New York Times Book Reviews

Fiction: Stories That Explore Africa’s Resilient Spirit

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 3:00am
The Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s “Minutes of Glory” tackles the absurdities, injustices and fortitude of people testing new ways against the old.
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The Book Review Podcast: Ruth Reichl’s Delicious New Memoir

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 12:53pm
Reichl discusses “Save Me the Plums,” and Emily Bazelon talks about “Charged.”
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New & Noteworthy

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 9:44am
A selection of recent books of note; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
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What I Love: A Space Fit for a Comma Queen

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 3:01am
For the author and former New Yorker copy editor Mary Norris, furnishing an apartment is all about the books.
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Nonfiction: A Psychotherapist Analyzes Her Patients’ Stories — and Her Own

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 3:00am
Lori Gottlieb’s “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed” is a treasure trove of stories and hard-earned advice.
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Nonfiction: Robert A. Caro, Private Eye

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 3:00am
Caro’s “Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing” describes a lifetime of digging for facts.
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Nonfiction: The 2008 Financial Crisis as Seen From the Top

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 3:00am
In “Firefighting,” Ben S. Bernanke, Timothy F. Geithner and Henry M. Paulson Jr. explain their roles in averting a financial disaster.
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Fiction: In This Novel, a Secret Society Is Keeping Some Very Dark Secrets

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 3:00am
At the heart of Takis Würger’s “The Club” — part thriller, part coming-of-age tale — is an elite but sinister invitation-only fraternity.
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Sketchbook: A Fittingly Absurd Quiz for Samuel Beckett’s 113th Birthday

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 9:20am
Can you recognize the albums bearing the names of the Irish playwright’s works?
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Fiction: Is Sally Rooney’s New Novel as Great as Her First?

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 9:20am
Like “Conversations With Friends,” “Normal People” also traces a young romance in Ireland.
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Nonfiction: Striking a Balance Between Fear and Hope on Climate Change

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 3:00am
Bill McKibben’s new book, “Falter,” takes a mostly grim view of our willingness to avert environmental disaster. But he leaves open the possibility that we may yet avoid the worst.
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The Week in Books

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 3:00am
E L James after “Fifty Shades,” Ruth Reichl’s delicious new memoir, Sally Rooney and more.
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Fiction: A Novel Whose Hero Is a Man Divided, as Is His Native Palestine

Sat, 04/13/2019 - 8:52am
In “The Parisian,” Isabella Hammad conjures up the Middle East between the two world wars, its tensions expressed in the coming-of-age of an Arab man.
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Nonfiction: To Escape Her Grief, and Work Through It, an Author Starts Running

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 1:38pm
After her father died, Katie Arnold became a marathon runner. Her luminous memoir, “Running Home,” explores why.
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Children’s Books: New Picture Books Bring Dogs and Cats to Life, Hilariously

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 3:00am
Lazy, rambunctious, downright weird: The cats and dogs in these stories are unique, lovable — and relatable.
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Inside the List: How Liane Moriarty, Kate DiCamillo and Jacqueline Woodson Got Their Starts

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 3:00am
On their websites, famous novelists talk frankly about how they became writers.
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New in Paperback: ‘The Overstory,’ ‘Country Dark’

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 3:00am
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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The Shortlist: Three Poets Who Find Meaning, and Material, in Lived Experience

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 3:00am
David Orr’s “Dangerous Household Items,” John Koethe’s “Walking Backwards” and Sarah Gambito’s “Loves You” celebrate daily moments in very different registers.
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From Our Archives: Going Back to the Battle of the Black Sea in ‘Black Hawk Down’

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 3:00am
In 1999, the journalist Mark Bowden wrote “Black Hawk Down,” documenting the 1993 United States military raid in Mogadishu, Somalia.
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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 3:00am
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.
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