Book Reviews

'Interlaced Fingers' Traces Roots Of Racial Disparity In Kidney Transplants

NPR Books - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 15:03

When Dr. Vanessa Grubbs fell in love with a man whose kidneys were failing, he'd been waiting for a transplant for years. Her book explores the ways racial inequity is embedded in the system.

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'Too Fat, Too Slutty' Challenges Cultural Expectations Of Women

NPR Books - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 07:00

Anne Helen Petersen's new book is a thoughtful consideration of several public women — from Nicki Minaj to Hillary Clinton — who've run up against the invisible expectations our culture has of them.

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'The End of Eddy' Recounts Growing Up Amid Homophobia And Violence

NPR Books - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 05:01

In The End of Eddy, French author Edouard Louis writes about his experience growing up gay and abused in industrial France. He speaks to NPR's Melissa Block.

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'The Force' Is Basically 'Game Of Thrones' With Cops — And That's Pretty Great

NPR Books - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 04:00

Don Winslow's new novel is packed with crooked cops and crookeder crooks, all defending their territories and trying to maintain a status quo where everyone earns, everyone eats and no wars break out.

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20 Years of L.G.B.T.Q. Lit: A Timeline

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:47
From “The Vagina Monologues” to “The End of Eddy,” here are 25 books by and about L.G.B.T.Q. individuals that have shaped the genre.
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Nonfiction: How Uber and Airbnb Became Poster Children for the Disruption Economy

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:30
Three books reckon with pioneers of the sharing economy; a fourth considers their dark side.
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For These Collaborators, There’s No ‘I’ in ‘Best Seller’

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:16
Neal Stephenson and the novelist Nicole Galland have teamed up on a fantasy story, “The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.,” at No. 11 in hardcover fiction.
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Open Book: Class Ed.

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:17
In a new book, Joan C. Williams says progressives have a strategic and ethical responsibility to try to understand the white working class.
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sketchbook / graphic review: ‘The Better Angels of Our Nature’

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 09:34
A graphic review of Steven Pinker’s book about the dramatic decline of violence in human affairs over history.
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The Book Review Podcast: ‘The Boy Who Loved Too Much’

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 09:11
Jennifer Latson talks about “The Boy Who Loved Too Much”; Daniel Menaker discusses two new books about how to understand others and make ourselves understood.
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Nonfiction: A Trip to Southern Italy to Shed Light on a Family Scandal

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 07:20
Helene Stapinski has been haunted by the thought of her “criminal genes.” In “Murder in Matera,” she investigates her family’s past.
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Anne Frank's Diary At 75

NPR Books - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 02:02

It's been 75 years since 13-year-old Anne Frank sat down to write her first diary entry about hiding during World War II. Today, her legacy is carried on at an elementary school in Philadelphia.

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Nonfiction: Why Did Lincoln Move So Slowly to Abolish Slavery? Because He Was a Racist, This Book Argues.

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 02:00
Fred Kaplan’s “Lincoln and the Abolitionists” emphasizes the distance between them.
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Nonfiction: Where Do Babies Come From? And Why Did It Take Scientists So Long to Find Out?

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 02:00
For centuries, the mysteries of egg and sperm eluded even the greatest minds, Edward Dolnick writes in “The Seeds of Life.”
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The Shortlist: Four New Collections of Omnivorous Literary Criticism

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 02:00
These writers range widely, giving free play to their personal aesthetics and their avid curiosity.
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Nonfiction: What a World Tour of Tax Codes Can Teach the U.S. About How to Reform Its Own

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 02:00
In “A Fine Mess,” T. R. Reid cites examples from Estonia to New Zealand of how tax redesigns can drive economic success.
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Fiction: Fathers and Sons — and Maybe Two More Sons

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 02:00
Susan Rieger’s novel “The Heirs” pits an upper-crust New York family against two young men claiming a piece of the patriarch’s estate.
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Fiction: When the Fox Becomes a Friend

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 02:00
In Paula Cocozza’s hypnotic first novel, “How to Be Human,” a lonely woman strikes up a relationship with a feral fox.
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Nonfiction: 26 Missing Genes and the Exuberant Affections They Lead To

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 02:00
Jennifer Latson’s “The Boy Who Loved Too Much” follows the story of a child with Williams syndrome, a genetic condition, who meets the world with unshakeable affection.
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Fiction: A Nuanced Novel Examines the Mystery of Radicalization

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 02:00
Laleh Khadivi’s novel “A Good Country” poses the question: How does a studious American boy, the child of prosperous Iranian immigrants, fall into radical Islam?
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