New York Times Book Reviews

The Book Review: A Memoir From the Hard-Working ‘Heartland’

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 4:23pm
“The culture I grew up in is a very individualistic one, but for understandable reasons,” says Sarah Smarsh.
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The Shortlist: Modern Political Ideas

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 12:39pm
Three new books explore the concepts of liberalism, democracy and nationalism.
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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 11:37am
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
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Nonfiction: Is Your Culture ‘Tight’ or ‘Loose’? The Answer Could Explain Everything

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 10:12am
Michele Gelfand’s “Rule Makers, Rule Breakers” takes a look at the differences in various human societies and chalks them up to how strictly they follow norms.
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Nonfiction: What Do Presidents Need to Know?

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 9:27am
Corey Brettschneider’s “The Oath and the Office” offers advice to presidents on their constitutional duties.
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Fiction: Bombs and Bank Robberies: A Political Novel of the 1960s

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 4:00am
Alice Mattison’s “Conscience” traces the damaging effect of a novel based on the real lives of three people involved in radical politics.
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Nonfiction: What’s the Matter With Wisconsin?

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 4:00am
Dan Kaufman’s “The Fall of Wisconsin” traces how a state that was a liberal bastion came to vote for Donald Trump in 2016.
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Nonfiction: The True Grit of Four American Presidents

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 4:00am
Doris Kearns Goodwin’s “Leadership in Turbulent Times” looks at Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson.
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Nonfiction: The Key to Happiness Might Be as Simple as a Library or a Park

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 4:00am
Eric Klinenberg’s “Palaces for the People” explores the civic value of social infrastructure, those public spaces that allow for human connection.
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Nonfiction: Wendell Willkie: The Forgotten Maker of History

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 4:00am
David Levering Lewis’s “The Improbable Wendell Willkie” describes a political shooting star who left an outsize legacy.
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Children’s Books: Picture Books About Dreams and Dreamers of All Kinds

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 4:00am
Immigrants, artists and inventors imagine liberation in gorgeous new books by Yuyi Morales, Il Sung Na, Juan Felipe Herrera and more.
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Crime: War Wounds: Crime Novels From All Kinds of Battlefields

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 4:00am
Marilyn Stasio’s mystery roundup takes readers to World War I Britain and France, then dips into two psychological combat zones in modern America.
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New in Paperback: ‘Prairie Fires,’ ‘Cockfosters’

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 4:00am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Inside the List: Delia Owens, Who Suffused Her African Memoirs With Lush Natural Detail, Turns to Fiction

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 4:00am
Hints of her wildlife research — particularly the study of brown hyenas — can be seen in her debut novel, “Where the Crawdads Sing.”
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Nonfiction: The Story of California Told Through One Family

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 4:00am
Miriam Pawel’s “The Browns of California” describes a political dynasty that has dominated the state across 60 years.
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Sketchbook | Visuals: Khaled Hosseini Has Written an Illustrated Tribute to Fallen Refugees

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 4:00am
Illustrated by Dan Williams, “Sea Prayer” relates a message of universal human despair, but also hope.
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From Our Archives: Notes From the Book Review Archives

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 4:00am
In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Elizabeth Janeway on Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita.”
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Nonfiction: A Modern Jeremiah Sees National Decline Everywhere He Looks

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 2:00pm
In “America: The Farewell Tour,” Chris Hedges says the end is near.
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Editors’ Choice: 9 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 10:04am
Suggested reading by critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Essay: Three Blockbuster Novels From the 1950s, and Their Remarkable Afterlife

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 6:15am
Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged,” Boris Pasternak’s “Doctor Zhivago” and Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita” continue to be controversial even today.
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