Book Reviews

Further Reading: Readers Weighed in on the Best Books About the Vietnam War

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:52
The Times Book Review put together a list of essential reading, but suggestions kept coming in.
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In 'The Ninth Hour,' A Tonic For The Ills Of The World

NPR Books - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 07:00

Alice McDermott's new novel immerses readers in the homely details of Irish Catholic Brooklyn in the early decades of the 20th century, but also addresses bigger, universal questions of love and life.

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In 'The Twelve-Mile Straight,' Characters Are Symbols First, People Second

NPR Books - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 04:01

Eleanor Henderson's novel, set in 1930s Georgia, seeks to portray a time when "slavery was over, but not past," says our reviewer. But a lack of nuance keeps its characters from emerging as individuals.

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At Duke University, A Bizarre Tour Through American History And Palates

NPR Books - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 04:00

Through the Rubenstein Test Kitchen project, librarians and staff re-create historical recipes from thousands of cookbooks in the collections. Some dishes are culturally telling ... and comical.

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Nonfiction: ‘Streampunks’ Serves Up YouTube’s Greatest Hits

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 02:00
Robert Kyncl, YouTube’s chief business officer, delivers a lively, if biased, history of the video-sharing platform’s most noteworthy success stories.
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Nonfiction: When the Governments of the World Agreed to Banish War

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 02:00
“The Internationalists,” by Oona A. Hathaway and Scott J. Shapiro, argues that a 1928 pact was the beginning of the end of war.
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Newsbook: For Hispanic Heritage Month, 3 Books on Latinos in the U.S.

New York Times Book Review - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 13:45
From conquistadores to modern cultural enclaves, these books trace the centuries-long Latino experience in the United States.
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Novel 'Forest Dark' And Dog Book 'Afterglow' Consider The Meaning Of Life

NPR Books - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 09:54

Critic Maureen Corrigan reviews two books that use experimental forms to tackle weighty topics. "Both of these odd new books offer something special," she says.

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'Cuz' Examines The Tragic Life And Death Of A Young Black Man In LA

NPR Books - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 09:52

Danielle Allen's memoir centers on her cousin Michael, who was sentenced to a long prison term for carjacking when he was 15. Three years after his release, he was found shot to death in a parked car.

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Essay: After the Hurricane Winds Die Down, Larry McMurtry’s Houston Trilogy Lives On

New York Times Book Review - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 07:53
Douglas Brinkley on the writer whose fiction has captured the boom city’s relentless appetite for growth.
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Zine And Heard: In 'Moxie,' A Young Woman Fights Back

NPR Books - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 07:00

In Jennifer Mathieu's novel, "nice girl" Vivian secretly publishes a zine decrying her high school's culture of sexist harassment. Our reviewer says Moxie works on a "pure, wish-fulfillment level."

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In A Future Ruled By Big Pharma, A Robot Tentatively Explores Freedom — And Sex: 'Autonomous'

NPR Books - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 04:01

Annalee Newitz's tale of a pharmaceutical pirate and the dangerous agents hunting her is built on tender, intimate characterizations that probe notions of selfhood, gender and ownership.

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Nonfiction: A Wild and Exacting Food Writer Gets Her Due

New York Times Book Review - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 02:00
Patience Gray exerted an outsize influence on the culinary world, as Adam Federman’s biography “Fasting and Feasting” makes clear.
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Nonfiction: Alice Waters Retraces the Path That Led Her to Chez Panisse

New York Times Book Review - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 02:00
According to a new autobiography, “Coming to My Senses,” it all began with a year in Paris and a taste for the food she discovered there.
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'The Autobiography Of Gucci Mane': A Story Of Rap And Rebirth

NPR Books - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 13:49

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to rapper about his new book, The Autobiography of Gucci Mane. It traces his life as an artist who forged an unlikely path to stardom and personal rebirth.

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Could The Trump Presidency Lead To An Era Of Democratic Renewal?

NPR Books - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 11:55

Journalists E.J. Dionne and Norm Ornstein say that a new wave of political activism springs from the fact that Trump is unfit for office. Their new book (with Thomas Mann) is One Nation After Trump.

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Book News: YouTube Star Hank Green Will Publish His First Novel Next Year

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:34
Following in the footsteps of his older brother, the best-selling novelist John Green, Hank Green will publish his first novel with Dutton.
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Wooooo! 'Second Nature' Is A Winningly Unadorned Memoir Of The Wrestling Life

NPR Books - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 07:01

"Nature Boy" Ric Flair is one of the greatest pro wrestlers of all time. His daughter Charlotte followed him into the ring, and now, they've written a joint memoir that's moving and brutally honest.

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'Landslide' Probes A Mother-Daughter Bond In Spare, Careful Prose

NPR Books - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 04:00

In her new essay collection, Minna Zalman Proctor digs deep into her relationship with her late mother. Her descriptions of her mother are beautiful, though the fragmented writing can feel evasive.

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Silicon Valley's Ellen Pao Tackles Sex Discrimination, Workplace Diversity In Memoir

NPR Books - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 02:21

The tech investor dives into the lawsuit that thrust her into the national spotlight and the workplace conditions that prompted it. She says firms are largely applying "tepid diversity solutions."

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