New York Times Book Review

Nonfiction: Three New Books Discuss How to Confront and Reform Racist Policing

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 02:00
Books by former Dallas police chief David O. Brown and the law professor Paul Butler, and a collection edited by Angela J. Davis, call for transformation of the system.
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Fiction: In ‘So Much Blue,’ a Married Painter Spills Secrets

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 02:00
The artist at the center of Percival Everett’s new novel provides three narrative threads, including one of his affair in Paris.
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‘Minecraft: The Island’ Blurs the Line Between Fiction and Gaming

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 01:00
Max Brooks’s new novel has an unusual feature: It can also be played within a video game.
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Fiction: Around the World in 50 Years

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 09:30
To mark a major birthday (and avoid an ex-lover’s wedding), the hero of Andrew Sean Greer’s novel “Less” embarks on a long journey.
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Fiction: On Vacation in Greece, and Refusing to Feel Ancient

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 02:00
Pushing 70, the three women at the center of Lynn Freed’s novel “The Last Laugh” discover that passion and conflict remain powerful forces.
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Nonfiction: What Happens When Liberty Fails to Deliver

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 02:00
In “The Retreat of Western Liberalism,” Edward Luce argues that the tradition of liberty is under mortal threat.
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Match Book: Dear Match Book: Seeking Poetry With That Certain Slant of Light

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 23:45
An admirer of Emily Dickinson and Anne Carson asks for poetry recommendations. Susan Howe, Charles Wright, Monica Youn, Maggie Nelson and more ensue.
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Books of The Times: Portrait of a Nigerian Marriage in a Heartbreaking Debut Novel

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 15:09
Ayobami Adebayo’s “Stay With Me,” like great works by Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, explores the pull between tradition and modernity in Nigeria.
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Nonfiction: An Odyssey Through Self-Harm and Out the Other Side

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 02:00
In the memoir “Lights On, Rats Out,” Cree LeFavour recalls the damaged young woman she once was.
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Essay: A Lot Like Prayer: Remembering Denis Johnson

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 02:00
Everywhere Denis Johnson went, he portrayed himself as an openhearted American bumbler not unlike his hapless characters.
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The Book Review Podcast: Steve Bannon’s Road to the White House

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 14:40
Joshua Green talks about “Devil’s Bargain”; Laura Dassow Walls discusses her new biography of Thoreau; and Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich on “The Fact of a Body.”
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The Shortlist: Hearty Helpings From Three Culinary Histories

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 02:00
Three explorations of American foodways delve into the cookbooks and culinary preoccupations of the past, with a special emphasis on Southern cuisine.
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Inside the List: A Crime Writer Finds the ‘Perfect Setting’ in Amish Country

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 02:00
“Down a Dark Road” is the ninth book in Linda Castillo’s series. “I love the juxtaposition of such a bucolic setting and the introduction of evil,” she says.
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Crime: Grifters, Swindlers and Chumps Headline the Latest in Crime

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 02:00
From contemporary Los Angeles to medieval Venice, bad guys romp in new mysteries from Richard Lange, Ace Atkins, S.D. Sykes and Michael Connelly.
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Paperback Row

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 02:00
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Nonfiction: At a Law Firm that Defended a Child Murderer, an Intern Recalls Her Own Childhood Abuse

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 02:00
In “The Fact of a Body,” Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich recounts how her memories resurfaced when her law firm took on the case of a pedophile.
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Fiction: Alexandra Fuller’s Novel of Lakota Culture May Stir the Appropriation Debate

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 02:00
“Quiet Until the Thaw” follows two reservation boys whose lives become fatefully intertwined.
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Egos: New in Memoir: Lessons in Falling in Love, and 2 Accounts of Its Horrors

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 02:00
Three books trace the highs and the (very) lows of love and marriage, says our memoir columnist, Meghan Daum.
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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 02:00
A reader responds to a misstated metaphor, an author defends his work and more.
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Profile: Inside the World of Brad Thor

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 14:41
To build a lasting fan base in the relentless world of espionage thrillers, Brad Thor has cranked out 17 books in 16 years, selling nearly 15 million copies.
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