Book Reviews

New in Paperback: ‘Elastic,’ ‘Brass’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 01/04/2019 - 4:00am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Sketchbook | Graphic Review: Molly Crabapple’s Illustrated Reflection on Sabahattin Ali’s Novel ‘Madonna in a Fur Coat’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 01/04/2019 - 4:00am
The 1943 Turkish classic follows a hopeless love story against the backdrop of a crumbling Weimar Berlin.
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Nonfiction: Saving Local Communities in a Globalized World

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 01/04/2019 - 4:00am
Paul Collier’s “The Future of Capitalism” argues for reviving a sense of rootedness and a web of reciprocal obligations.
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Crime: Back to the Bayou: James Lee Burke’s Latest Novel

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 01/04/2019 - 4:00am
In her Crime column, Marilyn Stasio also heads to Bel-Air (Thomas Perry), Florida (Tim Dorsey) and Detroit (Stephen Mack Jones).
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Fiction: A Novel of Culture Clash Grapples With the Grief of a Suicide Bomber’s Family

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 01/04/2019 - 4:00am
Nuruddin Farah’s “North of Dawn” bears witness to the tensions between fundamentalism and secularism, through the lens of a Somali-Norwegian family.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 01/04/2019 - 4:00am
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
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Now Read This: Discussion Questions for ‘Heart: A History’

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 4:21pm
Sandeep Jauhar’s exploration of our most vital organ and favored metaphor is our January pick for the PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club, “Now Read This.”
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The Enthusiast: In Praise of Iris Murdoch

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 3:29pm
In my “Read this” and “I have a book for you” family, no one had ever mentioned Murdoch. Her novels weren’t part of our approved canon. And yet I adored her.
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Fiction: The Unsentimental, Darkly Elegant Stories of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 1:00pm
The stories in “At the End of the Century” — all character studies — have an addictive, told-over-tea quality.
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The Shortlist: Three French Novels You Should Read

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 11:34am
New translations include a lush historical novel about Michelangelo, a hybrid memoir/novel from a Nobel Prize winner and a mother-daughter melodrama.
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Editors’ Choice: 11 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 11:27am
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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By the Book: Chigozie Obioma: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 4:00am
The author, most recently, of the novel “An Orchestra of Minorities” is “hardly turned off by considerations of genre. … I have found even manuals — of how to hunt wild birds in West Africa — fascinating.”
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Poetry: Leonard Cohen’s Posthumous Collection of Poems, Lyrics and Sketches

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 01/02/2019 - 1:00pm
When he died in 2016, the singer left behind hundreds of notebooks that have yielded material for a new miscellany, “The Flame.”
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Nonfiction: How the Dispute Over Runaway Slaves Helped Fuel the Civil War

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 01/02/2019 - 4:00am
“The War Before the War,” by the literary critic Andrew Delbanco, is a forceful and eloquent case for the role of fugitives in fomenting a national crisis.
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The Shortlist: Hunger Games: Three Memoirs Where Food Takes Center Stage

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 01/01/2019 - 1:00pm
In culinary essays, Dawn Drzal, Christine S. O’Brien and Ann Hood embark on personal journeys in which meals reveal much more than what’s on the menu.
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New & Noteworthy

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 01/01/2019 - 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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Essay: How Hollywood Gets the Publishing Industry Wrong

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 01/01/2019 - 4:00am
Book publishing is big on TV and in the movies. The essayist Sloane Crosley, a former book publicist, fact-checks the shows.
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Nonfiction: A Book That Will Make You Terrified of Your Own House

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 1:00pm
Rob Dunn’s “Never Home Alone” catalogs the world of microbial beings that share our living space and inhabit our showerheads and pillowcases.
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Nonfiction: Superb Oddities: Robert Gottlieb Reviews a Biography of Edward Gorey

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 4:00am
In “Born to Be Posthumous,” Mark Dery probes the “eccentric life” and “mysterious genius” of the illustrator whose books have proved fiendishly irresistible.
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The Book Review Podcast: Tyranny in Rome and Fake Drugs in Fiction

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 3:58pm
Yascha Mounk discusses Edward J. Watts’s “Mortal Republic,” and Jonathan Lethem talks about the surge of fictional psychotropic drugs in novels.
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