New York Times Book Reviews

Nonfiction: Healing the Divisions in Our Country

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 1:05pm
Arthur C. Brooks, in “Love Your Enemies,” offers advice on how to restore civility to American politics.
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Nonfiction: Looking Again at the Chernobyl Disaster

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 4:00am
Adam Higginbotham’s “Midnight in Chernobyl” explores the causes of the Chernobyl explosion, and Kate Brown’s “Manual for Survival” considers the consequences.
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Nonfiction: Why Are We Feeling So Bad When Life Is So Good? Two Books Want Us to Accentuate the Positive

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 3:57pm
“The Right Side of History,” by Ben Shapiro, and “Clear and Present Safety,” by Michael A. Cohen and Micah Zenko, declare current pessimism is totally overblown.
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Poetry: A Poetic Body of Work Grapples With the Physical Body at Risk

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 3:57pm
In “The Tradition,” Jericho Brown witnesses and celebrates vulnerability and resilience in a country that too often scorns or condemns them.
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Nonfiction: Barry Lopez Travels to the Ends of the Earth, Seeking Glimmers of Hope

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 3:33pm
In “Horizon,” the eminent environmentalist reconstructs decades’ worth of his observations of the natural world, from the Arctic to Australia.
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Nonfiction: The Two Artist Couples Who Helped Start American Modernism

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 3:20pm
Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe, Paul Strand and Rebecca Salsbury coupled, fought and made some of the most influential photographs and paintings of the 20th century. “Foursome,” by Carolyn Burke, tells their story.
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Nonfiction: A Journey — if You Dare — Into the Minds of Silicon Valley Programmers

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 2:06pm
Clive Thompson’s “Coders” demystifies the work done to create the algorithms and programs that have come to dominate our world.
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Fiction: A Peerless Chronicler of the 1970s and ’80s Turns Her Gaze on Generation Y

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 1:53pm
Ann Beattie’s new novel, “A Wonderful Stroke of Luck,” follows its protagonist from prep school in 2001 into his 30s today.
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Nonfiction: Skin and Bones, Hold the Skin: An Author Considers Our Inner Scaffolding

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 1:00pm
Brian Switek’s “Skeleton Keys” takes a close look at our 206 bones and how they allow us to “stomp, fly, swim, slither, dig, run.”
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The Shortlist: Three Books Examine Our Changing Earth

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 4:00am
From melting ice to diminishing populations, these books look at the effects of climate change and humans’ shifting relationship with our planet.
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Fiction: The Mysteries of Friendship, Illuminated by Spooky Quantum Physics

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 4:00am
Nell Freudenberger’s eloquent new novel, “Lost and Wanted,” invokes cutting-edge science and the supernatural to plumb the ineffable in human relationships.
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The Week in Books

Sun, 03/31/2019 - 9:10am
Salman Rushdie on a “dazzling” debut novel, Bret Easton Ellis, the birth of American Modernism and more.
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New in Paperback: ‘No Turning Back,’ ‘A Gentleman in Moscow’

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 4:32pm
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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The Book Review Podcast: Preet Bharara on the Rule of Law

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 1:45pm
Bharara discusses “Doing Justice,” and Senator Doug Jones talks about “Bending Toward Justice.”
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Inside the List: The Debut Novel That Rules the Best-Seller List

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 11:57am
“Where the Crawdads Sing,” which came out last August, got an initial boost from Reese Witherspoon. It’s now sold over 1.5 million copies.
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Sketchbook | Graphic Review: A Comic Look at Nixon’s ‘Marihuana’ Report

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 11:22am
The graphic novelist Box Brown looks at the government report that anticipated our current debates about the legalization of weed.
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Children’s Books: Kids Searching for the Complicated Truth

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 4:00am
On the cusp of their teenage years, the protagonists of these novels deal with death in the family, remembered childhood trauma and many varieties of parental pressure.
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Nonfiction: The Poet Family Who Were Icons of Spanish Nationalism

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 4:00am
“The Age of Disenchantments,” by Aaron Shulman, chronicles the turbulent lives of Leopoldo Panero, the unofficial poet laureate of Francoism, and his wife and children.
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Families Banter and Bicker Their Way Through Three New Novels

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 4:00am
In Julie Langsdorf’s “White Elephant,” Nickolas Butler’s “Little Faith” and Benjamin Markovits’s “A Weekend in New York,” you’ll find squabbling siblings, rebellious daughters and more.
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Nonfiction: Unraveling the Putin Enigma

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 4:00am
“Putin’s World,” by Angela E. Stent, seeks to put Russia’s relations with the West into long-term perspective.
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