New York Times Book Reviews

The Book Review Podcast: Marlon James Talks About His Epic New Trilogy

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 11:50am
James discusses “Black Leopard, Red Wolf,” and Stephanie Land talks about “Maid.”
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Nonfiction: The Black Sergeant and the White Judge Who Changed Civil Rights History

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 11:07am
“Unexampled Courage,” by Richard Gergel, is a riveting account of the 1946 legal case that spurred the federal government to act in defense of racial equality.
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Sketchbook | Graphic Review: Liana Finck’s Illustrated Tribute to Isak Dinesen

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 5:00am
“Seven Gothic Tales,” like the biography of the Danish author herself, provides the perfect anti-romance for this Valentine’s Day.
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New in Paperback: ‘Force of Nature,’ ‘Feel Free’

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 5:00am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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From Our Archives: Revisiting Marlon James’s Debut Novel, ‘John Crow’s Devil’

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 5:00am
Before you read Michiko Kakutani’s review of “Black Leopard, Red Wolf,” check out our 2005 review of Marlon James’s first book.
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Fiction: In This Novel, God Is Annoyed and in Love

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 5:00am
Giacomo Sartori’s “I Am God” imagines a deity who winks and nudges, rants and complains.
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Children’s Books: Picture Books That Bring Black Heroes to Life

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 5:00am
The life of a legendary cowboy, a tribute to the poet Gwendolyn Brooks, a shout-out to hip-hop and more.
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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 5:00am
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
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Editors’ Choice: 9 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 4:44pm
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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By the Book: Maria Popova: By the Book

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 5:00am
The author of “Figuring” (and the brain behind the Brain Pickings website) likes how children’s books speak “a language of absolute sincerity, so deliciously countercultural in our age of cynicism.”
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Match Book: So You’ve Read ‘The House of Mirth.’ Now What?

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 5:00pm
Edith Wharton’s 1905 classic offers endless fodder for comparison with the empathetic social novels that succeeded it.
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New & Noteworthy

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 3:17pm
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
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12 New Books to Look for in February

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 2:37pm
A follow-up to “The Hate U Give.” An investigation into the Chernobyl disaster. True crime in Northern Ireland. And more.
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Nonfiction: A Personal Fight for the Dignity of L.G.B.T. People in India

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 2:33pm
In “An Indefinite Sentence,” Siddharth Dube recounts his personal struggle to destigmatize homosexuality and AIDS in his home country.
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Fiction: An Ominous Sleeping Sickness Paralyzes a Small California Town in ‘The Dreamers’

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 2:07pm
In Karen Thompson Walker’s second novel, people stop waking up in the morning. They’re not dead, just trapped in a dream-filled netherworld.
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Nonfiction: The Examined Life May Be More Worth Living. Reading About It Is Another Matter.

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:01pm
Reema Zaman, Sophia Shalmiyev and Pam Houston all seek solace in memoir for their pain.
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Nonfiction: A Dying Young Woman Reminds Us How to Live

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 5:00am
Julie Yip-Williams’s memoir, “The Unwinding of the Miracle,” written before her death at 42 last year, is an exquisitely moving exhortation to the living.
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Fiction: A First Novel Exposes the Hollow Core of the Global Big Ideas Industry

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 2:06pm
In “Same Same,” the renowned graphic designer Peter Mendelsund presents a metafictional sendup of artists’ retreats and tech-industry think tanks.
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Children’s Books: In Angie Thomas’s ‘On the Come Up,’ a Young Rapper Finds Her Way

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 11:30am
The follow-up to “The Hate U Give” introduces a heroine whose late father was a local hip-hop legend. She has a struggling mom, a venal manager and a ton of talent.
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The Shortlist: From Black Holes to Breakfast, Three Books Show How Einstein’s Legacy Lives On

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 5:00am
The revolutionary advances in physics pioneered by Einstein are at the heart of new books that cover phenomena both celestial and mundane.
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