New York Times Book Review

Fiction: A Smart, Heartbreaking Novel at the Crossroads of Performance and Art

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 02:00
A nakedly autobiographical meditation on art, Barbara Browning’s “The Gift” both mentions and belongs to the recent crop of autofiction.
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War Stories: New and Noteworthy Books on Military History, from Afghanistan to Waterloo

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 02:00
Thomas E. Ricks reports on the hubris and sorrow of war, from ancient Greece to Afghanistan.
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Nonfiction: The Gulf of Mexico in the Age of Petrochemicals

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 02:00
In “The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea,” Jack E. Davis explores the damage done by a tragic human belief in the inexhaustible bounty of nature.
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Fiction: Bringing One of Burma’s Lost Histories to Life

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 02:00
Charmaine Craig draws on family history in her novel about modern Burma’s power struggles.
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Fiction: A Cambodian Refugee Returns Home, to a Landscape Brutally Changed

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 02:00
Vaddey Ratner’s novel “Music of the Ghosts” follows a Cambodian refugee’s return to her homeland, searching for news of her long-lost father.
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The Shortlist: Missing Persons

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 02:00
Where did they go? The plots of four new novels hinge on missing persons, past and present, accidentally lost or deliberately AWOL.
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Fiction: Debut Stories Blend Beastly Transformations With Teenage Turmoil

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 02:00
In Daisy Johnson’s story collection, “Fen,” teenage torment plays out in a shape-shifting world.
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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 02:00
Readers respond to “Nixon’s White House Wars,” Walter Winchell’s crafting of the celebrity and more.
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Fiction: Irish Sisters Take Different Paths, but Not the Ones That They Expected

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 02:00
J. Courtney Sullivan’s novel “Saints for All Occasions” covers five decades in the lives of a pair of immigrants and their descendants in America.
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12 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 14:47
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Paperback Row: Paperback Row

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 09:17
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Nonfiction: A Hemingway Tell-All Bares His Tall Tales

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 02:00
With “Ernest Hemingway: A Biography,” Mary V. Dearborn becomes the first woman to tackle a full-scale life of that hypermasculine writer.
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Critic’s Take: Martha Gellhorn’s Greatest Novel Is Essential Reading for Today

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 02:00
In “The Stricken Field,” the American journalist Martha Gelhorn confronted a simmering refugee crisis.
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By the Book: Al Franken: By the Book

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 02:00
The author of “Al Franken: Giant of the Senate” has at least one Congressional Research Service report on his night stand. “But it’s under Carl Reiner’s book on ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show.’”
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Books of The Times: ‘Aliens’ Asks: If the Universe Is So Vast, Where Is Everybody?

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:48
In this eccentric collection of essays, edited by the theoretical physicist Jim Al-Khalili, scientists consider our search for extraterrestrial life.
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Newsbook: 3 Books That Help Make Sense of Cyberwar

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:10
On the heels of a global cyberattack, these books explain the real threat of cyber war and the implications for the United States.
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Tech We're Using: With a Bazaar of Gizmos and Apps, Tackling Readers’ Tech Questions

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 08:51
The New York Times’s Tech Tips columnist describes the arsenal of gadgets at her disposal, and her special love for iPhone.
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Nonfiction: The Colorado River and Its Unnatural World

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 02:00
“Where the Water Goes” By David Owen looks at the permanent mark people make on the planet.
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Egos: New in Memoir: The Intersex Body, the Dead Body, the Body in Grief

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 02:00
Three books cast the human body in a new light, says our memoir columnist, Meghan Daum.
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Essay: 50 Years On, Stories of the Six Day War and What Came After

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 13:32
On the anniversary of the Six Day War, writers assess the perpetual limbo that followed, through the prisms of language, history and politics.
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