Book Reviews

Ursula K. Le Guin's Voice Rings Out In New Nonfiction Collection

NPR Books - 14 hours 11 min ago

Ursula K. Le Guin's mastery of fiction has remained so consistent, it's easy to overlook her accomplishments in other forms — but her new nonfiction collection goes a long way towards fixing that.

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PHOTOS: Animals That Could Disappear Because Of Us

NPR Books - Sat, 12/16/2017 - 05:00

And the well-being of humans could suffer if the species go extinct. The images are from the new book Endangered by Tim Flach.

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Newsbook: Amid California Forest Fires, 3 Books Set Among Flames

New York Times Book Review - Sat, 12/16/2017 - 05:00
These books explore historical fires and the lives they have touched.
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The Book Review Podcast: Mary Beard on ‘Women & Power’

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 14:04
Beard discusses her new manifesto, and Hillary Chute talks about “Why Comics? From Underground to Everywhere.”
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Children’s Books: Live Art With Children’s Book Illustrators

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 12:52
Visual artists have always had an important place in children’s literature. Watch leading children’s books illustrators draw, paint, collage and discuss books with The Times’s children’s books editor, Maria Russo.
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Books of Style: Hygge Gets Heave-Ho as Swedes, Norwegians Join the Fun

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 10:23
When it comes to wintry Scandinavian lifestyle refinement, the words to know now are lykke, lagom and janteloven.
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Paperback Row

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 10:05
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Reinventing The Cheese Wheel: From Farmhouse To Factory And Back Again

NPR Books - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 09:00

A new book traces the transatlantic cheese wars that led to the rise of factory cheeses and loss of traditional varietals, and looks at the farmhouse cheesemakers working to restore that lost legacy.

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Nonfiction: A Freed Hostage Audits the Murky Business of Captive Negotiations

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 03:00
In “The Trade,” the American journalist Jere Van Dyk relives the injustices he suffered both during and following his captivity at the hands of the Taliban.
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Critic’s Take: Why Rupi Kaur and Her Peers Are the Most Popular Poets in the World

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 03:00
It’s less the content than the plain conversational style that gets Instapoets’ work dismissed as “not real poetry.”
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Fiction: Mysteries Unfold in a Land of Minarets and Magic Carpets

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 03:00
The first of a projected trilogy, S. A. Chakraborty’s fantastical adventure novel, “The City of Brass,” riffs on the imagery of Islamic folklore.
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Children’s Books: What the Shadow Knows: Picture Books on Runaway Reflections

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 03:00
Coincidence? In three new books, runaway shadows break away from their owners, seeking adventure and showing off their own personalities.
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The Shortlist: Notebooks From an Argentine Master, and Other Works of South American Literature

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 03:00
New books by Ricardo Piglia, Rodrigo Hasbún and Santiago Gamboa offer takes on the artistic mind.
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Children’s Books: In Armand Baltazar’s ‘Timeless,’ People, Dinosaurs and Robots Co-Exist

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 03:00
A cosmic event has reshuffled epochs. It’s up to a 13-year-old with “mixed” parents — from different eras — to keep the world on course.
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Nonfiction: ‘Bloodlines’ Tracks Bloodshed Across the Border

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 03:00
Melissa del Bosque investigates a paramilitary drug cartel through the lens of a valiant F.B.I. agent, revealing binational brutality in grim detail.
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Inside the List: Tiffany Haddish on Bar Mitzvahs, Pimping and Other Rites of Passage

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 03:00
In her best-selling essay collection, “The Last Black Unicorn,” the star of “Girls Trip” writes about growing up in South Central Los Angeles.
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Children’s Books: Your Kids Need a Laugh? Try the Short, Quirky Poems in This Book

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 03:00
“I’m Just No Good at Rhyming,” the debut collection from Chris Harris and Lane Smith, includes the silly, the whimsical, the absurd and more.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 03:00
Readers respond to book titles, cover art and more from previous issues.
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Our Back Pages: Notes From the Book Review Archives

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 14:49
In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Tom De Haven on comics.
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A Look At The Man Who Started 21st Century Fox

NPR Books - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 14:45

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Vanda Krefft, author of The Man Who Made the Movies: The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of William Fox about the origins of the studio, 21st Century Fox, that was sold today. Born in Hungary, Wilhelm Fuchs came to the U.S. where officials changed the family name to Fox. As a teenager, Fox was inspired to buy a peepshow theatre and got into the movie business.

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