New York Times Book Reviews

New in Paperback: ‘Lou Reed,’ ‘The King Is Always Above the People’

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 10:00am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Fiction: Husbands and Wives Magically Morph in a Japanese Story Collection

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 10:00am
In “The Lonesome Bodybuilder,” the author and playwright Yukiko Motoya spins imaginative analogies of marital dysfunction.
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Inside the List: Those Best-of-the-Year Times Book Lists? They’ve Been Around Awhile

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 10:00am
The paper’s “100 Notables” history goes back more than a century.
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Letters to the Editor

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 10:00am
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
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From Our Archives: Notes From the Book Review Archives

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 10:00am
In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: commemorating Anne Sexton.
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By the Book: Ben Sasse: By the Book

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 4:00am
The junior senator from Nebraska and author, most recently, of “Them” says he and his wife would like their children to love books: “We want them to be addicted to reading.”
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Nonfiction: Two New Books Confront Nietzsche and His Ideas

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 1:00pm
Sue Prideaux’s “I Am Dynamite!” and John Kaag’s “Hiking With Nietzsche” offer modern interpretations of a highly controversial thinker.
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Fiction: Her Mother Disappeared 16 Years Ago. In This Novel, the Hunt Continues.

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 1:00pm
Daisy Johnson’s debut novel, “Everything Under,” a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, riffs on timeless myths to document a daughter’s desperate search.
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Nonfiction: A Foreign Policy Realist Challenges America’s Zeal for Intervention

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 10:07am
Stephen M. Walt’s “The Hell of Good Intentions” takes a critical look at how Washington has handled international affairs over the last several years.
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Nonfiction: The Disaster That Was the Vietnam War

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 10:01am
Max Hastings’s “Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975” condemns all sides for corruption, cynicism and outright cruelty.
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New & Noteworthy

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 4:00am
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
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Nonfiction: An Ingenious Frédéric Chopin

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 6:07pm
“Fryderyk Chopin,” a magisterial new biography by Alan Walker, offers fresh insight into the legendary pianist and composer, whose reputation thrived after a life cut short by illness.
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Nonfiction: Robert Schumann: A Hopeless, Brilliant Romantic

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 5:59pm
The pianist Jeremy Denk reviews the biography “Schumann: The Faces and the Masks,” by Judith Chernaik.
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Nonfiction: John Adams on Debussy, the First Modernist

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 5:54pm
In “Debussy: A Painter in Sound,” the Stravinsky biographer Stephen Walsh focuses on the music.
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Fiction: The Life of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Imagined Through His Collisions With Others

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 1:00pm
Louisa Hall’s novel “Trinity” tells the story of the father of the atomic bomb by way of the people who were around him and reacted to him.
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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: A Journalist Recalls the Terror (and Boredom) of Being Held Hostage

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 10:00am
In “The Desert and the Sea,” Michael Scott Moore recounts his ordeal being held captive by Somali pirates for more than two years.
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Like a Boss: Megan Abbott’s Work Diary: ‘My Psychiatrist Notes How Tired I Look, Which Is Great’

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 1:17pm
The author of nine acclaimed novels, including “Give Me Your Hand” and “Dare Me,” is adapting four (four!) of them for TV.
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Visuals: A ‘Lyricist of the Metal Nib’: Nicholson Baker considers the intricate art of Saul Steinberg

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 12:33pm
In this excerpt from the introduction to a new edition of Saul Steinberg’s 1960 book, “The Labyrinth,” the novelist celebrates the artist as a “twirler of nonverbal non sequiturs.”
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Children’s Books: Beyond Battles, Boogers and Pranks

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 12:25pm
Now that my son can read, I want him to seek out books about more than just winning things and getting easy laughs. Why does that seem hard?
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The Shortlist: What Is America’s Role in the World? Three Authors Offer Very Different Views

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 12:20pm
In new books, Jeffrey Sachs looks beyond exceptionalism, Michael Beckley describes unrivaled power and Robert Kagan favors pragmatic leadership.
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