Book Reviews

Paperback Row

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 05/11/2017 - 2:00pm
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Nonfiction: Excavating an African American Family’s Past in a Townhouse in Harlem

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 05/11/2017 - 2:00pm
In “Down the Up Staircase,” a memoir co-written with his wife, Syma Solovitch, Bruce D. Haynes traces the changes to his family and to Harlem over three generations.
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10 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 05/11/2017 - 11:35am
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Young Adult: Whole New Worlds

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 05/11/2017 - 11:15am
In these books, young people must break from the past to navigate first loves, troubled families, wartime travails and more.
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Open Book: Baldwin Burns Strong

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 05/11/2017 - 10:23am
An oversize limited edition of James Baldwin’s “The Fire Next Time” is filled with stunning photos by Steve Schapiro from the civil rights era.
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Children’s Books: Seeking Dad, and Alien Life, in a Middle-Grade Novel

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 05/11/2017 - 9:00am
A quest to connect with alien life turns into a family affair in the middle-grade novel “See You in the Cosmos.”
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Fiction: A Pair of Updated Greek Tragedies Startle Us Anew

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 05/11/2017 - 6:00am
Two novelists — Colm Toibin in “House of Names” and David Vann in “Bright Air Black” — offer new versions of Greek myths.
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By the Book: Jo Nesbo: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 05/11/2017 - 6:00am
The author of “The Thirst” would invite Charles Bukowski, Jim Thompson and Ernest Hemingway to his literary dinner party: “Partly because I can’t cook and for this party, I probably wouldn’t have to.”
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Bookends: What Book Would You Recommend for America’s Current Political Moment?

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 05/11/2017 - 5:00am
Francine Prose and Thomas Mallon suggest reading that suits the current moment and tells us what we can expect from it.
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Fiction: In Joshua Ferris’s Stories, Couples Lead Lives of Quiet Desperation

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 05/10/2017 - 8:00am
The stories in “The Dinner Party,” a new collection by the author of “Then We Came to the End,” add up to a magnificent carnival of discord and delusion.
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Nonfiction: A Kinder, Gentler Portrait of Prince Charles

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 05/10/2017 - 6:00am
Sally Bedell Smith’s biography of the Prince of Wales is that rare portrayal: pro-Charles, anti-Diana.
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In Conversation With Neil deGrasse Tyson

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 5:29pm
The noted astrophysicist discusses his new book, “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry,” and what it’s like to die in a black hole.
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Newsbook: With Health Care Changes Looming, Books to Understand the System

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 4:26pm
Health care policy is on the verge of a major overhaul. Here are a few books to help you understand the unwieldy system.
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Nonfiction: A Take-No-Prisoners Biography of Barack Obama Examines His Early Love Life

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 3:25pm
David Garrow’s deeply reported “Rising Star” presents the 44th president as subordinating crucial parts of his life — even love — to political expedience.
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Nonficton: William F. Buckley and the Odyssey of Conservatism

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 11:33am
As Alvin Felzenberg shows in “A Man and His Presidents,” Buckley prided himself on purging the conservative movement of extremists, bigots, kooks, anti-Semites and racists. How does his legacy look now?
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Fiction: New From Murakami: Tales of Cool Cars, Shinto Spirits and Lost Love

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 11:14am
In the seven stories that make up “Men Without Women,” Haruki Murakami strikes a blue note: a rainy Tokyo full of unfaithful women.
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Match Book: Books for Those Who Love Sports or Just Love to Read About Them

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 4:50am
What’s next for the book club that’s read 42 sports-themed stories? Our columnist suggests titles old and new with strong human-interest angles.
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Fiction: Stephen King on Paul Theroux’s Portrait of a Truly Horrible Mother

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 4:00am
Theroux’s new novel, “Mother Land,” is an exercise in mean-spirited score-settling. It’s also fun.
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Fiction: A Debut Novel Skewers Startup Culture, Click by Click

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 05/08/2017 - 6:00am
Doree Shafrir’s debut novel, “Startup” questions what’s happening in the workplace and what to do about it.
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Nonfiction: Patrick Buchanan Reveals Himself to Be the First Trumpist

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 05/08/2017 - 4:00am
In “Nixon’s White House Wars,” it’s Patrick Buchanan, not Nixon, who emerges as the most intriguing character in the entertaining book.
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