Book Reviews

The Book Review: ‘The Most Secretly Interesting Place in America’

New York Times Book Reviews - 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

New York Times Book Reviews - 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’

New York Times Book Reviews - 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

New York Times Book Reviews - 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

New York Times Book Reviews - 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

New York Times Book Reviews - 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

New York Times Book Reviews - 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

New York Times Book Reviews - 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.

New York Times Book Reviews - 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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Fiction: A Novelist Recasts King Lear as a Corporate Tycoon in Contemporary India

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 4:00am
Power struggles roil a wealthy Indian family in Preti Taneja’s debut novel, “We That Are Young,” a vivid reimagining of Shakespeare.
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Nonfiction: Mount Everest Defeated Them — And so, in the End, Did India

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 4:00am
Deborah Baker’s “The Last Englishmen: Love, War, and the End of Empire” charts the adventures of some courageous and complicated British climbers.
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Sketchbook | The Literati: The Literati: Mr. and Mrs. Dorothy Parker’s Arrival in Hollywood

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 4:00am
An illustrated reminiscence of the variable fortunes, and complicated postwar politics, of a famed screenwriting duo.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 4:00am
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
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Editors’ Choice: 11 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 5:51pm
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Nonfiction: Is America’s Most Popular Sport Under Siege?

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 2:00pm
As Mark Leibovich demonstrates in “Big Game,” his book about the N.F.L., the Lords of the League can’t cope with minor embarrassments, much less serious scandals.
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Nonfiction: Bill Cunningham: An Enigma in a Blue Sanitation Worker’s Jacket

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 4:00am
Simon Doonan celebrates the beloved New York Times photographer in this review of “Fashion Climbing,” a posthumous memoir of his early career.
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By the Book: Kate Atkinson: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 4:00am
The author of the forthcoming novel “Transcription” recoils at the idea of a literary dinner party: “I would never invite writers. They’re so competitive.”
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Books News: Children’s Book Authors Are Selling More Than Books. They’re Taking a Stand.

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 1:48pm
They hold signs at protest marches, but they are also volunteering to strategize for a State Assembly race, and even running for office.
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Fiction: A Road Trip Novel Distills America Through Gary Shteyngart’s Hipstamatic Mind

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 4:00am
In “Lake Success,” a Wall Street finance bro, loaded down with troubles, hops on a Greyhound bus headed west.
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New & Noteworthy

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 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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