New York Times Book Reviews

The Week in Books

Sun, 03/31/2019 - 9:10am
Salman Rushdie on a “dazzling” debut novel, Bret Easton Ellis, the birth of American Modernism and more.
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New in Paperback: ‘No Turning Back,’ ‘A Gentleman in Moscow’

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 4:32pm
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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The Book Review Podcast: Preet Bharara on the Rule of Law

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 1:45pm
Bharara discusses “Doing Justice,” and Senator Doug Jones talks about “Bending Toward Justice.”
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Inside the List: The Debut Novel That Rules the Best-Seller List

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 11:57am
“Where the Crawdads Sing,” which came out last August, got an initial boost from Reese Witherspoon. It’s now sold over 1.5 million copies.
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Sketchbook | Graphic Review: A Comic Look at Nixon’s ‘Marihuana’ Report

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 11:22am
The graphic novelist Box Brown looks at the government report that anticipated our current debates about the legalization of weed.
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Children’s Books: Kids Searching for the Complicated Truth

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 4:00am
On the cusp of their teenage years, the protagonists of these novels deal with death in the family, remembered childhood trauma and many varieties of parental pressure.
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Nonfiction: The Poet Family Who Were Icons of Spanish Nationalism

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 4:00am
“The Age of Disenchantments,” by Aaron Shulman, chronicles the turbulent lives of Leopoldo Panero, the unofficial poet laureate of Francoism, and his wife and children.
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Families Banter and Bicker Their Way Through Three New Novels

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 4:00am
In Julie Langsdorf’s “White Elephant,” Nickolas Butler’s “Little Faith” and Benjamin Markovits’s “A Weekend in New York,” you’ll find squabbling siblings, rebellious daughters and more.
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Nonfiction: Unraveling the Putin Enigma

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 4:00am
“Putin’s World,” by Angela E. Stent, seeks to put Russia’s relations with the West into long-term perspective.
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Nonfiction: A History of American Jewish Women Shows How the Country Influenced Them, and Vice Versa

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 4:00am
In “America’s Jewish Women” Pamela S. Nadell offers a sweeping historical tour, moving from colonial times through the feminist struggles and until today.
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Fiction: A Debut Novel Probes the Difficult Lives of Arab-American Women

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 4:00am
Etaf Rum’s “A Woman Is No Man” unsnarls the dark knot of history, culture, fear and trauma that shapes the experiences of three generations of one family.
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Fiction: Stories That Double as a Field Guide to Women’s Desires and Miseries

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 4:00am
The collection “Rag,” by Maryse Meijer, is rife with blood and violence — much of it inflicted by men on women. In the world of her fiction, there is no desire without pain.
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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 4:00am
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
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Horror: Spine-Chilling and Flesh-Crawling: The Latest Horror Fiction

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 2:16pm
There’s something for everyone here: 17th-century English witches, haunted portraits, Victorian ghost tales and a moldering Eastern European castle.
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Editors’ Choice: 10 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 11:02am
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Nonfiction: The Author Who Tased Himself to Reveal the Failures of High-Tech Policing

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 11:00am
In “Thin Blue Lie” Matt Stroud untangles the web of law enforcement agencies, for-profit corporations and politicians that have put technology at the center of policing.
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Fiction: Salman Rushdie Reviews a Sweeping Debut About the Roots of Modern Zambia

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 9:39am
In “The Old Drift,” Namwali Serpell spins a multigenerational, magical-realist tale of the East African nation from colonialism to the future.
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By the Book: By the Book: Richard Powers

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 8:57am
The author, most recently, of “The Overstory” was from an early age a “fan of awe”: “I liked reading about diatoms and stars, things from four hundred million years ago or a hundred thousand years from now.”
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By the Book: By the Book: Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 4:00am
The scholar and host of the PBS series “Reconstruction,” whose latest books are “Dark Sky Rising” and “Stony the Road,” is a productive beach reader: “I read more during two months on the Vineyard … than I do the entire rest of the year.”
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Fiction: ‘The Women’s War’ Is an Epic Feminist Fantasy for the #MeToo Era

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 4:00am
In Jenna Glass’s new novel, a spell giving women control over their own fertility has far-reaching consequences.
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