Book Reviews

Nonfiction: Julián Castro’s American Story

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 12/19/2018 - 4:26pm
In a new memoir, “An Unlikely Journey,” the potential presidential candidate traces his family’s history, from his grandmother’s emigration to the United States to his rise in politics.
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Nonfiction: A Predatory Congressman, His Jilted Lover and a Gilded Age Lawsuit That Foreshadowed #MeToo

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 12/19/2018 - 1:00pm
“Bringing Down the Colonel,” by Patricia Miller, casts timely light on a forgotten 19th-century saga in which a powerful man was held accountable for his exploitative treatment of a young woman.
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Fiction: A Silicon Valley Start-Up Offers Hints of Alternate Lives

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 12/19/2018 - 4:00am
In Helen Schulman’s latest novel, “Come With Me,” a California family’s bonds are frayed by infidelities both virtual and actual.
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Nonfiction: Chasing Down a Decades-Old Family Tragedy

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 12/18/2018 - 1:00pm
In “The Day That Went Missing,” Richard Beard, gutted by memories and grief, investigates his brother’s death on a Cornwall beach in 1978.
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New & Noteworthy

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 12/18/2018 - 10:03am
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
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Nonfiction: Explaining Trump, Brexit and Other Expressions of Nationalism

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 12/18/2018 - 4:00am
John B. Judis’s “The Nationalist Revival” explores the worries and resentments of those who feel left behind.
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POETRY: Bertolt Brecht: Poet and Communist

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 12/17/2018 - 10:57am
“The Collected Poems of Bertolt Brecht,” translated and edited by Tom Kuhn and David Constantine, brings together more than 1,000 poems.
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Profile: With ‘The Friend,’ Sigrid Nunez Becomes an Overnight Literary Sensation, 23 Years and Eight Books Later

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 12/17/2018 - 9:43am
More than two decades after critics declared her “a writer of uncommon talent,” Nunez won the National Book Award.
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Nonfiction: In These New Essays, John McPhee Finds Poetry in the Material at Hand

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 12/17/2018 - 4:00am
“The Patch,” his seventh collection, probes landscapes from New Jersey to Alaska and profiles a vast cast of characters, from Joan Baez to Thomas Wolfe.
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Prescribed Reading: A Doctor’s Guide to What to Read on the Opioid Crisis

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 12/17/2018 - 4:00am
In a new column, Prescribed Reading, Abigail Zuger looks at past books that dealt with opioid abuse in order to understand better how we got here.
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The Book Review Podcast: Poetry Meets the Moment(s)

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 1:20pm
The Book Review’s poetry editor, Gregory Cowles, discusses Tracy K. Smith’s essay about political poetry and more from this week’s special issue.
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Vows: Arts Meets Science and Chemistry Wins the Day

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 1:17pm
Paul Romer had a doubly big day: first he was married to Caroline Weber and then accepted a Nobel later in the evening.
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Inside the List: Seeing Double on the Shelves

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 12:38pm
Book titles can’t be copyrighted, and that led to a recent dust-up on social media.
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By the Book: Alice Walker: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 10:03am
The author, most recently, of the poetry collection “Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart” feels a duty to read about countries devastated by war: “The suffering, usually for the most vulnerable, never ends.”
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Notebook : Kurt Vonnegut’s World War II Scrapbook

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 4:00am
An unpublished trove of photographs and letters the author kept while serving in the U.S. Army in Dresden provides the biographical context for his most influential novel, “Slaughterhouse-Five.”
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Children’s Books: Winter Holiday Treats For Picture Book Readers

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 4:00am
A snowplow who works all night long, a naughty kid who breaks his mom’s favorite ornament, a fox hunting for a winter meal, and more in the season’s standout picture books.
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New in Paperback: ‘A Kind of Freedom,’ ‘Secrecy World’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 4:00am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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The Saturday Profile: A Dissident Chinese Novelist Finds Echoes of Mao, and Orwell

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 4:00am
Ma Jian, one of the sharper observers of contemporary China, though living in exile for 30 years, says this era resembles that of the Cultural Revolution.
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The Shortlist: In Recent Poetry Collections, Weapons Made of Words

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 4:00am
In these four deeply political, deeply personal books, poets grapple with some hot-button issues of the day.
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Poetry: He’s a Legend of Contemporary Poetry. There’s Finally a Volume of His Collected Work.

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 4:00am
In poems that cajole, beguile, praise and evoke, Robert Bly makes the case that poetry should be near the center of life.
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