Book Reviews

All the World’s a Crime: Thrillers From Around the Globe

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 4:44am
Our map of crime novels and detective fiction offers far-flung suggestions for your summer reading.
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Fiction: Two New Novels Expose the Fracturing of the American Nuclear Family, From Midcentury to Today

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 4:00am
Cherise Wolas’s “The Family Tabor” and Rick Gekoski’s “A Long Island Story” both witness the unraveling of prominent Jewish families.
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The Shortlist: Eats of Eden

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 2:00pm
Sink your teeth into three tasty new food memoirs — Rick Bragg’s “The Best Cook in the World,” Edward Lee’s “Buttermilk Graffiti” and Lidia Bastianich’s “My American Dream.”
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As Barnes & Noble Struggles to Find Footing, Founder Takes Heat

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 8:15am
Sales are falling and critics say the company lacks a direction, sometimes seeming to give priority to sales of gifts and tchotchkes over books.
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Nonfiction: On the Ground in Afghanistan and Iraq

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 4:00am
C.J. Chivers’s “The Fighters” provides gut-wrenching descriptions of the battles in the Middle East.
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New & Noteworthy

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 4:00am
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
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Essay: The Virtues of Shelf-lessness

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 4:00am
Sloane Crosley makes the case for a nontraditional, at-home alternative to the Dewey Decimal System.
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Match Book: Aspiring Memoirist Seeking Famous Writers’ Letters and Essays for Inspiration

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 4:00am
From Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield to Yiyun Li and Heidi Julavits, Do Diarists Ever Truly Reveal Themselves?
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By the Book: Anne de Courcy: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 4:16pm
The biographer and journalist, whose latest book is “The Husband Hunters,” avoids thrillers: “I get all the mayhem I want in the newspapers.”
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Nonfiction: Why We Should Never Expect to Discover Sentient Ice Cubes

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 2:00pm
Charles S. Cockell’s “The Equations of Life” argues that physics constrains evolution so that life is not endlessly variable, but actually quite predictable.
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Books News: How a Young War Veteran Became a Serial Bank Robber, Then a Novelist

New York Times Book Reviews - Sun, 08/12/2018 - 9:05am
Nico Walker’s Autobiographical novel “Cherry” traces his descent into addiction and crime. It’s being called the first great novel of the opioid crisis.
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The Book Review: Lydia Millet on ‘Fight No More’

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 3:12pm
“Everything’s so outrageous now in the public sphere,” Ms. Millet says. “You can’t really be more absurd or more fictional than real life is right now.”
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Fiction: In These Stories, Home Is Where the Heartache Is

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 2:03pm
The characters in Lydia Millet’s new linked collection, “Fight No More,” yearn to understand the fractures in their lives.
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Inside the List: Around the World With Books: A Peek at Global Best-Seller Lists

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 1:34pm
In August, the best-seller lists here don’t change much. So we decided to look elsewhere — Germany, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands.
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Our Back Pages: Notes From the Book Review Archives

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 10:26am
In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Fareed Zakaria’s first book, “From Wealth to Power.”
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Children’s Books: Actress Diane Guerrero Recounts Her Family’s Deportation Ordeal

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 10:14am
In “My Family Divided,” the “Orange Is the New Black” star tells the story of coming home at age 14 to find her parents gone, taken by immigration authorities.
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Nonfiction: Going Solo: An Author Chooses — and Celebrates — Life Without a Partner or Kids

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 9:08am
Glynnis MacNicol’s smart, pithy memoir, “No One Tells You This,” celebrates women who buck cultural norms.
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Children’s Books: How Do We Tell a New Generation of Teenagers About the Vietnam War?

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 4:00am
Elizabeth Partridge’s “Boots on the Ground” includes some disturbing images and facts. But today’s activist teenagers can handle a fuller account of American conduct during the war.
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Nonfiction: Mughal Men Ruled South Asia — and One Man Was Ruled by a Woman

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 4:00am
The daughter of Persian immigrants, Nur Jahan became the favorite wife and the co-ruler of Emperor Jahangir. Ruby Lal’s “Empress” tells her story.
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Sketchbook: In Order to Write, It Must Be Right

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 4:00am
A room of one’s own? The cartoonist Grant Snider thinks a writer needs a lot more than that.
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