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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 4:00am
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
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Nonfiction: How a Racist Sheriff Railroaded a Disabled Teenager and Got Off

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 2:00pm
“Beneath a Ruthless Sun,” by the Pulitzer winner Gilbert King, is a searing true account of corrupt law enforcement, racial violence and heroism in Jim Crow Florida.
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Nonfiction: What Trained Bears Can Teach Us About Formerly Authoritarian Countries

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 12:28pm
In “Dancing Bears,” the Polish journalist Witold Szablowski uses the stories of liberated circus animals to illuminate various nations’ uncertain paths to democracy.
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By the Book: John McCain: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 4:00am
Senator John McCain, whose new book is “The Restless Wave,” thinks all children should read “Huckleberry Finn”: “It’s funny and it’s scary, and it teaches us to see past our differences.”
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Bookshelf: Two New Works of Fiction About Mass Transit and a Daring Female Pilot

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 3:52pm
The actor David Duchovny’s third novel was inspired by a Yeats play, “The Only Jealousy of Elmer,” while Theasa Tuohy’s book was inspired by a 2010 Times obituary.
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Essay: The Russian Comic Writer Who’s an Antidote to Mad Times

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 4:00am
Nikolai Gogol, the 19th-century author and playwright, understood better than any artist since what “perfect nonsense goes on in the world.” Julian Lucas explains.
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Fiction: A Debut Novel Traces the Filipino Experience in the United States

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 4:00am
Elaine Castillo’s “America Is Not the Heart” exposes the social injustices of life as an immigrant in 1990s California.
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Nonfiction: A Disaster at Sea, Animated by 26 Hours of Black-Box Recordings

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 1:30pm
The transcript from El Faro’s voyage data recorder is the most detailed record of a maritime disaster ever, and with “Into the Raging Sea” Rachel Slade makes excellent use of it.
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Match Book: Books New and Old for the Would-Be Time Traveler

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 10:19am
From the bones of 15th-century monarchs, to Neanderthals mingling with modern humans, to speculative tales of African elephants: stories to transport you back to the beginning.
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Nonfiction: How Rodgers and Hammerstein Created Modern Musical Theater

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 4:00am
In “Something Wonderful,” Todd S. Purdum analyzes the extraordinary legacy of two brilliant songwriters.
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New & Noteworthy

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 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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By the Book: Dambisa Moyo: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 10:56am
The economist Dambisa Moyo, author most recently of “Edge of Chaos,” loves Agatha Christie’s “detestable, bombastic, tiresome, egocentric little creep” Hercule Poirot.
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Nonfiction: In This Space Race, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk Are Competing to Take You There

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 9:22am
Two new books, “The Space Barons” and “Rocket Billionaires,” tell the story of the entrepreneurial push to leave Earth.
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Fiction: The First Lady of the Confederacy Considers Her Painful Past

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 4:00am
In Charles Frazier’s novel “Varina,” a late-life meeting with a former slave triggers painful memories for the much younger wife of Jefferson Davis.
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Nonfiction: America’s Most Famous Street

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 4:00am
Fran Leadon’s “Broadway” tells the story of New York City through one thoroughfare.
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Graphic Content: Comics in Black and White That Are Anything but Simple

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 2:06pm
New works by Eleanor Davis and John Porcellino play with the theoretical and absurd.
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The Book Review Podcast: Julian Barnes on ‘The Only Story’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 12:43pm
Barnes talks about his latest novel, and Lawrence Wright discusses “God Save Texas.”
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SKetchbook: Revisiting of the Legacy of the Fonz

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 9:45am
James Kochalka creates an illustrated homage to the iconic “Happy Days” character through the lens of “The Catcher in the Rye.”
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The Shortlist: Three Literary Critics Who Engage With Their Subjects, Unconventionally

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 4:00am
Criticism in verse? Finishing Beckett’s unfinished manuscript? A memoiristic meditation on Kathy Acker? These authors embrace hybrid forms to analyze the literature they love.
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Fiction: Stories That Look Askance at the American Midwest

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 4:00am
Malinda McCollum’s debut collection, “The Surprising Place,” reveals the darkly comic underbelly of Des Moines.
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