New York Times Book Reviews

Nonfiction: ‘When Brooklyn Was Queer’ Evokes the Borough’s Hidden History

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 4:00am
Hugh Ryan’s new account delves into colorful characters who frequented the area around the Brooklyn Navy Yard — a flourishing center of 19th-century queer life.
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Nonfiction: A Young Poet, a Mysterious Stranger and an El Salvador on the Brink of War

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 4:00am
Carolyn Forché’s “What You Have Heard Is True” recalls her 1970s journey in the company of a revolutionary who wants her to bear witness to his country’s terror and bloodshed.
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Nonfiction: Why Did We Fight the Iraq War?

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 6:47pm
Michael J. Mazarr’s “Leap of Faith” argues that the tragedy was the result of a missionary impulse and wishful thinking.
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The Book Review Podcast: Robert Caro on How He Does It

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 1:38pm
The acclaimed biographer of Lyndon Johnson and Robert Moses talks about his new book, “Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing.”
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Fiction: A Suspicious Death Exposes Painful Fissures in a Mojave Desert Town

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 12:00pm
In “The Other Americans,” a powerful new novel by Laila Lalami, a diverse group of citizens are forced to question their beliefs and allegiances after a Moroccan immigrant is killed.
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From Our Archives: Revisiting Lyndon B. Johnson and the 1948 Senate Elections

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 10:01am
Published in 1990, the second volume of Robert A. Caro’s biography of Johnson investigates the intensely contested 1948 senatorial election.
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Inside the List: ‘That’s When I Acknowledged What Had Been Simmering Inside Me for Years: Anger’

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 9:51am
The U.S. soccer legend Abby Wambach wants to help other women overcome institutionalized discrimination — and she’s written a book, “Wolfpack,” about it.
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Children’s Books: Books That Expand the Possibilities of Boyhood

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 9:51am
What does it mean to be a boy now? New nonfiction books show the varied thoughts and experiences of boys facing peril — or just figuring out how to be themselves.
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New in Paperback: ‘Warlight,’ ‘Air Traffic’

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 9:45am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Crime: A Cannibal, a Dead Viscount and a Case of Stolen Sand

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 4:00am
Marilyn Stasio’s Crime column features a new and gruesome Lucas Davenport novel and the latest appearance of Parnell Hall’s cantankerous murder-solving puzzle lady.
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Nonfiction: His Children Called Him the Duke of Villanova. But Who Really Was He?

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 4:00am
Janny Scott’s memoir, “The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune, and the Story of My Father,” explores the consequences of generations of inherited Main Line wealth.
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The Shortlist: A Serial Killer Clown, You Say? Now That’s Dark Comedy

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 4:00am
New collections from Carianne Leung (“That Time I Loved You”), Amy Hempel (“Sing to It”) and Mark Mayer (“Aerialists”) balance anxiety with humor.
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Nonfiction: A Queer, Biracial Coming-of-Age Memoir Is Equal Parts Pain and Pleasure

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 4:00am
T Kira Madden’s debut, “Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls,” recalls a troubled childhood in chapters as fragmented as her family life was.
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Fiction: Revising the History of Chicago in a Sweeping Debut Novel

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 4:00am
Jonathan Carr’s “Make Me a City” reconstructs an alternate history of Chicago in fictional source materials.
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Fiction: G. Willow Wilson Reimagines the Last Days of Moorish Spain

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 4:00am
In her new novel, “The Bird King,” history is infused with fantasy, drama and puckish humor.
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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 4:00am
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
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Fiction: In ‘Optic Nerve,’ a Woman Trains a Sharp Eye on Art and Her Life

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 3:33pm
The first book by María Gainza, an Argentine art critic, to be translated into English is a consistently delightful mix of art history, personal reminiscence and aesthetic theory.
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Nonfiction: The Unsteady Evolution of Democracy

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 2:20pm
Sheri Berman’s “Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe” sees the political history of Europe as one step forward, one step back.
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Editors’ Choice: 10 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 1:16pm
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Nonfiction: In ‘Stony the Road,’ Henry Louis Gates Jr. Captures the History and Images of the Fraught Years After the Civil War

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 12:03pm
The scholar’s latest book, coinciding with his new PBS series, “Reconstruction,” is a harrowing look at the resurgence of white nationalism in the late 19th century and the New Negro movement to combat it.
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