Book Reviews

Books of The Times: Hunted at the Zoo in ‘Fierce Kingdom’

New York Times Book Review - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 14:50
When a mundane setting turns lethal, a mother and her 4-year-old son find themselves becoming prey in Gin Phillips’s new thriller.
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Open Book: Going After Big Prey

New York Times Book Review - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 14:18
“Shark Drunk” is about two friends in search of a Greenland shark, which can grow up to 24 feet long and weigh up to 2,500 pounds.
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Collaborator Says Sendak Would Be 'Jumping For Joy' Over New Publication

NPR Books - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 14:16

More than 20 years ago, Maurice Sendak and Arthur Yorinks collaborated on a book called Presto and Zesto in Limboland. But they were both busy with other projects, and never bothered to publish it.

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Billy Bragg On Skiffle, The Movement That Brought Guitar To British Radio

NPR Books - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:13

The singer describes skiffle as "a bunch of British school boys in the mid '50s playing Lead Belly's repertoire ... on acoustic guitars." Bragg's new book is Roots, Radicals And Rockers.

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We All Live In The Dark, But Some Of Us Live In 'The Dark Dark'

NPR Books - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 04:00

Samantha Hunt's new story collection dissects the unique strangeness of women's lives, mixing eerie fantasy with solid literary sensibility and a knack for strange and lovely set pieces.

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Nonfiction: Two Testimonials Shed Light on Syrian Life and Death

New York Times Book Review - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 02:00
Alia Malek’s “The Home That Was Our Country” and Wendy Pearlman’s “We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled” channel voices from Syria’s war zone.
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Nonfiction: The Birth of the Modern Middle East

New York Times Book Review - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 02:00
In “The Islamic Enlightenment,” Christopher de Ballaigue reveals the Middle Eastern political and intellectual figures who grappled with modernity after Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt in 1798.
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Nonfiction: A Polish Poet Leaves Verse Behind, but Not His Lost City

New York Times Book Review - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 02:00
Whatever the prose in “Slight Exaggeration” settles on — art, family, war, ideology — Adam Zagajewski is always writing about displacement.
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Fiction: A First Novel, Wrestling With the Will to Rule the Mat

New York Times Book Review - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 02:00
Gabe Habash’s debut, “Stephen Florida,” tracks the title character’s drive to succeed as a college wrestler.
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London Literally Stank In The Summer Of 1858 — Just Ask Dickens And Darwin

NPR Books - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 14:52

In One Hot Summer, historian Rosemary Ashton follows Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin and Benjamin Disraeli through an unpleasant couple of months — as the River Thames flowed with hot, smelly sewage.

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It Is A Truth Universally Acknowledged That Jane Austen Pairs Well With Tea

NPR Books - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 12:21

Pinkies up, Janeites! We mark the bicentennial of Austen's death with a look at her relationship with a beloved cuppa.

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Inside The 'Shakespearean Irony' Of Trump And Bannon's Relationship

NPR Books - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 11:27

Author Joshua Green says that although Steve Bannon was instrumental to Donald Trump's election, it now appears that the president lacks the ability to implement Bannon's nationalist vision.

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England Unveils New 10-Pound Note Featuring Jane Austen

NPR Books - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 08:18

The note, which will enter circulation in September, was revealed on the 200th anniversary of Austen's death.

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'Arbitrary Stupid Goal' Is Neither Arbitrary Nor Stupid

NPR Books - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 07:00

Tamara Shopsin's quirky, lively memoir of her unconventional Greenwich Village childhood is packed with vivid details about the cast of characters who populated her parents' corner store-turned-diner.

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Taut Spy Action Takes Place Over Tea 'At The Table Of Wolves'

NPR Books - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 04:00

Kay Kenyon's new thriller is set in an alternate-history version of World War II, where the traumas of the previous war caused a bloom of psychic talents — talents the Nazis want to exploit.

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Fiction: A Novel Looks Back at a Woman’s Idealistic Days in the Spanish Civil War

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 02:00
The Spanish Civil War casts its shadow over an elderly 21st-century American and her granddaughter in Mary Gordon’s novel “There Your Heart Lies.”
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Nonfiction: How Steve Bannon and Donald Trump Rode the Honey Badger Into the White House

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 02:00
Joshua Green’s “Devil’s Bargain” tells the story of the alt-right impresario who invigorated Trump’s campaign and influences his presidency.
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Can't Prog Rock Get Any Respect Around Here?

NPR Books - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 01:42

Critic Lester Bangs once declared progressive rock "musical sterility at its pinnacle." David Weigel, author of The Show That Never Ends: The Rise And Fall Of Prog Rock, begs to differ.

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How Black Leaders Unwittingly Contributed To The Era Of Mass Incarceration

NPR Books - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 11:20

James Forman Jr., son of civil rights activists, says that African-American leaders seeking to combat drugs and crime often supported policies that disproportionately targeted the black community.

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Jet-Setting Vacationers Find Trouble In Paradise In 'Beautiful Animals'

NPR Books - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 11:20

Two entitled young women vacationing on a chic Greek island get involved with a mysterious stranger in Lawrence Osborne's new novel. Critic John Powers calls it a "seductively menacing new thriller."

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