson’s assured debut novel, explores the career and moral quandaries of a black woman who’s undervalued in the boy’s club of the F.B.I.
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Nonfiction: Sex and the Cinema: How Hollywood Shaped Desire

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 4:00am
In “Sleeping With Strangers,” David Thomson examines the ways in which movies have codified our fantasies.
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52 Books for 52 Places

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 1:47pm
Explore the cities, countries, regions and states in Travel’s “52 Places to Go in 2019” through these books.
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Nonfiction: The Life-or-Death Struggle of Refugees Braving the Mediterranean Crossing

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 1:00pm
In “Notes on a Shipwreck,” the Italian journalist Davide Enia bears witness to the suffering of migrants fleeing Africa for the island of Lampedusa.
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New & Noteworthy

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 12:01pm
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
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Fiction: In This New Caper Novel, a Yearbook Reveals Family Secrets

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 4:00am
Elinor Lipman’s “Good Riddance” offers an up-to-the-minute look at a young woman’s life in Manhattan.
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Nonfiction: The Case for Covering Your Ears in Noisy Times

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 11:13am
Two new books, “How to Disappear,” by Akiko Busch, and “Silence,” by Jane Brox, explore the benefits of tuning out.
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The Book Review Podcast: A Class in ‘Dreyer’s English’

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 1:35pm
Benjamin Dreyer talks about his best-selling guide to writing, and Thomas Mallon discusses “Landfall,” his new novel about the presidential administration of George W. Bush.
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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 12:48pm
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
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Inside the List: ‘The Unwinding of the Miracle’ Is About How to Die — and Live

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 9:48am
Julie Yip-Williams, diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer at 37, couldn’t find a book that would help her prepare for death. So she decided to write one herself.
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New in Paperback: ‘Directorate S,’ ‘The Friend’

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 9:41am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Sketchbook: The Future of Publishing, as Imagined by R.O. Blechman

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 4:00am
An illustrated prediction of the book world’s next big frontier.
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Children’s Books: New Fantasy Novels for Kids (and Adults) Ready to Go Beyond Harry Potter

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 4:00am
A shape-shifting fox in space, a sentient island, an eerily perfect town and twins who use magic to stay together: There’s abundant life in this speculative fiction.
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Ivory Tower: Is Blockchain Technology Overhyped?

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 4:00am
Two books by legal scholars argue that the revolutionary promise of the new database tool has been exaggerated.
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Fiction: A Novel About the Life and Times of the Photographer Lee Miller

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 4:00am
Whitney Scharer’s “The Age of Light” tells the story of the journalist and model who was often overshadowed by her lover and collaborator Man Ray.
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Nonfiction: Exploring Her Own Experience of Psychosis

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 4:00am
In “The Collected Schizophrenias,” Esmé Weijun Wang unravels a long history of coming to terms with mental illness.
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From Our Archives: Revisiting George W. Bush’s Memoir “A Charge to Keep”

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 4:00am
Our reviewer called the 1999 book “a puzzling exercise.”
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Crime: Stalkers and Dead Wedding Guests: The Latest in Crime Novels

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 4:00am
Marilyn Stasio’s column covers new books from established crime-writing giants, like Jonathan Kellerman, and a newcomer, Alex Michaelides.
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By the Book: ‘Why Have a Large Library and Not Use It?’ Janet Malcolm: By the Book

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 3:30pm
The journalist, whose new book is “Nobody’s Looking at You: Essays,” read indiscriminately in her youth: “Bookish children are not critics. They just like to read.”
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Editors’ Choice: 9 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 3:11pm
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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