Book Reviews

Essay: The Ghost Story Persists in American Literature. Why?

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 3:00am
A slew of ghosts in recent books are a vessel for the country’s collective terror and guilt.
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Nonfiction: Were the Founders Against Slavery All Along?

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 3:27pm
Sean Wilentz’s “No Property in Man” argues that despite some expedient compromises, the Constitution’s writers were careful to plant the seeds of abolition.
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The Book Review: Susan Orlean on a Great Library Fire

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 12:27pm
Orlean discusses “The Library Book,” about a 1986 blaze in Los Angeles that damaged or destroyed more than a million books.
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Editors’ Choice: 8 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 12:12pm
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Fiction: In Barbara Kingsolver’s New Book, a Family Teeters on the Brink

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 12:00pm
“Unsheltered,” a big, gripping, emotionally complex novel on the same scale as “The Poisonwood Bible,” explores what it means to have a safe place in the world.
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Sketchbook | Graphic review: An Illustrated Homage to the Oceans Atlas

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 3:00am
The graphic artist Kristen Radtke recalls the influence that a book about the seas had on her young imagination.
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The Shortlist: The Latest in Jazz, the Genius of Jerome Robbins, and Bernhardt vs. Duse

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 3:00am
Nate Chinen on “jazz for the new century”; Wendy Lesser’s biography of a great choreographer; and the most entertaining theatrical rivalry ever.
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Children’s Books: Standout New Picture Books

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 3:00am
Sibling truces, outrageous wordplay, being a kid in Beijing and more in the latest delights for the smallest readers and listeners.
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Inside the List: We Decided to Spend Some Time on Best-selling Novelists’ Websites. Here’s What We Found.

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 3:00am
James Patterson offers movie reviews; John Sandford provides statistics on his use of profanities; Tana French promises readers something remarkable.
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Fiction: For the Young Couple in This Novel, the Stars Align, Then Explode

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 3:00am
An intercontinental romance ends in tragedy in Heather Taylor-Johnson’s debut, “Jean Harley Was Here.”
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New in Paperback: ‘What Happened,’ ‘A Good Country’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 3:00am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Crime: Disappearing Acts: Four Mysteries With Missed Connections

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 3:00am
Marilyn Stasio’s Crime column sets readers on the trail of stalkers and sleuths, from Iceland to Denmark to an archaeological museum in Chicago.
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Fiction: A Norwegian Novel Complicates the Canon of New Testament Fiction

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 3:00am
Lars Petter Sveen’s “Children of God,” his first novel to be translated into English, presents a problematic portrayal of Jesus Christ.
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From Our Archives: Notes From the Book Review Archives

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 3:00am
In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Scott Simon on “Saturday Night.”
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Nonfiction: How the United States Achieved World Leadership

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 3:00am
Derek Leebaert’s “Grand Improvisation” tells a complicated story of post-World War II Europe with Washington often operating in a fog.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 3:00am
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
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FICTION: An Indian Couple Consider a Daring Gambit to Have a Baby

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 3:00am
“One Part Woman,” by the Tamil novelist Perumal Murugan, imagines the pain of childlessness for a rural Indian couple during the colonial era.
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Fiction: The Malevolent Little Mermaid: Not Your Usual Fantasy Heroine

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 3:00am
Imogen Hermes Gowar’s historical novel sets a sharp-clawed sea creature adrift on the raucous social tides of 18th-century London.
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Bookshelf: From F.D.R. to Serial Killers: New Books on New Yorkers

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 8:00am
There is some cozy reading in store for those who like to stay steeped in the city’s sociopolitical history, including tales of war heroes and mob bosses.
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Bookshelf: From F.D.R. to Serial Killers: New Books on New Yorkers

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 8:00am
There is some cozy reading in store for those who like to stay steeped in the city’s sociopolitical history, including tales of war heroes and mob bosses.
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