Book Reviews

Match Book: Books That Mix the Science and Craft of Food With a Dash of Heart

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 10:59
From memoirs by Michelin-starred chefs and cutting-edge farmers to recipes collected in a concentration camp, writing that will feed your soul.
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We've Been Had: How Bunk Became Embedded In American Life

NPR Books - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 09:18

Hooey, hogwash, baloney or bull – it's all bunk.

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'Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race' Is A Call To Action

NPR Books - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 08:00

In 2014, British journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote a blog post about how tired she was of engaging with oblivious white people about race. That post went viral, and it's now the basis for her new book.

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Book Of 'New Rules' Flows With Tippling Tips To Demystify Wine

NPR Books - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 06:00

Wine writer Jon Bonné says that the traditional ways of thinking about wine no longer fit today's diversity of flavors and cultural influences — and that drinking it should be mainly about pleasure.

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'Future Home Of The Living God' Is A Rare Stumble From A Great Writer

NPR Books - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 05:00

Louise Erdrich's new novel is a frequently bizarre near-future dystopia that never really comes close to getting off the ground, but it won't dent her reputation as one of the country's best writers.

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Fiction: After ‘Mad Men,’ Matthew Weiner Turns to a Novel of Madmen

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 03:00
A psychopathic construction worker, a violently overprotective father and an adolescent girl form a dangerous triangle in “Heather, the Totality.”
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Nonfiction: Kevin Young’s Enthralling, Essential History of the Hoax

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 03:00
Jonathan Lethem reviews Kevin Young’s “Bunk,” a new book that traces the American fondness for plagiarists, hoaxes and, yes, fake news.
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10 Great, Perfect, Solid-Mithril Ideas For 'Lord Of The Rings' TV Spin-Offs

NPR Books - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 03:00

Amazon Studios is bringing an ongoing Lord of the Rings prequel series to television. The deal includes an option for "a potential additional spin-off series." Tom Bombadil, call your agent.

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'Promise Me': Joe Biden On Loss, Grief And Recovery

NPR Books - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 22:01

The former vice president is out with a book that recounts in heart-wrenching detail his son Beau's diagnosis and death from brain cancer — and his deliberations about running for president.

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Priest Responds To Gang Members' 'Lethal Absence Of Hope' With Jobs, And Love

NPR Books - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 12:28

Homeboy Industries founder Father Greg Boyle has spent 30 years working in LA with gang members and young people transitioning out of prison. His new book is Barking to the Choir.

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A Tom Hanks Type

NPR Books - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 09:06

The Oscar-winning actor has a new collection of semi-autobiographical short fiction … and lots of thoughts about typewriters.

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Um, Uh, Huh? Are These Words Clues To Understanding Human Language?

NPR Books - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 07:38

Tiny filler words in human rapid-fire conversation hold the key to understanding how language is unique, according to a new book. But anthropologist Barbara J. King raises some questions.

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Nonfiction: In ‘Raising Trump’ and ‘The Kardashians,’ Two Portraits of Modern American Matriarchy

New York Times Book Review - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 03:00
James Wolcott on two books about the larger-than-life dynasties shaping our cultural and political lives.
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A Book On 'Bunk' For Our Post-Truth Times

NPR Books - Sun, 11/12/2017 - 15:51

Poet and critic Kevin Young attempts to make sense of a worsening surge in hoaxes — from plagiarism to fake news — in a new deeply researched history.

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Profile: Krysten Ritter Spins Her Own Mystery in Her Debut Novel, ‘Bonfire’

New York Times Book Review - Sun, 11/12/2017 - 12:00
The star of the Netflix superhero noir series “Jessica Jones” delves into a small town’s secrets in her new book.
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Author Explores A Dark History Through A Magical Story In 'Rise Of The Jumbies'

NPR Books - Sun, 11/12/2017 - 05:52

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Tracey Baptiste about her new novel. Drawing on myths of her native Trinidad and Tobago, Baptiste tackles the history of the slave trade for young readers.

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Helping Refugees Is The Test Of Our Times, David Miliband Says

NPR Books - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 06:07

NPR's Scott Simon talks to David Miliband, head of the International Rescue Committee, about his new book, Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time.

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Paul Hollywood Recounts His 'Baker's Life,' From Ginger Biscuits To Fancy Cakes

NPR Books - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 06:07

Paul Hollywood shot to fame as the gimlet-eyed judge on the Great British Bake-Off. His new book is a memoir in recipes, beginning with childhood favorites and ending with special-occasion bakes.

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In New Novel, 'Martian' Author Andy Weir Builds A Colony On The Moon

NPR Books - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 05:51

Artemis imagines the first moon settlement as a mining town and tourist trap. "I had a lot of fun doing the world building," Weir says.

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Terra Incognita: 'The Planet Factory' And 'The Undiscovered Islands'

NPR Books - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 05:00

Two new books about unreal islands and yet-to-be-real planets have much to tell us about what human beings want to know when we look around at the world — life is uncertain, and our fears need maps.

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