Book Reviews

Denis Johnson, Author Of 'Jesus' Son' And 'Tree Of Smoke,' Dies At 67

NPR Books - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 06:56

The National Book Award-winning novelist was perhaps best known for Jesus' Son, a book of interwoven stories focused on the lives of addicts. A spokesman for his publisher tells NPR he died Thursday.

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Fiction: A Smart, Heartbreaking Novel at the Crossroads of Performance and Art

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 02:00
A nakedly autobiographical meditation on art, Barbara Browning’s “The Gift” both mentions and belongs to the recent crop of autofiction.
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War Stories: New and Noteworthy Books on Military History, from Afghanistan to Waterloo

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 02:00
Thomas E. Ricks reports on the hubris and sorrow of war, from ancient Greece to Afghanistan.
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Nonfiction: The Gulf of Mexico in the Age of Petrochemicals

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 02:00
In “The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea,” Jack E. Davis explores the damage done by a tragic human belief in the inexhaustible bounty of nature.
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Fiction: Bringing One of Burma’s Lost Histories to Life

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 02:00
Charmaine Craig draws on family history in her novel about modern Burma’s power struggles.
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Fiction: A Cambodian Refugee Returns Home, to a Landscape Brutally Changed

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 02:00
Vaddey Ratner’s novel “Music of the Ghosts” follows a Cambodian refugee’s return to her homeland, searching for news of her long-lost father.
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The Shortlist: Missing Persons

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 02:00
Where did they go? The plots of four new novels hinge on missing persons, past and present, accidentally lost or deliberately AWOL.
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Fiction: Debut Stories Blend Beastly Transformations With Teenage Turmoil

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 02:00
In Daisy Johnson’s story collection, “Fen,” teenage torment plays out in a shape-shifting world.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 02:00
Readers respond to “Nixon’s White House Wars,” Walter Winchell’s crafting of the celebrity and more.
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Fiction: Irish Sisters Take Different Paths, but Not the Ones That They Expected

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 02:00
J. Courtney Sullivan’s novel “Saints for All Occasions” covers five decades in the lives of a pair of immigrants and their descendants in America.
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12 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 14:47
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Paperback Row: Paperback Row

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 09:17
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Confronting the Legacy of Racism in America

NPR Books - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 08:06

A conversation with National Book Award-winning author Ibram X. Kendi about race and racism in America.

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Reading The Game: Witcher 3

NPR Books - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 07:00

Our occasional series on storytelling in video games returns with an epic, week-long journey into The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the latest installment of the adventures of monster-hunter Geralt of Rivia.

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A Dancer Is Unstrung By Grief In 'Isadora'

NPR Books - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 04:00

The great American dancer Isadora Duncan led a tragic life, and her worst year — just after the deaths of her first two children in an accident, forms the core of Amelia Gray's powerful new novel.

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Nonfiction: A Hemingway Tell-All Bares His Tall Tales

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 02:00
With “Ernest Hemingway: A Biography,” Mary V. Dearborn becomes the first woman to tackle a full-scale life of that hypermasculine writer.
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Critic’s Take: Martha Gellhorn’s Greatest Novel Is Essential Reading for Today

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 02:00
In “The Stricken Field,” the American journalist Martha Gelhorn confronted a simmering refugee crisis.
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By the Book: Al Franken: By the Book

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 02:00
The author of “Al Franken: Giant of the Senate” has at least one Congressional Research Service report on his night stand. “But it’s under Carl Reiner’s book on ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show.’”
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Books of The Times: ‘Aliens’ Asks: If the Universe Is So Vast, Where Is Everybody?

New York Times Book Review - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:48
In this eccentric collection of essays, edited by the theoretical physicist Jim Al-Khalili, scientists consider our search for extraterrestrial life.
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Searching For A Summer Escape? These 6 Books Will Carry You Away

NPR Books - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:55

Journeys, near and far, into the past and even into near space, are the subject of the novels, memoirs and narrative histories that make up book critic Maureen Corrigan's early summer reading list.

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