Book Reviews

What to Read Before Your North Dakota Fossil Dig

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 4:00am
Two paleontologists illuminate the real-life adventures of fossil hunting, while one book takes little ones on an adventure to an island where dinosaurs roam.
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Fiction: A Debut Novel Asks, What if His First Wife Was the One?

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 07/10/2017 - 5:05pm
In “Standard Deviation” by Katherine Heiny, a stuffy banker reconsiders his bubbly second wife.
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Critic’s Take: Understanding Poetry Is More Straightforward Than You Think

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 07/10/2017 - 4:01am
In school, the poet Matthew Zapruder writes, we are taught that poetry is inherently “difficult.” Focusing on one interesting word can change that.
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Nonfiction: A Jane Austen Fit for the Age of Brexit

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 07/10/2017 - 4:00am
Helena Kelly’s “Jane Austen: The Secret Radical” argues that Austen opposed 19th-century England’s assumptions about the social and political order.
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Inside the List: On Diversity in Publishing, a Young Star Warns: Get It Right

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 12:09pm
Angie Thomas, whose debut novel, “The Hate U Give,” is No. 1 on the young adult list, has advice for authors writing about marginalized figures.
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Bookends: Do Grants, Professorships and Other Forms of Institutional Support Help Writers but Hurt Writing?

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 11:39am
Siddhartha Deb and Benjamin Moser discuss the intersection of writing, academia and funding.
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Open Book: Alcoholism in America

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 11:22am
“The fight against addiction is one of America’s great liberation movements,” Christopher M. Finan writes in his introduction to “Drunks: An American History.”
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The Book Review Podcast: The History of the London Zoo

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 10:46am
Isobel Charman talks about “The Zoo,” and R. L. Stine discusses scary stories for children.
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Paperback Row

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 9:44am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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The Shortlist: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 4:05am
Four books grapple with the politics and culture of gentrification.
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Nonfiction: A New History of the Donner Party and the Dark Side of Manifest Destiny

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 4:05am
Michael Wallis’s “The Best Land Under Heaven” tells the story of the mythic Donner Party.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 4:05am
Readers respond to the history of the iPhone, David Oshinsky’s review of “The Color of Law” and more.
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Fiction: An Architect Turns His Genius to Scheming in an Isaac-Abraham Reboot

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 4:05am
“The Doorposts of Your House and on Your Gates” by Jacob Bacharach is a tragicomic Isaac-Abraham reboot.
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Crime: In the Best New Crime, Lethal Lasagna, Honor Killings and Nanny Cams

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 4:01am
Marilyn Stasio’s mystery column investigates honor killings and prostitution in Britain, then takes readers on crime sprees in Paris and New York.
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Essay: Thoreau’s Wilderness Legacy, Beyond the Shores of Walden Pond

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 4:00am
To honor Thoreau on his 200th birthday, pay homage to all the outdoor temples his “in wildness” declaration helped protect.
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Words by Numbers: The Word Choices That Explain Why Jane Austen Endures

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 2:02pm
There’s a way to measure the acute emotional intelligence that has never gone out of style.
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Editors' Choice: 12 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 12:02pm
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Newsbook: As Travel Ban Takes Effect, 3 Books That Delve Into the Immigration Debate

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 9:54am
What does a country owe to outsiders? One book attempts to answer this question — and others further explore the complexity of the immigration debate.
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Nonfiction: Insights Into the Brain, in a Book You’ll Wish You Had in College

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 4:00am
In “Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst,” Robert M. Sapolsky serves up his neurobiology with a big dose of hipster humor.
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By the Book: A. Scott Berg: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 4:00am
The biographer and consulting producer of Amazon’s “The Last Tycoon” might have been a doctor — “if only that didn’t require courses in biology, physics and organic chemistry. Oh…and med school.”
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