Book Reviews

Fiction: Work-Life Balance Suffers (Even) in Victorian England

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 03:00
The pioneering female doctor in Sarah Moss’s novel “Signs for Lost Children” attends to the women in an asylum, not her long-distance marriage.
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Nonfiction: Restoring the Light to the Work of Louis Kahn

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 03:00
Wendy Lesser’s “You Say to Brick” details how Louis Kahn’s designs helped lift the architectural profession out of its functionalist, modernist rut.
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Fiction: Two Sons Witness the Grip of Addiction in This Gritty Divorce Drama

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 02:00
After a divorce, two sons are happy to live with their father in Daniel Magariel’s “One of the Boys.” Then they learn about his crack addiction.
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Fiction: An Uncanny Cat, a Companionable Snake and Displaced Desire

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 02:00
In “My Cat Yugoslavia,” a strange and haunting debut by Pajtim Statovci, an exiled mother and son refuse to surrender their dreams.
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10 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 14:38
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Fiction: A Fictional (So Far) History of the Second American Civil War

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 14:00
Omar El Akkad’s “American War” is a disturbingly plausible tale of a future America torn asunder by its own political and tribal affiliations.
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Paperback Row

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:00
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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The Truth About Ugly Foods: They're Delicious, Abundant And Good For The Planet

NPR Books - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:25

From ugly fish like sea robin to the discarded parts of livestock, like ox cheeks and chicken feet, a new book celebrates repugnant-looking but flavorful foods, and urges us to eat more of them.

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Vegan Cookbooks Spill The Beans About Aquafaba, The Eggless Egg White

NPR Books - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 09:33

The discovery that the liquid from canned beans can be whipped into an egg white substitute has taken the vegan world by storm. Now DIY recipes are being codified into cookbooks.

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How Do You Bond With Mozart? Adopt A Starling

NPR Books - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 06:56

Naturalist and author Lyanda Lynn Haupt took her research on Mozart to a whole new level when she invited a young starling into her home.

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'Tender' Stories Are A Feast Of Ideas

NPR Books - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 04:00

Sofia Samatar is the creator of an award-winning fantasy world; she sticks closer to earth in her powerful first story collection, but it's not always the earth we might recognize.

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Nonfiction: A Plague Year: A Doctor at Work in an Ebola Treatment Unit

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 02:00
Steven Hatch recounts his experience as an American doctor at an Ebola treatment unit in rural Liberia in the new memoir “Inferno.”
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By the Book: John Waters: By the Book

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 02:00
The film director and author of “Make Trouble” says that when a publisher asked him for a blurb for “Transit,” he sent back, “Rachel Cusk is too smart for her own good.”
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'The Book Of Joan' Is A Dizzying, Dystopian Genre Mashup

NPR Books - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 02:00

Lidia Yuknavitch reimagines Joan of Arc as a freedom fighter on a blighted future earth, setting herself against the charismatic ruler of a satellite colony of nearly unrecognizably mutated humans.

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Books of The Times: In ‘Janesville,’ When the G.M. Plant Closed, Havoc Followed

New York Times Book Review - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 14:09
Amy Goldstein chronicles in vivid, sophisticated detail the evisceration of life in a Wisconsin town after the loss of its major employer.
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The Shortlist: 3 Very Short Books on 3 Very Big Ideas

New York Times Book Review - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 13:05
Three short books on tyranny, the First Amendment and Wall Street approach substantial topics in slim volumes.
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From 'F-Bomb' To 'Photobomb,' How The Dictionary Keeps Up With English

NPR Books - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 10:32

For a new word to enter the dictionary, it must meet three criteria: widespread use, sustained use and meaningful use. Merriam-Webster lexicographer Kory Stamper explains the process in Word by Word.

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Help Desk: Sex-Ed for Grown-Ups: A Roundup of Relationship Self-Help

New York Times Book Review - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 07:01
With books on orgasm equality, sexual freedom and C.E.O.-style marriage prioritizing, loveologists offer new takes on hooking up and settling down.
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A Potent, Uneasy Blend Of Passion And Fatalism In 'The Woman Who Had Two Navels'

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

No matter what's happening in this new collection of work from the late Filipino writer Nick Joaquin, it's probably already too late — but that doesn't stop his characters from struggling.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren's Call To Action: 'This Fight' Will Take Everybody

NPR Books - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 15:51

"Everybody's got to get out there and find the piece that they can do," the Democratic Massachusetts senator says. She talks to NPR's Audie Cornish about her new book, the middle class and activism.

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