Book Reviews

The Book Review Podcast: O Pioneers!

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 16:21
Caroline Fraser talks about “Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder,” and Tiya Miles discusses “The Dawn of Detroit.”
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Editors’ Choice: 7 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 16:19
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Nonfiction: Detroit’s Untold Stories of Slavery

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 16:15
In “The Dawn of Detroit,” Tiya Miles reconstructs the history and experience of the city’s African-American and Native American slaves.
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In 'Spineless,' How Jellyfish Have Survived Throughout Time

NPR Books - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 14:29

Jellyfish may seem like simple sea creatures, but their translucent bodies and stinging abilities have allowed them to survive for millions of years. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks about jellyfish with Juli Berwald, author the new book, Spineless.

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Journalist Investigating Trump And Russia Says 'Full Picture Is One Of Collusion'

NPR Books - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 12:47

"The constellation of Russian connections circling around Planet Trump is quite extraordinary," says Guardian reporter Luke Harding. His new book is Collusion.

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Nonfiction: A History of Humanity Told Through Genetics

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 09:42
Adam Rutherford’s engaging science book, “A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived,” explains the many ways DNA links us to our ancestors.
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Inside the List: Donna Brazile Says She Foresaw Clinton’s Defeat

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 09:19
In a best-selling campaign memoir, “Hacks,” the Democratic operative and former party chair reveals she never trusted the polls.
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Nonfiction: Why the Greek Bailout Went So Wrong

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 08:23
In “Adults in the Room,” the former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis describes Greece’s economic crisis from the inside.
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A Classics Professor Explains 'Why Bob Dylan Matters'

NPR Books - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 05:00

Harvard professor Richard F. Thomas teaches a popular class on the importance of Bob Dylan, and now he's turned it into a book, full of stories, personal history and the occasional comparison to Ovid.

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Nonfiction: The Contradictions of Joseph Conrad

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 03:00
Maya Jasanoff’s book, “The Dawn Watch,” uses Conrad’s work to tell a story of globalization, imperialism and resistance.
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New & Noteworthy

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 03:00
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
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Fiction: A Timely Novel of Anti-Progress by Louise Erdrich

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 03:00
In “Future Home of the Living God,” Erdrich’s futuristic novel, evolution runs backward, reproduction is threatened and the climate has changed, irrevocably.
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Match Book: Dear Match Book: Books to Fuel, Not Fix, My Sadness

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 03:00
Harrowing tragedy abounds in these selections of fierce, female-centered fiction.
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'Dawn Watch' Explores The Life And Legacy Of Joseph Conrad

NPR Books - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 12:17

Maya Jasanoff weaves together biography, history, literature and her own travels in a new book about the globe-trotting author. Reviewer John Powers says Jasanoff's portrait of Conrad is terrific.

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Fiction: Whatever Happened to Isabel Archer? ‘Mrs. Osmond’ Picks Up Where Henry James Left Off

New York Times Book Review - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 03:00
John Banville’s sequel to James’s “Portrait of a Lady” follows the heroine back to Rome and to the possible end of her marriage.
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Nonfiction: ‘Little House on the Prairie’ and the Truth About the American West

New York Times Book Review - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 03:00
A new biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder “refreshes and revitalizes” our understanding of westward expansion, pioneer life and the literature that mythologized it.
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'With Ash On Their Faces': The Story And Struggle Of The Yazidi

NPR Books - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 06:10

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro asks Cathy Otten about With Ash on Their Faces: Yezidi Women and the Islamic State, her book about the history and personal stories of the religious minority.

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'The Bad Food Bible' Says Your Eating Might Not Be So Sinful After All

NPR Books - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 05:44

In his new book, Dr. Aaron Carroll explains that there might be less evidence against some notoriously bad foods than we think. In fact, maybe we should be eating some of them more often.

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In 'Body Music,' Love Is Sweet, Sexy And A Touch Sentimental

NPR Books - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 05:00

French graphic novelist Julie Maroh — author of Blue is the Warmest Color — is back with an earnestly sweet collection of vignettes about love, kept from being saccharine by her skill with faces.

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Joe Biden Remembers His Son In His New Memoir

NPR Books - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 15:43

NPR's Michel Martin spoke with Biden this week about his new memoir, his family and the Anita Hill case.

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