New York Times Book Reviews

By the Book: Bob Woodward: By the Book

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 4:00am
The journalist, whose new book is “Fear: Trump in the White House,” remembers reading “The Swiss Family Robinson” as a child: “It was, I believe, the first time I dropped out of my own world into another for a sustained period of time.”
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Nonfiction: Why the Right to Vote Is Not a Right

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 12:00pm
Allan J. Lichtman’s “The Embattled Vote in America” looks at how some Americans have tried to restrict the vote of other Americans.
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Nonfiction: Is Donald Trump a Fascist?

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 2:00pm
Jason Stanley’s “How Fascism Works” sees parallels in the appeals the president makes to his base.
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Profile: Sally Field Talks About Her Life ‘In Pieces’

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 10:14am
In a new memoir, the actress reveals a personal history, darkened by abuse and illuminated by grace, that she has never shared before.
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The Long View: Henry Adams’s 1880 Novel, ‘Democracy,’ Resonates Now More Than Ever

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 4:00am
It’s a love story about the possibilities and perils of power, corruption and moral compromise in a democratic government.
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Match Book: Fall Back Into the School Year With Books by, for and About Teachers

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 4:00am
Fictional and autobiographical tales that span the vast range of the educator’s spirit.
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New & Noteworthy

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 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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Books of The Times: ‘Essential Essays’ Show Adrienne Rich’s Vulnerable, Conflicted Sides

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 2:22pm
This collection brings together a sampling of the poet’s influential criticism, personal accounts and public statements.
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Nonfiction: She Grew Up Poor on a Kansas Farm. Her Memoir Is an Attempt to Understand Why.

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 2:00pm
In “Heartland,” Sarah Smarsh offers a cleareyed account of hardscrabble life on the Great Plains — a pattern that in her family goes back generations.
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Front Burner: Recipes From Black America

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 9:50am
The ‘Sweet Home Cafe Cookbook,’ from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, has old favorites and modern fare.
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Essay: Renouncing Hate: What Happens When a White Nationalist Repents

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 4:00am
Wes Enzinna considers “Rising Out of Hatred,” by Eli Saslow, in the context of other recent narratives about extremists who changed their minds.
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The Book Review: ‘The Most Secretly Interesting Place in America’

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 11:42am
“I’ve been waiting my whole writing career for a subject to grab me and insist that I make it into my first book,” Sam Anderson says, “and this was the one.”
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Inside the List: ‘I Grew Up in a Southern Family — There Was a Lot of Talking’: Jacqueline Woodson on Her Two New Best Sellers

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 9:24am
In “The Day You Begin,” a picture book inspired by her great-grandfather, and “Harbor Me,” a middle-grade novel, Woodson explores the transformative power of storytelling.
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New in Paperback: ‘Notes on a Foreign Country,’ ‘The Seventh Function of Language’

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 9:18am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Children’s Books: Plucky, Charming New Books for Toddlers

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 4:00am
These books for the under-4 set brim with humor, great illustrations, lively storytelling and cheerful surprises.
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The Shortlist: Words of Wisdom (and Wildness): Distinctive Story Collections

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 4:00am
Valerie Trueblood, Mark Slouka, S. Wystan Owen and Amy Bonnafoons offer glimpses into lives buffeted by violence, bad luck and sometimes just boredom.
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Fiction: Sex, Love and Religious Fervor Abound in Two New Novels

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 4:00am
Blair Hurley’s “The Devoted” and Aaron Thier’s “The World Is a Narrow Bridge” trace the complexities and consequences of contemporary faith.
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Fiction: James Frey Has Written His First Adult Novel in a Decade

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 4:00am
“Katerina” oscillates between ’90s Paris and present-day L.A. to trace a washed-up writer’s midlife malaise.
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Fiction: In Yasmina Reza’s Novel, a Dinner Party Descends Into Chaos — and Then Tragedy

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 4:00am
In “Babylon,” the prizewinning French playwright and author explores the dark undercurrents of domesticity and marriage.
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Fiction: He Wrote a Novel From Jail. She Wrote One About a Different Kind of Imprisonment.

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 4:00am
Two debut novels, “Cherry,” by Nico Walker, and “Open Me,” by Lisa Locascio, explore the dangers of young, ill-fated love.
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