Book Reviews

Filmmaker John Waters On How To 'Make Trouble'

NPR Books - Sat, 04/15/2017 - 05:04

NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with filmmaker John Waters about his new book. Make Trouble is based on Waters' commencement address to the Rhode Island School of Design.

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Literature And Social Media Collide In 'Sympathy'

NPR Books - Sat, 04/15/2017 - 05:04

Sympathy, the debut novel by Olivia Sudjic, could be about falling in love in the digital age. Or it could be about falling down a digital rabbit hole. Linda Wertheimer asks Sudjic about her book.

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'Upside Of Unrequited' Is A Fresh, Fun, Snarky Spring Fling

NPR Books - Sat, 04/15/2017 - 04:00

Becky Albertalli's new young adult novel is a snappy romance that'll bring you back to the pain and elation of young love. It follows two sisters trying to balance their relationship with new crushes.

(Image credit: Marian Carrasquero/NPR)

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Nonfiction: Power and Punishment: Two New Books About Race and Crime

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 04/14/2017 - 12:32
James Forman Jr.’s “Locking Up Our Own” and Chris Hayes’s “A Colony in a Nation” compel readers to wrestle with very tough questions about racism, inequality and punishment.
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The Book Review Podcast: Power and Punishment

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 04/14/2017 - 12:23
Chris Hayes talks about “A Colony in a Nation,” and Jason Zinoman discusses “Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night.”
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Nonfiction: Have a Banana. On Second Thought, Don’t.

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 04/14/2017 - 11:36
In “Never Out of Season,” Robert Dunn looks at how modern societies make themselves vulnerable to crop devastation.
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Open Book: Murder, He Wrote

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 04/14/2017 - 10:08
The recently reissued “Killings” collects pieces of Calvin Trillin’s true-crime writing for The New Yorker.
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Alec Baldwin Settles Scores in New Memoir

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 04/14/2017 - 10:04
“Nevertheless” debuts at No. 5 on the hardcover nonfiction best-seller list.
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Bana al-Abed, Girl Whose Tweets Told of Aleppo’s Horrors, Gets Book Deal

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 04/14/2017 - 09:43
The 7-year-old, now a refugee in Turkey, hopes her book, to be published by Simon & Schuster, will “bring peace to children all over the world.”
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11 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 04/14/2017 - 08:26
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Diversity In Comics And 'RuPaul's Drag Race'

NPR Books - Fri, 04/14/2017 - 08:09

This week, while we recover from our live show, we bring you a segment from Code Switch about diversity in comics and we revisit our segment on RuPaul's Drag Race.

(Image credit: Marvel Comics)

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Fiction: Gilded Cage: A Wealthy White Family in East Africa Faces an Islamist Uprising

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 04/14/2017 - 06:00
In Jean McNeil’s novel “The Dhow House,” East Africa’s violent unrest threatens a privileged white family.
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Fiction: Robert Louis Stevenson Never Wrote This Novel. So Brian Doyle Did It for Him.

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 04/14/2017 - 04:00
Brian Doyle’s “The Adventures of John Carson in Several Quarters of the World” is an affectionate homage to the author of “Treasure Island” anchored in the months he spent living in San Francisco.
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Nonfiction: A New Biography of Martin Luther Reveals the Life Beyond the Theses

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 04/14/2017 - 04:00
In “Martin Luther,” Lyndal Roper explores the theologian’s life and improbable career.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 04/14/2017 - 04:00
Readers respond to Fran Lebowitz, Angus Deaton’s review “The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution” and more.
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Nonfiction: Power and Punishment: Two New Books About Race and Crime

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 04/14/2017 - 02:00
James Forman Jr.’s “Locking Up Our Own” and Chris Hayes’s “A Colony in a Nation” compel readers to wrestle with very tough questions about racism, inequality and punishment.
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Nonfiction: The South (and the West) through Joan Didion’s Eyes

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 04/14/2017 - 02:00
Through excerpts from her notebooks, Joan Didion recounts a monthlong road trip through the Gulf states during the 1970s in “South and West.”
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Paperback Row

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 04/13/2017 - 15:26
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Fiction: In This Tale of Online Intimacy, the Only Wise Characters Are Luddites

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 04/13/2017 - 14:00
“Sympathy,” Olivia Sudjic’s debut novel about social media obsession and digital heartbreak, tracks the dark side of online companionship.
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Crime: Silos, Sulfur and Stolen Identities: The Best of New Crime Fiction

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 04/13/2017 - 14:00
This week’s crime column features two familiar sleuths, V.I. Warshawski and Lincoln Rhyme, as well as a disgraced reporter and a Victorian detective.
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