Book Reviews

A Lady From 1881 Gets A New Portrait In 'Mrs. Osmond'

NPR Books - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 06:19

Man Booker Prize winner John Banville has written a sequel to Henry James' The Portrait Of A Lady. 'It was my initial foolhardiness and overweening pride that made me do it,' he says.

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Kachka: The Word That Saved A Family During WWII And Inspired A Chef

NPR Books - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 06:19

It took until adulthood for Bonnie Morales, the daughter of immigrant Russian Jews, to appreciate the food of her childhood. Now she owns a popular Oregon restaurant and has released a new cookbook.

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'Bunk' Is Encyclopedic, Fascinating — And Frustrating

NPR Books - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 05:00

Kevin Young's new book puts forth an instantly convincing pairing of race and hoaxing — both a "fake thing pretending to be real." But he loses readers' trust with knotty, overly aphoristic writing.

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Now You Can Read the Book From ‘Jane the Virgin’

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 16:00
Jane Villanueva’s book will finally be published on the show. It will also be available for fans to purchase in real life.
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Nonfiction: Queen of the Glossies

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 15:51
“The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983-1992” is Tina Brown’s own record of running that influential magazine, and all the glittering prizes that came with it.
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The Book Review Podcast: Mother Knows Best?

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 13:16
James Wolcott talks about “Raising Trump” and “The Kardashians,” and Tina Brown discusses “The Vanity Fair Diaries.”
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Our Back Pages: Notes From the Book Review Archives

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 09:34
In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week:Elizabeth Hardwick on the art and meaning of the essay.
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Fiction: A Soccer Novel More About the Players Than the Play

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:05
With masculinity in its sights, Ross Raisin’s “A Natural” dares to tackle frustration and thwarted action as its themes.
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Audiobooks: Nate Dern Narrates His Schizophrenic but Substantive Collection of Writings

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:00
In the audiobook edition of “Not Quite a Genius,” a senior writer for Funny or Die explores an impressive medley of forms, themes and voices.
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Audiobooks: ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Reveals Its Mysteries Anew

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:00
In a new audiobook, Kenneth Branagh reads one of Agatha Christie’s most convoluted and ingenious plots.
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The Shortlist: Other People’s Minds: Four New Story Collections

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:00
These books are linked by their interest in extreme psychological and emotional states, from paranoia to obsession to forbidden love.
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Paperback Row

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:00
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Nonfiction: Wresting Golda Meir From the Shadows

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:00
Francine Klagsbrun’s “Lioness” re-examines the beloved prime minister’s legacy.
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Nonfiction: An Expert on Warfare Examines Centuries of Evolving Mayhem

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:00
Lawrence Freedman warns in “The Future of War” that he doesn’t expect to see an end to human conflict.
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Fiction: Bowling, Football and Edna St. Vincent Millay

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:00
Nancy Pearl’s first novel, “George & Lizzie,” combines lit-crit geekiness, dentistry and team sports to create an unusual romantic comedy.
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Notebook: A Day in the Life of Tina Brown

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:00
The author of “The Vanity Fair Diaries” reveals a page from her handwritten journal recounting her experiences on the day she learned of Andy Warhol’s death.
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Nonfiction: Father-Son Bonding, With Homer as Guide

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:00
Daniel Mendelsohn’s “An Odyssey” is both an analysis of a classic and a memoir of his family.
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Nonfiction: In ‘Nomadland,’ the Golden Years Are the Wander Years

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:00
Arlie Russell Hochschild reviews Jessica Bruder’s book about senior citizens who live out of R.V.s and work low-wage jobs.
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Nonfiction: A Journey of Belonging

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:00
In “Real American: A Memoir,” Julie Lythcott-Haims describes growing up biracial in a mostly white milieu.
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Fiction: A Novelist Revisits a Deadly Textile Union Strike From 1929

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:00
Wiley Cash’s heroine in “The Last Ballad” is based on a real-life union organizer and folk singer now mostly lost to history.
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