Book Reviews

Profile: For the French Author Édouard Louis, His Books Are His Weapon

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 4:35pm
“History of Violence,” out this month in the U.S., is the writer’s attempt to tell his own story of being raped and nearly murdered.
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Fiction: Yes, Tommy Orange’s New Novel Really Is That Good

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 4:16pm
Centuries of subjugation weigh down the men and women of “There There,” his quietly devastating debut.
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Fiction: In a Novel, Mystical Maps and Intertwined Journeys in Syria

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 2:00pm
In her debut, “The Map of Salt and Stars,” Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar tells the story of two women, centuries apart, confronting war and exile.
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New & Noteworthy

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 4:00am
A selection of recent audiobooks; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
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Nonfiction: Cyberwarfare — the Latest Technology of Destruction

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 4:00am
David E. Sanger’s “The Perfect Weapon” is an encyclopedic account of developments in the cyberworld.
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Match Book: O Canada! What Should I Read?

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 4:00am
The best books to read to acquaint yourself with our northern neighbors.
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Nonfiction: Harper Lee and Her Father, the Real Atticus Finch

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 4:27pm
Joseph Crespino’s “biography” of the virtuous lawyer in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and the real man he was modeled after, brings to life the inconsistencies of the South.
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Nonfiction: Lots of People Love ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’ Roxane Gay Isn’t One of Them.

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 4:27pm
Tom Santopietro’s “Why ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Matters” is painstakingly researched, if substantively and structurally flawed, Roxane Gay writes.
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A Hard Childhood Compressed Into Poetry, With Concision and Heat

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 4:22pm
In his collection “Not Here,” the poet Hieu Minh Nguyen makes art from his memories of racism and abuse.
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Nonfiction: Curious About Your Ancestry? Submit a DNA Swab, and a Big Grain of Salt

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 3:45pm
In her book “Futureface,” Alex Wagner takes a skeptical look at companies that research our genetics only to hedge their bets in the fine print.
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Nonfiction: A History of the Energy We Have Consumed

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 2:00pm
In his new book, Richard Rhodes makes his way through four centuries of energy use, from oil to nuclear, and how each innovation has changed the world.
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Nonfiction: Was Autism a Nazi Invention?

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 2:00pm
In “Asperger’s Children,” Edith Sheffer explores the roots of autism, first diagnosed in Nazi Germany as the regime engaged in a program of child euthanasia.
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Nonfiction: How One Company Scammed Silicon Valley. And How It Got Caught.

New York Times Book Reviews - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 8:42am
In “Bad Blood,” John Carreyrou tells of the rise and incredible fall of Theranos, the biotech company that was going to revolutionize blood testing.
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Fiction: Twins, Foils, Frauds: A Posthumous Novel on the Puzzle of Free Will

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 6:06pm
In “The Solitary Twin,” by Harry Mathews, fractured identities come together in small, miraculous revelations that never feel contrived at all.
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The Book Review Podcast: The Things We Inherit

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 2:39pm
Carl Zimmer discusses “She Has Her Mother’s Laugh,” and Henry Alford talks about “And Then We Danced.”
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Nonfiction: How Did the Nazis Gain Power in Germany?

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 11:30am
Benjamin Carter Hett’s “The Death of Democracy” traces the fall of the Weimar Republic and the rise of the Third Reich.
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Fiction: In This Novel, a First-Grader Survives a School Shooting. His Older Brother Does Not.

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 10:46am
The 6-year-old narrator of Rhiannon Navin’s debut, “Only Child,” tries to decipher the grief that transforms his parents.
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Nonfiction: A Writer Recalls Her Schoolgirl Crush on a Deranged Tennis Coach

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 9:04am
In “You All Grow Up and Leave Me,” Piper Weiss remembers an infamous attack in the 1990s, and the man who was allowed to get alarmingly close to the female students who idolized him.
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Nonfiction: You Say ‘To-may-to,’ I Say ‘To-mah-to’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 4:00am
Lynne Murphy’s “The Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between American and British English” depicts nations divided by a common language.
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Inside the List: What Would You Do if You Found a Bag Crammed With Cash?

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 4:00am
That’s the question Catherine Steadman explores in her tense debut thriller, “Something in the Water.”
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