Book Reviews

Book News: Boys Puberty Book is Pulped After Aging Badly

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 2:35pm
A passage about breasts in “Growing Up for Boys” leads to some awkward conversations for a British publisher.
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Nonfiction: Mikhail Gorbachev Brought Democracy to Russia and Was Despised for It

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 4:00am
William Taubman’s definitive new biography, “Gorbachev,” describes a leader who was celebrated abroad, reviled at home.
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Otherworldly: The Latest in Science Fiction and Fantasy

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 4:00am
Novels, graphic and otherwise, about the world at war, life with no future and imagined universes.
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Nonfiction: Life in a Police State, Through the Searing Story of a Refugee’s Disappearance

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 11:16am
In “A Disappearance in Damascus,” the journalist Deborah Campbell searches for her guide, an Iraqi refugee.
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Fiction: ‘A Kind of Freedom’ Follows Three Generations of a Black Family in New Orleans

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 10:00am
Margaret Wilkerson Sexton’s luminous debut novel has the disenchanting optimism of the blues.
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Nonfiction: Fake News: It’s as American as George Washington’s Cherry Tree

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 4:00am
Kurt Andersen’s “Fantasyland” argues that alternative facts are baked into the American character.
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Fiction: ‘Class Mom’ Casts a Satirical Lens on So-Called Perfect Parents

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 4:00am
Laurie Gelman’s debut novel, “Class Mom,” is told from the comically cynical point of view of a former ’90s wild child turned suburban mother.
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Children’s Books: Picture Books That Remind Children — and Grown-Ups — What Real-Life Friendship Looks Like

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 4:00am
For real, true friends, there are sweet spots, rough spots and true connection — beyond clicks and tweets.
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Children’s Books: A Talking Tree, 200 Years Old and Fed Up With Intolerance

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 4:00am
In her new novel, “Wishtree,” Katherine Applegate channels the natural world to take on prejudice against immigrants.
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Fiction: On the Road in Germany, Accompanied by Troubling Memories

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 09/04/2017 - 4:00am
Alison Moore’s novel “The Lighthouse” follows a lonely British hiker on an increasingly precarious trek through the German countryside.
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Fiction: In ‘Careers for Women,’ the Plot Twists Around the World Trade Center

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 09/04/2017 - 4:00am
Joanna Scott’s “Careers for Women,” featuring a Port Authority publicist in midcentury Manhattan, serves up a vice-ridden narrative with white-glove service.
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Chelsea Manning Headlines New Yorker Festival

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 09/04/2017 - 4:00am
The event, from Oct. 6 to 8, will also include interviews with Preet Bharara, Seth Meyers and Glenn Close.
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Nonfiction: Two New Old Books That Show Walt Whitman’s Different Selves

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 4:05pm
Electronic sleuthing has identified two additions to the Whitman canon. What do they tell us about the man who sang of himself and of America?
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The Book Review Podcast: An American Abroad

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 12:41pm
Suzy Hansen discusses “Notes on a Foreign Country,” and David Thomson talks about “Warner Bros: The Making of an American Movie Studio.”
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Inside the List: A Decades-old Detective Series Is Still on Top

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 4:00am
“Y is for Yesterday,” the penultimate installment of Sue Grafton’s Alphabet Series, premieres on the Best-Seller list at No. 1.
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Crime: Mythic Revenge, a Mythic Film and Possibly Mythic Memories

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 4:00am
This week’s crime novels delve into the Spanish past and into film history, then grapple with two present-day children tormented by dangerous visions.
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The Shortlist: Suspense Fiction That Mines the Terrain of Female Guilt

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 4:00am
New novels by Deborah Moggach, Nuala Ellwood, Hallie Ephron and Ruth Ware explore the complex ethics, traumas and loyalties that define women’s lives.
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Essay: Epic Stories That Expand the Universal Family Plot

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 4:00am
Julian Lucas considers how family stories go beyond genealogy to discover those “who became ‘our’ ancestors” and those who didn’t.
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Fiction: Feminist Fiction From the Philippines, Written 50 Years Ago

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 4:00am
In Nick Joaquin’s “The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Tales of the Tropical Gothic,” women are granted powers that are both uncanny and real.
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Paperback Row

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 4:00am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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