Book Reviews

Editors’ Choice: 9 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 12:41pm
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Profile: In a New Book of Sketches, Françoise Gilot Clears Her Mind of the Past

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 10:18am
Picasso’s former lover and muse has a philosophy formed by nine decades of living. And forgetting.
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Fiction: 30 Years After Her Acclaimed Debut, a Zimbabwean Novelist Returns to Her Heroine in a Sequel

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 4:00am
In “This Mournable Body,” Tsitsi Dangarembga revisits the indomitable protagonist of “Nervous Conditions,” her prize-winning first novel, and finds her still struggling but unbowed.
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Nonfiction: Coming of Age — and Becoming a Writer — in an America Obsessed With ‘Dead Girls’

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 3:49pm
“Dead Girls,” by Alice Bolin, and “Against Memoir,” by Michelle Tea, reflect on American culture’s often violent fixation on female bodies.
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Memorabilia: Happy 20th Anniversary, Harry Potter

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 3:39pm
A publishing saga, captured in Potter ephemera — letters, sketches, mementos and more — that has been transfigured into treasure.
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Fiction: A Psychological Thriller Asks, Are We All a Little Stalker-ish?

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 4:00am
In Leo Benedictus’s new novel, “Read Me,” a stalker threatens his victim’s autonomy, and her life.
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Nonfiction: Attempting the Impossible: A Thoughtful Meditation on Technology

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 9:16am
In “Bitwise,” David Auerbach charts a middle course in his exploration of the good and the bad of our tech-enabled lives.
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New & Noteworthy

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 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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Crime: Yo, Ray Boy: Crime Novels That Speak in Local Voices

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 4:00am
From the Brooklynese of “Gravesend” to the Western twang of “Depth of Winter,” four mysteries tell murder-filled tales in regional accents.
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Nonfiction: Does Our Cultural Obsession With Safety Spell the Downfall of Democracy?

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 2:00pm
Two new books — “The Splintering of the American Mind,” by William Egginton, and “The Coddling of the American Mind,” by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt — warn of the threat to the country’s political and social well-being by a fractured generation convinced of its fragility.
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Nonfiction: What Is Identity?

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 2:00pm
Francis Fukuyama’s “Identity” and Kwame Anthony Appiah’s “The Lies That Bind” examine the role of personal identity in our modern age.
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Nonfiction: Why Arthur Ashe Is the Spiritual Father of Colin Kaepernick

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 4:00am
Touré reviews Raymond Arsenault’s major new biography, “Arthur Ashe: A Life,” which tells the story of a remarkable athlete and activist.
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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Grief and Laughter Mingle in ‘Tragedy Plus Time’

New York Times Book Reviews - Sun, 08/26/2018 - 11:37am
The comedian and actor Adam Cayton-Holland discusses his new memoir, which recounts his childhood in Denver and the eventual suicide of his younger sister.
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The Book Review: Interrogating the Change Makers

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 11:47am
“This is change that doesn’t necessarily change anything,” Anand Giridharadas says.
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New in Paperback: ‘Real American,’ ‘Touch’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 4:00am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Inside the List: First a Decorated War Vet, Then a Bank Robber, Now a Best-Selling Novelist

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 4:00am
Nico Walker’s “Cherry” is selling briskly. When the still-incarcerated author can use the phone again — he’s out of minutes — he may score a film deal, too.
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Nonfiction: A Palestinian Responds to His Israeli Neighbor

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 4:00am
In “Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor,” Yossi Klein Halevi looks to explain to a hypothetical Palestinian how his people see the conflict.
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Fiction: Slavery’s Repercussions Unspool in a Dark Southern Tale

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 4:00am
Kevin Powers’s second novel, “A Shout in the Ruins,” tells a story that spans over a hundred years and begins with a fire at a Virginia plantation.
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Nonfiction: How Patriarchy Imprinted Itself on the Family Who Created Jell-O

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 4:00am
In “Jell-O Girls,” Allie Rowbottom explores the history of her family, including a legacy of psychogenic illness, a result of repression and trauma.
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The Shortlist: Cold Cases: Three Scandinavian Novels Explore Chilling Emotional Territory

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 4:00am
Prepare to be dazzled by these new works of fiction — two Norwegian, one Danish.
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