Book Reviews

Fiction: A Father-Son Novel Served With a Twist

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 9:14am
In “Memento Park,” a C-list actor discovers Nazis may have looted a valuable family painting during World War II — but his father refuses to discuss the matter.
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Fiction: Childhood Friends — Once Inseparable, Now Far-Flung — Reunite for a Funeral

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 9:08am
In “The Gunners,” Rebecca Kauffman’s generous and affectionate novel, five friends parse what drove the sixth member of their group to take her own life.
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Fiction: Step 1: Kill Husband. Step 2: Assume His Identity.

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 9:02am
In Tadzio Koelb’s “Trenton Makes,” a battered wife gets revenge, and then some, on her spouse.
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Fiction: A Debut Novel Sees Divorce Through the Eyes of a Child

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 6:54am
The 8-year-old heroine of Zulema Renee Summerfield’s “Every Other Weekend” struggles to make sense of traumas both outside her home and within it.
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Sketchbook | : How-to Entertain Like the Avant-Garde

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 4:00am
Ali Fitzgerald illustrates a step-by-step guide to throwing the perfect modernist soiree.
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The Shortlist: Three New Books Illuminate the Rise of Violent White Extremism

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 4:00am
New books about America’s dark underbelly include a Norwegian journalist embedded with white nationalists and stories of falling into — and out of — a violent hate movement.
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New in Paperback: ‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness,’ ‘Where the Water Goes’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 4:00am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 4:00am
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
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Our Back Pages: Notes From the Book Review Archives

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 4:00am
In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Lawrence Venuti on Jan Morris.
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Nonfiction: She Didn’t Know How to Read, but Her Stories Captured History

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 2:00pm
Aida Edemariam’s sublimely crafted book, “The Wife’s Tale,” recounts the life of her Ethiopian grandmother, who witnessed her country’s dramas and endured her own.
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Nonfiction: In His First Book, Ronan Farrow Laments the Decline of Diplomacy

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 9:24am
“War on Peace” details how American policy is being driven by military leaders rather than the State Department.
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Essay: Why ‘Fahrenheit 451’ Is the Book for Our Social Media Age

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 4:00am
Ray Bradbury believed that serious thought was under threat from television and mass media. Ramin Bahrani, who adapted Bradbury’s novel for film, says it’s more relevant than ever.
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By the Book: Samantha Irby: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 4:00am
The comedian and blogger Samantha Irby, whose collection “Meaty” has just been reissued, would love to see celebrities’ grocery lists: “I’m so curious about other people’s daily needs. What’s in your bathroom cabinet right now?”
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Nonfiction: Are We Traveling the ‘Road to Unfreedom’?

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 2:00pm
Timothy Snyder’s new book looks at how democracies fall apart, and places blame on Russia as the current instigator.
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Fiction: In Photos, His Face Is Not His Own. Blame 19th-Century Imperialism.

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 1:54pm
The teenage protagonist of Ariel Dorfman’s novel “Darwin’s Ghosts” is made to atone for his ancestors’ crimes.
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Fiction: Bored in Brazil: Is She the 21st-Century Ugly American?

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 4:00am
The narrator of Ian MacKenzie’s novel “Feast Days” has followed her banker husband to São Paulo. But the city and its people may be too much for her.
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Nonfiction: Former C.I.A. Head Michael Hayden Warns of an ‘Assault on Intelligence’

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 3:31pm
Hayden, who also ran the N.S.A., lashes out in his new book at what he calls President Trump’s reckless disregard for the intelligence community.
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Fiction: The Heroines in Curtis Sittenfeld’s First Story Collection Are All Grown Up

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 2:00pm
“You Think It, I’ll Say It” revives the adolescent female archetypes of her novels, now grappling with adulthood.
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New & Noteworthy

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 9:38am
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
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Match Book: Books Your Teenager Is Reading That You Should Too

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 4:00am
Don’t worry if you failed to appreciate the classics in your high school classroom: These novels — like their readers — only get better with age.
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