New York Times Book Reviews

Nonfiction: A New Mom, Her Nannies and the Often Exploitive Labor of Motherhood

Sat, 05/11/2019 - 3:00am
“Women’s Work,” by Megan Stack, a former foreign correspondent for The Los Angeles Times, is an unflinching look at the women who maintained her home, took care of her children and allowed her to write a book.
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Nonfiction: The Forgotten History of the Chinese Who Helped Build America’s Railroads

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 2:16pm
Gordon H. Chang’s “Ghosts of Gold Mountain” recalls the contribution 19th-century Chinese immigrants made to the American economy.
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Nonfiction: An Economist Who Believes Only Government Can Save Capitalism

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 2:08pm
In “People, Power, and Profits,” Joseph E. Stiglitz argues that more state involvement in the economy is part of the solution, not part of the problem.
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From Our Archives: Revisiting the Ponzi Scheme in Mitchell Zuckoff’s ‘Ponzi’s Scheme’

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 10:57am
In the 2005 book “Ponzi’s Scheme,” Mitchell Zuckoff tells the story of Charles Ponzi, who launched a successful and infamous money-swindling scheme in the early 1920s.
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New in Paperback: ‘How to Change Your Mind,’ ‘Severance’

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 10:45am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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New & Noteworthy

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 10:22am
Recent books of note; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
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Inside the List: What Do Reese Witherspoon, Florence Welch and Andrew Luck Have in Common?

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 10:15am
All three have online book clubs (and they’re not the only celebrities who do).
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The Book Review Podcast: The Real Life of a Diplomat, Told Like a Novel

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 10:13am
George Packer talks about “Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century,” and Lori Gottlieb discusses “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone.”
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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 9:11am
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
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Essay: The Truth About Pinocchio’s Nose

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 5:55am
There’s more to the puppet’s story than a parable about lying.
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Children’s Books: Picture Books to Enrapture Little Readers and Listeners

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 3:00am
A top-secret hide-out, a talking tiger, a crocodile doctor and a sad pair of socks. These lively new stories transport children to singular imaginary realms.
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The Shortlist: The Benevolent Power of Other People

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 3:00am
Three new books — Nicholas Christakis’s “Blueprint,” Adam Rutherford’s “Humanimal” and E.O. Wilson’s “Genesis” — explore the biology behind human social life, suggesting that our tendency to form large groups may bring out the best in us.
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Editors’ Choice: 9 New Books We Recommend This Week

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 5:37pm
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Fiction: A Kenyan Woman Probes Ancient Links Between Africa and Asia

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 12:00pm
The heroine of Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor’s novel “The Dragonfly Sea” embarks on a journey to China that will lead her back to her homeland, and a devotion to Sufism.
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Nonfiction: Richard Holbrooke, the Last Great Freewheeling Diplomat

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 11:53am
George Packer’s biography of Holbrooke, “Our Man,” is a complex portrait of a complex man who had power, but never enough.
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Fiction: A Novel That Evokes Sally Mann, Diane Arbus and Berenice Abbott

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 10:53am
In Myla Goldberg’s “Feast Your Eyes,” a pioneering midcentury photographer juggles art and motherhood.
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By the Book: By the Book: Adm. William H. McRaven

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 3:00am
The author of “Make Your Bed” and, most recently, “Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations” says “All Quiet on the Western Front” is the one book that best “captures the nature of a soldier.”
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Nonfiction: A Historian Looks at Pregnancy and Mothering Through the Ages

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 4:00pm
In “Mother Is a Verb,” Sarah Knott casts light on forgotten beliefs and practices that will help readers place their own views in cultural context.
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Fiction: A Debut Novel Revisits a Tragedy in an Asian-American Family

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 1:38pm
Chia-Chia Lin’s “The Unpassing” is set in 1980s Alaska, but its themes — of the immigrant struggle and private grief — are universal.
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Children’s Books: Elizabeth Acevedo’s New Novel Is Literary Soul Food

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 12:29pm
“With the Fire on High,” the writer’s second novel (after her award-winning “The Poet X”), tells the story of a teenage mom who’s an aspiring chef.
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