Book Reviews

The Book Review Podcast: Steve Bannon’s Road to the White House

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 14:40
Joshua Green talks about “Devil’s Bargain”; Laura Dassow Walls discusses her new biography of Thoreau; and Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich on “The Fact of a Body.”
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The Un-Pretty History Of Georgia's Iconic Peach

NPR Books - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 05:00

The state isn't the biggest producer of the pink-orange fruit. So why are Georgia peaches so iconic? The answer has a lot to do with slavery — its end and a need for the South to rebrand itself.

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The Shortlist: Hearty Helpings From Three Culinary Histories

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 02:00
Three explorations of American foodways delve into the cookbooks and culinary preoccupations of the past, with a special emphasis on Southern cuisine.
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Inside the List: A Crime Writer Finds the ‘Perfect Setting’ in Amish Country

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 02:00
“Down a Dark Road” is the ninth book in Linda Castillo’s series. “I love the juxtaposition of such a bucolic setting and the introduction of evil,” she says.
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Crime: Grifters, Swindlers and Chumps Headline the Latest in Crime

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 02:00
From contemporary Los Angeles to medieval Venice, bad guys romp in new mysteries from Richard Lange, Ace Atkins, S.D. Sykes and Michael Connelly.
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Paperback Row

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 02:00
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Nonfiction: At a Law Firm that Defended a Child Murderer, an Intern Recalls Her Own Childhood Abuse

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 02:00
In “The Fact of a Body,” Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich recounts how her memories resurfaced when her law firm took on the case of a pedophile.
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Fiction: Alexandra Fuller’s Novel of Lakota Culture May Stir the Appropriation Debate

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 02:00
“Quiet Until the Thaw” follows two reservation boys whose lives become fatefully intertwined.
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Egos: New in Memoir: Lessons in Falling in Love, and 2 Accounts of Its Horrors

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 02:00
Three books trace the highs and the (very) lows of love and marriage, says our memoir columnist, Meghan Daum.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 02:00
A reader responds to a misstated metaphor, an author defends his work and more.
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Profile: Inside the World of Brad Thor

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 14:41
To build a lasting fan base in the relentless world of espionage thrillers, Brad Thor has cranked out 17 books in 16 years, selling nearly 15 million copies.
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Editors' Choice: 10 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 14:19
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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2 Smart New Novels Find Humor In Fantasies Of Escape

NPR Books - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 10:58

These terrific comic novels — The Last Laugh by Lynn Freed and Who Is Rich? by Matthew Klam — will have you laughing at the many ways we all try to run away from the realities of life.

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Books News: Is Everyone in Politics Writing a Tell-All? Yes

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 09:15
From Hillary Clinton to a White House stenographer, readers will hear almost everyone’s point of view in coming books.
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In 'Fetch,' A Memorial To A Beloved Dog Raises Hard Questions

NPR Books - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 04:00

Do you deserve your pets? Do you deserve the people in your life? In her new graphic memoir, Nicole Georges suggests the two questions are closely related — and you may not like the answers.

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The Poet Bao Phi, On Creating A 'Guidebook' For Young Asian-Americans

NPR Books - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 04:00

When Bao Phi was a child, there was little literature about Vietnamese refugees in the U.S. Phi hopes to change that with his new poetry book Thousand Star Hotel and a forthcoming children's book.

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Nonfiction: A New Biography Looks at Sarah Vaughan, the Singer Known as Sassy

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 02:00
In Elaine M. Hayes’s “Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan,” a classic jazz singer turns husbands into managers and listeners into fans.
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Nonfiction: How Inequality Erodes the Foundation of Modern Societies

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 02:00
Two new books argue that inequality destroys openness to new ideas and opportunities as well as the conviction that all citizens are morally equal.
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Fiction: An Oliver Twist of the Congo, With a Bitter Twist of Fate

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 02:00
The orphan narrator of Alain Mabanckou’s “Black Moses” is among the novelist’s most heartbreaking and darkly humorous creations.
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By the Book: Calvin Trillin: By the Book

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 02:00
The humorist, memoirist and journalist likes the way H.L. Mencken expressed himself, for instance in his definition of Puritanism: “The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”
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