Book Reviews

ROUNDUP: Hunting Down the Best True-Crime Tales

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 10/26/2018 - 3:00am
Marilyn Stasio discovers books that document the history of serial killing and the poisons of past and present, as well as some scandalous murder cases.
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Fiction: From Stephen King, Master of Darkness, a Light New Tale

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 10/26/2018 - 3:00am
King’s slim new novel, “Elevation,” returns us to Castle Rock, where prejudice drives a plot that blends the fantastical with the mundane.
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New in Paperback: ‘To Siri With Love,’ ‘The Relive Box’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 10/26/2018 - 3:00am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Nonfiction: What Our Extremist Politics Owe to Batman and Captain America

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 10/26/2018 - 3:00am
“The Sky Is Falling,” by the pop culture historian Peter Biskind, traces the roots of our polarized political climates to Hollywood, television and Marvel Comics.
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The Shortlist: The Season’s Standout Crossover Y.A. Novels

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 10/26/2018 - 3:00am
Markus Zusak’s long-awaited “Bridge of Clay,” along with a French best seller, a story based on the ordeal of the Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, and more.
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Fiction: Black Death and the Black Arts: A Deadly Fictional Duo

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 10/26/2018 - 3:00am
Set in 17th-century France, Chris Womersley’s novel “City of Crows” features a mother who succumbs to witchcraft and a grifter with a gift for the tarot.
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Children’s Books: Graphic Novels to Give Kids Chills and Thrills

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 10/26/2018 - 3:00am
In "Fake Blood,” a sixth grader morphs into a vampire. “Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter” has a retro-modern teenage heroine who slays all kinds of evil creatures.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 10/26/2018 - 3:00am
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
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From Our Archives: Notes From the Book Review Archives

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 10/26/2018 - 3:00am
In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Shirley Jackson’s “The Haunting of Hill House.”
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Nonfiction: Philip Pullman’s ‘Daemon Voices’ Casts an Entrancing Spell

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 1:15pm
A new collection of essays by the British author best known for the children’s trilogy “His Dark Materials” showcases his boundless curiosity and fascination with storytelling.
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Fiction: A Dark, Dark Take on Our Most Precious Fairy Tales

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 1:00pm
Laird Hunt’s “In the House in the Dark of the Woods” brings horror and fantasy to the stories most deeply embedded in the American consciousness.
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Editors’ Choice: 6 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 11:21am
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Babe Ruth, the First Modern Celebrity

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 8:57am
In “The Big Fella,” Jane Leavy demonstrates how the Bambino paved the way for every superstar to come.
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By the Book: Barbara Kingsolver: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 3:00am
The author, most recently, of the novel “Unsheltered” loves “fiction that educates me on the sly, especially about something I didn’t realize I wanted to know. I’m open to any kind of arcana.”
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Paper Chase: The ‘Doctor Zhivago’ Nobel Dust-up

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 10/24/2018 - 3:17pm
Sixty years ago, the Swedish Academy awarded the Russian author Boris Pasternak the Nobel Prize for Literature, but less than a week later, under pressure from the Soviet government, Pasternak rejected the award. The story, which had more twists and turns than a Cold War-era spy novel, played out in The New York Times with one front-page story after another.
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Profiles: The Coming of Age of Transgender Literature

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 10/24/2018 - 12:20pm
These writers are embracing a more elastic literary form — the novel — and a number of recent works, often genre-bending as well as gender-bending, have won critical acclaim.
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Nonfiction: A (Kafkaesque) Legal Battle Over the Author’s Papers Is at the Heart of ‘Kafka’s Last Trial’

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 10/24/2018 - 3:00am
A new book by Benjamin Balint considers what a lengthy courtroom fight over the rights to Franz Kafka’s literary archive reveals about him — and us.
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Fiction: ‘Friday Black’ Paints a Dark Portrait of Race in America

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 8:42am
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s debut stories are violent for a reason.
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Five Novelists Imagine Trump’s Next Chapter

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 3:00am
How does the story of the American president, the Russian president, a retired British spy, a contested election and a rumored videotape end?
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New & Noteworthy

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 3:00am
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
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