Book Reviews

Poetry's Not Dead, And Here Are Books To Help Appreciate It

NPR Books - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 14:45

Our poetry reviewer, Tess Taylor, received a stack of books over the course of this year to help encourage reading poetry. She began reading skeptically, but grew to love two of them: Why Poetry by Matthew Zapruder and A Little Book on Form by Robert Hass.

Categories: Book Reviews

Editors’ Choice: 10 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 13:45
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
Categories: Book Reviews

Books News: From Two Scholars, African-American Folk Tales for the Next Generation

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 07:00
In their new collection, Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Maria Tatar have reintroduced stories from the African diaspora.
Categories: Book Reviews

Tiffany Haddish: 'I Know What I'm Supposed To Do Here On This Earth'

NPR Books - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 03:07

The Girl's Trip actress has had what seems like a meteoric rise over the last year: a blockbuster movie, a gig hosting Saturday Night Live, and now a new memoir, The Last Black Unicorn.

(Image credit: Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Culture Creators)

Categories: Book Reviews

By the Book: Jason Segel: By the Book

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 03:00
The actor and co-author of, most recently, “Otherworld” has been reading a lot of plays. “There is such an admirable fearlessness in that world.”
Categories: Book Reviews

As Marriage Standards Change, A Therapist Recommends 'Rethinking Infidelity'

NPR Books - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:23

Esther Perel has spent the past six years focusing on couples who are dealing with infidelity. "It's never been easier to cheat — and it's never been more difficult to keep a secret," she says.

Categories: Book Reviews

Critic's 'Ghost List' Has Books, Music And A TV Show That Deserve A Second Look

NPR Books - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:23

Every year, critic John Powers is haunted by the things he wishes he'd reviewed. The themes his 2017 "Ghost List" range in spirit from cosmic surrealism to ripped-from-the-headlines immediacy.

(Image credit: Joss Barratt/Hulu)

Categories: Book Reviews

Nonfiction: The Last Civic Remnant of Authentic Spirituality at Christmastime

New York Times Book Review - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 09:30
Jonathan Keates’s “Messiah: The Composition and Afterlife of Handel’s Masterpiece” seeks to save the oratorio from centuries of misinterpretation.
Categories: Book Reviews

Don't Invite These Guys To Your Holiday Party

NPR Books - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 09:06

Lest ye be judged.

(Image credit: Kevin Scanlon)

Categories: Book Reviews

Showstopping Holiday Desserts For Home Cooks Of All Skill Levels

NPR Books - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 03:02

Want to take your homemade treats to the next level? We've got three recipes to put warmth, color and a little wow on your holiday table from chef Yotam Ottolenghi.

(Image credit: Peden + Munk)

Categories: Book Reviews

Nonfiction: Underneath Romain Gary’s Many Masks

New York Times Book Review - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 03:00
Two newly published books by the French author who pulled off one of the most elaborate literary deceptions of all time.
Categories: Book Reviews

Nonfiction: Propane, Peapods and Perplexities

New York Times Book Review - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 03:00
In “Vacationland,” John Hodgman wrestles with the comic trials of home ownership in Maine and Massachusetts, along with the indignities of middle age.
Categories: Book Reviews

New & Noteworthy

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:55
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
Categories: Book Reviews

Maureen Corrigan Picks Books To Close Out A Chaotic 2017

NPR Books - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:13

Fresh Air's book critic says her 2017 list is chaotic in a good way. "These books zing off in all directions: They're fresh, unruly and dismissive of the canned and contrived."

(Image credit: Laura Roman/NPR)

Categories: Book Reviews

Nonfiction: Are the American West’s Wildfires Inevitable?

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 09:43
Michael Kodas’s “Megafire” and Edward Struzik’s “Firestorm” analyse the misguided history and dire results of America’s wildfire management policy.
Categories: Book Reviews

For December, Forget Wrapping Presents And Treat Yourself To These 3 Romances

NPR Books - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 05:00

Escape from the holiday whirl with three tasty romances, featuring a duke with an epic library, a young girl finding herself in the big city and a proper lady finding love where she least expects it.

(Image credit: )

Categories: Book Reviews

Nonfiction: Making Citizens’ Lives Better

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 03:00
David Goldfield’s “The Gifted Generation” explains the importance of government.
Categories: Book Reviews

Fiction: Lives Other Than His Own

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 03:00
In Jenny Erpenbeck’s timely novel, a retired classics professor finds his routine existence transformed when he befriends a group of African refugees.
Categories: Book Reviews

Match Book: Dear Match Book: Reading about Reading

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 03:00
Seeking books about other books and about the people who contribute to, live and breathe the world of literature.
Categories: Book Reviews

'Ferdinand' The Peaceful Bull Gets His First Full-Length Film

NPR Books - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 03:00

In 1936 the book, The Story of Ferdinand, was published. Two years later, Disney turned it into an Oscar-winning short film. Now, the beloved story has gotten its first major movie adaptation.

(Image credit: Penguin Young Readers)

Categories: Book Reviews
Syndicate content