New York Times Book Reviews

Nonfiction: Is Chess a Sport? A New Book Says Yes

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 12:35pm
In “The Grandmaster,” Brin-Jonathan Butler covers the 2016 World Chess Championship, which pit Norway’s Magnus Carlsen against Russia’s Sergey Karjakin.
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Fiction: An Unapologetically Feminist Western Novel

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 12:15pm
With “Heresy,” Melissa Lenhardt has delivered an all-out women-driven, queer, transgender, multiracial takeover of the Old West.
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Nonfiction: New York City at War

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 12:09pm
John Strausbaugh’s “Victory City” describes a time of great heroes, and great villainy too.
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Fiction: A Rich, Beautifully Rendered Mystery Evokes 15th-Century England

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 11:58am
In Samantha Harvey’s immersive new novel, “The Western Wind,” the village priest spends four days unraveling a local murder.
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Nonfiction: Music With Messages

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 11:54am
A book on the Weavers and another on protest songs examine the connections between music and politics.
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Nonfiction: Mad, Bad and Dangerous: The Legacy Left to Byron’s Wife and Daughter

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 11:40am
Miranda Seymour’s dual biography, “In Byron’s Wake,” chronicles the lives of his widow, Annabella Milbanke, and his daughter, the mathematician Ada Lovelace.
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Fiction: The Fantasy Master N.K. Jemisin Turns to Short Stories

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 11:24am
The fans of her two series — the Inheritance trilogy and the Broken Earth trilogy — will find much to love in her new collection, “How Long ’Til Black Future Month?”
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The 10 Best Books of 2018

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 11:14am
The editors of The Times Book Review choose the best fiction and nonfiction titles this year.
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Nonfiction: A Life of Cy Twombly Brings a Poet’s Eye to the Artist’s Mythic Work

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 11:09am
“Chalk: The Art and Erasure of Cy Twombly,” by Joshua Rivkin, the first biography of the artist, is a deeply personal work — as much about the biographer as his subject.
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Nonfiction: A Lively, Fast-Paced Account of France’s Second Empire

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 10:58am
“City of Light,” by Rupert Christiansen, recounts Georges-Eugène Haussmann’s swift modernization of Paris in the mid-19th century.
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Fiction: Rap’s Radical First Act

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 10:52am
“The Last Poets,” by Christine Otten, is a novelized account of the radical Harlem spoken-word group whose style and themes paved the way for contemporary rappers.
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Nonfiction: For the Art Lovers on Your List, Career Retrospectives of Two British Painters

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 10:40am
Massive and lavish boxed sets give Bridget Riley and Lucian Freud their due.
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Graphic Content: A Long Visit to Weimar-Era Berlin Through an Epic Graphic Novel

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 10:15am
Jason Lutes’s “Berlin,” over two decades in the making, explores a society on the verge of collapse. One of two books reviewed in Ed Park’s Graphic Content column.
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Editors’ Choice: 11 New Books We Recommend This Week

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 9:57am
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Nonfiction: In ‘I Might Regret This,’ Abbi Jacobson Hits the Road. Insomnia, Heartbreak, Hilarity and Self-Discovery Ensue.

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 9:53am
Ahead of the fifth and final season of “Broad City,” its co-creator and co-star leaves New York to see the country, finding herself (and some good laughs) along the way.
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Romance: The Latest Romance Novels: Firefighters, Buff Male Nannies, Astronauts and More

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 9:32am
Our romance columnist, Jaime Green, picks her fall favorites.
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Otherworldly: Ghosts, Robots and Monsters: A Roundup of New Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 9:29am
As the weather grows wetter and colder, it’s an excellent time to hole up with fantastical new fiction.
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Notes From the Book Review Archives

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 9:14am
In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: a vintage review of holiday books.
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New & Noteworthy

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 8:59am
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
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New in Paperback: ‘Dead on Arrival,’ ‘Easternization’

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 8:50am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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