Book Reviews

Newsbook: 3 Books That Help Explain American-Cuban Relations

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:18am
Here are three books that help explain the United States’ fraught historical relationship with Cuba.
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Nonfiction: Two New Books Offer Advice for the Socially Awkward

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 4:00am
Ty Tashiro (in “Awkward”) and Alan Alda (in “If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?”) say people can learn to interact more effectively.
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Fiction: Skaters, Beaches and a Drug-Smuggling Stewardess in a Novel of the ’70s

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 4:00am
In Daniel Riley’s debut novel, “Fly Me,” a young Vassar grad with a need for speed lights up a laid-back California town.
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Nonfiction: A Powerful, Disturbing History of Residential Segregation in America

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 4:00am
In “The Color of Law,” Richard Rothstein argues that government at all levels and in all branches abetted residential segregation, and the effects endure.
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Match Book: Dear Match Book: What Audiobooks Will Liven Up My Summer Road Trips?

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 4:00am
For long trips with adult passengers and shorter trips with kids, our columnist recommends great audiobooks to hold drivers’ attention.
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Nonfiction: The iPhone Is 10 Years Old. Here’s the Story of Its Birth.

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 10:07am
Apple’s culture of reverence and secrecy is no match for Brian Merchant in “The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone.”
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Fiction: In Mexico’s Violent Drug World, a Priest’s Dilemma Over the Seal of Confession

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 4:00am
Philip Caputo’s novel tells of an American priest who must decide whether to break the sanctity of confession to inform on narcos.
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Q. and A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: ‘The End of Advertising’

New York Times Book Reviews - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 4:14pm
Andrew Essex discusses his new book about the fate of traditional advertising and what might replace it.
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Nonfiction: America’s Collision Course With China

New York Times Book Reviews - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 9:12am
Two new books on China, "Everything Under the Heavens” and “Destined for War,” urge us to be ready for a radically different world order.
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Children’s Books: What Not to Tell the Kids When the Goldfish Dies, and Other Lessons From Pet Picture Books

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 8:52pm
A dead goldfish and a botched cover-up, an imaginary pet parakeet — pet-focused picture books help kids make sense of life and loss.
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The Book Review Podcast: China’s World

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 3:55pm
Howard W. French talks about “Everything Under the Heavens,” and Judith Newman discusses new books about how to grieve and how to die.
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Newsbook: Three Books on Puerto Rico’s Statehood vs. Independence Debate

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 3:15pm
As politicians debate the merits of statehood before Congress, here are three books that shed light on the various visions for Puerto Rico’s future.
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Fast Success for a Second Novel Two Decades in the Making

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 12:27pm
Arundhati Roy’s novel “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness,” the long-awaited follow-up to “The God of Small Things,” lands at No. 7 in hardcover fiction.
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Open Book: A Life in Art

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 12:21pm
Recorded conversations between artist and curator frame a memoir.
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Nonfiction: Machiavelli: Good Guy or Bad? This Biography Argues for the Former

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 12:08pm
In “Be Like the Fox,” Erica Benner sees Machiavelli as an enemy of autocratic rule who hid his lifelong belief in the people’s will and rule by law.
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Children’s Books: A Teenager’s Life in the Aftermath of Her Mother’s Sudden Death

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 11:16am
In Carol Weston’s perceptive, funny and moving “Speed of Life,” a 14-year-old heroine faces the loss of her mother and her dad’s new dating life.
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Paperback Row: Paperback Row

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 10:51am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Children’s Books: In Philip Pullman’s First Graphic Novel, a Ghost Ship Travels Through Time

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 9:08am
In “The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship,” a battered vessel becomes unstuck in time after an experiment goes awry.
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Nonfiction: How Washington Planned for a Cold-War Apocalypse

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 4:00am
Macabre anecdotes aside, Garrett M. Graff’s “Raven Rock” is at heart a history of the Cold War and its lasting effects on American politics.
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Nonfiction: He Built Roads. He Oversaw Mines. He Shrank the Deficit. He Was Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 4:00am
As Rüdiger Safranski’s “Goethe: Life as a Work of Art” reveals, when the prolific writer wasn’t producing manuscripts, he was applying his talents to the municipal good.
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