Book Reviews

Nonfiction: What Does Quantum Physics Actually Tell Us About the World?

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 4:00am
Adam Becker’s “What Is Real?” explores the controversy around quantum physics and its ability to describe anything definite about the world of atoms.
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Fiction: Paula McLain Returns to ‘The Paris Wife’ Territory

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 2:52pm
Fiery passion and fierce disagreements roil “Love and Ruin,” the story of Ernest Hemingway and his third wife, the journalist Martha Gellhorn.
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Nonfiction: From the Rwandan Genocide to Chicago: A Young Author Survived to Tell Her Story

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 2:51pm
Clemantine Wamariya crisscrossed Africa with her teenage sister, enduring hunger, poverty, violence and trauma. Her memoir, “The Girl Who Smiled Beads,” recounts her journey.
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Nonfiction: If You Want to Really Understand Bibi

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 2:00pm
Anshel Pfeffer’s new biography of the Israeli leader offers insights into how Benjamin Netanyahu sees the world.
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Fiction: Rachel Kushner’s ‘The Mars Room’ Offers a Blackly Comic Take on Prison Life

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 4:00am
The author’s much-anticipated new novel, a page turner set in a women’s correctional facility, reveals an imagination Dickensian in its amplitude — and in its reformist zeal.
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The Book Review Podcast: There Is Nothin’ Like a Tune

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 4:28pm
Todd S. Purdum talks about “Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution,” and Fran Leadon discusses “Broadway: A History of New York City in Thirteen Miles.”
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Editors’ Choice: 8 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 3:31pm
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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The Shortlist: Three Sparkling Debuts, Joined by New York City

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 10:09am
One novel follows a group of gay ballroom dancers, another traces the life of a wealthy single mother and a third tells the story of a Brooklyn artist.
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Inside the List: A Meditation on Biscuits, Tomatoes and Red-Eye Gravy

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 4:00am
In his new memoir, “The Best Cook in the World,” Rick Bragg celebrates his mother and her down-home Southern cooking.
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New in Paperback: ‘Priestdaddy,’ ‘The Golden Legend’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 4:00am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Sketchbook: The Nine Stages of Creativity

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 4:00am
Cartoonist Grant Snider illustrates what to expect during the writing process.
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Nonfiction: Eavesdropping on Beauvoir, Sartre and Their Circle of Friends

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 4:00am
“Left Bank: Art, Passion, and the Rebirth of Paris, 1940-50” is Agnès Poirier’s impressionistic history of the rebirth of postwar French culture.
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Fiction: Scandal Puts a Gay Father in Prison. What of His Gay Son, a Generation Later?

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 4:00am
Alan Hollinghurst’s novel “The Sparsholt Affair” traces a legacy of shame and the passage into a new openness.
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Children’s Books: Turning Myths and Fairy Tales on Their Heads

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 4:00am
A grumpy dwarf who rebels, a scared mini-dragon, and a green creature who’s not sure what he is in new books from Adam Gidwitz, Rebecca Stead and more.
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Fiction: The Mysterious ‘Parking Lot Attendant’ at the Center of a Web of Intrigue

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 4:00am
In Nafkote Tamirat’s incisive debut novel, a lonely young woman gets entangled in a man’s possibly sinister schemes.
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Nonfiction: How Big Data Is ‘Automating Inequality’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 4:00am
Virginia Eubanks examines the “digital poorhouse” — all the ways that technology is creating more obstacles for those needing help.
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Crime: A Politician With Real Killer Instincts

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 4:00am
A murderous senator is the prime villain in the Crime column, followed by a predatory teacher. Also on hand: a society murder and tasty French food.
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Fiction: He’s a Lifer at Angola. He’s Black. Was He Falsely Convicted?

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 4:00am
Zachary Lazar’s new novel, “Vengeance,” parses some hard truths about racial injustice and the country’s incarceration crisis.
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Nonfiction: Aggro-Texting From the Syrian Jihad

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 4:00am
Why would two Norwegian teenagers abandon life at home for ISIS? Asne Seierstad’s absorbing new book, “Two Sisters,” attempts to answer the question.
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Our Back Pages: Notes From the Book Review Archives

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 4:00am
In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Robert Edmond Jones on “The Theatre of Tomorrow.”
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