Book Reviews

'Janesville' Looks At A Factory Town After The Factory Shuts Down

NPR Books - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 14:53

Washington Post reporter Amy Goldstein talks about her book Janesville: An American Story, that's about a factory town in Wisconsin that lost its lifeblood when its factory shut down.

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'Thunder In The Mountains' Tells Tragedy Of Two Strong, Opposing Leaders

NPR Books - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 14:53

Daniel Sharfstein's new book Thunder In the Mountains sheds new light on the Nez Perce Indian wars, and the two historical figures on each side of the conflict: Chief Joseph and Oliver Otis Howard.

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Nonfiction: Sheryl Sandberg Finds Comfort for Herself and Offers It to Others

New York Times Book Review - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 08:24
With new perspective after her husband’s unexpected death, the author of “Lean In” addresses issues that some readers found troubling about that book.
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'The Handmaid's Tale' Is Among A Resurgence Of Dystopian Literature

NPR Books - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 05:07

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood was a best-seller list after the 2016 election. We reread the dystopian classic to prep for a new TV miniseries that begins next week.

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In Ann Brashare's Latest, Two Kids From A Fractured Family Meet At Last

NPR Books - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 05:07

The author behind the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series writes from experience — her parents divorced when she was young, and she says the divisions remain "to this day."

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David McCullough's Collected Speeches Will Give Your 'American Spirit' A Boost

NPR Books - Sat, 04/22/2017 - 07:00

Speeches in book form are a reliable cash cow for publishers, and tend to fall into the "last minute gift idea" category. But David McCullough's new The American Spirit is a happy exception.

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Author Alison MacLeod Tries To Find Humor In Terrorism

NPR Books - Sat, 04/22/2017 - 05:14

In her new book of short stories, Alison MacLeod spins biography, news stories and family history into surreal fiction. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly asks her about All the Beloved Ghosts.

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Dark Lives Of 'The Radium Girls' Left A Bright Legacy For Workers, Science

NPR Books - Sat, 04/22/2017 - 05:14

Kate Moore's new book digs into the short, painful lives of the Radium Girls, who worked painting luminous dials on watches and clocks — and were poisoned by the glowing radium paint they used.

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Wanting More From 'Imagine Wanting Only This'

NPR Books - Sat, 04/22/2017 - 04:00

Kristen Radtke is an experienced writer and artist, but her graphic memoir — about grief, loss and obsessive travel — disappoints with rudimentary illustrations and spotty storytelling.

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Poems of Resistance: A Primer

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 16:30
These five poems exemplify how American poets are using their art to rage against the right.
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American Poets, Refusing to Go Gentle, Rage Against the Right

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 16:27
Like virtually everything else in the Trump era, poetry has gotten sharply political these days.
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The Book Review Podcast: ‘Hamlet Globe to Globe’

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:35
Dominic Dromgoole talks about “Hamlet Globe to Globe”; and Judith Newman discusses new books about sex and relationships.
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'Girls & Sex' And The Importance Of Talking To Young Women About Pleasure

NPR Books - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 10:24

Author Peggy Orenstein says that when it comes to adolescent sexuality, the subject of girls' pleasure is often left unspoken. Originally broadcast March 29, 2016.

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A Daughter Continues Her Father’s Legacy, and His Series

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 08:46
Since Tony Hillerman’s death in 2008, his daughter Anne has written three new novels starring his characters. “Song of the Lion” is the latest.
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Nonfiction: Keep Calm and Kiss the Cat Goodbye: Mass Pet Euthanization Before the Blitz

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 08:28
Hilda Kean’s “The Great Cat and Dog Massacre” looks at the fate of hundreds of thousands of England’s pets during World War II.
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Open Book: Spin Class

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 07:51
In “Letters to a Young Writer,” Colum McCann hopes to inspire people, and to “save them a little time and heartbreak.”
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Nonfiction: Their Hours Upon the Stage: Performing ‘Hamlet’ Around the World

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 05:00
To celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, London’s Globe Theater performed “Hamlet” in 190 countries. Dominic Dromgoole looks back on the run in “Hamlet Globe to Globe.”
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 05:00
Readers respond to the criticism of authors, perpetuated myths and more.
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Nonfiction: How the Charleston Elite Brought on the American Civil War

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 04:00
Paul Starobin’s “Madness Rules the Hour” explains how secessionists in Charleston sought to dismantle the Union years before the Civil War.
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Critic’s Take: The Extravagant Jane Bowles: Always on the Edge of Something

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 04:00
A new collection introduces Jane Bowles’s crooked, sui generis prose to a new generation.
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