New York Times Book Review

Newsbook: Amid California Forest Fires, 3 Books Set Among Flames

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 05:00
These books explore historical fires and the lives they have touched.
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The Book Review Podcast: Mary Beard on ‘Women & Power’

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 14:04
Beard discusses her new manifesto, and Hillary Chute talks about “Why Comics? From Underground to Everywhere.”
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Children’s Books: Live Art With Children’s Book Illustrators

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 12:52
Visual artists have always had an important place in children’s literature. Watch leading children’s books illustrators draw, paint, collage and discuss books with The Times’s children’s books editor, Maria Russo.
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Books of Style: Hygge Gets Heave-Ho as Swedes, Norwegians Join the Fun

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 10:23
When it comes to wintry Scandinavian lifestyle refinement, the words to know now are lykke, lagom and janteloven.
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Paperback Row

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 10:05
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Nonfiction: A Freed Hostage Audits the Murky Business of Captive Negotiations

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 03:00
In “The Trade,” the American journalist Jere Van Dyk relives the injustices he suffered both during and following his captivity at the hands of the Taliban.
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Critic’s Take: Why Rupi Kaur and Her Peers Are the Most Popular Poets in the World

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 03:00
It’s less the content than the plain conversational style that gets Instapoets’ work dismissed as “not real poetry.”
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Fiction: Mysteries Unfold in a Land of Minarets and Magic Carpets

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 03:00
The first of a projected trilogy, S. A. Chakraborty’s fantastical adventure novel, “The City of Brass,” riffs on the imagery of Islamic folklore.
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Children’s Books: What the Shadow Knows: Picture Books on Runaway Reflections

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 03:00
Coincidence? In three new books, runaway shadows break away from their owners, seeking adventure and showing off their own personalities.
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The Shortlist: Notebooks From an Argentine Master, and Other Works of South American Literature

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 03:00
New books by Ricardo Piglia, Rodrigo Hasbún and Santiago Gamboa offer takes on the artistic mind.
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Children’s Books: In Armand Baltazar’s ‘Timeless,’ People, Dinosaurs and Robots Co-Exist

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 03:00
A cosmic event has reshuffled epochs. It’s up to a 13-year-old with “mixed” parents — from different eras — to keep the world on course.
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Nonfiction: ‘Bloodlines’ Tracks Bloodshed Across the Border

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 03:00
Melissa del Bosque investigates a paramilitary drug cartel through the lens of a valiant F.B.I. agent, revealing binational brutality in grim detail.
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Inside the List: Tiffany Haddish on Bar Mitzvahs, Pimping and Other Rites of Passage

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 03:00
In her best-selling essay collection, “The Last Black Unicorn,” the star of “Girls Trip” writes about growing up in South Central Los Angeles.
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Children’s Books: Your Kids Need a Laugh? Try the Short, Quirky Poems in This Book

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 03:00
“I’m Just No Good at Rhyming,” the debut collection from Chris Harris and Lane Smith, includes the silly, the whimsical, the absurd and more.
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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 03:00
Readers respond to book titles, cover art and more from previous issues.
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Our Back Pages: Notes From the Book Review Archives

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 14:49
In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Tom De Haven on comics.
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Editors’ Choice: 10 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 13:45
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Books News: From Two Scholars, African-American Folk Tales for the Next Generation

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 07:00
In their new collection, Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Maria Tatar have reintroduced stories from the African diaspora.
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By the Book: Jason Segel: By the Book

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 03:00
The actor and co-author of, most recently, “Otherworld” has been reading a lot of plays. “There is such an admirable fearlessness in that world.”
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Nonfiction: The Last Civic Remnant of Authentic Spirituality at Christmastime

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 09:30
Jonathan Keates’s “Messiah: The Composition and Afterlife of Handel’s Masterpiece” seeks to save the oratorio from centuries of misinterpretation.
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