Book Reviews

Inside the List: What the Authors of Our 10 Best Books Read and Loved This Year

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 11:55am
2018 was a good year for books. Some of the authors we admire weigh in on their favorite reads.
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Nonfiction: Illuminating Islam’s Peaceful Origins

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 11:14am
Two new books, Jack Miles’s “God in the Qur’an” and Juan Cole’s “Muhammad,” go back to the sources of the Muslim faith.
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Notes from the Book Review Archive: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Thought Sherlock Holmes Was ‘a Lower Stratum of Literary Achievement’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 10:17am
In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: J. Donald Abrams on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
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Fiction: A Real-Life Murder, Committed in the Name of Islamic Extremism, Inspires a Debut Novel

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 4:00am
Guy Gunaratne’s “In Our Mad and Furious City” interweaves five urban lives against a backdrop of racial and political violence.
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New in Paperback: ‘The Cooking Gene,’ ‘The Music Shop’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 4:00am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Nonfiction: A Close-Up Look at the British Men and Women Who Ruled India

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 4:00am
David Gilmour’s “The British in India” examines the personal lives of the small number of individuals who controlled a vast territory.
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The Literati: The Spiritual Life of Arthur Conan Doyle

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 4:00am
The creator of Sherlock Holmes harbored a deep-seated belief in mysticism, telepathy, fairies and ghosts.
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Nonfiction: What Matters in Old Age: Rereading, Reconsidering and Reassessing

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 4:00am
The literary critic Susan Gubar’s memoir, “Late-Life Love,” blends tales of her marriage with discussions of works whose meaning has changed for her over time.
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New & Noteworthy

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 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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Fiction: In a Brutal Chinese Satire, Villagers Surrender to Their Worst Impulses

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 4:00am
Yan Lianke’s novel “The Day the Sun Died” takes place on a single night, when a plague of somnambulism unleashes a host of suppressed emotions.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 4:00am
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
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Self-Helped: The Art of Bullet Journaling and the Improved To-Do List

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 1:54pm
First, ask yourself: Does this thought actually belong here?
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Graphic Content: When Comics Writers Defy Gender Norms

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 1:00pm
In her column, Hillary Chute reviews four new graphic novels that use the form to challenge societal expectations about sex.
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Editors’ Choice: 8 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 9:34am
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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By the Book: James Lee Burke: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 4:00am
The author, most recently, of the forthcoming Dave Robicheaux murder mystery “The New Iberia Blues” loves the Beat writers: “I wish Jack Kerouac had lived to be a thousand years old.”
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Fiction: A Comic Novel Asks Who Gets to Write the History of the Colonial Philippines

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 12/26/2018 - 4:00am
In Gina Apostol’s “Insurrecto,” a modern American and her Filipino guide write dueling screenplays, raising provocative questions about history and hypocrisy.
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Children’s Books: Is Any Topic Off Limits When You Write for Teenagers? Maybe Just One

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 12/25/2018 - 4:00am
Young adult books now address every corner of teenage experience, no matter how dark or racy. But few authors dare to write about religion and faith.
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Books News: Bottleneck at Printers Has Derailed Some Holiday Book Sales

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 1:13pm
A backlog at the printing presses, plus a surging demand for popular hardcover titles, has hurt publishers at peak sales season, with popular titles out of stock in some stores.
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Nonfiction: What the Fall of the Roman Republic Can Teach Us About America

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 1:00pm
“Mortal Republic,” by Edward J. Watts, examines parallels between ancient Rome and today’s United States.
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Essay: How Does a Writer Put a Drug Trip Into Words?

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 4:00am
"After I set out to write a book about psychedelics, it became obvious what I would have to do,” Michael Pollan says. But how to describe the indescribable?
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