Book Reviews

Nonfiction: Clarity and Grace Shine Through the Darkness in Sally Field’s Memoir, ‘In Pieces’

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 4:00am
Though the traumatic events of Field’s childhood permeate almost every page, they do not define her.
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New & Noteworthy

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 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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Graphic Content: Jules Feiffer Completes His Trilogy: A Song of American Deceptions

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 2:46pm
A look at “The Ghost Script,” the last of Feiffer’s trio of noir graphic novels, alongside Hartley Lin’s charming “Young Frances.”
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Nonfiction: Termites Are Actually Shrunken Cockroaches and Other Things About Them You Really Don’t Want to Know

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 2:00pm
In Lisa Margonelli’s “Underbug,” she focuses on the extraordinary capabilities of the termite and what the insect can teach us about ourselves.
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Nonfiction: The Quest to Create and Perfect an Artificial Heart

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 2:00pm
Mimi Swartz’s “Ticker” tells the story of the doctors who, against all odds, struggled to make a device to replace one of our most vital organs.
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Books of The Times: As the News Cycle Lurches, Jill Lepore Offers a Long, Steady View of American History

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 11:45am
In the elegant, readable and sobering “These Truths,” Lepore starts with Columbus’s arrival and wends her way through the next five centuries.
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Nonfiction: A Nobel Laureate Asks What Makes a ‘Disordered Mind’

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 4:00am
In his new book, the neuroscientist Eric Kandel explores the science of unusual brains, locating many of his answers in genetics.
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Fiction: Escaping Slavery in a Hot-Air Balloon

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 4:00am
In Esi Edugyan’s daringly imagined new novel, “Washington Black,” an enslaved boy and his master’s brother flee a plantation in a flying contraption and forge an unlikely bond.
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Nonfiction: The American Past: A History of Contradictions

New York Times Book Reviews - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 3:04pm
Jill Lepore’s “These Truths” shows both the successes and failures that have made the country what it is today.
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The Book Review: A Memoir From the Hard-Working ‘Heartland’

New York Times Book Reviews - 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

New York Times Book Reviews - 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

New York Times Book Reviews - 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

New York Times Book Reviews - 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?

New York Times Book Reviews - 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

New York Times Book Reviews - 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?

New York Times Book Reviews - 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

New York Times Book Reviews - 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

New York Times Book Reviews - 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

New York Times Book Reviews - 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

New York Times Book Reviews - 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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