New York Times Book Reviews

On Poetry: What Charles Bukowski’s Glamorous Displays of Alcoholism Left Out

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 8:18am
A new collection of the writer’s prose and poems, “On Drinking,” makes clear how evasive he was even in his most seemingly honest work. Can Bukowski’s view of addiction survive a new era?
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Sketchbook: Was the True Hero of ‘Peter Pan’ the Dog?

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 5:00am
Sara Lautman draws a tribute to the Darling family’s loyal pet and caretaker, Nana.
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Fiction: Their Romance Dissolved. So the Heroines of This Novel Seek Their Roots.

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 5:00am
The title characters of Amy Feltman’s “Willa & Hesper” find solace from their breakup in the rabbit holes of their European Jewish backgrounds.
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Nonfiction: The Series of Historical Mistakes That Led to Trump

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 5:00am
Michael Tomasky’s “If We Can Keep It” recounts the political and cultural back story to our current, destabilized moment.
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Otherworldly: Sublime New Fantasy Fiction

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 5:00am
An epic debut, poems as sharp as blood-tinged spindles, a stand-alone novel narrated by a god: There’s something for everyone here.
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From Our Archives: Revisiting Diana Athill: ‘The Doyenne of English Book Editors’

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 5:00am
In her memoir “Stet,” the editor behind writers such as V.S. Naipaul and Jean Rhys reflected on her life in publishing.
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Essay: Joan Castleman, Meet Glenn Close. What Happens When a Book’s Character Comes to Life.

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 5:00am
“The first time I saw ‘The Wife’ I felt as if I were watching a home movie I hadn’t known existed.”
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The Shortlist: Hitler Had Food Tasters, Anne Frank Lived and Maud Baum Wanted to Be Heard

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 5:00am
Three new historical novels reimagine the lives of real women.
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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 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, 02/21/2019 - 6:16pm
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Nonfiction: The Tumultuous Path From Emancipation to Segregation

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 3:34pm
“Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America’s Journey From Slavery to Segregation,” by Steve Luxenberg, is an elegant history of the mostly losing battle to protect the civil rights of newly freed black citizens.
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Fiction: Two Young Men Come of Age Amid Violence and Pathos Overseas

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 2:00pm
These novels, about an aspiring scholar in Italy and a young poet returning to his roots in Afghanistan, chart unsettled paths to adulthood.
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Fiction: In This Updated Myth, Female Intuition Goes Nuclear

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 5:00am
Sharma Shields’s new novel, “The Cassandra,” brings an archetypal Greek seer into the age of modern warfare.
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The Week in Books

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 3:45pm
A novel about the George W. Bush administration, Valeria Luiselli’s “Lost Children Archive,” a sneak peek at Ta-Nehisi Coates’s upcoming novel and more.
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Fiction: A Novelist Dares to Imagine Tennessee Williams in Love and at Work

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 3:25pm
In “Leading Men,” Christopher Castellani takes Tennessee Williams and his lover, Frank Merlo, back to an invented interlude in Portofino.
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Read Books by Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand and Other 2020 Presidential Candidates

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 12:29pm
Politicians’ memoirs can give insight into their values.
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Fiction: In a Gutsy New Thriller, a Black Spy’s Past Comes Back to Haunt Her

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 9:00am
“American Spy,” Lauren Wilkinson’s assured debut novel, explores the career and moral quandaries of a black woman who’s undervalued in the boys’ club of the F.B.I.
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Nonfiction: Sex and the Cinema: How Hollywood Shaped Desire

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 5:00am
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 - 2:47pm
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 - 2:00pm
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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