Book Reviews

The Book Review Podcast: Immaturity in American Politics

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 2:48pm
Alan Wolfe discusses “The Politics of Petulance,” and Nadja Spiegelman talks about two books by Lucia Berlin.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 1:41pm
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
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Nonfiction: Books About Losing Faith That Will Give You Hope

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:42am
In “Interior States,” Megan O’Gieblyn reconsiders her evangelical upbringing, and in “What if This Were Enough?” Heather Havrilesky renounces the “enforced cheer” of American culture.
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Nonfiction: The Real-Life Heroine Who Inspired a Character on ‘Boardwalk Empire’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 9:52am
With “Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster,” Stephen L. Carter celebrates his extraordinary grandmother.
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Nonfiction: A Fresh Look at How Poets Evolve Over the Course of a Career

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 9:42am
In “We Begin in Gladness,” the poet and critic Craig Morgan Teicher considers poets from W.S. Merwin to francine j. harris, in light of changes in their language and their influence on one another.
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Nonfiction: Colm Toibin on the Fathers of Geniuses

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 9:30am
“Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know” recounts the lives of the fathers of Wilde, Yeats and Joyce — and the chaos they created.
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Children’s Books: Picture Books That Celebrate a Grandparent’s Selfless Love

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 9:11am
There’s nothing like the bond between grandparent and grandchild. New books by Tomie dePaola, Cecilia Ruiz and more show it in many forms.
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Books News: Curtis Sittenfeld’s Next Short Story Will Be an Audible Original

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 8:19am
The best-selling writer of “Prep,” “Eligible” and other novels edited “Atomic Marriage” with audio in mind.
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Sketchbook | Tribute: Edward Carey Illustrates a Homage to Charles Dickens

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 4:00am
A nod to the classic English bildungsroman “Great Expectations,” first serialized in December 1860.
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The Shortlist: Shrewd Short Stories That Merge the Hopeless and the Hopeful

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 4:00am
Four collections, in settings that range from Glasgow to an island in the Pacific Northwest, sketch troubled lives and a yearning for better times.
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Nonfiction: Two Leading Intellectuals Analyze What Ails America

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 4:00am
Alan Wolfe’s “The Politics of Petulance” and Lawrence Lessig’s “America, Compromised” offer differing diagnoses of the condition of the country.
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Nonfiction: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court Supreme

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 4:00am
Richard Brookhiser’s “John Marshall” looks at the accomplishments of the legendary chief justice and draws lessons for today.
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Fiction: A Timely Dystopian Thriller With Sexual Assault and Political Corruption at Its Core

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 4:00am
“Those Who Knew,” a new novel by Idra Novey, takes place on an unnamed island, but in a world beset by problems unnervingly like our own.
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Fiction: A Parable About Good, Evil and the Inevitable

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 4:00am
A.L. Kennedy’s novella “The Little Snake” conjures the story of a young girl’s friendship with a strangely powerful creature and how it will shape her life.
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Inside the List: The Paper Published a Holiday Books Guide in 1851 — and Every Year Since

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 4:00am
It turns out that people have liked to give books as gifts for a long time. Here’s a peek at how tastes have changed over the years.
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New in Paperback: ‘Afterglow (a dog memoir),’ ‘The Odyssey’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 4:00am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Fiction: ‘Love Is Blind,’ but Lust Isn’t

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 4:00pm
In William Boyd’s novel of desire and deceit, a hunky Scottish piano tuner falls for a sexy Russian soprano.
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By the Book: Michelle Obama: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 3:48pm
The former first lady, whose new memoir is “Becoming,” admires Zadie Smith’s novel “White Teeth” for its complexity and humor: “Even if a book takes on serious topics, I think it should still be fun to read.”
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Editors’ Choice: 11 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 1:20pm
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Paper Chase: ‘A Christmas Carol’ Turns 175

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 8:46am
On the anniversary of the beloved holiday classic, we look back at some of The Times’s coverage of the book and its author, Charles Dickens.
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