Book Reviews

War Stories: George Washington, William T. Sherman and Viking Marauders

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 4:00am
Lessons about war from the American Revolution, the Civil War, medieval Britain and West Africa.
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Fiction: Body Hopping for a Better View of America

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 4:00am
A dead soul migrates from person to person in Martin Riker’s inventive debut novel, “Samuel Johnson’s Eternal Return.”
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The Shortlist: Three New Takes on Feminism: In the Dorm, in the Economy and Around the World

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 4:00am
A scholar, a World Bank economist teaming up with a novelist, and a fiery young activist attempt to write the next pages of the history of women’s rights.
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Nonfiction: When Home Is ‘Always Another Country’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 4:00am
Sisonke Msimang’s graceful new memoir reckons with the challenges of figuring out who you are and where you belong when you’ve grown up all over the world.
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Fiction: Dark Fairy Tales From a Now-Vanished Agrarian Japan

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 4:00am
Kenji Miyazawa, who died in 1933, was one of Japan’s most beloved poets. Now, in “Once and Forever,” his magical short stories are available in English.
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Fiction: The World War II Tragedy of Italy’s Jews, Preserved in Fiction

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 4:00am
In “The Novel of Ferrara,” Giorgio Bassani retrofits his novellas and stories into a sprawling portrait of a community destroyed by historical hatreds.
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Fiction: In These Novels, Women With Cancer Decide to Ditch the People-Pleasing

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 4:00am
Women, even dying women, are often judged for putting their own needs first. The main characters in “The Bus on Thursday” and “Craving” know that — and they don’t care.
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Fiction: He Killed Her Mother. Now He Wants to Make Amends.

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 4:00am
Andre Dubus III’s novel “Gone So Long” sets a dying ex-con on the difficult road to redemption. Will his long-estranged daughter even agree to see him?
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Inside the List: Who Says Celebrity Memoirs Don’t Sell? There Are Three New Ones on the Best-seller List

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 4:00am
These books by the Beastie Boys, Abbi Jacobson and Justin Timberlake are about as far from standard-issue star autobiographies as you can get.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 4:00am
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
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Books News: A 1965 Novel About an Unhinged President Is Being Rereleased

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 9:50pm
The author, Fletcher Knebel, who died in 1993, would likely be shocked by how prescient his political thriller was.
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Reader’s Notebook: ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ and the History in Historical Fiction

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 8:07pm
Most readers haven’t noticed or been worried by omitted details or factual mistakes in the book. But is there a greater imperative for novels about the Holocaust to get basic facts correct?
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Children’s Books: Stories for Kids About Heroic Young Refugees

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 5:12pm
Survival alone is a victory in three timely tales of displaced children who head to Europe, from Katherine Marsh, Eoin Colfer and more.
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Children’s Books: Nighttime Picture Books to Put Children to Bed — and Their Fears to Rest

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 1:00pm
Reassuring and beautiful stories from Grace Lin, Kitty Crowther and more, about kids who conquer nightmares and go off on moonlight adventures.
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Nonfiction: Sylvia Plath’s Last Letters Show Her Struggling to Imagine Life Without Ted Hughes

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 1:00pm
“The Letters of Sylvia Plath, Volume 2: 1956-1963,” edited by Peter Steinberg and Karen Kukil, includes 14 revelatory letters she wrote to her psychiatrist about the crisis in her marriage.
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Editors’ Choice: 12 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 11:08am
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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By the Book: Natasha Trethewey: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 4:00am
The former poet laureate and author, most recently, of “Monument” came to poetic language via Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address: “Before I ever committed any poems to memory I had memorized his speech.”
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Essay: What Pokémon Can Teach Us About Fiction

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 1:00pm
Video games and novels have more in common than you might think. Jeremy Klemin explains how the logic of both involves enigmas and resolutions.
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Nonfiction: Wesley Yang and the Search for Asian-American Visibility

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 4:00am
In his new book of essays, “The Souls of Yellow Folk,” Yang writes about the dilemmas, successes and struggles of people like Eddie Huang and Amy Chua.
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Children’s Books: Young Adult Fantasy Novels That Sweep Readers Away

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 2:51pm
Old-school haunted mansions, a climate apocalypse, a world where survival depends on falconry, and a girl born with a tunnel through her body.
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