Book Reviews

Nonfiction: Why Trump Voters Supported Trump

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 4:00am
“The Great Revolt,” by Salena Zito and Brad Todd, allows Trump backers to speak in their own voices.
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The Shortlist: To the Poles — Before They Started Melting

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 4:00am
A new book charts the effects of climate change while two others return readers to the great age of Arctic and Antarctic exploration.
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Nonfiction: Terrorists Killed 12 Nepalese Men. Was an American Military Contractor to Blame?

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 4:00am
In “The Girl From Kathmandu,” Cam Simpson investigates the deaths of a dozen laborers en route to an American military base where they had never intended to go.
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New in Paperback: ‘Why Buddhism Is True,’ ‘The End of Eddy’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 4:00am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Essay: What a Father Learns by Reading With His Special-Needs Son

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 4:00am
Reading to a child with cerebral palsy, the poet Craig Morgan Teicher discovers the many-layered pleasures of sharing an experience that is inherently private.
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Sketchbook: Left to Their Own (Literary) Devices

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 4:00am
Grant Snider provides an illustrated reminder of what happens when kids are left to roam the stacks of a library.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 4:00am
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
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Nonfiction: A Biography Chronicles the Mysteries of Agatha Christie

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 4:55pm
In “Agatha Christie,” by Laura Thompson, the author’s work is quoted extensively but little attention is given to how she committed all those murders.
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Nonfiction: A Poet’s Memoir Explores Race, Addiction and a Fraught Father-Son Dynamic

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 3:01pm
In “Air Traffic,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gregory Pardlo grapples with a complicated family legacy.
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Our Back Pages: Notes From the Book Review Archives

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 11:55am
In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Lisa Zeidner’s review of “The Country Life.”
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Nonfiction: Misty Copeland Pirouettes Through Two Books on Dance

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 10:09am
Henry Alford’s “And Then We Danced” and Laura Jacobs’s “Celestial Bodies” explore the cultural and personal resonances of the art of movement.
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Editors’ Choice: 10 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 9:55am
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Fiction: James Wood’s New Novel Confronts the Mystery of Other Minds

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 4:00am
In the New Yorker critic’s contemplative new novel, “Upstate,” a despairing philosopher, her father and her sister reflect on life’s big questions.
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By the Book: Michael Ondaatje: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 4:00am
Michael Ondaatje, whose most recent novel is “Warlight,” loves characters “on the periphery”: “Convicts, abandoned lovers, the dog that pulled someone out of quicksand.”
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Character Study: President Washington, Your Library Books Are Overdue

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 2:47pm
Carolyn Waters runs New York City’s oldest library, and is a den mother to the many writers who flock there to work.
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Nonfiction: Click ‘Delete’ to Save Your Soul

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 2:00pm
In his latest book, “Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now,” the virtual-reality pioneer Jaron Lanier argues that social media companies are turning us into robotic extensions of their machines.
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Nonfiction: What Do Mark Twain, Carpentry and Commodes Have in Common?

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 2:00pm
They’re all fodder for Richard Russo in his first nonfiction collection, “The Destiny Thief.”
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Fiction: The Merman of Her Dreams

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 1:51pm
In Melissa Broder’s novel, “The Pisces,” a depressed graduate student meets her fairy-tale prince — who happens to be half fish.
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Nonfiction: Seymour M. Hersh — the Journalist as Lone Wolf

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 4:00am
Hersh’s memoir, “Reporter,” describes his fruitful, if acrimonious, relationships with the editors and publications in his life, including The Times.
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Profile: Surfer, Environmentalist, Novelist. Australia’s Living Legend.

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 8:29pm
In “The Shepherd’s Hut,” Tim Winton finds poetry and beauty in the country’s interior saltlands and in a young teenager hardened by life.
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