New York Times Book Reviews

Nonfiction: A Modern History of China, in Photographs

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 4:00am
“Magnum China” collects decades-worth of images by Western photographers of a nation gripped by political conflict.
Categories: Book Reviews

Nonfiction: Delicacies of the Dining Car

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 4:00am
“Food on the Move,” edited by Sharon Hudgins, is a collection of essays exploring the glamorous past and occasionally delectable present of dining on trains around the world.
Categories: Book Reviews

Nonfiction: How ‘A Mad Love’ of Opera Has Played Out From 17th-Century Mantua to 21st-Century New York

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 4:00am
Vivien Schweitzer’s history of the genre, “A Mad Love,” and Heidi Waleson’s intricate account of the New York City Opera, “Mad Scenes and Exit Arias,” testify to an art that inspires deep passions.
Categories: Book Reviews

Nonfiction: Nudge Nudge: New Books by Eric Idle and John Cleese

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 4:00am
In “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” Idle remembers the Pythons and other famous friends; in “Professor at Large,” Cleese revisits his years at Cornell.
Categories: Book Reviews

Nonfiction: Imagining What Happens When the Robots Take the Wheel

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 5:59pm
In “No One at the Wheel,” Samuel Schwartz, the onetime traffic commissioner of New York City, examines the perils of driverless cars.
Categories: Book Reviews

Newsbook: What’s Life Really Like on the Mexican Border? These 3 Books Help Give a Sense

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 3:07pm
Dispatches from a former border patrol agent and more.
Categories: Book Reviews

Profile: An Artist Who Explores Emotional Pain Inspires a Novel That Does the Same

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 9:34am
Sitting in front of Marina Abramovic at the Museum of Modern Art showed the author Heather Rose what it meant to be vulnerable.
Categories: Book Reviews

Nonfiction: Three Books Trace a History of Race Relations in America, Through Art

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 4:00am
From the Harlem Renaissance to today, the painting and photography and poetry of black Americans have both shaped and reflected a shifting cultural landscape.
Categories: Book Reviews

Nonfiction: Manspreading, Renaissance-Style: 2 Experts Weigh In on Etiquette of Centuries Past

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 1:00pm
“How to Behave Badly in Elizabethan England,” by Ruth Goodman, and “What Would Mrs. Astor Do?,” by Cecelia Tichi, are witty guides to the manners and insults of previous eras.
Categories: Book Reviews

Nonfiction: The Morning After: One Man’s Quest for a Hangover Cure

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 4:00am
Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall’s “Hungover” is filled with boozy factoids, eccentric remedies and tales of alcoholic adventures on several continents.
Categories: Book Reviews

Page to Screen: When Novelists Turned to TV: Everyone Was Suddenly Using ‘Reveal’ as a Noun

Thu, 11/22/2018 - 4:00am
Sign of the times? The University of Iowa, home to the famous Writers’ Workshop, now has a television-writing course.
Categories: Book Reviews

Audiobooks: A Novel About the Death Camps, Brought to Vivid Life in Audio

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 4:02pm
The British actor Richard Armitage delivers a masterly reading of Heather Morris’s World War II story, “The Tattooist of Auschwitz.”
Categories: Book Reviews

The Book Review Podcast: The Epic Tragedy of Vietnam

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 12:11pm
Max Hastings discusses his new history of the war, and Sue Prideaux talks about the life of Friedrich Nietzsche.
Categories: Book Reviews

Editors’ Choice: 10 New Books We Recommend This Week

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 11:48am
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
Categories: Book Reviews

Children’s Books: Keeping the Spirit of Hanukkah Alive, in Two Picture Books

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 10:00am
One is set in the world of Sydney Taylor’s All-of-a-Kind Family. One features talking latkes. Both capture the holiday’s promise that light will triumph over darkness.
Categories: Book Reviews

The Shortlist: Debut Story Collections Full of Vulnerable People and Their Pain

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 10:00am
In three new collections, writers explore the lives of individuals testing the boundaries that separate themselves from other people.
Categories: Book Reviews

Fiction: The End Is Near in Two Dystopian Debut Novels

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 10:00am
In “Severance,” by Ling Ma, and “We Can Save Us All,” by Adam Nemett, young people are faced with preventing, or even just surviving, impending apocalypse.
Categories: Book Reviews

Sketchbook: A Graphic Tribute to Anne Sexton

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 10:00am
The illustrator Katie Fricas celebrates what would have been the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet’s 90th birthday this month.
Categories: Book Reviews

Fiction: Liane Moriarty’s New Novel, Set at a Spa, Features Some Killer Treatments

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 10:00am
With “Nine Perfect Strangers,” the “Big Little Lies” author has delivered another ambitious, darkly comic thriller.
Categories: Book Reviews

Fiction: A Dark New Satire Asks, How Far Would You Go to Become Famous?

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 10:00am
A grasping, conniving young writer schemes his way to the top in “A Ladder to the Sky,” John Boyne’s dark satire of literary ambition.
Categories: Book Reviews