New York Times Book Review

Nonfiction: Nor Any Drop to Drink?: Why the Great Lakes Face a Murky Future

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 02:00
“The Death and Life of Great Lakes” by Dan Egan looks at the uncertain future of Earth’s largest surface freshwater system.
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Nonfiction: Critical Thinkers: The Ties That Bind Orwell and Churchill

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 02:00
Apparently they never met. But the common cause of George Orwell and Winston Churchill resonates powerfully today, Thomas Ricks writes in this dual biography.
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Match Book: Dear Match Book: What Should I Read on My Summer Vacation?

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 02:00
In a special travel edition of Match Book, our columnist offers recommendations geared toward discovery and self-discovery.
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Fiction: A 17th-Century Witch Hunter and His Campaign of Terror

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 02:00
Beth Underdown’s novel, “The Witchfinder’s Sister,” retraces a frightening reign of terror in the history of 17th-century England.
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Open Book: A Guide to Writing Guides

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 09:41
Editors at The Times discuss some of their favorite books about how to write well.
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From Condoleezza Rice, Tales of Diplomacy and Unrequited Love

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 09:29
Condoleezza Rice’s “Democracy” offers sober, high-minded rhetoric about America’s role in the world. It also notes Qaddafi’s schoolboy crush on her.
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The Book Review Podcast: Joshua Ferris on ‘The Dinner Party’

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 09:29
Ferris talks about his new collection of stories, and Jonathan Taplin discusses “Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy.”
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Audiobooks: Fairy Tales, Gently Fractured

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 08:35
Audiobooks of Garth Nix’s “Frogkisser!” and Chris Colfer’s “The Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales” offer kids spit-shined versions of Grimm Brothers’ classics.
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Audiobooks: W. Kamau Bell on Being a ‘Semi-Prominent’ Black Comedian

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 08:31
Listening to a memoir read by the author is like being the sole patron in a comedy club while he performs a marathon routine.
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Crime: Scots on the Rocks and Jo Nesbo’s Latest: The Best New Crime Fiction

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 06:00
Marilyn Stasio’s crime column takes us on a Glasgow bender and into the mind of a Norwegian serial killer. For relief, there’s a trip to rural France.
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Nonfiction: The American Revolution: A History of Violence

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 04:00
“Scars of Independence” reminds readers that the United States took shape not just in stately rooms but in brutal, devastating combat.
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The Shortlist: Stories

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 04:00
Four story collections, united by whimsy, daring and the everyday surreal.
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Fiction: Fleeing a Fictional World of Despots and Drones

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 04:00
In the Pakistan of Nadeem Aslam’s novel “The Golden Legend” the rule of law is a distant memory.
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Fiction: Why Does a Young Writer Fall in Love with a Misogynist Bully?

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 04:00
Gwendoline Riley’s novel “First Love” depicts a volatile marriage of opposites whose savage jousts are full of comic malice and exasperated affection.
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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 04:00
Readers respond to “Democracy,” supply more information on the numbers and celebrate new writing tools.
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Essay: A Personal Foray Into the Long-Lost Pynchon Tapes

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 02:00
Pynchon’s “Mason & Dixon” is a book for these times. And, if you can put up with cassettes, an audiobook does exist.
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Nonfiction: The Civil Rights Stories We Need to Remember

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 02:00
S. Jonathan Bass’s “He Calls Me by Lightning” examines the conviction of a black youth in the 1957 killing of a policeman, and the 44-year legal saga that followed.
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American Beauties: A Patriotic and Paranoid Memoir Stared Nixon’s America in the Eye

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 15:15
Charles L. Mee Jr.’s “A Visit to Haldeman and Other States of Mind,” from 1977, is about a man’s search for what went wrong with the American experiment.
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8 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 15:04
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Paperback Row

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 12:00
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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