Book Reviews

Author Beverly Gray Looks Back On 50 Years Of 'The Graduate' In Her Latest Book

NPR Books - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 14:49

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Hollywood writer Beverly Gray about her new book, Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How The Graduate Became the Touchstone of a Generation. The book offers behind-the-scene details of the 1967 film, The Graduate and looks at its lasting impact on the industry.

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Children’s Books: Bookshelf: Capturing the Magic of Wintertime

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 13:31
Mice that ice-skate, kids who make a snowbear, twins who discover a winter wonderland and more in this season’s best cold-weather picture books.
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Editors’ Choice: 9 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 12:23
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Once An Underground Currency, Bitcoin Emerges As 'A New Way To Track Information'

NPR Books - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 12:22

The digital currency's value has gone from zero to $120 billion in nine years. Digital Gold author Nathaniel Popper says major banks are looking into the possibilities of its decentralized network.

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A Rare Find: Trailblazing Female Designer's Unpublished Family Cookbook

NPR Books - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 11:39

Magazine art director Cipe Pineles helped pave the way for creative women in publishing. She also illustrated her mother's Eastern European recipes, but for 70 years the manuscript lay undiscovered.

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For November, A Romance Trio For 'Hamilton' Fans (And The Rest Of You, Too)

NPR Books - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 05:00

Even if you haven't seen the musical, you can keep warm this November with a delightful trio of novellas set in and around the battalion commanded by Alexander Hamilton at the siege of Yorktown.

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'This Mortal Coil' Will Get You All Twisted Up

NPR Books - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 05:00

Emily Suvada's debut novel — a high-tech young adult dystopia — is bursting with ideas (and exploding viruses). And while it might seem like a conventional thriller, it's got a twist to reckon with.

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Joe Ide Uses His South Central LA Days To Form Protagonist 'I.Q.'

NPR Books - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 03:04

The second book in Ide's detective series again centers on Isaiah Quintabe. I.Q. travels back and forth to Las Vegas, where he's trying to find some gambling-addicted homefolks before the mob does.

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Children’s Books: Who’s a Hero? Who’s a Villain? It’s Anyone’s Guess in This Fall’s Best Y.A. Fantasy

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 03:00
Teenage bounty hunters in a virtual-reality world, Amazons in New York City, vicious unicorns and other good guys gone bad.
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Children’s Books: Under Siege From a Mysterious Fog

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 03:00
Based on an Oscar-nominated short film, “The Dam Keeper,” a richly drawn graphic novel, tells of a heroic pig who must save his village from a dark and deadly force.
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By the Book: Krysten Ritter: By the Book

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 03:00
The actress and author of a thriller, “Bonfire,” can’t read on the set of “Jessica Jones”: “It is crazy exciting! But it’s not a reading environment.”
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Children’s Books: Learning the Art of the Pickpocket

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 03:00
Colin Meloy’s latest novel follows a wealthy, neglected boy who joins a legendary gang of child grifters. What could go wrong?
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Nonfiction: A Grand Tour of the Crisis in Europe

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 03:00
In “Fractured Continent,” William Drozdiak presents Europe from its various capitals, highlighting the difficult, new reality of the 21st century.
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War Stories: World War II Seen by a Classicist, and Other New Books About Conflict

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 03:00
Thomas E. Ricks surveys 12 new books of military history.
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'Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life' Examines The Personal Traits That Marked FDR For Greatness

NPR Books - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 13:00

NPR's Ron Elving says historian Robert Dallek's latest tome "emphasizes the human scale of FDR's life, his interaction with the people around him and the interplay among his intimates."

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Profile: In an Age of Fake News, a Historian of the Hoax

New York Times Book Review - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 12:12
Every era gets the chronicler it deserves. Kevin Young, the poetry editor of The New Yorker, tracks the progression of bunk through the ages.
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Biographer Sought To Write The Kind Of Book Lou Reed 'Deserved'

NPR Books - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 10:01

"It wasn't like I had to go looking for the drugs and the sex," Anthony DeCurtis says. "Lou wrote about it ... so I felt it was fair game." DeCurtis' new book is Lou Reed: A Life.

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Children’s Books: A Mark Twain Tale, Brought Back From the Dead

New York Times Book Review - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 08:41
“The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine,” completed and illustrated by Erin and Philip Stead, unites old-fashioned storytelling virtues with a playful modern sensibility.
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'Mrs. Osmond' Presents A Portrait Of A Lady As Mopey Schemer

NPR Books - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 08:00

Author John Banville makes a valiant imaginative leap with Mrs. Osmond, his attempt to craft a new ending for the heroine of Henry James' The Portrait of a Lady, but he doesn't quite land it.

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'Radio Free Vermont' Offers A Modest Proposal For Resistance

NPR Books - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 05:00

Activist Bill McKibben answers his own call for topical fiction with Radio Free Vermont, a gently surreal tale about a septuagenarian troublemaker who inadvertently sparks a secession movement.

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