Book Reviews

The Saturday Profile: A Novelist Confronts the Complex Relationship Between Japan and Korea

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 17:02
Min Jin Lee, the author of “Pachinko,” discusses her book and the remnants of discrimination against Koreans by the Japanese.
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'Annotated African American Folktales' Reclaims Stories Passed Down From Slavery

NPR Books - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 15:03

The new anthology, edited by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Maria Tatar, aims to make century-old stories — of flying Africans, quizzical animals and even Uncle Remus — available to new generations.

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Inside the List: Meet the Sword-Fighting, Home-Brewing, Airplane-Flying Heavy-Metal Singer

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 14:12
Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden has written a memoir as far-ranging as he is, “What Does This Button Do?”
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'Hue 1968' Revisits An American 'Turning Point' In The War In Vietnam

NPR Books - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 12:44

Author Mark Bowden says the capture of Hue, Vietnam, was part of a wave of well-planned Communist attacks that helped turn U.S. public opinion against the war. Originally broadcast June 12, 2017.

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The Book Review Podcast: Kurt Andersen on Channeling President Trump

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 11:09
Andersen talks about “You Can’t Spell America Without Me”; Liza Mundy discusses “Code Girls”; and Maria Russo on the season’s children’s books.
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Joe Ide: Creating A Complicated Hero From the Hood

NPR Books - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 04:00

Joe Ide and his brothers hung out almost exclusively with the neighborhood kids in South Los Angeles. Years later, the city's old haunts and characters worked their way into his books.

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Children’s Books: A Highlight Reel of Artists in Studio

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 03:06
Three illustrators of books for young readers share their creative processes.
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Children’s Books: Bookshelf: Picture Books for Animal-Loving Children

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 03:00
An octopus who escapes from an aquarium, a feather searching for its bird, a cardinal trapped in a Christmas tree and more in this season’s best animal books.
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Egos: Memoirs Take the Wheel

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 03:00
New memoirs on driving by a long-haul trucker, a Saudi activist and a mother trying to connect with her son.
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The Shortlist: How Movies Work

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 03:00
Three new books by prominent cinephiles: Dave Kehr, Jim Shepard and Eric Lax.
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Fiction: Ghosts, Literal and Figurative, Haunt Magda Szabo’s Novel

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 03:00
Magda Szabo’s “Katalin Street” revolves around three families torn apart by what happened in Hungary during World War II.
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Fiction: A Young Soldier’s Moral Compromise

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 03:00
Devin Murphy’s debut novel, “The Boat Runner,” tracks one man’s descent from his idyllic, small-town roots to the guilt-ridden life of a Nazi.
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Paperback Row

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 03:00
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Children’s Books: Can India Be Her Homeland, Even if She’s Never Been There?

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 03:00
In Nidhi Chanani’s “Pashmina,” a magical scarf helps an Indian-American girl understand the gulf between her family’s past and her own present in this captivating graphic novel.
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Nonfiction: Hunt for a Good Beginning. Then Write It.

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 03:00
John McPhee’s “Draft No. 4” collects eight essays that offer writing advice and take readers behind the scenes of his creative process.
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Fiction: ‘Ferocity’ Brings Florida Noir to Southern Italy

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 03:00
In Nicola Lagioia’s thriller with social-novel ambitions, a beautiful dead woman is the key to an illicit underworld.
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Children’s Books: Fairy Tale Heroines, But With Depth

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 03:00
How much do we really know about the children in the Grimms’ fairy tales? Two authors flesh out familiar characters in revamped versions of the classics.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 03:00
Readers respond to Martin Amis’s essay and expound on the roles of religion.
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Our Back Pages: Notes From the Book Review Archives

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 03:00
In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Lemony Snicket on the importance of picture books.
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In 'Wonder Valley,' There's More Than One Los Angeles

NPR Books - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 02:59

Ivy Pochoda's latest was informed by creative writing classes she teaches on L.A.'s Skid Row. "My L.A. experience, it was a little bit different, and I think the book sort of reflects that," she says.

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