New York Times Book Reviews

The Shortlist: Hunger Games: Three Memoirs Where Food Takes Center Stage

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 2:00pm
In culinary essays, Dawn Drzal, Christine S. O’Brien and Ann Hood embark on personal journeys in which meals reveal much more than what’s on the menu.
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New & Noteworthy

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 5:00am
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
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Essay: How Hollywood Gets the Publishing Industry Wrong

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 5:00am
Book publishing is big on TV and in the movies. The essayist Sloane Crosley, a former book publicist, fact-checks the shows.
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Nonfiction: A Book That Will Make You Terrified of Your Own House

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 2:00pm
Rob Dunn’s “Never Home Alone” catalogs the world of microbial beings that share our living space and inhabit our showerheads and pillowcases.
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Nonfiction: Superb Oddities: Robert Gottlieb Reviews a Biography of Edward Gorey

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 5:00am
In “Born to Be Posthumous,” Mark Dery probes the “eccentric life” and “mysterious genius” of the illustrator whose books have proved fiendishly irresistible.
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The Book Review Podcast: Tyranny in Rome and Fake Drugs in Fiction

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 4:58pm
Yascha Mounk discusses Edward J. Watts’s “Mortal Republic,” and Jonathan Lethem talks about the surge of fictional psychotropic drugs in novels.
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Inside the List: What the Authors of Our 10 Best Books Read and Loved This Year

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 12:55pm
2018 was a good year for books. Some of the authors we admire weigh in on their favorite reads.
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Nonfiction: Illuminating Islam’s Peaceful Origins

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 12:14pm
Two new books, Jack Miles’s “God in the Qur’an” and Juan Cole’s “Muhammad,” go back to the sources of the Muslim faith.
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Notes from the Book Review Archive: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Thought Sherlock Holmes Was ‘a Lower Stratum of Literary Achievement’

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 11:17am
In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: J. Donald Abrams on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
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Fiction: A Real-Life Murder, Committed in the Name of Islamic Extremism, Inspires a Debut Novel

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 5:00am
Guy Gunaratne’s “In Our Mad and Furious City” interweaves five urban lives against a backdrop of racial and political violence.
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New in Paperback: ‘The Cooking Gene,’ ‘The Music Shop’

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 5:00am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Nonfiction: A Close-Up Look at the British Men and Women Who Ruled India

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 5:00am
David Gilmour’s “The British in India” examines the personal lives of the small number of individuals who controlled a vast territory.
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The Literati: The Spiritual Life of Arthur Conan Doyle

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 5:00am
The creator of Sherlock Holmes harbored a deep-seated belief in mysticism, telepathy, fairies and ghosts.
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Nonfiction: What Matters in Old Age: Rereading, Reconsidering and Reassessing

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 5:00am
The literary critic Susan Gubar’s memoir, “Late-Life Love,” blends tales of her marriage with discussions of works whose meaning has changed for her over time.
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New & Noteworthy

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 5:00am
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
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Fiction: In a Brutal Chinese Satire, Villagers Surrender to Their Worst Impulses

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 5:00am
Yan Lianke’s novel “The Day the Sun Died” takes place on a single night, when a plague of somnambulism unleashes a host of suppressed emotions.
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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 5:00am
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
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Self-Helped: The Art of Bullet Journaling and the Improved To-Do List

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 2:54pm
First, ask yourself: Does this thought actually belong here?
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Graphic Content: When Comics Writers Defy Gender Norms

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 2:00pm
In her column, Hillary Chute reviews four new graphic novels that use the form to challenge societal expectations about sex.
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