New York Times Book Reviews

Books of The Times: An Epic From Iceland, Complete With Unicorns, Angels and a Stamp-Collecting Werewolf

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 1:39pm
Sjon’s “CoDex 1962” is a romance, a crime novel and a science fiction story — for starters.
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Nonfiction: The Father of Personal Computing Who Was Also a Terrible Dad

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 5:13am
With “Small Fry,” Lisa Brennan-Jobs, the first child of Steve Jobs, delivers an eloquent memoir of a childhood steeped in emotional abuse.
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Nonfiction: What Are the Biggest Problems Facing Us in the 21st Century?

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 3:00am
In “21 Lessons for the 21st Century,” Yuval Noah Harari’s latest book, the historian takes on everything from terrorism to inequality.
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Match Book: Help: My Child Doesn’t Know Another President Besides the Current One

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 3:00am
Picture books to educate children — and reassure ourselves — about the foundations and importance of democracy.
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Nonfiction: The Sniping Scientists Whose Work Saved Millions of Lives

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 1:00pm
Michael Kinch’s “Between Hope and Fear: A History of Vaccines and Human Immunity” recounts the brilliant insights and bitter rivalries behind the discoveries of lifesaving vaccines.
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Fiction: Lee Child Reviews a Debut Novel That’s Vintage Texas Noir

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 3:00am
Randy Kennedy’s “Presidio” follows the flight to the Mexican border of a car thief turned accidental kidnapper.
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The Book Review: The Uses and Misuses of Identity

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 1:39pm
“Very often, the identity labels we use tell you much less than you might think,” Kwame Anthony Appiah says.
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Our Back Pages: Notes From the Book Review Archives

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 6:44am
In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Emily Dickinson’s letters and poems.
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The Shortlist: A Parade of Francophiles, With Peter Mayle in the Lead

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 3:00am
Four new books — from Peter Mayle, Eric Hazan, Mark Greenside and the team of Stéphane Hénaut and Jeni Mitchell — explore the riches of Gallic culture.
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Fiction: ‘In the Garden of the Fugitives’: A Literary Tale of Love and Obsession

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 3:00am
In Ceridwen Dovey’s new novel, a wealthy benefactor and his much younger protégée resume contact after a 17-year break.
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Nonfiction: Poetry’s Hanging Judge Tries On a Detective Hat

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 3:00am
In “Dickinson’s Nerves, Frost’s Woods,” the usually scathing critic William Logan unearths the historical context behind some beloved poems.
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Fiction: ‘The Garden Party’ Is a Tale of Mismatched Families, a Wedding and Lots of Wine

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 3:00am
When the Barlows — eccentric academics — and the lawyerly Cohens meet at their children’s rehearsal dinner in Grace Dane Mazur’s novel, polite chatter soon skids off the rails.
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Fiction: Are Ben Marcus’s Dark and Disturbing New Stories the Literary Answer to ‘Black Mirror’?

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 3:00am
“Notes From the Fog” features the author’s trademark humor and a vision of society both devastatingly bleak and seemingly plausible.
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Inside the List: He Wrote a Memoir About Infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan. Then Spike Lee Turned It Into a Film.

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 3:00am
Ron Stallworth joined the Klan as a black detective working undercover in 1978. Now his memoir, “Black Klansman,” is a best seller — and an acclaimed film.
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New in Paperback: ‘Unbelievable,’ ‘Improvement’

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 3:00am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 3:00am
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
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By the Book: By the Book: Ben Macintyre

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 3:40pm
The author, most recently, of ‘The Spy and the Traitor’ is moved by ‘discretion and modesty’ in literature: ‘As a very British sort of Briton, I have an affection for the stiff upper lip, the emotion unvoiced, the desire undeclared.’
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Children’s Books: Picture Books Tell Children the Harsh Stories of Migrants and Refugees

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 1:00pm
The dark, dangerous realities are not glossed over, but they’re presented with a gentle touch by these storytellers and artists.
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Fiction: Mom and Dad Were Spies: Two New Novels Unravel Complicated Legacies, One Secret Mission at a Time

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 1:00pm
In both Lea Carpenter’s “Red, White, Blue” and Dan Fesperman’s “Safe Houses,” a daughter learns more about the death of a parent who worked for the C.I.A.
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Editors’ Choice: 9 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 11:41am
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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