Book Reviews

Fiction: Affluent Idlers Find a Just Cause in a Refugee Swept Ashore

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 07/05/2017 - 4:01am
For the wealthy foreigners on a Greek island in Lawrence Osborne’s “Beautiful Animals,” a deeply compromised act of charity has dreadful consequences.
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Nonfiction: America’s Top Prosecutors Used to Go After Top Executives. What Changed?

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 07/05/2017 - 4:00am
Jesse Eisinger’s “The Chickenshit Club” outlines the cultural and political shifts that explain why virtually no one was prosecuted for the 2008 financial crisis.
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Nonfiction: A Handshake With Kennedy, and a Boy’s Tumultuous Year

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 07/04/2017 - 4:02am
In Benjamin Taylor’s memoir, “The Hue and Cry at Our House,” the Kennedy assassination casts a shadow over one Texas family’s personal dramas.
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Nonfiction: The Beginning of the End in Vietnam: An Account of the Battle of Hue, by the Author of ‘Black Hawk Down’

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 07/04/2017 - 4:01am
Mark Bowden’s “Hue 1968” recounts a battle that was a turning point in the Vietnam War.
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Match Book: Dear Match Book: Send Me Some Knockout Short Stories for Summer

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 07/04/2017 - 4:00am
Recommendations for a new devotee of short fiction include books by Nam Le, Deborah Eisenberg and Edward P. Jones.
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Nonfiction: Stories of a Lifelong Fascination With Africa

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 07/03/2017 - 3:44pm
In “Love, Africa,” Jeffrey Gettleman describes his enduring preoccupation with the continent and the career it has engendered.
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Nonfiction: Hippos and Monkeys and Chimps, Oh My! The History of the London Zoo

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:01am
Animals fare really badly in “The Zoo,” Isobel Charman’s entertaining account of the London Zoo’s 19th-century origins.
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Nonfiction: How Fast Can a Ford Car Go?

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:00am
In “Return to Glory” — part business book, part adventure saga — Matthew DeBord chronicles the Ford Motor Company’s attempt to compete at Le Mans.
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An Addict, a Confessed Killer and Now a Debut Author

New York Times Book Reviews - Sun, 07/02/2017 - 6:34pm
The strange case of Curtis Dawkins: How a convicted murderer ended up with a major book deal at one of the country’s top publishing houses.
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The Long View: ‘I Have Passed the Point of Reacting’: How the Watergate News Cycle Reads Today

New York Times Book Reviews - Sun, 07/02/2017 - 3:32pm
Jon Meacham looks at three signature works about Watergate — by Elizabeth Drew, Art Buchwald and Theodore H. White — to see how the news of the ’70s resonates.
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The Book Review Podcast: Silk on a Stick

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 4:43pm
Aaron Retica talks about Tim Marshall’s “A Flag Worth Dying For,” and Jill Eisenstadt discusses her new novel, “Swell.”
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Readers Come for the Characters but Stay for the Animals

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 9:10am
“I was very struck by how beautiful this area was,” the eco-minded South Carolina novelist Mary Alice Monroe says, “and how quickly it can disappear.”
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12 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 8:39am
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Poetry: A Poet’s Bicoastal Conjurings, From Garden State to Golden Gate

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 4:00am
August Kleinzahler’s double poetry collection, “Before Dawn on Bluff Road” and “Hollyhocks in the Fog,” shows how grounded he is in a sense of place.
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Fiction: Friendship or Identity Theft? In This French Best Seller, It’s Hard to Tell.

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 4:00am
In Delphine de Vigan’s novel “Based on a True Story,” a novelist’s new friend insinuates herself into every aspect of the writer’s life.
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Fiction: Storms Transport a Woman Into a Stranger’s Life and Her Own Past

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 4:00am
In Barbara Gowdy’s novel “Little Sister,” a flash of lightning temporarily transports a woman into a fascinating new self.
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Fiction: A Prize-Winning French Novel About the Western Obsession With the East

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 4:00am
In “Compass,” Mathias Énard’s odd and masterful novel, a Viennese musicologist is lost in dreams of a Levantine past.
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Nonfiction: An Englishwoman’s Journals Cast Light on Belgium’s Plight in World War I

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 4:00am
Rescued from a Belgian archive, “An English Governess in the Great War” is the diary kept by Mary Thorp in Brussels during the German occupation.
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Paperback Row

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 4:00am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Nonfiction: A World’s Worth of Flags and What They Mean

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 4:00am
Tim Marshall’s “A Flag Worth Dying For” looks at flags around the world — and what they mean.
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