Book Reviews

Fiction: A Debut Novel Imagines Political Intrigue at the 1939 World’s Fair

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 02:39
In Brendan Mathews’s “The World of Tomorrow,” two brothers fleeing Ireland for New York get embroiled in a wild assassination plot.
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Author Attica Locke: In America, We Walk 'Side By Side' With Our Past

NPR Books - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 02:02

Locke's novel Bluebird, Bluebird is set in Texas where her family roots stretch back to slavery. The family didn't go north during the Great Migration, she explains: "We said: No, Texas is ours, too."

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Nonfiction: How the New Immigration Is Shaking Old Europe to Its Core

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 02:00
“The Strange Death of Europe,” by Douglas Murray, and “The Crisis of Multiculturalism in Europe,” by Rita Chin, examine divisive debates over Western values.
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Nonfiction: The Vietnam War Then and Now

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 02:00
Geoffrey C. Ward’s “The Vietnam War” relives a conflict that divided Americans 50 years ago, and continues to evoke bitter memories today.
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By the Book: Sally Quinn: By the Book

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 02:00
The author of, most recently, “Finding Magic: A Spiritual Memoir,” doesn’t like to read short story collections, “especially if they’re good, because they always leave me wanting more.”
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Newsbook: 3 Books on the Importance of Early Education

New York Times Book Review - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 08:52
As policy makers, teachers, and parents work to expand pre-K programs, here are three books on what children really need.
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Man Booker Prize Shortlist Features George Saunders, Mohsin Hamid And Ali Smith

NPR Books - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 07:41

The 2017 nominees for the U.K.'s top literary prize include a hefty dose of marquee authors, such as Paul Auster. But the list also features a pair of debuts, from Emily Fridlund and Fiona Mozley.

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'World Without Mind' Is An Urgent, Personal Polemic

NPR Books - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 07:00

Franklin Foer's new book on the collision of technology and democracy is heavily informed by his unhappy 2014 departure from The New Republic, after its takeover by Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes.

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Editors' Choice: 11 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Review - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 04:56
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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The Pleasures Of Story Get Lost In This 'Forest Dark'

NPR Books - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 04:00

In Nicole Krauss' new novel, two characters move to Israel in search of fresh starts. But this strained tale of midlife crisis takes some odd turns and never quite coheres.

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Nonfiction: A History of Bloomberg’s Successes and Failures

New York Times Book Review - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 02:00
Chris McNickle’s biography of Mike Bloomberg shows how New York’s mayor for 12 years used data and analysis to successfully transform the city.
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Crime: Bad Neighbors, Bad Husbands and Very Bad Behavior

New York Times Book Review - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 02:00
Two new crime novels travel back to the not-so-placid 1950s, while a third visits 19th-century Appalachia. Another tries to escape in a hot-air balloon.
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The Long View: ‘What Happened’? They Lost. With Her Memoir, Hillary Clinton Joins a Haunted Club

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 18:07
Jon Meacham on how Clinton’s chronicle of loss in 2016 compares with those of defeated candidates past.
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'Survivor Cafe' Explores How To Preserve The Legacy Of Horrific Events

NPR Books - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 13:31

How do we carry the stories of horrific events forward? That's one of the questions Elizabeth Rosner tries to answer in her book, Survivor Cafe: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory.

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Adolescent Friendship Fades Away In Claire Messud's Gothic 'Burning Girl'

NPR Books - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 10:50

Messud's novel centers on best friends from different class backgrounds who begin to drift apart in 7th grade. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls The Burning Girl a story of "betrayal and isolation."

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Reporter Katy Tur Shares Her 'Front-Row' View Of The Trump Campaign

NPR Books - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 10:12

Tur was at a rally in South Carolina when Trump called her name and pointed at her from the podium. Then, she says, "The entire place turns and they roar as one ... like a giant, unchained animal."

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In 'Damascus,' A Chilling Mystery With A Personal Connection

NPR Books - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 07:21

Deborah Campbell's A Disappearance in Damascus is both a taut detective story and an intimate account of friendship during war — and that's before our reviewer discovered her own part in the story.

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Fiction: In ‘Forest Dark,’ Nicole Krauss Plays With Divided Selves

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 02:00
Two New Yorkers — an aging lawyer and a young writer — make their way, separately, to Tel Aviv.
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Nonfiction: A Memoir by Donald Trump’s Favorite Target

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 02:00
“Unbelievable,” by the NBC News correspondent Katy Tur, describes what it was like to be on the front lines during the Trump presidential campaign.
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Match Book: Dear Match Book: It’s My First Foray Into Graphic Fiction

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 02:00
For readers seeking a novel kind of novel: illustrated narratives that harness the comic-book format to treat even the weightiest of themes.
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