New York Times Book Reviews

Nonfiction: A Deep Dive Into the ‘Underground’ World of Caves and Tunnels

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 5:00am
Will Hunt travels from New York’s subways to Australian ochre mines to tell the subterranean story of what exists beneath us.
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From Our Archives: Revisiting Roberto Bolaño — ‘the Visceral Realist’

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 5:00am
The Book Review’s past sheds light on the books of the present. This week: James Wood on the Chilean author’s legacy.
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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 5:00am
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
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Editors’ Choice: 10 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 4:36pm
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Nonfiction: The Brutal Economy of Cleaning Other People’s Messes, for $9 an Hour

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 3:00pm
In “Maid,” Stephanie Land describes what it’s like to be a single mother struggling to survive.
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Fiction: A Fantasy Set in Africa, by Way of Hieronymus Bosch, García Márquez and Marvel Comics

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 1:13pm
Michiko Kakutani reviews “Black Leopard, Red Wolf,” the first volume of Marlon James’s “Dark Star” trilogy. The novel is packed with dizzying references fused into something new and startling.
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Books News: Meg Medina Wins Newbery Medal and Sophie Blackall Is Awarded Her Second Caldecott

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 3:30pm
Women and Latinx authors and illustrators made a strong showing in this year’s prestigious honors, as diversity in children’s books is becoming more evident.
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Nonfiction: The Persistence of Anti-Semitism

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 2:00pm
Deborah E. Lipstadt’s “Antisemitism: Here and Now” charts the new guises of an enduring hatred.
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Fiction: A Novel About the Fate of a Piano — and the Dreams It Embodies

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 5:00am
In “The Weight of a Piano,” Chris Cander follows the members of a family from Russia to California and traces the way music shadows their memories.
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Books News: Penguin Random House Closes the Prestigious Imprint Spiegel & Grau

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 12:28pm
The division published best-selling books by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Trevor Noah and more. Its closing is the latest move by Penguin Random House to streamline operations.
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Essay: Lena Dunham Pays Homage to Her Late Literary Hero Diana Athill

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 9:54am
The British editor and writer, who died last week at 101, modeled a life of fierce, free-spirited independence.
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Nonfiction: An Anti-Facebook Manifesto, by an Early Facebook Investor

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 5:00am
In “Zucked,” the venture capitalist Roger McNamee — a former mentor to Mark Zuckerberg — reveals the inner workings behind the platform’s troubling rise to global behemoth.
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Fiction: A Bolaño Novel About Young Poets in Mexico City, Hungry for Fame, Sex and Adventure. No, Not That One.

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 2:00pm
Roberto Bolaño’s coming-of-age tale “The Spirit of Science Fiction,” written around 1984, foreshadows the Chilean author’s epic 1998 breakthrough, “The Savage Detectives.”
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5 Things About Your Book: Diderot Was Way Ahead of His Time — and He Knew It

Sun, 01/27/2019 - 11:00am
Andrew S. Curran talks about “Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely,” his new book about the 18th-century French philosopher whose greatest works were discovered — as he intended — after his death.
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Books News: Jay Asher, Author of ‘Thirteen Reasons Why,’ Files Defamation Lawsuit

Sat, 01/26/2019 - 2:34pm
After accusations of sexual harassment were made public, Mr. Asher’s book sales declined, and he was dropped by his literary agent. He is seeking a trial and damages.
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The Book Review Podcast: Dani Shapiro on Her Surprising ‘Inheritance’

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 6:04pm
Shapiro talks about her new best-selling memoir, and David Treuer discusses “The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee.”
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Inside the List: The Story Behind ‘P Is For Pterodactyl,’ The Self-Described ‘Worst Alphabet Book Ever’

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 1:48pm
This quirky A-to-Z primer by Raj Haldar and Chris Carpenter features words that start with silent letters: C is for Czar, K is for Knight and so on.
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Nonfiction: A Memoir From the Young, Gay Mayor of South Bend Running for President

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 1:05pm
Pete Buttigieg’s “Shortest Way Home” tells the story of an accomplished and ambitious man who is the latest contender to enter the race for the presidency.
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New in Paperback: ‘The Recovering,’ ‘Love and Ruin’

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 1:01pm
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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New & Noteworthy

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 12:42pm
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
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