Book Reviews

Nonfiction: Christie Watson Is a Lovely Writer — and, Judging From This Book, a Gifted Nurse

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/27/2018 - 2:00pm
In the memoir “The Language of Kindness,” Watson — better known as a novelist — looks back at her two decades as a nurse at an urban British hospital.
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Nonfiction: What Would Shakespeare Have Made of Donald Trump?

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/27/2018 - 9:56am
Stephen Greenblatt’s “Tyrant” finds parallels between our political world and that of the Elizabethans — and locates some very familiar characters.
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Fiction: Fleeing a Caribbean Plantation Into a Mythic Wilderness

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/27/2018 - 4:00am
Patrick Chamoiseau’s novel “Slave Old Man” is a kind of action pastoral, tracing a desperate escape from a savage master and his monstrous mastiff.
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The Shortlist: How Elastic Is Your Brain?

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 06/26/2018 - 8:36pm
Three new books try to complicate our understanding of the brain — what it does, biologically, and how capable it is of changing.
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Nonfiction: Are More and More People Working Meaningless Jobs?

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 06/26/2018 - 2:00pm
In “Bull__ Jobs,” the anthropologist David Graeber argues that technological advances have led to people working more, not fewer, hours at useless jobs.
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Children’s Books: Grandmas and Grandpas Are a Kid’s Natural Allies in These Books

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 06/26/2018 - 10:48am
Affecting stories by the Fan Brothers, Dan Santat and Minh Le, and more celebrate the bonds between grandparents and grandkids.
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New & Noteworthy

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 06/26/2018 - 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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Nonfiction: Gerald Ford, President Nice Guy

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 06/26/2018 - 4:00am
Donald Rumsfeld’s “When the Center Held” is a sympathetic portrait of the man who pardoned Richard Nixon.
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Nonfiction: Deep Below Rockefeller Center Lies a Legendary Botanical Garden

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 06/25/2018 - 2:00pm
In “American Eden,” Victoria Johnson unearths the story of David Hosack, doctor and friend to both Hamilton and Burr, who gave botany a place in early America.
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Front Burner: A Glimpse Into Parisian Dining Life

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 06/25/2018 - 1:15pm
“Paris à Table” is a new translation of an 1846 book by the journalist Eugène Briffault.
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Newsbook: 3 Books Explain Why the Supreme Court’s Stance on Gerrymandering Matters

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 06/25/2018 - 11:45am
It’s an issue of race, power and politics.
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Fiction: Surviving AIDS, but at What Cost?

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 06/25/2018 - 4:00am
Rebecca Makkai’s novel “The Great Believers” ricochets between an era when AIDS was a death sentence and the present, when its shadow still looms.
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Nonfiction: Must Science Conflict With Spirituality?

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 06/25/2018 - 4:00am
The astrophysicist and novelist Alan Lightman doesn’t think so. And his new book, “Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine,” explains why.
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The Book Review Podcast: The Life of Atticus Finch

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 2:18pm
On this week’s podcast, Joseph Crespino talks about “Atticus Finch: The Biography,” and Philip Dray discusses “The Fair Chase: The Epic Story of Hunting in America.”
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Editors’ Choice: 9 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 1:00pm
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Crime: Bears and Poets: Endangered Prey in This Week’s Crime Column

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 11:55am
The deep woods and the drawing rooms of London are crime scenes in Marilyn Stasio’s column. Also two villages, one in France and the other in England.
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Fiction: Reliably Unreliable Men, Unlikely to Improve Their Lot

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 10:40am
Joseph O’Neill’s story collection, “Good Trouble,” features characters unlikely to be on the receiving end of a warmhearted learning experience.
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Nonfiction: Falling Crime Rates Are Good — at a Cost. A Writer Sees Both Sides.

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 9:02am
In “Uneasy Peace,” Patrick Sharkey sees disparities when the homicide rate drops. The country is safer, but some people are now afraid of the police.
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Nonfiction: Woodrow Wilson Achieved a Lot. So Why Is He So Scorned?

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 4:00am
Patricia O’Toole’s “The Moralist” is the latest biography of Wilson, who has inspired fierce arguments ever since his death in 1924.
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Otherworldly: Heart-Hammering Science Fiction and Fantasy Thrillers

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 4:00am
They may be action-packed page turners — but these books also ask readers to consider very real social issues.
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