Book Reviews

Inside the List: ‘Kitchen Confidential,’ First Published in 2000, Tops the List Again

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 4:00am
Demand for Anthony Bourdain’s memoir has soared since his death.
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Nonfiction: How Hunting Became a Macho Sport

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 4:00am
“The Fair Chase,” Philip Dray’s illuminating history, recounts the evolution of American hunting from frontier vocation to competitive pastime.
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Visual Verse: Terrance Hayes Spins Poems Into Pictures

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 4:00am
The National Book Award-winning poet creates a graphic “verse” in response to the sociopolitical conundrums he tackles in his new book.
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The Shortlist: Short Stories That Travel the World From a Deliciously Off-Kilter Perspective

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 4:00am
These four masterly collections migrate from a plant nursery in Maine to a Buddhist temple in Japan, pursuing unlikely connections and flashes of enlightenment.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 4:00am
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
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Fiction: Two Writers Haunted by Their Caribbean Past

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 4:00am
In his novel “A View of the Empire at Sunset,” Caryl Phillips uses the difficult, lonely life of Jean Rhys to explore themes of alienation and exile.
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Fiction: Two New Books From Australia, Unconstrained by Literary Convention

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 9:20pm
“Border Districts” and “Stream System,” by Gerald Murnane, reflect the author’s forays into the inner reaches of his own mind.
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Fiction: This Novel Opens With a Suicide and a Suitcase of Cash. Then Things Get Really Interesting.

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 2:00pm
Rebekah Frumkin’s debut, “The Comedown,” is the drugs-and-crime tragedy of two Cleveland clans discovering the fluidity of life and of the self.
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Making the Language Strange, as Only Poetry Can Do

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 1:31pm
In her collection “Yeah No,” Jane Gregory adopts an otherworldly voice like a medium channeling signals from the great elsewhere.
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Nonfiction: How We Got to Be So Self-Absorbed: The Long Story

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 9:28am
In “Selfie,” Will Storr searches for the roots of Western narcissism, a journey that takes him from a Scottish cloister to the Esalen Institute in Big Sur.
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By the Book: Samantha Hunt: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 4:00am
The author Samantha Hunt, whose novel “The Seas” will be reissued in July, has started an apocalypse library: “I enjoy all these books. I just hope I’ll never need them to survive.”
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Nonfiction: In One City, 2,000 Years of Gay History

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 4:00am
Peter Ackroyd’s “Queer City” is an enticingly dishy and detailed tour of gay life in London, from the Roman era all the way through to the present.
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Nonfiction: A Writer Takes On the French Intelligentsia Over Muslims

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 4:00am
In “The End of the French Intellectual,” Shlomo Sand argues the case that Muslims have replaced Jews as the country’s most oppressed people.
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The Enthusiast: In Praise of Julia Alvarez

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 12:17am
“By the time I found ‘How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents,’ I’d already resigned myself to using books as windows rather than mirrors.”
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An Adolescence of Skateboards, Fistfights and Sexual Yearning, Turned Into Pure Poetry

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 4:39pm
Matthew Dickman’s new collection of poems, “Wonderland,” revisits his teenage years.
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Nonfiction: A Biography Charts an Odysseus Sidelined by Mental Illness

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 4:00pm
In “The Kevin Show,” Mary Pilon chronicles Kevin Hall’s long (and long-foiled) quest for Olympic gold in catamaran sailing.
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Children’s Books: Why Do Kids’ Books About Black Hair Draw So Much Attention — and Controversy?

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 11:58am
I set out to write a warm, whimsical book about a black girl’s hair. Twenty years on, that’s still a powerful subject.
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Applied Reading: Harry Potter in Your Pocket

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 4:00am
A newly released role-playing game and a collection of interactive books give readers fresh places to explore J.K. Rowling’s magical world.
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Newsbook: Read These 3 Books on the Toll of Migration on Children

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 4:42pm
A treatise on immigration, an undocumented immigrant torn away from her son and a teenager’s treacherous journey to reunite with his mother.
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