Book Reviews

Sketchbook | Graphic Review: A Graphic Tribute to a Classic Work of Paleontological Literature

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 11:05am
The children’s book author and illustrator David Nytra draws a review of William E. Scheele’s “Prehistoric Animals.”
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The Book Review: Rethinking the ‘Tangled Tree’ of Life

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 10:47am
“We are composites of various creatures,” David Quammen says. “We are mosaics.”
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Children’s Books: Charming, Plucky Picture Books That Ease Back-to-Class Jitters

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 10:40am
The very best kids’ books — like these — help the under-10 set work through their fears.
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Nonfiction: A New View of Evolution That Can’t Be Represented by a Tree

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 10:06am
David Quammen has written a sprawling history of evolutionary genetics, “The Tangled Tree,” that complicates familiar notions of how species evolved.
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Our Back Pages: Notes From the Book Review Archives

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 9:57am
In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Charles Darwin’s “The Origin of Species.”
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Inside the List: ‘It’s So Hard for Parents to Imagine Their Children Shooting Up Heroin’: Beth Macy on ‘Dopesick’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 9:42am
Back in 2012, Macy, a journalist, wrote articles about suburban heroin addiction. In a new book she’s widened her lens, exploring the roots of the national opioid crisis.
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Nonfiction: A Writer’s Trip Into the Amazon Reveals Brazil and Himself

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 4:00am
Chris Feliciano Arnold’s “The Third Bank of the River” is a reported and personal look at the problems plaguing the Amazon and its people.
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New in Paperback: ‘Democracy in Chains,’ ‘Black Mad Wheel’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 4:00am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Nonfiction: What Role Do Teachers Play in Education?

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 4:00am
Andrea Gabor’s “After the Education Wars” looks at efforts to reform the classroom through technology and standardized testing.
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Crime: From a Marsh to a Mountain, Crime Fiction Heads Outdoors

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 4:00am
Marilyn Stasio’s selections take readers to a North Carolina swamp, a peak in Minnesota and a jungle in Laos, with a pit stop at a California beach.
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Nonfiction: Searching for Language to Capture How Climate Change Has Altered Our World

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 4:00am
In “Rising,” Elizabeth Rush surveys the new contours of an America already changed by rising waters.
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Fiction: Stepsisters, Lovers and Gender-Bending Artists, Now Celebrated in a Novel

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 4:00am
In “Never Anyone but You,” Rupert Thomson reimagines the lives of the Surrealist icons Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 4:00am
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
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Nonfiction: An American in Japan, Leading a Zen Koan of a Life

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 2:00pm
Tracy Franz’s “My Year of Dirt and Water” considers the paradoxical experience of being married to a Buddhist monk, cloistered in a Japanese temple.
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The Enthusiast: In Praise of Karel Capek

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 1:19pm
“This is the power of ‘War With the Newts’: It leaves us staring with bewilderment at the ways that we — with our tiny acts of greed and insensitivity and willful blindness — did all this.”
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Editors’ Choice: 10 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 11:00am
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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By the Book: Rebecca Solnit: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 4:00am
The author, most recently, of the essay collection “Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises” keeps an eye on the “daily eruptions of the internet”: “Like a lot of us, I’m hypervigilant about the crazy stuff going on.”
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Nonfiction: A Critic Who Worships Literature, and Defends His Faith Accordingly

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 4:00am
In his passionate new essay collection, “American Audacity,” William Giraldi fiercely emphasizes the cultural importance of high literary standards.
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Nonfiction: The Street Where ‘They Do Strange Things’

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 2:00pm
Alice Sparberg Alexiou’s history of the Bowery, “Devil’s Mile,” is a narrative not only of the famous street but also of New York City.
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