New York Times Book Reviews

Fiction: A TV Comic Invites a Young Staffer to His Country House. Then Something Funny Doesn’t Happen.

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 9:08am
In Erin Somers’s debut, “Stay Up With Hugo Best,” a 60-something retired late-night host invites his 29-year-old writers’ assistant to New England for a long weekend.
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The Checkup: In Classic Children’s Books, a Window to Childhood in Past Centuries

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 6:00am
Rare children’s books, made available online through the Library of Congress, show both the constants and the evolution in children’s literature.
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Essay: Why Are There So Many Books About Dogs?

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 4:00am
There are more than 70,000 dog books on Amazon, in every conceivable genre. What do they say about our relationship with these pets?
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The Book Review Podcast: Connecting the Dots Between Reconstruction and Jim Crow

Sat, 04/27/2019 - 1:07pm
Henry Louis Gates Jr. talks about “Stony the Road” and “Dark Sky Rising,” and David Wallace-Wells discusses “The Uninhabitable Earth.”
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Audiobooks: Valerie Jarrett, Amber Tamblyn and Alyssa Mastromonaco Tell Personal Stories of Female Empowerment

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 2:51pm
Three audiobook memoirs, narrated by the authors, recount individual paths to success with universal lessons.
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The Shortlist: Four New Poetry Collections Confront Despair With Wonder

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 4:00am
In “Doomstead Days,” Brian Teare tracks climate change on his walks. In “Sight Lines,” Arthur Sze balances firing squads and rowboats. In “Brute,” Emily Skaja escapes a violent relationship. In “Hold Sway,” Sally Ball monitors tragedies averted.
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Sketchbook: The Agony of Walter Benjamin

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 4:00am
The artist Frédéric Pajak’s hybrid book “Uncertain Manifesto” is haunted by the philosopher’s encounters with fascism, among much else, as these illustrated panels show.
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Nonfiction: A Tour Through the ‘American Messiahs’ of Our Past

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 4:00am
Adam Morris’s history tells the story of the many colorful and charismatic religious outlaws who blazed through the American story.
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Children’s Books: Y.A. Novels That Let Teenage Boys Be Vulnerable

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 4:00am
The characters in these novels grew up with strict rules about masculine strength and dominance. But extreme situations force them to let go of all that.
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Inside the List: Sally Rooney’s ‘Normal People’ Debuts on the List at No. 3

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 4:00am
Big crowds at her book-tour events are buoying sales for the Irish writer dubbed the ‘Salinger for the Snapchat generation.’
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Nonfiction: Justice Is Blind. Sometimes, So Is Prejudice.

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 4:00am
Jennifer L. Eberhardt’s “Biased” examines the unwitting ways that racial categories and stereotypes continue to affect human behavior.
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From Our Archives: Revisiting a Mother and Daughter in Vivian Gornick’s “Fierce Attachments”

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 4:00am
Vivian Gornick’s 1987 memoir “Fierce Attachments” traces the volatile relationship she had with her mother.
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New in Paperback: ‘Property,’ ‘Two Sisters’

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 4:00am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 4:00am
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
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Fiction: In This Novel, the Fate of an Indian Slum Is in the Hands of Its Women

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 4:00am
In Mathangi Subramanian’s debut, “A People’s History of Heaven,” five girls represent the fate of a nation.
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Help Desk: No to Pseudoscientific Diets! Yes to Less Stress About Food!

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 4:00am
Judith Newman’s Help Desk column tackles myths about what we eat, how we gain weight and what we see when we look in the mirror.
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Editors’ Choice: 11 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 7:51pm
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Fiction: Two Novels for and About Lost Millennial Women

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 10:35am
The directionless heroines of Jen Beagin’s “Vacuum in the Dark” and Halle Butler’s “The New Me” follow in the footsteps of Ottessa Moshfegh and Catherine Lacey.
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By the Book: By the Book: Gary Snyder

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 4:00am
The poet, essayist and environmentalist cites Ovid’s “Metamorphoses” as an inspiration: “Ovid in a sense tried to write the entire Roman story. I take it as a challenge to look for the storyteller of the planet.”
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Nonfiction: A 500-Year-Old Tale of Intrigue, Greed and Betrayal

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 4:00am
In “The Lost Gutenberg,” Margaret Davis traces the colorful history of a rare Bible through its owners.
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