Book Reviews

Nonfiction: A Poet’s Loving Take on Her Unorthodox Catholic Family

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 10:05am
In her memoir “Priestdaddy,” the poet Patricia Lockwood writes about growing up the daughter of an irrepressible Catholic priest.
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Nonfiction: Lenin’s Return From Exile Put Russia on the Fast Track to Revolution

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 10:00am
In “Lenin on the Train,” Catherine Merridale explains how Russian chaos in 1917 helped lead to a dictatorship in the name of the proletariat.
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Nonfiction: A Counterterrorism Expert Explains How We Got Here and What Lies Ahead

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 9:41am
In “Anatomy of Terror,” the former F.B.I. agent Ali Soufan assesses the relentless spread of Al Qaeda and the Islamic State.
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Fiction: Arundhati Roy’s Return to the Form That Made Her Famous

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 4:00am
In her first novel since the legendary “God of Small Things,” Roy writes of a group of outcasts who come together during a protest in India.
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Fiction: Filial Devotion, Sorely Tested in Minae Mizumura’s Novel

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 4:00am
In “Inheritance From Mother,” a middle-aged woman must deal with her aging and demanding mother and her husband’s infidelity.
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Fiction: A Noir Novel of Motherhood, With a Modern Twist

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 4:00am
“Woman No. 17,” Edan Lepucki’s second novel, examines notions of art, identity and motherhood. The men who dominate noir are nowhere to be found.
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Fiction: Insects Falling on Books, and Other Tales of Unsettling Trespasses

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 4:00am
In “Bad Dreams and Other Stories,” Tessa Hadley flips over the surface of things to disclose the uncanny within all that is commonplace.
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Fiction: Elephants Escape Time and Space in These Stories’ Porous Borders

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 4:00am
The short stories in Kanishk Tharoor’s debut collection, “Swimmer Among the Stars,” span space and time.
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Fiction: A Blue-Collar Specialist Takes a Turn at Well-Off Professionals

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 4:00am
In a new collection, “Trajectory,” Richard Russo focuses less on his usual down-at-the-heel characters than on members of the upper middle class.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 4:00am
Readers respond to
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Paperback Row

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 4:00pm
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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12 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 3:34pm
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Bookends: What Distinguishes Cultural Exchange from Cultural Appropriation?

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 11:38am
Rivka Galchen and Anna Holmes discuss the line between artistic license and cultural theft.
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By the Book: Elin Hilderbrand: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 4:00am
The author of “The Identicals” says that for a literary dinner party, she would invite J.D. Salinger, John Cheever and Flannery O’Connor: “I’m serving very cold Veuve Clicquot and a bowl of mixed nuts.”
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The Shortlist: Feminism Takes Form in Essays, Questions and Manifestos

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 4:00am
Moira Weigel curates a selection on five books that address child rearing, happiness and ambition with a feminist lens.
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Crime: In a New Crime Lineup, a Supine Swede and Private Eyes With Bad Habits

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 4:00am
Swedish sausages and Montana wildfires figure in two new crime novels. Also a 19th-century female sleuth and a P.I. who’s addicted to cocaine.
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Fiction: Dennis Lehane’s Latest Follows a Woman in a Downward Spiral

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 2:37pm
“Since We Fell” is a balancing act between character study and thriller, in which a successful young woman slowly gives in to madness.
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Nonfiction: A New History Recalibrates the Villains of the Russian Revolution

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 4:00am
In “The Russian Revolution” Sean McMeekin argues that the Bolshevik upheaval was largely a matter of chance.
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Fiction: Just Another Nutty June Weekend in the Rockaways

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 4:00am
In Jill Eisenstadt’s comic novel “Swell,” a Manhattan family seeks safety in the Rockaways after 9/11. Fat chance.
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Match Book: Dear Match Book: What Novels Can Help Me Prepare for Motherhood?

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 4:00am
A woman anticipating her first child seeks fiction that engages with motherhood — nothing dated, depressing or dystopian, please!
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