Book Reviews

Nonfiction: Three 18th-Century Revolutions and Why They Matter in 2017

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 06:00
In “The Unruly City,” Mike Rapport revisits Paris, London and New York to learn lessons from three different 18th-century revolutions.
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Otherworldly: Ghosts, Warring Gods and the Apocalypse: The Best of New Science Fiction and Fantasy

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 04:00
New science fiction and fantasy includes ghosts and warring gods, a desert apocalypse, a cloned messiah and the quest for light-speed travel.
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By the Book: Jeffrey Tambor: By the Book

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 02:00
The actor and author of “Are You Anybody?” loves to watch younger people browse in his bookstore: “The millennials, Xers and Yers are off their equipment and opting for paper, I’m here to tell you!”
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'The Color Of Law' Details How U.S. Housing Policies Created Segregation

NPR Books - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 13:32

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with author Richard Rothstein about his new book, The Color of Law, which details how federal housing policies in the 1940s and '50s mandated segregation and undermined the ability of black families to own homes and build wealth.

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Books of The Times: ‘The End of Eddy’ Captures a Savage Childhood and a Global Movement

New York Times Book Review - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 13:26
Édouard Louis’s deeply autobiographical novel recounts growing up gay among the white underclass in rural France.
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It's The Nuggets That Shine In 'The Golden Cockerel'

NPR Books - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 04:00

The title piece in Mexican master Juan Rulfo's The Golden Cockerel is a good story with a simple point: Life is short and then you die. It's the sketches and fragments that come after that amaze.

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Audiobooks: The Sound of Sherlock: Stephen Fry Voices the Master Sleuth

New York Times Book Review - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 04:00
The noted British actor narrates Arthur Conan Doyle’s tales of a certain obsessive detective.
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A Publisher Tries Podcasts As A Gateway To Audiobooks

NPR Books - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 02:02

Audiobooks are the fastest growing segment of the publishing industry, while podcasts are also finding new audiences. One science fiction publisher is experimenting with a new path to the market.

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Nonfiction: The Value and Virtue of Good Writing (Rule No. 7: Don’t Be a Bore)

New York Times Book Review - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 02:00
In “Do I Make Myself Clear?,” Harold Evans, editor par excellence, explains why good writing is a moral issue.
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Books of The Times: ‘Shake It Up’ Aims to Put Rock Writing in the Pantheon

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 14:36
This collection of rock criticism includes thoughts on hazing, lyrics, death and so much more.
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Children’s Books: New Picture Books for Young Vehicle Lovers

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 14:27
Nine new picture books take adventurous children out for a ride.
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Fiction: Scott Turow’s New Thriller Investigates a Massacre in Bosnia

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 13:29
Scott Turow’s latest novel, “Testimony,” swaps the American courtrooms of previous books for the International Criminal Court after the Bosnian war.
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After 6 Prison Terms, A Former Inmate Helps Other Women Rebuild Their Lives

NPR Books - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 10:11

For Susan Burton, getting on track after being released from prison was a daunting experience. Now she's determined to help other women follow in her footsteps. Her new memoir is Becoming Ms. Burton.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Reflects On A Life-Altering Friendship

NPR Books - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 08:06

NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on his 50-year relationship with his coach John Wooden, how he shaped his life and career.

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Match Book: This Boy’s Life, Reflected in Picture Books

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 06:51
“I’m looking for books in which the main character is a young boy of color. I want him to be doing the normal, funny things that kids do.”
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Graphic Lives: Writers Recount Stories of Grief and Joy in Illustrated Panels

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 06:00
New graphic memoirs and a biography capture the toll of illness, a guilty mother and the rise of Mama Cass.
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In 'Bad Dreams,' Tessa Hadley Serves Up Satisfying Short Stories

NPR Books - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 04:00

There are plenty of story collections out now to start your summer with, but Tessa Hadley tops the pile with Bad Dreams, ten richly complex tales of characters pushing the boundaries of their lives.

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Fiction: Migration, a Makeshift Family, and Then a Disappearance

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 04:00
In “The Leavers,” Lisa Ko tells the story of a Chinese-American boy who struggles with his mother’s disappearance.
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Nonfiction: For Better, for Worse: Three Memoirs Report From Marriage Country

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 02:00
From their own diverse vantage points, Dani Shapiro, Ada Calhoun and Claire Dederer bear witness to that two-person catastrophe in motion.
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No More Neverland: A Senator's Guide To Raising American Adults

NPR Books - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 02:00

His new book about raising kids in America and the virtues of work and perseverance is "not an old man screaming, 'Get off my lawn!'" insists Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb. It's, "Work in my lawn."

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