Book Reviews

Fiction: Life, Love and Mortality in the City of Light

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:00
A septuagenarian cellist faces down his personal and professional losses in Mark Helprin’s novel “Paris in the Present Tense.”
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Audiobooks: A Celebrity Couples Therapist Turns to Adultery

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:00
In a new audiobook, “The State of Affairs,” Esther Perel follows up on “Mating in Captivity” by focusing on the husbands and wives who stray.
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Nonfiction: The Day Wall Street Collapsed

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:00
Diana B. Henriques’s “A First-Class Catastrophe” is a minute-by-minute account of the stock market disaster of Oct. 19, 1987.
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Nonfiction: ‘I Can’t Breathe’: Eric Garner’s Life and Death

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:00
In “I Can’t Breathe,” Matt Taibbi reports on the people and the policies that shaped the course of Garner’s life.
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Nonfiction: Elizabeth Hardwick Showed What Essays Could Do

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:00
“The Collected Essays,” edited by Darryl Pinckney, reveal as much about who Hardwick was as they do about the fiction she loved.
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Nonfiction: The First Modern President

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:00
Robert W. Merry’s “President McKinley” argues for the centrality of a generally forgotten chief executive.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:00
Readers respond to Alan Dershowitz’s review of “Scalia Speaks” and implore Ron Chernow to rethink his ideal dinner guests.
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Editors’ Choice: 11 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 21:55
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Cartoonist Reza Farazmand Walks Us Through Some Of His 'Comics For A Strange World'

NPR Books - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:00

We asked the artist behind the popular webcomic Poorly Drawn Lines to share the thinking behind a few of the hilariously deadpan comics from his latest book.

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Profile: A Chinese Novelist Is Found in Translation

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 09:55
For Xue Yiwei, Canada was a safe haven in which to write, but now he’s finding an audience abroad that appreciates his subversive novel.
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Q&A: Joe Biden Talks About His New Memoir, ‘Promise Me, Dad’

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 09:18
The former vice president writes about facing the death of his son Beau, deciding not to pursue a presidential run and dealing with foreign crises.
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The Troublesome Universe Of 'Valiant Dust'

NPR Books - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 05:00

Richard Baker is an established voice in military science fiction; his latest, Valiant Dust, kicks off a new space adventure series. But it's hampered by shallow characters and cultural blindness.

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By the Book: Andy Weir: By the Book

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 03:00
The author of “The Martian” and, most recently, “Artemis” has never read Frank Herbert’s “Dune”: “Yes, I know. I’m the worst sci-fi fan in the universe.”
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Crime: Deadly Deeds, From Snowy Iceland to the 42nd Street Library

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 03:00
New crime novels by Barclay, Indridason and Lehane take readers from New York to Reykjavik. Then Goldstone goes back in time for a medical mystery.
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Jesmyn Ward Wins National Book Award for ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’

New York Times Book Review - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 20:58
It is the second National Book Award for Ms. Ward, a Mississippi native who also won in 2011 for her novel “Salvage the Bones.”
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Jesmyn Ward, Frank Bidart, Masha Gessen And Robin Benway Win National Book Awards

NPR Books - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 20:13

For Ward, who won the fiction prize for Sing, Unburied, Sing, it was her second National Book Award. For Bidart, whose poetry collection spanned 51 years, it was akin to a lifetime achievement honor.

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A Collection Of Christian Artifacts Unlike Any Other

NPR Books - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 09:06

Join us on a trip to the Museum of the Bible.

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Andy Weir Aims To Duplicate His Martian Success With 'Artemis'

NPR Books - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 05:00

Weir returns to a successful formula in his new book — action and adventure in space, with a snarky voice and plenty of reader-friendly science — though this time the story moves to a moon colony.

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New & Noteworthy

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 14:31
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
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Louise Erdrich Delivers A Dystopian Feminist Thriller In 'Future Home'

NPR Books - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 11:30

In Erdrich's new novel, fetuses seem to be randomly devolving and a new religious government is rounding up pregnant women, forcing them to give birth in prison-like hospitals.

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