Book Reviews

Newsbook: 3 Books That Help Make Sense of Cyberwar

New York Times Book Review - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:10
On the heels of a global cyberattack, these books explain the real threat of cyber war and the implications for the United States.
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Tech We're Using: With a Bazaar of Gizmos and Apps, Tackling Readers’ Tech Questions

New York Times Book Review - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 08:51
The New York Times’s Tech Tips columnist describes the arsenal of gadgets at her disposal, and her special love for iPhone.
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It's A Bird, It's A Plane ... It's Our Comics And Graphic Novels Reader Poll!

NPR Books - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 04:00

Our famous summer reader poll is back, and this year we're all about comics and graphic novels! Whether it's your childhood favorite or the webcomic you binged last week, we want to know about it.

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Nonfiction: The Colorado River and Its Unnatural World

New York Times Book Review - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 02:00
“Where the Water Goes” By David Owen looks at the permanent mark people make on the planet.
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Egos: New in Memoir: The Intersex Body, the Dead Body, the Body in Grief

New York Times Book Review - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 02:00
Three books cast the human body in a new light, says our memoir columnist, Meghan Daum.
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The Power Of Music Is At The Heart Of 'Black Mad Wheel'

NPR Books - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 02:00

Detroit garage-rocker Josh Malerman's second novel follows a fictional 1950s rock bad recruited by the government to find the source of a mysterious, ominous sound emanating from the Namib Desert.

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Essay: 50 Years On, Stories of the Six Day War and What Came After

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 13:32
On the anniversary of the Six Day War, writers assess the perpetual limbo that followed, through the prisms of language, history and politics.
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'Times' Book Review Editor Shares Her Love Of Reading In 'My Life With Bob'

NPR Books - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:15

Pamela Paul of The New York Times talks about her own new book, which chronicles every book she's read since she was 17 years old. Even if a work isn't great, she refuses to brush it aside cavalierly.

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'Smile Stealers' Recalls A Time When Dentists Routinely Reached For The Pliers

NPR Books - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:15

Medical historian Richard Barnett traces the history of dentistry in his new book. He says that prior to the 18th century, the profession was often practiced by charlatans with "big muscles."

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Second Thoughts About A Second Marriage In 'Standard Deviation'

NPR Books - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 04:00

Katherine Heiny's first novel for adults is a warmhearted and funny — if overly long — portrait of a man who begins to doubt his chaotic, talkative second wife after 12 years of marriage.

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Nonfiction: Nor Any Drop to Drink?: Why the Great Lakes Face a Murky Future

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 02:00
“The Death and Life of Great Lakes” by Dan Egan looks at the uncertain future of Earth’s largest surface freshwater system.
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Nonfiction: Critical Thinkers: The Ties That Bind Orwell and Churchill

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 02:00
Apparently they never met. But the common cause of George Orwell and Winston Churchill resonates powerfully today, Thomas Ricks writes in this dual biography.
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Match Book: Dear Match Book: What Should I Read on My Summer Vacation?

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 02:00
In a special travel edition of Match Book, our columnist offers recommendations geared toward discovery and self-discovery.
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Churchill, Orwell And The Fight Against Totalitarianism

NPR Books - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 10:29

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Tom Ricks says the writings of Winston Churchill and George Orwell still resonate today. Ricks also discusses the generals serving in the Trump administration.

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Fiction: A 17th-Century Witch Hunter and His Campaign of Terror

New York Times Book Review - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 02:00
Beth Underdown’s novel, “The Witchfinder’s Sister,” retraces a frightening reign of terror in the history of 17th-century England.
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Writes About His Friendship With Coach Wooden

NPR Books - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 04:13

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to writer and sports legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar about his book, Coach Wooden and Me, about his 50-year relationship with his UCLA basketball coach John Wooden.

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In 'Margot Sanchez,' A Teen Grows Up And Learns To Love The Bronx

NPR Books - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 04:11

Instead of going to the beach with her prep school friends, Margot is stuck working at her father's supermarket in the Bronx. Lilliam Rivera says her YA novel was inspired by her own Bronx childhood.

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In 'A King's Obsession,' Anne Boleyn's True Love Is Power

NPR Books - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 04:00

Alison Weir takes a fresh look at familiar territory in this retelling of the story of Anne Boleyn. Weir's version of Anne is fiercely smart and guilty only of craving power that was hers by right.

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'Standard Deviation' Is A Story Of Marriage And Origami

NPR Books - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 05:02

A husband and wife are complete opposites. She's charming and effusive, he's a buttoned-down man of routine. Katherine Heiny tells NPR's Scott Simon about her first novel, Standard Deviation.

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Leaving High School Behind For A Dangerous Life In 'A Good Country'

NPR Books - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 05:02

Laleh Khadivi's new novel traces the path of a young Muslim man in California, the son of strict Iranian immigrant parents, from his first bong hit at age 14 to his eventual radicalization.

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